Chief Financial Officer (SHIP – Services and Housing In the Province)


Organization: SHIP – Services and Housing In the Province
Position Title: Chief Financial Officer
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Location: Mississauga, Ontario

“Quality Housing, Quality Services, Quality Lives”


Services and Housing In the Province (SHIP) is a community-based agency and provincial leader in the broader public sector that builds strategic partnerships and programs that support the fundamental rights for housing and health services throughout the Peel Region, Dufferin County, and surrounding areas.

SHIP provides housing and services through a variety of programs including supportive counselling, case management, specialized supports, vocational support, social rehabilitation/recreation, tenancy support, crisis intervention, training and education – with a focus on addressing the complex needs of people living with mental illness, addictions and physical health challenges. SHIP strives to create the best possible environment by working closely with individuals, enabling them to embrace their full potential and to achieve their goals of recovery, wellness and living successfully in their own community.

The organization has supported vulnerable populations for over 35 years and employs over 350 passionately engaged employees ranging from office administration, nurses, and service health specialists to housing specialists all dedicated to the community, clients, and families.

Our Vision

Quality Housing, Quality Services, Quality Lives

Our Mission

To increase quality of life through health services and housing supports that promote mental and physical health and wellness

Our Culture

Leader and innovative partner in the community. Our programs welcome employees into our caring, compassionate, and innovative culture. We listen, we know what it means, and why it matters.

35+ Years focused on Clients, Tenants, Staff and Families
4,000+ Clients and Residents served annually
17 Programs and Service offerings in Southern Ontario
350+ Dedicated, Respectful, Compassionate and Professional Employees
1,200 Housing Units Managed


As a healthcare focused not-for-profit going through a period of rapid growth, the organization is seeking a Chief Financial Officer to assess and elevate the function whilst overseeing diverse financial operations. The CFO will complete an objective analysis of people, policies and procedures, oversee critical forecasting projects and collaborate with the CEO and Board of Directors to ensure the appropriate cost and resource structures are in place. The CFO will also be tasked with outlining the financial strategy to support the organization’s future growth. In addition to finance, the CFO will oversee Information Technology.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Elevating the strategic value of the finance department to the organization;
  • Guiding the ongoing development and refinement of financial goals/objectives/strategies that are aligned with the vision and priorities of the organization;
  • Establishing the financial roadmap to support the future goal of the organization;
  • Overseeing all fiscal activities and managing the finance, budget and decision support functions;
  • Advising senior leadership on strategic and operational financial challenges related to funding changes, business planning, budget management, and risk management;
  • Executing organizational planning and oversight of budgeting and forecasting;
  • Ensuring integrity of internal controls;
  • Ensuring efficiency and effectiveness of complex budgeting across the organization;
  • Elevating the monthly reporting for management through score carding and deeper analytics on core metrics
  • Assessing business risks and risk management initiatives;
  • Directing financial planning, forecasting budgetary needs and supervising the monthly activities through the Director of Finance;
  • Partnering with all key funders to ensure compliance and accuracy of reporting;
  • Leading the corporate focus to support the identification, monitoring, minimization and/or resolution of financial risk;
  • Ensuring that an annual budget process is executed to assess the fiscal condition of the organization and matching operational priorities to the fiscal reality of the sector.
  • Ensuring that an annual capital budget process is in place to match resources with SHIP's capital plan;
  • Providing leadership that supports comprehensive financial analysis on finance/expenditures;
  • Working to develop a positive culture at SHIP regarding financial resources and stewardship;
  • Providing scheduled finance policy and procedures awareness, training and skills development educational sessions.
For an experienced, intuitive and innovative finance leader, this is a wonderful opportunity to join a long-standing and well-regarded organization with excellent leadership and a commitment to serving the needs of its communities. Strategic yet on top of the details, the CFO will be visible and approachable, and effective at building relationships internally and externally. As both a housing and service provider, SHIP’s business is multifaceted and as demand continues to grow, so too will the organization, seeking innovative solutions and partnerships to complex challenges, and providing leadership to the sector as both an advocate and an advisor.


The ideal candidate will have the following experience, skills and attributes:

  • 10+ years’ experience in a financial leadership role, ideally as a CFO/VP Finance in the broader public sector;
  • Recognized accounting designation (CPA, CA/CMA/CGA);
  • Strong interpersonal abilities, an effective communicator with strong organizational skills, client focused orientation, and commitment to providing long term quality services;
  • Strategic thinking to assess options and implications for long-term goals using risk management framework;
  • Experience managing complex budgets;
  • Solid presentation skills and well developed oral and written communications skills; can effectively articulate ideas and technical information to a broad range of audiences including Board members, senior leaders and volunteers;
  • Experience working in a unionized environment is ideal;
  • Advanced working knowledge of Great Plains is ideal.


Should you have any questions regarding this important and meaningful opportunity, or wish to forward a cover letter and current resume for consideration, please contact:

Chris Sawyer, Partner

Natasha Hodelin, Recruitment Consultant

Ambar Maqsood, Project Coordinator

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