Kathleen Taylor Chair
Kathleen (Katie) Taylor joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in May 2004.
Ms. Taylor is Chair of the Board of SickKids Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children and a Co-Chair of the SickKids Capital Campaign.
Ms. Taylor is also Chair of the Board of RBC. She has served on the Board since 2001, where she has chaired the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committees, and served on the Audit and Risk Committees. Ms. Taylor also serves as Chair of Altas Partners, a Toronto-based private equity investment firm. Ms. Taylor is a director of Air Canada, the Vice-Chair of the Adecco Group, and a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
Her many accolades for business achievement include the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership and the inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University. She has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Ms.Taylor received the Governance Professionals of Canada Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award and was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Report on Business magazine named Ms. Taylor among the 50 most powerful people in Canadian Business in 2017, and was also named a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and became a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. In 2020, she will chair the Governor General’s Leadership Conference (GGLC).
Ms. Taylor has an MBA and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Schulich School of Business and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Toronto. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from McGill University and Trent University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Ms. Taylor is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council where she Co-Chair’s the Human Capital Policy Council. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business and on the Principal’s International Advisory Board at McGill University.
Ms. Taylor lives in Toronto with her husband and has three grown children.
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).
Jordan Banks Board Member
Jordan Banks joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2013.
Named one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business magazine, as well as one of the 25 Most Influential Innovators in Canada by Financial Post magazine, Mr. Banks is a well-respected leader in Canadian business and philanthropy.
Mr. Banks is the former Managing Director, Facebook & Instagram Canada where he led and managed all commercial operations in Canada. Mr. Banks also served as Facebook’s Global Head of Vertical Strategy where he led the team responsible for identifying and developing strategies and initiatives focused on transforming businesses in Facebook’s key industry categories globally.
Mr. Bank’s previous roles include founder and managing partner at Thunder Road Capital, CEO at JumpTV, managing director of eBay Canada, and manager 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.
Mr. Banks is an active and dedicated member of the community, personally championing numerous efforts relating to raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and care. As part of that commitment, Mr. Banks is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, Chair of DementiaHack, and sits on the Board of The Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases.
Mr. Banks also sits on the Board of Directors of Cineplex Entertainment, WE (formerly Free the Children), as well as the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and the Board of Advisors of OMERS Ventures.
Mr. Banks is a member of the Young President’s Organization and was previously named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” honorees, as well as one of Hugo Boss’ Canadian Men of Distinction, and one of “Canada’s Leading Men” by the Weizmann Institute for Science for his contribution to the field of research in Alzheimer’s disease.
Sonia A. Baxendale Vice Chair & Board Chair-Elect
Sonia Baxendale joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2007.
Ms. Baxendale is currently President & CEO of Global Risk Institute. The Global Risk Institute is the premier organization that defines thought leadership in risk management for the financial industry globally. It brings together leaders from industry, academia and government to draw actionable insights on emerging risks globally.
Ms. Baxendale is also a Director on the Board of Laurentian Bank, Foresters Financial™, RSA Group PLC and Toronto Artscape Inc.
Ms. Baxendale was previously the President of 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 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 and Investment Management Services. Prior to CIBC, Ms. Baxendale held various positions with American Express Canada and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Ms. Baxendale was named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” for three years in a row and then joined the ranks of the Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2000, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she was named University of Toronto, Victoria College Alumni of Distinction in 2017.
Jordan Bitove Board Member
Jordan Bitove joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2012.
Mr. Bitove manages 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 North Macedonia.
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 $7 million for various organizations throughout Toronto, including: the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, the United Jewish Appeal, CJPAC (Canadian Jewish Political Action Committee), Camp Oochigeas and The National Ballet of Canada.
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 Camp Oochigeas and 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.
Ms. Burnett lives in Toronto with her husband and their four children.
Dr. Ronald Cohn, MD, FACMG Board Member
Dr. Ronald Cohn joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation and has served as President and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada since May 1st, 2019.
Dr. Cohn joined SickKids in September 2012 as the Chief of the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, Co-Director of the Centre for Genetic Medicine, and Senior Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute. He became the Inaugural Women’s Auxiliary Chair in Clinical and Metabolic Genetics in April of 2013, and joined the department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. In 2016 he was appointed to the position of Chief of Paediatrics at SickKids, and Chair of Paediatrics at The University of Toronto.
Dr. Cohn received his medical degree from the University of Essen, Germany. After his postdoctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Campbell, he moved to Baltimore where he was the first combined resident in paediatrics and genetics at the Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently joined the faculty of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins where he became the director of the worlds' first multidisciplinary centre for Hypotonia, which has earned national and international recognition. Dr. Cohn was also the director of the medical genetics residency program at Johns Hopkins. He has received numerous awards including the David M. Kamsler Award for outstanding compassionate and expert care of pediatric patients in 2004; First Annual Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics Award in Medical in 2006; and the NIH Young Innovator Award in 2008.
Over the last few years, Dr. Cohn has developed an interest in applying a concept of Precision Child Health to the care of children. His own research focusses on implementing genome editing technologies for the treatment of neurogenetic disorders.
Erin Donohue Board Member
Erin Donohue joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2019.
Ms. Donohue is a management and marketing advisor to private equity companies. She brings years of experience in the luxury fashion and travel industries to her advisory roles.
Ms. Donohue has held senior management positions with LVMH in New York and Toronto, including Director of Events, Louis Vuitton North America, Managing Director for Louis Vuitton Canada and Bermuda and General Manager for Givenchy Canada. Ms. Donohue was also Director of Brand and Corporate Marketing for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts worldwide.
Ms. Donohue received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University. She received her M.A. in International Marketing from Emerson College after completing her graduate studies in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Ms. Donohue is committed to giving back through various charities and causes. She is particularly passionate about children’s healthcare as well as neurodegenerative diseases.
Ms. Donohue moved to Toronto in 2002 from New York City and loves calling Canada home. She and her husband have one daughter, who is a brain tumor survivor and patient of SickKids Hospital.
Douglas Farley Board Member
Douglas (Doug) Farley joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2019.
Mr. Farley is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Guardian Capital Advisors LP (GCA). Mr. Farley joined GCA in 2000 and has more than 30 years of institutional investment experience. In his current role he is focused on bringing Guardian’s proven investment philosophy and propriety processes to private wealth and endowment clients. He has responsibility for management of portfolios for non-profit organizations (foundations and charitable endowments), and both domestic and non-domestic private clients. He has chaired several investment committees at GCA and is a member of the Asset Mix team.
Prior to joining GCA, Mr. Farley was a senior partner and portfolio manager at one of Canada's largest trust companies, where he managed diverse mandates for high net worth clients (including estates and continuing family trusts) and for non-profit sector such as charitable and cooperative groups.
An economist by formal training, Mr. Farley received his Honors BA (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario. He has also completed the academic credits required to obtain his MTI designation from the Trust Companies Institute in the field of Finance and Portfolio Management. Additionally, Mr. Farley is a long standing CFA® charter holder a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, and has been an active participant in many of their academic training seminars and events.
Mr. Farley sits on the Board of Directors of Michael Garron Hospital and is currently on the Audit and Finance Committee, and the Redevelopment Committee, and has served on several other Committees at the Hospital
Mr. Farley also is a board member on six private client foundations that have broad relations with most of the leading hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area
Mr. Farley regards civic and community involvement as an important responsibility in ensuring that our neighborhoods are safe, secure and well managed. He is president of the Yonge Ridge Homeowners Association; a position he had held for more than ten years.
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.
Stephen Forbes Board Member
Stephen Forbes joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.
Mr. Forbes is Executive Vice President Personal and Small Business Banking for CIBC. In this role, he is responsible for all of CIBC’s banking centres across the country.
Mr. Forbes has been with CIBC for 18 years, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer where he led CIBC’s bank-wide client strategy as well as brand, marketing, communications and public affairs teams. In his new role, Mr. Forbes’ mandate is to make CIBC the most relationship focused bank in the country.
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.
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.
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 Board Member
Jordan Gnat joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.
Mr. Gnat is Group Senior Vice President of The Stars Group, the parent company of PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars and SkyBetting.
Prior to joining The Stars Group, Mr. Gnat was Senior Vice-President, Strategic Business Development at Scientific Games (2011-2018), 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).
Mr. Gnat 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. He is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Katchen Board member
Michael Katchen joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in December 2018.
Mr. Katchen is Co-Founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, a leading financial services innovator operating in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.
Mr. Katchen cares deeply about entrepreneurship, advancing innovation in Canada, and enabling everyone, regardless of age or net worth, access to the tools and services they need to achieve financial freedom. He is an active member of the Canadian Business Council, Rideau Hall Innovation Advisory Council, Ivey Entrepreneurship Council, and Koho Board of Directors.
Mr. Katchen has been called an Industry Mover by the Financial Post, a Change Agent by Canadian Business Magazine, and one of Toronto’s 50 most influential people by Toronto Life. Mr. Katchen has received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young, Canadian Startup Awards, and Techvibes, as well as been named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40".
J. Kevin Kaye Board Member
J. Kevin Kaye joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2017.
Mr. Kaye is President of Citizen Watch Company of Canada.
Mr. Kaye opened the first Canadian division of Citizen Watch in 1992, overseeing sales, marketing, product development, distribution and finance. Citizen quickly grew to become one of the largest mid-priced brands in the country.
Mr. Kaye serves as a Director of the Odette Kaye Family Foundation, the Canadian Jewellers Association and Jewellers Vigilance Canada.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Derek Neldner Board Member
Derek Neldner joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2017.
Mr. Neldner is Head of Global Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Neldner has oversight for the firm’s investment banking practices worldwide, with senior client coverage responsibility for a number of RBC Capital Markets’ most important corporate clients.
Mr. Neldner has 23 years of experience with RBC Capital Markets in investment banking including: corporate finance, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and other capital markets advisory experience. Prior to his current role Mr. Neldner served as the Head of Canadian and Asia Pacific Investment Banking, following 10 years in Calgary as Head of Canadian Energy Investment Banking, and 10 years in the Equity Capital Markets group based in Toronto.
Mr. Neldner is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee, the Loan Commitments Committee and the M&A Opinion Review Committee. He is also a member of the Major Individual Giving campaign cabinet for the United Way of Toronto & York Region.
Mr. Neldner holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Alberta and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Richard Nesbitt Board Member & Treasurer
Richard Nesbitt joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2013. He is Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board.
Mr. Nesbitt is an 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 was previously President and CEO of Global Risk Institute for Financial Services until his retirement in January 2019. Mr. Nesbitt retired in September 2014 as Chief Operating Officer of CIBC. He joined CIBC from the position of CEO of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Nesbitt is former Chair of the Finance Committee for Pan Am Games 2015, a member of the Rotman School of Management - Dean’s 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 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.
Rob Prichard Board Member
J. Robert S. Prichard joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2019 and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Mr. Prichard is an educator, lawyer and corporate director who has had a varied career in higher education, law, business and public service. At present, he serves as chairman of Torys LLP, and the BMO Financial Group. He is also President Emeritus of the University of Toronto and a former President and CEO of Torstar Corporation. Mr. Prichard serves as a director of George Weston Ltd, Onex Corporation and Barrick Gold.
Recognized by appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Mr. Prichard has also received honorary degrees from eleven colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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.
Cheryl Reicin Board Member
Cheryl Reicin joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2018.
Ms. Reicin is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Hospital for Sick Children. She holds a position with the Audit and Finance Committee and is also on the Hospital’s Commercialization Advisory Board.
Ms. Reicin is the practice leader of Torys’ Life Science Group, a cross-border group in both Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining Torys, Ms. Reicin led the 85 attorney life science group of a US law firm. She has the sole distinction of being ranked in international and national rankings as a leading lawyer in life sciences in both the US and Canada. She has received numerous awards, including: LMG Life Science’s Finance & Transactional Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyer’s in Canada – Life Science Lawyer of the Year, Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence and Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women.
Ms. Reicin represents the whole spectrum of biotech, medical device and health technology companies, from start-ups to large public companies, as well as venture capitalists, investment banks and academic medical centers. She advises companies in private and public financings; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures, licensing transactions and other strategic partnerships; and corporate and strategic structuring, throughout the world. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and the Harvard Law School.
Ms. Reicin is involved in numerous charitable endeavours, including: serving as the chair and Founder of Genesis UJA, which provides career mentoring for young adults; a member of the business advisory board of the Institute for the Study of Aging; and a steering committee member of W*I*T*H (Women Innovating Together in Healthcare) and of TO Health.
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.
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.
Walied Soliman Board Member
Walied Soliman joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2012.
Mr. Soliman is Chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP in Toronto, where he is also 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.
Christina Sorbara Board Member
Christina Sorbara joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2019.
Ms. Sorbara is a business executive, strategic coach, author, speaker and national team athlete.
Within the family-owned real estate development company, the Sorbara Group of Companies, Ms. Sorbara is Vice President of Corporate Knowledge, part of the strategic business oversight platform, focussed on operations, human resource strategy, engagement, communications and improving job performance of the collective teams. The Sorbara Group of Companies has been involved in shaping Ontario’s real estate community for over 76 years.
Ms. Sorbara also serves as Chair of her family’s charitable foundation, The Sam Sorbara Charitable Foundation, managing the day-to-day operations and is actively involved at all levels in numerous charitable organizations in the GTA.
Ms. Sorbara is a member of SickKids VS Campaign Cabinet and a SickKids Innovator Advisory Council Member.
Ms. Sorbara is a Director of the Board of Bannockburn School, and a past Director of the Board of The Toronto Santa Clause Parade. She is the current Captain of Team Canada Women’s Inline Hockey, having competed in 8 World Championships.
Ms. Sorbara holds a B.A. of Business Economics and International Relations from Brown University. She is an active volunteer for the Brown Sports Foundation, as past Captain of the Women’s Ice Hockey Team, and a member of the Admissions Alumni Interviewing Program.
She is also a trained strategic coach through Adler International Learning / OSIE, University of Toronto.
She resides in Toronto with her wife Kerry and their three children.
Mary Ann Turcke On Sabbatical
Mary Ann Turcke joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2016.
Ms. Turcke is currently Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League.
Renowned for a wide breadth of executive leadership roles and team building skills, Ms. Turcke was previously Group President, Bell Media, 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 built 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.
Ms. Turcke was formerly 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.
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.
Tianshu Albert Wang Board Member
Tianshu Albert Wang joined the Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation in June 2017.
Mr. Wang is the Co-founder and CFO of Pantheon Group, a Toronto based real estate development company which has luxury custom homes, subdivisions and condominium developments across the GTA and GGH. Mr. Wang also manages Acre Realty Investment Management, a licensed private equity fund that focuses on equity and debt investment in real estate industry projects in Canada. Prior to establishing his own business, Mr. Wang worked at Hydro One. Mr. Wang is also a member of the Board of Governors at Havergal College.
Mr. Wang has a Master’s Degree in business economics from Brock University and a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Wang came to Canada in 2008 as a first-generation immigrant with family background in development in China. Mr. Wang has two children.
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.
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.