1637774525640 (1)Joanne Bath

Member of the Board of Directors



As the Chief Executive Officer of Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, Joanne Bath leads a team committed to advancing life-changing health research and care in the Maritimes, across Canada, and beyond.

 With more than 16 years of experience in the philanthropic field, Joanne’s broad knowledge and expertise have been instrumental to the success of major organizations over the years, including DMRF and the IWK Foundation. Over the past decade, Joanne has worked diligently to build and lead high-performing teams, and has raised millions of dollars through entrepreneurial thinking, meticulous vision, fundraising acumen, and thoughtful leadership.

Hailing from small-town Newfoundland, Joanne strongly values community, life-long learning, connection, and genuine relationships—values upon which she has built her rewarding career. Throughout her career and in her time with DMRF she serves as a critical link between researchers and donors and between partner organizations who have a shared vision broadly or in specific areas of interest. For example, she played a key role in the creation of NS COVID-19 Health Research Coalition, unlocking $1.5M from eight partnering organizations in the province.

Joanne is an active member in her community and has passionately contributed to several volunteer boards over the years, including Chisholm Services for Children, Association of Fundraising Professionals of Nova Scotia, Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association, and Canadian Progress Club Halifax Citadel and most recently, Pier Labs. As a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Women Get on Board, Joanne has been taking advantage of the opportunities afforded to her to deepen her knowledge regarding good board governance.

 Joanne holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland.