Kathleen (Katie) Taylor is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children and the Immediate Past Chair of the SickKids Foundation (2014-2020), having joined the Foundation Board in May 2004. Taylor was also a Co-Chair of the SickKids VS Capital Campaign from 2017 to 2023, which raised almost $1.7 billion to support the building of a new hospital and to fund other critical priorities.
Taylor is the Chair of Altas Partners, a Toronto-based private equity investment firm, the Vice-Chair of the Adecco Group in Zurich and a director of Air Canada and Mattamy Asset Management. She is also the former Chair of the Royal Bank of Canada and the former President and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Taylor is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council, Co-Chair of their Human Capital Policy Council and a member of the Task Force on the Digital Economy. She is also the Chancellor of York University and serves on the Dean’s Global Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business. Taylor is a Founding Visionary and Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee of The Prosperity Project, a national non-for-profit devoted to the advancement of women in the economy.
Taylor is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received many accolades for her business and community achievements: inductee into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends, member of WXN’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame, recipient of the the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership, recipient of the inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law, recipient of the Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award, and recipient of the 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Taylor holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Toronto, McGill University, York University and Trent University, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Huron University.