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Heather Holden, PhD
Owner , - Financial Literacy
Vancouver, Canada
Elected politics made me good at public speaking, media interaction, and diplomacy.

Business building taught me marketing and closing sales.

Science project management made me an expert at fundraising and donor engagement.

And I try hard at everything I do.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Infrastructure, Technology, Engineering, Science
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
- Heather Holden Investment Counsel, Incorporated, Founder of online financial literacy and independent financial counsel business,

- UBS Bank (Canada), Wealth Manager - $300 million assets under management; ultrahigh net worth client acquisition, marketing, investment management

- ScotiaMcLeod, Wealth Manager - $210 million assets under management; responsible for client acquisition, marketing, investment management

- Vancouver Aquarium, Director of Research Programs
Secured $17 million to build underwater acoustic tracking infrastructure for salmon tracking in the Pacific Ocean

- BC Institute of Technology, Department of Geomatics Faculty Member teaching GIS, Remote Sensing and Digital Image Analysis

- National University of Singapore, Professor, remote sensing, GIS, spatial and spectral statistics - Secured $12 million in research grants over 3 years, appeared in National Geographic April 2000

- University of Waterloo, Ph.D., Masters and Undergrad; National Geographic and NSERC-funded - Digital image analysis of satellite imagery and underwater hyperspectral data using principal component analysis for data reduction and derivative spectroscopy to identify coral reef health from space

- University of Toronto and the Institute of Corporate Directors - Director Education Program, ICD.D designation; also Crown Director Effectiveness Course

- Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, Completed Level 1

- Canadian Securities Institute, Chartered Investment Manager, Personal Financial Planner, various other

- Canadian Commercial Pilot’s License, Transport Canada
Affiliations and Achievements:

Canadian Museum of Nature, Federal Appointment (Audit Committee) - $40 million operating budget; Canada’s natural sciences museum and research institute

- 2010 Olympic Games Operating Trust, Federal Appointment (Vice Chair of Board, Audit Committee) - $155 million endowment to support infrastructure built for Olympics in Whistler and Richmond

- YMCA of Greater Vancouver Foundation (Chair of Investment Committee) - $85 million endowment plus real estate; largest operating charity in BC’s lower mainland

- Rowing Canada, Elected by Membership (Nominating Committee) - $7 million revenue; National Sport Organization governing national team and amateur rowing in Canada

- Sport BC, Elected by Membership (Vice Chair of Board, Chair of Investment Committee) - $2 million revenue; provides payroll, insurance, and financial services to provincial sport organizations

- Langara College, Provincial Appointment (Governance Committee) - $150 million revenue, post-secondary education for 23,000+ students

Pacific Carbon Trust, Provincial Appointment (Chair of Audit & Finance Committee) - $25 million in annual revenue; Founding board tasked with creating carbon offset market for BC

- Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland (Vice Chair) - $1 million operating budget facilitating 1-on-1 mentorship for 500+ young girls

- The Nature Trust of BC (Governance Committee) - $85 million in land and $12 million endowment for private land conservation

- Vancouver Public Library Board, Municipal Appointment as Trustee - $45 million operating budget

- City of Vancouver Parks Board, Elected-at-Large Municipally (Chair of the Board) - $250 million annual operating and $100+ million annual capital budgets

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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
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