Our Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team Members are a collection of specifically qualified and dedicated individuals who are committed to steering Save the Children Canada towards its goals of protecting children’s rights and reaching the most deprived children of this world.
Board of Directors
Richard is a Canadian Media Executive with more than 30 years of experience. He has been the head of all English language services at the CBC, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, President of Starchoice and Cancom, 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 media and entertainment consulting firm. Richard is also the author of The Tower of Babble, published in 2012, and named one of the best books of the year by The Globe and Mail.
David is former Senior Director, at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In a career that has spanned 30 years dedicated to public broadcasting, David has worked in all genre of television production. He has worked on numerous major sporting events including nine Olympic Games, and was a member of the International Olympic Committee’s 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 fifteen years, he has travelled to Colorado to teach leadership skills to teens from around the world at Outward Bound.
Myrna 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 World Bank’s program in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, and acted as Senior Advisor to the Vice President for the Latin American Region. Myrna was also 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. Her operational expertise covers governance, anti-corruption, program evaluation, public sector administration and finance.
DAVID ROZEE, CPA
David is a partner with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, in their National Assurance Quality & Methodology Group and Toronto Assurance Services Practice. David has more than 25 years of public practice experience serving Canadian and U.S. multi-national public companies and Canadian private companies. In addition to his 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 development.
Erin previously held senior communications & editorial roles at Betakit and Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia. Erin is a Financial Post columnist CTV tech commentator, and a frequent speaker with the National Speakers Bureau. She has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, CNN, & Canadian Business, and was named one of Marketing Magazine’s top 30 Under 30 marketers in 2012. Her claim to fame is being retweeted by Oprah – twice.
THE HONOURABLE MYRA A. FREEMAN, CM, ONS, MSM, CD
The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (2000–2006), is a member of the Order of Canada and Order of Nova Scotia, a recipient of six Honorary Degrees, the Public Policy Forum of Canada Award, Progress Women of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award, and Richard Ivy School of Business ‘Canada’s 100 Outstanding Women’ Award. Ms Freeman served as Honorary Captain Royal Canadian Navy and on the Chairperson’s Advisory Group to The Chief Justice of Canada. She currently serves on the Boards of Mount Saint Vincent University, Historica-Canada, Duke of Edinburgh International Awards and Save the Children Canada.
Jennifer is President and CEO of the IWK Health Centre Foundation. Before joining the IWK Foundation, Jennifer worked for fourteen years at the CBC at the regional and national level. Jennifer was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to serve as a member of The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments in Nova Scotia. Jennifer is the Honorary Lieutenant colonel 3 Intelligence Company, Canadian Armed Forces. Jennifer was awarded by Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award in 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018. Jennifer was awarded as one of the Top 25 Immigrants in Canada. Jennifer was featured in “Canada 150 Women” in November 2017. Distinctive Women National Conference awarded Jennifer with Professional of The Year 2016-17. Jennifer was recognized nationally by RBC Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award.
Dan is the Vice Chair at Northwater Capital in Toronto, and has more than 30 years of 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). He is a graduate of Western University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute and is a member of the Toronto CFA Society.
Both sides of Kenn Richard’s family come from the original Métis and Francophone settlements along the Red and the Assiniboine River in Manitoba. He is the founder and Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, a mandated Children’s Aid Society and Children’s Mental Health Center, since 1989. Kenn has been the recipient of multiple awards, most recently honoured with the Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C.) Civil Division, from the Governor General of Canada. Kenn is a strong children’s advocate and is often called to lend advice in the field of Native Child Welfare and its related issues.
Lauren is the third generation of the Snyder family to be involved with Save the Children. While backpacking around the world for a year, she visited Save the Children projects and realized that her passion was to continue to be an advocate for the most vulnerable children. She is the Chair of the Windsor Branch of Save the Children, with volunteers who continue to raise money and awareness in the community. For her involvement, Lauren was honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.
Jean is Senior Counsel with Pape Salter Teillet LLP. She is a leading lawyer on Indigenous rights law and also works on reproductive rights law. She is Vice Chair of Indspire and on the board of the Association for Canadian Studies. In 2016, the Association of Ontario Midwives made Jean an honorary lifetime member. She has three honorary doctorates. She was made Indigenous Peoples Council by the Indigenous Bar Association and granted the Order of the Métis Nation. Jean is a published author and frequent lecturer on Indigenous issues. She is the great grand niece of Louis Riel.
Steve was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott Resource Holdings Inc., including its predecessor companies, in 2013. He is currently the chairman of Beretta Farms Inc., and a director of InPlay Oil Corp. Mr. Yuzpe is also involved with Save the Children Canada and is the Chairman at The York School. 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 is a CFA® charterholder and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Senior Leadership Team
Bill Chambers – President and CEO
Luis Reyes – Chief Financial Officer
Marlen Mondaca – Chief Policy and Programs Officer
Sarah Matte – Chief Development Officer
Conrad Prince – Director, National Reconciliation Programs
Sangita Patel – Director, Strategic Development and Change
Save the Children Board of Directors, as of January 22, 2019