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Christina Hirukawa

Christina Hirukawa


AFA Associates (


Non-profit communications and development specialist, with six years of experience: fundraising and investment development, event planning, database and office management, budgeting, procurement, and contract, and project management. Possesses a diverse skill set with both analytical and creative abilities and a strong dedi...


AFA Associates (


With over ten years collective experience working with growing private international collections AFA Associates is a full service art advisory with focus on modern and contemporary art. Working with clients across the globe, we believe a good art collection is a highly personal one, and strive to inspire and educate our clients by bringing the very best examples of art into their homes.

We work with both new and experienced collectors and introduce our clients to today’s most important artists, galleries, and museums with strategic long-term guidance and planning.

Congratulations to Tara Bosch for winning BC/Alberta Notable Award for Emerging Startup

This award recognizes a driven millennial who has recently launched their business and we feel could easily be the next big thing with their incredible idea. Simply put, everyone should be keeping an eye on them.

Emerging startup

The Next Big Thing CO

Director of Development

The mission of The Next Big Thing (TNBT) is to identify and empower young entrepreneurs, giving them the resources, education, and network they need to succeed. The programs provided by TNBT prepare young Canadians with solid technical foundations and the ability to understand and embrace innovation as an integral aspect of entrepreneurship, giving young individuals the 21st Century skill set they need to succeed in the Canadian and global economies. TNBT provides its programs free of charge and are fully inclusive: TNBT encourages and champions the participation of female youth in entrepreneurship, and the full inclusion of Canada’s multicultural population. Moreover, TNBT has no requisites educational or academic, creating barrier free access to its programming. Creating unique learning opportunities through close relationships with business leaders across the country.

As Director of Development, the role is focused on maintaining and growing individual and corporate giving and sponsorship. The role's main focus is creating and delivering a strategic 3-year fundraising plan to assure the continued success of the organisation and its programming. Key aspects of the role are federal and provincial partnership development, comprehensive planning for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects working toward defined goals.

The Portfolio Prize

Foundation Manager

The Portfolio Prize is a Vancouver-based Foundation that aims to encourage the development of young artists through early support and mentor-ship. The 2015 Portfolio Prize funds are directed toward development of emerging artists.

The role focuses on the financial and administrative management of the Foundation as well as the governance and disbursement of the annual Portfolio Prize.