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.
Kirsten Fox works as the School Development Officer for the BC/Yukon office of the Terry Fox Foundation. She is honoured to be the third generation in her family to serve on the board for the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, following her grandmother Betty Fox and her father Fred Fox. Kirsten is a Member of the Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Research Institute. Kirsten is one of Terry Fox’s nieces and is proud to represent the Fox Family on the Board. While Terry Fox is best known for his 1980 Marathon of Hope and his impact on cancer research, Kirsten is proud to see that he is also still inspiring today’s youth in their humanitarian efforts.
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.
Laura Dorling experienced first-hand the profound impact of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program as a recipient in 1995 which supported her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours and Specialization in International Management and Marketing and an exchange program at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France. The support of the program enabled her to continue with significant volunteer and humanitarian work, including as a Youth Challenge International participant in Costa Rica, which shaped her career dedicated to international development.
Laura was also honoured to have been a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar which supported the completion of her Master’s degree in Electronic Commerce in Spanish at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico.
Currently based in Washington, DC, Laura Dorling joined the Office of the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland, and the Caribbean at the World Bank Group in July 2012. In her role as Senior Advisor, she maintains Board-level responsibilities and helps shape and approve investments in developing countries financed by the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. Laura has also worked in senior roles on operational teams across geographic regions (Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia) and was a member of the World Bank’s Rapid Response Team deployed to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010.
Having spent the majority of her fundraising career working in academic teaching hospitals, including McMaster Children’s Hospital/Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and Sunnybrook Foundation, Katie has spent the last 10 years at SickKids Foundation, where she is an Associate Director on the Major Gifts team.
In her time at SickKids, Katie co-founded the SickKids Innovators Program designed to engage the next generation of major gift donors. In addition to fundraising for the priorities of the $1.5B SickKids vs. Limits Campaign, she is focused on multi-generational philanthropy, working with donors of all ages.
Katie holds an Honours B.Sc. in Developmental Psychology from McMaster University, and is a graduate of the Humber College Fundraising Management Program. She is a proud alumna of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, and current member of the Board of Directors.
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.
Vicky Chiu joined the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award team in 2020 and has been working as the Awards Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. She is a student at the University of British Columbia pursuing a degree in engineering. In her free time, Vicky enjoys snowboarding, playing volleyball and finding the best places to eat with family and friends. She is passionate about learning and is thankful to be part of the Terry Fox Awards team.
Sara Alaica is a writer and editor living in Vancouver, BC. She has degrees in literature from both Carleton University and the University of Toronto, and has taught the craft of writing and been a writer in residence. Sara has worked for over a decade as a content strategist and multimedia storyteller for a wide range of non-profits including advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, and large Ivy League universities.
Leo Ruan joined the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program as a Co-op developer in 2021. Leo is passionate about delivering applications that focus on user experiences. Leo is currently completing his Bachelor of Science at Simon Fraser University and upon graduation, he will continue working towards building applications that are user-friendly. Leo is always engaged in learning for professional and personal growth. He is grateful for being part of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program team.