ECF Chief Executive Officer Retiring

ECF announces the retirement of CEO Martin Garber-Conrad


Edmonton, AB; February 4, 2022

Today, Zahra Somani, Board Chair of the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF), announced that Martin Garber-Conrad will be retiring from his position as Chief Executive Officer effective June 30, 2022.

The Edmonton Community Foundation supports the people of Edmonton and area by encouraging philanthropy and funding charitable activities. This is accomplished through an endowment model that assembles and administers permanent pools of capital and the returns are perpetually reinvested in the community.

Martin has held the position of the Foundation’s CEO since February 1, 2005. In that time, he and his team have stewarded outstanding growth of the organization’s assets to more than $700 million. The ECF yearly grants in the range of $30 million to organizations in the areas of health, education, human services, arts, culture and heritage, sports and recreation and the environment. ECF has also championed philanthropic innovation through the creation of the Social Enterprise Fund, Edmonton and Area Land Trust and the Edmonton Community Development Company.

“The ECF board is grateful for Martin’s contributions to the organization and to our community. Martin has demonstrated unfailing commitment and leadership over the last seventeen years and has been instrumental in the significant success of the ECF. We appreciate his vast contributions and wish him all the best in his future endeavours”, shared Somani.

The board has launched a national search for the next CEO. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Tricia Mullen, search consultant with Gallagher (formerly Optimum Talent), at

Contact info:

Name: Nneka Otogbolu

Director of Communications and Equity Strategy

Edmonton Community Foundation

Phone: +1-780-426-0015 Ext. 120

A PDF copy of this release is available here.