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Meet the Board of Directors

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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.

David Lazzarato
Chair

David Lazzarato is an experienced Board leader with accomplishments in both non-profit and corporate governance roles. He is a past member and Chair of the Board of Governors of McMaster University, and served as the Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities. He is also a past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Trillium Health Foundation. David’s corporate management career includes senior leadership roles with Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., CAE, Allstream and Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc.

David Collie
Vice Chair

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.

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.

David Lazzarato is an experienced Board leader with accomplishments in both non-profit and corporate governance roles. He is a past member and Chair of the Board of Governors of McMaster University, and served as the Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities. He is also a past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Trillium Health Foundation. David’s corporate management career includes senior leadership roles with Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., CAE, Allstream and Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc.

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.

Indy Butany-DeSouza
Board Member

Indy Butany-DeSouza is the President and CEO of Elexicon Energy Inc., the fourth largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company in Ontario. Indy is a thoughtful and strategic leader, with deep industry knowledge and the ability to foster strong relationships with industry partners, unions, regulators and all levels of government. Throughout her career, she has influenced industry consultations and led regulatory applications before the OEB that have established precedent and influenced regulatory policy. Prior to joining Elexicon, Indy served as VP, Regulatory Affairs and Privacy Officer at Alectra Utilities, where she successfully led the approval of the largest multi-utility merger and acquisition utility in Canada.

Indy currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Hamilton Health Sciences and Mainstage Theatre Company.

Indy holds an MBA in Finance and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McMaster University.

Dr. Deepak Dath
President of the Medical Staff Association

In addition to practicing laparoscopic hepatobiliary surgery at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Dr. Deepak Dath is the president of HHS’ Medical Staff Association. He works as an associate chief medical information officer working on Project Odyssey, HHS’ journey to implementing the Epic hospital information system in June 2022. Dr. Dath is also a professor of surgery at McMaster University, where his current educational projects include research on validating a simple tool to measure the quality of educational materials, teaching communication, understanding how medical students decide to choose a career in general surgery, and leadership in education. He is also one of the co-founders of Sanokondu, a multi-national community of practice invested in healthcare leadership education, and the co-chair of the Canadian Leaders in Medical Education Course at the Canadian Association of Medical Education.

Rob Galaski
Board Member

Rob Galaski is Vice-Chairman & Managing Partner, Financial Services at Deloitte, the world’s leading professional services organization. In this role, Rob oversees all Deloitte’s business with Financial Services clients, across Consulting, Audit, Risk, M&A and Tax. As a practitioner, Rob is a senior advisor to the world’s most important institutions, working with boards and executive management teams to shape growth-oriented transformations. In addition to his work at Deloitte, Rob serves as Executive Advisor to the World Economic Forum on Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services, where he has led groundbreaking work on behalf of the global industry. In recognition of his global accomplishments, Rob was honored by the IIF as a Global Leader Under 40. Rob and his wife Chantal are parents to Henri and Élodie. Rob and family are active within the community and supporters of several important organizations.

Indy Butany-DeSouza is the President and CEO of Elexicon Energy Inc., the fourth largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company in Ontario. Indy is a thoughtful and strategic leader, with deep industry knowledge and the ability to foster strong relationships with industry partners, unions, regulators and all levels of government. Throughout her career, she has influenced industry consultations and led regulatory applications before the OEB that have established precedent and influenced regulatory policy. Prior to joining Elexicon, Indy served as VP, Regulatory Affairs and Privacy Officer at Alectra Utilities, where she successfully led the approval of the largest multi-utility merger and acquisition utility in Canada.

Indy currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Hamilton Health Sciences and Mainstage Theatre Company.

Indy holds an MBA in Finance and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McMaster University.

In addition to practicing laparoscopic hepatobiliary surgery at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Dr. Deepak Dath is the president of HHS’ Medical Staff Association. He works as an associate chief medical information officer working on Project Odyssey, HHS’ journey to implementing the Epic hospital information system in June 2022. Dr. Dath is also a professor of surgery at McMaster University, where his current educational projects include research on validating a simple tool to measure the quality of educational materials, teaching communication, understanding how medical students decide to choose a career in general surgery, and leadership in education. He is also one of the co-founders of Sanokondu, a multi-national community of practice invested in healthcare leadership education, and the co-chair of the Canadian Leaders in Medical Education Course at the Canadian Association of Medical Education.

Rob Galaski is Vice-Chairman & Managing Partner, Financial Services at Deloitte, the world’s leading professional services organization. In this role, Rob oversees all Deloitte’s business with Financial Services clients, across Consulting, Audit, Risk, M&A and Tax. As a practitioner, Rob is a senior advisor to the world’s most important institutions, working with boards and executive management teams to shape growth-oriented transformations. In addition to his work at Deloitte, Rob serves as Executive Advisor to the World Economic Forum on Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services, where he has led groundbreaking work on behalf of the global industry. In recognition of his global accomplishments, Rob was honored by the IIF as a Global Leader Under 40. Rob and his wife Chantal are parents to Henri and Élodie. Rob and family are active within the community and supporters of several important organizations.

Catherine Gaulton
Board Member

Catherine Gaulton is CEO of Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and President for HIROC Management Limited and HIROC’s Foundation. A retired registered nurse and a practicing lawyer in Nova Scotia and Ontario, she also has more than 25 years-experience in senior healthcare leadership. Before joining HIROC she was the Vice President, Quality and System Performance and Chief Legal Officer for the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She has served as Chair of the Board for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and as a member of the CIHI Board. She is an experienced advisor in health governance, quality and safety improvement, risk management and strategic planning.

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.

Bill Laidlaw
Board Member

After teaching at Ridley College, Bill moved onto senior 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, Life Sciences Ontario, Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Feed Ontario and the Canadian Assistive Devices Association. Volunteer roles included CEO of Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of Empire Club of Canada, President of the Toronto Lung Association and sitting on the Advisory board of the Lang School of Business at the University of Guelph. In 2020 Bill was named Alumni Volunteer of the year at the University of Guelph. Bill is retired and in addition to his work at HHS he volunteers with McMaster Innovation Park, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the University of Guelph.

Catherine Gaulton is CEO of Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and President for HIROC Management Limited and HIROC’s Foundation. A retired registered nurse and a practicing lawyer in Nova Scotia and Ontario, she also has more than 25 years-experience in senior healthcare leadership. Before joining HIROC she was the Vice President, Quality and System Performance and Chief Legal Officer for the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She has served as Chair of the Board for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and as a member of the CIHI Board. She is an experienced advisor in health governance, quality and safety improvement, risk management and strategic planning.

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.

After teaching at Ridley College, Bill moved onto senior 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, Life Sciences Ontario, Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Feed Ontario and the Canadian Assistive Devices Association. Volunteer roles included CEO of Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of Empire Club of Canada, President of the Toronto Lung Association and sitting on the Advisory board of the Lang School of Business at the University of Guelph. In 2020 Bill was named Alumni Volunteer of the year at the University of Guelph. Bill is retired and in addition to his work at HHS he volunteers with McMaster Innovation Park, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the University of Guelph.

Kirsten Krull
Kirsten Krull
Vice President, Quality and Performance & Chief Nursing Executive

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.

Scott Maki
Board Member

Prior to his retirement in July 2020 Scott was Vice President Finance and Executive Team member at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, positions he held for over 10 years. During his 31 year career with the company he held a number of senior leadership roles in Taxation, Financial Reporting, Treasury, Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy. Scott was a member of the company’s Board of Directors and also served on the Boards of a number of the company’s subsidiaries and joint ventures. Scott is a Certified Professional Accountant and is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics.

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.

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.

Prior to his retirement in July 2020 Scott was Vice President Finance and Executive Team member at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, positions he held for over 10 years. During his 31 year career with the company he held a number of senior leadership roles in Taxation, Financial Reporting, Treasury, Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy. Scott was a member of the company’s Board of Directors and also served on the Boards of a number of the company’s subsidiaries and joint ventures. Scott is a Certified Professional Accountant and is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics.

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.

Jane Milanetti
Board Member

The Honourable Jane Milanetti has recently retired from the Superior Court of Justice where she served for 17 years. Prior to her appointment to the court, she was a partner at Agro, Zaffiro LLP in Hamilton. Ms. Milanetti is a Past President of the Hamilton Law Association, Past Chair of St. Peter’s Hospital, and the Hamilton Community Foundation, and a Director of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Jane is pleased to rejoin the Board of HHS, a position that was given up when she was appointed to the bench.

Keith Monrose
Board Member

Keith Monrose is the Executive Director of Seneca International where he leads global post-secondary initiatives. Keith held previous leadership positions in the post-secondary, health and technology sectors at McMaster University, Mohawk College, Merck Canada, Canada Health Infoway and Telus. Throughout his career, Keith led and implemented transformation initiatives focused on organization alignment, performance and growth strategies. He is a frequent speaker on the future of work and volunteers on a number of sector advisory groups, committees and boards.

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

Paul M. O’Byrne obtained his Medical Degree at University College, Dublin. He is currently the Dean and Vice President of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. His research interests focus on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma and has published almost 500 peer reviewed papers. His accolades include the James H. Graham Award of Merit of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; election to the Royal Society of Canada; the European Respiratory Society Congress Award and Medal; election to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences; and, McMaster’s top academic award, Distinguished University Professor. In 2017, the American College of Chest Physicians named him a Giant in Chest Medicine and more recently, he received an Honorary Life Achievement Award from the Ontario Thoracic Society, the Jack Hirsh Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement from McMaster University and Medical Graduate Distinguished Alumnus Award from University College, Dublin.

The Honourable Jane Milanetti has recently retired from the Superior Court of Justice where she served for 17 years. Prior to her appointment to the court, she was a partner at Agro, Zaffiro LLP in Hamilton. Ms. Milanetti is a Past President of the Hamilton Law Association, Past Chair of St. Peter’s Hospital, and the Hamilton Community Foundation, and a Director of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Jane is pleased to rejoin the Board of HHS, a position that was given up when she was appointed to the bench.

Keith Monrose is the Executive Director of Seneca International where he leads global post-secondary initiatives. Keith held previous leadership positions in the post-secondary, health and technology sectors at McMaster University, Mohawk College, Merck Canada, Canada Health Infoway and Telus. Throughout his career, Keith led and implemented transformation initiatives focused on organization alignment, performance and growth strategies. He is a frequent speaker on the future of work and volunteers on a number of sector advisory groups, committees and boards.

Paul M. O’Byrne obtained his Medical Degree at University College, Dublin. He is currently the Dean and Vice President of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. His research interests focus on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma and has published almost 500 peer reviewed papers. His accolades include the James H. Graham Award of Merit of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; election to the Royal Society of Canada; the European Respiratory Society Congress Award and Medal; election to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences; and, McMaster’s top academic award, Distinguished University Professor. In 2017, the American College of Chest Physicians named him a Giant in Chest Medicine and more recently, he received an Honorary Life Achievement Award from the Ontario Thoracic Society, the Jack Hirsh Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement from McMaster University and Medical Graduate Distinguished Alumnus Award from University College, Dublin.

Dr. Allison Sekuler
Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Hila Taraky
Board Member

Hila Taraky is a business lawyer who carries on a focused practice in corporate transactions, land development and commercial real estate. Prior to her career as a lawyer, Hila devoted her professional and academic efforts to public policy, immigration policy, newcomer settlement and the economic integration of immigrants in Canada. She brought her lived experiences to the table while working in government, the private and not-for-profit sectors. In recent years, Hila served on the HHS's Board of Directors Quality Committee and has been a proud member of the Hamilton Law Association. Hila balances her diverging legal interests by investigating the experiences of visible minorities in Canada. Hila's academic interests have resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University and holds a Master of Arts degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University. Hila received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Windsor and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2017.

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.

Bio coming soon.

Hila Taraky is a business lawyer who carries on a focused practice in corporate transactions, land development and commercial real estate. Prior to her career as a lawyer, Hila devoted her professional and academic efforts to public policy, immigration policy, newcomer settlement and the economic integration of immigrants in Canada. She brought her lived experiences to the table while working in government, the private and not-for-profit sectors. In recent years, Hila served on the HHS's Board of Directors Quality Committee and has been a proud member of the Hamilton Law Association. Hila balances her diverging legal interests by investigating the experiences of visible minorities in Canada. Hila's academic interests have resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University and holds a Master of Arts degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University. Hila received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Windsor and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2017.

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.

Debbie Zimmerman
Board Member

Debbie Zimmerman has had a long and successful career in the public and private sector and has extensive governance experience including in her current roles serving on the Board of Trustees, Brock University and a member of the Peace Bridge Authority. Her previous volunteer experience includes: Niagara Escarpment Commissioner; Chair, Municipal Assessment Corporation (MPAC); and Board Director, YMCA of Niagara. Debbie is the CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario. She previously served as Regional Chair and CEO of the Regional Municipality of Niagara and as Alderman for the Town of Grimsby. Debbie received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brock University in 2020.

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.

Debbie Zimmerman has had a long and successful career in the public and private sector and has extensive governance experience including in her current roles serving on the Board of Trustees, Brock University and a member of the Peace Bridge Authority. Her previous volunteer experience includes: Niagara Escarpment Commissioner; Chair, Municipal Assessment Corporation (MPAC); and Board Director, YMCA of Niagara. Debbie is the CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario. She previously served as Regional Chair and CEO of the Regional Municipality of Niagara and as Alderman for the Town of Grimsby. Debbie received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brock University in 2020.