About Face2Face

About Face2Face

Learn about our inspiration, our mission, and how we plan to make both a reality.
Find out who we are, discover the people and organizations who are involved in
these projects, and learn how you can get involved, too.

Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are well known and respected in their respective fields - their connections, their followings, their public support and their wallets have been invaluable to us and we are grateful for their support each and every day.

Adrian Burns

Adrian Burns currently serves on the National Arts Centre's board of trustees and is a member of the executive committee of Shaw Communications Inc.'s board of directors.

Adrian is a past full-time commissioner of the CRTC as well as a former director of the Copyright Board of Canada. She serves on the boards of several business and community organizations, including the Carthy Foundation and the RCMP Heritage Centre. She has also served on the boards of the Banff Centre National Campaign and the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Joseph Day

The Honourable Joseph A. Day has represented the province of New Brunswick and the senatorial division of Saint John-Kennebecasis in the Senate of Canada since 2001. As well as membership in many inter-parliamentary associations, he is the chair of the Senate Committee on National Finance, a member of the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence and a member of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs.

A well-known and successful New Brunswick lawyer and engineer, Joseph served as president and CEO of the New Brunswick Forest Products Association (1999-2000) and legal counsel to J.D. Irving Ltd., a forestry, pulp and paper and shipbuilding conglomerate (1992) prior to his Senate appointment. Before that, he practised law with Gowling and Henderson in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ogilvy Renault in Ottawa and Donald F. Sim, QC, in Toronto.

He has been an active volunteer in many community and professional organizations, including the Dr. V.A. Snow Centre Nursing Home, the Canadian Bar Association and the board of governors of the Royal Military College.

John Gray

A novelist, a playwright, a composer and a performer, John Gray is best known for producing the iconic 1978 Canadian play, Billy Bishop Goes to War, a collaboration with actor Eric Peterson.

John was born in Ottawa and grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia, where he developed an early taste for music and performing. While attending the University of British Columbia, he founded Tamahnous Theatre, then moved to the Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, where he began writing and composing for the stage.

Billy Bishop Goes to War has been performed extensively in Canada and the United States, has been recreated as a television production and has won numerous drama awards. He has written and composed six other musicals, including 18 Wheels, Rock and Roll, and Don Messer’s Jubilee. As a columnist, he wrote for the Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail and Western Living Magazine. As a novelist, he has written several thrillers.

Frank O'Dea

Frank O’Dea is a well-known entrepreneur, a motivational speaker and a humanitarian activist. As a teenager, he lived as a homeless derelict in Toronto. At the age of 23, against all odds, impoverished and destitute, he rejoined society. Within a few years, he co-founded the Second Cup, which became the largest gourmet coffee chain in Canada. Building on that success, he co-founded Proshred Security, which pioneered on-site document destruction and rapidly became an international franchise.

He has been an active volunteer in the non-for-profit area, serving on boards of various charitable organizations. In 1985, he co-founded Street Kids International to help homeless children in Third World countries. A few years later, he became the founding chair of War Child (Canada), which assists children in war-torn countries. At the same time, he co-founded the Canadian Landmine Foundation, which raises funds to dismantle landmines around the world.

He is currently chair of the Royal Roads University Foundation and sits on the boards of directors of a number of private corporations and not-for-profit organizations. He is also the author of the autobiographical When All You Have is Hope and is a member of the Order of Canada.

Shirley Greenberg

An Ottawa lawyer, a businesswoman and a philanthropist, Shirley has been highly active in the Ottawa community in many areas, including health and the arts.

Entering the field of law during the early years of the women’s movement, she focused on family law reform and gender inequality. She co-founded the first all-female law practice in Ottawa, and helped found the first Women's Health Centre in Ottawa, from which arose a rape crisis centre, a shelter for abused women and children, and a women's career counselling service.

Shirley's generous donation to the Women’s Mental Health Program at The Royal led to the establishment of a resource centre for women to support women with mental illness, while another donation to the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law established a Chair for Women and the Legal Profession. Along with other family members, she has been a major donor to the Queensway Carleton Hospital's Family Cancer Centre and Ottawa's new Theatre Centre, which houses the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

Laurier LaPierre (in Memoriam)

Laurier, a well-known television broadcaster, journalist, history teacher, author and senator, was the true vision behind Face2Face. His concept about the importance of capturing the stories of everyday Canadians was the inspiration we needed to start Face2Face and he was a tireless advocate for our cause.

A native of Lac Megantic, Quebec, he is best known for co-hosting, with journalist Patrick Watson, CBC's ground-breaking and influential public affairs television show This Hour Has Seven Days, in the 1960s. He became a candidate for the New Democratic Party in the 1968 federal election and then returned to broadcasting and writing for the next several decades.

Laurier taught French Canada studies at the University of Western Ontario, Loyola College and McGill University. He wrote several books, including Quebec: A Tale of LoveSir Wilfrid Laurier and the Romance of Canada1759: The Battle for CanadaQuébec hier et aujourd’hui; and The Apprenticeship of Canada, 1876-1914. He was also an activist with EGALE, a lobby group for gay and lesbian rights.

Laurier passed away in late 2013, but his voice and his dreams live on with Face2Face.

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