Areas of Expertise: Mentoring CEOs/Executive Directors & Building Networks
Capacity Canada helps not-for-profits get the most of out their strengths, and try out new ideas to fill unmet needs in the community. Leaders who want to push change with lean resources can count on the advice of Capacity Canada CEO Cathy Brothers. She is the champions’ champion, lending a patient ear to the administrative and governance challenges organizations always face. Her volunteerism and professional career gives her the advantage of seeing issues from both board and administrative points of view. And connected? With 45 years’ experience in the social-services sector, Brothers has a long contact list.
As both a senior leader and a Board member in health and social service organizations, Cathy is passionately committed to innovative ideas, risk-taking, and helping both individuals and communities to reach their maximum potential.
Cathy served for many years in Kitchener as Director of Community Services at St. Mary’s Hospital, then, Executive Director at Mosaic Counselling & Family Services. Cathy taught Social Policy courses for 20 years in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Guelph.
Cathy is a member of the Barnraisers Council in Waterloo Region, and, the President’s Advisory Council at Wilfrid Laurier. Her Board service includes St. Jerome’s University, Rotary Club of Kitchener-Westmount, Family Service Ontario, Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services, St. Mary’s General Hospital, St. Mary’s Foundation, and, St Joseph’s Health Care System. She is an Honorary Senior Fellow at Renison College, University of Waterloo; recipient of both the Queen’s Golden and Silver Jubilee Medals; and, as part of Laurier’s Centennial Celebrations, Cathy was selected as a member of Laurier’s 100 Alumni of Distinction.
Cathy’s long-standing commitment to social entrepreneurship is evident in her published works. In “Canadian Social Welfare”, she wrote about the history of Employee Assistance Programs – “Industries and the Provision of Social Services”.
Cathy is most interested in Mentoring, Board Governance, and, Growth Strategies for not-for-profits.