Announcement of Steve Hoscheit, Assistant Vice-President, Divisional Relations, University Advancement

From: David Palmer, Vice-President, Advancement and Interim Vice-President, Communications
Date: April 20, 2023
Re: Announcement of Steve Hoscheit, Assistant Vice-President, Divisional Relations, University Advancement

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Hoscheit as Assistant Vice-President, Divisional Relations, University Advancement, effective May 15, 2023.

Steve Hoscheit is a senior advancement executive with over 35 years of experience in advancement in both the higher education and hospital sectors. Steve has a significant track record of achievement in fundraising and as a leader of advancement organizations. As President & Chief Executive Officer of Trillium Health Partners Foundation from 2008 to 2019, Steve led a team that raised over $250 million. Steve played a critical role in the successful merger of the Trillium Health Centre Foundation and the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation to become the Trillium Health Partners Foundation. 

Prior to his appointment to Trillium, Steve enjoyed a 13-year career with Ketchum Canada Inc. As Senior Vice President, he was responsible for the management and growth of the firm’s activities in Western Canada and effectively collaborated with clients in strategic planning and campaign management, including over fifteen post-secondary institutions.

Steve launched Hoscheit Consulting Services Inc. in 2019, with the University of Toronto engaging Steve as a near full-time consultant to provide coaching services for advancement staff and to provide interim leadership to divisions going through leadership changes. In this role, he has worked closely and successfully with deans and advancement teams in the Rotman School, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and Massey College. He has also worked closely with the Divisional Relations team in the development of a new volunteer management program and office. Steve helped lead consultations with all divisions to ensure their needs for volunteer management would be supported with this new office. Steve has more recently been advising our Divisional Relations team during the recent transition and has provided guidance to the DUA Stewardship team in their process redesign.

Steve has established a widely admired reputation in our field for his collaborative and consultative approach to leadership, his strong management and mentoring skills, his ability to connect with academic leaders, donors, and volunteers, and his knowledge of best practices. In this stage of his career, Steve is keen to give back and bring forward his extensive experience in support of a new generation of leadership at Canada’s leading University.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) Economics / Political Science from the University of Alberta and is currently pursing a Master of Arts in Executive and Organizational Coaching.  Additionally, Steve holds certifications in Certified Executive Coach (CEC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC).  Steve is active within the community with Big Brothers & Sisters and the Riverwood Conservancy. 

I would also like to thank Beth McCarthy for her outstanding service as the Interim AVP Divisional Relations since January 20, 2023. As many of you know, Beth is an exceptional leader—her calm, professional, knowledgeable, and collaborative approach has been a touchstone of our success over the pandemic. With admirable dedication, she has contributed to our divisional teams’ success in countless ways, helping them thrive in their pursuit of ambitious growth-oriented plans and initiatives, and building a culture of collaboration, sharing, and inclusion. She has also been instrumental in the successful implementation of the Advancement 2025 plan.

Beth’s appointment as Interim AVP Divisional Relations will continue through July 31, 2023, as planned, overlapping with Steve’s appointment to ensure a smooth transition. We will also be retaining Selina Esteves as an Interim Executive Director, Divisional Relations through to the end of her secondment on July 30, 2023. Together, Beth and Selina will be supporting Steve’s onboarding and continuing their important work with divisional partners.

I am delighted to be able to share Steve’s appointment with the University community. Please join me in welcoming Steve upon his official arrival on May 15, and in thanking Beth for her impactful service as Interim AVP.

A note on the AVP, Divisional Relations
The Assistant Vice-President (AVP), Divisional Relations provides leadership, strategic direction, and support to enable the success of campus, divisional, and college advancement teams and to help them reach and exceed their fundraising and campaign goals. In addition to providing leadership to the DUA’s divisional relations portfolio, the AVP, Divisional Relations also oversees a number of critical functions that support divisional success, including major gifts, volunteer management, prospect management, advancement research, and important aspects of advancement organizational development, business planning, and performance management. In this capacity, the AVP, Divisional Relations will work closely with academic and advancement leaders across our three campuses, and with their teams, to advise on and instill best practices and to advance fundraising performance broadly