Board of Directors

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Board of Directors2018-11-25T21:53:17+00:00

Our Board

The Terry Fox Foundation elected an independent board in 2013. At that time the Fox family expressed deep appreciation to Isadore Sharp (Toronto) for his invaluable dedication to the Marathon of Hope over the past three decades. He was named Chair Emeritus at that time. At the AGM held on August 13, 2018, The Terry Fox Foundation elected an independent board of five directors.

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 38 annual Terry Fox Runs, in locations ranging from Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Niagara-on-the Lake, Oakville, Nantucket and Maui. Bill’s personal commitment to the cause included personally raising more than $600,000 for cancer research. He has served as chair since 2013. A dedication to philanthropy runs in the family, with son J.J. taking a lead volunteer role with the Ottawa Run Committee in 2015-16.

Leslie Desjardins

Leslie is a retired Finance Executive, and is currently a Board Director for Ansell Ltd. She was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Amcor Ltd and held executive positions with General Motors in Canada, the US and Australia. Leslie has been a proud supporter of the Terry Fox Run and has served on the Foundation’s Audit Committee since 2014.

Katherine Kay

Katherine Kay (Toronto) is a litigation partner at Stikeman Elliot LLP. Benchmark Canada named her one of the Top 25 Women in Litigation and Competition Litigator of the Year (2016). She is a longtime supporter of The Terry Fox Foundation and annual Terry Fox Run.

Michael Rossi

Michael has served as President of adidas Canada since July 2014, overseeing Canadian operations for adidas and Reebok, as well as shared services for adidas Golf. A graduate of Western University, Michael has built a strong reputation in the Canadian business community during time at NHL Enterprises Canada, Nestle Canada, and his 15 years with adidas. A proud supporter of Terry Fox both on a personal and corporate level, adidas Canada has set record levels of corporate donations under Michael’s leadership.

Ara Sahakian

Ara Sahakian

Ara Sahakian, CPA, CA, ICD.D is an investor and entrepreneur, currently the managing partner of PE GATE Partners. Ara has been involved with The Terry Fox Foundation since 2000, leading the organizing committee of one of the largest runs outside Canada, helping raise over $1M towards cancer research. Ara joined the Board in 2013. He is a member of the audit and investment committees of TFF and a member of the audit committee of The Terry Fox Research Institute.