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On October 1, 2019, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Canada joined forces, with the goal of granting the wish of every eligible child across the country. United as Make-A-Wish® Canada, our mission is to provide children with life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish, giving them the strength to endure their treatments and build resilience.

Staff Directory

Lynne Hudson
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Lynne Hudson leads Make-A-Wish® Canada in its mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in Canada, and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Make-A-Wish is on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.

Before joining Make-A-Wish Canada, Lynne was President & CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada and a leading provider of cancer information and invaluable support services for those affected by the disease. Prior to joining CCS in October 2016, she served as CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).

Lynne’s visionary leadership was instrumental in the success of the historic merger between CBCF and CCS in February 2017. Her results-oriented approach helped guide CCS through tremendous transformational change to achieve an incredible 28% year-over-year reduction in fundraising expenses, a $33M bottom-line improvement in its first fiscal year post-merger and a $15M surplus in the second year. She was awarded Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100 in 2018.

An accomplished leader with extensive experience in change management, strategic planning, fundraising and development, Lynne has worked in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors both domestically and internationally. She held an executive leadership role at Plan International Canada for 8 years. During her time there, Lynne helped drive revenues from $75 million to over $200 million, and championed programs promoting girls’ rights and gender equality around the world. She has also worked with Ernst & Young in their Financial Management Group and with Nortel Networks in a variety of roles in Toronto and Miami.

Lynne is past member of the Board of Directors of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC), and Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC). She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Miami.


Board of Directors

Make-A-Wish is proud to have a strong group of leaders dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of courageous children with critical illnesses across Canada.





Michele Augert
Winnipeg, MB
CEO, Dakota Community Centre Inc./
Jonathan Toews Sportsplex



Peter Noonan
Toronto, ON
Managing Director
NPZ Consulting Inc.



Cheryl Hogg
Vancouver, BC
Owner/Senior Partner
Infocus Management Consulting



Carley Parish
Hampton, NB
Lutz Longstaff Parish


Dan Markou
Toronto, ON
Executive VP & Chief People & Culture Officer
Shaw Communications






Lynne Douglas
Calgary, AB
Regional Business Development Manager
Sprung Structures

Phil Hunt
London, ON
Growth Strategy Advisors

Jacques Perreault
Montreal, QC
Senior Partner
Brightspark Ventures

Shaun Usmar
Toronto, ON
Founder & CEO
Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp.

Carl Viel
Québec City, QC
President & CEO
Québec International

Shawn White
Dartmouth, NS
External Affairs Manager


Council of Chairs' Delegates


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Our Story

All his life, Christopher James Greicius dreamed of becoming a police officer. In his eyes, the police represented strength, power, and the goodness in life. Chris' dream meant more than anything to him, but even he couldn't have known that his wish would serve as the inspiration for the largest wish-granting organization in the world.

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Chris Grecius inspired the birth of Make-A-Wish


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Annual Reports

Read our annual reports to learn more about our wish granting efforts, our corporate partnerships and our mission, and for up-to-date financial information about how we use your donations to grant life-changing wishes.

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Our Team

At Make-A-Wish, we aspire to fulfill our mission – to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We combine our professionalism with our passion and put them into action to transform the lives of children and families across Canada.

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