President & Chief Executive Officer
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
Michael Burns brings his diverse background and skills along with his passion of giving to the community to his role as President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. He joined the organization at the beginning of 2018.
Michael has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, financial services, technology and entrepreneurship. Most recently he was CEO of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, the largest international adaptive sport competition in the world, featuring ill and injured soldiers and veterans. Michael led the execution of the games in Toronto, building the organization from the ground up over two years. Under his leadership the games secured support from all three levels of government, more than 100 corporate and community partners and recruited more than 1,800 volunteers.
Michael is also co-founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation which supports Canada's military, veterans and their families by funding programs for mental health, physical rehabilitation, career transition and family services.
He is past chair of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation (formerly the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation) board where he successfully led the team that secured the Garrons' $50 million donation. He is also on the boards of the Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research and two world-class entertainment venues in Toronto: Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall.
In 2017 Michael received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Dalhousie University. In 2016 Canada's governor general, on behalf of the Queen, awarded him the Meritorious Service Cross for his work with military families. In 2012 he was awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service, the military's highest honour for a civilian. That year he was also awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. In 2010 he was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Dr. Irish graduated with his medical degree in 1984 from the University of Toronto and completed his residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at UCLA and at the University of Toronto. He completed both his Master of Science degree in molecular biology and the American Head and Neck Society fellowship in head and neck oncology in 1991. He joined the staff of the Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in 1992. He is currently Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and leads the Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery division at the University of Toronto. Dr. Irish served as the president of the American Head and Neck Society in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Irish was the chief of Surgical Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre from 2000 to 2016. Since 2004 Dr. Irish has been a major health policy advisor and responsible for access to care, quality improvement and health care funding for the Surgical Oncology Program at Cancer Care Ontario, which oversees the delivery of cancer services for 13.8 million people in Ontario.
As the Kevin and Sandra Sullivan Chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto he has led a multidisciplinary program in guided therapeutics at University Health Network (UHN) and is the director of clinical faculty at UHN’s Techna Institute. In that capacity Dr. Irish heads a team of surgeons, engineers, physicists and nanoparticle biochemists working together to create innovative solutions for minimal access surgical approaches in cancer therapy.
Jon is married to Rosemary Martino who is a clinical epidemiologist and speech language pathologist and the Canada research chair in dysphagia. Jon and Rosemary are extremely proud of their three children Matthew, Brendan and Elizabeth.
Senior Managing Director, Public Equities
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Nicole Musicco joined Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in 2002 in Private Capital where she has held positions of increasing responsibility on the Private Equity team. She was instrumental in establishing the Hong Kong office which opened in 2013. Nicole relocated there as managing director in 2015 where she managed the full cycle of opportunity in origination, analysis, value creation and execution of investment activities in Asia Pacific on behalf of the fund. In 2017 Nicole returned to Toronto and is currently responsible for the Public Equities portfolio.
Nicole holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western University.
Chairman of the Board
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Jim Nasso has been Chairman of Agnico Eagle Mines’ board of directors since 2002 and has been a member of the board since 1986. Jim was born and raised in Ottawa but now calls Toronto his home.
He is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University (B.Comm.) and is a certified director of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Jim has a long and successful career in business where he founded and ran his own company for more than 37 years.
Although retired from business, Jim remains very actively involved in many different projects and initiatives.