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Our Staff

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Sandra Carroll
Director, Clinical Health Professional Research

Sandra Carroll, PhD, is the Vice-Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Executive Director of the School of Nursing at McMaster University. She is also an Associate Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. Carroll’s research interests include patients’ decision-making, decision support in the context of implantable defibrillators, patient preferences for cardiovascular treatments, and patient-reported outcomes in arrhythmia care. Carroll has received operating funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Tracey MacArthur
President and CEO

Bio coming soon.

Dave McCaig
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).

Sandra Carroll, PhD, is the Vice-Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Executive Director of the School of Nursing at McMaster University. She is also an Associate Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. Carroll’s research interests include patients’ decision-making, decision support in the context of implantable defibrillators, patient preferences for cardiovascular treatments, and patient-reported outcomes in arrhythmia care. Carroll has received operating funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Bio coming soon.

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).

Keith Monrose
Chair

Keith Monrose has held leadership positions in the public and private sector, and is currently Executive Director International at Seneca Polytechnic. His professional experience spans health, education, and information technology, arising from leadership roles with McMaster University, Mohawk College, Telus, Canada Health Infoway and Merck. Keith has served on the Board of the United Way of Halton and Hamilton, Literacy South Halton and is a community representative with Burlington Economic Development. Keith is an alumnus of the Rotman School of Management, and McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Andrea McKinney
Vice Chair

Andrea is the Chief, Corporate Services and Technology with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. In her role she oversees a diverse portfolio that includes technology, innovation, data analytics, communications and strategic sourcing. She is known as a passionate community builder and active volunteer focused on supporting positive change. Prior to this role, Andrea has held several senior positions in the public and broader public sectors and is a public speaker on smart cities and digital transformation.

Sharon Pierson
Sharon Pierson
Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing Executive

Sharon is integrally involved with all aspects of the hospital’s daily operations and strategic planning for its long-term sustainability. This includes the execution of a once-in-a-generation transformation program comprised of one of the largest implementations of a lean management system in a Canadian hospital; the installation of a leading edge, electronic health record system; and, a capital equipment renewal program.

With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Sharon is an expert in clinical and healthcare operations, and advancing the hospital’s quality agenda. She has led numerous clinical services realignments and consolidations within HHS and the region, including two different hospital system mergers, in order to provide patients with access to the best care. Her deep knowledge of community care has also given momentum to HHS’ strategic direction in population health, and she is known as a collaborative partner both internally and externally. Sharon’s career has also included work in all domains of nursing including practice, education, administration, policy, and advocacy.

Her expertise is widely sought and she has provided consultation to other institutions in the areas of organizational leadership, managing organizational change, guiding health and public policy and conducting hospital and community care operational reviews. Additionally, Sharon has served on a number of expert panels tasked with improving the overall effectiveness of our health care system. Presently, these include the Provincial Emergency Advisory Committee and the Provincial Complex Care/Rehabilitation Council to name a few.

She holds a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University and is a graduate of the Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto.

Keith Monrose has held leadership positions in the public and private sector, and is currently Executive Director International at Seneca Polytechnic. His professional experience spans health, education, and information technology, arising from leadership roles with McMaster University, Mohawk College, Telus, Canada Health Infoway and Merck. Keith has served on the Board of the United Way of Halton and Hamilton, Literacy South Halton and is a community representative with Burlington Economic Development. Keith is an alumnus of the Rotman School of Management, and McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Andrea is the Chief, Corporate Services and Technology with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. In her role she oversees a diverse portfolio that includes technology, innovation, data analytics, communications and strategic sourcing. She is known as a passionate community builder and active volunteer focused on supporting positive change. Prior to this role, Andrea has held several senior positions in the public and broader public sectors and is a public speaker on smart cities and digital transformation.

Sharon is integrally involved with all aspects of the hospital’s daily operations and strategic planning for its long-term sustainability. This includes the execution of a once-in-a-generation transformation program comprised of one of the largest implementations of a lean management system in a Canadian hospital; the installation of a leading edge, electronic health record system; and, a capital equipment renewal program.

With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Sharon is an expert in clinical and healthcare operations, and advancing the hospital’s quality agenda. She has led numerous clinical services realignments and consolidations within HHS and the region, including two different hospital system mergers, in order to provide patients with access to the best care. Her deep knowledge of community care has also given momentum to HHS’ strategic direction in population health, and she is known as a collaborative partner both internally and externally. Sharon’s career has also included work in all domains of nursing including practice, education, administration, policy, and advocacy.

Her expertise is widely sought and she has provided consultation to other institutions in the areas of organizational leadership, managing organizational change, guiding health and public policy and conducting hospital and community care operational reviews. Additionally, Sharon has served on a number of expert panels tasked with improving the overall effectiveness of our health care system. Presently, these include the Provincial Emergency Advisory Committee and the Provincial Complex Care/Rehabilitation Council to name a few.

She holds a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University and is a graduate of the Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Tamar Packer
Executive Vice President, Academic and Chief Medical Executive

Dr. Packer began her career in 1990 as a family physician in Hamilton. Since then, she has held progressive leadership roles within HHS, SJHH, including Chief of Family Medicine for HHS and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), and both hospitals’ Clinical Advisor for the Greater Hamilton Health Network (GHHN). Throughout her career she has provided inpatient care as a hospitalist in adult and pediatric services. Most recently, she has held the role of Chief of Family Medicine, Complex Continuing, and Post-Acute Care at HHS.

Dr. Packer holds keen interest and experience in advancing hospital and community care delivery, care transitions, quality of care, and patient experience. She brings to the EVP Academic & CME role a wealth of experience leading diverse, inter-organizational teams and implementing large-scale programs and innovative care models.

Her experience in health administration has been bolstered by her involvement in a number of leadership programs, including HHS’ Reimagining Leadership leader development program (2019). She is also an alumnus of leadership programs at Harvard University, McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Dr. Khalid Azzam
Dr. Khalid Azzam
Physician-in-Chief

Dr. Khalid Azzam is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. He holds an MBBS in medicine and surgery from the University of Rajasthan, India, and an MSc in Healthcare Quality and Safety Management (International Track) from the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University.

He is a Certified Physician Executive by the American Association for Physician Leadership. Dr. Azzam completed his Internal Medicine training from the University at Buffalo in 2002 and he is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Internal Medicine and General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Azzam joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in 2008. He is involved in the continuum of medical education at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing health professions education. He previously served as the Assistant Dean for Continuing Health Sciences Education and most recently as the inaugural Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development.

His clinical practice is focused on inpatient General Internal Medicine with time spent in the outpatient setting. He served as the Site Chief of Medicine at the Hamilton General Hospital for five years prior to assuming the responsibilities of the Physician-in-Chief.

Amit Bansal
Vice President, Finance & Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Most recently, Amit was the Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. Amit has held executive positions with hospitals in the US, Australia and Canada, where he has led initiatives focused on system performance, financial accountability and quality improvement. Amit acquired his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in Australia, where he obtained an MBA from the University of Adelaide. He also holds a post-grad diploma in Management and Business Law from Queensland Central University in Melbourne, a Bachelor of Technology degree from Kurukshetra University in India, and a “Master Black Belt” in Lean Six Sigma management.

Dr. Packer began her career in 1990 as a family physician in Hamilton. Since then, she has held progressive leadership roles within HHS, SJHH, including Chief of Family Medicine for HHS and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), and both hospitals’ Clinical Advisor for the Greater Hamilton Health Network (GHHN). Throughout her career she has provided inpatient care as a hospitalist in adult and pediatric services. Most recently, she has held the role of Chief of Family Medicine, Complex Continuing, and Post-Acute Care at HHS.

Dr. Packer holds keen interest and experience in advancing hospital and community care delivery, care transitions, quality of care, and patient experience. She brings to the EVP Academic & CME role a wealth of experience leading diverse, inter-organizational teams and implementing large-scale programs and innovative care models.

Her experience in health administration has been bolstered by her involvement in a number of leadership programs, including HHS’ Reimagining Leadership leader development program (2019). She is also an alumnus of leadership programs at Harvard University, McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Dr. Khalid Azzam is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. He holds an MBBS in medicine and surgery from the University of Rajasthan, India, and an MSc in Healthcare Quality and Safety Management (International Track) from the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University.

He is a Certified Physician Executive by the American Association for Physician Leadership. Dr. Azzam completed his Internal Medicine training from the University at Buffalo in 2002 and he is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Internal Medicine and General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Azzam joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in 2008. He is involved in the continuum of medical education at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing health professions education. He previously served as the Assistant Dean for Continuing Health Sciences Education and most recently as the inaugural Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development.

His clinical practice is focused on inpatient General Internal Medicine with time spent in the outpatient setting. He served as the Site Chief of Medicine at the Hamilton General Hospital for five years prior to assuming the responsibilities of the Physician-in-Chief.

Most recently, Amit was the Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. Amit has held executive positions with hospitals in the US, Australia and Canada, where he has led initiatives focused on system performance, financial accountability and quality improvement. Amit acquired his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in Australia, where he obtained an MBA from the University of Adelaide. He also holds a post-grad diploma in Management and Business Law from Queensland Central University in Melbourne, a Bachelor of Technology degree from Kurukshetra University in India, and a “Master Black Belt” in Lean Six Sigma management.

Dr. Anthony Crocco
Chair, Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Anthony Crocco is a pediatric emergency physician with a special interest in quality improvement and a breadth of experience in medical and organizational leadership. In addition to his role as Chair of HHS’ Medical Advisory Committee, he is deputy chief of pediatrics at McMaster Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

During his tenure at HHS, Dr. Crocco has been recruited to lead several teams and visions through work aimed at improving quality and efficiency of care, establishing new and innovative care pathways, and addressing physician and team performance.

Dr. Crocco has recently completed the Rotman School of Management’s Global Executive MBA in Healthcare & Life Sciences. There, his studies have focused on global best practices in healthcare administration, developing leadership capacity, and applying business strategy to the public healthcare environment.

In addition to his clinical and administrative roles, Dr. Crocco is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Pediatrics at McMaster University.

Farah Alexis
Board Member

Farah Alexis is the Chief Ethics Officer at Hydro One Networks Inc., providing leadership for administering the Code of Business Conduct and providing employees and managers with tools and advice to live the Company’s values. Over her career, Farah has held several progressive senior leadership roles in Human Resources, specializing in Talent Management, Culture & Change and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. She has more than twenty years of experience in the human resources field and serves as an Executive Board member at Electricity HR Canada. Farah holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.

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.

Dr. Anthony Crocco is a pediatric emergency physician with a special interest in quality improvement and a breadth of experience in medical and organizational leadership. In addition to his role as Chair of HHS’ Medical Advisory Committee, he is deputy chief of pediatrics at McMaster Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

During his tenure at HHS, Dr. Crocco has been recruited to lead several teams and visions through work aimed at improving quality and efficiency of care, establishing new and innovative care pathways, and addressing physician and team performance.

Dr. Crocco has recently completed the Rotman School of Management’s Global Executive MBA in Healthcare & Life Sciences. There, his studies have focused on global best practices in healthcare administration, developing leadership capacity, and applying business strategy to the public healthcare environment.

In addition to his clinical and administrative roles, Dr. Crocco is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Pediatrics at McMaster University.

Farah Alexis is the Chief Ethics Officer at Hydro One Networks Inc., providing leadership for administering the Code of Business Conduct and providing employees and managers with tools and advice to live the Company’s values. Over her career, Farah has held several progressive senior leadership roles in Human Resources, specializing in Talent Management, Culture & Change and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. She has more than twenty years of experience in the human resources field and serves as an Executive Board member at Electricity HR Canada. Farah holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.

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.

Deb Bedini
Vice President, Adult Regional Care

Deb is committed to supporting and promoting an environment conducive to continuous learning, research, innovation and clinical excellence. She has had a long and distinguished career at HHS in various clinical and leadership roles including ICU and ED staff nurse, education and development clinician in the Cardiac Program, Clinical Manager for General Internal Medicine (8 South) and then the Heart Investigation Unit, Director of the Cardiac and Vascular Program, and Site Administrator for the Hamilton General Hospital. Deb is also an Assistant Part-Time Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. She has served on multiple provincial committees at CorHealth Ontario including Vascular Surgery and the Clinical Advisory Committee. Deb received her BScN from the University of Toronto and Masters of Health Studies (MHS) from Athabasca University.

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.

Tim Dietrich
Vice President, Quality and Performance

Tim brings a distinguished academic background and a wealth of industry experience in quality improvement to his role as Vice President of Quality and Performance. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to joining the Quality, Patient Safety and Clinical Resource management Program at HHS in 2009, Tim worked at ArcelorMittal Dofasco where he honed his expertise in quality improvement and project management. Tim is certified by the American Society for Quality as a Six Sigma Black Belt and Quality Engineer.

Deb is committed to supporting and promoting an environment conducive to continuous learning, research, innovation and clinical excellence. She has had a long and distinguished career at HHS in various clinical and leadership roles including ICU and ED staff nurse, education and development clinician in the Cardiac Program, Clinical Manager for General Internal Medicine (8 South) and then the Heart Investigation Unit, Director of the Cardiac and Vascular Program, and Site Administrator for the Hamilton General Hospital. Deb is also an Assistant Part-Time Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. She has served on multiple provincial committees at CorHealth Ontario including Vascular Surgery and the Clinical Advisory Committee. Deb received her BScN from the University of Toronto and Masters of Health Studies (MHS) from Athabasca University.

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.

Tim brings a distinguished academic background and a wealth of industry experience in quality improvement to his role as Vice President of Quality and Performance. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to joining the Quality, Patient Safety and Clinical Resource management Program at HHS in 2009, Tim worked at ArcelorMittal Dofasco where he honed his expertise in quality improvement and project management. Tim is certified by the American Society for Quality as a Six Sigma Black Belt and Quality Engineer.

Paul Gibson
Board Member

Following a successful executive career with brands such as Mattamy, Palliser, and Fidelity, Paul founded Sapien Capital, an executive search and human capital consulting group serving entrepreneurial, scale-up, private, and family businesses. Paul is an ICD-certified director who has served as Chair of AlphaPlus and Vice Chair of WaterTAP (Ontario’s water technology accelerator) as well as two terms as a Governor of the University of Guelph. His directorship experiences also include Jane Goodall Institute, West Park Healthcare rehabilitation hospital and Mohawk/Medbuy Shared Services, as well as artificial intelligence software firm Daisy Intelligence, and affordable housing lender Home Ownership Alternatives. In his private governance practice, Paul’s roles have included Board Secretary for Maple Reinders Construction and OpenWorm Foundation, a global artificial intelligence & digital modelling enterprise.

Rasha Kisswani
Board Member

Rasha Kisswani is founder and principal at Markasa Consulting, where she leads a team of consultants in providing consulting services in business transformation, project management, change management, strategy formulation and execution, and evaluations/reviews. She has more than fifteen years of experience in healthcare across public, private and non-for-profit sectors across Canada and Australia.  Prior to establishing Markasa Consulting, Rasha held a number of executive roles in large hospital networks, where she worked closely with Boards to formulate and execute effective strategies and led various complex organization-wide transformation initiatives. Rasha holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Science from McMaster University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute.

Amit Kapur
Board Member

Amit Kapur is the Chief Financial Officer at Enwave Energy Corporation, overseeing the organization’s financial operations and strategic growth plans. He has more than fifteen years of leadership experience in financial services, industrial automation, environmental services, and technology. Amit holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Johnson School at Cornell University and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. In addition, Amit is a Chartered Accountant (Canada), a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Following a successful executive career with brands such as Mattamy, Palliser, and Fidelity, Paul founded Sapien Capital, an executive search and human capital consulting group serving entrepreneurial, scale-up, private, and family businesses. Paul is an ICD-certified director who has served as Chair of AlphaPlus and Vice Chair of WaterTAP (Ontario’s water technology accelerator) as well as two terms as a Governor of the University of Guelph. His directorship experiences also include Jane Goodall Institute, West Park Healthcare rehabilitation hospital and Mohawk/Medbuy Shared Services, as well as artificial intelligence software firm Daisy Intelligence, and affordable housing lender Home Ownership Alternatives. In his private governance practice, Paul’s roles have included Board Secretary for Maple Reinders Construction and OpenWorm Foundation, a global artificial intelligence & digital modelling enterprise.

Rasha Kisswani is founder and principal at Markasa Consulting, where she leads a team of consultants in providing consulting services in business transformation, project management, change management, strategy formulation and execution, and evaluations/reviews. She has more than fifteen years of experience in healthcare across public, private and non-for-profit sectors across Canada and Australia.  Prior to establishing Markasa Consulting, Rasha held a number of executive roles in large hospital networks, where she worked closely with Boards to formulate and execute effective strategies and led various complex organization-wide transformation initiatives. Rasha holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Science from McMaster University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute.

Amit Kapur is the Chief Financial Officer at Enwave Energy Corporation, overseeing the organization’s financial operations and strategic growth plans. He has more than fifteen years of leadership experience in financial services, industrial automation, environmental services, and technology. Amit holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Johnson School at Cornell University and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. In addition, Amit is a Chartered Accountant (Canada), a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Leslie Gauthier
Leslie Gauthier
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.

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.

Leslie Gillies
Vice President, Nursing, Practice and Education, and Community Health

Leslie oversees key clinical program areas including Urgent & Ambulatory Care, Community and Population Health Services, and the Complex Care, Seniors, Palliative and Musculoskeletal Program. She is also responsible for HHS facilities as site VP supporting West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital, Satellite Health Facility, and West End Clinic and Urgent Care Centre.

Leslie has various experiences at HHS as a nurse, clinical educator, chief of nursing practice, chief of inter-professional practice, manager, program director and site administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from McMaster University and a Master’s of Education (Administration) from Brock University. She serves as a clinical faculty member at McMaster University’s School of Nursing as an Assistant Clinical Professor.

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.

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.

Leslie oversees key clinical program areas including Urgent & Ambulatory Care, Community and Population Health Services, and the Complex Care, Seniors, Palliative and Musculoskeletal Program. She is also responsible for HHS facilities as site VP supporting West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital, Satellite Health Facility, and West End Clinic and Urgent Care Centre.

Leslie has various experiences at HHS as a nurse, clinical educator, chief of nursing practice, chief of inter-professional practice, manager, program director and site administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from McMaster University and a Master’s of Education (Administration) from Brock University. She serves as a clinical faculty member at McMaster University’s School of Nursing as an Assistant Clinical Professor.

Dr. Marc Jeschke
Vice President, Research and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Jeschke has world-renowned expertise in the field of translational research. He is a research leader with a proven ability to attract funding and grants from various national programs and agencies to advance innovative medical care in burns. Under his direction since 2010, the Ross Tilley Burn Centre (RTBC) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre became a leading surgical and burn care institution in North America. Prior to being the Director of the RTBC, Dr. Jeschke held faculty positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children. There, in addition to his work as a surgeon, he coordinated research activities with a focus on increasing productivity and obtaining grants. Dr. Jeschke became an MD in Germany, moved to the United States and obtained a Master of Medical Science degree at the University of Texas, then returned to Germany to complete his PhD (Habilitation) in Experimental Surgery at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria.

Neil Johnson
Neil Johnson
Vice President, Oncology & Regional VP Ontario Health (CCO) for HNHBB Regional Cancer Program

Neil Johnson, RPh, MBA, CHE, FCSHP

Neil is a registered pharmacist receiving his pharmacy education at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He completed a hospital pharmacy residency at the Kingston General Hospital before embarking on a clinical career in oncology pharmacy and a pharmacy leadership career that saw him head  the pharmacy department at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC),  lead provincial and national organizations as well as serves as board chair of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

After completing a Master’s in Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University, Neil embarked on a health executive career leading numerous clinical and service portfolios at LHSC and at St Joseph’s Health Care, in London. He served as Regional Vice President of the South West Regional Cancer Program for eight years, and contributed to many committees and initiatives within Cancer Care Ontario. Neil has held positions as Chief Quality Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Neil has a range of governance experience in community based and professional organizations such as St Joseph’s Hospice of London, Thames Valley Family Health Team, Western ProResp and the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic.  A Certified Health Executive and Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Neil has served a variety of hospitals and private sector corporations by providing consultation services.

In his current role, Neil serves both as Vice President, Oncology, Site Executive Lead of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences, and Regional Vice President of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program of Ontario Health – Cancer Care Ontario.

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.

Dr. Jeschke has world-renowned expertise in the field of translational research. He is a research leader with a proven ability to attract funding and grants from various national programs and agencies to advance innovative medical care in burns. Under his direction since 2010, the Ross Tilley Burn Centre (RTBC) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre became a leading surgical and burn care institution in North America. Prior to being the Director of the RTBC, Dr. Jeschke held faculty positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children. There, in addition to his work as a surgeon, he coordinated research activities with a focus on increasing productivity and obtaining grants. Dr. Jeschke became an MD in Germany, moved to the United States and obtained a Master of Medical Science degree at the University of Texas, then returned to Germany to complete his PhD (Habilitation) in Experimental Surgery at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria.

Neil Johnson, RPh, MBA, CHE, FCSHP

Neil is a registered pharmacist receiving his pharmacy education at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He completed a hospital pharmacy residency at the Kingston General Hospital before embarking on a clinical career in oncology pharmacy and a pharmacy leadership career that saw him head  the pharmacy department at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC),  lead provincial and national organizations as well as serves as board chair of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

After completing a Master’s in Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University, Neil embarked on a health executive career leading numerous clinical and service portfolios at LHSC and at St Joseph’s Health Care, in London. He served as Regional Vice President of the South West Regional Cancer Program for eight years, and contributed to many committees and initiatives within Cancer Care Ontario. Neil has held positions as Chief Quality Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Neil has a range of governance experience in community based and professional organizations such as St Joseph’s Hospice of London, Thames Valley Family Health Team, Western ProResp and the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic.  A Certified Health Executive and Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Neil has served a variety of hospitals and private sector corporations by providing consultation services.

In his current role, Neil serves both as Vice President, Oncology, Site Executive Lead of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences, and Regional Vice President of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program of Ontario Health – Cancer Care Ontario.

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.

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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.

Michelle Leafloor
Vice President, Health Information and Technology Services & Chief Information Officer

Michelle is an experienced director of clinical services with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry. She has created and led high-performing teams through large digital transformation initiatives throughout her 20 years of IT experience. Michelle has led organizational transformation through the strategic adoption and management of IT solutions, and has navigated and resolved enterprise-level governance issues. Prior to joining HHS, Michelle spent most of her career at The Ottawa Hospital where she led the implementation of a new hospital information (HIS) system across six separate organizations and a family health team leading to an extensive digital footprint. More recently Michelle led the HIS implementation at HHS with a successful organizational digital transformation. Michelle is passionate about digital health and the role that technology can serve in furthering excellent and innovation in patient care.

Dr. Paul Miller
Interim Chair, Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Miller is an active staff physician in two emergency departments of Hamilton Health Sciences. He is an associate clinical professor within the divisions of emergency medicine at McMaster University. His administrative interests as the Medical Director of the Base Hospital (CPER) include pre-hospital care, modernization of Emergency Health Services and education in medical leadership. His academic background includes a Masters of Health Administration and Policy from the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Prize from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

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.

Michelle is an experienced director of clinical services with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry. She has created and led high-performing teams through large digital transformation initiatives throughout her 20 years of IT experience. Michelle has led organizational transformation through the strategic adoption and management of IT solutions, and has navigated and resolved enterprise-level governance issues. Prior to joining HHS, Michelle spent most of her career at The Ottawa Hospital where she led the implementation of a new hospital information (HIS) system across six separate organizations and a family health team leading to an extensive digital footprint. More recently Michelle led the HIS implementation at HHS with a successful organizational digital transformation. Michelle is passionate about digital health and the role that technology can serve in furthering excellent and innovation in patient care.

Dr. Miller is an active staff physician in two emergency departments of Hamilton Health Sciences. He is an associate clinical professor within the divisions of emergency medicine at McMaster University. His administrative interests as the Medical Director of the Base Hospital (CPER) include pre-hospital care, modernization of Emergency Health Services and education in medical leadership. His academic background includes a Masters of Health Administration and Policy from the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Prize from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

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. He has published more than 500 peer reviewed papers, and has an h-index (Google Scholar) of 118. 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 of 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.

Aaron Levo
Vice President, People, Culture, & Communications

Aaron is a committed advocate for the people and mission of Hamilton Health Sciences. Since joining HHS in 2014, he has helped create engagement and change management strategies for many of the organization’s important operational and cultural transformations. He has led work focused on positive growth in the organization’s reputation and improving how our workforce stays engaged, both internally and with the public we serve. Aaron currently leads HHS’ teams for human resources, volunteer resources, communications and public affairs. During his career, he has held leadership roles at several national health organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and has been a part of public policy advocacy to remove barriers to good health across the country.

Janet Ozembloski
Vice President, Legal Services, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Janet brings her passion for the evolution and transformation of healthcare to Hamilton Health Sciences as its Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. With more than two decades of extensive legal experience, Janet will have oversight of HHS’ legal affairs and board governance. Janet possesses a wide spectrum of expertise including health law, privacy, insurance, risk management, and patient and healthcare provider interactions. Janet also serves as a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors of Hamilton Health Sciences as its Corporate Secretary.

Janet joined HHS from the leading national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG). At BLG, she specialized in the negotiation of complex agreements while supporting hospitals and health sector organizations navigate the complex regulatory requirements associated with new and established healthcare ventures. Early in her career, Janet practiced as a litigation lawyer and also has experience in the oversight and management of litigation in various forums and jurisdictions. She has been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada in Health Care Law and has extensive professional legal expertise in both private practice and as corporate counsel.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Western University and two law degrees (JD and BCL) from McGill University. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.

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. He has published more than 500 peer reviewed papers, and has an h-index (Google Scholar) of 118. 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 of 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.

Aaron is a committed advocate for the people and mission of Hamilton Health Sciences. Since joining HHS in 2014, he has helped create engagement and change management strategies for many of the organization’s important operational and cultural transformations. He has led work focused on positive growth in the organization’s reputation and improving how our workforce stays engaged, both internally and with the public we serve. Aaron currently leads HHS’ teams for human resources, volunteer resources, communications and public affairs. During his career, he has held leadership roles at several national health organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and has been a part of public policy advocacy to remove barriers to good health across the country.

Janet brings her passion for the evolution and transformation of healthcare to Hamilton Health Sciences as its Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. With more than two decades of extensive legal experience, Janet will have oversight of HHS’ legal affairs and board governance. Janet possesses a wide spectrum of expertise including health law, privacy, insurance, risk management, and patient and healthcare provider interactions. Janet also serves as a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors of Hamilton Health Sciences as its Corporate Secretary.

Janet joined HHS from the leading national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG). At BLG, she specialized in the negotiation of complex agreements while supporting hospitals and health sector organizations navigate the complex regulatory requirements associated with new and established healthcare ventures. Early in her career, Janet practiced as a litigation lawyer and also has experience in the oversight and management of litigation in various forums and jurisdictions. She has been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada in Health Care Law and has extensive professional legal expertise in both private practice and as corporate counsel.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Western University and two law degrees (JD and BCL) from McGill University. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.

Dr. Allison Sekuler
Board Member

Dr. Allison Sekuler is a researcher with appointments at Baycrest Health Sciences and the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University. She is the Managing Director, Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation and Managing Director, Rotman Research Institute and Vice-President, Research, Baycrest Health Sciences. Allison serves in a variety of leadership roles including the Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience & Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences. She was Canada’s first Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and recognized in 2019 as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network for her accomplishments in science and in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Ted Scott
Vice President Innovation

Ted 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. Scott 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.

Rochelle Reid
Senior Lead & Strategic Advisor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Rochelle’s professional background includes fifteen years of co-creating fairer and more inclusive workplaces and communities through meaningful engagement and strategic planning. Her previous roles include serving as the Director of Service Operations and Student Life at Mohawk College, and creating the BYND BLK advocacy program for black students. Rochelle also founded a consultancy company focused on helping organizations to enhance their strategic initiatives and operations through equity, diversity and inclusion. A life-long learner with credentials in coaching, service excellence, and accessibility, Rochelle is a graduate of both Mohawk College and George Brown College.

Dr. Allison Sekuler is a researcher with appointments at Baycrest Health Sciences and the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University. She is the Managing Director, Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation and Managing Director, Rotman Research Institute and Vice-President, Research, Baycrest Health Sciences. Allison serves in a variety of leadership roles including the Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience & Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences. She was Canada’s first Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and recognized in 2019 as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network for her accomplishments in science and in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Ted 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. Scott 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.

Rochelle’s professional background includes fifteen years of co-creating fairer and more inclusive workplaces and communities through meaningful engagement and strategic planning. Her previous roles include serving as the Director of Service Operations and Student Life at Mohawk College, and creating the BYND BLK advocacy program for black students. Rochelle also founded a consultancy company focused on helping organizations to enhance their strategic initiatives and operations through equity, diversity and inclusion. A life-long learner with credentials in coaching, service excellence, and accessibility, Rochelle is a graduate of both Mohawk College and George Brown College.

Hila Taraky
Board Member

Hila Taraky is a business lawyer that carries on a focused practice in business transactions, land development and commercial real estate. Prior to her career as a lawyer, Hila devoted her professional and academic efforts to public policy and immigration policy with a focus on the economic integration of immigrants in Canada. Hila’s academic interests resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Health Sciences, is a co-founder of Lifeline Afghanistan and a member of the International Women’s Forum Canada – Toronto Chapter. Hila is a proud alumna of McMaster University and the Toronto Metropolitan University.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Windsor and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2017.

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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.

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.

Hila Taraky is a business lawyer that carries on a focused practice in business transactions, land development and commercial real estate. Prior to her career as a lawyer, Hila devoted her professional and academic efforts to public policy and immigration policy with a focus on the economic integration of immigrants in Canada. Hila’s academic interests resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Health Sciences, is a co-founder of Lifeline Afghanistan and a member of the International Women’s Forum Canada – Toronto Chapter. Hila is a proud alumna of McMaster University and the Toronto Metropolitan University.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Windsor and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2017.

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.

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.

Dr. Tomas VanHelder
President of the Medical Staff Association

In addition to practicing as a  cardiac anesthesiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences, Dr. VanHelder is currently the President of the Hamilton Health Sciences Medical Staff Association (MSA).  He is the past Vice-President and past Secretary/Treasurer of the MSA and has been a member of the executive committee for the last seven years.

Dr. VanHelder's goals during his tenure of the President of MSA will be continuation of the MSA's work in the areas of physicians-hospital relationship and introduction of the concept of Just Culture to the physicians' interactions with the HHS leadership.

Additionally Dr. VanHelder was a one term Juravinski Hospital Site Chief, Department of Anesthesia, during the development and opening of the new wing of the hospital as well as a two term Hamilton General Site Chief during the expansion of the anesthesia services and coverage at that site.

Dr. VanHelder has a long-standing involvement in research and is currently involved in several PHIR studies. His personal interest include continuous learning about history,  with the emphasis on the European history.

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.

Anissa Hilborn
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, CEO
Anissa Hilborn is CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation (HHSF). Anissa brings more than 25 years’ experience in leadership roles with a focus on operational excellence and a donor-centred approach to fundraising. Before joining HHSF, Anissa served as President & CEO of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation in Burlington for 12 years. Previously, she served as Vice President at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation. She is also an active community volunteer. Anissa holds a degree from Western University and has achieved the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation since 2001. In 2015, she was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

In addition to practicing as a  cardiac anesthesiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences, Dr. VanHelder is currently the President of the Hamilton Health Sciences Medical Staff Association (MSA).  He is the past Vice-President and past Secretary/Treasurer of the MSA and has been a member of the executive committee for the last seven years.

Dr. VanHelder's goals during his tenure of the President of MSA will be continuation of the MSA's work in the areas of physicians-hospital relationship and introduction of the concept of Just Culture to the physicians' interactions with the HHS leadership.

Additionally Dr. VanHelder was a one term Juravinski Hospital Site Chief, Department of Anesthesia, during the development and opening of the new wing of the hospital as well as a two term Hamilton General Site Chief during the expansion of the anesthesia services and coverage at that site.

Dr. VanHelder has a long-standing involvement in research and is currently involved in several PHIR studies. His personal interest include continuous learning about history,  with the emphasis on the European history.

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.

Anissa Hilborn is CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation (HHSF). Anissa brings more than 25 years’ experience in leadership roles with a focus on operational excellence and a donor-centred approach to fundraising. Before joining HHSF, Anissa served as President & CEO of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation in Burlington for 12 years. Previously, she served as Vice President at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation. She is also an active community volunteer. Anissa holds a degree from Western University and has achieved the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation since 2001. In 2015, she was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter.