“It is a privilege to be part of such an important pillar in our community.”
– Mike Runia, Chair, Board of Directors
Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Nautical Lands Group
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
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.
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.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Jones was CFO of Shopify Inc. He joined Shopify in early 2011 and took them public in May 2015. Mr. Jones has also held senior executive roles at a number of companies including Mitel Corporation, Newbridge Networks, Watchfire, Quake Technologies. He also co-founded a CFO advisory firm focused on earlier stage technology companies. Mr. Jones is a director of CPA Ontario and Sierra Wireless. He is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Carleton University and an ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Vanessa currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of TELUS International, a leading customer experience innovator that designs, builds and delivers next-generation digital solutions for global and disruptive brands.
Prior to joining TELUS International, Vanessa was Chief Financial Officer of Mitel Corporation, a global technology company headquartered in Canada.
Vanessa has been recognized for her career accomplishments. She is a Businesswoman of The Year (2020) finalist with the Ottawa Business Women’s Network. In 2017 Vanessa was recognized as a 40 under 40 business leader by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Ottawa Business Journal.
Currently serving on the Board of Directors of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Vanessa is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Thorn, a not for profit organization with a mission to eliminate child sexual abuse materials from the internet.
She is a Chartered Accountant and a US Certified Public Accountant.
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.
As Vice President and Investment Counsellor for RBC PH&N Investment Counsel, Janet provides comprehensive discretionary investment management for high net worth clients and their families, corporations, foundations and endowment funds throughout Canada, U.S. and abroad. Janet joined RBC in 1991, holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a certified Personal Financial Planner.
She is an active member of the Ottawa community, supporting various charities, in particular as Co-Chair for the President’s Breakfast for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. She sits on the board of the Ottawa Community Foundation and is a member of the Women for Mental Health, a philanthropic program that supports the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, as well as the International Women’s Forum. When not spending time with her husband and four children, Janet enjoys running, travel, golf and music. She earned her music degree from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Pradeep Merchant is a well-known and respected individual in the Indo-Canadian community and in the City of Ottawa. Currently, he is the Site Chief of the Division of Neonatology at The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa. He was also confirmed for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding Canadians.
Dr. Merchant has worked tirelessly with the private and political sectors to improve economical ties between India and Canada. He has volunteered and contributed actively to many think-tank discussions at various provincial and federal levels and round-table meetings to enhance the understanding and relationship between the two great parliamentary democracies.
In addition to his role as Director to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board since 2015, and active community representative in helping health care institutions, Dr. Merchant is a Founding Board member and Chair Governing Council of the Canada-India Center for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy in Ottawa at Carleton University. He has served on the Board of Governors for six years at Carleton University and past Chair of the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber. Currently, he serves as an advisor to the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber.
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."
Board of Directors
Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Nautical Lands Group
Board of Directors
Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Nautical Lands Group
Michael recently joined the Nautical Lands Real Estate Group as a Partner and Chief Investment Officer. His responsibilities include capital raising, overall banking relationships and oversight of asset management and Investment activities.
The Nautical Lands Group, operating under our ‘Wellings’ brand, was created out of the recognition for affordable independent senior housing solutions, particularly in smaller Canadian communities. Nautical Lands is strongly committed to fulfilling the needs of the communities within which our properties reside, revolutionizing best practices and efficiencies as we continue to design, build and operate independent seniors’ communities throughout Canada (www.nlgc.com).
Michael was previously a Vice Chair with Deloitte Canada. His Deloitte leadership roles include serving as Managing Partner for Deloitte’s Private Company and Mid-Market business; as Managing Partner, for Deloitte’s Ontario business, and as leader for Deloitte’s Latin America Mid-Market business. Michael served on Deloitte’s Executive Committee and on several Global and National leadership teams. Mike has broad client experience serving both public and private, Canadian, U.S. and multi-national clients. He has significant experience in providing business advisory services related to M&A, IPOs and private financings; board governance; analytics; and various financial reporting frameworks.
Michael is a Director, and Chair of the Audit Committee for Avenue 31, a national land development company focused on the ICI space.
Michael is also currently the Chair of Board of Directors of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and serves on the Campaign Committee for the $2.5 Billion New Ottawa Civic Hospital. In addition, Mike serves on the University of Ottawa’s Advisory Board of the Telfer School of Management and was a founding director of the City of Ottawa`s Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards.
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 is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Tim is a finance executive with approximately 35 years of international experience in public companies and private equity-backed start-ups. More recently, Tim was the EVP & CFO of Canopy Growth Corporation from its early days to May 2019 when he decided to retire. Since then, Tim has taken on executive and director responsibilities for publicly listed SPACs in the US. Over Tim’s career, he has raised over $8 billion in corporate financings and directed almost 40 M&A transactions, and led historic listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), including rankings on the S&P/TSX 60 Index and the number one position on the TSX30. Prior to joining Canopy Growth, Tim held executive finance positions at Mitel, Zarlink Semiconductor, Vodafone (UK/Czech Republic), Oskar Mobil (Czech Republic) and Plasco Energy Group.
Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants Institute of Canada (FCPA, FCA) and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. In addition to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board and Finance Committee, Tim also serves on the Elmwood School Board of Directors and Finance Committee and the boards of two SPACs. Tim earned his CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a proud graduate of Bishop’s University where he obtained his BBA. Tim also earned an executive certificate from the Ivey Business School at Western University and is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation (ICD.D).
Dr. Segal is private clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist in Ottawa who trained at McGill University and Harvard Medical School. Her time spent in hospitals emphasized the importance of translating the latest advancements in research to clinical use. She worked as part of multi-disciplinary teams that included world-class neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, nurses, and administrators, all working together to provide the best possible clinical care.
She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Foundation Board of The Ottawa Hospital because she personally has seen first hand the exceptional clinical outcomes made possible by public-private partnerships and donor-directed initiatives at the other hospitals where she has trained.
As The Ottawa Hospital continues to establish itself as a centre of excellence that is committed to innovation and delivering the best possible clinical care, she believes that ensuring that it is well-funded in order to be at the frontiers of medicine and technology will put the hospital in the best possible position to make groundbreaking discoveries.
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.