Ronald Richardson co-founded his first software company for three reasons: for the challenge, the community, and the potential reward. Now, he is bringing the same enthusiasm to his new role as Board Chair of the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) Foundation.
“When I was asked to get involved back in 2015, I was happy to take a look. Both the hospital and the foundation are great organizations – I liked what I saw,” he says.
“To be able to support the Foundation’s mission, reach and impact within the community – it was an easy ‘yes’.”
His connections with QCH are many. Two of Ronald’s three children were born at the hospital and his family has trusted its services for everything from broken bones to allergic reactions.
“Having spent hours and days in other hospitals – both in Ottawa but also around the world – QCH staff are noticeably more up-beat, friendly and dynamic. We consider ourselves very fortunate to live only minutes away. QCH is our hospital.”
Ronald holds a Bachelor of Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He also holds the ICD.D designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
With a 17-year career as a private industry executive in the software, energy and not-for-profit sectors, Ronald now lends his governance expertise to several high-tech companies and start-ups. He serves on several boards, including as Chair of the software company Brokrete, described as bringing an ‘Uber-like’ marketplace to buyers of traditional construction materials like concrete and aggregate.
These experiences will serve the Foundation well and he says he is ready for this newest challenge: “The Foundation is already best-in-class and serving an essential cause. The Board today wants to grow donations and remain highly efficient with donor dollars – these are our two key metrics and they generate high impact. Practically, this means continuous improvement to our systems and processes to get further leverage and do even more for the hospital. QCH has a loyal donor community who appreciate and support exceptional health care. I want to continue to foster that organizational excellence. I’m a donor too and like other supporters, I want my money going to the cause where it has the most impact.”
Ronald is encouraged by the support the Foundation receives. “The community has always stepped up in a time of need – the most recent example was the surge in support we saw around COVID-19. Great change has been possible because of the community funds raised. We are grateful for the trust our donors have placed in QCH and the Foundation.”
Building on a family legacy of philanthropy, Ronald says he believes in giving back and health care is an obvious choice:
“Health is the foundation of good life, both for individuals and for society. If we can support that as a cornerstone of the community, we’re doing well. For me, it’s an investment in the future.”
Ronald is currently focused on the Foundation’s Advancing Surgery Campaign, which is raising funds to upgrade QCH’s 11 surgical suites with the best and latest equipment.
Ronald takes over the chairmanship from Karen Sparks. Her incredible leadership has positioned him and the QCH Foundation well for continued success. The Foundation and Hospital are particularly grateful to both Ronald and Karen for their exceptional leadership in recent months, during this challenging and unprecedented pandemic.