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ABOUT THE CO-CHAIRS

The EnbridgeŽ Ride to Conquer CancerŽ is supported each year by a group of dedicated leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to form a committee whose purpose is to recruit corporate teams and sponsors to the event. The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is incredibly grateful to these dedicated men and women, many of whom are also participants in and leading fundraisers for The Ride.

In particular, we would like to recognize the leaders of this committee, the Co-Chairs of the 2015 Ride.

Tim Hockey, Honorary Chair

Tim Hockey is President and CEO of TD Canada Trust and a huge fan of cycling. For the past several years he has cycled over 9,000km annually. This year he is also volunteering as the Honorary Chair of the 2015 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and hopes to make this year’s Ride—the 8th annual—the best ever.

Tim generously made a personal donation to help give the participants in the 2015 Ride some motivation to get started building up their teams and thinking about their fundraising. Each of the first 10 teams to double their team size, has been awarded $5,000 to put towards their fundraising goal.

Tim says, “I consider myself fortunate that I’m able to use my passion for cycling to not only stay fit, but to help raise funds for important causes. I believe the cancer research taking place at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is one of those important causes. Somehow we will all be affected directly or indirectly by this disease, so we need to get to the finish line and conquer cancer.”

John Coyne, Vice Chair

John Coyne is an avid cyclist and loves being outdoors in a “non-motorized environment”, so the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer felt like a great fit when his wife was diagnosed with cancer and they both wanted to be part of the mission to conquer cancer in our lifetime—a mission that began even before her diagnosis as both were keen to make a contribution on behalf of a dear friend who lost her battle several years ago.

John feels that this event—with all the fundraising and media attention surrounding it—serves as a reminder to others that conquering cancer is a huge challenge, but there are good reasons to be optimistic. By participating in the Ride, participants and their supporters learn about the progress that is being made with more effective therapies and improved quality of life for cancer survivors. “While we might not be able to say ‘we have a cure for cancer’ soon, we can say that thanks to The Princess Margaret and other cancer research centres, we are conquering the disease every day,” says John. Knowing that cancer research is expensive, he has been stellar in his fundraising efforts, raising and donating over $120,000 in his first six rides.

“The yellow flags at the Ride are a reminder that we are making progress in conquering cancer. My wife rides with one, and it empowers her, and seeing more yellow flags each year gives all participants hope.”

John is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Unilever Canada Inc. Undaunted by big challenges like cancer, he is also a recognized champion in the area of environmental responsibility both within and outside of Unilever. He is Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc., an organization designed to improve blue box recycling infrastructure in Canada. He also Co-Chairs a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. In 2011, John championed the largest commercial green energy purchase in Canada, and eliminated the CO2 footprint associated with electricity usage across all of Unilever’s Canadian operations.

Marianne Harris, Vice Chair

Marianne Harris has witnessed cancer up close. She lost her husband, Brian Laramie, to brain cancer when he was just 53 years of age. “He had been hoping to participate in the very first Ride to Conquer Cancer,” says Marianne, “but instead we ride in Brian’s memory as Laramie’s Classic Cruisers, remembering how passionate he was about classic cars.”

Her team of 25 Cruisers has become very close through the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. They do a lot of training rides together, with the Ride itself being a highpoint of the year for many of them. “We camp at Mohawk College together, ride across the finish line together, and some literally rush to the re-registration table together to sign up for next year’s event. It means that much to us.”

Participating in the Ride isn’t the only way that Marianne supports Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She has served on the Board of Directors for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation since 2006 and has chaired the Investment Committee since 2009. Through her close association with The Princess Margaret, Marianne has learned about the substantial progress being made in the treatment of certain types of cancer, and she is proud to be supporting the research in a significant way.

The Laramie Classic Cruisers have raised over $625,000 in six years of participating in the Ride.
Marianne has built an impressive career in the financial services sector, most recently as Managing Director at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch and President of Corporate and Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. In addition to the Princess Margaret board, she serves on the boards for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Sun Life Financial and Agrium Inc., and in advisory capacities for Schulich School of Business and The Hennick Centre of Business and Law.

Richard Ross, Vice Chair

Marianne Harris has witnessed cancer up close. She lost her husband, What Richard Ross loves most about the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is the opportunity it provides for him each year to dedicate a weekend to the challenge of conquering cancer. “My wife was treated at The Princess Margaret for breast cancer, so it’s my time to reflect on how blessed we are to have this world-class cancer centre in Toronto, and my obligation to support it.”

Richard loves the entire Ride experience beginning to end. He really looks forward to the ‘trailer showers’ at the end of day one riding, enjoys the evening camp festivities, sleeps overnight, and takes full advantage of the hot breakfast before getting started on the day two ride. “The organization of this event is first class, which reflects so well on the cancer centre we are all raising funds for. The Princess Margaret is high caliber all the way.”

Best known as the former Chairman and CEO of Inmet Mining Corporation, Richard spends a lot of time now assisting organizations and industries that can benefit from his expertise. Currently, he is Inmet Chair in Global Mining Management at the Schulich School of Business at York University where he is creating a suite of internationally-focused academic programs that combine management education and the metals and mining sector.

And Richard takes his fundraising responsibility very seriously. As a senior executive, he has an influential group of friends and colleagues to tap into. In his first seven Rides, he donated and raised over $100,000 for The Princess Margaret.

Richard is proud that he has participated in the Ride since the inaugural event, and hopes he’ll be able to ride until we no longer need the event. “I’m amazed that after seven years, this event shows no signs of aging. For me, every year, it feels new again.”

Beth Wilson, Vice Chair

This year Beth Wilson and her husband will do something only one other person has done—ride in all four of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer events across the country in a single year. Beth is a managing partner for KPMG—a company that has been a lead sponsor of the Ride since the inaugural event, and has teams participating in all four Rides.

“The Ride is an active way for people to get involved in the cause of conquering cancer—a disease that touches virtually all of the employees at KPMG in one way or another,” says Beth. She has seen the event impact the members of her team in so many different ways. “The emotion we experience individually and as a team at the Ride—from the opening ceremonies to the route challenges, camp and then putting on our team shirts on day 2—it all combines to keep drawing us back year after year.” For 2015, Beth is rallying her team around a ‘Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal’ (BHAG) of raising $1 million and having 350 participants in their teams across Canada.

“I’m proud as a Canadian that The Princess Margaret is here and contributing so much to the new understanding of cancer and the improved treatments. I’m optimistic because the rate of change in cancer medicine is exponential with new technology playing a big role in individualizing treatment.”

Beth was put in charge of KPMG’s Community Leadership Strategy, a top priority for the firm. As a business leader who has brought about positive change in her own community, Beth is encouraging other employees across Canada to make it part of their job to follow their passions in the places where they live—whether that is coaching their kids’ soccer team or sitting on a community board.

Dov Zevy, Vice Chair

Dov Zevy thinks that one of the very best things to do at the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is listen. “I don’t approach the Ride like a race. There are lots of pit stops along the way and a fantastic camp at the end of day one, and these are wonderful opportunities to hear the stories of cancer survivors. Seeing yellow flags and meeting survivors who are doing the Ride are like fuel to keep me riding and raising funds to conquer cancer.”

He also listens carefully to the doctors and scientists who give presentations to riders at camp and at events throughout the year. And several times he has found himself riding beside one of those doctors or researchers, as there are many staff from The Princess Margaret participating in the event each year. “Learning about how the researchers are using the funds raised by the Ride to develop new treatments and understand better how cancer begins and spreads gives me hope and really strengthens my commitment to this event.”

Dov’s interest in people and their stories is reflected in his choice of career and the industry in which he works. He is the managing director of the executive recruitment firm, Korn Ferry, and has conducted hundreds of searches for senior executives including CEOs, CFOs and Presidents. He is widely recognized as one of the leading financial services recruiters in Canada.

Dov joined Team Erin in 2012, and he has been riding with them ever since. Team Erin is one of the original teams in the event, and Dov is a big contributor to their team fundraising total of over $1.5 million.

“So for me, the high point of the Ride is the stories I hear along the way and knowing the impact our dollars have in battling cancer.”