TORONTO, June 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Harding as the Chair of the Board, effective June 16, 2011. Mr. Harding joined
the Board of Trustees in 2005.
A chartered accountant by profession, Mr. Harding is Chairman of
Brookfield Asset Management Inc.'s Global Infrastructure Advisory Board
and has served Brookfield and its predecessor companies since 1984 in
various executive positions. He is currently Chair of the Board of
Governors at the University of Waterloo, Trustee at the Art Gallery of
Ontario, past Chair and current Board member of United Way Toronto,
Director and Chairman of Norbord Inc., Director and Chair of NexJ
Systems Inc. and a Director of Manulife Financial Corporation. 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
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.
"SickKids is extremely fortunate to have someone of Bob's calibre and
reputation to lead the governance of SickKids over the next few years,"
says Connie Sugiyama, outgoing Chair of SickKids. "His deep
understanding of governance and his commitment to the mission and
vision of SickKids will continue to position the organization as a
world leader in children's health."
The Hospital's Board of Trustees is also pleased to announce the
appointment of two new trustees:
Paul Reynolds has been President of Canaccord Financial Inc. since August 2006 and
Chief Executive Officer since August 2007 and leads Canaccord's global
operations from Toronto. Previously, Mr. Reynolds was the Global Head
of Canaccord's capital markets business and, from 1999 to 2007, he was
President and Chief Operating Officer of the company's European
operations, based out of London.
Bob Weese recently retired from GE Canada where he held the position of
Vice-President of Government and External Relations. Mr. Weese joined
GE in 1989, initially on executive exchange from the federal
government, where he had been an Assistant Deputy Minister of Supply
and Services Canada. Prior to joining the federal government in 1982,
he had held senior management positions with the Government of
Saskatchewan and had been a Caucus Research Officer in the House of
With these changes, Ms. Sugiyama officially ends her term as Chair of
the Board of Trustees at the Hospital. "Connie has been instrumental
in moving several strategic initiatives forward including our largest
development in decades, the new Research & Learning Tower," says Mary
Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids. "On behalf of the 8,000
people who work at SickKids, I want to thank Connie for her stellar
leadership, commitment to good governance and relentless passion for
The Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Hospital, is also pleased to announce the
appointment of John Francis as the Chair of the Board, effective June 17, 2011.
"John has been an integral member of the Board for more than seven
years, including serving as interim President of the Foundation from
January through June 2009 on a volunteer basis," says Patsy Anderson,
past Chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "We are delighted
that John has agreed to serve as the next Board Chair as the Foundation
embarks on a new five-year strategic plan."
Mr. Francis joined the Foundation's Board of Directors in November 2003
and most recently served as one of three Vice-Chairs and as Treasurer.
He is founder of Fraser Kearney Capital Corp. and prior to that was
President and 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. Mr. Francis has an HBA
from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western
The Foundation's Board of Directors is also pleased to announce the
appointment of six new directors:
Rita F. Ciccolini is a principal with Masters Insurance Limited in Vaughan. She has been
Vice-President of Società di Pescosolido and is active in the
Kevin 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 is the founder and Chairman of Kestrel Capital (East Africa), Kenya's
leading investment bank, and the founder and Chairman of Panafrican
Group, a distributor for Komatsu mining and construction equipment in
six African countries. He is the Chairman of Kenya Fluorspar, a mining
operation in Kenya. Mr. Field-Marsham is also a founding member of the
steering committee for the University of Toronto's 'The Next 36'
David Goodman is President and CEO and a director of DundeeWealth Inc., which, with
more than $80 billion in assets under management, is one of Canada's
fastest-growing family of investment funds, a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Scotiabank, and the home of Dynamic Funds. Mr. Goodman is a member
of the Board of Trustees of Dundee REIT, a director of Dundee
Corporation and the founding patron of the David Goodman Youth
Community Trust, a Canadian charity focused on the support of youth at
risk in the urban environment.
Christian Lassonde is President and CEO of Claystone Inc., a Toronto-based technology
start-up company which develops multimedia applications for Android
phones and tablets. Mr. Lassonde is also a Director, Secretary and
Treasurer of the Lassonde Family Foundation.
Justin Poy is the founder and President of the Justin Poy Agency, a national
full-service agency based in Toronto specializing in English and
Chinese marketing and advertising. A former kidney transplant patient
at SickKids, Mr. Poy has developed a passion for organ and tissue
"We would like to thank Patsy who has been a model of volunteer and
philanthropic leadership during her five-year term as Chair," says Ted
Garrard, President and CEO, SickKids Foundation. "She has led the
Foundation through several achievements and significant growth. She
also provided tremendous guidance when we kicked off the first phase of
The Research & Learning Tower capital campaign."
About The Hospital for Sick Children
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the
world's foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada's
leading centre dedicated to advancing children's health through the
integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875
and affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of
Canada's most research-intensive hospitals and has generated
discoveries that have helped children globally. Its mission is to
provide the best in complex and specialized family-centred care;
pioneer scientific and clinical advancements; share expertise; foster
an academic environment that nurtures health-care professionals; and
champion an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health
system. SickKids is proud of its vision for Healthier Children. A Better World. For more information, please visit www.sickkids.ca.
About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation is the fundraising organization
for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) - one of Canada's most
research-intensive hospitals and the largest centre dedicated to
improving children's health in the country. Philanthropy is a critical
source of funding for SickKids. For the fiscal year ending March 31,
2010, SickKids Foundation made an investment of $52.5 million in
children's health research, education and care. A direct result of
community support, this is one of the largest investments in paediatric
health care and one of the largest contributions to a hospital anywhere
in Canada. For more information, please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.
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