As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Stakeholder Relations (MCSR) for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), Beth Webster is responsible for strategies designed to promote OLG’s reputation and brand relevance across key constituencies. She is the executive lead for corporate social responsibility and responsible gambling; corporate marketing, visual identity and sponsorships; internal communications, including diversity and inclusion programs; external communications, corporate online presence and media relations; stakeholder outreach and community partnerships; and, alignment with OLG’s shareholder – the Government of Ontario – on legislation, regulations, public policy and emerging issues.
Beth began her career at OLG in March 2010 as Senior Advisor to the Chair of the Board of Directors. In April 2011, she joined OLG’s Executive Leadership Team and, in 2012, became the Senior Vice President of MCSR. In 2015, amongst her other responsibilities, Beth will oversee OLG’s premier partnership with TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games’ national torch relay.
Beth draws from over thirty years of experience in corporate, professional services, not-for-profit and government sectors, at federal, provincial and municipal levels. She has advised senior political leaders including those in the offices of the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Ontario and the Mayor of Toronto. She has worked with CEOs and Boards of Directors of Canada’s largest companies. Immediately before joining OLG, Beth worked at Queen’s Park as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. Prior to that, she owned and operated her own public affairs consulting business.
Beth’s volunteer activities include serving as Co-Chair of OLG’s annual Federated Health and United Way Campaigns. She is on the Board of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and chairs the Nominating Committee and the Communications Committee. Beth is also an active member of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance’s Youth Champions Council.
Beth’s post-secondary education was in political science, history and public administration. She lives in Toronto with her husband, John, and her four children, Daniel, John Paul, Christian and Michael.
Susan Christoffersen is a proud alumnus of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program, receiving the award in 1985. After completing her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, she started as an Assistant Professor at McGill University in 1998. She rekindled her association with the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program soon after moving to Montreal by becoming a member of the Quebec provincial interview committee in 1999. She subsequently joined the Board in 2003 and has served as the Treasurer for the Board since 2009. Currently, Susan works as a Professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She continues to be inspired by the remarkable individuals who apply to the Award Program each year and the legacy of Terry Fox.
As a former Provincial Director of The Terry Fox Foundation in British Columbia, Fred inspired and worked with volunteers from 1994 to 2001 and witnessed first-hand the impact his brother’s legacy had on countless supporters and cancer research. As Manager of Supporter Relations today, Fred is responsible for managing relations and partnerships between Terry’s Family, The Terry Fox Foundation and its stakeholders, including volunteers and donors across the nation.
Fred speaks at schools and community events throughout the year to share his personal story about growing up with Terry and some of his memories of his brother’s journey during the 1980 Marathon of Hope. Fred is very passionate in his role at The Terry Fox Foundation and never misses the opportunity to thank the many volunteers that have made the Foundation the success that it is today and who are responsible for keeping Terry’s dream alive.
In addition, together with his siblings and parents, Fred has worked tirelessly to help oversee and protect Terry Fox’s legacy for future generations. He has been a member of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program Board of Directors since 2012. Fred is married to his wife Theresa and is the father to their 3 grown children, Terrance, Kirsten & Erin.
To date, more than $650 million has been raised in Terry’s name. For over thirty years these funds have made an indelible impact on research, have fueled much of the advances made in the fight against the disease and made a significant difference in the lives of many diagnosed with cancer.
John Kearsey is a passionate believer that the combination of education and philanthropy is changing the world. Inspired by Terry and his Marathon of Hope, John began volunteering at a young age and led the St. John’s Terry Fox Run and sat on the Newfoundland and Labrador Terry Fox Run provincial board. He was deeply honoured to receive the Terry Fox Award in 1985 and used it to study at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He graduated with a BA in Religious Studies and English and a certificate in Business Administration. For 25 years, John’s career in philanthropy, marketing communications and stakeholder relations has provided him the fulfillment of working with amazing colleagues who engage with equally amazing and generous individuals making a difference in their communities — in Canada, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. Today, as Vice-President (External), University of Manitoba, John leads an award-winning team, recognized locally, nationally and internationally for excellence in university advancement. In addition to serving the Terry Fox Humanitarian Board of Directors, John sits as a board member of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the I.A. Asper School of Business Associates.
Rod Kirkham is a partner in the Vancouver Office of McMillan LLP, a national firm, and a member of its Capital Markets practice group. Rod has over 28 years of experience in a wide range of securities and corporate matters. He began his career in Calgary where his focus was on providing corporate finance, securities regulatory compliance and M&A advice to both issuers and underwriters in the oil and gas sector. Since moving to Vancouver in 1991, Rod’s focus has shifted to other industry sectors, most notably mining and entertainment, where there has been significant emphasis on cross-border issues. His practice also involves a significant amount of work on the private equity side where he is acting primarily for US based companies, particularly venture capital companies, investing in Canada as well as working on structured and project financings. Rod’s continued corporate and securities practice has also included a significant amount of advisory work for independent committees and shareholder groups in M&A transactions. Increasingly, Rod is involved in advising clients on both inbound and outbound investment in Asia and Eastern Europe.
Rod has served as a director of a number of public companies and as nominee director on a number of private companies in which his venture capital clients have invested. Rod has also served as a director or elected representative of a number of charitable, non-profit and community organizations. Currently, Rod serves as a director of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Awards Program and a trustee of the St. George’s School Foundation.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, John was schooled in Westmount before attending Princeton where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts majoring in English. Returning to McGill University, John graduated from medical school AOA in 1963. Married to Marian MacDougall in May 1963, he and Marian began pg training in Surgery and completed in 1969 with a fellowship in general surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. His two sons were born during this period. Moving onto further training in Houston Texas in General Surgical Oncology on a McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship, John attained the Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons before returning to Montreal where McGill appointed him to the Montreal General Hospital Department of Surgery as Assistant Professor. Having a daughter in 1974, John was promoted to Associate Professor by 1976 and recruited in 1984 to UBC as Professor of Surgery and Head of the Department at St Paul’s Hospital and Head of General Surgery Division UBC – a position held for 12 years. He later returned to a clinical practice of Surgical Oncology at St Pauls and UBC. Continuing to be active in teaching and surgical assistance, his interests include music, education, sports, and the performing arts. Dr. MacFarlane joined the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program Board of Directors in 2009 and is the chairman of the board.
John Rocha is an alumnus of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program, receiving the award in 1985. After completing his studies at Simon Fraser University, John’s career has focused in the area of Sports Marketing. John was Vice President of Customer Sales and Service with Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment for the Vancouver Canucks (1991-2005) and the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-1999). He also served as President of Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2005-06) and was the Chairman of the Burnaby LOC of the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup. He is currently a sports/marketing consultant and Principal of Rocha Taner Results, a Vancouver-based sports and event marketing company whose clients have included the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Richmond Olympic Oval, City of Richmond, Odlum Brown Vancouver Open Tennis Tournament, and the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. John joined the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Board of Directors in 2000 and currently serves on the Selection Committee.
Previous Board Members
André Bazergui was the President and CEO of CRIAQ (Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec) from January 2004 to August 2010; he is presently special advisor to the CEO. He has been an active member of Innovitech inc. from 1998 to 2010 and was involved in a number of strategic projects including the creation of CRIAQ in 2002.
He obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield as an Athlone Fellow. He then joined École Polytechnique de Montréal and held Faculty positions for over 30 years during which he completed two terms as Director General and CEO (1990-1998). Actively involved in teaching and research, he has published extensively and is the principal author of a textbook on Strength of Materials and two solutions manual.
A well-known public figure, he regularly chairs or is a member of strategic Boards and Committees in Quebec and Canada. He co-chaired, with the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation, and Export/Trade of Québec, the Consulting Group on the Quebec Strategy of Research and Innovation 2010-2013. He also co-chaired the Working committee on the management of Intellectual Property of the Quebec Council for Science and Technology. He chairs the Advisory Board of NSERC-CANRIMT (Canadian Network for Research and Innovation in Machining Technology). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
André received an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University in 1998, the Award of Excellence from the Alumni Association of Polytechnique in 2000, the 2006 ADRIQ Institutional Career Prize, the 2009 Grand Prize of Excellence of the Order of Engineers of Quebec, a special ADRIQ-NSERC Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to CRIAQ, and a CRIAQ 2012 Recognition Award for his contribution as a founder.
Dr. Bazergui joined the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program Board of Directors in 1998.
Nick Mutton is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Administration of the Four Seasons. He began his hospitality career in England, and came to Canada while working with Skyline Hotels in 1975.
In 1980, Nick joined the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as a Hotel Manager in Edmonton, and continued his career with them until the present. With the responsibility for close to 40,000 employees in 37 countries around the world, Nick is constantly anticipating the future in consideration to changing global travel patterns, evolving technologies, emerging social issues and succession planning – all factors that, he believes, drive decisions today and prepare for success tomorrow.
William (Bill) Conrod is a retired educator, having taught high school in Montreal and Southern California. He then spent the rest of his career in the Canadian Community College scene at Dawson College, Montreal, and The College of New Caledonia in Prince George, B.C. From 1985 to 2000, Bill served as Vice President of Algonquin College in Ottawa. He has served as a reader for the Millennium Scholarships Awards Programme. He has also been recognized for his efforts in advancing the importance of literacy by the late Peter Gzowski and Canada Post. He has served on the Board of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges ACCC and the Canadian Association for Adult Education CAAE as well as local Ottawa Education and Training Boards. He was first appointed to the Terry Fox Humanitarian Awards Programme Board in 2004.