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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.

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Rob MacIsaac
President and CEO

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

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 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.

Charles Criminisi
Chair

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

Sharon Pierson
Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer

As Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO), 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.

David Lazzarato
Vice Chair

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

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

As Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO), 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.

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

Andrea McKinney
Board Member

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

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).

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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.

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.

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

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

Dr. 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.

Michele Beals
Vice President, Finance & Deputy Chief Financial Officer

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Dr. Stephen Kelly
Surgeon in Chief

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

Dr. Smita Halder
Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Dr. Catherine Ross
President of the Medical Staff Association
Michele Leroux
Michele Leroux
Vice President, Human Resources

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

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.

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

Catherine Gaulton
Board Member

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

Aaron Levo
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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. Ted Scott
Vice President, Research & Chief Innovation Officer

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

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

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. 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.

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.

Indy Butany-DeSouza
Board Member

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

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.

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.

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

David Collie
Board Member

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

Richard Koroscil
Board Member

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

Bill Laidlaw
Board Member

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

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

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

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

Scott Maki
Board Member

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

Keith Monrose
Board Member

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Terry Shields
Board Member

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

Shirley Thomas-Weir
Board Member

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

Mary Volk
Board Member

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

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

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

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