Coast Funds Welcomes Trevor Loke as Director, Partnership Development

The newly created role of Director, Partnership Development will work in service of First Nations governments who are undertaking efforts to increase their access to sustainable, self-determined finance for stewardship authorities—such as the Da’naxda’xw Guardian Watchmen program, pictured here—and economic development projects with Coast Funds. Photo courtesy Melanie Clapham, BearID Project.

Coast Funds is pleased to announce that Trevor Loke, CFRE, will be joining our team as Director, Partnership Development.

In this newly created role, Trevor will work in service of First Nations governments who are undertaking efforts to increase their access to sustainable, self-determined finance for stewardship authorities and economic development projects with Coast Funds.

The Director, Partnership Development role will serve as a key element in realizing Coast Funds’ strategic goals in partnership with First Nations and funders. Working closely with Coast Funds’ CEO, Brodie Guy, and First Nations’ leaders, Trevor will partner with First Nations to secure new self-determined sources of revenue and contributions to First Nations’ investments with Coast Funds.

“I am grateful to have an emerging leader with Trevor’s solid background and professional experience join our team in dedication to the First Nations we work in service of,” says CEO Brodie Guy. “This new role will strengthen Coast Funds’ capabilities to partner with First Nations to continue building resilient economies and revitalizing stewardship of their lands and waters.”

Trevor brings to the position a passion for development in the non-profit and charitable sectors. He was selected for the role by a committee of First Nations stewardship directors after an in-depth recruiting process.

This new role will strengthen Coast Funds’ capabilities to partner with First Nations to continue building resilient economies and revitalizing stewardship of their lands and waters.

“Access to stable and sustainable finance ensures that future generations of First Nations can continue to steward their lands and waters, as they have for millennia,” says Douglas Neasloss, Stewardship Director for Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation who provided leadership during the hiring process for this role. “Not having to continually look for short-term funding solutions is critical to developing our governments’ stewardship authorities.”

Prior to joining Coast Funds, Trevor was Head of Fundraising for the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, previously served as Partnership Development Manager with MakeWay, and has held fundraising positions with the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. For over a decade Trevor was the principal of Trevor Loke Consulting, working with over 30 clients on comprehensive partnerships for philanthropic projects across North America, Europe, and Africa, including for the Transparency International Secretariat and One Girl Can.

“I look forward to beginning my role as Director, Partnership Development with Coast Funds,” says Trevor. “I’m honoured to support the important fundraising work First Nations are leading. I trust that our efforts will grow and sustain the essential stewardship and economic endeavors of First Nations for the benefit of both current and future generations.”

Based in Vancouver, Trevor is an active community member. He has been elected as a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner and as a board director of several charities. He became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2019.

Trevor will begin working with Coast Funds in early November 2020.