Board Of Directors

The board of directors sets the strategic direction for Children First Canada and provides guidance to the execution of the strategy and plans. 


Sara Austin

Founder and CEO

Children First Canada

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Gail O'Brien

Chair of the Board

Board Director of Sick Kids Foundation, Trustee of the National Arts Centre, Co-chair of the Council for Canadian American Relations, and Former GM of Holt Renfrew Calgary.

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Desiree Bombenon

President and CEO, SureCall Contact Centres.

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Mary Jo Haddad

Chancellor Designate of the Windsor University, former President and CEO of SickKids and member of the board of directors of TELUS and TD Bank Group.

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Bill Hutchings, CPA, CA

Bill Hutchings is a partner at the accounting firm MDP. Bill has over 35 years of experience in public accounting.

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Lindsay Patrick

Director of Global ETF Strategy, RBC Capital Markets.

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Darrell Gregersen

Mus.Bac, FAHP, ICD.D

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Strategic Aduisors

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Georgina Black

National Leader. Management Consulting & National Sector Lead for Health KPMG in Canada.

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Ilona Dougherty

Managing Director, Youth & Innovation Research Project, University of Waterloo.

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Angela Simo Brown

Head of Social Change Strategy and Innovation at Air Miles Loyalty One, and Co-Founder of Air Miles for Social Change.

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Council Of Champions

Some of Canada's leading voices for children have been invited to join a Council of Champions. This diverse mix of leaders from across the country will provide guidance on the strategic direction and key priorities for Children First, and will act as champions for specific projects and activities that promote the wellbeing of Canada's children. 


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Stephanie Mitton

Managing Director



Youth Ambassadors

At the heart of Children First Canada are the voices of kids and we are pleased to have Youth Ambassadors who are working on the frontlines to make this a better country for all children. Our 2016-2017 Youth Ambassadors included: Sam Yacob, Hannah Ruuth and Sanaya Polobuto. 


In partnership with... 

Long-term, sustainable and positive change for the children requires collective action. We are uniting and leveraging Canada's leading children's charities, research institutions, corporations and community leaders to speak with a united voice for Canada's children. These are some of our dedicated partners:



We are grateful for the generous support of our founding donors who helped launch Children First Canada. Their commitment and support is helping make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up!


Gail B. O’Brien
Charitable Foundation

Delaney Family


Join us! Together we can make Canada the best place for kids to grow up!