About

Suzanne Court

Founder & President

Philanthropy means different things to different people but at a very early age, Suzanne wanted to make a difference. Giving back was in her DNA and has played an integral role for Suzanne in having a meaningful and successful life.

In 2019, after a 25+-year corporate career, travelling the globe, Suzanne made the decision to move from the success side of her life to the significance side of her life. After witnessing the growing number of youth suicides, youth living on the street and so many others struggling with addiction and mental health challenges, she decided it was time to create a strong legacy of giving and supporting new and innovative ways to create sustainable solutions.

She founded The RRPC Innovation Foundation in 2019 to honour the memory of her late father, Richard Robinson Prescott Court. Richard exuded a passion for supporting youth across Niagara and was known for encouraging others through his personal mantra, one must give in order to receive. He believed that the cycle of life is the cycle of giving, and how important it was to unite family around a common purpose.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University, her degree in Elementary Education and Teaching from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and her ECE from Fleming College.

A compassionate community leader dedicated to uplifting others and building a stronger community she is also an active community volunteer. She is the Founder of the Step Youth Resource Centre, Governor on the Ridley College Board, and Governance Committee, President of the Ridley College Family Guild 2022-2023, Board member Quest Niagara 2021, and past volunteer work with Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold, Bethlehem Place, United Way Niagara, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara and The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation (NHS).

Laura Byers

Managing Director

Laura has earned a reputation as a committed and dedicated leader with a passion for helping others. She has more than 20 years of experience working in commercial and not-for-profit environments with a passion for building and maintaining stakeholder and community partner relations, and positive change within local communities to create a lasting impact in our community.

Her familiarity with the social and health issues of the community combined with extensive volunteer involvement at all levels, has enabled her to develop a network in all sectors of the community. She is member of the GNCC Women In Niagara Council, Wise Girls Committee, Board Member with the River Lions Canadian Basketball Team, Advisory Board Member with the STEP Youth Resource Centre supporting youth and at-risk youth in Niagara, and Past President of Tomorrow’s Voices. She is an active volunteer with The Niagara Mobile Closet, Out of the Cold and is a past recipient of volunteer recognition awards for the City of Windsor,  and the City of St. Catharines.

 

Diversity & Inclusion

The RRPC Innovation Foundation’s values are built on the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. Our charitable foundation ensures fair treatment and opportunity for all. Our actions, strategic goals and partnerships align our culture, and those working within it, to our values. We want to ensure those we interact with feel welcome, valued and heard.