Tamás ("Tom") Zsolnay was appointed President and CEO of the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHFK) effective September 3, 2019.
Zsolnay’s career as a fundraiser was built on experience in the healthcare sector during his time with DVA Navion International Fundraising Consultants (1988 to 1999). During more than a decade with the firm, he directed capital campaigns for St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener and the Yarmouth Regional Hospital in Nova Scotia and oversaw fundraising programs for a number of hospitals in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.
Tom holds a B.A. from Concordia University, a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Born and raised in Montreal, he is a bilingual development professional with a 30-year track record of accomplishment at senior levels. Tom has a passion for his role in fundraising and values the role of health care in improving the quality of life for all.
Tom and his wife, Caroline, made the cross-country journey to Kingston this summer from the University of Victoria where he served as Associate Vice-President, Alumni & Development. From 2014 to 2019, he led a team of more than 50 staff to almost double fundraising revenues from $10 million in 2013-14 to $18.8 million in 2017-18.
Previously, Zsolnay had been Executive Director of University Advancement at Laurentian University, from 2003 to 2014. Among his many achievements in Sudbury, he led the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s (and North Ontario’s) history, raising $65.5 million.
In addition to extensive fundraising experience in both the healthcare and university sectors, Zsolnay also served for more than three decades in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserves, retiring at the rank of Colonel. Between 2002 and 2003 he was the Chief Operations Officer of the United Nations Military Observers monitoring the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Tom is a proud Rotarian and active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), including the AFP Vancouver Island Mentorship Program. He has also been a member of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
Tom and Caroline have been married for 33 years and have three sons. In his leisure time Tom enjoys making old things new again. His vintage 1963 Glendette Camper and 1970 MG Midget are just two examples of what he can achieve in his workshop, building, fixing and restoring.