Meet our Board

BOD Jeff Donahue

Jeff Donahue

Board Chair

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 and mining industries. Prior to joining CPPIB, Jeff was Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, at BHP Billiton PLC in London. Previously, he held 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.


Richard Stursberg

Co-Vice Chair

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 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 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. Richard is also the 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.

Myrna Alexander

Myrna Alexander

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. Myrna holds a Master’s degree in Management Science (Finance) from the Sloan School of Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Heather Ferguson

Heather Ferguson

Heather combines senior leadership and educational depth in the areas of communications, marketing and stakeholder relations. As President of 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. She is both a Certified Fundraising Executive and Accredited Business Communicator.


The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, CM, ONS, MSM

The Honourable Myra Freeman 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, 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. 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 Liaison Council.


David Masse

David 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 seven 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 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.


Dan Mills

Dan is a Managing Director at Northwater Capital in Toronto, and has more than 20 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), 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 has a BA in economics, administrative and commercial studies from the University of Western Ontario. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute and is a member of the Toronto CFA Society.


Kenn Richard

Kenn Richard’s family comes from one of Manitoba’s oldest Métis settlements, St. Francis Xavier. After 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, a position he still holds 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 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 labour relations. He also contributes to many regional and national initiatives on Indigenous and Children’s issues.


Françoise Roy

Françoise Roy is an experienced executive with more than 25 years in the private, not-for-profit and governmental sectors. Fluently bilingual in English and French, she brings leadership, strategic thinking and broad marketing communication skills to the role of Deputy Minister of New Brunswick’s Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. Prior to this, Françoise served as Executive Director of the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute (Moncton), where under her leadership, the organization founded a philanthropic infrastructure and culture, building support in the community and establishing strategic partnerships with a number of organizations. A true believer in strong communities, Françoise is an engaged volunteer, supporting numerous social, economic and sporting organizations.


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.


Lauren Snyder-Gault

Lauren 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 Save the Children projects and realized that her passion was to continue to be an advocate for the organization. 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. Lauren is also the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for her church and Vice-President of BNI Tecumseh.


Steve Yuzpe

Steve was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott Resource Corporation in 2013. He has more than 15 years of executive and financial management experience with public and private corporations. Prior to becoming the CEO in 2013, Steve served as the Chief Financial Officer at Sprott. He is also currently Chairman of One Earth Farms Corp., a unique food products company that is focused on providing consumers with healthy alternatives, and a director of Long Run Exploration Ltd. Steve served as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Street Kids International for more than 10 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Mechanical) from Queen’s University, along with the Professional Engineering designation (P.Eng.) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Steve is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.