Gregory Sanders, Chair
Head of Tax Group, Perley-Roberton, Hill & McDougall
Having lost both of his parents to cancer, Gregory Sanders knows first-hand the importance of having the best cancer care, support and treatments available close to home.
Since 2008, Gregory has been volunteering with the Cancer Foundation as a way to ensure that cancer remains a priority year-round in our community.
In 2008, Gregory first began offering up his expertise in tax law to help others in the community give back through gift planning. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors and, since then, has taken on challenge after challenge, including chairing the Cancer Champions Breakfast for the past four years and, more recently, taking on the role of Chair of the Cancer Foundation Board of Directors in 2015.
With a background in tax law, Gregory brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board of Directors in the areas of tax and estate planning, CRA guidelines, tax litigation, cross-border/international tax law, charity tax issues and how to deal effectively with changes to tax legislation. Along with his experience in tax law, Gregory is also a seasoned volunteer, having chaired boards of numerous local charities and events.
Gregory’s devotion to his family is what inspires him to be active in the community: to set a good example for his children and to make the community a better place to live.
An avid sports fan, Gregory enjoys attending various sporting events and skiing in his spare time. He also enjoys spending time with his kids, taking them to and from their own sporting activities.
Jon Dervin, Past-Chair
Independent Financial and Governance Consultant
Cancer care in our region has come a long way in recent years. In fact, Jon Dervin remembers very well his own father’s battle with cancer and the frustrations of having little or no access to the kind of support and resources that now exist in our community.
In 2010, his dad passed away after an eight year battle with this terrible disease Jon firmly believes that a service like Cancer Coaching would have been incredibly valuable to his father and family, and would have helped him find the emotional, informational and spiritual support he sought. It would not have changed the final outcome but it may have changed how his father approached the final years.
In an effort to help families like his own that are touched by cancer, Jon joined the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors. Jon served as the Chair of the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015 as well as previously serving as Treasurer.
With his25 years of business experience, including a decade as a partner in a Big 4 professional accounting firm, Jon brings an abundance of professional expertise in corporate governance, risk management and financial acumen to the Board of Directors. This is an invaluable asset to the Cancer Foundation.
In his role on the Board, Jon hopes to continue to do whatever he can do to help the Cancer Foundation make an impact in our community. He is guided by his faith and lives by the principles outlined in Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations (a collection of writings outlining self-awareness and attaining wisdom in the conduct of oneself in life), Jon is passionate about helping the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation raise funds to help local families touched by cancer and give them access to the treatment and care they need at every stage of the cancer journey. Jon is also incredibly proud to live in a community like Ottawa, which is at the forefront of cancer research.
In his spare time, Jon enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, travel and reading. During the summer months, Jon occupies his time boating, golfing, and spending time at the cottage.
Mark Fazio, Vice-Chair
Executive Vice President, Modern Niagara Group Inc.
As an engineer in the construction industry for more than twenty years, Mark Fazio knows that to build a stronger community, you need a strong foundation – and that’s exactly what led him to join the Cancer Foundation Board of Directors in 2011.
Taught from a young age that what matters in life is the need to be looking after people around you, what guides Mark in his actions on the Board of Directors is making sure that the people in our community have access to the support and resources they need when faced with a cancer diagnosis.
Mark knows all too well how cancer affects the whole family. When his dad was diagnosed with cancer, he remembers his mom explaining the challenges she faced – from scheduling appointments, figuring out what to do, lifestyle changes and helping to make life more comfortable – and the services she needed were just not available at the time.
Mark believes that having these services available now through the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Cancer Coaching program provides a tangible benefit to our community – a message that he hopes to share with more and more people during his time on the Board of Directors.
With his background in a senior position in a number of companies throughout his career, Mark brings a sense of overall governance to the Board, ensuring that the Cancer Foundation is well-structured and paying attention to the issues that matter to our community. He also fosters the depth of entrepreneurship on the Board and assists in developing a business plan for a functioning unit.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys driving his kids from arena to arena for their hockey practices. He also enjoys spending time relaxing with his family at the cottage during the summer months and golfing with his two boys.
Cory P. Ready, Vice-Chair
Investment Advisor, Ready & Associates at BMO Nesbitt Burns
Growing up with community-minded role models like his father, Dave Ready, and family friend Max Keeping, it’s no wonder Cory Ready has a penchant for giving to the community.
Seeing these two role models dedicating their lives to doing good in Ottawa, Cory was raised with the belief that giving to the community should be incumbent upon everyone, and this has always inspired him to look for ways to make a difference.
As a result of his own life being touched by cancer – his mother is a breast cancer survivor – Cory has been inspired to help families like his own. After hearing about the Cancer Foundation’s approach to cancer care – treating the whole person and not just the disease – Cory believed this innovative approach to survivorship was something he could whole-heartedly support, and so he joined the Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2011.
With a diverse background in strategy consulting and finance, Cory has spent much of his career in financial management and advising organizations on strategic direction. As the Caner Foundation is an entrepreneurial organization, Cory’s skills are invaluable when evaluating and looking at new opportunities.
During his time on the Board of Directors, Cory hopes to help the Cancer Foundation achieve its entrepreneurial goals and to raise awareness about the services available in Eastern Ontario. He also hopes to ensure that survivorship care continues to be accessible to every person living with cancer in our community.
In his spare time, Cory enjoys travelling, playing tennis, skiing and spending time outdoors.
Tim Beaulieu, Treasurer
Vice President, Finance, Maplesoft Group
The World Health Organization confirms that 2 in 5 Canadians are expected to develop cancer in their lifetime – and those are numbers that Tim Beaulieu could not ignore.
As a career accountant, he wanted to do something to help those affected by cancer, so in 2010 he put his skills to work volunteering with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation assisting the finance team with strategic initiatives and budgeting. He joined the Cancer Foundation team in a more official capacity in 2013 as a member of the Cancer Foundation Board of Directors.
With more than 12 years of experience in finance, Tim brings a wealth of financial knowledge, expertise, and a practical business sense to his activities on the Board – and it’s a role that he takes on with excitement and passion.
Currently serving as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors, Tim is responsible for providing direction and guidance to ensure the Cancer Foundation has a clear financial future and the financial stability in place to support cancer care and research for years to come.
Driven by a strong sense of community, Tim takes pride in the fact that funds raised by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation remain here in Eastern Ontario to improve local cancer care. He continues to be inspired by community efforts to raise funds, give back and support local initiatives.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, coaching minor hockey, mountain biking, skiing, running and hiking.
Linda Eagen, Ex-Officio
President & CEO, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
Inspired by W.A. Ward’s quote “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. Dream it and you can become it,” Linda Eagen’s dream is to change the cancer experience for families in our community – families like her own.
To that end, Linda’s involvement with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation began fourteen years ago, first volunteering on the Board of Directors, then transitioning into Campaign Director, and most recently serving as the Cancer Foundation’s President & CEO for the past ten years.
In her role as President and CEO, Linda ensures that cancer remains a priority year-round in our community. Through support of research and clinical trials and through the delivery of Cancer Coaching, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is changing the cancer experience and giving families in our community access to the best, personalized cancer treatment and care right here at home.
With her lifelong career in the not-for-profit industry combined with her entrepreneurial spirt and business education, Linda brings a passion for fundraising and a love for change and innovation that continues to help the Cancer Foundation thrive in our community.
Inspired and honoured to work with an incredible Board of Directors and a top-notch team, Linda hopes that in the coming years, the Cancer Foundation will be recognized as a top performer and one of the best places to work in Canada.
In her spare time, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, reading, learning, and being outdoors.
Bryan Belanger, Director
Vice President of Information Technology – North America & Europe, Club Assist
Bryan Belanger knows that doctors and researchers will one day find a cure for cancer – and this inspires him every day to do everything in his power to make that happen.
“Revolutionaries never ask for permission,” is a mantra that guides Bryan in his day-to-day activities. So when he heard there was an opening on the Board of Directors at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation – an organization dedicated to transforming the cancer experience for local families – Bryan jumped at the opportunity to make a difference in his community.
With a background in technology and business, Bryan brings a unique outlook to the Board of Directors and provides a different perspective to all Board activities.
Bryan also has extensive volunteer experience with other medical foundations – experience that has made him aware of the incredible cancer-related work being done right here in our community by world-class doctors, researchers, nurses and clinicians. During his time on the Board of Directors, Bryan hopes to help others in the community learn of the life-saving work being done in Ottawa in the field of cancer, and how it is supported by donors to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
In his spare time, Bryan enjoys golfing, travelling, and attending hockey games (Go Sens Go!)
Dee Davidson, Director
President, Complete Care Coordination
As a geriatric nurse, Dee Davidson has cared for many cancer patients at every stage – from the time they are diagnosed, right through to end-of-life – and has seen the suffering her clients and their families have endured throughout the cancer journey.
Dee joined the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2013. A grandmother of thirteen, she aspires to give back in whatever way she can so that a cure for cancer will be found during their lifetime.
In addition to being driven by her concern for her grandchildren’s wellbeing, Dee is also continually inspired by many remarkable people around the world. One recent inspiration is Diana Nyad who, at the age of 64, was the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida. After seeing someone her own age accomplish such an incredible feat, Dee continues to be inspired to help in any way she can thanks to Nyad’s mantra – “Find a way”.
With forty years of experience in nursing, Dee brings an invaluable understanding of cancer from the patient’s perspective to the Board of Directors. As a business owner, Dee also recognizes the need for an extra layer of personalized health care through services like Cancer Coaching.
During her time on the Cancer Foundation Board of Directors, Dee hopes to increase awareness about Cancer Coaching, so that every oncologist and oncology nurse knows about this important service available to everyone affected by cancer in our community.
In her spare time, Dee loves to read and spend time with her family.
Robert (Bob) Doucet, Director
Every two hours, someone in our community hears the words “You have cancer.” As someone who personally received that diagnosis several years ago, Bob Doucet was inspired to join the Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2013 as a way of giving back and ensuring that local fundraising would continue to support local cancer initiatives.
In addition to life-saving cancer research and clinical trials being conducted in Eastern Ontario and the care provided at local hospitals, Bob also believes in the power of Cancer Coaching – a health and social care service developed by the Cancer Foundation. Available to anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and at any time (before, during, and after treatment or at end of life), Bob is an advocate for Cancer Coaching: that it should be an essential service provided as part of the standard of care for all those affected by cancer.
Having spent a successful career spanning finance, strategy, operations management and information technology, Bob is uniquely able to provide guidance to the Board of Directors in the areas of strategy development, technology, and operations management processes. During his time on the Board, Bob hopes to help guide the future direction of the Cancer Foundation, striking a balance between fundraising and providing Cancer Coaching to local families.
In his spare time, Bob is active in Ottawa’s music scene, playing lead guitar in two local rock bands as well as producing and providing backing vocals for local musicians. He also enjoys golfing, skiing and travelling.
FRANCES MANNARINO, Director
Senior Commercial Account Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
“Life is a process – all we have to do is live it and follow the process of life: sleep, wake, laugh, love, live. It’s as easy as that.” – Unknown author
Many years ago, Frances Mannarino lost her mother to cancer. Joining the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2015, Frances felt that volunteering her time to help local families touched by cancer was a good way to honour her mother’s memory.
With her lifelong career in the banking industry, Frances deals with business owners and their businesses day to day, which helps her have a good understanding of financial stability of companies/organizations. It also allows her to get to know her clients and build relationships. These skills, combined with her history on other charitable boards, add the valuable skills of leadership and partnership to the Board of Directors.
During her time on the Cancer Foundation Board of Directors, Frances hopes to gain a better understanding of cancer, the research that’s being done locally, and the progress that has been made in finding a cure so that she can share this message with the community. She also hopes to put her strong financial background to use in fostering a sustainable future for the Cancer Foundation.
In her spare time, Frances loves to read, travel, walk, and go to the cottage.
Brian P. McIntomny, Director
Counsel, Doris Law Office Professional Corporation
In our community, 6,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year – and another 30,000 people are undergoing treatment. Each and every day, cancer is touching the lives of more and more people in our community, including friends and family of Brian McIntomny.
Realizing the opportunity to give back to the community and to help local residents access the care and treatment they need, Brian became involved with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation in 2006, in part because the Cancer Foundation relied on donated funds, as it received no government funding. Now one of our longest standing Board members, Brian is proud to contribute to an evolving organization that positively impacts so many in our community.
While much has been accomplished in the field of cancer, there is still much to achieve. During his time on the Board of Directors, Brian hopes to continue assisting the Cancer Foundation achieve its mandate of increasing cancer survivorship in Eastern Ontario.
With more than thirty years of experience in business law, Brian’s experience in the public and private sectors, not-for-profit entities, governance, risk management and corporate social responsibility adds an incredible depth of knowledge to the Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys travelling, spending time with his family, reading, outdoor sports and spending time at the cottage.
Karyn Standen, Director
Senior Planning Officer, Canada Revenue Agency
Karyn Standen is someone who takes action and gives back to the community at every opportunity. So when she saw that more and more of her family and friends were being touched by cancer, she started looking for opportunities to volunteer her time to make a difference.
After learning about the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the work done in our community to support cancer care, research and clinical trials, Karyn joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
With a background in communications and journalism, Karyn’s strengths lie in identifying problems and creating opportunities for growth.
Karyn draws much of her inspiration from her family. Growing up, she often heard: “With privilege comes responsibility,” from her mother, who passed away from brain cancer – and this outlook remains at the core of Karyn’s volunteerism. With the privilege of living in a community such as ours – safe and rich in the quality of people and quality of life – comes the responsibility to maintain it for generations to come.
During her time on the Cancer Foundation Board of Directors, Karyn hopes to do what she can to strengthen the team to meet every new challenge – so that our loved ones continue to have access to personalized cancer care locally, and eventually across the country. She also hopes to encourage everyone in the community to give back in a volunteer role whenever possible.
In her spare time, Karyn enjoys finding new opportunities to give back and strengthen our community. In so doing, she hopes to set an example for her own children and others to ensure that the next generation is inspired to volunteer to maintain our safe and rewarding community.
Mark Thaw, Director
Senior Sales Channel Account Manager, Dell Canada
Twelve years ago, when his mother and wife were diagnosed with cancer in the same summer, Mark Thaw learned first-hand how a cancer diagnosis affects the whole family – and though both are doing well now, Mark continues to see cancer touching many of his friends and family.
Inspired by families like his own and the tremendous medical talent that we have here in Ottawa – from clinicians and researchers to the doctors and nurses working with cancer patients each and every day in our community – Mark is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, an organization that provides support to regional hospitals and helps to fund projects that advance cancer research and patient care in our community.
Having spent his entire career working in the technology sector, Mark’s background in IT sales and sales management experience allows him to connect with and help others. He has also been involved in community charity work since he was 12 years old and enjoys giving back at every opportunity in whatever way he can.
During his time on the Board, Mark hopes to do his part to help raise awareness about cancer, the services offered in our community, and the funds needed to maintain these services.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family and travelling – both of which continue to remind him how fortunate we are to be a part of such a safe and charitable community.