As President of the Leacross Foundation, Roslyn Bern has been creating opportunities for women and girls throughout Canada. She has worked on initiatives for over 20 years, as an educator, a business woman, and as a philanthropist. She has focused on developing scholarships and bursaries for girls in under-represented career fields. She has been instrumental on sending teenage girls to the Arctic and Antarctic with Students on Ice, and created a partnership with colleges and corporations to certify STEM women in Electrical engineering. At every opportunity where a girl or woman can be educated, Roslyn develops a program that allows them to succeed, from setting up well paid internships at the Ottawa Heart Institute in Biomedical Engineering, providing IT classes to young mothers who had to leave school to raise their children, or coordinating schools with creative authors and illustrators. She has assisted with Habitat for Humanity NCR, coordinating youth construction with retrofitted homes, and served on the Family Selection Committee for 5 years. She had been a board member for Canadian Women's Foundation for 6 years, served on their Economic Development Committee to move women out of poverty for 5 years, and is currently looking at future opportunities for training of women in STEM careers.
Industry Expertise (4)
Areas of Expertise (5)
Honorary Degree (professional)
Honorary Degree from Algonquin College focusing on the WEET program (women in Electrical Engineering Technology)
Management Certificate for Women (professional)
Received the Management Certificate for Women from Carleton University Sprott School of Business
McGill University/University of Western Ontario: BSC, BEd, Physical Science Biology/Geology/Education
- Canadian Women's Foundation : Board Member
- iSisters Technology Mentoring Inc : Board Member
- Bow Plastics Ltd : President and Board Member
- Women's Business Network Ltd : Chair of Directory Committee
Media Appearances (2)
Photos: Shirley Greenberg honoured for her support of Match International
Match is an Ottawa-based grassroots group that funds women’s rights organizations around the world. It’s currently working in 25 countries.
Women are changing the face of philanthropy
When Roslyn Bern took over in 2001 as head of the Leacross Foundation, which her father had started a decade earlier, she was determined to change the philanthropy it practised.
Event Appearances (2)
Key note speaker
Student Awards Breakfast Rotman Business School
Habitat for Humanity Speaker
Presentation of Keys to new homeowners Orleans, Ottawa, Ontario