A Message from the Board of Monarca Canada Foundation
There are hundreds of Canadians who consider the Cabo area to be either their primary residence or their second home. Though we love it here it’s hard not to be painfully aware of the plight of many poor Mexican families who must struggle to survive in this tough economy – often as internal migrants seeking to escape the social conditions on the mainland. Canadians have generously supported several charities in the Cabo area but this support has lacked the full force tax deductible donations that are recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency. Unlike Americans who can make local donations through one of several “official” US Foundations (and thereby get the favourable tax treatment which allows them to be even more generous), most Canadians have not had this opportunity.
This situation has changed with the formation of the Monarca Canada Foundation (MCF) – an officially recognized Canadian foundation which is dedicated to providing assistance to needy families in the Cabo area. Donors to MCF will receive an official charitable tax receipt and the proceeds of the foundation will be entirely dedicated to food aid, educational support and medical services to qualifying families in our region.
The name Monarca was chosen because of the millions of monarch butterflies that travel each year from Canada to Mexico. Monarca is the Spanish word for monarch. MCF is an important new institution for strengthening ties between Canada and the state of Baja California Sur.
Board of Directors
Peter is a Canadian who retired as President of PCL Construction in the United States. His summer home is in Vancouver BC and he and his wife spend the winter months in Puerto los Cabos. He has been a strong supporter of Monarca Canada Foundation in the past and has assumed the role of Honorary Secretary Treasurer of Monarca.
Ron is a Canadian who retired after many years as an investment advisor with Investors Group. His summer home is in White Rock BC and he spends the winter in Los Cabos where he has a home in Puerto Los Cabos.
A citizen of both Canada and Mexico, Byron operates businesses in both countries and divides his time between Victoria and San José del Cabo, BCS.
Paul Kennedy has been President of Vantage Properties, a commercial real estate developer, since 1980. From 1995 to 2009 he was President of GWL Realty Advisors Inc. From 1900 to 1995 he was Executive Vice President and then President of Trizec Office Company. Mr. Kennedy is currently a Director of several private companies and holds an MBA from Harvard University (1970).
Paul is a Western Canadian who lives in Kelowna and designs equipment for the oil drilling industry. He has had a winter home in Cabo San Lucas since 2002 and enjoys the people, fishing, playing golf and touring around the Baja.
John graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970. in 1974 he co-founded Colt Engineering Corporation which grew to 4,000 employees before the business was sold in 2006. He resides in Calgary and is a Director of a number of companies.