Board of Directors

The Foundation is fortunate to benefit from the talent and wisdom of an experienced volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are recruited from the communities we serve to rigorously evaluate accomplishments against goals set out in the Foundation's strategic plan, review grant requests, allocate funding, approve budgets and monitor expenses.

In June 2015, Children’s Health Foundation welcomed David Woodward as the Chair of the Board of Directors.                  

David Woodward, Board Chair, Children's Health Foundation Mr. Woodward has been a member of the Foundation's Executive Committee since 2012. He has also been an active volunteer on various committees and work teams, always leading with a strong aptitude for critical and creative thinking, as well as an unyielding passion for enhancing paediatric health care, rehabilitation and research.

David and his spouse, Catherine Holmes, have two boys who were both treated at Children's Hospital when they were very young. They are thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the health care providers that helped their children when they needed it most.

David's experience as a seasoned legal professional with Lerners LLP and his own experience with the Foundation have helped him bring sound judgment, a refined attention to detail and a passion for kids' health care to Children's Health Foundation's Board. His established leadership skills will support the Foundation's goal to raise funds for the children, youth and their families who rely on Children's Hospital, Thames Valley Children's Centre and Children's Health Research Institute.

Our Board members are looking forward to a very successful year that is defined by strategic investment, fruitful collaboration, and the ever present dedication to doing what is in the very best interests of the children and families we serve. Together, the Board will continue to foster relationships with our community members and supporters, inspiring them to contribute to a more vibrant future for families throughout our region, across our country and around the globe.

A big thanks to all of our esteemed Board members who dedicate their time and talents to helping save and improve kids' lives.

2016/2017 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Mr. David Woodward, Chair - Partner, Lerners LLP
Mr. Trevor Delaire, Vice Chair - Investment Advisor, TD Waterhouse
Ms. Kristina Shaw, Vice Chair - Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
Mr. Peter Regier, Interim Treasurer - Retired Partner, KPMG
Ms. Rachel Bayley, Director-at-Large - Executive Trust Officer, TD Waterhouse Private Trust


Dr. George Aiello - Dental Surgeon, Interface Centre for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Mr. Eric Janitis - Investment Advisor, RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities
Ms. Elana Johnson - Registered Midwife (ret), Consultant, Association of Ontario Midwives
Ms. Christine Jones Harris - Co-owner, Principal, Strategic Initiatives, Jones Packaging Inc.
Mr. Michael Malleck - President, Clintar Landscape Management
Ms. Kelsey Ramsden - Business Coach, Keynote Speaker, Founder, SparkPlay Inc., President, Belvedere Place Development
Ms. Valerie Rousom - Director, Children's Care (ret), Children's Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre
Mr. John Sliskovic - Chartered Accountant, Partner, Business Tax Services, Ernst & Young
Ms. Suzanne Jaekel - London Health Sciences Centre Board Representative

Honorary Directors

Mr. Jim Alexander
Ms. Lou-Anne Farrell
Mr. Vito Finucci
Mr. Robert Hawkins
Mr. Michael Lerner
Mr. Brian Lessard
Ms. Janette MacDonald
Dr. Peter Mercer
Mrs. Ellen Rosen
Mrs. Veronica Sadowski
Mr. Gordon Thompson
Mr. James Thompson
Mr. Gabe Valente
Mr. Kenneth Green (deceased)
Mr. Justice Lerner (deceased)