Judith McKenney has been appointed chief financial officer (CFO) of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, Soloway Jewish Community Centre and Ottawa Jewish Community School.
McKenney, who holds both CPA (chartered professional accountant) and CGA (certified general accountant) designations, has many years of experience working in the non-profit and charity sectors.
McKenney began her career as a consultant at Deloitte after earning a bachelor of commerce degree at Carleton University and a master of health administration degree at the University of Ottawa. But she soon decided to leave the firm and work for non-profit organizations.
“Non-profits give purpose to what I’m doing,” she told the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. “I can give back to society… When I retire, I’ll know I did something good in the world.”
Over the past 20 years, McKenney has held senior finance positions at the Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat, the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, and United Way/Centraide Ottawa. She has also volunteered with a number of organizations.
“Ottawa provides this: there’s an atmosphere of giving, and many people donate their time for good purposes,” she said.
“It’s just as hectic and busy as the for-profit sector and requires [as much] time and effort.”
McKenney said transparency and accountability are among her priorities.
“It’s very important for me to inform our donors how we’re doing financially.”