About The Royal's Foundation

Our Mission

The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds to support the best possible patient care and leading-edge research provided by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Brockville Mental Health Centre, and the uOttawa Institute of Mental Health Research.

As a not-for-profit arms-length fundraising organization governed by a dedicated and skilled volunteer Board of Directors, we:

  • Focus on improving the health and lives of those living with mental illness
  • Communicate with our donors openly, honestly and transparently
  • Demonstrate integrity in our financial management and disbursement of donor funds
Board of Directors

We are grateful to the volunteers who share our understanding of the importance of providing the very best mental health care and research for those most in need in our community who give of their time to help us achieve our goals.

Gordon Cudney, Chair Ernie Laporte, Past Chair Mitchell Bellman, Foundation President & CEO (non-voting) Iwona Albrecht Joanne Bezzubetz Marie C Boivin Harpreet Chhabra Susannah Crabtree Keith Desjardins Jane Duchscher Jeff Gallant Leigh Harris Joanne Lefebvre Youcef Lekadir Allan Malcomson John Mathers  Andrew Milne, Vice Chair Jennifer Mondoux Geoff Moore Brian Murray Colleen O'Connell-Campbell, Treasurer Victor Pellegrino David J. Prime, Secretary Doug Rankin Matthew Skube Bruce Thomas

Board Recruitment 
Expression of Interest for serving on one of The Royal’s Boards of Directors/Trustees

Thank you for your interest in serving the mission and vision of The Royal as a governance volunteer. The Royal is comprised of three individual corporations: 

The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (hospitals are the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and the Brockville Mental Health Centre and Royal Ottawa Place – a long term care facility),  The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research affiliated with the University of Ottawa, and 


Although separate legal entities, all Board of Directors/Trustees are inter-related and aligned under one Strategic Plan.

All expressions of interest are reviewed by the Governance committee of each respective Board. Each corporation’s by-laws are specific on the candidate selection guidelines and criteria are specific to each organization. The governance committee shall identify candidates to be brought forward to the voting membership for consideration.  

Expressions of Interest are welcome throughout the year. Although you may have expressed an interest in serving on a particular board, applications may be forwarded to one of the other Boards listed above, as individual skills and experience may be better suited to a specific organization or to identified gaps in Board member skills. Submission deadline is generally February 1st to allow for the necessary interview and selection process to occur in advance of the Annual General Meetings held in June. Election of board members is completed each year as part of the Annual General Meeting.

  • The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. 
Director/Trustee Recruitment

The Royal seeks interested candidates who have demonstrated leadership skills and experience that enable them to contribute meaningfully and to further enhance mental health and addiction services in the Eastern Ontario communities we serve and to the hospital. Candidates who reflect the following attributes are encouraged to apply:

sensitivity to and a willingness to understand the unique needs of mental health clients and families served by The Royal; demonstrated commitment to the organization’s vision, mission and values in the provision of mental health care, advocacy, research and education; ability to be objective, work as a group member and respect the views of others; and recognition of the time commitment and energy necessary to be a Board Member.

Scope of Knowledge/Expertise and Perspective to be reflected within the Boards:

governance and policy setting;  healthcare issues, trends and research; link or empathy to mental health and addictions;  strategic planning;


The Royal will ensure that the ongoing Governance Structure for the organization is representative of the communities served considering the demographic, cultural, religious, economic, linguistic, geographic, ethnic and social characteristics of Eastern Ontario.

If your interested in serving on one of The Royal's Board of Directors/Trustees, click here to download the Expression of Interest form.

To learn about:

Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (hospitals) Board, click here.
Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health Board,  click here.
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research affiliated with the University of Ottawa Board, click here.
  • fundraising;
  • financial literacy and legal matters;
  • political acumen/government relations;
  • quality, performance and risk management; and
  • progressive business skills (Information Technology, Human Resources and Labour Relations, Communications).
Media Contacts

Nicole Loreto, VP
Communications and Stakeholder Relations

Sue Walton
Community Relations
613.722.6521 ext 6349