Jenkins replaces Dean Hirsch, who announced last year he was stepping down.
Jenkins will assume his new role Oct. 1 at the start of fiscal 2010 for World Vision.
“I have a great sense of calling to bring sustainable change and dignity to the world’s poorest children,” Jenkins said in a statement, “and this is possible because of World Vision’s strong reputation and the effectiveness of its people.”
Jenkins, 52, is a managing director of TriWest Capital Partners, a Calgary-based independent private equity firm. From 1996 to 2003, he was president and chief executive officer of The Westaim Corporation, a technology research and commercial product company. From 1985 to 1996, he held senior executive positions with Canadian Airlines, including president and chief executive officer.
Jenkins has been a member of the World Vision Canada board for the past nine years, initiating three significant initiatives with major donors related to HIV/AIDS in Zambia as well as microfinance in Ethiopia. He served on the board of Young Life of Canada from 1992 to 2008, including as board chair from 2004 to 2008.