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Save the Children Canada Board of Directors


Board Chair


Jeff Donahue, Managing Director, Natural Resources, CPPIB Equity Investments Inc. Jeff is responsible for developing and leading CPPIB’s principal investing activities in extractive industries and focuses on the oil and gas industry and mining industry. Prior to joining CPPIB, Jeff was Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BHP Billiton PLC in London.  Previously, he had a range of senior corporate development roles at Enron Corp and spent several years as both an investment banker and management consultant. Jeff holds an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 



Myrna Alexander, a native of Alberta, now resides in Quebec.  She is a former Director of the World Bank, with extensive experience in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia.  During the 1990s, she was responsible for the Bank's program in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay and acted as Senior Advisor to the Vice President for the Latin American Region.  Myrna also was Director of Operational Policy, responsible for the formulation and application of all policies affecting Bank financed programs as well as interface with the Bank's Board of Directors, the independent evaluation group and non-governmental organizations.  Her operational expertise covers governance, anti-corruption, program evaluation, public sector administration and finance.   Myrna holds a Masters in Management Science (Finance) from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




Heather Ferguson combines senior leadership and educational depth based in the areas of communications, marketing and stakeholder relations. As President, The Hearing Foundation of Canada, she refined and refocused the organization’s mission, vision and business model. As a consultant, and an instructor in communications and fundraising at Humber College in Toronto she further developed her skills as a leader, facilitator and organizational strategist. Heather holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the McMaster University/ Syracuse University, Master of Communications Management program. Professionally, she holds the designation CFRE (to 2012) as well as the designation ABC, (Accredited Business Communicator).



The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, CM, ONS, MSM is the former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (2000-2006), a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Order of Nova Scotia and the first Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia. A graduate of Dalhousie University, and former teacher with the Halifax Regional School Board, she is the recipient of six Honorary Doctorate Degrees, the Woman of Action Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Israel Research Foundation, and was recognized as a Trailblazer and one of Canada's 100 Outstanding Women by the Richard Ivy School of Business and the Women's Executive Network. Appointed by the Government of Canada in 2003 and reappointed in 2010, she continues to serve as Honorary Captain (Navy) to Maritime Forces Atlantic, as Co-Chair of the Community Leadership Advisory Council to the Admiral for Maritime Forces Atlantic, as National Council Chair of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, and as a Director of the Canadian Forces Liason Council. Mrs. Freeman is a national Director of Historica-Dominion Institute of Canada, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Save the Children Canada, the International Women’s Forum of Canada, the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum, the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies, the Advisory Board of the Coady International Institute, the Board of Governors of Mount Saint Vincent University and Advisor on the Legacy Committee of the 2011 Halifax Canada Games. She is married to Lawrence Freeman, QC, a partner in Stewart McKelvey and is the proud mother of three children and two grandchildren.



Co-Vice Chair


Denise LeBlanc has been practicing law for over 25 years and is a partner and a former Regional Manager for New Brunswick in the law firm of McInnes Cooper, focusing on the areas of asset recovery, insolvency, and corporate and business law. She is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Canadian Bar Association. Denise is a supplementary member of the New Brunswick Securities Commission and an accredited arbitrator/adjudicator in the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. Denise is an adjudicator pursuant to the Mental Health Act and was an adjudicator in the New Brunswick Small Claims Court throughout its existence. Denise is a past-president of the Canadian Bar Association, New Brunswick Division, and is an active member of several committees of the New Brunswick Law Society. She is a board member of the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association and also sits on the boards of several community organizations.

Denise LeBlanc



David Masse is the Senior Director, Sports Properties at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In a career that has spanned 30 years dedicated to public broadcasting David has worked in all areas of television production from the news and the current affairs show The Journal, to made-for-television dramas, comedies, and since 1997, TV Sports. He has worked on numerous major sporting events including 7 Olympics, and was a member of the International Olympic Committees Television and Radio Commission. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Award for his efforts in support of Right To Play. For the last ten years he has travelled to Colorado to teach leadership skills to teens from around the world at Outward Bound. David is a graduate of the University of Windsor with degrees in Communication Studies and Commerce.

David Masse - Board of Directors



Dan Mills is a Managing Director at Northwater Capital in Toronto and has 20 years' experience in capital markets, including substantial direct experience in trading, transaction management, mandate compliance, and risk management. Before joining Northwater in 1997, he was a senior portfolio manager with the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) where he managed and traded significant investment assets in the public equity markets. Before OMERS, he managed branch administration, pooled funds, and mutual funds for National Trust and Canada Trust. Dan holds a BA in economics, administrative and commercial studies from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute and is a member of the Toronto CFA Society.

Dan Mills - Board of Directors



Kenn Richard’s family comes from one of Manitoba's oldest Metis settlements, St Francis Xavier. Moving to Toronto in 1978, he became one of the original founders of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. In 1988 he became the agency's first Executive Director and remains in that position today. Kenn is also a sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, teaching Intercultural practices to MSW and doctoral candidates. He received both a BSW and a MSW from the University of Manitoba with a specialty in community development. He has held a number of positions in his professional life in such areas as child protection, residential treatment, community development and labor relations as well as contributes to many regional and national initiatives on Native and Children's issues.



Françoise Roy is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of experience in private, not-for-profit and governmental sectors. Fluently bilingual in French and in English, she is a partner in NuFocus Strategic Group, where her consultancy practice is primarily geared to strategic communications. Among other accomplishments, her expertise was behind the successful development of a number of branding initiatives, community engagement strategies and fundraising projects. She has been and continues to be engaged in a number of social causes that are related to empowering and educating children, such as Right to Play where she participated in a humanitarian mission to Haiti, and Sistema NB. A true believer in strong communities, Françoise has also been involved in a number of economic development and sporting organizations. Françoise is a standing member of the Canadian Public Relations Society.



David Rozee CPA, is a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the National Assurance Quality & Methodology Group and Toronto Assurance Services Practice. David has over twenty five years of public practice experience serving Canadian and US multi-national public companies and Canadian private companies. In addition to client responsibilities, David has had numerous practice management roles in Human Capital management, internal controls and audit methodology development. As a parent of a young family, and having grown up living in various countries around the world, David has a particular interest in organizations supporting child care and development.



Lauren Snyder-Gault is the third generation in her family to be involved with Save the Children. While backpacking around the world for a year, she had the opportunity to visit some of our projects and realized the passion to continue to be an advocate for Save the Children locally. A long-standing and dedicated volunteer for almost 20 years, Lauren is currently the Chair of the Windsor Branch of Save the Children Canada. She was recently recognized and honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for her involvement. An active community member, Lauren has worked with community and business development groups, and those focused on children and youth, including Rotary's Children’s Safety Village of Windsor and Essex County, Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada. In addition to her career in sales and marketing with Security ONE Alarm Systems for 25 years, Lauren is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for her church and Vice-President of BNI Tecumseh.



Co-Vice Chair
Richard Stursberg
is a Canadian Media Executive with more than 30 years’ experience. He has been head of all English services at the CBC, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, President of Starchoice and Cancom (now Shaw Direct), President of the Canadian Cable Television Association and Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture and Broadcasting for the Government of Canada. He is currently President of Aljess, a boutique consulting firm, specializing in media and entertainment businesses. He is the author of The Tower of Babble, published by Douglas and MacIntyre in 2012 and named by the Globe and Mail one of the best books of the year.

Richard Stursberg - Board of Directors



Steve Yuzpe was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott Resource Corp. in 2013. He has over 15 years of executive and financial management experience with public and private corporations. Over his career, Mr. Yuzpe has developed specific expertise in financing, restructuring, financial and internal reporting, strategic development and business planning, corporate governance, investor relations, regulatory compliance and treasury management. Prior to being appointed President and Chief Executive officer, Mr. Yuzpe served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sprott Resource Corp., is currently the chairman of One Earth Farms Corp., and a director of Long Run Exploration Ltd. Mr. Yuzpe is also involved with Save the Children Canada, a charity focused on youth at risk and was previously the Treasurer, member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Street Kids International for more than 10 years. Mr. Yuzpe holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering (Mechanical) degree from Queen’s University along with the Professional Engineering designation (P.Eng.) and a Masters in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. Mr. Yuzpe also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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