Board of Directors

Meet the people who govern the Canadian Red Cross

Through their collective experience and vision, the Board of Directors contributes to the continuing success of the Canadian Red Cross. We invite you to consult their biographies to learn more about the professional and volunteer experience these individuals contribute to today’s Red Cross. All board members serve the Society as volunteers.

Sara John Fowler

Sara John Fowler is Chair of the Board of Directors. Sara resides in Sooke, British Columbia and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mount St. Mary Hospital in Victoria, a position she has held since 2010. Sara has been a Red Crosser for more than 20 years...

Gavin Giles, Q.C.

Gavin Giles, Q.C. is Vice-president of the Board of Directors. He is a partner in the Halifax, Nova Scotia office of the Atlantic Canadian law firm, McInnes Cooper. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1986 and since then, has carried on a varied civil litigation practice...

Alan Dean

Alan Dean is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors. He resides in Unionville, Ontario. Alan has been a lawyer for over 30 years and is currently a partner at Gowling LaFleur Henderson LLP in Toronto where he practices commercial law and is a member of the firm’s energy and infrastructure groups...

Dennis Chow

Dennis Chow was born and raised in the city of Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto where he attained a bachelor's degree in Economics and Philosophy. Upon graduation he started his working career in the telecommunications and marketing field, working for Canada's largest telecom service...

Peter Collens

Peter resides in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and is a Chartered Accountant in public practice since 1978. Peter practiced with one of the largest international accountancy firms until 1998 when he resigned his partnership and opened his own office. Peter has limited his practice to income tax matters since 1983...

Kathleen Mahoney

Kathleen Mahoney's has been a Professor of Law at the University of Calgary for 35 years specializing in Torts, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, Women's Rights, and Judicial Development. She has authored numerous papers and organized collaborative international projects. She was Chair of the Board of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development for 6 years...

Alan Pearson

Alan is the Chair of the National Audit and Finance Committee. He immigrated to Canada in 1975 having qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant after obtaining an LL.B. Honours degree from Edinburgh University.

Peter Sloly

Deputy Chief Peter Sloly is in his 25th year with the Toronto Police Service. Prior to his policing career he played professional soccer and was a member of the Canadian National Soccer Team. Peter Sloly has authored articles for several police and justice magazines on community mobilization, crime prevention, emergency management and social media...

Harvey Wyers

Harvey Wyers lives in Hanmer, Ontario. Before retiring he worked at INCO (now VALE) for 30 years starting as a miner underground and finishing his career as a Statistician/Researcher in Safety and Health. He also taught part time for six years at Laurentian University in the Labour Studies Program...

Tami Kjerulf

Tami Kjerulf is a Professional Engineer and also holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. She is currently employed with Manitoba Hydro as Manager of Corporate Planning & Development, responsible for the development and deployment of the Corporate Strategic Plan. With her broad technical and business background Tami is able to continue to develop her expertise in her areas of interest including: strategic planning, risk management, finance and governance...

Michael Beswick

Michael Beswick is the retired Senior Vice President, Pensions, of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). Outside of OMERS, Michael also worked in the areas of pensions, employee benefits and compensation in industry, both as a technical expert and an active participant in collective bargaining and human resources strategy...

Amit Mehra

Amit has volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross for over 20 years and was previously a member of the Board of Directors holding positions as Vice-president, Chair of the National Audit and Finance committee and Compensation and Leadership Development Committee. Prior to that, he chaired the Western Zone council and Southern Alberta Region...

Trisha Gallant

A component of Trisha’s practice includes providing advice and guidance on proper governance principles and techniques for self-regulating professions and not-for-profit organizations. In this regard, Trisha provides general pro-active advice on various governance issues, and has provided several seminars on governance principles and director liability...

Mathieu Bouchard

Mathieu Bouchard is Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Environment and Sustainability at Graymont, North America’s second-largest supplier of lime and lime-based products. He is the senior executive responsible for environmental, health and safety and external affairs issues...

Marcel Villeneuve

Marcel joined the Board in 2015 and is a member of the Governance Committee. He has provided advice and counsel to the Red Cross since 2008.

Bachir Halimi

Bachir Halimi founded three Canadian companies that won recognition within their respective industries for their innovative technology...