If you or a loved one has come through our doors, you know why a third of British Columbians rely on Royal Columbian Hospital for critical care.
We are the only hospital in BC with trauma, cardiac, neurosciences, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care on one site. We look after some of the most seriously ill and injured patients. In addition, we are a teaching hospital and a UBC Clinical Academic Campus.
We do it with the support of donors like you.
Building on a strong tradition of caring and community support, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) was established in 1978 to raise funds for the hospital’s first CT Scanner. Since then, the mission of RCHF has been to raise money to help the hospital save lives, restore health and provide comfort to seriously injured and ill patients of all ages.
Today, RCHF is an independent charitable organization that raises millions of dollars each year to fund major projects, priority equipment needs, facility enhancements, research, education and innovation at RCH.
Thousands of individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations in surrounding communities and across the region provide generous support to help RCHF achieve its vision — to inspire giving and grow funding so patients have access to the best in health care at Royal Columbian Hospital.
Charitable Registration Number: 11912 8866 RR0001
Legal name: Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation
The 2019-2020 Foundation Board
Our board is made up of a committed team of volunteers, who help build public support for Royal Columbian Hospital.
- Tom Corsie, Chair
Tom Corsie is the Vice President of Real Estate at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and is responsible for all matters pertaining to real estate management, engineering, asset maintenance and Canada Place. Tom attended school in his native New Westminster, followed by Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. He has been awarded the designation of Professional Port Manager by the American Association of Port Authorities.
- Cameron Belsher, Vice-Chair
Cam Belsher is a senior partner and national head of mergers and acquisitions at McCarthy Tetrault LLP. A resident of New Westminster for close to 30 years, both of Cam’s children were born at Royal Columbian Hospital.
- Catherine Ruby, Treasurer
Catherine Ruby is a CPA, CA and the CFO of Collingwood School Society and Foundation where she is responsible for Finance, HR, IT, Facilities and Risk. Catherine brings experience providing strategic business advice and ensuring long-term financial sustainability as CFO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, CFO of the Rick Hansen Institute, and Audit Manager at KPMG LLP, where her clients included not-for-profit organizations, health authorities and large private companies. Catherine also sits on the Finance Committee of BC SPCA.
- Jennifer Podmore Russell, Secretary
Jennifer Podmore Russell is the Senior Vice President at rennie. Having built a career and reputation on her ability to develop real estate strategies tailored to both the client, circumstance and desired outcome, Jennifer is a sought after advisor to the real estate industry. Jennifer oversees Operations for rennie to ensure the smooth delivery of services by its 135 advisors and 70 team members that comprise the head office support.
- Jeff Norris, Foundation President and CEO
Jeff Norris is President and CEO of Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. His career in non-profit organizations spans two decades and includes experience in health care and post-secondary sectors. In 2013, Jeff was recognized by Business in Vancouver with a “Forty Under 40” Award. He is the recipient of the 2014 Giving Hearts Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Vancouver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
- Dr. Sukh Brar
Dr. Sukh Brar is an Anesthesiologist and Cardiac Intensive Care Physician at Royal Columbian Hospital, as well as Past-President of the BC Anesthesiologists’ Society. Dr. Brar can be found in the operating room during complex surgical procedures or on the floor of the Cardiac Services Intensive Care Unit to ensure patients get healthier before they can return home to their loved ones. Dr. Brar has helped lead efforts to better manage the supply of blood for critical transfusions as Chair of the hospital’s Blood Conservation Working Group, and he has been the local lead on a Canada-wide trial aiming to revolutionize the management of bleeding in cardiac surgery patients.
- Frank Butzelaar
Frank Butzelaar is CEO of Seaspan Marine Transportation. He has been with the Washington Companies since 1993. He previously was the President and CEO of Southern Railway of British Columbia. Frank’s three daughters were born at Royal Columbian Hospital.
- Doug Eveneshen
Doug Eveneshen is the Chief Executive Officer of Stabilization Central Credit Union. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant / Certified General Accountant and has an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University. Doug has held senior management positions in retail and commercial lending, corporate cash management and treasury sales with major financial institutions throughout British Columbia and Alberta.
- Meldy Harris
Meldy Harris is a former teacher and political strategist. For the last 25 years she has worked as a Certified Financial Planner at Sun Life of Canada. Meldy is also a Chartered Financial Consultant in retirement and estate planning, pensions and group benefits, and insurance. She is also a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging.
- Steve Osachoff
Steve Osachoff joined RBC Dominion Securities in 2003. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), a Financial Management Advisor (FMA), a Canadian Investment Manager (CIM), and has a certificate in Advanced Investment Advice.
- Farid Rohani
Farid Rohani is the immediate past Chair of the Laurier Institution. During his tenure, he established the Ethics and Human Rights lecture, expanded the M.K. Wong Lecture Series (CBC Radio). He also established Canada’s first Indigenous speaker series at Vancouver Island University.
He has served on the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (E-Division) Diversity Advisory Committee, and on the Steering Committee of the Vancouver Dialogues Project. He has been honored with the British Columbia Multicultural Award (2011), the British Columbia Regiment Commanding Officer’s Commendation (2014), and has been recognized as a Georgia Straight Cultural Navigator (2013).
Farid publishes widely on immigration, diversity and ethics. He also manages his family’s Vancouver-based development and real estate holding company.
- Dr. William Siu, MD, FRCPC
Dr. William Siu is a radiologist with a subspecialty in neuro and interventional radiology. After completing medical school at University of British Columbia in 1994, he spent a year at Royal Columbian Hospital as an intern and was impressed by the collegial and “can do” atmosphere at RCH. After completing his radiology residency and fellowship subspecialty training at UBC, he was fortunate to return to RCH in 2000 as a staff radiologist.
- Emily Taylor
Emily Taylor is a CPA, CA and the Chief Financial Officer for the Surrey City Development Corporation (SCDC). In this capacity she is responsible for finance, treasury, governance, risk management, human resources and information technology needs for the Corporation. Emily is committed to providing strong, strategic leadership and creating long lasting relationships with partners and stakeholders. She earned her ICD.D designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors in February 2018.
- Norm Taylor
Norm Taylor is Executive Vice President & Managing Director of CBRE Vancouver & Victoria. Born and raised in Toronto, Norm moved to attend the University of British Columbia where he graduated with a BA in 1995, after which he began to work in real estate. Norm lives in North Vancouver with his wife, and together they have three children and a dog.
- Rana Vig
Rana Vig is an entrepreneur who has 30 years of business experience, during which time he has helped to launch five business ventures in private industry. In 2010, Rana became involved in publicly traded companies – first as the Executive Vice President at RTN Stealth Software Inc., then as president of Musgrove Minerals Corp, and in 2013, as Chairman and CEO of TSX listed Continental Precious Minerals. He is currently President & CEO, Firefly Capital. Rana is a former chair of British Columbia’s Open Learning Agency, and continues to serve on public company boards and committees.
- Fred Withers
In 2014, Fred retired as a Partner and Chief Development Officer for Ernst & Young LLP (Canada). An auditor by training, Fred was the Managing Partner for British Columbia from 2001 to 2011 and the Managing Partner for Western Canada from 2005 to 2011. He is currently a Director of Avigilon Corp., a TSX listed company. Fred is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Thank you for your interest in Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.
Royal Columbian Hospital provides specialized care for cardiac services, trauma, neurosciences, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care for some of the most seriously ill and injured people from across British Columbia. Located at the heart of one of the fastest growing health regions in Canada, the hospital serves a population of more than 1.8 million people (one in three British Columbians). Royal Columbian Hospital is also a UBC teaching hospital with a Clinical Academic Campus.
Building on a strong tradition of caring and community support, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) was established in 1978 to raise funds for the hospital’s first CT Scanner. Today, the Foundation is an independent charitable organization that raises millions of dollars each year to fund major projects, priority equipment needs, facility enhancements, research, education and innovation at RCH.
Royal Columbian Hospital has embarked on one of the most ambitious hospital redevelopments in Canadian history. This redevelopment goes beyond rebuilding a hospital. It is transformational. It will revolutionize the way we deliver care to our patients by creating a world-class, state-of-the-art hospital that provides uncompromising care.
Thank you for your interest in Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation
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