Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor Chair

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

Ms. Taylor is a Director and Chair of SickKids Foundation. 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, and is a Director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Air Canada and the Adecco Group. She also is a member of the Principal's International Advisory Board of McGill University and 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. 
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Lalit Aggarwal Board Member

Lalit Aggarwal joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Mr. Aggarwal is President of Manor Park Holdings. Previously, Mr. Aggarwal invested for H.I.G. European Capital Partners, Soros Fund Management, and Goldman Sachs. He is a past fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute and a former Director of Bridgepoint Health. Mr. Aggarwal holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania and is also a current Director of the Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM).
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Dr. Michael Apkon Board Member

Dr. Michael Apkon joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2014 and is currently the President and CEO at The Hospital for Sick Children. 

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.

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Jordan Banks Board Member

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


Mr. 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. 

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Sonia A. Baxendale Vice Chair & Treasurer

Sonia Baxendale joined the Board of Directors of 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 Bitlove

Jordan Bitove Board Member

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


Mr. Bitove is a partner with Bitove Capital, a private equity group in Toronto which invests in medium sized businesses. Formerly, Mr. Bitove was the President and CEO of Vision Companies, an industry leader 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 in Vancouver. 


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 start-up of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club, the first NBA franchise awarded outside of the United States.


From 1988-1990, Mr. Bitove worked with the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada on the G7 Summit held in Toronto along with Head of State visits by US President's Reagan, Bush, Madame Brundtland of the Netherlands and UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.


He was a Board of Governor for Western Universtiy, former member of the Toronto International Film Festival Board of Directors and a former member of the Canadian Advisory Board for Right to Play.


Mr. Bitove is a graduate of Western University. He also holds the position of Honorary Consul to the Republic of Macedonia.

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Emily Burnett Board Member

Emily Burnett joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Ms. Burnett has been an active community volunteer with organizations that focus on children, education, health care and the arts. She has chaired or founded a number of fundraising events, collectively raising over $4 million for various organizations throughout Toronto, including: the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, the United Jewish Appeal, and CJPAC (Canadian Jewish Political Action Committee). Ms. Burnett is currently chairing fundraisers for both Camp Oochigeas and the National Ballet of Canada, which together, aim to raise over $2 million.


She has been a member of SickKids Foundation’s Development Committee since September 2015 as well as a weekly Child Life volunteer with patients in the Hospital. Ms. Burnett is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mabin School. 


Prior to her community work, Ms. Burnett worked as a management consultant with SECOR Consulting.


Ms. Burnett graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she earned dual degrees from the Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (majoring in Structural and Systems engineering). 


Ms. Burnett lives in Toronto with her husband and their three children.

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Gino DiGioacchino Board Member

Gino DiGioacchino joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2015.  

Previously in his role as Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice-President, eCommerce for Walmart Canada, Mr. DiGioacchino led Walmart Canada’s store operations and online business strategy. He was responsible for developing Walmart's online presence in Canada, Walmart’s growing network of 395 discount and supercentre operations, and the integration of the customer experience for all channels. 


Mr. DiGioacchino has a Bachelor of Administration and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a degree in Mathematics for Commerce from York University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Joel Feldberg Board Member

Joel Feldberg joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Mr. Feldberg was appointed President & CEO of Global Furniture Group in February 2015. He served as President & Chief Operating Officer of the Global Furniture Group since 2006. Prior to joining the Global Furniture Group Mr. Feldberg was an associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt where his practice focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Feldberg has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall. He is a past Director of Sunnybrook Foundation and a member of the Young Presidents' Organization.

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Stephen Forbes Board Member

Stephen Forbes joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Mr. Forbes is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for CIBC.


In this role, he is responsible for CIBC’s brand strategy; key corporate client and partner relationships; as well as bank-wide marketing, communications and public affairs. He also has lead responsibility for the bank’s goal of becoming the leader in client relationships by enhancing their experience and satisfaction at every interaction.  


Prior to his current role, Mr. Forbes was Executive Vice President of Brand, Corporate and Client Relationships. He has also held a series of progressive management positions since joining CIBC in 2001, including serving as Executive Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs.


Prior to joining CIBC, Mr. Forbes was Vice President of Communications at Moore Corporation from 1997 to 2001. He also held management positions at Rogers Communications.

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John Francis Board Member

John Francis joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in November 2003. He concurrently serves on the Board of The Hospital for Sick Children. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors at SickKids Foundation from 2011 to 2014. 


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.

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Michael Friisdahl Board Member

Michael Friisdahl joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Mr. Friisdahl has been President & Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment since December 2015. He has over 25 years of experience in the international leisure travel and hospitality business. Mr. Friisdahl served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada’s Leisure Group from 2012 to 2015, and as CEO and Member of the Group Executive Board at Thomas Cook North America from 2003 to 2012.

Jordan Gnat

Jordan Gnat Board Member

Jordan Gnat joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Mr. Gnat is Senior Vice-President, Strategic Business Development at Scientific Games. He has been with the company since 2011. Prior to joining Scientific Games, Mr. Gnat was President & CEO of Boardwalk Gaming and Entertainment (2004-2011), Executive Vice-President Kilmer Van Nostrand Company Limited (2002-2011), and President & CEO Midnorthern Group (May 1994-2002). He is currently a member of the Jewish Foundation of Toronto Board of Trustees and a member of the Tomorrow Campaign Leadership, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and the Board of Governors of Mt Sinai Hospital, a former member of the President’s Council at Western University, and a former Director of the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto. Mr. Gnat was previously named one of Canada's “Top 40 Under 40” honourees.

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Wesley J. Hall, ICD.D Board Member

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


Mr. Hall has over 20 years of experience in corporate governance and shareholder communications. He founded Kingsdale Advisors in 2003 to provide clients with best-in-class services for communicating with shareholders and managing any transaction or event that requires a shareholder vote. Under Mr. Hall's leadership Kingsdale has set itself apart by delivering an unparalleled track record of success for North America’s biggest names including:  Air Canada, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Citigroup, CN, CP, Encana, Goldcorp, Talisman, Suncor and Sprott.  He has been sought out to lead some of the highest profile deals and proxy contests in North America. 


Mr. Hall is currently a director of SickKids Foundation and former Chairman of the Board of Difference Capital Financial, former Director of Equity Financial Holdings Inc., Longford Energy, Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. and the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada. He has earned the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 award for Ontario. He has also successfully completed the directors’ education program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  
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Jake Herman Board Member

Jake Herman joined the Board of Directors of 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.
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Tim Hockey On Sabbatical

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


Mr. Hockey is President of TD Ameritrade.


In over 30 years 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 was Chair of the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research and Learning Tower Campaign. He is on the board of The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and is currently the 2015 Honorary Chair for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Tim is an executive member of the Canadian Bankers Association, previously serving as Chair of the organization. As well, Tim is a past winner of 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. Tim and his wife Lana reside in Toronto, Ontario. They have two sons.
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Ken Jesudian Board Member

Ken Jesudian joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Mr. Jesudian joined Burgundy Asset Management Ltd in 2005 and since 2012 has been Chief Executive Officer of the company. Prior to this, Mr. Jesudian was an Investment Analyst, Director of Research and Portfolio Manager for mid-cap Canadian equities at Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc. He began his investment career in 1998 at Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Mr. Jesudian is a member of the CFA Institute, the Toronto CFA Society, the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Young Presidents’ Organization. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2004 and is a graduate of Brock University.

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Amy Kaiser, PhD Board Member

Amy Kaiser joined the Board of Directors of 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.
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Ajit Khanna Board Member

Ajit Khanna joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2014.


Mr. Ajit Khanna recently retired as Senior Vice-President, Dealer and Service Sales, at Sears Canada. He is now consulting and offers strategic advice on Canada-India Corridor activities.  


Mr. Khanna serves on the Board of Pickering College in Newmarket and is also a member of the Governance Committee and the Human Resources Committee.


Mr. Khanna was the President of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit, voluntary business organization focused on providing networking opportunities for its members, growing trade with other countries including India and recognizing the achievements of Indo-Canadians. During his term as President, he championed the cause of bringing greater awareness to and resolving issues facing immigrants by bringing to the forefront the Foreign Credential Recognition program. He also challenged Canada and India to grow trade with each other to a target of $10 Billion by 2010.


Mr. Khanna was also the Chair of Panorama India, a not-for-profit that focuses on unity in diversity and has a mandate to educate, celebrate and collaborate to create greater awareness of our differences and promote Indian arts and culture. He continues to advise the organization on key matters.   


Mr. Khanna joined the Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children in 2007 and currently sits on the Governance and Nominations Committee of the Board.  

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Christian Lassonde Vice Chair

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


Mr. 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.

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Lori Latchman Board Member

Lori Latchman joined the Board of Directors of 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.

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Lisa Lisson Board Member

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


Ms. Lisson is President of FedEx Express Canada. She is the first Canadian and first woman to hold the post of President. Ms. Lisson was inducted into the Women’s Executive Network’s Most Powerful Women in Canada Hall of Fame in 2015.  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 serves on the Board for the Business Council of Canada.

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Michael Medline Board Member

Michael Medline joined the Board of SickKids Foundation in September 2014.


He is President & Chief Executive Officer of Empire Company Limited (Empire) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor.


Mr. Medline is a proven leader with a strong track record of success in Canadian retail. He was appointed President & CEO of Empire in January 2017 after more than 15 years in a variety of senior retail leadership positions at Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), including as that organization’s President & Chief Executive Officer. 


Active in the community, Mr. Medline also serves on the Board of Governors for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and was previous Chair of the Retail Council of Canada. Mr. Medline holds an MBA from Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary; an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and a BA from Western University.
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Caroline Mulroney Lapham Board Member

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


Ms. Mulroney is the Vice President of BloombergSen Inc., a Toronto-based investment counseling firm. She is also the co-founder of the Shoebox Project for Shelters, a charitable organization with local chapters across Canada. Ms. Mulroney 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 Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority and a Governor of the National Theatre School of Canada.

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Sheila Murray Board Member

Sheila Murray joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Ms. Murray is President and General Counsel of CI Financial Corp. Previously, she had been Executive Vice-President and General Counsel since 2008, following a 25-year career at Blake, Cassel’s and Graydon LLP.  She is Chair of the Dean’s Council at Queen’s University Law School, a director of Aequitas NEO Exchange, a trustee of the Toronto Symphony Foundation and a member of Ontario’s Business Law Advisory Council. She is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and has taught at University of Toronto’s Business Law Program. 


Ms. Murray received her B.Comm. and LLB degrees from Queen’s University.

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Richard Nesbitt Board Member

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


Mr. Nesbitt is President & CEO of Global Risk Institute in Financial Services. 

He is also Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Mind Brain Behaviour Hive at the University of Toronto. Mr. Nesbitt retired in September 2014 as 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.

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Gail O'Brien Board Member

Gail O’Brien joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2009. Ms. O'Brien is a former Trustee for The Hospital for Sick Children and currently sits as the cross-appointee to the Hospital Board.


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.

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Rose Patten Board Member

Rose M. Patten joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2014 and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Hospital for Sick Children.


Ms. Patten is Special Advisor to the President and CEO of BMO Financial Group and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee. This mandate also includes key advisory roles with respect to BMO’s growing operations in the U.S. and Asia. She is a Director of BMO ChinaCo in China.


Ms. Patten’s career has spanned the four financial sectors – Banking, Trust, Insurance and Investment Banking and included mandates with responsibility for Canada, the U.S. and Asia. Her previous roles include: Senior Executive Vice-President, Head of Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Executive Vice President of Strategy for BMO Financial Group and Executive Vice President of BMO Capital Markets.


In these roles, Ms. Patten has made significant contributions to business strategy, merger/acquisition integration, governance, leadership assessment and succession and leading transformational change.


Ms. Patten is currently Executive in Residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, teaching Leadership, Succession and Corporate Governance. She is Past Chair of the Governing Council at the University of Toronto. She is a Member of Massey College and Honorary Patron of Kings College Circle Heritage Society. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree for Corporate Leadership (2009) from the University of Toronto.


Ms. Patten was recognized as the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction for Corporate Leadership (2008). She has received the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award for Outstanding Service as well as the Tony Graham Award for Outstanding Achievement. Ms. Patten has been consistently recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and has also been recognized as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by U.S. Banker Magazine.

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Justin Poy Board Member

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.

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Edward Rogers Board Member

Edward Rogers joined the Board of Directors of 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.

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Clare Sellers Board Member

Clare Sellers joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Ms. Sellers most recently served as a Trustee of Over the Wall, an organization that runs residential camps for children in the United Kingdom affected by serious and life-threatening illnesses. Professionally she has served as Director & Chief Operating Officer at ABN AMRO Rothschild in London and as Vice-President, Corporate Finance, at Midland Walwyn Capital. She also served for 8 years as a Trustee with the University of Western Ontario United Kingdom Foundation. Ms. Sellers is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Irit Shay Board Member

Irit Shay joined the Board of Directors of 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.
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Walied Soliman Board Member

Walied Soliman joined the Board of Directors of 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.
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Mary Ann Turcke Board Member

Mary Ann Turcke joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.


Ms. Turcke is President of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media.


Renowned for a wide breadth of executive leadership roles and team building skills, Ms. Turcke was previously Group President, Media Sales, Local TV and Radio, where she leveraged Bell Media properties and brands across all platforms to support its strong position in the competitive advertising marketplace.


Under her leadership, Bell Media will build on its position as the country’s top multimedia company, with innovations in TV and on-demand content as well as continued investment to ensure Canadians have the very best choice in primetime programs and coverage of live events, news, and sports on TV, radio, and digital platforms.


Prior to joining Bell Media, Ms. Turcke was Executive Vice-President of Bell Field Operations, leading Bell’s team of 12,000 installation and service technicians in delivering Fibe TV, Internet, and other Bell residential and business services. Ms. Turcke joined Bell in 2005 as Vice-President, Customer Experience and Operations for Small and Medium Business.


A member of the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame and named the 2015 Woman of the Year by Women in Communications and Technology, Ms. Turcke serves on the advisory board of the Queen’s School of Business and on the capital campaign for Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.


Ms. Turcke is a director of Greenwood College School, and holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, a Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s.

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Erol Uzumeri Board Member

Erol Uzumeri joined the Board of Directors of 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.

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V. Prem Watsa Board Member

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


Mr. 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‐organized 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.

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His Royal Highness The Duke of York Royal Patron

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.