For immediate release: The Winnipeg Foundation is pleased to announce that Sky Bridges will become the venerable organization’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective April 27, 2021.
“After a widespread and thorough search process, the Board vote was unanimous in favour of Sky’s selection. Rick Frost has been an exceptional and exemplary CEO, and we are confident that our choice of Sky Bridges will prove to be the right one for the future of The Winnipeg Foundation,” said Board Chair Doneta Brotchie.
Bridges is currently Chief Operating Officer at Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), with a broad range of expertise and professional experience to bring to his new role. He also has extensive community involvement in the charitable sector, having served in a volunteer capacity on several local boards, including Winnipeg Folk Festival and United Way Winnipeg.
Bridges has held diverse positions in the broadcast industry, covering both the private and public sectors. He has also served as Vice-President of Business Development at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and has been key in the development of Indigenous Day Live, APTN’s premiere celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day.
“I am honoured and humbled to be selected to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals whose mission is to strengthen our community. I look forward to helping advance the extraordinary work done by The Winnipeg Foundation in promoting philanthropy and supporting the diverse charitable organizations in our great city,” Bridges said at the announcement.
Bridges will be taking over the leadership role at Canada’s first community foundation on April 27, 2021 – the first day of The Foundation’s second century. He will become The Foundation’s sixth CEO since it began back in 1921 – replacing Richard Frost who is retiring after leading The Winnipeg Foundation for the past 23 years.
The Winnipeg Foundation is For Good. Forever. We help people give back to our shared community by connecting generous donors with Causes they care about For Good. We’re are an endowment-based public foundation, so gifts are pooled and invested, and the annual earnings are distributed back to the community Forever. Formed in 1921, we are proud to be the first community foundation in Canada.
LuAnn Lovlin, CFRE
Director of Communications & Marketing, The Winnipeg Foundation