The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and the day-to-day fundraising work is guided by our staff person. This passionate team ensures that the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf raises money to help children listen and speak.
Steve Hurlburt ,Chair
J. O’Connell Construction
Steve Hurlburt is a retired businessman who has been involved in the ownership and management of different businesses, most notably H J O’Connell Limited which specializes in mining and heavy civil engineering projects in the remote regions of Canada. Having been exposed as a chartered accountant to many different companies while with Coopers and Lybrand in the 1970’s, he was attracted to operations and the risk taking of corporate ownership and hence elected to accept part ownership of the construction company which he and his partners built into a heavy civil business with the largest equipment fleet in Eastern Canada. Mr Hurlburt was introduced to The MOSD in 2007 and was immediately intrigued by all that was being accomplished by the school in helping hearing impaired children to listen and speak. In 2010 he was appointed Chairman of the MOSD Foundation Board and has been actively involved in raising funds for the school since that time.
Randall Birks, Vice-chair
Randall Birks is the Chief Investment Officer and Vice-President at Birinco Inc., a Montreal based merchant bank. Mr. Birks holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in Investment Management from Boston University and completed his B.A. at McGill. Mr. Birks is very engaged with broad community issues particularly around economic efficiency and childhood education. He is a Trustee of the Birks Family Foundation and an active board member at the Montreal Economic Institute and Selwyn House School. Mr. Birks became engaged with the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf as he witnessed the organization’s success in the early supports it provided to his daughter. As Vice-Chair he is proud to support a great team that helps students with hearing loss meet their potential in the hearing world.
Paul Copti, Secretary
Joanne Garfinkle, Director
Norman Alan Jones, Treasurer
Norman A. Jones, CPA, CA is a Private Company Services Partner with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Montreal, with more than 30 years of experience in serving Private Companies, their owners and not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) across Canada. In the NPO sector he has served professionally both as auditor and business advisor. He has provided hands-on practical advice to many NPOs and private companies including governance, risk management, regulatory, financial reporting, accounting and tax planning. As a volunteer Mr. Jones has also served in the roles of treasurer, board member, board chair, chair of the audit committee, finance committee and fundraising committee, trustee and president. Mr. Jones agreed to join the MOSD Foundation because he recognized the funding gap between the government funding and the amount required to deliver important programs for children with hearing loss.
Robert J. Kerr, Director
As Founder and CEO, Mr. Kerr has been devoted to building Kerr Financial Group of Companies since inception in 1979. He currently focuses his energies on the provision of complex financial advisory services and investment management to sophisticated high net worth clients and to business development strategic planning and writing. Mr. Kerr is a member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec, Canadian Tax Foundation and international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Mr. Kerr wrote one of the few comprehensive planning books in the Canadian market, “The Only Retirement Guide You’ll Ever Need”, first published in 1994 by Penguin Books and the Globe and Mail that has sold more than 25,000 copies. He agreed to join the MOSD Foundation board as he had witnessed his mother and grandmother struggling with hearing loss and understood the scope of what could be gained by supporting children facing in similar challenges.
Elisabeth Roux holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from Université de Montréal and a Master's degree in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Her career in corporate communications has focused on strategy, media relations, investor relations and special events, both on the agency and the corporate side. Over the years, Ms. Roux has also volunteered with organizations in the arts, education and healthcare. More recently, she has been interested in organizations that work to improve the well-being of children. Ms. Roux agreed to join the MOSD Foundation as she personally witnessed the effects of hearing loss on a family member. This informed her decision to help children out of isolation and into the mainstream and with the goal of offering these students new opportunities.