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 2016 Ride.
Cameron Fowler, Honorary Chair
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is fortunate to have Cameron Fowler, Group Head, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking for BMO Financial Group, stepping up as Honorary Chair for the 2016 event. As a senior leader for BMO, Cam plans to grow the bank’s participation in the Ride—not just in Toronto but across the country. He also hopes to amplify the participation of all banks in the event.
“This event is the best there is…professional, highly motivating and ambitious in its goals,” says Cam. “There are opportunities for participants to meet and hear from some of the world-leading scientists conducting cancer research at The Princess Margaret, and it makes the effort to ride and fundraise feel vital and appreciated.”
In the 2015 event, the BMO team raised over $250,000 and the teams from the big 5 banks raised a collective $1.2 million. Cam will be challenging all of these teams to raise even more in 2016. “We all need to work together to do the right thing.”
Cam is passionate about both the event and the reason for it. “Some of my close friends and family have been affected by cancer, and that is the case for most people today. One of the most inspiring things about the ride for me is riding alongside a survivor, hearing their story and sharing a moment.”
In 2010, Cam was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He is also a member of the board of directors of CivicAction and a member of the Executive Council of the Canadian Bankers Association.
Brenda Brazier, Vice Chair
Brenda Brazier is a partner at Deloitte, and the captain of the Deloitte Green Dot Riders—a team that has swelled to just under 150 riders and has almost raised $1 million dollars collectively. While captaining a team of that size is a big responsibility, the collective passion of this team to conquer cancer has kept Brenda going for five rides, and now planning for year 6. In 2014, she started her Ride just after receiving an email with the sad news that a good friend’s husband had just been diagnosed with a stage four malignancy. Needless to say, it was a Ride where the true purpose of the event was close to her heart.
Nicholas Fidei, Vice Chair
Nicholas Fidei is President of Treasure Hill, a land development company and residential builder of homes in the GTA. He has completed 4 Rides, and currently captains the Cycle Warriors—a team of very creative fundraisers that collectively raised over $243,000 in 2015. Nicholas appreciates the opportunity to pursue his love of cycling while doing something positive to conquer a disease that touches everyone in some way today. He gets great inspiration from watching the many people in the community who take the time to come out and line the route and cheer on the thousands of riders.
James Lord, Vice Chair
James Lord is Vice President, Law and IT for Enbridge Gas Distribution, and he has completed 5 Rides. He always looks forward to the opening ceremonies where he gets inspired for the 200 km ride ahead by listening to the personal stories shared by cancer survivors. Watching the pride and sense of accomplishment of people crossing the finish line is also a big high for him. He has taken advantage of the opportunity to tour Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and feels very optimistic after hearing about the innovation and progress being made thanks to philanthropic support from events such as the Ride. Team Enbridge has raised over $2.1 million for The Princess Margaret.
Allan MacDonald, Vice Chair
Allan MacDonald is President of Canadian Tire Retail and has been part of team Proud Mary’s for 5 years—a small team that has raised over $128,000. Allan loves the elation that comes from the physical challenge of the event but keeps coming back for the inspiration that comes from riding with cancer survivors and the doctors and other professionals who care for them. Allan also associates the Ride with the arrival of his two children since both were born within weeks of the event.
Helen Mallovy Hicks, Vice Chair
Helen Mallovy Hicks is a partner at PwC and leads the GTA Deals practice. She is also a Board member of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Helen participates in the Ride along with her two daughters Maddy and Jacquie and brother-in-law, David, partly to help the family heal from the loss of her husband, Bob, to lymphoma in 2012. Helen and David did the Ride together just a few months after Bob passed away. They received tremendous support from Bob’s family and friends and raised over $38,000 for lymphoma research. Their team, now over 50 riders, has collectively raised over $632,000.