Dave Toycen is a widely respected leader in the humanitarian sector whose remarkable career includes 42 years of continuous service to World Vision. From 1996 to 2015, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Canada—the largest humanitarian relief, development and advocacy organization in Canada.
During his 19 years as president, Mr. Toycen oversaw World Vision Canada’s dramatic growth. Under his leadership, the organization raised more than $4.0 billion in aid and development funding, and close to half a million children were sponsored. He also led World Vision Canada into significant advocacy and public policy work, with an emphasis on issues affecting children. Through regular dialogue with government and business leaders in Canada and overseas, he worked for long-term structural change in areas such as child and maternal health, the rights of girls, and the protection of children in armed conflict. Mr. Toycen has spoken before the World Bank, and has met with heads of state, key global executives and development leaders to discuss the well-being of the world’s children. He has also provided on-site assessment and support during major humanitarian disasters.
Mr. Toycen’s humanitarian commitment is anchored in his Christian faith and a deep sense of calling to serve marginalized populations. In his book, The Power of Generosity (Harper Collins, 2004), he draws from his wide experience and calls readers to become more engaged in the world and to develop a more generous way of life.
Now retired, Mr. Toycen’s current interests focus on effective leadership and governance to create vital, accountable, and creative organizations and businesses. He has a continuing passion to help overcome poverty and injustice. He serves on the boards of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Wycliffe College.
Mr. Toycen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Philosophy, from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, and honorary doctorates from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, and Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. He is married to Diane and they have two children and four grandchildren.