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Dr. Tara Packham
Interim Director of Clinical Health Professionals Research
Dr. Salim Yusuf
Dr. Salim Yusuf
Chief Scientist

Dr. Salim Yusuf is the Founder and Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), a joint member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, a cardiologist at the Hamilton General Hospital, and a professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.

Dr. Yusuf’s research interests include the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and societal, biologic and, genetic determinants of population health in developing populations. His team's studies are conducted in 86 countries in all of the inhabited continents of the world.

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Dr. Sandra Carroll
Director, Clinical Health Professional Research

Dr. Carroll 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. Dr. 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. Dr. Carroll has received operating funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Dr. Salim Yusuf is the Founder and Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), a joint member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, a cardiologist at the Hamilton General Hospital, and a professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.

Dr. Yusuf’s research interests include the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and societal, biologic and, genetic determinants of population health in developing populations. His team's studies are conducted in 86 countries in all of the inhabited continents of the world.

Dr. Carroll 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. Dr. 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. Dr. Carroll has received operating funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Rob MacIsaac
President and CEO

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

David Lazzarato
Chair

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

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).

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

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

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).

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

Sharon drives important advancements in the transformative work now underway at HHS. Known for her effective guidance of complex clinical programs and initiatives, and her engaged leadership style, Sharon is highly-regarded throughout our organization. Her deep knowledge of community care has given momentum to HHS’ strategic direction in population health, and she is known as a collaborative partner both internally and externally among community health partners.

In her past role as VP of Quality and Performance, Sharon was accountable for Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Patient Experience, Pharmacy and Operational Planning. Most recently, as VP of Community and Medicine and Population Health, Sharon provided executive leadership to the St. Peters, West Lincoln and Juravinski Hospitals and supported the advancement of community based services. She has a Diploma in Nursing from Mohawk College; 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. She is also a board member for the Hamilton Council on Aging and the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans.

Keith Monrose
Vice Chair

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

David Collie
Board Member

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

Sharon drives important advancements in the transformative work now underway at HHS. Known for her effective guidance of complex clinical programs and initiatives, and her engaged leadership style, Sharon is highly-regarded throughout our organization. Her deep knowledge of community care has given momentum to HHS’ strategic direction in population health, and she is known as a collaborative partner both internally and externally among community health partners.

In her past role as VP of Quality and Performance, Sharon was accountable for Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Patient Experience, Pharmacy and Operational Planning. Most recently, as VP of Community and Medicine and Population Health, Sharon provided executive leadership to the St. Peters, West Lincoln and Juravinski Hospitals and supported the advancement of community based services. She has a Diploma in Nursing from Mohawk College; 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. She is also a board member for the Hamilton Council on Aging and the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans.

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

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

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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.

Dr. Deepak Dath
President of the Medical Staff Association

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Catherine Gaulton
Board Member

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Michael Campbell
Vice President, Legal Services, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Mike is an accomplished executive and legal advisor, responsible for HHS’ legal affairs, board governance, risk management, and privacy functions. Throughout his career of over two decades, Mike has served as a general counsel, supporting organizations by translating complex legal matters into practical solutions. Mike was previously a Partner at a leading national law firm and has served as General Counsel of Canada’s largest private dedicated fleet transportation and logistics provider. He has also advised early-stage companies across various sectors including healthcare and technology. Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a Law Degree from Queen’s University, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998.

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.

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.

Mike is an accomplished executive and legal advisor, responsible for HHS’ legal affairs, board governance, risk management, and privacy functions. Throughout his career of over two decades, Mike has served as a general counsel, supporting organizations by translating complex legal matters into practical solutions. Mike was previously a Partner at a leading national law firm and has served as General Counsel of Canada’s largest private dedicated fleet transportation and logistics provider. He has also advised early-stage companies across various sectors including healthcare and technology. Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a Law Degree from Queen’s University, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998.

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 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.

Leslie Gillies
Vice President, Community Medicine & Population Health

As Vice President for Community Medicine & Population 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 and the Satellite Health Facility.

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.

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 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.

As Vice President for Community Medicine & Population 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 and the Satellite Health Facility.

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 Medical Director, Burns

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.

Andrea McKinney
Board Member

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

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.

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

Jane Milanetti
Board Member

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

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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 system.

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. 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 system.

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.

Aaron Levo
Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, Interim VP Human Resources

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 communications, public affairs, volunteer resources, and on an interim basis, human resources. 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 some rewarding public policy advocacy to remove barriers to good health all across the country.

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.

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.

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 communications, public affairs, volunteer resources, and on an interim basis, human resources. 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 some rewarding public policy advocacy to remove barriers to good health all across the country.

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.

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
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.

Dr. Ted Scott
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.

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.

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.

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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.

Hila Taraky
Board Member

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

Shirley Thomas-Weir
Board Member

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

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.

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

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

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.

Farah Alexis
Board Member

Farah Alexis is the Vice-President, Talent & Culture at Hydro One Networks Inc., providing leadership for talent acquisition, leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion, and change management. 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.

Pearl F. Veenema
CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation

Pearl is 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.

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.

Farah Alexis is the Vice-President, Talent & Culture at Hydro One Networks Inc., providing leadership for talent acquisition, leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion, and change management. 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.

Pearl is 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.