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John M. Rafferty, President and CEO

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John M. Rafferty joined the CNIB Foundation in 2009 as the organization’s eighth president and CEO. Since then, he’s been a catalyst for change and for the modernization of one of Canada’s oldest charities.

John has been the driving force behind the organization's last two strategic plans. In 2018, the CNIB Foundation completed its Path to Change with the inclusion of vision loss rehabilitation services into the healthcare continuum. Now as the organization enters its second century of operations it is focused on “boosting participation in the world of work” and “unleashing the power of technology” as the critical ambitions of its latest strategic plan titled “Bold Dreams, Bright Futures”

John is also the president and CEO of the CNIB Foundation's two affiliate organizations, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada and CNIB Deafblind Community Services. He is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Health Policy Council, serves on the Board of Directors for Accessible Media Inc., and is the Chair of Vision 2020 Canada. In 2012, he earned the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians to their community. 

John came to the CNIB Foundation with more than 20 years of international experience in the business world gained through years of living and working abroad. Born, raised and educated in England, John has held leadership roles with Dun and Bradstreet Canada, Verizon Information Services, where he was posted to Canada, the UK, Poland and China, as well as British Telecom.