Northwood Foundation Board

The Northwood Foundation Board is a volunteer board that oversees the Foundation’s projects and initiatives. They help to determine the best way to use the put the funds we raise to good use.

Board Members:

  • Robert Patzelt, Board Chair
  • Peter Wilde
  • Carla Bunch
  • John Rahey
  • Steve Chiasson
  • Rose Marie Sampson
  • Faye LeBlanc, Managing Director of the Northwood Foundation
  • Janet Simm, President & CEO of Northwood
  • Reinhard Jerabek, CFO & COO of Northwood


Robert Patzelt, Q.C., ICD.D. is a business executive with over 25 years’ extensive experience in all facets of organizational leadership and business development. He is an award-winning speaker, strong and effective communicator and skilled negotiator with recognized expertise in law, risk management and corporate governance. He has been a respected Board Director for multiple organizations and a leader and/or supporter of a number of major initiatives in a variety of corporate, not-for-profit and non-governmental agencies including some undergoing major transformational change.

Robert was awarded both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for his contributions to Canada.  He has held leadership positions and been recognized for his contributions at the provincial and national level in a number of organizations including Scouts Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.