Natalka is currently the Director of Development at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, where she is responsible for refining and growing the Foundation's fundraising programs. She also works with her husband, artist and jeweller Dimitri Gagnon Morris, on the early stages of their fine jewellery and art business.
Her passions include philanthropy, entrepreneurship, building effective teams, and helping young professionals make courageous and aware choices for their career and life. Having lived all her life with Dandy-Walker Syndrome, possible PHACE Syndrome, blindness in one eye and a facial haemangioma, she believes in advocating for people living with uncommon congenital conditions.
In the community, Natalka serves on the Quebec Board of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - a non-competitive, internationally recognized program designed to encourage young people to develop positive skills and lifestyle habits.
She has also worked and volunteered with universities, museums, and arts, culture, youth leadership, and international development organizations in capacities relating to strategy, advocacy, project management, public relations, team-building, communications, events, and fundraising. Internationally, her experience includes stints at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, at Sciences-Po in Paris, at the Associated Press in Brussels, and on various projects in Ukraine.
Before moving into the field of institutional advancement, she practiced administrative and public law as well as employment litigation at Baker & McKenzie LLP's Toronto office. While articling, she clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Marc Nadon at the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada.
And congratulations to Natalka, who in late 2016 will be starting her maternity and parental leave!