About Us

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 by Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, after travelling to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.

Bill and Kathy Magee, Co-Founders, at the airport in Naga, Philippines

What they found was overwhelming. In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children. They returned and helped approximately 100 more patients. Again, hundreds more still waited.

Today, Operation Smile is a global medical charity helping to improve the health and lives of children in more than 60 countries. We’ve provided more than 270,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. We train doctors and local medical professionals, donate medical equipment and supplies and provide year-round medical treatments through a network of comprehensive care centres. Operation Smile Canada was established in 2011 and became a registered charity in 2012.

60+ COUNTRIES

270,000 SURGICAL PROCEDURES

Canadian Leadership

Mark Climie-Elliott

Mark Climie-Elliot, CFRE

Chief Executive Officer

Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson, MD

Chair of the Board

Lori Tymchyk

Lori Tymchyk

Treasurer

Jim Siti

Jim Siti

Director

Keith S. Jesepersen

Keith S. Jespersen

Director

Meet The Team

Patricia Vidov

Patricia Vidov

Director, Total Quality Innovation

Brenda Hayer

Brenda Heyer

Senior Manager, Database Integrity & Analytics

Diana Church

Diana Church

Director, Volunteer & Student Programs

Ginelle Alvaro

Ginelle Alvaro

Administrative & Reception Services Assistant

Rita D'Amico

Rita D’Amico

Donor Relations Administrator

Leslie McCourt

Leslie McCourt

Office Manager

Ahmad Nataj

Ahmad Nataj

Accountant (Accounts Payable and Receivable)

Ken Butland

Ken Butland

Senior Development Officer, Major & Planned Gifts

Lana Liss

Lana Liss

Manager, Community Engagement & Sponsorships

Michael Lowery

Michael Lowery

Manager, Direct Response & Digital Marketing

Hilary Kellam

Hilary Kellam

Coordinator, Volunteer & Student Programs

Zak Bailey

Zak Bailey

Development Counsel

Financial Overview

Program Expenses by Type Fiscal Year 2018

  • Medical Supplies & Equipment (37%)
  • Shipping & Cargo (22%)
  • Volunteer Travel, Accommodation & Food (16%)
  • Honduras Care Centre Support (14%)
  • Training for Local Medical Professionals (7%)
  • Patient Transportation, Shelter & Food (4%)

Operation Smile Canada Foundation (OSCF) is a registered Canadian charity (Registration Number 84064 3605 RR0001).  Our first fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.  We comply with all of Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) annual reporting requirements for charities.

Audited Financial statements can be requested by email to ca-supporters@operationsmile.org. All of our audited financial statements since we became a registered charity are available for viewing or downloading.

Our Impact

Impact Reports

We’re proud of our work and know you’re proud to support us. Being transparent and accountable to our donors, supporters and partners is important to us. Thank you for helping make this work possible.

Downloadour most recent Impact Report
2018 Impact Report

Smile Reports

Current, insightful, and filled with stories about the smiles you bring to the faces of patients and their families, our Smile Report donor newsletters are your window into the life-changing and life-saving work of Operation Smile.

Downloadour most recent Smile Report
Winter 2019 Smile Report