Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are an exceptional team who have volunteered their leadership in many ways. The Board as of October 2013:
Concordia Foundation Executive
Dr. Thomas Turgeon (President)
Mr. Peter Dyck (Interim Vice-President & Secretary)
Mr. Henry Tessmann (Treasurer – by Virtue of his Office)
Concordia Foundation Board Members
Mr. Ken Hayes
Ms. Bonnie Mitchelson
Mr. Apee Panchhi
Ms. Trudy Schroeder
Ms. Louise Townsend
Ms. Laurie Walus
Mr. Les W. Janzen (Chief Operating Officer)
Mrs. Irma Bachynsky (Development Coordinator)
Mrs. Leanne Juer (Development Assistant)
Executive & Board Member Profiles
Dr. Turgeon is an Assistant Professor with the University of Manitoba and an academic hip and knee joint replacement surgeon with the Concordia Joint Replacement Group. He actively participates is clinical and biomedical research and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Dr. Turgeon has been President of the Concordia Foundation since 2007.
Peter is a professional accountant and corporate director with experience in financial and risk management, strategic planning, corporate governance, insurance and reinsurance management, consulting, regulatory activities, information technology and investment management. In the community Peter, leads and participates in fund raising and has held various positions including director, treasurer and chair of charities.
Henry is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Concordia Hospital. Henry graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. Pharmacy and from Central Michigan University with Masters of Science in Administration (Healthcare Concentration). Henry has worked in health care more than 30 years. He serves as Concordia Foundation’s Secretary Treasurer.
Ken was the Executive Director of The City of Winnipeg’s Employee Benefits Board, where he was responsible for the pension, long-term disability and group life insurance plans for employees of the City of Winnipeg. He now works as a Financial Consultant with Investors Group.
A registered nurse for more than eighteen years and a long time resident of northeast Winnipeg, Bonnie was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1986 to represent the River East Constituency. Bonnie has been a Board Director for Concordia Foundation since 1998.
A realtor with the Winnipeg Real Estate Board since 1986. Apee was appointed to the Board of Revision with the City of Winnipeg that dealt with property tax assessment appeals. Also, serves on the Concordia Hospital Board and recently appointed to the Foundation Board.
Trudy has been the Executive Director of the WSO since July 2008. She holds an MBA from the Asper School of Business, a Performance Singing Degree from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, an Arts Management degree from University of Ottawa, and a B.A. (Political Science) from University of Winnipeg. Trudy currently serves on the boards of Orchestras Canada, Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Concordia Hospital and Concordia Foundation. She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YM/YWCA, received several awards for community service from the Mayor of Winnipeg, and was the recipient of a CMU Blazers’ Distinguished Alumni Award.
Louise graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Agriculture, in 1982. She worked as a Grain Quality Biologist and Communications Writer with the Canadian Grain Commission from 1998. Currently retired with Dr. James Townsend and participates as an active Concordia Foundation Board Director since 2009, and Chairs Concordia’s Annual Gala Dinner.
Laurie is the Chief Nursing Officer of Concordia Hospital. Laurie graduated with her diploma in nursing from HSC; her degree from University of Manitoba; and her Masters of Science in Administration Healthcare focus from Central Michigan University. Laurie has worked over 35 years in healthcare in various leadership roles both regionally and at teaching and community hospitals. Laurie is married to Ken Walus – a member of the Foundation’s Golf Committee.
Les has served in health and housing leadership for almost 40 years, with skills focused in administration, finance, and building project management. Most recent positions, from 2001 to present, include serving as CAO/COO for three Concordia charities on Concordia’s Campus of Care – Concordia Hospital, Concordia Wellness Projects and the Concordia Foundation.
Would you like to become involved?
Contact the Foundation Office for more information:
The Concordia Foundation Inc.
1095 Concordia Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2K 3S8
T +1 (204) 661 7156
F +1 (204) 661 7452