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.

Board of directors

Christopher Carruthers, MD, FRCSC, MBA, ICD.D
Dr. Carruthers is a corporate director and consultant working with health care organizations. He is a retired 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 is currently a director of the Canadian Medical Association Foundation (chair), Canadian Medical Association Holdings-2018 Inc. (chair), and HOST (Help our Students program-Ottawa).  He is past chair of the boards of Carleton University, the Ottawa International Airport Authority, Ashbury College, and Ashbury College foundation.

Vice chair
Dr. Arnold practised general surgery in Labrador for 8 years where he also became involved in workplace environment, health, and safety with Quebec Cartier Mining and the Iron Ore Company of Canada. He then worked in that field for several different organizations including the Alberta government, Dow Chemical, Noranda, and Alcan. Dr. Arnold continues to consult in occupational health and safety and workplace psychological health and safety. He is past chair of OEMAC, the CBOM, and the Workforce Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Since 2011, he has worked on standards for workplace psychological health and safety in Canada and internationally. Dr. Arnold is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. In 2012, he received the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in workplace psychological health and safety. On July 1, 2020, he was listed in the Queen’s Canadian Honours Awards to receive the Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C.) for his volunteer work in leading the development of the Canadian National Standard on Workplace Psychological health and Safety.

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 Desjardins Financial Group. 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.

David H. Hill, CM, QC, Honorary director
A native and lifelong resident of Ottawa, David Hill graduated from Queen’s University with an undergraduate honours history BA and a degree in law from the Queen’s Law School. He was a founding partner of one of Ottawa’s leading law firms, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP. A Member of the Order of Canada and a Queen’s Counsel, he has been involved in a leadership capacity in a large number of volunteer activities, including directorships and officer positions at all levels – national, provincial and local – particularly in the fields of health, law enforcement, education and politics. He has lectured extensively and is an author. David is the recipient of multiple honours, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medals, 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada Medal, Canada Volunteer Award Certificate of Merit, Ottawa United Way Community Builder, Gordon F. Henderson Award of the County of Carleton Law Association and many others. He is an honorary life member of four national and one Ottawa organizations.

Other staff

Karen Petticrew
Research coordinator

Nicole MacIsaac
Financial administrator