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Executive Leadership Team

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.

Dave McCaig
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

Dave has over 25 years of leadership experience in financial, business development and operational roles in both private and public sectors. He was VP & CFO at William Osler Health System with cross-appointments at both Headwaters Health Care Centre and the Central West CCAC. Prior, Dave held senior financial positions at Bell Mobility/Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) and Yahoo! Inc. Provincially, Dave participates in Ministry of Health (MOHLTC) and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) initiatives regarding sector funding, supporting innovation and high quality of care in Ontario. He received his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-op) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).

Dr. Michael Stacey
Executive Vice President, Academic and Chief Medical Executive

Dr. Stacey is a vascular surgeon, researcher, and Professor in the Department of Surgery at McMaster University. He was formerly HHS’ Surgeon in Chief; a senior vascular surgeon at Fremantle Hospital in Perth, Australia; Professor at the University of Western Australia’s School of Surgery; and Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery and Director of the Vascular Laboratory there. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Australia, achieved his Fellowship certification by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1986, and spent two years at St Thomas' Hospital, London in Britain, conducting research for his Doctor of Surgery degree (PhD equivalent). He joined the Fremantle Hospital as an academic surgeon in 1988.

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.

Dave has over 25 years of leadership experience in financial, business development and operational roles in both private and public sectors. He was VP & CFO at William Osler Health System with cross-appointments at both Headwaters Health Care Centre and the Central West CCAC. Prior, Dave held senior financial positions at Bell Mobility/Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) and Yahoo! Inc. Provincially, Dave participates in Ministry of Health (MOHLTC) and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) initiatives regarding sector funding, supporting innovation and high quality of care in Ontario. He received his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-op) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).

Dr. Stacey is a vascular surgeon, researcher, and Professor in the Department of Surgery at McMaster University. He was formerly HHS’ Surgeon in Chief; a senior vascular surgeon at Fremantle Hospital in Perth, Australia; Professor at the University of Western Australia’s School of Surgery; and Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery and Director of the Vascular Laboratory there. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Australia, achieved his Fellowship certification by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1986, and spent two years at St Thomas' Hospital, London in Britain, conducting research for his Doctor of Surgery degree (PhD equivalent). He joined the Fremantle Hospital as an academic surgeon in 1988.

Dr. Wes Stephen
Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Stephen is an accomplished surgeon who has held multiple hospital and university leadership roles. Prior to joining HHS in September 2017, he was Chief of Staff at Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital. Previously, Dr. Stephen worked as a colorectal/general surgeon at HHS and was part of McMaster University faculty where he held various positions such as Academic Head of General Surgery, Service Chief of General Surgery and Regional Head of Surgical Oncology at Cancer Care Ontario. He was the President of the Canadian Colorectal Society and an Examiner on the Board of General Surgery with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Stephen is a graduate of Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto.

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Bruce Squires
President, McMaster Children's Hospital and Vice President, Women’s and Children’s Health

Bruce is an accomplished leader in Ontario’s healthcare sector and an advocate for patient safety and quality improvement. Prior to joining HHS he was VP, People, Strategy & Performance at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario where he led several successful patient safety initiatives, including implementation of the hospital’s continuous quality improvement management system. Formerly, Bruce was VP, Corporate Affairs at the Canadian Medical Association and CEO at the Newfoundland & Labrador Medical Association. Currently he is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Children’s Healthcare Canada and board member with the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Bruce holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and is a doctoral candidate at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business.

Aaron Levo
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Aaron has led public affairs teams for several national health organizations, including the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Canadian Dental Association. He has helped build and execute large-scale public campaigns focused on influencing the public and all levels of government, including the launch of Canada’s Mental Health Strategy, plus nationwide campaigns for cancer drug access, housing first interventions and tobacco control.

Dr. Stephen is an accomplished surgeon who has held multiple hospital and university leadership roles. Prior to joining HHS in September 2017, he was Chief of Staff at Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital. Previously, Dr. Stephen worked as a colorectal/general surgeon at HHS and was part of McMaster University faculty where he held various positions such as Academic Head of General Surgery, Service Chief of General Surgery and Regional Head of Surgical Oncology at Cancer Care Ontario. He was the President of the Canadian Colorectal Society and an Examiner on the Board of General Surgery with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Stephen is a graduate of Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto.

Bruce is an accomplished leader in Ontario’s healthcare sector and an advocate for patient safety and quality improvement. Prior to joining HHS he was VP, People, Strategy & Performance at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario where he led several successful patient safety initiatives, including implementation of the hospital’s continuous quality improvement management system. Formerly, Bruce was VP, Corporate Affairs at the Canadian Medical Association and CEO at the Newfoundland & Labrador Medical Association. Currently he is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Children’s Healthcare Canada and board member with the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Bruce holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and is a doctoral candidate at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business.

Aaron has led public affairs teams for several national health organizations, including the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Canadian Dental Association. He has helped build and execute large-scale public campaigns focused on influencing the public and all levels of government, including the launch of Canada’s Mental Health Strategy, plus nationwide campaigns for cancer drug access, housing first interventions and tobacco control.

Anna Ventresca
Vice President, Legal Services, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Anna was admitted to the Bar in 1994 following degrees from Western University and McMaster University. She has practiced almost exclusively as in-house counsel with multinational, public companies. Anna brings extensive knowledge of corporate governance and compliance gained through roles at Nortel and Philip Services. She has worked in the private sector as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. Anna is very committed to the Hamilton community and has served on the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hillfield Strathallan College and Mohawk College.

Dr. Barry Lumb
Physician in Chief

Dr. Lumb completed his undergraduate, medical school, internal medicine and gastroenterology training at McMaster University. He joined the medical staff of HHS and was appointed Assistant Professor at McMaster University in 1985. His clinical and academic interest is in gastroenterology, therapeutic endoscopy and medical education. He has been extensively involved with undergraduate and post graduate education and was the Chief Examiner of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for 5 years. Dr. Lumb was promoted to full Professor at McMaster University in 2006. Dr. Lumb has held a variety of leadership roles at HHS and since 2008 has been the Physician in Chief for the Department of Medicine.

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Cheryl Williams
Vice President, Adult Regional Care

Prior to joining HHS, Dr. Cheryl Williams held the Executive Vice-President and Chief Nursing Executive position at Joseph Brant Hospital. She has extensive experience in hospital operations, transformation, quality improvement and a strong commitment to collaborative partnerships, interprofessional teamwork and positive workplace culture. Cheryl has a PhD in Nursing Science and a Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto, undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Science from McMaster University, and currently holds an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University’s School of Nursing. She has an Executive Green Belt in Lean methodology and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Anna was admitted to the Bar in 1994 following degrees from Western University and McMaster University. She has practiced almost exclusively as in-house counsel with multinational, public companies. Anna brings extensive knowledge of corporate governance and compliance gained through roles at Nortel and Philip Services. She has worked in the private sector as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. Anna is very committed to the Hamilton community and has served on the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hillfield Strathallan College and Mohawk College.

Dr. Lumb completed his undergraduate, medical school, internal medicine and gastroenterology training at McMaster University. He joined the medical staff of HHS and was appointed Assistant Professor at McMaster University in 1985. His clinical and academic interest is in gastroenterology, therapeutic endoscopy and medical education. He has been extensively involved with undergraduate and post graduate education and was the Chief Examiner of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for 5 years. Dr. Lumb was promoted to full Professor at McMaster University in 2006. Dr. Lumb has held a variety of leadership roles at HHS and since 2008 has been the Physician in Chief for the Department of Medicine.

Prior to joining HHS, Dr. Cheryl Williams held the Executive Vice-President and Chief Nursing Executive position at Joseph Brant Hospital. She has extensive experience in hospital operations, transformation, quality improvement and a strong commitment to collaborative partnerships, interprofessional teamwork and positive workplace culture. Cheryl has a PhD in Nursing Science and a Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto, undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Science from McMaster University, and currently holds an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University’s School of Nursing. She has an Executive Green Belt in Lean methodology and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Kelly Campbell
Vice President, Corporate Services and Capital Development

With a team of over 1200 staff, Kelly and her Directors manage all facility infrastructure, capital development and many support services across 5 hospital campuses. Kelly has led significant capital redevelopment over the years, most recently with the Our Healthy Future Master Plan as well as significant infrastructure renewal across all of Hamilton Health Sciences' sites. In previous roles, Kelly was the AVP of Clinical Planning providing oversight for transition planning and operational readiness prior to the implementation of Access to the Best Care, the largest clinical realignment in the organization’s history. Kelly currently serves on the board of the Mohawk Medbuy Corporation, the Healthcare Supply Chain Network and the HHS Volunteer Association.

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.

Leslie Gauthier
Leslie Gauthier
Interim Vice President, Clinical Support Services and Surgery

Leslie is responsible for Clinical Support Services and Surgery. She has had a long and distinguished career at HHS in both clinical and leadership roles. A graduate of McMaster University, Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master of Science in Teaching. Part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University School of Nursing, she has been a clinical lecturer and is, at present, an Assistant Clinical Professor. Leslie is a Board Member of Mark Preece Family House, and has been involved in mentoring activities through the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. She also holds a Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Award from the Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Association.

With a team of over 1200 staff, Kelly and her Directors manage all facility infrastructure, capital development and many support services across 5 hospital campuses. Kelly has led significant capital redevelopment over the years, most recently with the Our Healthy Future Master Plan as well as significant infrastructure renewal across all of Hamilton Health Sciences' sites. In previous roles, Kelly was the AVP of Clinical Planning providing oversight for transition planning and operational readiness prior to the implementation of Access to the Best Care, the largest clinical realignment in the organization’s history. Kelly currently serves on the board of the Mohawk Medbuy Corporation, the Healthcare Supply Chain Network and the HHS Volunteer Association.

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.

Leslie is responsible for Clinical Support Services and Surgery. She has had a long and distinguished career at HHS in both clinical and leadership roles. A graduate of McMaster University, Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master of Science in Teaching. Part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University School of Nursing, she has been a clinical lecturer and is, at present, an Assistant Clinical Professor. Leslie is a Board Member of Mark Preece Family House, and has been involved in mentoring activities through the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. She also holds a Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Award from the Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Association.

Michele Beals
Vice President, Finance & Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Michele is responsible for the stewardship of HHS’ financial resources. Before joining HHS in 2015, Michele served as a senior leader at William Osler Health System for almost 12 years in roles such as Executive Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Interim Integrated Vice President of Finance & CFO. There, she was instrumental in leading the finance team to support a regional vision. She made numerous contributions including working to secure provincial funding, transforming Osler’s financial planning team, expanding the financial toolkit for leaders, and implementing procurement best practices and governance. She also worked in the private sector for 10 years. Michele is a CPA, CA and holds a MBA from York University.

Michele Leroux
Michele Leroux
Vice President, Human Resources

Michele has held numerous HR leadership roles with nearly two decades of public sector experience, including 13 years at McMaster University prior to joining HHS in 2016. She also brings private sector experience from prior roles, including at Ford Motor Company. Michele has a consistent track record for leading change, enabling technology, and driving continuous improvement within HR portfolios.

Pearl F. Veenema
President & CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation

Pearl is President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation (HHSF). She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Children’s Miracle Network and is a member of the Mohawk College Foundation Board and MacKay CEO forum. Pearl served as President and Chief Development Officer for the Orthopedic and Arthritic Foundation. She was Managing Director of Campaigns and VP Advancement for University Health Network’s Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. Pearl is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE International. She is a recipient of AHP’s Harold J. Seymour Award and contributing author for the first Canadian Fundraising Textbook, Excellence in Fundraising.

Michele is responsible for the stewardship of HHS’ financial resources. Before joining HHS in 2015, Michele served as a senior leader at William Osler Health System for almost 12 years in roles such as Executive Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Interim Integrated Vice President of Finance & CFO. There, she was instrumental in leading the finance team to support a regional vision. She made numerous contributions including working to secure provincial funding, transforming Osler’s financial planning team, expanding the financial toolkit for leaders, and implementing procurement best practices and governance. She also worked in the private sector for 10 years. Michele is a CPA, CA and holds a MBA from York University.

Michele has held numerous HR leadership roles with nearly two decades of public sector experience, including 13 years at McMaster University prior to joining HHS in 2016. She also brings private sector experience from prior roles, including at Ford Motor Company. Michele has a consistent track record for leading change, enabling technology, and driving continuous improvement within HR portfolios.

Pearl is President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation (HHSF). She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Children’s Miracle Network and is a member of the Mohawk College Foundation Board and MacKay CEO forum. Pearl served as President and Chief Development Officer for the Orthopedic and Arthritic Foundation. She was Managing Director of Campaigns and VP Advancement for University Health Network’s Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. Pearl is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE International. She is a recipient of AHP’s Harold J. Seymour Award and contributing author for the first Canadian Fundraising Textbook, Excellence in Fundraising.

Dr. Ralph Meyer
Vice President, Oncology and Palliative Care and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario

Dr. Meyer is regarded as one of Canada’s leading experts in cancer clinical trials. His research emphasizes cancers of the blood and lymph systems. Dr. Meyer received his medical degree from McMaster University and also completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Hematology here in Hamilton. In 1984, he joined McMaster University’s Department of Medicine and subsequently held the position of Division Director, Hematology from 2000-2006. Dr. Meyer returned to Hamilton in 2013 following a seven-year term as Director of Canada’s NCIC Clinical Trials Group. He is also a Professor in the Department of Oncology at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Sharon Pierson
Vice President, Community Medicine and Population Health

In her past role as VP of Quality and Performance, Sharon was accountable for Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Patient Experience, Pharmacy and Operational Planning. As a member of local, LHIN and provincial committees, Sharon has contributed to system discussions and policy development. She is a past member of Ontario’s Excellent Care for All Act Advisory Committee, the provincial Access to Care ER Advisory Committee and was co-chair of the HNHB LHIN Emergency Services Steering Committee. Sharon has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University; a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University; and is a graduate of the Rotmans Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Stephen Kelly
Surgeon in Chief

Dr. Kelly studied medicine at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital in the United Kingdom. After finishing General Surgery training in the U.K. (including a Masters degree in Surgery at Southampton University), he completed a Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Toronto and joined the Faculty of the Department of Surgery at McMaster University where he is now the Associate Chair of Education. He is also Chair of the Departmental Educational Coordinators Committee and sits on the McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education committee. Dr. Kelly is Chief of Surgery at Juravinski Hospital and Head of Surgical Oncology for HHS. For the last five years, he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Society of Colorectal Surgery.

Dr. Meyer is regarded as one of Canada’s leading experts in cancer clinical trials. His research emphasizes cancers of the blood and lymph systems. Dr. Meyer received his medical degree from McMaster University and also completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Hematology here in Hamilton. In 1984, he joined McMaster University’s Department of Medicine and subsequently held the position of Division Director, Hematology from 2000-2006. Dr. Meyer returned to Hamilton in 2013 following a seven-year term as Director of Canada’s NCIC Clinical Trials Group. He is also a Professor in the Department of Oncology at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

In her past role as VP of Quality and Performance, Sharon was accountable for Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Patient Experience, Pharmacy and Operational Planning. As a member of local, LHIN and provincial committees, Sharon has contributed to system discussions and policy development. She is a past member of Ontario’s Excellent Care for All Act Advisory Committee, the provincial Access to Care ER Advisory Committee and was co-chair of the HNHB LHIN Emergency Services Steering Committee. Sharon has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University; a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University; and is a graduate of the Rotmans Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Kelly studied medicine at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital in the United Kingdom. After finishing General Surgery training in the U.K. (including a Masters degree in Surgery at Southampton University), he completed a Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Toronto and joined the Faculty of the Department of Surgery at McMaster University where he is now the Associate Chair of Education. He is also Chair of the Departmental Educational Coordinators Committee and sits on the McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education committee. Dr. Kelly is Chief of Surgery at Juravinski Hospital and Head of Surgical Oncology for HHS. For the last five years, he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Society of Colorectal Surgery.

Dr. Ted Scott
Vice President, Research & Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Scott brings resources, partnerships and thought leadership to healthcare innovation. He is Chair of the Synapse Life Sciences Consortium in Hamilton, and was previously Chief Innovation Officer and Dean of Applied Research at Mohawk College, where he studied Radiography and Sonography. Ted is an expert digital health strategist and has a wealth of experience in industry relations and procurement, as well as innovation policy. He returned to HHS where he started his career as a sonographer after working at The Hospital for Sick Children and Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Ted is a lifelong learner who earned his Masters of Applied Science in Medical Ultrasound and his PhD in Diagnostic Imaging from Charles Sturt University of Australia.

Dr. Scott brings resources, partnerships and thought leadership to healthcare innovation. He is Chair of the Synapse Life Sciences Consortium in Hamilton, and was previously Chief Innovation Officer and Dean of Applied Research at Mohawk College, where he studied Radiography and Sonography. Ted is an expert digital health strategist and has a wealth of experience in industry relations and procurement, as well as innovation policy. He returned to HHS where he started his career as a sonographer after working at The Hospital for Sick Children and Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Ted is a lifelong learner who earned his Masters of Applied Science in Medical Ultrasound and his PhD in Diagnostic Imaging from Charles Sturt University of Australia.