Causes I Support

I am proud to be able to support each of these wonderful organizations. Over my life, each one has touched me in a very unique and special way!

“I am proud to have been selected as an Honorary Chairman for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation’s annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is #1 cancer center in Canada recognized as one of the Top 5 cancer facilities in the world.

Canada and in particular, the GTA is so fortunate to have this facility right here. I have always believed that if you are stricken with cancer, you want to be treated by the very best.”

“Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) is a national charitable organization that was founded in 1980 and since this time, it has funded close to 400 research projects at 42 universities and teaching hospitals across Canada.

Today, the pressures in our personal and professional life have never been greater and the expectation for us to be ‘on’ has never been more apparent. Stress levels are very high and the mental health and wellness of Canadians has been tested – often well beyond limits.

In the past, we were looked at as being weak for speaking about depression, mental illness, and addiction. Now today, we show incredible strength by reaching out and asking for help!

I have learned so much about the importance of this tremendous organization. The impact that it has on individuals, families and corporations across the country is immeasurable!

Use the great resources that are there for you because when your mind is clear, you will AMAZE YOURSELF at what you can accomplish and the life that you can live!”

“For over 25 years, I have been close to the Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation – a privately funded charity that assists children and their families who are experiencing a life-threatening illness.

Having two daughters of my own, it was gratifying to be able to demonstrate to my children just how fortunate we are and also share with them the importance of giving back to help others.

Thank you to the foundation’s founder, Norm Clements for making me realize what is truly important in life!”

“Concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments, stitches and separated shoulders – I have been through it all as an active male playing competitive sports. Through it all, Southlake Health Sciences Center has been there to help me heal and get me back to where I needed to be!

I have always believed that we never, ever truly realize how much important our local hospital is until we need treatment for ourselves, a family member or a close friend.

It is my pleasure and, I feel, my obligation to give back to OUR hospital. Southlake will be there when we need them so it is important for us to be there for them too!”

“Earlier in 2015, I was introduced to LeaderImpact. Skeptical at first about attending a meeting every week at 7:00 a.m., I committed to going for the first couple of meetings simply to be able to say that I tried it. Now, I look forward to going and try to not ever miss it if at all possible!

LeaderImpact exists to help business leaders reach their full potential while leading lives of balance and significance. This is leadership training that goes beyond business and the boardroom; it’s life training.”

“Prostate Cancer Canada is an organization that has become very important to me. It focuses on an illness that can be very scary for the demographics that the disease attacks. Many men are often driven and so focused on their careers that they either do not take the time or are simply intimidated to get the proper screening.

I am pleased to support this organization in an effort to help them get the message out to men who are in the same age category as I am – many who are very close friends and business colleagues who I care for very much!”

“Angelman Syndrome is a very rare (estimated 1 in 15,000) neurogenetic disorder characterized by a severe global developmental delay. People with AS (or “Angels”) have little or no verbal skills, poor gross and fine motor skills, and possible seizure and sleep disorders. However, Angels do have a unique characteristic – they have a happy, pleasant demeanor with a wonderful smile and contagious laughter.

In 2012, I was fortunate to be awarded with a Scotiabank Game Changer’s Award. While that was a true honor, the real reward for me was meeting Kelly and the Meissner. Since that time, we have formed a bond that I will always remain grateful for.

I will always support this family in anything that I can help them with!”

“Gilda’s Club is named for comedian Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. I learned more about this wonderful organization after I was asked to speak at some events over the past couple of years.

While in treatment in the mid-‘80s, Gilda visited a cancer support community in Los Angeles where she found others going through similar experiences to hers. She drew strength and comfort from the support the group provided, and it became her dream that similar communities be available everywhere, so no one had to face cancer alone.

Gilda’s Club offers a wide range of networking and support groups, educational and therapeutic workshops, expert speakers, recreational and social activities, all free of charge, all under one roof, all year.”

“More than 250,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year. How can this happen in one of the world’s richest nations? Partnerships make a difference and this is where I wanted to help this organization do something about it!

The hard facts about homelessness are very black and white: On any given night, more than 35,000 people, many of them women and small children, face the world homeless and alone.

At Hockey Helps the Homeless, they are working towards a future where every Canadian has a place to call home. The money raised through their fantasy hockey tournaments help to fund the work of 40 homeless support agencies that share their goal of ending homelessness. Funds raised in your community STAY in your community.

At Hockey Helps the Homeless they use the power of Canada’s favorite sport to give homeless Canadians a chance to start over.”