“It is a privilege to be part of such an important pillar in our community.”
– Mike Runia, Vice Chair, Deloitte LLP
The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is
a team of professional staff and community leaders who are passionately committed to inspiring, enabling, and celebrating community support for The Ottawa Hospital. Through world-class care and research, they provide each patient with exceptional service, compassion, and new hope for their health challenges.
The Foundation strives
to be the most efficient, effective, and respected hospital foundation in Canada, providing optimal support to The Ottawa Hospital.
We work hard to
build lifelong relationships with our donors. We are committed to: being accountable to all our stakeholders; utilizing each dollar donated efficiently and effectively; communicating openly and regularly; and providing exemplary governance and accountability practices.
Board of Directors
Sam has always been fascinated by health research, technology, and innovation because of the hope they provide to patients looking for a cure or improved management of their illness. Due to a family history of brain-related conditions, Sam placed special focus on that collection of dreadful diseases. As he puts it, Sam’s position on the Board has been so successful because "hospital management and the board are open-minded and very supportive of new initiatives in research and innovations."
Small successful initiatives led to more projects at The Ottawa Hospital. In 2004, Sam was the Founding Chair of Parkinson’s Research Consortium (PRC). Encouraged by the caliber of scientists, Sam and his wife Uttra sponsored a Research Chair in movement disorders, followed by investment in a Research Chair in spinal cord repair using stem cells. The collaboration between scientists and volunteers has been growing exponentially, bringing research to the community and raising millions in the process.
"Growth in research and improvements to the patients have been spectacular. I also know that the funds are used efficiently and mostly going to the research program."
Sam loves developing projects for the public good by building partnerships. In conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, he played a leading role in the development of an educational documentary video highlighting the importance of reading to preschool children. This documentary video has sold over 300,000 copies. He was also instrumental in the formation of National Child Day in Canada and the launching of Brain Health Awareness Week in Ottawa.
Susan spent the majority of her career in the federal public service: 21 years in the Foreign Service—much of it abroad—with subsequent years in senior leadership and management positions. In 2008, she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer and was lucky enough to be treated at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre.
When Susan emerged from treatment 14 months later, she was looking for ways to give back without being defined by her disease. She worked to establish an annual fundraising event for the federal public service before being offered a seat on the Foundation Board, where she has served for 8 years.
Susan learned much about The Ottawa Hospital during her treatment, developing a greater appreciation for the scope and quality of care offered, research being done, and innovation being fostered. In fact, Susan learned so much that she started to wonder if others in Ottawa had a similar blind spot.
"We have a key public institution to be proud of in Ottawa and such an exciting future ahead of us!"
Jeffrey became personally acquainted with The Ottawa Hospital and staff while his father was being treated for lung cancer. Jeffrey’s family interacted with the doctors, nurses, and staff daily for three months while his father valiantly battled the disease that eventually took him from them. Describing this experience, Jeffrey remarked,
"everyone at The Ottawa Hospital was so kind and compassionate during my father’s treatment that I felt if the opportunity arose that I should give back to the hospital; this is the reason why I wanted to join the Board of Directors."
Ottawa is Bryce’s home and the prospect of supporting a key community pillar in The Ottawa Hospital by raising awareness and money for the new campus build was his primary motivation for joining the Board. However, what Bryce didn’t realize when joining the Board was the caliber of research undertaken by The Ottawa Hospital, the quality of which he describes as "simply breathtaking." Bryce’s motivation is a strong and thriving community.
"We all have friends, family, and loved ones who have or will rely upon The Ottawa Hospital – and we have a collective duty to support it and create an even better hospital for future generations. We all have a stake in its success!"
Kevin was born and raised in Ottawa and believes it to be one of the best cities in the world to live, work, and play. A vibrant community needs access to world-class healthcare, and after many interactions with The Ottawa Hospital through family, friends, and personally, Kevin has always been impressed with the quality of care and the compassion of the staff. Kevin views his Board of Directors role as an opportunity to give back and be a proactive member of a team working to ensure Ottawa will have "freaking awesome" health care services for the community in both the short and long term.
Mrs. Fox is a long-time supporter of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and is a tireless advocate for The Ottawa Hospital. She joined The Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2011 and has since been an active member on various committees.
Mrs. Fox also generously donates her time in support of The Ottawa Hospital through her participation in a number of Foundation events, notably as a pivotal member of The Ottawa Hospital Gala Committee, acting as Co-Chair since 2012. Under her leadership, the Gala has raised over $1.9 million dollars in support of research at The Ottawa Hospital. Mrs. Fox also lends her support to THE RIDE, a cycling event that raises funds for research, as both a rider and generous donor.
In addition to her work with The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Mrs. Fox is an active volunteer fundraiser in the medical community, both locally and internationally. A champion for healthcare, Mrs. Fox has co-chaired an annual gala to raise funds for breast cancer research in the Netherlands and has been an Ambassador for Women’s Mental Health at The Royal Ottawa Hospital since the initiative’s inaugural year in 2011. She also donates her time as a Committee member for the National Arts Centre Gala and has taken on a leadership role in the Elmwood Gala as Co-Chair in 2017.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Sandra has always had a strong connection to The Ottawa Hospital. The pull to become involved as a volunteer resulted from her husband receiving excellent and compassionate care following a cancer diagnosis.
Sandra attended the 2nd annual President’s Breakfast and was so moved by the incredible patient testimonials that she became a Table Captain for the next few years before having the honour of co-hosting the Breakfast for four years after that. Following that, she was asked to join the Foundation Board and gladly accepted.
Sandra is very thankful to be able to give back to The Ottawa Hospital both through philanthropy and as a member of the Foundation Board.
"The Foundation staff are very dedicated and caring professionals and it is a privilege to assist in some small way the amazing research and patient care at the Ottawa Hospital."
Jim manages the Ottawa and Toronto offices of Boyden, an international executive search firm. A native of Long Island, New York, who grew up in New Brunswick, Jim and his family have proudly called Ottawa home for the past 25 years.
He and his team at Boyden have been long-time supporters of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, participating in THE RIDE, the Gala, and the President’s Breakfast. Originally a member of the Governance Committee, Jim’s choice to join the board was driven by his belief that The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is not just a charity of choice, but one of duty and calling. All four of his daughters were born at The Ottawa Hospital, and one day, their families willl call on the hospital to be there for them as well. It’s hard to find employees, friends, or neighbors whose lives haven’t been enriched by the outstanding care and ground-breaking research found right here in the National Capital Region.
In addition to the importance of great health care, Jim enjoys his work on the board because of the people. Jim’s partnership with The Ottawa Hospital Foundation has allowed him to meet amazing doctors, researchers, staff, patients, and fellow volunteers—all passionate about the future of health and wellness in our community and beyond.
Mitch grew up in Ottawa and, as such, has made many trips to all three campuses of The Ottawa Hospital for both himself and members of his family. He has always been impressed with the attention to detail, patient and family-oriented care, and world-renowned research present at The Ottawa Hospital. In his view, a central job of the Board of Directors on the Foundation side is to make sure that everyone in the city, country—and in some cases, the world — knows this.
Mitch joined the Board of Directors because of the exceptional care he and his family have received at The Ottawa Hospital. Even though he no longer lives in Ottawa, it is important to Mitch that other regions recognize the remarkable quality of The Ottawa Hospital’s care.
Mitch believes that a person’s level of health is one of the core ingredients that allows them to pursue purpose rather than survival. As a committed member of the Board of Directors and Governance Committee of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, he knows that he is a part of an organization that gives more people the chance to pursue their purpose every single day.
The Ottawa Hospital is an integral function of the community and, in one way or another, most residents have had a connection to the compassionate, high-quality care that it provides. As an Ottawa resident, Mike McGahan has always had a great appreciation for The Ottawa Hospital and looks forward to helping this great institution.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and has been a licensed real estate agent and mortgage broker for over 30 years with extensive real estate experience in operating multi-residential apartment and commercial properties, allowing him to understand various communities and their desires. From his professional experience, Mike understands the significance of giving back and is committed to community service and involvement. Philanthropy is in Mike’s nature and he is humbled to hold a position with the board in the hopes of making a difference within the community and surrounding areas. Mike looks forward to the future and is grateful to be a part of the Foundation and to give back to our community.
Megan is the Chief HR Officer for Kinaxis, a publicly traded, international software company. Throughout her career she has led human capital for high growth, technology firms. She currently sits on the board of Interval House of Ottawa, and is committed to giving back to help those in need. She is proud to sit on the board of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation; she knows from personal experience how crucial the hospital is to saving lives in our community.
Natalie Raffoul is the managing partner of Brion Raffoul. Natalie is a patent lawyer with internationally recognized expertise in the patenting of software and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter. That recognition includes being ranked among the world’s leading patent practitioners by The World Leading Patent Professional’s IAM Patent 1000 publication annually since 2014, and in 2017, shortlisted as one of seven (7) most Highly Recommended patent prosecutors in Canada.
As a patent agent, Ms. Raffoul works closely with companies of all sizes to develop and refine IP procurement strategies within the context of a particular company’s business goals and environment. As a lawyer, Natalie also works with her clients on IP enforcement issues in the pre-litigation context. She has negotiated numerous successful agreements for her clients, that cover IP rights in Canada and globally. Natalie holds a degree in electrical engineering from Western University (in London, Canada) and a Juris Doctor in law from Queen’s University (in Kingston, Canada).
As someone who values research given her expertise in intellectual property law, Ms. Raffoul is proud to be supporting The Ottawa Hospital – an internationally renowned leader in health research.
Ross is a portfolio manager and investment advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy. He advises affluent investors, corporations, and institutions on long-term investment strategies, wealth, estate planning, and retirement planning. Ross holds a B.Comm from Queen’s University, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute, and has been working in the investment management industry since 1997. Ross is a member of both the CFA Institute and the Ottawa Society of Financial Analysts. Ross is actively involved in the community and sits on the boards of Club Mont Ste. Marie, Ski for Kids and The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
"My father served as a board member of either the CHEO Foundation or The Ottawa Hospital Foundation for his entire professional career. Giving back was just something I grew up knowing I had to do. I have lived in Ottawa for most of my life and The Ottawa Hospital has been there when I needed it most. I was born there, my daughter was born there, and my father beat cancer there. I have a lot to be thankful for and that is why I give back."
Michael is the National Managing Partner for Deloitte Private. As the Canadian leader, Michael ensures that the best of Deloitte's capabilities are brought to this significant client base, assisting them through growth strategies and the creation of shareholder value. Michael also serves on the firm’s national marketplace committee and the Deloitte Private Global Leadership Council. Michael’s previous leadership roles included serving as Deloitte’s Managing Partner for Ontario and the National Capital Region.
Michael serves on several community boards and committees including the inaugural Board of Directors of the City of Ottawa's Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management.
Michael is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants Institute in Canada (FCPA, FCA), and holds a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in the US. Michael also is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Michael and his family have personally experienced the impact of The Ottawa Hospital's amazing medical teams and understands the need to ensure that these teams have the resources, talent, and facilities necessary to continue to provide great care and conduct important research. Michael joined the Foundation’s board to help make a difference in research and to support patient care — for his family and for Ottawa.
Julie is the Senior VP Operations for Taggart Realty Management. Julie joined the Taggart Group in 2000 and has over 15 years of Real Estate experiences. She oversees the operations and leasing of the retail, residential and office portfolio, as well as all new development projects for Taggart Realty. She has developed strong relationships with key national retailers and investors. Julie has Business degree from Bishop’s University.
Julie has been personally affected by cancer and the support and care her family received during a difficult time was exceptional. Julie feels that by joining the board she can support the further development of an incredible team to ensure that all patients received the best care possible.
Assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities regarding the Foundation’s financial and accounting policies, financial reporting practices, and audit process.
Assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight role with respect to long-term investment funds held under management by the Foundation.
Assists the Board of Directors by identifying and nominating persons to serve the Foundation within its governance structure and ensuring appropriate succession planning.
Assists the Board of Directors by focusing on governance matters that will enhance the Board’s and the Foundation’s performance.
Assist the Board of Directors in conducting necessary business and administration of the affairs of the Foundation such as recruitment, review, and approval of the goals and objectives, and risk mitigation among others.