Chairman David Foster is pleased to announce the addition of Gail Stephens and Walter Schneider to the David Foster Foundation board of directors.

With backgrounds in development, management and governance, both Schneider and Stephens bring a wealth of experience to the board, joining other high-profile Canadian philanthropists, business owners and corporate managers.

The David Foster Foundation was created in 1986 to help support the non-medical expenses of families with children undergoing life-saving pediatric organ transplants. Both Schneider and Stephens’ experience will assist the Foundation with continuing its goal of raising $30M by their 30th anniversary in 2017.

“I am thrilled to be able to welcome both Walter and Gail to the Foundation’s board of directors,” says Foster. “Gail and Walter bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our foundation board that will help us achieve our goal of 30 million by our 30th anniversary in 2017.”

Gail Stephens is the chief operating officer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), set to open in September 2014, in Winnipeg, MB. Overseeing everything from finance and human resources to IT communications and visitor services, she has been able to apply her eclectic and impressive resume to the new position. Previously, Stephens was Victoria, BC city manager and, where during her five year tenure, was responsible for all city operations including fire, engineering, parks, planning, corporate services, and sustainability. Stephens has also served as vice-president of finance and services for the University of Calgary, and the chief executive officer for the BC Pension Corporation, where she was awarded the Premier’s Award for Excellence. As chief administrative officer for the city of Winnipeg, she led the city to the status of one of the most cost effective city governments in Canada, with a citizen satisfaction rating of more than 92 per cent. Stephens was named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada for 2003, 2010 and 2011, won the 2006 Peak Performance and Excellence Award and was named one of Canada’s top 100 Certified General Accountants (CGA), also earning the Manitoba Gold Medal for the highest level of excellence in the CGA Program.

Walter Schneider is president and co-founder of the RE/MAX INTEGRA Group of Companies. After acquiring the Eastern Canadian rights to RE/MAX, Schneider and his partner, Frank Polzler, moved on to gaining the rights to multiple regions throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Today, Schneider and Polzler own and operate the RE/MAX brand in 36 countries worldwide, with approximately 2,450 operating offices and an agent count of more than 29,000. Schneider has also been involved in a number of other successful ventures, including being the co-founder of Ipromoteu; a Boston based promotional products company. Schneider was named CEO of the year by the Financial Post, received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for his work with the Canadian Forces, and most recently, won the T. Wilson Award from his alma mater, University of Toronto, recognizing outstanding achievement by alumni in business and charitable work.

For more information on the David Foster Foundation board of directors, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

About the David Foster Foundation

David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Aird & Berlis LLP, AMJ Campbell, Schnitzer, and Hope Air families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant. The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

 

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