Former PGA of Alberta executive director Phil Berube has found a new position in Toronto as national director of philanthropy and corporate partnerships for Junior Achievement of Canada.
“I have been learning a ton about the impact organizations such as Junior Achievement have on the Canadian economy,” said Berube in an e-mail.
“I am working with great people again and we are contributing in some capacity to re-introducing a global brand that has been more or less at a standstill in Canada for the past two decades,” he added.
“All in all, challenges and opportunities abound and I feel very fortunate to have landed with such a great group,” wrote Berube.
Berube first joined the PGA of Alberta in 1999 and left last autumn to return to his native Ontario. You can read about that here.
He was replaced as executive director by Robert Rousselle, who you can read about here.
Berube will be working with individual and corporate donors, who choose to support Junior Achievement regionally and nationally.
In the case of local giving, Junior Achievement has offices across the country and through these offices is tied into a local volunteer network to designate funding to select target markets, according to donor wishes.
“The transition hasn’t been as far reaching as one might imagine after so many years in the golf industry,” said Berube.
“With my role at the PGA of Alberta I was primarily focused on assisting golf professionals with their careers,” he said.
“Organizing events like golf tournaments, seminars and shows fostered communication amongst the membership and within the industry,” he wrote.
But our mission was in providing the day-to-day support that our members requested of our office as they embarked upon their careers,” wrote Berube.
“At Junior Achievement, our mission is to help Canada’s youth succeed in the Canadian economy,” he added.
We do this by working with volunteers across the country in delivering programs through local schools that support financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship,” wrote Berube.
“Again, it is in a supporting role as these youth embark upon their careers. The best part is that the results of our efforts are quantifiable,” he wrote, adding that he continues to stay in touch with the golf industry.