Leadership Team


Executive Team
Michael Burns, President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Burns brings his diverse background and skills, along with his passion of giving to the community, to his role as President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. He joined the organization at the beginning of 2018.

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Meaghan Stovel McKnight, Chief Operating Officer

Meaghan Stovel McKnight has recently joined The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation after an 18-year-long career in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

With experience in strategy formulation, operational excellence, technology implementation and P&L management, Meaghan is passionate about delivering impact in large, mission-driven fundraising organizations that enable exceptional research and healthcare.

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Vice Presidents
John Anzin, Vice President, Finance

 John Anzin is a seasoned financial professional with significant technology, education and not-for-profit experience, and a proven track record in all aspects of accounting, finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and project management.

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Eric Graage, Vice-President, Major Gifts

Eric Graage brings more than 24 years of high-level experience in fundraising to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.


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Alyssa Huggins, Vice President, Brand & Integrated Marketing

Alyssa Huggins brings more than 20 years of deep experience in brand and integrated marketing to The Princess Margaret. Most recently, she was Vice President of Marketing for Pizza Pizza, where she headed up marketing for more than 750 restaurants and two brands across Canada.

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Steve Merker, Vice President, Corporate & Community Partnerships

Steve Merker leads one of the largest and most successful cycling events in Canada, Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. The event has attracted thousands of people over the last decade. In 2017, it celebrated its 10th anniversary with over 5,000 riders cycling over 200km, over two days, from Toronto to Niagara and back.

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Ramona Oss, Vice President, Lotteries

Ramona joined the Foundation in 2014 as Director of the Ride to Conquer Cancer. She has been proud to support the largest peer-to-peer fundraising event in Canada, one that has raised over $194 million for cancer research since its inception with a record-breaking $20.5 million raised in 2017. In 2018 Ramona took on an exciting new challenge, within the Princess Margaret Home Lottery program and looks forward to continuing to deliver on our vision to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.

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Tim Rochon, Vice President, Information Technology and Business Intelligence

Tim Rochon, who is also the Foundation's Chief Privacy Officer, brings more than 25 years of technology and analytics leadership to The Foundation, and has broad experience in technology strategy, IT service delivery, and analytics. 

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Greg Lichti, Associate Vice President, Major Gifts

Greg Lichti has been a member of the major and estate giving (MEG) team at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation since 2001. Along with his colleagues, he is responsible for raising over $40M annually in major and estate revenue to support world-leading cancer research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

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Karen Ming-Sun, Associate Vice President, Acquisition & Retention

Karen Ming-Sun manages a team responsible for engaging and building relationships with a large and diverse community of donors. Karen is responsible for three lines of business: Leadership Giving, Annual Giving and Tribute & Memorial Giving, generating over $8 million annually.

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Jill Nelson, Associate Vice President, Estate Giving

Jill is an experienced leader in the not-for-profit community, with over 25 years of experience helping donors and charities come together to improve the quality of life in Canadian society and healthcare. For the last 15 years she has specialized in helping donors plan their giving to make the most of Canada’s generous charitable tax benefits.

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Directors
Keith Clarke , Director, Community Events

Keith oversees the Community Events team which raises over $6M annually. It includes five signature events, as well as over 100+ community events. Keith has worked at the Foundation for over nine years in various roles within the Community Events team.

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Stephanie D’Lima , Marketing Director, Events & Philanthropy

Stephanie D’Lima is an award-winning marketing and communications leader who has worked on various high-profile events, such as the Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in 2015 and most recently, Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in 2017.

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Malka Greene, Director, Major Gifts

Malka's areas of focus at the Foundation include thoracic cancers (including lung, mesothelioma, and thymoma), sarcoma, the Guided Therapeutics Program (GTx), Invest in Research, and the Cancer Clinical Research Unit.

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Prestina Li, Director, Technology

Prestina has been with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation for 18 years and in a management role for the last 10 years. Prestina has consistently served as an excellent leader managing key elements of our technology platform including Raiser’s Edge and Raisin and the overall data management aspects of our fundraising platforms.

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Franco Ng, Director, Community Engagement

Franco has over 10 years of experience in ethnic community outreach across Canada. Franco believes in breaking the cultural barriers and stigma when it comes to cancer treatment and healthcare.

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Genane Peniak, Associate Director, Estate Giving

Genane is the Associate Director of Estate Giving at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. In her role, she works with donors who would like to leave a gift in their Will to support Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

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Nick Taylor, Senior Director, Corporate & Community Partnerships

Nick Taylor has been responsible for leading Canada’s top grossing single day golf fundraiser for cancer research – Golf to Conquer Cancer, since 2013, and provided support to The Princess Margaret Lottery Programs from 2014-2017. Nick also launched Colour To Conquer in 2018, a bold and exciting fundraising program where people across Canada colour their hair and fundraise to support world leading cancer research. In addition to these existing properties, Nick is involved with new strategic initiatives.
  

Connie Tsui, Director, Major Gifts

Connie Tsui joined The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in the summer of 2017. She works closely with generous donors to create meaningful impact in areas such as head and neck cancers, Melanoma and skin cancers as well as the Radiation Medicine Program.

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Courtny Vandervelde, Director, Corporate & Community Partnerships

Courtny leads the world’s largest road hockey fundraiser, Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer. Since 2011, over twelve-thousand passionate individuals have helped to raise over $20M to enable world-class cancer research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

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