Our Board

The Terry Fox Foundation announced a new board in August 2013. The Fox family announced the appointment of three new Board members and, with these new members, expressed deep appreciation to Isadore Sharp (Toronto) for his invaluable dedication to the Marathon of Hope over the past three decades.

Isadore Sharpe

Isadore Sharp
Chair Emeritus

Isadore Sharp is the Founder and Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Isadore reached out to Terry in the early days of his Marathon of Hope, offering both personal and corporate support for his run. When Terry was forced to finish due to a return of cancer, Isadore promised him, via telegram, that there would be an annual run in his name until a cure for all cancers was found.  The Terry Fox Run at Wilket Creek Park in Toronto was founded by Isadore and is lead by the employees of Four Seasons Home Office; the Run reached the $10 million mark in funds raised for cancer research in 2015.

William Pristanski

Bill Pristanski
Board Chair

Bill Pristanski (Ottawa) is a founding partner of Prospectus Associates. Since 1981, Bill has run in all of the 36 annual Terry Fox Runs, in locations ranging from Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Nantucket and Maui. Bill’s personal commitment to the cause included personally raising more than $500,000 for cancer research. A dedication to philanthropy runs in the family, with son J.J. taking a lead volunteer role with the Ottawa Run Committee.

Jim Gabel

Jim Gabel

Jim Gabel (Toronto) is currently President & CEO of Roots Corporation.  Jim is a long-time Foundation supporter both through his fundraising efforts and his personal commitment to support and complete the Annual Terry Fox Run with his family.  In a former role as President of Adidas Group Canada, Jim was the guiding force behind the limited edition Terry Fox replica shoe celebrating the 25th anniversary that raised $500,000.

Ara Sahakian

Ara Sahakian

A Canadian from Toronto, Ara currently resides in Dubai. He is a chartered accountant and chair of the organizing committee of the annual Terry Fox Run in Dubai that, to date, has raised $2 million for cancer research.