Mission

The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1964 dedicated to supporting the enhancement of patient care at the Lakeshore General Hospital. The Foundation funds programs and projects to advance patient care and research. Our aim is to fund the acquisition of state-of-the-art medical equipment, support significant upgrading of our hospital facilities, and assist in supporting programs and specialized training for the professional staff.

Mission Statement

To inspire, encourage and engage our community to invest in helping elevate the quality of healthcare at the Lakeshore General Hospital and improve the lives of all those who come through our doors.

Our Core Values

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Trust

Board of Directors

Co-Chair

David Cescon

Novyc International Inc.

Mr. Cescon grew up on the West Island and is a graduate of Concordia University. While earning his degree, he was also captain of the varsity Football team.

He presently resides in Kirkland where his family, his business and the LGH Foundation share time with his ongoing battle to break 80 at Royal Montreal Golf Club!

David has served as VP & Managing Partner at Novyc International since 2004, where his primary focus is building longterm relationships with international petroleum partners.

He utilizes his strong management skills to develope agreements with prefered vendors that benefit the end users, as well as leading a team of International sales and marketing executives. He continues to travel the world, focusing on the Americas, where today, Novyc generates the majority of their business.

He has also been involved in the West Island volunteer community for many decades, donating his time to multiple organizations. The LGH has seen the full circle of life within his own family from the birth place of his two children to the compassionate care for parents in their final days.

The continued growth in population over his 50+ years in the West Island and access to quality healthcare for that growing population made his decision to join the board 10 years ago an easy one. Seeing the difference we can make in our local community is a rewarding initiative and an important cause, one we can all participate in today for a better tomorrow.

Co-Chair

Dr. Fiore Lalla

Fiore is a 26-year veteran professional of the Department of psychiatry and mental health at Lakeshore. He has served as a clinician, researcher, administrator, and medical educator for specialists and generalists alike, particularly in the West Island community.
He was voted psychiatrist of the year for the province of Québec in 2010 and has multiple publications to his name.
He loves working with the citizens of the West Island, the hospital teams, and the Foundation he has been a part of for the last 15 years.
Vice-Chair

Dave Jennings

Dave Jennings is the former CEO of the public company Discovery Air and cofounder and former CEO of Top Aces Inc. Dave has also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a CF-18 Fighter Pilot. Dave has owned and invested in several small local businesses, and currently flies as a pilot for Air Canada. Dave grew up in the Pointe Claire and currently lives in the West Island with his wife and 3 teenage kids.

Treasurer

Howard Zingboim

Felton & Associates Inc.

Dr. Fadi Aris

Lakeshore General Hospital

Jordan Baril-Furino

Desjardins Group

Mr. Furino has a joint MBA from ESG UQAM and Université Paris-Dauphine, as well as a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Université Laval. He is national director of operations at GardaWorld. Member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec, his experience is focused on management, digital innovation, strategic planning and governance. Mr. Furino serves on the Board of Desjardins Group, Desjardins Trust and is vice-president and member of the Executive Committee of Caisse Desjardins West Island.

Éric Desbiens

Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd.

Eric Desbiens, CFA, is Regional Vice-President & Portfolio Manager at Jarislowsky Fraser. He joined the firm in 2000 and became a Partner in 2008 He had been working at Bolton Tremblay prior to that. He is currently in charge of the institutional team for Eastern Canada and has extensive experience working with a wide range of institutional and high-net-worth clients.

Eric supports various not-for-profit organizations and is an active member of his community. He is a former Chair of the Success through Education, Enterprise & Determination (SEED) Program at the Williams School of Business and a Founding Organizer of Beyond the Bubble. He currently sits on the boards of the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation and the Bishop’s University Foundation. He is also an Ambassador for l’ARASQ (Association de la retraite et des avantages sociaux du Québec). Eric received the Esprit de Corps Award in 2013 and was named a Bishop’s University Top 10 After 10 in 2019.

Philippe Jordan

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Philippe Jordan is a partner in PwC’s Deals practice in Montreal and a member of the Corporate Advisory and Restructuring group.

Philippe has more than 30 years of experience working with public and private companies in matters of restructuring and insolvency. During this time, he has served as a financial advisor, trustee and monitor for financial institutions, companies, shareholders and other stakeholders. Occasionally, he plays an interim role in the management of the company.

Robert Koehler

Global Athlete

Rob Koehler is the Director General of Global Athlete. Global Athlete is a movement by athletes for athletes aiming to collectively inspire and drive change across the world of sport. Over the past several years Rob has worked with thousands of athletes to help amplify their voice, seek justice and force change for stronger athlete rights in international sport. 

Rob commenced his work in the sporting world working at a community level and quickly transitioned into a role with the Spirit of Sport Foundation in Canada by traveling across his home nation with Olympians in lead up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. During this time, he promoted athlete involvement and engagement while at the same time teaching young people about the values of sport. Rob worked with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport from 1997-2000 where he oversaw major Games work including oversight of the 1999 Pan American Games anti-doping program. When the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999, Rob took on a role as Chief Executive Officer of the Drug Free Sport Consortium whose role was to help WADA implement its first out-of-competition testing program leading up to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. In 2002, he became a full-time employee at WADA and during his tenure held positions as a Deputy Director of Standards and Harmonization, Director of Education and Program Development and the agency’s Deputy Director General. Rob resigned from WADA in August 2018. Prior to his resignation Rob was responsible for the oversight of the Russian Roadmap for Russia’s return to compliance. During his time at WADA, he was a strong advocate of the athlete voice and was responsible for working with the WADA Athlete Committee.

Nadia Malik

Bombardier

Dr. Gerry Polyhronopoulos

Lakeshore General Hospital

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Polyhronopoulos received his BSc (Cum Laude) from Boston College, graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine in 2003, and completed his surgical training at McGill. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and has completed additional training in Breast Ultrasound and Oncoplastic Breast Surgery.

Dr. Polyhronopoulos served as a staff General Surgeon at The Lakeshore General Hospital for 10 years, and during that time he joined the board of directors for The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation. He now is staff surgeon at VM-Med, specializing in Breast Cancer Assessment and Surgery. He has stayed on as a member of our Board and is committed to the continued growth and improvement of the Lakeshore General Hospital.

Patrick Vena FCIP, CRM, R.I.B. (Ont.)

BFL CANADA

Patrick is a McGill University alumni and Managing Partner for BFL CANADA’s commercial group. BFL CANADA is one of the largest risk management, insurance brokerage and benefits consulting firms in the country.

Patrick first got involved with the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation in 2017 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer the year prior. Throughout his treatments, the Lakeshore General Hospital’s team of professionals provided exceptional care, and Patrick subsequently decided to work with the foundation in an effort to give back to his community hospital. He is a proud father of three, all of whom were born at the Lakeshore General Hospital’s birthing centre. 

Patrick has been on the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation board of directors since 2017 and has been the Co-Chair of the Foundation’s golf tournament since 2020.

Renée Yardley

Rolland Enterprises Inc.

Renée Yardley is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sustana Group, the leader in sustainable, recycled fiber and paper products. She has more than two decades of experience in global organizations, including Tembec and General Motors, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from McGill University and an MA from Harvard University. In addition to her work with the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation, she is Chair of the Board of Trustees for St Andrew and St Paul Presbyterian Church in Montreal and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund. 

Meet The Team

Nathalie Kamel

Managing Director

Michelle Campbell
Communications Manager

Alison Harris
Events Manager

Natalie Lason
Accountant & Office Manager

Mary Picard
Donor Logistics Administrator

Carole Ravenda
Development Manager