Our Board of Directors
Thanks to a committed group of volunteers – our Board of Directors – we achieve the highest standards in stewardship and accountability.
Our Board ensures that:
• Funds are used for the purpose for which they are given
• Funds are managed effectively and ethically
• The Foundation’s affairs are managed with appropriate care and control
• We comply with any legislation pertaining to privacy issues
Serving on the Board since 2016, Mr. Sam Ajmera is Co-Founder of FGF Brands, which he co-founded in 2004 with his two sons; Ojus and Tejus. FGF Brands is a commercial bakery that produces an entire collection of authentic flatbreads sold under the brand name “Stonefire.”
Born in Mumbai, India, Mr. Ajmera holds a Masters Degree in Business from the University of Detroit. Following his graduation, he moved to Canada in 1974, where he co-founded Dough Delight with his brother Shreyas. By the time the company was sold in 1994 to Canada Bread, it was producing 5 million bagels and 3 million croissants a day.
Mr. Ajmera is a supporter of BAPS Charities, a non-profit organization committed to humanitarian operations throughout the world in such diverse fields as medical, educational, environmental, community and disaster relief services. In April 2012, he also supported the Ajmera Family Chair in Urology at Sunnybrook Hospital to further pursue genetic research in prostate cancer.
In 2009, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) gave Mr. Ajmera the Entrepreneur Award in recognition of his achievements.
Mr. Ajmera has generously supported the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation through the establishment of the Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre and the Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Chair in Molecular Diabetes Research. He has also served as member of the ‘Diwali – A Night to Shine’ Event Committee and in May 2009 hosted a dinner in support of diabetes research. In 2009, FGF Brands was a presenting sponsor of the Ladies on the Links golf event raising funds for the mechanical heart program.
Mr. Ajmera is a member of the Finance Committee.
Serving on the Board since 1999, Ms. Vonna Bitove is Executive Director of the Bitove Foundation. A nurse by profession and a graduate of the Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing, Vonna proudly serves as TGWHF’s Board Champion for Nursing. In addition to UHN Nursing, Vonna is a strident supporter of many TGWHF events and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. Vonna now focuses her support and fundraising efforts on the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, created and funded by her and her family in 2013.
Through Ms. Bitove and her family’s generosity, UHN now leads in efforts to revolutionize the care and support of individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. Founded on the notion of an academy as a centre of learning, the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy provides opportunities for personal growth and discovery through creative activities, education and learning, artistic expression, discussion, intergenerational inquiry, exercise and enjoyment. The Bitove Academy is a centre for excellence in research and care affiliated with York University and is committed to helping change the way society views and treats dementia and to create a more compassionate, person-centered approach to dementia care.
Ms. Bitove is deeply committed to her family, her community and the Bitove Academy. She is the recipient of the Global UMD Macedonian Heritage Public Service Award (2014).
Serving on the Board since 2019, Mr. Marc Caira is the past Vice Chairman on the Board of Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. He currently serves on the Board of Minto Homes, one of the largest home builders in Canada and parts of the U.S., and on the Board of Gildan Activewear a Canadian based global manufacturer and supplier of branded apparel.
Marc has also served on the Board of Hydro One, Ontario’s largest electricity and distribution utility and on the Board Governors of Seneca College, a leading post-secondary educational institution.
Marc has held several senior positions including President and CEO of Tim Hortons Inc., Global CEO of Nestlé Professional and a member of the Executive Board of Nestle S.A in Switzerland, President and CEO of Parmalat North America, and President of Nestle Food Services in Canada.
Marc received an Honors Diploma in Marketing Management from the Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, Ontario in 1977. He is also a graduate of the Director Program at The International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne Switzerland.
Marc is a Board Champion for the Diabetes Campaign.
Mr. Timothy Casgrain
Mr. Timothy Casgrain is currently a Director with Wilmington Capital Management Inc. and Arht Media Inc. He previously served as Chair of the CBC/Radio Canada Board of Directors, Chair of Anaconda Mining, Vice Chairman of Skyservice Investments Inc. (a Canadian business aviation company) and as a Director of SiriusXM Canada. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. Mr. Casgrain joined the Board of the Toronto Rehab Foundation in 2004 and served as Chair from 2008 to 2014.
Mr. Casgrain joined the Board of the UHN Foundation in April 2021 following the amalgamation of Toronto Rehab Foundation and the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. He currently serves as Chair of the Foundation’s Campaign Cabinet for Rehabilitation.
Joining the board in 2018, Ms. Jenny Coco is the CEO of the Coco Group, a privately owned and operated company of the Coco family for over 55 years. Coco Paving is one of Canada’s largest vertically integrated heavy civil construction companies.
Ms. Coco is also a Board member for additional family business enterprises including a wide range of residential and commercial developments.
She is an MBA graduate from the University of Windsor (1985) as well as having received an Honorary Doctorate of Law (2012).
Ms. Coco has an interest in health care and previously participated as a public member on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Council, between the years of 1989 to 1993. She is currently a Board Champion of the Lung Centre Campaign.
Ms. Coco is Chair of the Human Resources Committee.
Serving on the Board since 2019, Mr. Patrick Dovigi is the Founder, President and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GFL Environmental Inc, a Canadian multi‐sector environmental services company with headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario.
In 2007, Patrick had a vision to create a company that is a “one-stop shop” provider of environmental solutions. Since then, drawing on the discipline he learned in his earlier hockey career, Patrick has driven GFL to become the fourth largest environmental services company in North America. Patrick has instilled an entrepreneurial culture in GFL’s leadership team with a focus on operational excellence, sustainability and safety as core values.
In 2017, he was recognized by Waste360 with a Top 40 Under 40 Award, and in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year TM Ontario Awards, as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Power & Utilities Sector.
Patrick is also driven by a passion to give back to charities in our host communities. In addition to being a regular supporter of charities supporting local family and health initiatives, in 2019 he contributed $5 million to help create the Dovigi Family Sports Medicine Clinic, a first of its kind sports medicine research and care facility providing support to individuals with sports-related injuries.
George R. Eaton
Serving on the Board since 2011, Mr. George R. Eaton has had a varied and extensive business career in Canada. He is Vice Chairman, Weatons Holdings Limited, a private holding company.
Mr. Eaton was the former President of Eaton’s serving in this role from 1991 until 1997. He served as Vice President and Deputy Chairman of Eaton’s of Canada from 1975 to 1991.
Mr. Eaton is a trustee of the John David & Signy Eaton Charitable Foundation. He has held directorships with Baton Broadcasting, First Canada Securities International, The Eaton Foundation, Desjardins Laurentian, Metaris Inc., and JC Clark. He has been involved in a wide range of philanthropic endeavours for the past 40 years at both the board and executive levels.
Married to Terrie for 45 years, they have three sons, James, Michael, and David.
Mr. Eaton is Co-Chair of the Innovators’ Circle and the Transplant Centre Campaign, and the Board Champion for the Digital Strategy.
Serving on the Board since 2007, Mr. Paul Farrell is currently Managing Director & Head, Canadian Investment Banking at CIBC. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities in 2014, Paul was Managing Director and Vice-Chair, Investment Banking and prior to that served as Head of Real Estate Investment Banking and Head of Merchant Banking at CIBC.
Mr. Farrell is an officer and serves as Treasurer for the Foundation. He serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Audit and Investment Committees. In addition, Mr. Farrell serves as a member of the University Health Network’s Finance and Audit Committee.
Serving on the Board since 2010, Mr. Ivan Fecan is a Television Producer. Prior to that he was President and CEO of CTVglobemedia, Canada’s #1 media company and CEO of Canada’s #1 television group, CTV.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mr. Fecan has a BA (Fine Arts) from York University and Honorary Doctor of Laws from Ryerson University and York University (with his wife, Sandra Faire). He is active in the community in terms of volunteering and philanthropy. Currently, Mr. Fecan sits on the board of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Mr. Fecan is Board Champion for the Transplant Campaign.
Serving on the Board since 2011, Mrs. Angela Feldman is Executive Vice-President of Camrost-Felcorp, a respected real estate development firm that has built over 85 towers throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Mrs. Feldman is the Board Champion for the Arthritis Campaign at Toronto Western Hospital. She is a member of the Peter Munk Cardiac Care Innovation Committee whose mandate is to identify and integrate innovative investigation and therapy into clinical practice. Mrs. Feldman serves on the Modern Curatorial Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario and serves on the Foundation Board.
Mrs. Feldman is a member of the Human Resources Committee.
Joining the board in 2018, Mr. Martin Goldfarb, is an entrepreneur and a leading expert in the study of human behavior as it relates to the marketplace and society. In 1966, Mr. Goldfarb established Goldfarb Consultants, a market research consulting firm which he grew into an international company with 26 offices around the globe. He is now Chair of Goldfarb Ventures, a private equity company, a Principal at Goldfarb Intelligence Marketing and President of Almada a private corporation.
Mr. Goldfarb has an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, a Honourary Doctorate of Laws from York University and is the inaugural recipient of the University College, University of Toronto, Distinguished Alumni Award. He has co-authored 2 books: Marching to a Different Drummer and Affinity: Beyond Branding in 2010.
Mr. Goldfarb was designated an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his pioneering work in the market research industry and philanthropic activities and philanthropic activities, which include support of arts organizations in the city including the Symphony, Shaw and the Opera. A recent gift from Mr. Goldfarb and his wife Joan will be used to build and establish the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Art Gallery at York University
Mr. Goldfarb is also a consistent supporter of organizations that promote tolerance within our community. He is a member of The Peter Munk Centre Innovation Committee, Co-Chair of the Brand Marketing Advisory Committee and a Board Champion for the Digital Strategy.
Serving on the Board since 1998, Mr. Leo Goldhar is President of Whitehorn Investments Limited. A retired businessman and venture capital investor, he has been involved with a number of philanthropic organizations including the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and the United Jewish Appeal Federation. In 2013, Mr. Goldhar was awarded the Ben Sadowski Award of Merit for his philanthropic work in the Jewish community.
Mr. Goldhar served as Vice Chair of the UHN Brain Campaign. He was the Honorary Co-Chair of the 2018 Sakura Gala, a UHN partnership fundraising event with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre honouring pioneering UHN thoracic surgeon, Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the UHN Real Estate and Capital Strategy Committee. He is a supporter of the Neural and Sensory Science Fund for Excellence. He is Board Champion of the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, the Brain Campaign and the Arthritis Campaign. Mr. Goldhar is also serving as Honorary Chair for Pioneers in Excellence 2020, a partnership event with Villa Charities honouring Dr. Antonio Finelli and Carlo and Angela Baldassarra.
Dr. J. Bernard Gosevitz
Serving on the Board since 2003, Dr. J. Bernard Gosevitz is the Chief Medical Officer Emeritus of Rogers Communications Inc. He holds the Medical Directorship for Barrick Gold Corp. and is Medical Advisor to KPMG and Burnac Corporation. Dr. Gosevitz has served as Chair of the Canadian Wildlife Federation Foundation and is on the honorary Board of Sheena’s Place. He serves on the Board of Arts for Muskoka Chautauqua.
Dr. Gosevitz is Board Champion for the Arthritis Campaign, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre Campaign, the Mental Health Campaign and the Men’s Health Campaign.
Daniel J. Greenglass
Appointed to the Board in 2013, Mr. Daniel J. Greenglass is Chief Financial Officer and Co-Managing Partner of Brennan Custom Homes Inc., Toronto’s premier luxury custom home design/builder. Brennan Custom Homes Inc. also operates in Palm Beach, Florida and Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas. Mr. Greenglass has been educated at Crescent School, University of Toronto and is also a graduate of Harvard University, Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate.
In 1994 Mr. Greenglass founded and is Chairman of Best Buddies Canada, one of Canada’s largest non-profit organizations which pairs up high school and university students to those people with an intellectual disability in a one to one friendship program. In 2007 Mr. Greenglass was awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship for his philanthropic work and specifically his work with Best Buddies Canada.
Other charitable endeavors include raising over $1,000,000 for Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival in support of UHN; working with the 519 Community Centre Building Campaign; Member of the Board of Directors for Honest Reporting Canada; Patron for the 2012 CANFAR Gala raising $1,000,000 benefiting the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research. He is currently a volunteer champion for the Toronto Western Hospital’s Brain Campaign new Centre for Image Guided Neurosurgery operating rooms.
Todd A. Halpern
Serving on the Board since 2005, Mr. Todd A. Halpern is President of Halpern Enterprises. He is Board Champion of the Krembil Neuroscience Centre Campaign, the Brain Campaign, the Arthritis Campaign and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre Campaign.
Mr. Halpern is also the Chair of the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival, which benefits research at University Health Network.
In 2008, Mr. Halpern received the Chevalier de l’Ordre du mérite agricole (Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit) from the Government France. In 2020, Mr. Halpern was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of his philanthropy in support of UHN, in particular through the creation of the Grand Cru Festival.
Mr. Halpern is Vice Chair and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He also serves on the UHN Board of Trustees.
Mr. Kevin Hibbert
Mr. Kevin Hibbert serves as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Managing Director at Sprott Inc. In this role, Mr. Hibbert is the co-head of the Enterprise Shared Services Group with specific responsibility for external financial reporting, investment operations, tax, treasury, financial planning and analysis, investor relations and corporate communications, information technology, office facilities and administration.
Mr. Hibbert joined Sprott in 2014 as the Vice President of Finance before assuming his current role. He possesses a breadth of experience in the Canadian financial services sector, having previously served as Financial Controller for RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and Chief Financial Officer for RBC’s Direct Investing and Capital Markets Real Estate subsidiaries. Mr. Hibbert received a BA honours degree in Management (high distinction) from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of CPA Ontario (FCPA, FCA).
Donald K. Johnson
Serving on the Board since 1999, Mr. Donald K. Johnson is a Member of the Advisory Board, BMO Capital Markets and a former Vice-Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. Mr. Johnson continues to serve in an advisory capacity to the firm following his 2004 retirement. He also serves on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. He played a key role in convincing the federal government to eliminate the remaining capital gains tax on gifts of listed securities in the 2006 budget, and to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of private company shares and real estate in the 2015 budget. Unfortunately, in 2016, the new government did not implement the 2015 budget measure. Since then, he has been on a campaign to persuade the government to implement this measure, which would stimulate an estimated additional $200 million per annum in charitable donations, unlocking more private wealth for private good.
Mr. Johnson is Chair of the Vision Science Campaign. He is Board Champion of the Vision Program and the Krembil Neuroscience Centre Campaign. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Mr. Johnson is a member of the Investment Committee.
Joining the board in 2018, Mrs. Joanne Kearney is Managing Partner and Co-owner of Smithcom Limited, a boutique communications and reputation management consulting firm. Joanne’s work at Smithcom focuses on transaction communications, issues and crisis management and reputation-building campaigns in the natural resources and capital markets sectors. Philanthropy has always been an important part of Joanne’s professional life, acting as co-chair for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon hosted by the Ireland Funds, Canada since 2014.
Joanne received a kidney transplant at UHN’s Toronto General Hospital after her husband, Brendan, donated his kidney though the Canadian Blood Services’ Kidney Paired Donation Program at TGH. Joanne and Brendan joined the UHN Transplant Campaign Cabinet in September 2017. Since then, Joanne and Brendan, together with their families, have become founding supporters of the Centre for Living Organ Donation at TGH – a world first.
Edward C. Kress
Serving on the Board since 2012, Mr. Edward C. Kress is a Corporate Director with the Brookfield Group. Prior to joining Brookfield, Mr. Kress was with Ernst & Young LLP. He is a former Director of Willmington Capital Management and Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust.
Mr. Kress actively supports several philanthropic organizations and in 2011, along with his late wife Paddy, established the Kress Family Chair in Esophageal Cancer at University Health Network (UHN) and the Kress Family Esophageal Cancer Research Fund at UHN in 2008.
Mr. Kress serves on the Finance Committee.
Serving on the Board since 2015, Mr. Harold (Hank) Latner is the Deputy Chairman of Shiplake Properties Limited. The company is a Canadian based developer and manager of commercial real estate. He is also a Trustee of the New Museum in New York City.
Mr. Latner has an MSt (Cantab), an MBA from the Ivey Business School and a BA (Hons) in Architecture from University of Toronto.
Mr. Latner is a Board Champion of the Transplant Campaign.
Serving on the Board since 1996, Mr. Jim Leech is Chancellor Emeritus of Queen’s University and Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company. He retired in 2014, after a 45 year military and business career, as President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Canada’s largest single profession pension plan representing 303,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario. During his business career, he has led large public companies operating and investing in the financial services, real estate and energy industries, as well as start-up technology businesses.
Mr. Leech is a founding Board member of Right to Play International. He recently retired as the Chair of the Mastercard Foundation and as Honorary Colonel of 32 Signal Regiment, Canadian Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and ICD Governance College.
In 2012, Mr. Leech was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his work with the True Patriot Love Foundation, in 2014 was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as an innovator in pension management, for his writings on the subject of retirement funding, and for his community involvement and in 2020 was awarded the Order of Ontario.
Mr. Leech is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors. He has served as the Chair of the Foundation’s Investment Committee and is currently Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee.
Marc J. Lipton
Serving on the Board since 2009, Mr. Marc J. Lipton is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Brain Sciences Inc., a leading technology company focused on the assessment of brain function and brain health. Prior to that, Mr. Lipton was a partner at Torquest Partners, a prominent Canadian private equity fund. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and holds a chartered professional accountant designation.
Mr. Lipton serves as Chair of the Investment Committee and is Co-Chair of the Brain Campaign.
Ms. Grace Lombardi
Ms. Grace Lombardi has over 20 years of experience in the broadcasting, production and communications industry having written and produced numerous commercials, promotional videos and award winning documentaries and has developed promotional and public relations campaigns for her clients on both radio and television. She acts as Director of Communications for CHIN Radio/TV International and is also Executive Producer for the nightly Italian news program “Ora Qui” on Rogers, OMNI Television. Grace has served on a number of boards and committees, including COSTI Immigrant Services.
Ms. Lombardi joined the Board of the UHN Foundation in April 2021, having previously served on the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board.
Ms. Lombardi is a member of the Brand Marketing Advisory Committee.
Ms. Kim Mason is Senior Vice President and Head of RBC Private Banking Canada. Private Banking Canada serves high-net-worth individuals, families and family offices by providing comprehensive strategies and solutions for their wealth management needs. She is responsible for shaping the business strategy, driving growth, and leading a highly-enabled team to deliver trusted advice, tailored solutions and personalized service.
Since joining RBC, Ms. Mason has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions, including Senior Vice President, Business Distribution, Strategy and Performance and Regional President for Atlantic Canada and Greater Toronto.
Ms. Mason completed her MBA at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and received her Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario. In 2014, she obtained her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Ms. Mason has been recognized as a Top 50 Atlantic CEO (2012, 2013 and 2014), and was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence (2013) by Women of Influence Magazine. She has also been recognized as one of WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2014).
A believer in community, Ms. Mason has held both director and chair roles on health care boards for more than 18 years and is currently on the board of the University Health Network (UHN) Foundation. Ms. Mason is also a Director on Toronto Finance International (TFI), Canada’s Walk of Fame (CWoF), and is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO).
Born and raised in Milton, Ms. Mason currently resides in Oakville with her husband and three grown children.
Serving on the Board since 2019, Ms. Deb Matthews is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2018 who represented the riding of London North Centre. Matthews served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne. She was the 10th Deputy Premier of Ontario, in office from February 2013 until January 2018.
Deb Matthews was elected to the Ontario Legislature by the people of London North Centre in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Following her election in 2007, she was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. In October 2009 she was appointed to her current position as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and is committed to building a more sustainable health care system with shorter wait times and better access to high quality family health care.
Throughout her life, Deb has been actively involved in community organizations. She served as President of Big Sisters of London, and has volunteered with organizations including the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, the Salvation Army, Orchestra London, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Her professional experience includes time spent in the construction industry, fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club of London, and teaching at the University of Western Ontario where she was twice honoured with a place on the University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll while completing her Ph.D. in Social Demography. Ms. Matthews is the Board Champion for Social Medicine.
Serving on the Board since 2005, Mrs. Cheryl McEwen, along with her husband Rob McEwen, co-founded the McEwen Stem Cell Institute. The Institute is a world leader using Stem Cells for repairing damaged hearts, creating pacemaker cells, repairing damaged livers, eliminating insulin injections for T1 diabetics by replacing pancreatic islets and building blood systems to beat blood cancers. Cheryl plays a vital role in communicating this research to a global audience to gain support both locally and internationally. As the Board Champion for the McEwen Stem Cell Institute, Cheryl provides strategic guidance for the Institute as it moves towards human clinical trials.
Cheryl started her career in fashion as the co-founder of Andrew’s for Women, in Yorkville Village. Today Cheryl is the President of Make My Day Foods Inc, maker of the Veggie Puck. In addition to her role at UHN, Cheryl is active in the McEwen School of Architecture in Sudbury and the Rob & Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Program at Schulich School of Business.
Cheryl plays an active role in several important fund raising events including Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival and Car Karaoke for Stem Cells. Cheryl currently serves as Vice Chair of the UHN Foundation and is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Serving on the Board since 2016, Mrs. Lynn McGrade, is a partner at the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She is the Toronto Regional Leader of the Investment Management Group and head of the Firm’s UK desk.
Lynn practices corporate law, specializing in issues relating to the investment management industry. Lynn is a recognized authority on securities registrant regulation, compliance and investment fund governance, and has extensive experience in merger and acquisition transactions in the investment industry. She is the Past President, Board of Directors, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program (Ontario) and a Recipient of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.
Mrs. McGrade serves as the Secretary and is a member of the Finance Committee and the Investment Committee, as well as a Board Champion for the Mental Health Campaign.
Serving on the board since 2015, Mr. Alan Menkes is Co-President of Menkes Developments a multi-discipline real estate development company involved in the construction of commercial, office and industrial properties; single family home communities and high rise condominium; and mixed use buildings. He has spearheaded a number of high profile projects including the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences in Yorkville, Empress Walk Retail and Condominium Residences in North York City Centre and is currently overseeing Sugar Wharf, an 11.5 acre community of office, retail and residential on Toronto’s waterfront.
A past member of the governing council of the Baycrest Centre and North York Hospital Foundation he was named one of the 2003 Entrepreneurs of the year in Ontario by Ernst and Young.
Mr. Menkes is a Board Champion for the Arthritis Campaign and the Emergency Medicine Campaign.
Mrs. Linda Mezon-Hutter
Mrs. Linda Mezon-Hutter currently serves as the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) Chair and was previously the Chief Accountant at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).
Mrs. Mezon-Hutter was a member of the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board from 2012-21, serving as its Chair from 2018-21. She joined the Board of the UHN Foundation in April 2021 following the amalgamation of the Toronto Rehab Foundation and the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation.
Mrs. Mezon-Hutter is a member of the Finance Committee.
Serving on the Board since 2016, Mr. Nadir Mohamed is Chair of Alignvest Management Corporation. Mr. Mohamed served as the President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. from March 2009 to December 2013. He began his communications career more than 30 years ago. He joined Rogers Communications in August 2000 and served as President and CEO of Rogers Wireless from 2001 through 2005 when he was appointed President and COO of Rogers Communications Group. Mr. Mohamed has been engaged in a spectrum of community organizations and over the past few years has focused on Canada’s innovation and entrepreneurship agenda.
He is the Co-Founder and Chair of ScaleUp Ventures and Chair of DMZ Ventures. Mr. Mohamed serves on the Board of TD Bank Financial Group, Cineplex and Trilogy International Partners. He is also on the Board of the Vector Institute, the UHN Foundation and is a founding Board Member of NEXT 36/NEXT Canada. Mr. Mohamed was named by Bloomberg as one of the world’s most successful immigrants and in October 2013 was honoured by the UN Association in Canada at their 2013 Global Citizens Dinner.
Mr. Mohamed is a member of the Human Resources Committee.
Ms. Barbara Muir
Ms. Barbara Muir leads the Enterprise Legal team at BMO Financial Group and is Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors of Bank of Montreal. She is accountable for legal and regulatory support for the bank’s enterprise initiatives and for corporate secretarial governance globally.
Following a serious car accident in 2013 that resulted in an incomplete cervical spinal cord injury causing paralysis from her shoulders down, Ms. Muir spent six weeks at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre where she gradually regained mobility, and since then she has continued her recovery journey. Barbara served as a member of the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board from 2016-2021, and as Chair of two of its Committees for different periods during that time.
Ms. Muir joined the Board of the UHN Foundation in April 2021 following the amalgamation of the Toronto Rehab Foundation and the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. She currently serves as a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee.
Serving on the Board since 2008, Mr. Marc Muzzo is President and C.E.O. of Pemberton Group, one of Canada’s leading condominium and real estate developers and is one of the principals of Marel Contractors, Canada’s largest drywall contractors.
Mr. Muzzo is Chair of the Muzzo Family Charitable Foundation which was established to assist, promote and develop medical and scientific research in cooperation with hospitals, universities and charities.
Mr. Muzzo is the Board Champion for Surgical Innovation.
Serving on the Board since 2016, Mr. Philip Orsino is a Corporate Director and the former President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jeld-Wen Inc. (2011-2014), a global integrated manufacturer of building products. In addition, Mr. Orsino is the President and CEO of Brightwaters Strategic Solutions Inc. which provides consulting and advisory services.
Mr. Orsino is a former Director of the Bank of Montreal and former Chair of the Audit and Conduct Review Committee. He is currently the Chairman of Renin Corp and Chairman of Tru Tech Inc. He is also a Director of the Minto Group and Chair of the Audit Committee.
From 1984 until 2005, Mr. Orsino was the President and CEO of Masonite International Corporation, a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of doors and components.
Mr. Orsino was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University Health Network. He is responsible for the establishment of the Philip S. Orsino Hematology Centre and the Philip S. Orsino Chair in Leukemia Research. He is an Honorary Trustee of UHN.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004, was the recipient of the 2003 Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year award and received the University of Toronto’s Distinguished Business Alumni award for 2002. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Mr. Orsino serves as Chair of the Audit Committee.
Loretta Anne Rogers
Serving on the Board since 2005, Mrs. Loretta Anne Rogers is a Director of Rogers Communications. She sits on several corporate boards and undertakes many philanthropic activities, previously serving on the board of Sheena’s Place, a centre that offers services focused on hope and support to people with eating disorders and their families. She is a member of the Board of the Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation. Mrs. Rogers is the Board Champion of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre Campaign and the Board Champion for Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Campaign.
Mrs. Rogers and her late husband Ted Rogers served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the UHN Fundraising Campaign. In 2000, the Rogers established the Loretta A. Rogers Chair in Eating Disorders held at Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. In 2009, the Ted Rogers and Family Chair in Heart Function was established.
The Ted Rogers Centre of Excellence in Heart Function was established in 2012 by the Rogers Family to create one of the world’s leading research and educational programs in heart failure, with a focus on Fellowship training and research in outcomes and mechanisms of disease.
Serving on the Board since 2010, Mr. Jeff Rubenstein is CEO of Export Packers Company Limited which was founded in 1937 by his father, the late Max Rubenstein. Export Packers is a diversified international food company that began as a domestic food wholesaler and has since evolved to include Worldwide Commodity Trading and Domestic Seafood divisions. Export Packers is a Financial Post 500 company and has become one of the largest privately owned food companies in Canada.
Mr. Rubenstein joined the business in 1968 and established a reputation throughout the food industry as an expert on market trends in food commodities. His contribution in sales and marketing has helped make Export Packers one of the most highly respected commodity trading houses in North America.
Mr. Rubenstein is married to Honey Rubenstein and has two children, Richard and Kelly.
The Rubensteins and Export Packers are supporters of numerous charities, including the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, the Krembil Discovery Centre, SPARK (Special Programme in Applied Research and Therapy), the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival and Dr. Christian Veillette’s work relating to artificial intelligence within the Arthritis Program at UHN.
Serving on the Board since 2014, Mr. Francis Shen is President of Shen Capital Corporation, a private investment company. Mr. Shen was the former Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer and founder of Aastra Technologies Ltd. The company was merged with Mitel Network Corporation in 2014 after 30 years of leadership under Mr. Shen. Aastra was a publicly traded company on the TSX and was one of the top global players in the enterprise communications market that provided products and services to over 100 countries around the world. Mr. Shen was named Ontario’s 2000 Entrepreneur of The Year in the Technology & Communications category by Ernst & Young.
Mr. Shen is a Board Champion for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre Campaign.
Serving on the Board since 2018, Dr. Kevin Smith is President & CEO of University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre and was recently named one of the five best hospitals in the world by Newsweek. Dr. Smith has spent his career at the interface of the University and Research Hospital and is passionately committed to the mission of education, research and exemplary clinical care. Dr. Smith is a pioneer in advancing integrated care models spanning the continuum of health and social services.
Dr. Smith is a Professor, Institute for Medical Sciences, Department of Medicine, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Rotman School of Management and at the De Groote School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University.
Educated in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain, Dr. Smith began his career in medical education, followed by leadership roles in university administration, academic hospitals and health systems. He is professionally certified in Corporate Governance by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Harvard Program in Effective Governance, and completed the Wharton School CEO Program for Health Care Leadership.
Dr. Smith has served in many past roles including Past Chair, Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario; Chair, The Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Hospital Association and as a frequent advisor to governments and the private sector.
Mr. Bryan Tamblyn
Serving on the Board since 2021, Mr. Bryan Tamblyn is the Chief Compliance Officer for Cidel Asset Management, an innovative wealth management firm operating in North and Latin America. Prior to joining Cidel, Mr. Tamblyn was the Chief Compliance Officer of UBS’s wealth management division in Canada. Mr. Tamblyn holds the Chartered Investment Manager designation and is a fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.
Mr. Tamblyn joined the UHN Foundation as part of the Toronto Rehab Foundation amalgamation. He is a long-time supporter, and event organizer, for Toronto Rehab and other UHN initiatives and charitable causes.
Mr. Tamblyn is a member of the Investment Committee.
Serving on the Board since 2008, Mr. Richard Wachsberg is the Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Health and Beauty Care, the leading private label and control label personal care manufacturer in Canada with distribution throughout North and South America, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Apollo Health and Beauty Care has been awarded the distinction of being one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in each and every year from 2003 to 2020 and has earned the prestigious 50 Best Managed Platinum Award status in each and every year from 2013 – 2020.
Mr. Wachsberg supports several University Health Network campaigns in favour of Princess Margaret Hospital, and of Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital and of Krembil Neuroscience Centre at Toronto Western Hospital. Mr. Wachsberg is a long time sponsor of UHN’s Business Leadership Campaign and a myriad of other community improvement initiatives and charitable causes benefiting health and wellness.
Mr. Wachsberg lives in Toronto with his family and has been a strong supporter of local and of international health services organizations. He is a member of Partners for Discovery in benefit of University Health Network.
Mr. Wachsberg is the Board Champion for Emergency Medicine.
Serving on the Board since 2013, Mr. Henry Wolfond is Chairman and CEO of Bayshore Capital Inc. As an executive and entrepreneur, Henry has a record of selecting high-potential markets, starting and acquiring businesses, building strong management teams and driving companies to sector leadership. Under Henry’s leadership since 1995, Bayshore has delivered exceptional returns to its investors. Henry has extensive experience in the creation, growth and profitable divestiture of businesses. Formerly, Henry practiced law at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, one of Canada’s premier corporate law firms, where he specialized in complex structured finance transactions.
Mr. Wolfond also serves as director for several other not for profit organizations. He was the 2009 Campaign Co- Chair for the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, is the Immediate Past Chair of Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC). Henry currently serves on the boards of CJPAC, the UJA Federation Community Advisory Council, the Faculty of Law University of Alberta Advisory Committee and has served on the boards of Hillel of Greater Toronto, Baycrest Foundation, United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto, United Israel Appeal of Canada and is a Co-Founder of the Autism Acceptance Project.
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