Board of Directors

CARL MARCOTTE, Chair

Senior Vice-President, Business Development & Marketing, SNC-Lavalin Nuclear

Despite their own numerous daily challenges, many cancer survivors think about how to make their journey easy on others. Approaching a diagnosis with such altruistic behavior is a constant inspiration to Carl. Many of his friends have been diagnosed, and demonstrate impressive levels of courage and compassion in their journeys.

It was the diagnosis of his wife that led to a realization of how fractured the healthcare system is when it comes to cancer. Throughout this seven year battle with cancer, they found that as patients and caregivers, they were lost and confused with the information. After the passing of his wife, Carl was inspired to ”be the change you want to see” and decided to join the board of directors in 2016.

Working in international financing, Carl has developed a great perspective on fundraising, financing, and government structure. He considers himself lucky to have worked within the government and trained in governance in the non-profit sector.

With his background, he would like to bring his expertise on finance, raising capital and government regulations to help the Foundation become a more permanent part of the fabric of care and a force on a national stage that can guide other cities and provinces.

In his spare time, Carl joined the Canadian Forces Reserves as an Intelligence Officer where he served 6 years, and recently restored two World War 2 jeeps back to factory condition.

Cory P. Ready, Past Chair

Portfolio Manager, TTR & Associates – 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 Cancer 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.

Candace A. Enman, Vice Chair

President, WelchGroup Consulting

Candace Enman was raised by parents who believed in the value of volunteering and always helping your neighbours. Originally from Prince Edward Island, they taught her the importance of giving back to the community – values Candace hopes to instill in her two sons.

Recognizing that cancer touches everyone in the community, Candace began helping out with the fundraising in 2013, and then joined our Finance Committee before becoming a Board Member.

Candace brings extensive experience in finance, management and business strategy to her role. She is presently the President of WelchGroup Consulting, a business advisory company that, among other things, helps businesses strategize for sustainable growth. She has her CPA, CA and CMC designations, and spent more than a decade in CFO type positions.

Candace’s impressive business credentials will be instrumental in supporting the Cancer Foundation to expand its services, while maintaining organizational and financial health. She appreciates how cancer patients and their family and friends can feel lost during and after treatment, and that the support the Foundation provides is essential. She loves most that the Foundation treats the whole person, not just the symptoms or disease.

In her spare time, Candace likes to spend time with her friends and family, swimming, snowboarding and watching her boys play soccer. She also enjoys volunteering with the Ottawa School Breakfast Program.

Julia Knox, Vice Chair

SVP and Chief Purchasing Officer, Softgoods and Hardgoods, Giant Tiger Stores Limited

Julia has a personal connection to the growing prevalence of cancer in society and its impact on young families. She’s seen family and friends in their thirties and forties – people who were otherwise healthy – receive an unexpected diagnosis of cancer.  As a mother of two young children, that hits close to home.

Since moving to Ottawa eight years ago, the Cancer Foundation was one of those organizations she continually came across and stood out for its contribution to cancer care and cure in the local community.  Growing up, she learned of the importance of giving back to others, especially families going through difficult times in situations beyond their control, so she joined as a board member.

Julia is currently a Senior Vice President at Giant Tiger Stores Limited, where she works to build consensus around transformational strategies for positive organizational change, focused on the customer.  She believes that Cancer Coaching is a truly visionary program, one that has immense potential to improve outcomes and reduce health care systems cost.  She hopes that her skills in strategy, planning, brand and marketing will be able to help the Foundation advance its strategy of expanding cancer coaching in the region.

In her free time, Julia likes to spend time with her husband and two young children, and enjoys cross-country skiing and trail running. Julia also volunteers as a ski coach for the children’s Chelsea Nordiq Jackrabbit cross-country ski program and is a founding activator in support of the SheEO organization.

nav aggarwal, DIRECTOR

Owner, A&A Pharmachem Inc.

ROBERT (BOB) DOUCET, DIRECTOR

Retired, IT and Information Management

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.

Kevin Fitzgerald, DIRECTOR

Retired, Past President and CEO of MDS Aero Support Corporation

In 2010, Kevin was diagnosed with cancer. While the treatment he received in Ottawa was top-notch, he experienced wide gaps in support before and after his treatment.

Around this time, Kevin serendipitously met the Cancer Foundation’s CEO, Linda Eagen, through a business association, and learned about the value of cancer coaching. In 2018, he decided to volunteer as a member of our board as a way to give back.

A founder and CEO of an international aerospace company, Kevin brings exceptional skills in the areas of organizational development and the management of people and finances to the Foundation. His goal is to assist the team in establishing a sustainable model of financing and integrating its unique approach into the publicly funded health care system.

He believes that cancer coaching should be part and parcel of the health care system – an approach that not only improves the health outcomes for patients, but also decreases the likelihood of survivors re-entering the health care system with post-cancer mental and physical health problems, saving the system money.

Inspired by those who take risks and accomplish things that have never been done before, Kevin is proud to be part of the Foundation, its leadership team and its one-of-a-kind approach to cancer care.

In his free time, Kevin enjoys his riverside property located just outside of Ottawa, spending time gardening, landscaping, swimming and boating.

KeELAN GREEN, DIRECTOR

Partner, Prospectus Associates

Since the age of five, Keelan Green’s son Peyton has been raising money for the Cancer Foundation through the Lemonade Standemonium. Top fundraiser four years in a row, Peyton has now raised a total of $16,000 for the Foundation. Not bad for a nine year old.

Peyton’s father Keelan is no slouch either. In 2008, he was selected as one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 Under 50” by the Ottawa Business Journal. A Partner at Prospectus Public Affairs since 2012, he brings more than 20 years of experience in public affairs to the board.

Keelan has also served as President of the Ottawa-Gatineau chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society for five years, and volunteered with the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, the Salvation Army Ottawa Advisory Board, the Max Keeping Foundation, the Acadia University Alumni Association as well as several sports organizations. He is a big believer in volunteerism, giving back to the community and fundraising for important causes.

A strong supporter of innovative and non-traditional health care programs like the Foundation’s Cancer Coaching program, he wants to see the model grow in the region, then within the province and, finally, across  Canada. He believes that by providing people with the guidance they need on how to navigate the system while helping them manage their own health care in a way that suits them best is a great recipe for delivering positive health outcomes.

In his free time, Keelan enjoys golfing at the Rivermead Golf Club, playing recreational ice hockey, skiing and tennis.

Heidi Hauver, DIRECTOR

Vice President, Human Resources, Invest Ottawa

Heidi partners with innovative organizations to provide executive leadership in human resources, mentorship and coaching. Focused on Human Resources transformation, since 2007, she has founded an HR practice and built three HR departments for companies from the ground up.

She is the Vice President, Talent & HR for Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards. She also holds the role of HR, Leadership and Culture Advisor where she provides business-critical HR advisory and coaching services to early stage start-ups through their Accelerator programs and works with Ontario’s fastest growing companies ($5-50M) through their Scale-Up Programs.

Heidi’s energetic leadership and constant innovation has earned her several awards, including the inaugural nationally recognized 2018 Leadership Agency Award for Woman of Distinction, a 2017 Top 25 HR Professional, and a 2012 Ottawa Business Journal/Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 Award.

A dedicated volunteer and advocate, Heidi gives her time, expertise and mentorship to support a variety of organizations including the Ottawa Local Employment Planning Council, Hire Immigrants Ottawa, Women in Communications & Technology, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Elaine Larsen, DIRECTOR

Senior Consultant (Regulated Health Industries), Global Public Affairs

As a health policy professional and advocate for community-based care, Elaine Larsen draws her inspiration from the many Canadian women throughout history who have directly applied their personal values, work ethic, time, and unique skills in order to create meaningful change. In Elaine’s words, “a sense of service is part of a life worth living.”

Elaine is a Senior Consultant in regulated health industries for Global Public Affairs, and has significant experience in government, diplomacy, public policy, and political advocacy. Having worked with not-for-profit organizations in healthcare and various other sectors, she believes community-based organizations are critically important to supporting health and wellbeing of those facing an illness like cancer.

Elaine began volunteering with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation as a government relations advisor. She was interested in the quality of services the Cancer Foundation provides to local families who are facing cancer; over the years many of Elaine’s loved ones have faced a cancer diagnosis, and she knows how important it is for patients to have access to quality care close to home. Elaine believes the Foundation is doing something truly unique in Canada when it comes to cancer care, so she was excited to be approached to join the Board of Directors in 2019.

Elaine is looking forward to contributing to the Cancer Foundation’s future projects to grow the Foundation’s impact in the community. She hopes she will be able to help the Cancer Foundation establish a deeper footprint in the Ottawa region, and to support the organization in increasing its sustainability. Ultimately, she hopes to to inspire similar work in communities across Canada, believing there are great things ahead!

In her spare time, Elaine enjoys staying active through hobbies like weight training, swimming, running, and biking, and has even trained for a triathlon. She is also quite happy to spend as much time as she possibly can at her cottage!

Suzanne Pellerin, DIRECTOR

Associate, LaBarge Weinstein LLP

Suzanne Pellerin knows cancer as something that is “messy, terrifying and very rampant in the world” – many of her friends, colleagues, and family members’ lives have been touched by cancer, and she admits it has been hard to watch them go through so much. And while she believes cancer is something we should all be paying attention to due to its high incidence rates, she also believes there is incredible hope.

Suzanne first learned about the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation when one of her colleagues was diagnosed with cancer, and a team from their office participated in the Foundation’s Epic Walk event. In fact, Suzanne’s team ended up being the top fundraisers that year! The seamless organization, team spirit, and collective passion she experienced at the event had an incredible impact on Suzanne, and so when she heard the Cancer Foundation was looking for a lawyer to join its Board of Directors she was excited to accept the position.

Suzanne is currently an Associate with LaBarge Weinstein LLP. Though she has a governance background and has done extensive work in tax and corporate law, she has also worked with various charities and not-for-profit organizations. As a member of the Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors, Suzanne is inspired by the passion the Foundation’s staff, volunteers, and ambassadors have for their work, and hopes to help the organization build on its impact in the Ottawa community.

In her spare time, Suzanne is very active and enjoys golfing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, spending time at her family’s cottage, and traveling.

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