Who is Gerrad Oishi?

An experienced guide who will help you navigate both the for-profit and not-for-profit world. For 20 years, he has brought new ventures to life in the non-profit, energy and technology sectors.

Track Record

  • Developed new funding models for the Calgary Homeless Foundation (also served as interim CEO and interim CFO)
  • Created a new model for Habitat for Humanity, allowing them to access land trust land and expand from two homes per year to a 28-unit townhouse complex.
  • Grew audience and attracted new resources for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Shaped social enterprises for other organizations, including Alberta Ecotrust, Ethnicity Catering, Immigrant Access Fund and Women in Need Society
  • Led service development and marketing for two publicly-traded technology companies

In addition to his work with Lodestone Social Ventures, Gerrad also served as:

  • Board member and past Chairman of the Brenda Strafford Foundation. A private foundation with that employs 1,000 staff in four countries. Projects include hospitals, orphanages, hospices, affordable housing, seniors care and women’s shelters.
  • Chairman of the Provincial Board for the Alberta Government Human Services Children and Youth Portfolio.
  • Government appointed Board Chairman of the Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority. A Board that oversees the delivery of the government’s $240M investment in children and families in need.

His past service includes organizations such as: London Benchmark Group, Leadership Calgary, National Association of Japanese Canadians, United Way, Royal Alberta Museum and Advisory Board to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Calgary in 2009.


  • The 2013 Calgary Award winner as Community Advocate,
  • Top 40 Under 40 in 2006, Avenue Magazine
  • Named as a Visionary for the Calgary Foundation’s Fund on Diversity and Inclusion


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alberta
  • MBA in New Venture Development from the University of Alberta
  • Alumni of Leadership Calgary, class of 2005