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On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the Red Rose Ball of The St. George’s Society of Toronto will pay tribute to philanthropists and community leaders, David and Sheryl Kerr with its Award of Merit for their contributions to the community in an evening of fun and philanthropy at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in support of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation and the many charitable works of The St. George’s Society of Toronto.

A lavish highlight on Toronto’s social calendar blending glitz and glamour with pomp and circumstance, the Red Rose Ball is a marquis philanthropic event featuring a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner prepared by the Fairmont Royal York Hotel’s Executive Chef, Robert Mills, live entertainment, dancing, prizes, and more!

Black Tie optional.


Robert W. Blakely
Barbara G. Stymiest
Timothy W. Casgrain



Inspiring and compassionate philanthropists, championing healthcare, education, innovation and research, social causes, cultural and human rights causes, David & Sheryl Kerr are dynamic and tireless business and community leaders, epitomizing what is good, right and just.

After graduating from McGill University in 1965, David began his business career by becoming a CPA, CA with Deloitte LLP and working with the Canadian Arena Company, which owned the Montreal Forum and the Montreal Canadiens hockey club. He retired as Chairman of Falconbridge Ltd., having served as CEO of Noranda Inc. and on the Board of Directors of a number of Canadian companies.

Most significantly for David, he was able to pursue his concerns for the environment as Vice Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Chair of the International Council of Mining and Metals and as a board member of Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Currently a resident of Toronto, David is on the Board of Directors of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Halmont Properties Corporation, having most recently retired from the boards of Sun Life Financial and Blackberry Ltd.

David is a former Chair of the Annual Campaign for the United Way of Greater Toronto and Sheryl and David have been recognized by the United Way as individuals whose compassion and desire to make a difference has set the bar for giving – and for fueling – change in our community.

A donation by Sheryl and David to Women’s ice hockey at McGill University (the largest gift ever made to a women’s university athletics program) put the program front and centre in terms of quality and success in Canada. The donation increased the standard for support, not only for women’s hockey but for women’s sports generally.

After graduating from McGill University in 1967 with a B.Comm. degree, Sheryl pursued a career as a systems engineer, ultimately creating and owning Strathfield Consultants Ltd., a successful consulting and investment company.

Along the way, Sheryl has championed women’s issues and served on the Montreal and National boards of the YWCA in support of women’s community organizations.

Most significantly, Sheryl has served in campaign and board positions with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for over 25 years, and her philanthropic leadership has been important to both the quality of the orchestra and to its survival in difficult times.

Sheryl is a former member of the board of Sunnybrook Hospital and Chair of their Brain Sciences Campaign. She and David created the Kerr Family Fund at Sunnybrook to help advance critical care in the areas of cardiac and brain sciences.

Sheryl and David have been transformative philanthropists with their gifts to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, where David has served in campaign, board and foundation capacities for over 25 years. He is currently part of Toronto Rehab’s $100 million “Where Incredible Happens” campaign.

Sheryl currently owns and operates a horse boarding operation in Stouffville while David pursues his dream of becoming a better golfer.

The Kerr’s are proud parents of Ross and Tamara and five grandchildren.


Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is Where Incredible Happens. As the World’s #1 Rehabilitation Research Centre, we are revolutionizing rehabilitation by helping people overcome the challenges of disabling injury, illness or age related health conditions, to live active, healthier, more independent lives.

In collaboration with the community, Toronto Rehab Foundation inspires philanthropic support to advance innovative patient care, ground-breaking research and diverse education to help build healthier communities and advance the role of rehabilitation in the health care system. Toronto Rehab is home to five sites offering six programs of rehabilitation: concussion and neurological, stroke, spinal cord, cardiac, complex continuing care, and musculoskeletal .

Toronto Rehab is a member of the University Health Network and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.



1985 – Kenneth D. Taylor, O.C.
1986 – Ed Mirvish, OC., C.B.E., O.Ont
1987 – Celia Franca, C.C., O.Ont
1988 – Jocelyn Muir
1989 – Sir Andrew Davis
1990 – Ray Sonin
1991 – The Honourable Lincoln Alexander, P.C., C.C., O.Ont
1992 – Stephen Ralls & Bruce Ubukata
1993 – George Cohon, O.C., O.Ont
1995 – Maureen Forrester, C.C., O.Q.
1996 – The Honourable Patrick Lesage, Q.C.
1997 – Bob Crawford
1998 – Dr. Robert Buckman
1999 – Dr. Richard Alway, O.C., O.Ont
2000 – The Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman, O.C., O.Ont., C.D., LL.d.
2001 – Seymour Schulich, C.M.
2002 – Canadian Victims of September 11, 2001
2003 – Shari Graham Fell & Anthony Smithson Fell, O.C.
2004 – The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, O.C.
& G. Wallace F. McCain, O.C., O.N.B.
2005 – Helen Therese Morneau & William Francis Morneau Sr.
2006 – H. Anthony Arrell
2007 – Cheryl McEwen & Rob McEwen
2008 – Rosalie Wise Sharp
2009 – Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan
2010 – Mitchell Cohen
2011 – Gord Martineau
2012 – The Honourable William G. Davis, P.C., C.C., Q.C.
2013 – Donald Ross, O.C.
2014 – Rick Mercer, O.C.
2015 – Catherine Lawrence

The following videos celebrate past Red Rose Ball Events

Red Rose Ball 2017
Red Rose Ball 2015
Red Rose Ball 2013
Red Rose Ball 2012
Red Rose Ball 2010