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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Greg Lichti, 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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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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Associate Vice Presidents
Karen Adams, Associate Vice President, Business Development / OneWalk to Conquer Cancer

Karen Adams is passionate about conquering cancer through her leadership of the Rexall OneWalk to Conquer Cancer, one of the top 10 peer-to-peer fundraising events in Canada.

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Karen Ming-Sun, Associate Vice President, Community Giving

Karen Ming-Sun is the Senior Director of Community Giving at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. She 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
Clayton Atto, Campaign Director

Clayton is a passionate believer in The Princess Margaret’s bold vision To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.

He has extensive experience in working with donors to achieve their major gift philanthropic goals. He looks to build meaningful and lasting relationships between donors and the Princess Margaret. 

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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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Ivy Cuervo, Senior Director, Digital & Corporate Communications

Ivy Cuervo is a storyteller. She leads the Brand Communications team, helping to increase brand awareness and educate people about the world-leading work taking place at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

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Malka Greene, Associate Campaign Director

Malka Greene is an Associate Campaign Director at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Her 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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Christy Morrow, Campaign Director

Christy Morrow is a Campaign Director at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. She partners with donors, health care providers, and researchers to raise support for gastrointestinal and endocrine cancers, surgical oncology, medical imaging, and patient and health care education programs.

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Franco Ng, Director, Ethnocultural Strategy

Franco has been able to apply his extensive experience in ethnic community outreach and engagement in the Greater Toronto Area to various initiatives at the Princess Margaret since coming on board in early 2017.

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Genane Peniak, Associate Campaign Director, Estate Giving

Genane is the Associate Campaign 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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Andrea Orr, Campaign Director

Andrea Orr is a Campaign Director at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. She is responsible for engaging donors and securing major gift support toward an ambitious goal to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime. She is passionate about fundraising, stewardship and building relationships.

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Shannon Stuart, Senior Campaign Director

Shannon Stuart is the Senior Campaign Director at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Touched by cancer within her own family, Shannon is passionate about Conquering Cancer in Our Lifetime. She partners with the breast cancer, gynecological cancer, immunotherapy, nursing, and pathology teams at The Princess Margaret to further fundraising efforts. Shannon also leads The Princess Margaret's $50-million research campaign.

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Nick Taylor, Senior Director, New Revenue and Chief Golf Officer, Golf to Conquer Cancer

Nick Taylor is the Senior Director, New Revenue. Nick 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.

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Connie Tsui, Campaign Director

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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