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June 17, 2011

SickKids announces new Board appointments

Toronto, ON – June 17, 2011 – The Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Harding as the Chair of the Board, effective June 16, 2011. Mr. Harding joined the Board of Trustees in 2005.

A chartered accountant by profession, Mr. Harding is Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Board and has served Brookfield and its predecessor companies since 1984 in various executive positions. He is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Waterloo, Trustee at the Art Gallery of Ontario, past Chair and current Board member of United Way Toronto, Director and Chairman of Norbord Inc., Director and Chair of NexJ Systems Inc. and a Director of Manulife Financial Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his community service. He was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant in March 2000 and named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 1996.

“SickKids is extremely fortunate to have someone of Bob’s calibre and reputation to lead the governance of SickKids over the next few years,” says Connie Sugiyama, outgoing Chair of SickKids.  “His deep understanding of governance and his commitment to the mission and vision of SickKids will continue to position the organization as a world leader in children’s health.”

The Hospital’s Board of Trustees is also pleased to announce the appointment of two new trustees:

Paul Reynolds has been President of Canaccord Financial Inc. since August 2006 and Chief Executive Officer since August 2007 and leads Canaccord's global operations from Toronto. Previously, Mr. Reynolds was the Global Head of Canaccord’s capital markets business and, from 1999 to 2007, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the company's European operations, based out of London.

Bob Weese recently retired from GE Canada where he held the position of Vice-President of Government and External Relations.  Mr. Weese joined GE in 1989, initially on executive exchange from the federal government, where he had been an Assistant Deputy Minister of Supply and Services Canada.  Prior to joining the federal government in 1982, he had held senior management positions with the Government of Saskatchewan and had been a Caucus Research Officer in the House of Commons.  

With these changes, Ms. Sugiyama officially ends her term as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Hospital.  “Connie has been instrumental in moving several strategic initiatives forward including our largest development in decades, the new Research & Learning Tower,” says Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids. “On behalf of the 8,000 people who work at SickKids, I want to thank Connie for her stellar leadership, commitment to good governance and relentless passion for children’s health.”

The Board of Directors of SickKids Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Hospital, is also pleased to announce the appointment of John Francis as the Chair of the Board, effective June 17, 2011.

“John has been an integral member of the Board for more than seven years, including serving as interim President of the Foundation from January through June 2009 on a volunteer basis,” says Patsy Anderson, past Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are delighted that John has agreed to serve as the next Board Chair as the Foundation embarks on a new five-year strategic plan.”

Mr. Francis joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in November 2003 and most recently served as one of three Vice-Chairs and as Treasurer. He is founder of Fraser Kearney Capital Corp. and prior to that was President and CEO of Trader Media Corporation, Ontario’s largest publisher of classified advertising magazines and websites. Previously he worked in New York and Los Angeles in investment banking for various firms, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Francis has an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors is also pleased to announce the appointment of six new directors:

Rita F. Ciccolini is a principal with Masters Insurance Limited in Vaughan. She has been Vice-President of Società di Pescosolido and is active in the Italian-Canadian community.

Kevin Crull is President of Bell Media. Prior to Bell Media, he served as President of Bell Residential Services, the national business unit for Bell TV, Bell Internet and Bell Home Phone. Mr. Crull also serves on the Board of The Globe and Mail.

Charles Field-Marsham is the founder and Chairman of Kestrel Capital (East Africa), Kenya’s leading investment bank, and the founder and Chairman of Panafrican Group, a distributor for Komatsu mining and construction equipment in six African countries. He is the Chairman of Kenya Fluorspar, a mining operation in Kenya. Mr. Field-Marsham is also a founding member of the steering committee for the University of Toronto’s ‘The Next 36’ entrepreneurship program.

David Goodman is President and CEO and a director of DundeeWealth Inc., which, with more than $80 billion in assets under management, is one of Canada’s fastest-growing family of investment funds, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Scotiabank, and the home of Dynamic Funds.  Mr. Goodman is a member of the Board of Trustees of Dundee REIT, a director of Dundee Corporation and the founding patron of the David Goodman Youth Community Trust, a Canadian charity focused on the support of youth at risk in the urban environment.

Christian Lassonde is President and CEO of Claystone Inc., a Toronto-based technology start-up company which develops multimedia applications for Android phones and tablets. Mr. Lassonde is also a Director, Secretary and Treasurer of the Lassonde Family Foundation.

Justin Poy is the founder and President of the Justin Poy Agency, a national full-service agency based in Toronto specializing in English and Chinese marketing and advertising. A former kidney transplant patient at SickKids, Mr. Poy has developed a passion for organ and tissue donation.

“We would like to thank Patsy who has been a model of volunteer and philanthropic leadership during her five-year term as Chair,” says Ted Garrard, President and CEO, SickKids Foundation. “She has led the Foundation through several achievements and significant growth. She also provided tremendous guidance when we kicked off the first phase of The Research & Learning Tower capital campaign.”

About The Hospital for Sick Children

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally.  Its mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized family-centred care; pioneer scientific and clinical advancements; share expertise; foster an academic environment that nurtures health-care professionals; and champion an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. SickKids is proud of its vision for Healthier Children. A Better World. For more information, please visit www.sickkids.ca.

About SickKids Foundation

Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation is the fundraising organization for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) - one of Canada's most research-intensive hospitals and the largest centre dedicated to improving children's health in the country. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, SickKids Foundation made an investment of $52.5 million in children's health research, education and care. A direct result of community support, this is one of the largest investments in paediatric health care and one of the largest contributions to a hospital anywhere in Canada. For more information, please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.

For more information contact:

Matet Nebres
Media Relations
The Hospital for Sick Children

Sandra Chiovitti
Media Relations
SickKids Foundation