Board of Directors

Gerry Phillips

Gerry Phillips (Co-chair)

Gerry Phillips has been in the investment industry for over 35 years. His career started in the mid 80s at the Vancouver Stock Exchange. He became the Head Trader for Walwyn Stodgell after just 3 years on the floor. He then moved to Toronto to work at the TSX. He spent almost 20 years working for RBC Capital Markets on the proprietary trading desk and was one of the first pro traders to ever achieve Vice-President status.

After leaving RBC, and with the encouragement of friends and colleagues, he became a very successful financial advisor. After a few years of mentorship from top advisors, as well as fully developing his own skills, he decided to launch his own firm, Phillips Financial Group.

Dr. Ellen Warner

Dr. Ellen Warner

Dr. Warner is a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and a staff medical oncologist at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook since 1993. Her practice and research are devoted to breast cancer. In 1994, she created a program for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer patients, which introduced genetic counselling and testing to the Odette Cancer Centre. Since 1997 she has led a study to explore the role of MRI in screening women with an inherited predisposition to develop breast cancer. This research helped make annual MRI surveillance the standard of care for this very high-risk population and led to the development of the high-risk Ontario breast screening program. Since 2011 the program has offered annual MRI and mammography to women at very high risk for breast cancer between ages 30 and 70.

In addition, Dr. Warner is the creator and director of PYNK: Breast Cancer Program for Young Women. Launched in 2008, it is the only interdisciplinary clinical and research program in Canada for breast cancer patients diagnosed at age 40 or younger. PYNK addresses the special medical and psychosocial needs of this population and offers these women enrolment in studies focusing on women in this age group.

Mary Minna

Mary Minna

Mary Minna is a retired Accountant.  Mary graduated in Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson University.  Mary also attained her CPA designation in 1983.  Mary worked for Suncor Energy Inc for 35 years in various accounting roles and left in 2015 as Manager of Inventory Accounting.

Deborah Peniuk

Deborah Peniuk

A multi-passionate, serial entrepreneur, ‘Dee’ has criss-crossed the globe thanks to a respected twenty year career in the elite wellness and travel industry. Clients in public and private sectors trusted her Aya-Life Travel firm to manage travel, hotel, itineraries, excursions, dining, programming, custom creation of promotional products and on-site emergencies.  Then, in 2015 Deborah was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Priorities shifted and her public cancer battle led to profiles in short films, talk shows, campaigns and documentaries. Today, Deborah has integrated her two worlds; Wellness Travel & Cancer Fundraising/Advocacy.

  • Speaker for Gilda’s Club over the past 3 years.
  • Board member & paddler for “Dragons Abreast” dragon-boat racing team. 
  • Communications Manager and Ambassador for After Breast Cancer. Cancer thriver of the month featured in their 2018 calendar. 
  • Requested speaker focused on the well-being of cancer survivors and life with lymphedema.

Deborah has a voice and experience that matter. She remains an in-demand wellness travel specialist and documents these passions on her social media channels: Life, Bliss and All of This.

Tyson Parker

Tyson Parker is the Head of Music & Podcasting at Bell Media, where he is responsible for managing relationships within the artist and talent community as well as the wider music industry in English Canada as it pertains to Bell Media’s premium portfolio of TV, radio, and digital brands. Parker and his team work closely to grow market share and revenue through strategic alliances, and will help develop and implement strategies to create profitable synergies between artists and Bell Media’s brands, viewers, and listeners. Parker also manages the Bell Media Music Library, which houses more than 12,000 proprietary music cues used in Bell Media’s in-house productions.

Previously the Vice-President, Communications and Artist Relations for Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, Parker led Universal’s artist relations efforts, supporting key Universal artists such as Bryan Adams, Drake, Katy Perry, ‎Shania Twain, The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts Band, and Eminem as well as Canada’s newest breakout star The Weeknd, among others. Additionally, Parker was also responsible for Universal’s philanthropic policy.

Parker has worked closely with Bell Media on music properties such as the MMVAs and THE JUNO AWARDS for many years, and works closely with music industry governing bodies Music Canada and CARAS on industry policy. He also sits on the MusiCounts Advisory board and the Ryerson Music Den Board.

Simone Robinson (Annie Parker Foundation Volunteer Administrative Assistant)

Simone Robinson is a corporate event and fundraising professional. Simone joined the Annie Parker Foundation because she wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life.

“I know that this past year has been difficult for so many especially those that are currently going through cancer treatment. Through my role as an Administrative Assistant, I want to inspire others, spread love, hope, and joy, and let others know they are not alone. 

It’s important to me that all women feel empowered no matter what challenges they face on a daily basis. When we come together to support one another incredible things can be accomplished. 

I’m excited to be joining the Annie Parker Foundation, and I am looking forward to seeing all the incredible things the foundation will achieve.”

Noelia Nuñez (Annie Parker Foundation Volunteer Web Designer)

Born in Peru and now living in Canada, Noelia is an audiovisual communicator who is passionate about creating content that impacts people and contributes to build a better world. She has experience producing and editing videos, graphic design, and photography, in addition to having more than 3 years working in the field of marketing and NGOs. 

As a child, she had a close experience with cancer, as her granny was diagnosed with breast cancer at an advanced level. The whole family was close to her, and they lived the whole process firsthand. This stage determined one of her major goals: to use her skills and energies to support and empower more cancer survivors / previvors in all possible ways. 

In that sense, being part of the Annie Parker Foundation fills her with joy because it gives me the opportunity to get involved with an organization with an extraordinary mission and vision. She is sure that I finally found an amazing community where she can grow personally and professionally.