Meet Brian Posavad, YMCA President and Chief Executive Officer.


Brian joined the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth in September, 2015 as the former Vice President of Capital Development and Operations at the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford. The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford is the third largest YMCA in Canada, serving more than 200,000 individuals in an extremely diverse and rapidly-changing community. There, Brian had proven himself as a dedicated leader, innovator and agent of community collaboration resulting in growth, sustainability, and positive change.

Brian has a proven track record as a senior YMCA Manager, which align with the priorities of our YMCA.

He was the lead in the development of a new $58.4M recreation and athletic centre in Brantford, based on a co-owner partnership to be operated by the YMCA and Wilfrid Laurier University; he completed the design, construction and operating process for an $18.5M community centre; he was responsible for the management of all owned and leased assets, supported new capital projects and the annual maintenance of a 300,000 sq. ft. operational space based on Board direction and in alignment with a Capital Development Strategy; and he managed an operating budget of $15M in revenue involving over 27,000 members, 800+ staff, 1.2M annual facility accessed, and 18,000 annual residential camp/outdoor centre visits.

Brian brings incredible experience to our YMCA and community development, and is eager to advance the initiative of a new YMCA facility, advancing day-to-day operations, and not only building, but strengthening community relationships.

To learn more about how Brian interacts with the community, check out his Twitter feed: @BrianPosavad