The Mach-Gaensslen Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Board of Directors, Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada (left to right): Anthony M. Tattersfield, Johanne Charbonneau, Richard M. Hofer, Dr. Christopher Carruthers, Dr. Katharine Gillis, Dr. Ian Arnold, Dr. Wayne Quan, David M. Hill (legal adviser)

Board of directors

Christopher Carruthers, MD, FRCSC, MBA, ICD.D
Dr. Carruthers is a corporate director and consultant working with health care and similar organizations. During his career, he practised as an orthopedic surgeon. He held several senior medical executive positions at the former Ottawa Civic Hospital, as well as serving as chief of staff of The Ottawa Hospital (1998–2008) and interim chief of staff of Bruyère Continuing Care (2013). He is a founder and the first president of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. He has been a director on 21 boards and is currently a director of Carleton University (past chair), as well as the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation.

Vice chair
Dr. Arnold practised general surgery in Labrador for 8 years before becoming involved in workplace environment, health, and safety (EHS) with the Iron Ore Company of Canada, the Alberta government, Dow Chemical, Noranda, and Alcan. He is past chairperson of OEMAC, the CBOM, and the Workforce Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He has worked on standards for workplace psychological health and safety (PHS) in Canada and internationally. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in EHS and PHS. He currently consults in both fields of work and is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University.

Anthony M. Tattersfield, LPA, FCPA, FCA, CFE, TEP, CA(BZ)
Tony Tattersfield is a founding member of the Ottawa practice of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, with over 40 years’ experience providing audit, accounting and advisory services to clients in various industries and sectors. However, his focus is on not-for-profit organizations and non-publicly listed corporations. He has extensive board and governance experience, having served in varying capacities on boards/committees for the Consumers Association of Canada, St. John Ambulance, the Canadian Ski Association, Ashbury College, the Rideau Club, the CPA-ON Professional Conduct Committee, Ashbury Foundation, Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), the National Arts Centre, the Ottawa Estate Planning Council, Carleton University and the National Theatre School of Canada.

Richard M. Hofer
Mr. Hofer is a business person active in land development and consulting.

Johanne Charbonneau, FCPA, FCGA, MBA, C.Dir
Ms. Charbonneau is a senior financial executive with more than 35 years’ experience in the private sector, government, and Crown Corporations. She was vice-president and CFO of CBC/Radio-Canada and of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where she worked in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Ms. Charbonneau now devotes her time and expertise to board governance. She is the chair of the Audit Committee of Grand Challenges Canada and of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. Past board engagements include several financial institutions, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (chair), as well as the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

Katharine Gillis, MD
Dr. Gillis graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical School in 1982 and completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Ottawa in 1995. She is a former family physician who has worked in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand.

From 2009 to 2017, Dr. Gillis served as chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. She has worked for over 20 years at The Ottawa Hospital where she recently completed a term as head of the Department of Psychiatry.

She is a national leader in medical education and has served in various capacities at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Dr. Gillis’ previous board experience includes the RCPSC Council, The Ottawa Hospital Academic Medicine Organization, the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute Advisory Board, and the uOttawa Institute for Mental Health Research Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.

Wayne Quan, MD, DPsy, FRCPC
Dr. Quan is a psychiatrist with extensive experience. He co-founded and edited the Psychiatric Journal of the University of Ottawa (now the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience), beginning in 1976. For over 30 years, he provided treatment to young doctors as the health care coordinator for PAIRO in Ottawa. He also provided consultation services to the Forensic Section of the Royal Ottawa Hospital for several decades. He has served as director of the Psychiatric Outpatient Department of the Ottawa General Hospital, where he pioneered the psychosocial treatment of schizophrenia with the involvement of St. Brigid’s Church and the volunteer auxiliary of the hospital.

Other staff

David H. Hill, CM, QC
Legal advisor

Karen Petticrew
Research coordinator

Nicole MacIsaac
Financial administrator