Board of Directors
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, and other points everywhere around the globe. His creative, inspiring bridge-building has helped propel multi-million dollar campaigns to success, transforming the lives of countless students, researchers, scholars and volunteers.
Today, as Vice-President (External), University of Manitoba, John leads an award-winning team, recognized locally, nationally and internationally for excellence in university advancement. His commitment to best practices and evidence-based decision-making, and his bold embrace of change, mark him as an admired leader in his field.
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.
Dr. Kelly McCaul performed his undergraduate studies in Edmonton, Alberta, and then continued to Queen’s University where he received his medical degree in 1992. He is a proud alumnus and was a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award in 1987. Having completed medical school, he went on to further training in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he attained his Internal Medicine and Hematology degrees. His Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Fellowship was then attained at the Vancouver General Hospital and the British Columbia Cancer Agency. He is the founder and director of the Avera Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant Program in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has been in Sioux Falls for 17 years. He has developed a comprehensive Hematology program, and a Bone Marrow/Stem Cell transplant program that serves the tri-state area of South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota. He is an Associate Professor for the University of South Dakota, and actively engages in research as well as clinical medicine.
After studying accounting at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, Helen moved to Vancouver in 2000 and joined the Audit team at Deloitte LLP, where she worked until 2014 in her role as Audit Senior Manager. Today, Helen is part of the team at The Vancouver Club as the Director of Finance and HR. Helen is a very active and involved professional who has volunteered on multiple Board of Directors over the years including the BC Chamber of Commerce, Association of Women in Finance, the Justice Institute of British Columbia and Commonwealth of Learning, in addition to being appointed to the TFHA Board in 2016.
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.
Scott R. Earthy founded Fremont Private Holdings in 2012. He has more than twenty years of experience making direct private investments in growing middle market companies using long term family office capital. He is based in New York.
Prior to joining Fremont, Mr. Earthy was a Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee at Ingleside Investors, a single family investment office in New York. Earlier in his career, he sourced and executed direct investments on behalf of the Chicago-based Pritzker family and the Vancouver-based Armstrong family. Mr. Earthy’s other previous work experience includes the mergers and acquisitions practice of Goldman Sachs and the financial institutions group at McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Earthy has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Paulina Chow-White joined the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program as Executive Director in 2014. Paulina has been working in academia – at Simon Fraser University, the London School of Economics, and at the University of Southern California – for the past 15 years, in administrative, research, and teaching capacities. In the decade before that, she worked in financial services, with BC Central Credit Union, and Coast Capital Savings. After obtaining her BA at Simon Fraser University, Paulina continued her studies earning a MSc at the London School of Economics and an MA at the University of California, where she also pursued her PhD. Paulina is very passionate about the award and is highly invested in its continued success.
Programmer & Technical Support
Rai McKenzie joined the Terry Fox Humanitarian Awards team as a programmer in 2015. He has a strong interest in science and enjoys learning about new technologies. When not working, he likes playing jazz music with his friends and trying out new restaurants in downtown Vancouver. Rai appreciates the opportunity to work at such a well-respected organization known throughout Canada.