George was a dedicated advocate for wildlife and wildlife conservation, emerging artists, and healthcare for the elderly. He personally supported numerous organizations for many years. Fuelled by this passion, George and his wife Susan Warren created The Youssef-Warren Foundation (TYWF) in 1997 with a mandate to support three areas: Conservation, the Arts, and Health Care with a focus on continuing care for the elderly in the Oakville area.
Born in Quesna, Egypt, in 1939, George graduated from Cairo University in 1958, at the age of 19, and secured a scholarship to do graduate work in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. George joined the Royal Bank of Canada in the late 1960s. Universally recognized for his financial intelligence and acute investment management skills, George became a Senior Executive at RBC, which included postings in New York City and London, England. In the mid-1980s, he settled in Oakville with Susan and joined Oakville-based pension-fund management firm, Lincluden, as a partner.
George was the Chair of TYWF for over 23 years. Under his leadership as Chair, the Foundation provided $3 million in grants to conservation, arts and health care organizations. Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital was a core funding priority of the Foundation throughout his tenure, primarily in the area of geriatric and palliative care.
Thanks to the support of TYWF, over the years, key pieces of equipment have been added to the Complex Transitional Care department at OTMH – such as specialized beds and lifts – that can enhance quality of life. Investing in the latest technology and equipment is key to continually improving the patient experience and thanks to TYWF and George Youssef’s support, our patients with the most medically complex, nursing, and therapeutic needs were provided the best care possible during stressful times with dignity, compassion, and respect.