• Latest News - February 11, 2013

    A new Chair for Right To Play's Board of Directors!

    We're thrilled to announce that Rob MacLellan was appointed as Chair of our International Board of Directors! He replaces outgoing Chair Bob Myers, who served as head of the international board from 2007 through 2012. Bob Myers will still continue as a Board member.

    Read more below about Rob and what he brings to the Board and Right To Play!

    Right To Play Announces Rob MacLellan as
    new chair of its international board

    MacLellan named one of Canada's most influential investment executives

    TORONTO, CANADA (FEBRUARY 07, 2013) – Right To Play is thrilled to announce the appointment of Rob MacLellan as the Chair of its International Board of Directors.

    Non-executive Chairman of Canada’s largest independent global private markets fund manager, Northleaf Capital Partners, MacLellan has been an active member of Right To Play’s International Board since 2011. He moves into his new position, effective January 2013, replacing outgoing Chair Bob Myers, who served as head of the international board from 2007 through 2012. Myers will continue as a Board member.

    Founded in 2000, Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Embarking on a newly minted five-year strategic plan, MacLellan will be instrumental in helping the organization execute its major objectives of doubling its current annual revenue to $70 million, thereby doubling its international reach as well.

    “Right To Play has seen some incredible growth and progress over the past five years and I am honoured to be in a position to help continue it on that path,” says MacLellan. “I come from the finance world and so it is gratifying to be contributing to an organization that is taking every dollar raised and turning it into a positive, lasting impact on children, both around the world and right here in Ontario.”

    Former Chief Investment Officer of TD Bank Financial Group, MacLellan brings a breadth of experience that is both an asset to the organization and a testament to his belief in the impact that Right To Play is having globally. MacLellan recently traveled to the field to experience the impact of play firsthand in Rwanda and Uganda. In 2011, he visited Right To Play programs in the Middle East.

    “Rob truly understands our mission and the value of our impact on children,” says Right To Play President and CEO Johann Koss. “The experience and insights that he brings to bear are matched by his dedication and leadership, and I speak on behalf of the organization when I say that we are thrilled to have him at the helm.”  

    MacLellan holds a B.Comm. from Carleton University, an M.B.A. from Harvard University and is a Chartered Accountant. In 2008, he was named one of Canada’s most influential investment executives by Globe Investor.

    In addition to Myers and Koss, who serves as Secretary to the International Board, MacLellan joins a distinguished list of board members, including Honourary Board Members, listed here.

    Mark Wiseman, Treasurer
    President and Chief Executive Officer, CPP Investment Board

    Jean Pierre Cuoni
    Chairman of the Board, EFG International

    Dr. Jon S. Dellandrea
    President and CEO, Sunnybrook Foundation

    Clara Hughes
    Olympian, Humanitarian, Motivator, Child Advocate

    Wilco Jiskoot

    Mark Jung
    Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

    Åse Kleveland
    CEO Concerts Norway, Former Norwegian Minister of Culture

    Silken Laumann
    Olympian, Inspirational Speaker, Writer, Child Advocate

    Meridee A. Moore
    Senior Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer, Watershed Asset Management L.L.C.

    Will Reynolds
    Partner, New Profit Inc

    Dag Sk​attum
    Partner, TPG Capital LLP

    Honourary Board Members

    Geoff Beattie
    Deputy Chairman, Thomson Reuters
    President and Chief Executive Officer, The Woodbridge Company Limited

    Charmaine Crooks
    Olympian; President/Founder, NGU Consultants

    Kate Duhamel
    Independent Filmmaker, Alley Oop Films

    Jim Leech
    President and CEO, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

    Carl Liederman
    Corporate Partner, K&L Gates LLP

    Dr. h.c. Adolf Ogi
    Former Swiss Federal Councillor
    Former Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace

    Steve Pagliuca
    Managing Director, Bain Capital

    Johan van der Werf
    Former Member Executive Board AEGON N.V.; Chairman, Supervisory Board, ORDINA N.V.

    Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and regional offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Our programs are facilitated by 590 international staff and nearly 12,000 volunteer Coaches.


    Kyla Pearson
    Media and Communications Officer,
    Right To Play International
    Email: kpearson@righttoplay.com
    Phone: +1 416 498-1922 x.240