Meet the Board of Directors

Rob MacIsaac
President and CEO

Rob MacIsaac became the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences on February 1, 2014. Since joining HHS, he has led the development of a new strategic plan and approach for HHS, focused on enhancing HHS’ role and relationships with the communities it serves. Rob has also placed a significant focus on engaging physicians and front line staff at HHS in the organization’s vision and mission. Rob has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in community building including the Canada 125 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, and a Paul Harris Fellowship. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987.

Dr. Catherine Ross
President of the Medical Staff Association
Dr. Smita Halder
Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee

Dr Smita Halder is an Associate Professor and a Gastroenterologist at McMaster University. She was born in Manchester, UK and obtained her medical degree from Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. Dr. Halder has led and been a part of numerous initiatives to enhance patient care and overall health outcomes. She is dedicated to developing partnerships through a multidisciplinary approach to care delivery and strives to continually advance service quality. Some of her accomplishments include the development of an automated scheduling process for the gastroenterology service across Hamilton; the pilot of a virtual clinic at HHS; and the creation of a national mentorship program for female residents and junior faculty in gastroenterology.

Rob MacIsaac became the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences on February 1, 2014. Since joining HHS, he has led the development of a new strategic plan and approach for HHS, focused on enhancing HHS’ role and relationships with the communities it serves. Rob has also placed a significant focus on engaging physicians and front line staff at HHS in the organization’s vision and mission. Rob has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in community building including the Canada 125 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, and a Paul Harris Fellowship. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987.

Dr Smita Halder is an Associate Professor and a Gastroenterologist at McMaster University. She was born in Manchester, UK and obtained her medical degree from Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. Dr. Halder has led and been a part of numerous initiatives to enhance patient care and overall health outcomes. She is dedicated to developing partnerships through a multidisciplinary approach to care delivery and strives to continually advance service quality. Some of her accomplishments include the development of an automated scheduling process for the gastroenterology service across Hamilton; the pilot of a virtual clinic at HHS; and the creation of a national mentorship program for female residents and junior faculty in gastroenterology.

Charles Criminisi
Chair

Charles is a mediator, arbitrator and consultant. For over 33 years he was a lawyer at Agro Zaffiro LLP from which he retired at the end of 2018. Charles has served as past chair of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, past chair and founding member of the Burlington Community Foundation, past chair of Villa Italia, national president of the Order of the Sons of Italy and a board member of the Sons of Italy (Hamilton) charitable and housing corporations. Charles was the recipient of the 2010 Italian-Canadian Citizen of the Year Award, 2015 Festitalia Heritage Award and 2018 CIBPA Professional Excellence Award.

David Lazzarato
Vice Chair

2A McMaster University graduate, David’s finance career included roles with CAE, the world's largest flight simulator company, BCE Inc., Bell Mobility, Allstream, and MTS (Manitoba Telecom Services). David then joined Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. as EVP and CFO, as well as chairman of Motion Picture Distribution. Before his retirement in 2011, David assisted Bell Canada with their entry into media and broadcast with their acquisition of CTV. An active volunteer, David is Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Trillium Health Centre Foundation. In the past, he was appointed to the McMaster Board of Governors.

Andrea McKinney
Board Member

Andrea is General Manager, Corporate Services with the Town of Orangeville. This new division is designed to enable a strategic focus on key priorities by enhancing service delivery internally and externally. She is a passionate community builder focused on supporting positive change. Prior to this role, Andrea has held several senior positions in the public and broader public sectors, including with eHealth Ontario, the Offices of the Minister of Transportation and Labour, and most recently with the City of Hamilton as the first Chief Digital Officer. Andrea is a public speaker on smart cities, digital transformation and governance, and is an active community volunteer.

Charles is a mediator, arbitrator and consultant. For over 33 years he was a lawyer at Agro Zaffiro LLP from which he retired at the end of 2018. Charles has served as past chair of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, past chair and founding member of the Burlington Community Foundation, past chair of Villa Italia, national president of the Order of the Sons of Italy and a board member of the Sons of Italy (Hamilton) charitable and housing corporations. Charles was the recipient of the 2010 Italian-Canadian Citizen of the Year Award, 2015 Festitalia Heritage Award and 2018 CIBPA Professional Excellence Award.

2A McMaster University graduate, David’s finance career included roles with CAE, the world's largest flight simulator company, BCE Inc., Bell Mobility, Allstream, and MTS (Manitoba Telecom Services). David then joined Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. as EVP and CFO, as well as chairman of Motion Picture Distribution. Before his retirement in 2011, David assisted Bell Canada with their entry into media and broadcast with their acquisition of CTV. An active volunteer, David is Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Trillium Health Centre Foundation. In the past, he was appointed to the McMaster Board of Governors.

Andrea is General Manager, Corporate Services with the Town of Orangeville. This new division is designed to enable a strategic focus on key priorities by enhancing service delivery internally and externally. She is a passionate community builder focused on supporting positive change. Prior to this role, Andrea has held several senior positions in the public and broader public sectors, including with eHealth Ontario, the Offices of the Minister of Transportation and Labour, and most recently with the City of Hamilton as the first Chief Digital Officer. Andrea is a public speaker on smart cities, digital transformation and governance, and is an active community volunteer.

Indy Butany-DeSouza
Board Member

Indy is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs of Alectra Utilities Corporation. A primary strategist, Indy assists in developing policy positions for emerging issues from the Ontario Energy Board, Ministry of Energy, and Independent Electricity System Operator. Indy chairs various industry committees and speaks on topics related to the electricity regulatory framework and issues. Prior to this role, Indy held senior roles at Horizon Utilities, Carbon Capital Management, EPCOR and Direct Energy. Indy holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from McMaster University. Indy is Vice President on the board of directors of Mainstage Theatre Company.

David Collie
Board Member

David is President & CEO of the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario, public speaker on topics such as smart grid, electric vehicles and conservation, and member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Plug ‘n Drive Ontario, a founding member of Ontario Smart Grid Forum, Smart Grid Canada Board Member, and former Board Chair of the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA). David is past Board Chair of the Hamilton-Burlington United Way and a board member of Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation and Burlington Economic Development Corporation. David is a Directors College of Canada faculty member and guest lecturer on regulatory practices, part of a Harvard Kennedy School of Government program.

Richard Koroscil
Board Member

Richard is a retired airport executive whose past positions include President & CEO of Hamilton International Airport, VP of Operations for Vancouver Airport Services and President of SKAL International Hamilton. Currently, he sits on a number of boards, including Ontario Chamber of Commerce and McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics. He is past President and Chair of Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and founding Chair of Southern Ontario Gateway Council and Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council. He is former board member of Metrolinx, Theatre Aquarius and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, and former member of Jobs Prosperity Collective, Mayors Advisory Committee on Economic Development and Community Advisory Committee for proposed Airport Employment Growth District.

Indy is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs of Alectra Utilities Corporation. A primary strategist, Indy assists in developing policy positions for emerging issues from the Ontario Energy Board, Ministry of Energy, and Independent Electricity System Operator. Indy chairs various industry committees and speaks on topics related to the electricity regulatory framework and issues. Prior to this role, Indy held senior roles at Horizon Utilities, Carbon Capital Management, EPCOR and Direct Energy. Indy holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from McMaster University. Indy is Vice President on the board of directors of Mainstage Theatre Company.

David is President & CEO of the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario, public speaker on topics such as smart grid, electric vehicles and conservation, and member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Plug ‘n Drive Ontario, a founding member of Ontario Smart Grid Forum, Smart Grid Canada Board Member, and former Board Chair of the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA). David is past Board Chair of the Hamilton-Burlington United Way and a board member of Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation and Burlington Economic Development Corporation. David is a Directors College of Canada faculty member and guest lecturer on regulatory practices, part of a Harvard Kennedy School of Government program.

Richard is a retired airport executive whose past positions include President & CEO of Hamilton International Airport, VP of Operations for Vancouver Airport Services and President of SKAL International Hamilton. Currently, he sits on a number of boards, including Ontario Chamber of Commerce and McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics. He is past President and Chair of Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and founding Chair of Southern Ontario Gateway Council and Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council. He is former board member of Metrolinx, Theatre Aquarius and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, and former member of Jobs Prosperity Collective, Mayors Advisory Committee on Economic Development and Community Advisory Committee for proposed Airport Employment Growth District.

Kirsten Krull

Kirsten is a nurse and executive with experience across multi-sited community, specialty-care, and academic research hospitals. She is involved in provincial, national, and international bodies impacting standards and policy changes, and is involved with both research and students. Kirsten has a baccalaureate degree in nursing, a master’s degree of health sciences, and is a fellow from a Canadian program on evidence informed improvement. She is a life long learner and keen on quality improvement, adult learning, organization development, mindfulness, knowledge translation, and implementation science. Her portfolio improves professional and clinical practice, ethical decision making, quality, risk management, patient safety and experience.

Bill Laidlaw
Board Member

After teaching at Ridley College, Bill moved onto HR roles at Hudson’s Bay Company, Royal Trust, Rogers Communications, Paul Revere Life Insurance and Glaxo Smith Kline Canada, where he became Director of Government Relations. He later became CEO of St. John Ambulance in Ontario followed by Executive Director roles with Ontario Association of Community Newspapers, Ontario Biotechnology Association, Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Association of Food Banks and Canadian Assistive Devices Association. Volunteer roles included CEO of Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of Empire Club of Canada and University of Guelph Board Member. He is also an experienced fundraiser for hospitals and universities in Ontario.

Scott Maki
Board Member

Scott is Vice President, Finance at North America’s leading advanced steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and has served on its board of directors since 2010. Scott also serves on the boards of a number of ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s subsidiaries and joint ventures. A Chartered Accountant and graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics, he has held a number of senior leadership positions with ArcelorMittal Dofasco over his 30 years with the company.

Kirsten is a nurse and executive with experience across multi-sited community, specialty-care, and academic research hospitals. She is involved in provincial, national, and international bodies impacting standards and policy changes, and is involved with both research and students. Kirsten has a baccalaureate degree in nursing, a master’s degree of health sciences, and is a fellow from a Canadian program on evidence informed improvement. She is a life long learner and keen on quality improvement, adult learning, organization development, mindfulness, knowledge translation, and implementation science. Her portfolio improves professional and clinical practice, ethical decision making, quality, risk management, patient safety and experience.

After teaching at Ridley College, Bill moved onto HR roles at Hudson’s Bay Company, Royal Trust, Rogers Communications, Paul Revere Life Insurance and Glaxo Smith Kline Canada, where he became Director of Government Relations. He later became CEO of St. John Ambulance in Ontario followed by Executive Director roles with Ontario Association of Community Newspapers, Ontario Biotechnology Association, Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Association of Food Banks and Canadian Assistive Devices Association. Volunteer roles included CEO of Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of Empire Club of Canada and University of Guelph Board Member. He is also an experienced fundraiser for hospitals and universities in Ontario.

Scott is Vice President, Finance at North America’s leading advanced steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and has served on its board of directors since 2010. Scott also serves on the boards of a number of ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s subsidiaries and joint ventures. A Chartered Accountant and graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics, he has held a number of senior leadership positions with ArcelorMittal Dofasco over his 30 years with the company.

Keith Monrose
Board Member

Keith is the Dean of International Education and Partnerships at Mohawk College. In this role, he provides leadership for international students, internationalization initiatives, and partnership programs in support of the College’s academic and strategic plans. Previously, Keith has held education, information technology and health leadership positions at McMaster University, Merck Canada, Canada Health Infoway and Telus. Keith actively serves on a number of health and academic advisory bodies and is a board member for Literacy South Halton.

Dr. Paul O’Byrne
Dean and Vice President, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. O’Byrne is the Dean and VP of McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Previously, he was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and also the past Executive Director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2010, and was awarded the European Respiratory Society Congress Award and Medal in 2011. He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and appointed Distinguished Professor at McMaster University in 2015.

Dr. Terry Shields
Board Member

Dr. Shields is an Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University. Her career as a nurse educator, as a senior administrator, and a consultant includes international teaching experience in management and organizational development. She has worked with government and both private and public sector organizations on issues related to effective governance, organizational development, and policy. She has 25 years of nonprofit and public sector board governance experience in community health, social services, education and hospital systems and holds a PhD in Policy and Administration with a research focus on the governance of public serving organizations and the development of professional leadership capacity.

Keith is the Dean of International Education and Partnerships at Mohawk College. In this role, he provides leadership for international students, internationalization initiatives, and partnership programs in support of the College’s academic and strategic plans. Previously, Keith has held education, information technology and health leadership positions at McMaster University, Merck Canada, Canada Health Infoway and Telus. Keith actively serves on a number of health and academic advisory bodies and is a board member for Literacy South Halton.

Dr. O’Byrne is the Dean and VP of McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Previously, he was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and also the past Executive Director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2010, and was awarded the European Respiratory Society Congress Award and Medal in 2011. He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and appointed Distinguished Professor at McMaster University in 2015.

Dr. Shields is an Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University. Her career as a nurse educator, as a senior administrator, and a consultant includes international teaching experience in management and organizational development. She has worked with government and both private and public sector organizations on issues related to effective governance, organizational development, and policy. She has 25 years of nonprofit and public sector board governance experience in community health, social services, education and hospital systems and holds a PhD in Policy and Administration with a research focus on the governance of public serving organizations and the development of professional leadership capacity.

Shirley Thomas-Weir
Board Member

Shirley is Vice President, Special Projects at Sienna Senior Living, with over 30 years of expertise in Senior Care and Housing. She collaborates on the creation and construction of Senior Living Campuses across Ontario and integrates enterprise systems and processes that drive quality, improve experience and build positive culture. Previously she lead Thomas Health Care. She has over 10 years of Provincial and local Board and Committee experience, including the Ontario Long Term Care Association, United Way, Joseph Brant Hospital, HNHB LHIN and Hillfield Strathallan College. Designations include Certified Long Term Care Home Administrator, BSc Biology from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA from McMaster University in Gerontology.

Mary Volk
Board Member

Mary is a retired high technology executive who has been an active community volunteer for many years. Professionally, she leveraged her computer science education to become the marketing executive in two of Canada’s largest computer companies. Subsequently, Mary established Strategic Decisions Inc., a consulting company focused on business strategy for emerging technologies. Mary’s involvement in the community includes various board and leadership roles with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, the Grimsby Museum and the Canadian Cancer Society along with other charitable organizations. She was awarded the honours of Grimsby’s Citizen of the Year in 2011 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work in the community.

Shirley is Vice President, Special Projects at Sienna Senior Living, with over 30 years of expertise in Senior Care and Housing. She collaborates on the creation and construction of Senior Living Campuses across Ontario and integrates enterprise systems and processes that drive quality, improve experience and build positive culture. Previously she lead Thomas Health Care. She has over 10 years of Provincial and local Board and Committee experience, including the Ontario Long Term Care Association, United Way, Joseph Brant Hospital, HNHB LHIN and Hillfield Strathallan College. Designations include Certified Long Term Care Home Administrator, BSc Biology from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA from McMaster University in Gerontology.

Mary is a retired high technology executive who has been an active community volunteer for many years. Professionally, she leveraged her computer science education to become the marketing executive in two of Canada’s largest computer companies. Subsequently, Mary established Strategic Decisions Inc., a consulting company focused on business strategy for emerging technologies. Mary’s involvement in the community includes various board and leadership roles with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, the Grimsby Museum and the Canadian Cancer Society along with other charitable organizations. She was awarded the honours of Grimsby’s Citizen of the Year in 2011 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work in the community.