The UHN Impact Collective (UIC) is a group of next-generation leaders who share a passion for community building and advancing the future of health care. Members of the UIC share their time, talents and networks to raise awareness and financial support for the highest priorities of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, Toronto Rehab and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN.
The UIC is made up of passionate volunteers who are driven to make lives better. With their support, we’ll unlock new opportunities to fuel the pursuit of knowledge that builds a healthier world.
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In partnership with Toronto Life, the UIC has launched the Serving Knowledge Supper Club. Exclusive for TLInsider members, the Serving Knowledge Supper Club will be serving up amazing food, drink and conversation at some of Toronto’s top restaurants. We’ll boost guests’ knowledge about health and the game-changing innovations happening at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, with a portion of ticket proceeds going to the hospitals.
In January 2020, we kicked off our partnership with Toronto Life, bringing together TL Insiders and Dr. Kevin Smith, President & CEO of UHN, for a fireside chat at Toronto Life headquarters. Learn more about the partnership and upcoming events. Photography by Brian Simon.
Our inaugural Serving Knowledge Supper Club, in partnership with TL Insiders, was held at Xango, a new restaurant by MasterChef Canada’s Claudio Aprile. The evening featured Dr. Phyllis Billia, cardiologist, heart failure specialist, and Director of Research at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. Photography by Josh Fee.
On May 28, the UHN Impact Collective and TL Insider hosted Dr. Andrew Boozary, Executive Director of Health and Social Policy at Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN), for our first virtual Serving Knowledge Supper Club, where he spoke on the importance of addressing the social determinants of health outcomes in Canada. Check out the virtual event here. Learn more >
On July 7, the UHN Impact Collective with TL Insider featured three experts from University Health Network’s Centre for Mental Health. Dr. Roger McIntyre, Jenna McLeod, and Dr. Joshua Rosenblat joined Publisher of Toronto Life, Ken Hunt, for a panel discussion on the ways COVID-19 has impacted mental health in Canada. View the virtual event here. Learn more >
On September 23 the UHN Impact Collective featured special guests Dr. Jason Lee, Kidney Transplant Surgeon and Dr. Sunita Singh, Medical Director of the Living Kidney Donor Program at the Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre discussing the future of transplantation and living organ donation.
On #GivingTuesday the UHN Impact Collective hosted the final Serving Knowledge Supper Club of the year. An in conversation with a UHN panel of experts which included Dr. Andrew Boozary, Dr. Lisa Richardson, and Sané Dube. The virtual panel discussion covered healthcare inequities facing Indigenous and racialized communities in Canada, with a special emphasis on Canada’s second wave of COVID-19.
In March the UHN Impact Collective with TL Insider hosted a thought-provoking discussion with Dr. Sam Sabbah, Medical Director, Emergency Medicine at UHN; Deb Matthews, former Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Councillor Joe Cressy, Chair of the Toronto Board of Health and the City Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York, about the future of Emergency Departments in Toronto and their role as a point of care for our city’s most vulnerable.
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Senior Manager of Communications, Brand and Reputation, McCarthy Tétrault
Alley Adams is a seasoned corporate communications professional and Senior Manager of Communications, Brand and Reputation at McCarthy Tétrault. She is responsible for all external communications and media relations strategy and execution across the Firm, including crisis management, award recognition and executive communications.
Before assuming her current position, Alley managed communications and digital strategy of Canada’s largest independent wealth management firm, Canaccord Genuity. In her role, she led the launch of an industry-first program that enabled financial advisors to connect with clients on social media ensuring full compliance with capital markets regulatory bodies.
Adams has also held positions at the Toronto Stock Exchange, assisting financial service and technology companies with their investor relations programs and started her career at Smithcom, working with industry-leading companies on corporate affairs and crisis communications.
A passionate advocate for type-one diabetes, kidney disease and organ donation, Alley dedicates much of her personal time to the University Health Network, Canada’s largest research hospital, which comprises Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute for Education at UHN, the Multi-Care Kidney Clinic at Toronto General Hospital and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
“The hospital has given me the greatest gift of all, a second chance at life. By joining UIC, I hope to accelerate the mission of UHN, ensuring greater innovations, research, funding and ultimately, more lives saved.”
Senior Manager, Strategy & Business Development, Sprott Surgery, UHN
Michelle works closely with the Surgeon-in-Chief in the Sprott Surgery program at University Health Network. Working with clinician scientists, she sees firsthand the extraordinary work that is achieved at UHN.
“I am involved with the UIC so that I can be more directly involved in helping to further this work; work that makes an incredible impact on the lives of many patients.”
Director, Change Management, Global Human Resources, Scotiabank
Vernette Eugene brings with her over a decade of Canadian and International experience in the financial services industry. In her current role as Director, Change Management at Scotiabank, she oversees the change management and design thinking approach on all large projects within the Global HR Portfolio.
Vernette has extensive experience working with community organizations including UNESCO, the Canadian Red Cross, Pathways to Education Canada, TRIEC Mentoring Partnership and The Black Business and Professional Association. As an advocate for social inclusion, Vernette is the co-founder and former co-Chair of the Scotiabank Black Employee Network, spearheading the Bank’s first global recognition of Black History Month in February 2019, and providing regular consultation on the organization’s overall diversity and inclusion strategy. With a passion for financial literacy, education and empowerment, she is a contributing writer to publications like, SHE Caribbean, a Magazine dedicated to the Caribbean woman, a personal finance blogger, and a Mentor to young people and new immigrants to Canada. Vernette is also an entrepreneur and holds an MBA in Innovation and Technology from Schulich School of Business.
“I aspire to positively contribute to my community in any way possible, and the UIC is an incredible opportunity to give back to the others in a meaningful way. I am delighted to be part of this brilliant group of professionals who are working together to support and advance a significant cause.”
Investment Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns
“How will I make an impact? This is a question that I ask myself every day. I am a husband, father and a promoter of humanity. My life is not perfect, but I am very grateful for where I am in my journey. Volunteering and giving back is a notion that most think is commendable, but few actually get involved. I decided to stop talking about how I want to contribute to the greater good, and just get started. UHN has provided the vehicle for our collective to give back, and really make an impact. I am honoured to be involved with this initiative, and hope to make a difference in the greatest city and country in the world.”
Co-founder & Partner, Diner Agency
Jack is a serial entrepreneur and an established marketer. Having sold his first 2 companies by age 25, Jack has led marketing programs and initiatives for countless brands across Canada and the US. Alongside his business partner Maleah, Jack has rapidly grown Diner Agency to service some of Canada’s top companies and represent sought-after talent from coast to coast.
“I’m excited to be part of UIC because I believe strongly in giving back and lending your expertise to organizations that are making the world a better place. When the chance to support one of the best hospitals in the world came up, I knew I wanted to help inform Canadians about the excellence in our own backyard.”
Portfolio Manager & Wealth Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities
“Thanks to the exceptional care and effort of the doctors and nurses at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, I am alive and get to enjoy every day as a gift with my family. For me, becoming part of the UIC to support and raise awareness is a natural progression.”
Nancy E. Hotson
Volunteer & grateful patient
“There is no better way to give back to our community than by volunteering with UHN. By raising awareness and fundraising for this incredible institution we can ensure that our parents, ourselves, and one day, our children, will have access to the most innovative and comprehensive healthcare in the world. I got involved with UHN shortly after I was operated on for a benign brain tumour. Through my treatment, I discovered that my surgeon lead the world in developing techniques to remove tumours like mine in the most minimally invasive way possible. Now I know that my surgeon is just one of the many doctors at UHN that are striving to make real differences for their patients. It was an easy decision to get involved with UIC, as I want to do everything I can to ensure the doctors at UHN have all the support they need to continue to develop and implement the best possible treatments for their patients.”
Vice President, Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Ltd.
By introducing affluent Canadians, their families, and foundations and other not-for-profit organizations to CC&L Private Capital’s discretionary wealth management services, Candice provides a confident approach to guiding her clients towards their long-term financial goals.
Prior to joining CC&L Private Capital, she had roles at Pembroke Private Wealth Management and HSBC Global Asset Management. Candice focuses on helping charitable foundations and high net worth clients—including women, entrepreneurs and families—achieve their long-term financial goals. Strategic philanthropy is also an important part of her practice and she is passionate about working with clients to identify values and areas where philanthropy can play a role.
Candice understands the importance of giving back to the community, and is a current board member of the University of Toronto Alumni Association. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, golf, tennis, and hiking with her family and golden retriever, Sadie.
“I’m excited to be part of the UIC community and continuing my own philanthropic journey with the Toronto General and Toronto Western hospital community after all the wonderful care that my family members have received. The UIC is the perfect avenue to make learning about health care fun with an amazing group of supporters!”
Registered Dietitian, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
Tiffany Kress is a community registered dietitian who has a passion for food and learning. She has a special interest in working with families and people with chronic conditions. She is currently obtaining her masters of education at University of Toronto.
“The UIC is a special opportunity that combines my passions of food, health care and education and I am excited for this opportunity.”
Dr. Jason Lee
Minimally invasive robotic surgery, kidney transplant & urologic surgery, UHN
After graduating from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, Jason completed a 5yr residency in urology at UofT. He then moved to California to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive urologic surgery at the University of California Irvine and obtained a master’s degree in health professions education through the University of Illinois at Chicago. He returned to Toronto to take a staff position at St Michael’s Hospital but was recruited by UHN and joined the Division of Urology and Multi-organ Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital in 2018. Jason also serves as Program Director for the University of Toronto Urology Residency Training Program.
“I joined the UIC to help ensure that UHN continues to build its relationships and meet the needs of both local and global communities, and also to engage community leaders in shaping the future of health care through UHN. I’m also excited to meet and be inspired by great Torontonians and have fun doing it!”
Head of Business Development, SJC Media & Associate Publisher, Canadian Business
Jason is a graduate of McGill University and the National Theatre School of Canada’s playwriting program. Currently, he is the Head of Business Development at St. Joseph Media with a focus on digital innovation, revenue strategy and premium membership. Prior to St. Joseph Media, he was the director of revenue at NOW Magazine, senior development officer, corporate partnerships at Canadian Stage, manager, community investment at Toronto Arts Foundation and a sponsorship & advertising coordinator at TIFF.
In addition to his work in corporate partnership development and community engagement, Jason is considered one of the brightest emerging leaders in the City of Toronto. He is a mentor at Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone, as well as a member of the Work In Culture Inclusive Leadership Advisory Committee and Board of Directors. Jason is also a member of Luminato’s Board of Directors and the TELUS Community Board.
Jason is also a playwright. He has been the playwright-in-residence at Theatre Passe Muraille and Young People’s Theatre, a member of the Banff Playwrights Retreat, a former member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, a Finalist for the Soulpepper Academy, a Finalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Fellowship at Juilliard, and a Finalist for the 2017 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards. Currently, he is the playwright-in-residence at theatrefront and was a member of the Playwrights Retreat at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Vice President, Crestview Strategy
Dan joined Crestview Strategy in January 2017 after five years with the McGuinty and Wynne governments at Queen’s Park. During his time at the Government of Ontario, Dan served as director of communications to the Minister of Energy, as well as senior legislative and issues advisor to the Minister of Finance.
In these roles, he provided strategic leadership on some of the most challenging files in the government, including the 2013 and 2014 minority government budgets, the Hydro One initial public offering, the announcement of refurbishment at Bruce and Darlington Nuclear Generating Stations, an electricity trade agreement with Quebec, and the Ontario Fair Hydro Plan.
A Woodstock, Ontario native, Dan also served as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate in Oxford County for the 2014 General Election. He holds an Honors degree in Political Science from Huron College at Western University, as well as a Master’s of Science in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.
“Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals are on the cutting edge of game-changing innovation. I’m excited to help tell that story to Toronto’s next generation of community builders and donors.”
Co-founder & Head of Research & Innovation, Willful
Kevin is the co-founder and Head of Business Development at Willful, an estate planning platform that makes it easy, affordable, and convenient to create a will online. He started Willful after a family member’s passing showed him how difficult it is to plan for death and wrap up someone’s life in a digital age. His mission is to ensure every Canadian adult has protected their family and planned their legacy by creating a solid estate plan. Prior to starting Willful, Kevin worked in construction and project management. He is a member of the #Tech4SickKids advisory board at SickKids, and is excited to bring his experience to the UHN Impact Collective. His hobbies include golf and traveling, and he has visited six continents.
Dr. Fayez Quereshy
Vice President – Clinical, University Health Network
Surgical Oncologist and Minimally Invasive Surgeon, University Health Network
Dr. Quereshy is the Interim Vice-President and Site-Lead of Toronto General Hospital and Surgical Oncologist within Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at UHN. His specialty interest focuses in gastrointestinal malignancies and specifically, colorectal cancer. Dr. Quereshy completed his residency training in general surgery, and his fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Toronto. He received his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) at the Rotman School of Management. He subsequently pursued advanced robotic colorectal fellowship training at the Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong. His academic interests center on operations management and systems efficiency, with the aim of improving cost effectiveness and quality of care. Dr. Quereshy has previously served as medical director of the operating room at the Toronto Western Hospital, as the site lead for gastrointestinal malignancies at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.
President, Hotspex Media
“Fortune favors the brave.” With that mantra, Josh co-founded one of Canada’s fastest growing digital media companies and was recognized as an EY Entrepreneur of the year nominee. His company was also recognized as a Top 100 Growth Company (#24) and credited with awards in digital story telling and innovation. With a strong focus on business results and client success he led his company to an acquisition in late 2018 by one of North America’s most innovative research and insights firm. Now overseeing a media team that is leading the way in cognitive behavior targeting to place ads in greater context, he works with advertisers all over the world to help their media dollars work harder and make advertising more relevant and enjoyable for consumers.
“I am so humbled to be part of the UIC. I think legacy is everything and it’s important to show my kids that you have a responsibility to give back and help those less fortunate. As a group we want to bring awareness to the causes and research that typically aren’t as promoted. With this group of brilliant and accomplished people and the incredible team at the foundation I know we can not only achieve our goals, but surpass them.”
Investment Banking Associate, RBC Capital Markets
Kay is on the mergers & acquisitions team at RBC Capital Markets. Before joining RBC, Kay attended Columbia Business School in New York. She enjoys participating in the community and is passionate about driving innovation and entrepreneurship in Canadian health care.
“I am excited to be a founding member of the UIC and help engage like-minded philanthropists to support UHN.”
Investment Analyst & Legal Counsel
“I chose to get involved with the UIC after seeing first-hand some of the breakthroughs that have been achieved at UHN, especially as they relate to neurological care and stroke rehabilitation. When we are healthy, we tend to get caught up in our everyday lives and do not realize the importance of these issues and the funding required to overcome them. I want to be a part of sharing news about the efforts and achievements of the hospitals while also keeping my peers aware of emerging medical issues and what is required to overcome them.”
Senior Vice President, Palm Holdings
Having spent just under a decade managing Palm Holdings capex division, Anish went on to found Palm Construction, a full construction management subsidiary, which has been responsible for numerous developments with brands such as Marriott, Starwood, IHG, Hilton, Best Western and Choice Hotels. Anish and his team oversee all construction and development related activity including design, MEP, architecture and procurement. Through this process Palm Holdings has won numerous awards such as Marriott’s best development project of the year 2015, IHG Developer of the year 2017 as well as numerous nominations for Gold Key awards at BDNY. Anish also oversees planning and land development for Palm Holdings real estate across North America and the UK.
Anish is a board member in all Palm Holdings businesses actively taking part in all investment decisions, new ventures, operations, governance and strategy. He is also an active board member of the Residences at the Ritz Carlton Toronto and has been awarded Top 30 under 30 by both Hotel Management in the United States and Hotelier Magazine in Canada.
“It is an unfortunate reality that at some point you or someone you love will end up in hospital. My goal is to help make a positive impact on that experience in any way I can.”
Strategy & Planning Professional
Associate Vice President, Canadian Tire Corporation
Nurin is a seasoned leader with over 15 years of global experience working across industries in strategy, planning, and business transformation functions. Nurin has a passion for healthcare issues and worked for over 10 years in the healthcare industry. Nurin has an undergraduate business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and an MBA in Health Industry Management from the Schulich School of Business. She is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Health Executive (CHE).
“I joined the UIC because of my desire to support University Health Network – it plays such a pivotal role in the community, especially during COVID.”
President, Trend Hunter
Shelby is the President of Trend Hunter. Awarded Top 30 Under 30 and WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, she has been featured in the New York Times, the Financial Post and TIME. You can regularly find her in the downtown Toronto Trend Hunter office overseeing a growing team of more than 70 employees, or sharing some of Trend Hunter’s key findings live with 3,000 of the world’s top innovators annually at Trend Hunter’s 15+ Future Festival events. Shelby has been a part of Trend Hunter’s exciting exponential growth since 2009, which provides brands such as Adidas, IBM, Disney and Samsung with custom trend research, helping them to find better ideas, faster.
“I am excited to be involved with UIC as I have aided many of the top brands globally to innovate and communicate their messages more effectively but feel there is an opportunity to better educate and involve the community to improve health care and lives in Toronto. Philanthropic support can fill in the gaps where government funding doesn’t reach, so I am excited to work alongside a group of talented individuals on key improvements for 2020 and beyond.”
Alex J. Wilson
Broker/Owner – RE/MAX Wealth Builders Real Estate
Alex is the founder of RE/MAX Wealth builders Real Estate and Torontopenthouseliving.com. He was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and earned the Lifetime Achievement award all before the age of 35. The focus of his business is to help people build financial freedom through condo investment. The newly launched Torontopentthouseliving.com informs and educates empty-nesters on the benefits of condo living in Toronto.
“I got involved with UHN because I lost my father to depression early in life and because of that, I learned the value of a strong health organization. I am now in a position where I can use my business skills to help promote and support UHN and the groundbreaking work they do.”
Vice-President, Cargo & Sales, Menzies Aviation
James is an experienced senior leader from the aviation industry. He has a passion for the positive influence of people around him and is driven by a passion to effect positive change in people.
“The opportunities with the UIC align synergistically with my wishes to create a better world for everyone where I will be able to contribute my experience and knowledge towards the betterment of the organization. I am surrounded by healthcare professionals and thus have serendipitously gravitated towards this opportunity to give back to the community and contribute towards the on-going successes of UHN.”
Dr. Nicole Woods
Research Institute Director of The Institute for Education Research (TIER);
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto;
Education Scientist & Associate Director, The Wilson Centre, The University of Toronto at UHN
Dr. Wood’s research program at UHN explores the development of expertise in the health professions. As a cognitive psychologist, she is interested in the mental representation of diagnostic categories, how different forms of knowledge are used in problem-solving, and how education supports the cognitive architecture necessary for practice. The aim of her research is to fundamentally change how teachers and education researchers think about knowledge across the health profession in order to transform healthcare practice through education.
“I am thrilled to join the UIC. This is an amazing opportunity to bring science to the community and work together to change the future of healthcare.”
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