Lori Armitage is The Foundation’s Director of Finance. Her responsibilities include managing financial and investment affairs and providing leadership to staff on financial and operational issues.
Born and raised in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Lori obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishop’s University and received a postgraduate designation as a Certified General Accountant (CGA). Shortly thereafter she transitioned to a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) when the Accounting Designations united together.
Beginning her career at the Royal Bank of Canada, Lori worked there for fourteen years learning as much as she possibly could. She started out as a Bank Teller, became a Mutual Fund Accountant, all before finally ascending to being a Senior Financial Analyst. Lori took a break from the world of banking so she could stay home with her kids.
Lori credits her mother as her inspiration for ultimately going to work in the nonprofit sector. Her mom had always been very involved in their community by serving on multiple boards and helping out wherever she could. So, while Lori enjoyed her work in the financial sector, her hope in returning to the workforce was to be able to contribute in a more meaningful way.
In 2011, Lori joined The Foundation after answering an ad in the paper that said “accounting moms, work while your children are in school.” She has been part of the team ever since.
“I have learned that there are so many people in this world that want to make a difference and they are incredibly generous with their time, money or most often both,” says Lori. “The communities that we live in are fortunate to have those dedicated to help make a difference. The Foundation has changed significantly over the past few years and it continues to transition in order to meet the ever changing needs of the community. I am proud to be a part of the Oakville Community Foundation.”
Lori lives in Burlington with her husband, Brad, who she has been married to for the past twenty-two years. They have two children, her son, Max is 20 and her daughter Jamie is 16. And, of course, Joey the dog, a cockapoo, who is essentially one of the kids too.
Outside of the office, you can find her hiking, skiing, biking or just enjoying the outdoors. Lori has also recently set her sights on learning to curl. With her attention to detail and dedication, we’re pretty confident you may see her at the next winter Olympics in Paris 2024!
Lori always brings her positivity and goes the extra mile to compliment everyone on the team for their hard-work. We are looking forward to another exciting year at The Foundation and working alongside Lori!