Trinity Western University announces new senior vice president of advancement

Building bridges to success: advancing education, advancing lives

Trinity Western University proudly welcomes Ann Barnard Ball as the new senior vice president of advancement.

Bringing a wealth of experience as an executive leader, Ann is uniquely gifted in drawing together alumni, friends of the University, donors, and foundations in support of TWU's transformative mission and vision. In her new role, Ann will craft and execute an advancement strategy that focuses on finding new and exciting ways for individuals to partner with TWU as we empower, educate, and equip students for lives of purpose, witness, and leadership. She commences her role on February 12.

President Mark Husbands remarks:

“Ann’s passion for the global impact of Christian higher education is compelling. I am thrilled that an international search by CarterBaldwin resulted in Ann’s commitment to serve Christ here at Trinity Western. Her leadership acumen, warm and gracious personality, intelligence, and proven ability to build and nurture effective teams will be tremendous assets to both Trinity Western University and our Executive Leadership Team. Her involvement comes at a pivotal moment as we begin to implement our new Strategic Plan: “TWU 2030: Every Graduate Equipped.”

The greater part of Ann’s 20-plus years in the realm of charitable giving and philanthropy has been in service to faith-based Christian organizations. Bringing strengths in fundraising, team management, and strategic leadership, she joins TWU from New Hope Community Services, where she has served as executive director since 2019. During her tenure at New Hope, Ann launched a $4-million campaign and more than doubled the number of investors for the organization’s work. Prior to New Hope, Ann was the chief development officer for Blue Sea Foundation, where she initiated a national mentorship program for charities to train leaders across Canada on financial and strategic management of their organizations. During this period, she successfully led three national events each year, raising over $10 million for Canadian charities.

Trinity Western University proudly welcomes Ann Barnard Ball as the new senior vice president of advancement.

Previously, Ann served as executive director of advancement at Power to Change, managing a team of around 40 staff and contributing actively as a member of the executive leadership team. Prior to this, Ann held the position of chief development officer for Yonge Street Mission, where she nurtured key donor relationships and successfully completed a $10-million capital campaign. Her journey into advancement work started at Children's Aid Foundation, where she became executive director, leading strategy and day-to-day operations for advancing support of child welfare across Canada. She has also managed the Tyndale Foundation, and held a communications role with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

Ann expresses that stepping into the role of advancing the University’s mission for building the next generation of leaders is very exciting. She believes that her own faith journey informs her work in philanthropy and sees having an abundance mindset as key to fostering relationships with donors.

Ann remarks, “I am thrilled to join Trinity Western University as senior vice president of Advancement and contribute to the University’s long legacy of delivering exceptional Christian higher education. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and dedicated donors to fulfill Trinity Western’s vision to equip graduates to think truthfully, act justly, and live faithfully for the good of the world and the glory of God.”

Complementing her wealth of experience, Ann holds a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. She earned degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University in environmental studies and political studies, and she is currently finishing a master’s degree in urban studies at Simon Fraser University. Ann has served as board director with multiple organizations in the charitable and non-profit sector.  

Please join us in warmly welcoming Ann Barnard Ball.

About Trinity Western University

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is a global Christian liberal arts university. We are dedicated to equipping students to discover meaningful connections between career, life, and the needs of the world. Drawing upon the riches of the Christian tradition, seeking to unite faith and reason through teaching and scholarship, Trinity Western University is a degree-granting research institution offering liberal arts and sciences as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media, and culture. It has campuses in Canada in Langley, Richmond, and Ottawa. Learn more at or follow us on Instagram @trinitywestern, Twitter @TrinityWestern, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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