Ron Kassies Chair
Ron Kassies is a Financial Advisor at IPC Investment Corporation and works with his clients to set realistic and comfortable retirement plans. Prior to this, Ron was involved with a financial services startup at EWA Capital Partners. He was also Vice President of Business Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Investment Planning Counsel for ten years and before that held a variety of financial leadership roles in the retail industry including the Club Monaco and Footlocker brands. Ron has been participating in the Healing Cycle Ride since 2010 and was a Top 10 Fundraiser numerous times. He joined The Healing Cycle Foundation in 2013 as a member of the Advisory Committee, was elected to the Board in 2014, and became Board Chair in 2015. Ron was also the past Chair of the Glenway Preservation Association, helping a group of residents fight the development of the golf course community in which they used to live.
Gary Mistak Vice-Chair
Gary Mistak has extensive experience both domestically and internationally in the Communications Infrastructure products market. Currently the Senior Vice President of Anixter Canada Inc., he is responsible for the sales and profitability of the Enterprise Cabling & Security Solutions division. Throughout his career he has held a number of roles of increasing responsibility and geographic scope and has been recognized on numerous occasions for sales and operational target achievements. A graduate of the Commerce program at Queen’s University, Gary also holds a CPA, CMA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
An avid sports fan and participant, Gary has experience coaching youth activities. He recently completed a long-term Board assignment for the Lake Association where he owns a cottage. He joined The Healing Cycle Foundation in 2013 as a member of the Advisory Committee and was elected to the Board in 2014.
Dayle Acorn Secretary
Since 2007, Dayle has served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy. He has almost three decades of experience as an executive with progressive positions in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily with two of Canada’s top multi-national brand name pharmaceutical companies.
Dayle has developed a broad range of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the pharmaceutical sector, including marketing management, sales management, training, continuing medical education, strategies for market access and emerging customers, and general business unit management.
His teamwork has earned him the distinguished Prix Galien/Belleau Nickerson Award for the Rx&D Product of the Year (2006) and the Lifetime Achievement Award and Gold Medal from the APMR/CCPE for industry accreditation (1992).
Dayle also served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Pharmaceutical Marketing Association, including as President in 2007.
Robert Jessup-Ramsay Board Member
Robert Jessup-Ramsay is deeply committed to palliative hospice care in Ontario. He has worked as a senior Human Resources leader who has worked extensively in the public and private sectors, including leading his own strategic HR consulting business.. He has a Master of Applied Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Robert has written for Carswell Publishing's Best Practices: Strategic Human Resources Management; and co-authored the book, “HR Managers’ Guide to Employee Wellness Programs”. In addition to being a Board Member of TCHF, he has been involved with the YMCA of GTA as an Advisory Board member of the Mississauga YMCA.
Jacquie McDougall Board Member
Jacquie has over 20 years of experience of business management experience. She owned and managed 2 sales and distribution companies; one in the US and the other in Canada, which sold industrial products across multiple industries. After selling both companies to the German manufacturer she has remain with both companies in the role of Chief Operating Officer.
Helen Krapf-Jones Board Member
Helen has recently returned to Toronto after spending the past four years as the Chief Operating Officer for Artex, a privately held, national fine art services company headquartered in Washington, DC. Helen’s 25-year business background includes leadership roles spanning a wide spectrum of industries and covering various stages of company growth - from start-up to acquisition. Today, she works as a strategic advisor to a select group of business owners of privately held companies; assisting them to realize their company’s potential. She holds an MBA Ivey School of Business – Western University and a combine BA (Economics & Law) from Carleton University.
On a personal note, Helen has welcomed the opportunity to become a member of the Healing Cycle Board in 2019 and contribute to the Board’s efforts in supporting hospice palliative care.