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  • Make-A-Wish Canada Appoints New Leaders to National Board


The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals to its inaugural National Board of Directors, as a result of the organization’s recent amalgamation with the Children’s Wish Foundation in October.


The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada announced their merger on Oct. 2, 2019 with the goal of granting the wish of every eligible child across the country together. Now united as Make-A-Wish® Canada, and led by co-CEOs Jennifer Klotz-Ritter and Chris Kotsopoulos, the organization will have the ability to make a greater difference in the communities it supports, increasing its ability to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses by 25 per cent more each year.


The New National Board of Directors Includes:



Michele Augert


(CEO, Dakota Community Centre Inc./Jonathan Toews Sportsplex)


Peter Noonan


(Managing Director, NPZ Consulting Inc.)


Cheryl Hogg


(Owner/Senior Partner, Infocus Management Consulting)


Carley Parish


(Partner, Lutz Longstaff Parish)


Dan Markou


(EVP & Chief People & Culture Officer, Shaw Communications)




Lynne Douglas

(Regional Business Development Manager, Sprung Structures)


Phil Hunt

(Owner/Consultant, Growth Strategy Advisors)


Jacques Perreault

(Senior Partner, Brightspark Ventures)


Shaun Usmar

(Founder & CEO, Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp.)


Carl Viel

(President & CEO, Québec International)


Shawn White

(External Affairs Manager, GSK)


The inaugural board of the new united Make-A-Wish Canada would like to recognize and extend its gratitude to retiring Board members of both of the legacy organizations: Barb Hambly/Brenda Abrams (Chairs), Mitch Minken (Vice-Chair), Ben Lo (Treasurer), Daniel Bourque/Jim Wyatt (Secretaries), and Lana Paton (Director at Large on the Executive); Directors: Bernard Asselin, Gerry Savaria, Matt MacDonald, Dr. Frank Dicke, Gerry Curnew, Heather Falk, Les Gombik, Jan Grude, Richard Lachance, Kent Scales, Ian Smith, and Lori Quick.