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At the heart of it all are the Governors — the Foundation’s Ambassadors and most ardent champions. From professional, financial and business backgrounds, these are successful Italian men and women of vision and influence, people who recognize that the strength of a wider network can better effect social change. Their drive, optimism and innovative spirit truly make the Foundation what it is.

The two types of Governors — Corporate and Individual — have the same fundamental role: to develop fundraising projects and events, and expand the Foundation’s network of Friends, businesses and professionals. The Foundation website, newsletter, directory of Governors and Foundation events are among the avenues they can use.

Governors are committed to supporting the Foundation through their membership contribution and participation in fundraising events.

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Rita Lc de Santis

Join Date October 11, 2003

Rita Lc de Santis was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1981. She is a partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Finance & Securities and Public-Private Partnerships practices at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg in Montreal. She specializes in mergers and acquisitions, real estate law and project financing.

Board memberships:
Governor and former Vice-Chair, Concordia University
Board Member, St. Mary’s Hospital Centre
Past Chair of Bursary Fundraising Campaign, Canadian Italian Professional & Business Association
Past Board Member, Investissement Québec
Past Board Member, Petite-Italie Community Center and Casa d'Italia
Past board member, Association of Hospitals of the Province of Québec
Past Executive Committee Member, The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada
Past board member, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal
Past chair, Human Resources Committee, Business Development Bank of Canada
Past member, Executive Committee, Business Development Bank of Canada
Past member, Consultative Communications Committee, Hydro-Québec

Recent Honors and Awards:

Named 2011 Personality of the Year by the CIBPA (Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association).

Named by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 for 2009. 

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada® as a leading practitioner of Project Finance Law. 

Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a repeatedly recommended leading practitioner in the areas of Property Development and Corporate Mid-market. 

Achieved one of Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rankings.

Honorary Life Membership Award, Concordia University Alumni Association, May 16, 2011.

Rita Lc de Santis

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg s.r.l.

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