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Kenn Mainville is the next president and CEO of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestera. Image: Submitted/New Brunswick Youth Orchestra

New president for New Brunswick Youth Orchestra

By Regis Phillips Jan 30, 2024 | 5:34 AM

A familiar face has been named the next president of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO).

The orchestra announced the appointment of Kenn Mainville as its new president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 12.

Ken MacLeod, the outgoing president and CEO, will remain with NBYO throughout the year, assisting Mainville with the transition.

“As the father of former orchestra members and having served on the board of directors of NBYO many years ago, returning to New Brunswick to take the baton from Ken MacLeod feels like a homecoming. I am so excited to get to work,” said Mainville.

A New Brunswick native, NBYO says Mainville has 30-plus years of experience with strategic planning, volunteer engagement, major gift strategy, capital campaigns and corporate partnerships with over 100 non-profit organizations across Canada.  

As an organizational leader, his most recent role as director of development at The Mustard Seed, a non-profit organization operating in five cities across Alberta and British Columbia, saw Mainville play a pivotal and visionary role in securing $7 million per year in major gifts.

“The committee is confident that Mainville will bring his passion, strategic vision, and collaborative leadership style to further the core mission of the organization,” said Réjean Boudreau, chair of the NBYO board of directors.

“His proven ability to inspire and lead high-performance teams aligns perfectly with the NBYO’s commitment to nurturing young talent through music education. We are thrilled to welcome him to NBYO.”

Mainville is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with additional credentials based on his mastery of advanced fundraising technologies.

He also contributes to the non-profit sector as a volunteer, including as founding president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – NB Chapter and early involvements with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Sistema NB.