Board of Directors

We are incredibly fortunate to have the dedication and leadership of a strong Board of Directors who are deeply committed to the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada. Our board is comprised of leaders in the fields of business, finance, law, medicine, media and non-profit sectors.

Our mission: as a champion of family-centered care, RMHC Canada is dedicated to supporting and enabling excellence in RMHC programs that help families with sick children.

John Davis

John Davis

Board President and Past President, Ronald McDonald House Toronto

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis

Founder, Ellis Strategy Group

Derek Nighbor

Derek Nighbor

CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada

Natasha Walji

Natasha Walji

Sector Lead, Technology, Telecom, Entertainment & Local, Google

Trevor Evancic

Trevor Evancic

National Client Group Senior Markets SVP, Managing Director & Head, RBC Royal Bank

Joel Kirsch

Dr.Joel Kirsh

Regional Supervising Coroner, Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario Associate Staff, Hospital for Sick Children Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto

Ross Betteridge

Ross Betteridge

Chief Operating Officer, SCM Insurance Services

Karima Karmali

Karima Karmali

Director, Centre for Innovation & Excellence in Child and Family-Centred Care, The Hospital for Sick Children

Will Ramjass

Will Ramjass

Director & Assistant General Counsel, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited. General Counsel, McDonald’s Latin America

Chantal Cormier

Chantal Cormier

Owner/Operator, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited

John Marsh

John Marsh

Owner/Operator, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited

Wendy Galagan

Wendy Galagan

CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Manitoba

Thomas Lui

Thomas Lui

Senior VP & CFO, Brookfield Residential Properties

Rob Dick

Rob Dick

Supply Chain Officer, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited

Jeff Mclean

Jeff McLean

Senior Vice President & CFO, McDonalds Restaurants of Canada Limited

Simonne Leblanc

Simonne Leblanc

EVP, People, Ethoca

Our Founder, George Cohon

Founder of Ronald McDonald Charities in Canada and Russia, and Founder of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited, and McDonald's in Russia.

A longstanding champion of RMHC’s mission and families with sick children, George was instrumental in bringing Ronald McDonald House Charities to Canada in 1981 with the opening of the first RMHC House in Toronto, establishing RMHC Canada in 1982, and launching RMHC’s largest fundraiser in partnership with McDonald’s Canada – McHappy Day.

With his recent promotion to Companion of the Order of Canada (link), George has been recognized with this honour, in part, for his philanthropic work in establishing RMHC in both Canada and Russia and for his commitment to children’s health and well-being across Canada and around the world.

Thank you, George – our founding and forever champion – for all you have done and continue to do in support of RMHC and families with sick children.

George