New President and CEO takes the lead at United Way

EDMONTON, AB – As of September 1, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region has a new leader at the helm.  The Board of Directors appointed Mr. Rob Yager as the organization’s new President and CEO.

Yager is the successor to Anne Smith, who had been with the local United Way for over 30 years, and led the organization in its top leadership role since 1992. 

“We’re seeing a significant change in the philanthropic and charitable sectors,” explains Jane Halford, Chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. “It will take innovative approaches and solid strategies to create meaningful and lasting change in our community. The Board has a high degree of confidence in Mr. Yager to lead the organization and looks forward to working with him as United Way takes its next steps into a new era.”

Since 2004, Yager has held various executive positions at the local United Way, including: Vice President, Business Services; Senior Vice President, Operations; and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, he held executive leadership positions with The Bethany Group and St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose. 

Over the years at United Way, Yager provided direction on United Way’s Creating Pathways Out of Poverty mission, participated on the national United Way Movement Advisory Council, led pan-organizational projects and was the Executive Sponsor of the All in for Youth initiative. In addition to his new role, he serves on the EndPovertyEdmonton Stewardship Round Table.

“I wholeheartedly believe this is one of the most compelling times to be a part of United Way and our movement,” said Yager. “We live in one of the most prosperous regions in North America and yet 135,000 of our community members are struggling in poverty – over 40,000 of them are kids. For me, it’s an honour and an inspiration to be part of an organization that’s striving to change this; and with the support of an incredible network of partners and leaders across the community.”

About United Way

United Way brings community members together to create pathways out of poverty for children, families and individuals struggling in the greater Edmonton area. For information on the organization’s efforts, partnerships and programs supported, please visit


For more information or to coordinate interviews, please contact:

Mike Kluttig      
Vice-President, Community Engagement    
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region      
p. 780-443-8377   c. 780-909-1790