Yorkville Asset Management

Business Advisory Group

James Orban

Mr. Orban had a successful 38-year media career with the Ottawa Journal, Edmonton Journal and Ottawa Citizen, which concluded as publisher of the Ottawa Citizen (2003 - 2010) with responsibility for the entire newspaper operation, including business, sales, marketing, manufacturing and news/editorial. While Publisher the newspaper built on its well-earned reputation as a newspaper of journalistic excellence by capturing an unprecedented number of awards and recognition from the National Newspaper Association and Canadian Association of Journalists.

Mr. Orban was President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation (2011-2020). Reporting to the Foundation board of directors he was responsible for the overall vision, leadership and operation of the Foundation. In 2020, the largest infrastructure and research fundraising campaign in the history of the Heart Institute was successfully completed by raising $100 million in donations during the 7- year campaign.

Mr. Orban has an MBA from the University of Ottawa. During his +45-years as a community volunteer he served on +40 non-profit boards and fundraising committees covering education, business, sports, healthcare, the arts and social services. In addition to being a board member of the various organizations he assumed a leadership role at many including the Kinsmen Club of Ottawa (President 1975), Canadian Newspaper Advertising Executives Association (President 1987), Greater Ottawa Board of Trade (Chair 1999), Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation (Chair 1998-2000), Ottawa Symphony Orchestra fundraising event (Chair 2004), Great Canadian Theatre Company capital campaign (Co-chair 2004-2005), Bruyere Hospital Foundation (Chair 2001-2004), Education Foundation of Ottawa (Chair 2007-2011) and Ottawa TELUS community board (Chair 2013-2018).

His community activity was recognized with the Partners in Research Biomedical Award (2011) for his contributions as an ambassador for Canadian Health Research, Community Builder Award from the United Way of Ottawa (2010), Negev Dinner honouree (2007), Trudeau Medal from the University of Ottawa (2004) for professional and community leadership, Ottawa Centre for Regional Innovation (OCRI) Civic Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2003) for excellence in aiding community collaboration and in 2019 received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.