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SickKids Foundation Board of Directors 2013-2014

John Francis – Chair 

John Francis

John Francis joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in November 2003. He concurrently serves on the Board of The Hospital for Sick Children.

Mr. Francis is founder and Managing Director of Fraser Kearney Capital Corp. and most recently was President & CEO of Trader Media Corporation, Ontario’s largest publisher of classified advertising magazines and websites. Previously he worked in New York and Los Angeles in investment banking for various firms, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. John has an HBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Dr. Michael Apkon, MBA, MD, PhD

Michael Apkon

Dr. Michael Apkon was appointed to the position of President and CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) January 1, 2014.

Dr. Apkon has a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Prior to coming to SickKids, Dr. Apkon was Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a practicing Paediatric Intensive Care specialist. Dr. Apkon also served in leadership roles at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Health System including being the Executive Director leading Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

As Chief Medical Officer at CHOP, Dr. Apkon was responsible for: leading clinical quality and safety improvement efforts across the delivery network; overseeing measures to maintain hospital accreditation and regulatory compliance; and providing executive oversight for operations in the Cardiac Centre, as well as Medical Staff Affairs for CHOP, including its hospital affiliates and primary care networks.

Many of Dr. Apkon’s professional efforts have focused on improving clinical effectiveness, safety, and operational improvements. Research interests relate to the use of Decision Support Informatics Technology to enhance safety, and the application of operations management tools such as queuing theory and simulation to enhance performance.

Jordan Banks 

Jordan Banks

Jordan Banks joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2013.

Jordan Banks is the Global Head of Vertical Strategy and Managing Director of Facebook Canada. In his global role, Mr. Banks leads the team responsible for identifying and developing strategies and initiatives focused on transforming businesses in Facebook’s key industry categories around the world. Mr. Banks is also responsible for leading and managing all of Facebook’s commercial operations in Canada.

Prior to Facebook, Mr. Banks was the founder and managing partner at Thunder Road Capital, which he co-founded to provide investment and advisory services to early stage technology companies across North America. Mr. Banks was also the chief executive officer of publicly traded JumpTV, a leading broadcaster of sports and international television over the Internet. Prior to joining JumpTV, Mr. Banks served as the managing director of eBay Canada where he helped launch the Canadian business in 2000.

Before joining eBay Canada, Mr. Banks managed the Licensing and International Business group at the National Hockey League Players’ Association. A lawyer by profession, Mr. Banks also practiced corporate law at Goodmans LLP in Toronto.

Mr. Banks is a very active and dedicated member of the community where he serves on a number of commercial and community Boards of Directors. Additionally, over the course of the past two decades, he has personally championed numerous efforts relating to raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and care.

Mr. Banks was recently named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Canada by Financial Post Magazine. Mr. Banks was previously named one of Canada's “Top 40 Under 40” honourees.

Sonia A. Baxendale - Vice Chair & Treasurer 

Sonia Baxendale

Sonia Baxendale joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2007.

Ms. Baxendale was most recently the Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC and President, CIBC Retail Markets. She led the Retail and Wealth Management businesses from 2005 to 2011.

From 1992 to 2011 Ms. Baxendale played a key role in developing strategy and direction for CIBC and has held various leadership roles including Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC Wealth Management, Executive Vice-President, Asset Management, Card Products and Collections, and Executive Vice-President of Global Private Banking & Investment Management Services. Prior to this, she was Managing Director, CIBC Wood Gundy.

Prior to joining CIBC, Ms. Baxendale held various positions with American Express Canada and Saatchi & Saatchi. She has been named one of the "Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada" for the past three years and in 2000 was recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40. Ms. Baxendale is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Ms. Baxendale was previously Vice Chair of Executive Council, Canadian Bankers Association and was also the CIBC Executive Sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure which raised over $30 million for breast cancer research in 2009. She is also on the Foundation Board of Frontier College.

Sonia is married with three children.

Jordan Bitove 

Jordan Bitove

Jordan Bitove joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2012.

Mr. Bitove is a partner at LarchHill Investments Inc., a private equity group in Toronto which invests in small- to medium-sized businesses. Formerly, Mr. Bitove was the President & CEO of Vision Companies, an industry leader in creating experiential marketing experiences such as Canada’s Walk of Fame, the Formula 1 Grand Prix Ball Series and Hockey House at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Previously, Mr. Bitove launched Great Moments in Catering, which became Canada's largest privately held event catering company, serving the Molson Indy, Tennis Canada and numerous institutions. He also contributed significantly to the startup of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club, the first NBA franchise awarded outside of the United States. He holds the position of Honorary Consul to the Republic of Macedonia.

Mr. Bitove is a graduate of Western University and presently sits on its Board of Governors.

Rita Ciccolini

Rita Ciccolini

Rita Ciccolini joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2011.

Ms. Ciccolini is a partner at Masters Insurance Ltd., a family owned and operated business since 1966. Ms. Ciccolini graduated from York University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts. Some of her charitable work includes committee member of the “Cuisine and Cuvee” event for the Providence Healthcare Foundation and the Knights of Columbus “Christmas is for Kids” event. She is a past York Region Catholic School Board Trustee. As a former patient of the cardiac unit, SickKids holds a special place in Ms. Ciccolini’s heart. She currently resides in Kleinburg with her family while enjoying the outdoors, gardening, baking and raising a teenage son.

Kevin Crull

Kevin Crull

Kevin Crull joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2011.

Mr. Crull is President of Bell Media. Prior to Bell Media, he served as President of Bell Residential Services, the national business unit for Bell TV, Bell Internet and Bell Home Phone. Mr. Crull also serves on the Board of The Globe and Mail.

Charles Field-Marsham

Charles Field Marsham

Charles Field-Marsham joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2011.

Mr. Field-Marsham is a Canadian entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in building businesses in Africa. In 1991, he joined Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, and then lived and worked in Kenya between 1993 and 2003 where he started and acquired several businesses. In 2006, he founded Kestrel Capital Management Capital (KCMC) when he returned to Canada. KCMC provides consulting services to Mr. Field-Marsham’s businesses outside of Canada. He owns and is chairman of: Kestrel Capital, the leading investment bank and broker in Kenya; Panafrican Group, the distributor of Komatsu equipment in five countries across East and West Africa; and Kenya Fluorspar, one of the largest and lowest cost producers of fluorspar in the world.

Mr. Field-Marsham sits on the boards of SickKids Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, The Canadian Council on Africa, and The Next 36. He is also the principal benefactor and chairman of the Kenya Scholar Athlete Program (KENSAP) and The Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation.

David Goodman

David Goodman

David Goodman joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2011.

David Goodman is Chairman, President and CEO of GCIC Ltd. (formerly Goodman & Company Investment Counsel), which is a division of the Bank of Nova Scotia representing over $100 billion of assets under management.

Mr. Goodman left an early career as a litigator in 1994 to become a Partner, Vice President and portfolio manager at the investment management firm behind Dynamic Funds. He became President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynamic Funds in 2001 and of DundeeWealth, Dynamic's public company parent, in 2007. Under Mr. Goodman's leadership, the firm has become one of Canada’s best performing and fastest growing investment managers, been recognized as Fund Company of the Year a record seven times at the Canadian Investment Awards, and received more Lipper Awards than any other firm in Canada, while growing assets under management from $5 billion to approximately $50 billion.

Scotiabank's acquisition of DundeeWealth in 2011 brought Mr. Goodman to the Bank to lead the Dynamic fund family and Scotia Asset Management in a new role as the head of Global Asset Management.

Born in Montreal, Mr. Goodman received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in 1985 and a Bachelor of Law (Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa in 1988, where he now serves on the President’s Council. His Chartered Financial Analyst designation was conferred by the University of Virginia in 1996.

Together with his wife Bonnie, Mr. Goodman has four children: Sarah, Ellie, Eden and Anthony. He is a member of the Board of Dundee Corporation and a trustee of Dundee REIT. Mr. Goodman is also a stand-up comedian affiliated with Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Clubs. Mr. Goodman's passion for performing stand-up comedy extends into his philanthropic activities. Mr. Goodman is the founder of the David Goodman Youth Community Trust which runs an annual comedic fundraising event called Humour Me and has to date raised more than $1 million in support of youth at risk.

Wesley J. Hall, ICD.D

Wesley Hall

Wesley J. Hall joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2013.

Mr. Hall is the Chief Executive Officer of Kingsdale Shareholder Services. He is a founding board member of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) and CSCS’ longest serving president. In 2009, Mr. Hall received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Ontario. He is currently chairman of the board of TSX Venture Exchange-listed Difference Capital Financial and serves as director of Prophecy Platinum. Mr. Hall is a graduate of the directors education program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Carol Hansell

Carol Hansell

Carol Hansell joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2013.

Ms. Hansell is an internationally recognized expert in corporate governance. In 2013, she founded Hansell LLP, a law firm providing independent counsel to corporations, their boards of directors and their shareholders. Her new firm builds on her 25 years of expertise, most recently as a Senior Partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Ms. Hansell currently serves on the boards of the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the International Corporate Governance Network and recently retired as a director of the Bank of Canada. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Robert Harding (ex-officio)

Robert Harding

Robert Harding joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2011 when he was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children.

Mr. Harding is a Director and past Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. He is also a Director and Chairman of Norbord Inc., Director and Chair of NexJ Systems Inc. and a Director of Manulife Financial Corporation and First Quantum Minerals Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2013 he was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal for his community service. He was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant in March 2000 and named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 1996. In December 2013, Mr. Harding was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.

Jake Herman

Jake Herman

Jake Herman joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2013.

Mr. Herman is President of Woodbourne Canada Management Inc., a private equity firm focused on investing in Canadian real estate on behalf of pension funds, endowments and other institutional investors. Prior to founding Woodbourne Canada in 2007, Mr. Herman led the real estate investment banking groups at both HSBC Securities and Desjardins Securities. Mr. Herman is a graduate of the Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tim Hockey

Tim Hockey

Tim Hockey joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in September 2007.

As Group Head, Canadian Banking, Auto Finance and Wealth Management, TD Bank Group and President and CEO, TD Canada Trust, Tim's primary responsibility is the leadership of Canadian banking, more commonly known as TD Canada Trust, which includes Canadian personal banking and business banking. He also oversees TD Auto Finance across North America, and TD Wealth Management, which includes the global Direct Investing, Advisory and Canadian Asset Management businesses.

Over a 30 year career with TD, he has held senior positions in a variety of areas including mutual funds, retail distribution, information technology, core and small business, credit cards and personal lending.

In 1997 Tim obtained an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and he now sits on the Advisory Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business. Tim also serves on the Board of Directors for the SickKids Foundation, the largest non-governmental granting agency in children’s health in Canada, and is Chair of the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research and Learning Tower Campaign.

Tim is an executive member of the Canadian Bankers Association, previously serving as Chair of the organization. As well, as a previous winner, Tim sits on the Advisory Board for Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40”, a program that celebrates Canadians who have reached significant success before the age of 40 in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He has recently joined board of The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.

Tim and his wife Lana reside in Toronto, Ontario. They have two sons.

Amy Kaiser

Amy Kaiser

Amy Kaiser joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2012.

Dr. Kaiser provides counseling and cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at a private clinic in Toronto and has a faculty appointment in the Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Kaiser graduated from McGill University with a BA, earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University and a PhD in Public Health Sciences from the University of Toronto.

Christian Lassonde - Vice Chair

Christian Lassonde

Christian Lassonde joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2011.

Christian Lassonde, Managing Partner at Impression Ventures and Director of Ventures at The Next 36, is a serial entrepreneur in the technology sector, having started Millions of Us, a social media agency based in San Francisco; Virtual Greats, a luxury online intellectual property rights broker also based in San Francisco; and Claystone Labs, a mobile application development company in Toronto. Mr. Lassonde has helped launch over thirty-five ventures in the last three years and spends much of his time focused on the development of entrepreneurs and their ventures.

Mr. Lassonde serves on the board of Kira Talent and The Next 36 ventures. In addition, Mr. Lassonde serves on the Board of Governors of Western University, and as a Director of the Lassonde Family Foundation.

Lori Latchman

Lori Latchman

Lori Latchman joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2008.

Ms. Latchman has a strong background in philanthropy, a passion for improving the lives of children and a firm belief in advancing fiscal responsibility. She has a history of working with not-for-profits and describes herself as “philanthropic by nature.” She worked as VP of Fundraising and Director of the Starlight Foundation as well as Director of Education for UNICEF Canada. This latter position was a particularly good fit as Lori holds a specialist degree in Special Education and spent many years teaching children and adults.

Ms. Latchman has supported Baycrest’s Health and Science Center for Aging, Young People’s Theatre and Mount Sinai Hospital. More recently, she has played a pivotal role in garnering support for SickKids – spearheading the Tie Domi Rehab Clinic and working with Scrubs in the City.

Ms. Latchman has two children.

Lisa Lisson

Lisa Lisson

Lisa Lisson joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2013.

Ms. Lisson is President of FedEx Express Canada. She is the first Canadian and first female to hold the post of President. Ms. Lisson is listed by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, and in 2012 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her achievements and work in the community. Ms. Lisson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Guelph and is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Frank Luk

Frank Luk

Frank Luk joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in January 2007.

Mr. Luk is the Senior Vice-President, Partner Advocacy of Synnex Corporation.  He received his Masters of Professional Accounting at the University of Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a director and past president of the Canada Chinese Computer Association and served for four years as a director of the Chinese Business Association.

Mr. Luk has extensive philanthropic interests in and around the GTA with such organizations as the United Way, Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club, Scouts Canada Foundation, Kidney Foundation and the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation. He was the co-chair of the United Way Blossom Ball in 2005 and 2006.

Nancy McCain

Nancy McCain

Nancy McCain joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2012.

Ms. McCain is currently involved in several organizations. She is Chair of The Arts Access Fund, an organization committed to the provision of arts scholarships for talented youth unable to personally finance their artistic studies. She is also a member of the Board of Governors at Acadia University, and a director of Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Previously, Ms. McCain was a director and board chair at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and at the Canadian Art Foundation. She is also a former member of the boards of Arts for Children of Toronto and AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation). Ms. McCain has worked at Sotheby's in Toronto, London and New York and at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

A New Brunswick native, Ms. McCain completed her MA in Arts Administration at New York University.

Caroline Mulroney Lapham

Caroline Mulroney Lapham

Caroline Mulroney Lapham joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2013.

Ms. Mulroney Lapham is Vice President of corporate development for Wellington Financial LP. She is also the co-founder and president of the Shoebox Project for Shelters, a charitable organization based in Toronto with local chapters across Canada. Ms. Mulroney Lapham is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Law. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Richard Nesbitt

Richard Nesbitt

Richard Nesbitt joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2013.

Mr. Nesbitt is Chief Operating Officer of CIBC. Mr. Nesbitt is an Advisory Committee member on the Women in Capital Markets Advisory Council, Chair of the Finance Committee for Pan Am Games 2015, a member of the Rotman School of Management - Financial Services Advisory Board and the London School of Economics, North American Advisory Board. Mr. Nesbitt holds an HBA from Ivey Business School, Western University, a MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.

Gail O'Brien

Gail O`Brien

Gail O’Brien joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2009. Ms. O'Brien was appointed as a Trustee for The Hospital for Sick Children in 2004 and will continue to serve concurrently on both Boards.

Ms. O’Brien was formerly the owner of a specialty Women’s Boutique and General Manager of Calgary’s Holt Renfrew.

Ms. O’Brien is active in Calgary and in Toronto, and holds positions with a variety of not-for-profit organizations in Canada and abroad. Ms O’Brien is Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Public Health and the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program at the Faculty. Formerly the Chair of the National Arts Centre Foundation, she serves currently as a Trustee.of NAC, as well as a Director of Business for the Arts and Co-Chair of the Council for Canadian American Relations in New York. Ms. O’Brien has formerly served on the Boards of the YWCA of Calgary, the Glenbow Museum of Calgary and the Ontario Science Centre.

Ms. O’Brien graduated with a BA in English and Fine Arts from McGill University. She was the 2000 Recipient of the Calgary YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Business and Entrepreneurs. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary in 2010 and a Glenbow Award for her Contribution to the Arts in 2008.

Ms. O’Brien was the Honourary Chair of the 2009 Brazilian Ball benefitting the SickKids Research Institute.

Justin Poy

Justin Poy

Justin Poy joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2011.

Mr. Poy is the founder and President of the Justin Poy Agency, a national full-service agency based in Toronto specializing in English and multicultural marketing and advertising.

A former kidney transplant patient at SickKids and a strong advocate of organ and tissue donation, Mr. Poy has served on the Board of Directors of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Kidney Foundation's National Organ Donation Committee. He is also very active in the Chinese Canadian community, serving as Vice-Chair of The Canadian Foundation for Chinese Heritage Preservation and as Chair of the Toronto International Film Festival's Chinese Advisory Council, where he spearheaded a project naming the Chinese Community Box in Theatre One of Bell Lightbox. Mr. Poy is currently a Director of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, an Advisory Board Member of the Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library at U of T and Lights, Camera, Access.

Mr. Poy is the recipient of the University of Toronto's Arbor Award for outstanding volunteer leadership, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation's inaugural Entrepreneurship Champion Award and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and has received numerous creative Awards in Canada and the U.S.

Edward Rogers

Edward Rogers

Edward Rogers joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2008.

Mr. Rogers was appointed Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications on September 15, 2009. In this capacity, Mr. Rogers oversees major strategic initiatives including long term strategic planning, balance sheet strategies, strategic relationships, mergers and acquisitions and all new business development including Rogers Business Solutions.

From January 2003 to September 2009, Mr. Rogers was President & Chief Executive Officer for Rogers Cable Inc., which consists of three business units. Rogers Cable is Canada's largest cable television provider offering cable television, high-speed Internet access and residential telephony services. Its Rogers Business Solutions division is a national provider of voice communications services, data networking and broadband Internet connectivity to small, medium and large businesses across the country.

After graduating from Western University, Mr. Rogers spent two and a half years with Comcast Corporation, a U.S. cable and cellular company based out of Philadelphia. His U.S. experience covered sales, marketing, new product development and strategic planning.

Mr. Rogers is on the Board of Directors for Rogers Communications inc., CableLabs, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and The OnexOne Foundation.

Edward and his wife have three children: Chloé, Edward and Jack. They live in Toronto.

Irwin H. Rotenberg

Irwin Rotenberg joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in May 2004.

Mr. Rotenberg is President of Lissom Investment Management Inc., a private investment counselor that manages the Owners Family of Funds for high net worth families. For 34 years, he has been actively engaged in the investment industry with extensive experience in equity research strategy and money management for both institutional and individual investors.

Mr. Rotenberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the University of Toronto and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and the Association for Investment Management and Research. Mr. Rotenberg is Vice Chair of the Foundation's Investment Committee. He is Chairman of the Investment Committee of St. Clement's School and a board member of the Toronto Public Library Foundation.

Reza Satchu

Reza Satchu

Reza Satchu joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in January 2006.

Mr. Satchu is the founder and managing partner of Alignvest Capital Management, a private investment company based in Toronto and New York. Mr. Satchu has co-founded, built and managed several successful operating businesses, all from inception, including: SupplierMarket, a supply chain software company funded by Sequoia and KKR that grew to 225 people with several Fortune 500 customers prior to being sold to Ariba in 2000; StorageNow Holdings, which became Canada's second largest self-storage company before being sold to InStorage REIT in 2007; KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, a U.S. fixed income broker dealer focused on the U.S. mortgage market with over $150 million of equity capital; and Greyson Capital Management, a low net exposure equity hedge fund focused on investing in China, Japan and Korea.

Previously, Mr. Satchu spent 13 years in New York where he was a General Partner and Managing Director at Fenway Partners, a $1.5 billion private equity firm, and a Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Satchu has received Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award (2007) and the Management Achievement Award from McGill University (2011). He is a member of the Canadian Advisory Board to the Harvard Business School and the Young Presidents' Organization. Mr. Satchu is also a Professor at the University of Toronto and the Founder and Chairman of The Next 36, an intensive entrepreneurship program for Canada's most promising undergraduate students. He has a BA from McGill University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Irit Shay

Irit Shay

Irit Shay joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2012.

Ms. Shay and her husband are the co-owners of Royal de Versailles Jewelers Inc., Canada’s leading high-end jeweler. She has been able to make significant contributions and donations to many charities in the arts and education fields and to the community.

Ms. Shay has organized a number of events such as the Brazilian Ball, the Chanel Fashion Show and An Evening with Warren Buffett, which collectively raised over $8 million in support of Toronto General Hospital and various international initiatives. In 2010, Ms. Shay chaired a spectacular event that raised more than $3 million for the David Foster Foundation. She has sponsored SickKids Foundation events and has given her time and resources to support Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and many other hospitals in the Toronto area. In December 2013, Ms. Shay organized & Co Chaired another David Foster event which raised 4.2 million.

Walied Soliman

Walied Soliman

Walied Soliman joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2012.

Mr. Soliman is a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP in Toronto, where he is Co-Chair of the Special Situations Team focusing on Canada's leading shareholder activist and defense mandates and complex reorganization transactions. In addition, his practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and financings, corporate governance and structured products. Mr. Soliman has been named to Lexpert Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 lawyers in Canada and Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013 and 2014.

Mr. Soliman holds an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Kathleen Taylor - Vice Chair

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen (Katie) Taylor joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in May 2004.

Ms. Taylor is a Director and Vice Chair of SickKids Foundation and Chair of its Compensation and Resource Management Committee. She was also a member of the Capital Campaign Cabinet for the landmark Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.

Ms. Taylor is the Chair of the Board of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and is a Director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. She also is Chair of the Principal's International Advisory Board of McGill University and a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of the Schulich School of Business at York University.

During an almost 25 year career in the global hospitality industry, Ms. Taylor served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During her years in senior leadership, Four Seasons became the leading luxury management company in the world, operating 90 properties in almost 40 countries. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Ms. Taylor practiced corporate securities and competition law at Goodmans LLP and spent a year on secondment at the Ontario Securities Commission.

Ms. Taylor studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Toronto, and received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1980. In 1984, she earned a JD/MBA degree from the joint law and business program of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business.

Erol Uzumeri

Erol Uzumeri

Erol Uzumeri joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in June 2008.

Mr. Uzumeri is a co-founder and partner of Searchlight Capital Partners, a private investment firm managing over $1 billion of capital operating out of offices in Toronto, New York and London. Prior to Searchlight, Mr. Uzumeri was Head of Private Equity for the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Prior to joining Teachers', Mr. Uzumeri was Vice President of CVC International in London, England. He holds a B.A.Sc. (Industrial Engineering) from the University of Toronto, an MSc (Finance) from the London Business School, and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

V. Prem Watsa

V. Prem Watsa

Mr. V. Prem Watsa joined the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation in January 1998.

Prem Watsa is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.

In 1985, Mr. Watsa took control of Markel Financial which was controlled by the Virginia based Markel family. In 1987 he then re‚Äźorganized and renamed it Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. He has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its inception.

Since 1985, Fairfax has compounded book value by over 22%. Fairfax has total assets of approximately US$36 billion, revenues in excess of US$8 billion and common shareholders’ equity of approximately US$7 billion. The company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Mr. Watsa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India and obtained his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mr. Watsa is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children, member of the Advisory Board for the Richard Ivey School of Business, member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation, on the Board of Blackberry and Chancellor of the University of Waterloo and Chairman of the Investment Committee of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto.


His Royal Highness The Duke of York

Prince Andrew Duke of York

SickKids Foundation is proud that in 2007, HRH The Duke of York accepted an honorary role as its Royal Patron. This prestigious affiliation with the Royal family is an important reflection of the global significance and prominent role of SickKids in advancing children's health.

HRH The Duke of York is the second son and the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Named Andrew Albert Christian Edward, he was known as Prince Andrew until his marriage, when he was created The Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.

The Duke of York is Patron of, or associated with, more than 100 diverse organizations around the world. In particular, dealing with children's illness is one of The Duke of York's greatest interests. While HRH is Patron of a number of U.K. organizations in this area of work, SickKids is the only Canadian paediatric healthcare facility with which he is affiliated.

The Duke of York has many interests, but children remain at the heart of his philanthropic and patronage activities. In particular, HRH is passionate about enabling youth to fulfill their potential, and a significant aspect of this is giving them the best resources for a healthy life.

SickKids Foundation is honoured to have HRH The Duke of York as its Royal Patron, who will attend exclusive events and raise awareness for SickKids.

 

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