40 Under Forty Awards


Brandi Braithwaite (35)

Brandi Braithwaite (35)

Brandi is a highly motivated, passionate and resourceful leader with a wide professional skill set – with more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, event management, sales, public relations and business management. She currently holds the position of Director of Development and Alumni at Cambrian College, is a member of the Rotary Sudbury Sunrisers and an Executive Member of the Ward 8 Community Action Network. Brandi is an avid blood donor with the firm belief that “blood – it’s in you to give”, and volunteers her time as a mentor with the Sudbury and District Health Unit.

Q: What is the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: Full raising a healthy, kind, independent and socially conscious child in a politically aware and environmentally conservative household. My daughter is 9-years old. My main priority is to make sure she is equipped with the tools and ideology needed to support the next generation.

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: Day One by Sarah Slean.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: My background is in communications and I have always been motivated to pursue a career in an industry I felt would make a difference. I have enjoyed a great synergy between communications and fundraising as a result. The most rewarding part of my job is absolutely creating mutually beneficial partnerships. Working with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals and aligning their gifts with initiatives that matter most to them is incredibly fulfilling.

Q: Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know.
A: I’m a music lover across nearly ever genre, but I have a particular affinity for 80s metal hair bands, Broadway and 1940’s movie musicals, and artists I discover regularly on CBC Radio 2
(I Love You CBC).

Q: What makes you proud to be a Sudburian?
A: I will admit I was one of many teenagers that couldn’t wait to leave their hometown. I did, but returned in 2007 with a renewed love and admiration for this city. I am so proud of the many developments currently taking place and being discussed in our community, the unique revitalization efforts in areas like Kathleen Street, and our growing diversity. Being so close to nature and peaceful spaces like Kivi Park, and just a short drive away from scenic locales like Manitoulin Island and Killarney, make me incredibly grateful to be a Sudburian. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else at this point in my life.