THE VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation announced Tuesday that Juggy Sihota, Vice President, Consumer Health at TELUS, is the newly appointed Board Chair.
The Foundation said Sihota’s appointment is historically significant for her as she is the first BIPOC. is [Black, Indigenous, and people of color] woman to ever hold this position.
Sihota said: “Today is a historic day for our Foundation and it is also very personal for me. I have had the privilege of serving on the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation Board for the past nine years since they helped save my mother’s life.”
She added: “It is truly an honor to lead this into the role of Chairman of the Board for this formidable organisation. I made a commitment to my mother, Tarsem Sihota, many years ago that I would work to improve health care for all Canadians. Serving as board chairman for one of the top five fundraising foundations in the country allows me to honor and fulfill this commitment.”
She said: “This organization has become like a family to me. Our healthcare leaders here are second to none. We just completed a record year, raising more than $113 million, while also making a $100 million generation investment to purchase a city block in Vancouver to support further innovation in healthcare. Philanthropy plays a vital role in our healthcare system and my thanks go to all of our donors.”
Sihota said: “My thanks also go to Gary Segal, our former chairman of the board, for his partnership, mentorship and friendship. I will build on our established track record and am delighted to be working with Vice Chairman Jim Szabo, our impressive Board of Directors and our CEO, Angela Chapman.”
Sihota, a multidisciplinary executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience, leads the national strategy, execution and operation of the Consumer Health business for TELUS. In addition, she has led several emerging technology companies and operations, including service development, operations, as well as strategy and marketing.
A passionate community leader, Sihota donates her time, talent and resources to a number of charities, including the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, where she has been a director since 2013. She has had a significant impact guiding the Foundation’s growth as a member of its Governance and Nominating Committee, Lottery Proceeds Distribution Committee, the Major Gifts Committee, and as chair of the Human Resources Committee leading the recruitment for the current CEO, Angela Chapman.
Angela Chapman, President and CEO of VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, said: “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Juggy Sihota as our next Chairman of the Board. Juggy brings an in-depth understanding of the role of innovation in transforming healthcare.
“Her expertise and strategic leadership in marketing and business development are vital assets as we invite new generations of supporters to improve healthcare for everyone in BC. I look forward to working with Juggy, our incredible Board of Directors, donors and healthcare partners to transform healthcare through innovation and save lives.”