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Roslyn Bern - Leacross Foundation. Ottawa, ON, CA

Roslyn Bern

President | Leacross Foundation

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Roslyn Bern is president of the Leacross Foundation and an educator, business woman, and philanthropist





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Spring Convocation 2014 - Roslyn Bern Interview with Roslyn Bern of Canadian Women's Foundation Women Philanthropists Panel




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)

Philanthropic Foundations


Women in Engineering


preventing violence against women

Accomplishments (2)

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

Education (1)

McGill University/University of Western Ontario: BSC, BEd, Physical Science Biology/Geology/Education

Affiliations (4)

  • 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

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (2)

Photos: Shirley Greenberg honoured for her support of Match International

Ottawa Citizen  


Match is an Ottawa-based grassroots group that funds women’s rights organizations around the world. It’s currently working in 25 countries.

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Women are changing the face of philanthropy

The Star  


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.

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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