Our Board of Directors

Thanks to a committed group of volunteers – our Board of Directors – we achieve the highest standards in governance, stewardship and accountability.

Our Board ensures that:

• Funds are used for the purpose for which they are given
• Funds are managed effectively and ethically
• The Foundation’s affairs are managed with appropriate care and control
• We comply with any legislation pertaining to privacy issues

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Sam Ajmera

Serving on the Board since 2016, Mr. Sam Ajmera is Co-Founder of FGF Brands, which he co-founded in 2004 with his two sons; Ojus and Tejus. FGF Brands is a commercial bakery that produces an entire collection of authentic flatbreads sold under the brand name “Stonefire.”

Born in Mumbai, India, Mr. Ajmera holds a Masters Degree in Business from the University of Detroit. Following his graduation, he moved to Canada in 1974, where he co-founded Dough Delight with his brother Shreyas. By the time the company was sold in 1994 to Canada Bread, it was producing 5 million bagels and 3 million croissants a day.

Mr. Ajmera is a supporter of BAPS Charities, a non-profit organization committed to humanitarian operations throughout the world in such diverse fields as medical, educational, environmental, community and disaster relief services. In April 2012, he also supported the Ajmera Family Chair in Urology at Sunnybrook Hospital to further pursue genetic research in prostate cancer.

In 2009, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) gave Mr. Ajmera the Entrepreneur Award in recognition of his achievements.

Mr. Ajmera has generously supported the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation through the establishment of the Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre and the Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Chair in Molecular Diabetes Research. He has also served as member of the ‘Diwali – A Night to Shine’ Event Committee and in May 2009 hosted a dinner in support of diabetes research. In 2009, FGF Brands was a presenting sponsor of the Ladies on the Links golf event raising funds for the mechanical heart program.

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Kim Mason

Ms. Kim Mason is Executive Vice President and Head of RBC Private Banking Canada. Private Banking Canada serves high-net-worth individuals, families and family offices by providing comprehensive strategies and solutions for their wealth management needs. She is responsible for shaping the business strategy, driving growth, and leading a highly-enabled team to deliver trusted advice, tailored solutions and personalized service.

Since joining RBC, Mason has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions, including Senior Vice President, Business Distribution, Strategy and Performance and Regional President for Atlantic Canada and Greater Toronto.

Mason completed her MBA at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and received her Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario. In 2014, she obtained her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mason has been recognized as a Top 50 Atlantic CEO (2012, 2013 and 2014), and was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence (2013) by Women of Influence Magazine. She has also been recognized as one of WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2014).

A believer in community, Mason has held both director and chair roles on health care boards for more than 18 years and is currently on the board of the University Health Network (UHN) Foundation, where she chairs the Human Resources Committee. Mason is also a Director on Canada’s Walk of Fame (CWoF) and is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO).

Born and raised in Milton, Mason currently resides in Oakville with her husband.

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Deb Matthews

Serving on the Board since 2019, Ms. Deb Matthews is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2018 who represented the riding of London North Centre. Ms. Matthews served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne. She was the 10th Deputy Premier of Ontario, in office from February 2013 until January 2018.

Ms. Matthews was elected to the Ontario Legislature by the people of London North Centre in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Following her election in 2007, she was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. In October 2009 she was appointed to her current position as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and is committed to building a more sustainable health care system with shorter wait times and better access to high quality family health care.

Throughout her life, Ms. Matthews has been actively involved in community organizations. She served as President of Big Sisters of London, and has volunteered with organizations including the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, the Salvation Army, Orchestra London, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.  Her professional experience includes time spent in the construction industry, fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club of London, and teaching at the University of Western Ontario where she was twice honoured with a place on the University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll while completing her Ph.D. in Social Demography.

Ms. Matthews is a Senior Fellow at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and was recently honoured as a Woman of Excellence by the YMCA of Southwest Ontario. She is the Board Champion for Social Medicine.

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Kevin Smith

Dr. Kevin Smith, KSG is President & CEO of University Health Network, Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre and one of the top 10 hospitals in the world (as named by Newsweek). Dr. Smith has spent his career at the interface of the University and Research Hospital and is passionately committed to the mission of education, research and exemplary clinical care. During his career, he has overseen the investment of $7 billion in research infrastructure. Dr. Smith is a pioneer in advancing integrated care models spanning the continuum of health and social services.

Dr. Smith is a Professor, Institute for Medical Sciences, Department of Medicine, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Rotman School of Management and at the De Groote School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University.

Educated in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain, Dr. Smith began his career in medical education, followed by leadership roles in university administration, academic hospitals and health systems. He is professionally certified in Corporate Governance by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Harvard Program in Effective Governance, and completed the Wharton School CEO Program for Health Care Leadership.

Dr. Smith has been the grateful recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver and Golden Jubilee Medals and was deeply honoured to be made a Knight of St. Gregory by the Pope for his long term contributions to health care. 

Dr. Smith has served previously in many roles including as former Chair, Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario; Chair, The Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Hospital Association and as a frequent advisor to governments and the private sector.

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