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
Board of Directors
Senior Investment Counsellor, RBC PH&N Investment Counsel
Board of Directors
Senior Investment Counsellor, RBC PH&N Investment Counsel
As Senior 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.
Denise Carruthers, PhD., is an active member of the Ottawa community, and a long-time supporter of the Ottawa Hospital. She is a founding partner of The Permedia Research Group, an Ottawa-based petroleum exploration software company, sold to a Fortune 200 company in 2010.
A scientist and philanthropist, Denise was a Founding Board member of the Alexandria Archive Institute, honoured as a Champion of Change in Open Science at the White House in 2013. Locally, Denise is Vice Chair of Elmwood School Board of Governors, a member of the Executive Committee and is Chair of Elmwood’s Development Committee.
Denise received a Doctoral Degree in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
She was awarded the Prestigious Overseas Research Scholarship from the United Kingdom and a Carnegie Scholarship from The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to complete her Doctoral Research. She was also awarded a Postdoctoral Honorary Research Fellowship from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology.
“As a long-time supporter of the Ottawa Hospital, it is an honour to be part of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board, and to have an opportunity to give back to this world-class research and health institution in a meaningful way.”
"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!"
Brian Cook is a Senior Operating Partner at Brookfield Renewable, which owns and operates hydro-electric, wind and solar assets and provides decarbonization services across five continents. Prior to joining Brookfield in 2008, Brian held senior finance and investment positions at a major Canadian mutual fund company. He and his family has lived in Ottawa for the last 25 years.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CA. CPA). He is also member of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation investment committee and was previously on investment committee for the Terry Fox Foundation.
Tom Froggatt joined the Mint as Chief Commercial Officer in August 2019, following the merger of the VP Marketing and VP Sales positions.
Prior to joining the Mint, Mr. Froggatt spent five years with car rental giant Hertz Canada as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and also acted as executive marketing consultant for the CEO of Hertz Global Holdings for 2 years in the United States. He has 12 years of experience at Canada Post where he held roles leading retail merchandising and store design, retail products and services, and government affairs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Froggatt worked in various senior sales and marketing roles in the consumer packaged goods manufacturing and retail industries.
Mr. Froggatt is a graduate of Business Administration – Marketing from Fleming College, Intensive French at McGill University, and the Executive Business Program at Queen's University.
Sarah is a real estate advisor at Engel & Volkers, one of the world’s leading service companies specializing in the brokerage of premium residential properties. Prior to joining E&V, Sarah enjoyed a decade long career at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in the areas of Communications and Corporate Relations. This experience provided Sarah with an exceptional understanding of the housing industry and its trends.
A long-standing community volunteer with deep roots in Ottawa, Sarah has worked with many charitable organizations including the Caring and Sharing Exchange and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. She also helped launch the Can’t Dim My Light project, a charity created by Erik and Melinda Karlsson to help eradicate bullying in schools. Most recently, she joined the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and is proudly serving as co-chair of the President’s Breakfast.
In her spare time she is a fitness enthusiast and avid reader. Sarah, her husband and their two children call Westboro home.
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.
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, and most recently, appointed to the Order of Canada by her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor of Canada. Dr. Merchant believes The Ottawa Hospital and The Ottawa Hospital Foundation have both played a tremendous role in his journey, and he is proud and humbled by this recognition.
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.
Born and raised in the Ottawa area, Mychelle has a deep connection to the city and to the Ottawa Hospital. She had first hand experience with the excellent and compassionate care the hospital provides when she spent weeks in the Civic campus having Harrington rod spinal surgery as a tween and through the numerous orthopedic surgeries she had throughout her life. But it wasn’t until she attended her first President’s Breakfast that she also became aware of, and interested in, the hospital's world-class research.
Professionally, Mychelle has held executive positions at Klipfolio, IBM, Cognos, and Solace. Currently she is the Chief Marketing Officer of an Ottawa-based tech startup called Knak.
Mychelle has a degree in Engineering Geophysics from Queen’s University. Outside of work, Mychelle loves doing anything outside, particularly kayaking, hiking and cycling.
Ryma Nasrallah is a Partner in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and a member of the Tax, Corporate Commercial, Private Client Planning, and Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Groups.
She regularly advises registered charities and non-profit organizations on the income tax implications of their transactions and activities and is frequently involved in the establishment of charitable organizations and foundations. Ryma is currently the Secretary of the CBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section and a Member of the Executive of the OBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section.
Ryma also advises private clients, trusts, and closely-held private companies on tax-related matters such as corporate reorganizations, estate-planning transactions, post-mortem transactions, tax dispute resolution, and voluntary disclosures.
Ryma is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association, and the County of Carleton Law Association. She holds a LLB from the University of Ottawa, where she also completed a B.Comm.
Mark is a Vice Chair of Deloitte and a senior partner based in the Ottawa office. He has held a number of roles within Deloitte, most recently as the Managing Partner of the Ottawa office. Mark is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Securities Institute, and the Canadian Association of Certified Financial Planner and has written numerous tax articles and taught at tax courses presented by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and within Deloitte. In 2019, Mark was recognized in the Expert Guides, the world’s finest advisors as chosen by their peers.
Mark has a long history of supporting the local community. In addition to volunteering as a table captain for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation President’s Breakfast, Mark has also spent several years coaching minor hockey, volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club charity breakfast, and has been an active member of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group community cabinet.
In his spare time, Mark is a sports enthusiast who enjoys golfing, cycling, and hockey. He and wife Jenny are the proud parents of three sons Connor, Nicholas, and Clark.
Former Ambassador Nadir Patel is a Management Consultant and Corporate Director. He currently serves as Senior Strategic Advisor at global law ﬁrm Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, managing director at Fairfax Consulting Services, and strategic advisor to the President of Huron University at Western. In addition to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board, Mr. Patel concurrently serves on the Board of Directors of Canadian Tire Corporation where he also chairs the Audit Committee, as well as Board Chairman at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.
Prior to his current roles, Mr. Patel held several senior government positions over a distinguished career in Canada’s public service. Most recently, he served as Canada’s High Commissioner for the Republic of India, with concurrent accreditation as Canada’s Ambassador to Nepal, and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bhutan until 2021. He also previously served as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Oﬃcer for Canada’s Department of Foreign Aﬀairs, Trade and Development and as Canada’s Consul General in Shanghai. He brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, ﬁnance, human resources, risk management, information technology, procurement, and international relations, and has served on the Boards of several public, private, crown corporations, and not-for-proﬁt organizations.
Mr. Patel holds a joint MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and Political Science, and HEC (Paris) School of Management.
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."
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 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 led a publicly listed SPAC through to a successful business combination and joined the Board of a publicly listed company.
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 was awarded the Fellow distinction by the Chartered Professional Accountants Institute of Canada (FCPA, FCA).
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 Board of Charlotte’s Web (TSX:CWEB). Tim earned his CPA, CA 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 President of Taggart Realty Management, which operates within the broader Taggart Group of Companies.
After completing her Undergraduate Degree in Business at Bishop's University, Julie joined the Taggart Group in 2000 and has progressed in her career, gaining skills and industry knowledge during her 20 years of Real Estate experience. She oversees the Leasing, Asset Management, and Property Management divisions, and is involved in all new development projects for Taggart Realty Management.
Over the years, Julie has developed strong and productive relationships with key national retailers and investors. Taggart Realty Management boasts a substantial portfolio and currently holds more than three million square feet of commercial space and more than 600 residential units.
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 being on The Ottawa Hospital Foundation 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 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.