Who We Are

Council of Champions

The Council of Champions includes Canada’s leading voices for children’s rights and wellbeing. This diverse mix of leaders from across the country speaks as a united voice for Canada’s children, working together to urgently drive action through public awareness raising, public policy influence, research and public engagement. The Council also provides guidance on the strategic direction and priorities for Children First, and act as champions for specific projects and activities that promote the wellbeing of Canada’s children.

Michael Ungar

Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience

Katie Taylor

Chair of RBC and Former Chair of SickKids Foundation

Bruce Squires

President, McMaster Children’s Hospital

Lori Spadorcia

Senior Vice-President, Public Affairs, Partnerships and Chief Strategy Officer, CAMH

Ariel Siller

CEO, Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation

Dr. Michael Shevell

Chair of Pediatrics, McGill University Health Centre, Pediatrician-in-Chief, The Montreal Children’s Hospital

Dr. Holden Sheffield

Chief of Pediatrics and General Pediatrician, Qikiqtani General Hospital, Iqaluit, Nunavut

Rhiannon Rosalind

President & CEO, Economic Club of Canada

Alex Munter

President & CEO, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre

Valerie McMurtry

President & CEO, Children's Aid Foundation of Canada

Krista Jangaard

CEO, IWK Health Centre

Mark Hierlihy

President & CEO, Canada's Children’s Hospital Foundations

Katherine Hay

President & CEO, Kids Help Phone

Julia Hanigsberg

CEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Christine Hampson

President & CEO, The Sandbox Project

Mary Jo Haddad

Chancellor of the University of Windsor, Former President & CEO of SickKids, Member of the Board of Directors of TELUS and TD Bank Group

Dr. Michael Kobor

Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Emily Gruenwoldt

President & CEO, Children's Healthcare Canada, Executive Director of Pediatric Chairs of Canada

Debbie Field

Coalition for Healthy School Food Coordinator, Associate Member, Centre for Studies in Food Security Ryerson University

Irwin Elman

Former Ontario Child Advocate, Global Strategic Champion, Until The Last Child

Dr. Ronald Cohn

President & CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Matthew Chater

President & CEO, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada

Owen Charters

President & CEO, BGC Canada

Dr. Susanne Benseler

Director, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, ACHF Chair in Pediatric Research, Husky Energy Chair in Child and Maternal Health

Leah Zille

Executive Director, The Treehouse (Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre)