About Brett

Brett has been in full-time ministry for 30 years. He has led in many environments: parishes; as an executive with Catholic Christian Outreach (www.cco.ca); as Director of an Archdiocesan Development Office and currently; as the Archbishop’s Delegate of Development and Ministries for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Brett provides leadership to the Development Office and Ministry Offices. The RCAV Development Office raises approximately $10M annually through a comprehensive fundraising system that includes an Annual Appeal, Planned Giving, Security Gifts, Endowments, DAF’s and Gifts-in-Kind. His Ministry Offices run multiple programs, projects, events, and digital initiatives. Check out: www.beholdvancouver.org and www.weareproclaim.com.

Brett has a MA Leadership from Royal Roads University & spent many years in less formal study prior to grad school.

Brett created a blog as an encouraging resource for leaders that are building organizations, ministries, and parishes in pursuit of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). The new evangelization is the most important mission in the world, it is where leadership matters most.


According to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Brett is an ENTJ which means he is hard-wired in the following ways:

  • A systems thinker.
  • Enjoys the deep work of creative and critical thinking.
  • He is an analyst and advisor.
  • He tends to search for underlying problems and discern practical solutions – sometimes unsolicited!
  • His passion for teaching leadership is second to his passion for learning leadership.
  • He loves making forward progress and can’t stand the thought of being stuck.
  • He is a coach at heart and passionate about seeing others thrive.
  • He is a pro-leader. He strives to make his content inspiring and encouraging, not corrective.
  • He is usually around people but deeply requires solitude and silence to restore his soul and recharge his energies.
  • His favorite place in the world is anywhere with my bride.

Brett's Values

  • Trust – Trust is the one thing in relationships that changes everything in relationships.
  • Learning – When leaders stop learning, they stop leading. Period.
  • Service – Service is essential to leadership; either you are a servant leader or no leader at all.
  • Simplicity – Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, especially in leadership and organizational development.
  • Integrated Life – Great leaders are ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things and extraordinary people living very ordinary lives.
  • Human Dignity – No individual is merely the sum of their strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures. They are the sum of the Heavenly Father’s love for them, infused with an incredible dignity and capable of profound greatness (Saint John Paul II, WYD 2002).

“Values are like glue, they hold everything together.” Dr. John C. Maxwell

Brett's Family

Andrea and Brett have been dating, engaged or married for over 30 years. They were high school sweethearts and now have eight wonderful kids with a lot of life lived in between (and the sacrament of marriage)! As Brett often says “at times it feels like we are raising two families, the “older ones” and the “younger ones” – can anybody relate?

His kids are active in elite sports which, despite the challenge of managing so many schedules and commitments, has been an incredible blessing to their family. The kids’ involvement has given us many opportunities to share our lives and faith with families we have come to know and love. This is one heck of a good ride.

Brett and Andrea have known Reanne since she was in diapers and proudly welcomed her into our family when she married their oldest, Jacob. Now they have a beautiful granddaughter, Gloria Therese, born July 13th 2019, and a handsome grandson, Sebastian Andrew, born February 9th.

Brett is a natural leader and gifted teacher. He has a noble desire to help others deepen their level of self-awareness and flourish in all facets of life. I have benefited from Brett’s counsel and recognize that his teaching, coaching, consulting, and leadership skills come from a place of intimate connection with the One who alone can satisfy our deepest longings and give our life purpose and meaning.
Bishop Christian Riesbeck
Bishop for the Diocese of Saint John
I have the privilege of working with business executives across different industries and Brett Powell is one of the best and most well-respected leaders I have ever met. What makes Brett exceptional is that he consistently lives and leads from a place of deep connection to what matters most
Tim Dumas
COO Jak’s, Mackay CEO Forum, Certified Forum Chair
I have the privilege of serving alongside Brett on a day-to-day basis. I have seen firsthand his ability to navigate challenging situations with wisdom, provide thoughtful insight to friends and colleagues, and set a high standard of excellence through his own actions – in other words, leadership.
Sean O’Brien
Chief Financial Officer, Archdiocese of Vancouver