External members of Board Standing Committees
Marcia Visser , Chair
Marcia Visser has more than 20 years experience in the health care sector both in Canada and the US. As a trustee of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC) Board of Directors, she chairs the Quality Care Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. She also chaired the Musculoskeletal and Academic and Research Committees.
Marcia became a member of the OHA Region 3 Regional Council Executive Committee in 2008.
In addition she is member of the Regent Park Community Health Centre, OTN, and The Change Foundation Board of Directors. She is a Peer Facilitator at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Her experience is in insurance, human resources, and health care delivery. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master in Health Services Administration degree.
Marcia Visser was elected to the OHA Board in November 2009.
Pierre Noël, Vice Chair
Pierre Noël assumed the position of President and CEO of the Pembroke Regional Hospital in the fall of 2006. Born and raised in Pembroke, he was delighted to return to his home town to play a leadership role in a hospital which has played such an important role in his own life and the life of his family.
Before assuming this role, Pierre was the CEO of the Wellington Health Care Alliance, a trihospital alliance between Groves Memorial Community Hospital and the North Wellington Health Care Corporation.
Prior to this, Pierre held a number of senior positions in both the public and private health care sectors including a role as special consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long‐Term Care as part of its Health Reform Implementation Team, Vice‐President of Corporate Development at Aetna Health Management, Vice‐President of Business Development at Columbia Health Care, Director of the Children’s Program at Laurentian Hospital in Sudbury, and Director of Administrative Services at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.
Pierre is a past chair of the OHA's Small, Rural and Northern Leadership Council and a past Vice‐Chair of the OHA's Medium‐Sized Hospital Leadership Council. He is currently the Chair of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Pierre Noël was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2011.
Colin Goodfellow, Treasurer
Colin Goodfellow has been Chief Executive Officer of Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) since 2005. Accredited with Exemplary Standing, KDH is a healthcare facility operating on two sites, including an innovative private clinic and an urgent care centre. The hospital provides primary care management services, acute care hospital services and advanced orthopaedic surgery. KDH consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee
Colin has been involved in Ontario’s hospitals and health field for over two decades including as Director of Policy and Government Relations, Ontario Hospital Association; Vice‐President of the Hospital Council of the Greater Toronto Area; Vice‐President, Strategic Operations, Toronto East General Hospital, and working with Dr. Henry Friesen to transform the Medical Research Council into the Canadian Institute of Health Research.
Colin joined the OHA Board in November 2008 and has served as Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of Finance Committee and numerous special committees including the OHA Strategic Planning Committee. Colin is a member of the OHA’s Small Rural and Northern Provincial Leadership Council.
Colin holds a Master of Business Administration, Queen’s University; Certified Management Accountant, CMA; Certification Voluntary Sector Management, York University, and a Bachelor of Arts, Economics, York University.
Anthony Dale, Secretary
Anthony Dale was appointed President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) in December 2013. He has worked with the OHA and its members since 2004, previously serving as Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs where he played a leadership role in influencing policy direction and building partnerships to help improve transparency, accountability, quality and value within Ontario’s health system.
From 1995 to 2001, he served as an aide to The Premier, and to the Ministers of Health & Long Term Care and Labour for the Government of Ontario. From 2001 to 2004, he worked as a consultant at a leading Toronto-based public affairs consulting firm. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg and The Change Foundation, a Toronto-based health care think tank. He previously served as a federal government appointee on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy.
Anthony holds a Master of Public Administration (1995) and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in political studies (1992), both from Queen's University. He has completed the Accelerated Development Program (ADP) in General Management at London Business School.
Myra Cridland, Board Member
Myra Cridland is Head, Private Banking, Canada and Asia. Myra is responsible for implementing the overall business strategy for BMO Harris Private Banking in Canada and will oversee its trust, banking and investment operations. She is also accountable for overseeing BMO Private Bank Asia.
Myra joined BMO in 1982, and has held positions in Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, Finance and Wealth Management. In 2007 Myra was promoted to her first executive role as Vice-President and Chief Administrative Officer, Private Client Group. In 2012 she was appointed to Senior Vice-President, Wealth Management Headquarters.
In addition to being a member of the Creative Works Studio, a community arts and outreach program steering committee, Myra is also a member of the Board of Directors for the William Osler Health System, as well as Chair of the Health Services Committee for Osler.
Stacey Daub, Board Member
Stacey Daub is Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) one of the city’s largest community‐based health care providers known for its unique case management approach focused on the care needs of its diverse populations. Ms. Daub holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and is a graduate of the Advanced Health Leadership Program from the Rotman School of Business.
As a passionate and dynamic health care leader who is committed to transforming the experience of clients and caregivers, she provides leadership to an organization that employs 500 people, works with 35 service provider organizations, 26 hospital sites and 37 long‐term care homes and various community agencies to provide more than 230,000 people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds with care in their homes or community annually.
With more than 16 years extensive leadership experience in the health and community sectors and a powerful vision for the Toronto Central CCAC –she spearheaded one of the most significant changes home care has ever seen in Toronto over the last 50 years with the launch of the Population Focused Model of Care. She is the Co‐Chair of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s ED/ALC Expert Panel, Member of the MOHLTC Health Link Advisory and Executive Business Lead for the Resource Matching and Referral System for the Toronto Central LHIN.
Derek Graham, Board Member
Derek Graham is President and CEO of Manitoulin Health Centre (a multi‐site, rural hospital which delivers care to the Manitoulin Island region of North‐Eastern Ontario), a position he has held since 2007.
Derek holds a Master of Business Administration in Health Care from the California College for Health Sciences, as well as diplomas in Health Care Administration (OHA) and Medical Laboratory Technology (Algonquin College).
Derek has enjoyed a health care career spanning more than 30 years, with experience at the front‐line care level, as a registered laboratory technologist in Ottawa, followed by management positions within laboratory services, senior leadership for diagnostic services in the USA and Northern Ontario, leading to Derek’s current CEO tenure.
Derek enjoys a rural lifestyle, including boating and fishing from his home on Lake Manitou.
Derek was elected to the OHA Board in November, 2010.
Gaétan Labbé, Board Member
Gaétan Labbé is Vice President Engineering for PROSPEK International Inc., a project management and specialty engineering consulting firm. After retiring from over 30 years with the Department of National Defence as a Naval Senior Officer, Gaétan’s professional career has included leadership roles with Maple Leaf Foods Inc., as well as other major engineering organizations worldwide. Gaétan holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration (2009), Metallurgical Engineering (1990) and Business Organizational Management (1986). He is actively involved in a number of directorial and policy‐making organizations such as Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), and is locally doing voluntary work with organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and other charitable
Gaétan is also a Director of the Board of St. Joseph Health Care London (SJHC) and as such participate in the following committees:
- Resources, Planning and Audit Committee (Member)
- Investment Committee (Member)
- Health Care Ethics Committee (Chair)
- Ethics Leadership Council (Vice Chair)
- Executive Committee (Member)
- Nominating Committee (Member)
- Mission Committee (Member)
Jamie G. McCracken, Board Member
Mr. McCracken retired as director of education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board after a 34 year career in education. He has been a teacher, department head, vice‐principal, principal, supervisory officer, deputy director and director of education.
Mr. McCracken has been an active member on the board of directors of a number of organizations in the Ottawa community including: Campaign Chairperson, United Way of Ottawa, 2009; Past Chairperson, Success By 6; Past President, Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa, Director, Board of Directors, Shepherds of Good Hope.
At this time, he is Chair, Board of Directors, United Way of Ottawa. Vice Chair, Board of Governors, The Ottawa Hospital. Director, Board of Directors, University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Director, Board of Directors, Ontario Hospital Association.
Recent honours include:
- The Benemerenti Medal conferred by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for distinguished service to the Catholic Church and Community;
- The Distinguished Civic Award for Humanitarianism awarded by the City of Ottawa;
- The Distinguished Leadership Award conferred by The Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers Association;
- The EXL Award for exemplary leadership presented by The Canadian Association of School Administrators;
- Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Catholic Trustees Association, and
- The Community Builders Award presented by United Way Ottawa.
May 20, 2010 was proclaimed as James G. McCracken Day in the City of Ottawa in recognition of his contributions to education and community service.
Drupati Maharaj, Board Member
Drupati Maharaj is an experienced Non-Profit Management Executive, Diversity Consultant, Volunteer, and Community Activist. She has several years experience working with diverse communities across Ontario in the non-profit and government sectors, and holds a B.A. in Social Science and Sociology - York University, and an M.Ed. in Sociology of Education and Equity Studies - OISE – University of Toronto.
Drupati held several employment positions that include: Provincial Sr. Manager for Diversity at the Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario; Provincial Diversity & Knowledge Exchange Manager at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH); Diversity Consultant for Central LHIN and Central West LHIN; and, Community Relations Specialist at Humber River Regional Hospital. With an aim to achieve cultural transformation leadership, in implementing organizational change management practices that includes diversity considerations, Drupati has developed a reputation for fairness and non-partisan, evidence-based, policy development and advocacy.
Drupati presently serves on the Board of Directors at the Toronto Scarborough Hospital, and her previous Board experience include her roles as President, Board of Directors at Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women; Co-Chair, Board of Directors at FoodShare Toronto; and, Member of Board of Directors at South Asian Professional Network Association. Drupati has been a passionate community activist for the past 20 years, and a former columnist for the Indo-Caribbean World community newspaper.
Drupati Maharaj was elected to the OHA Board in November 2011.
Dr. Barry McLellan, Board Member
Dr. Barry McLellan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In this role, Dr. McLellan provides leadership for one of Canada’s largest academic health sciences centres with 11,000 staff and physicians, 1,350 beds and an annual budget of more than $900 million.
Each year the hospital conducts more than $100 million in research, provides educational opportunities for 2,000 students and cares for 1.2 million patients. The hospital provides a broad range of tertiary regional programs and services including specialties in cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, high-risk obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions, trauma and critical care, and aging and population health. In addition, Sunnybrook is Canada’s largest facility caring for the country’s war veterans.
Prior to his position as President and CEO at Sunnybrook, he was the Chief Coroner for Ontario.
Dr. McLellan graduated from the University of Toronto with a Medical Doctorate in 1981 and subsequently trained in emergency medicine, receiving a Fellowship in 1985 (Specialist in Emergency Medicine). He is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Previous positions held at Sunnybrook include vice president of specialty services and director of the trauma program, director of the hospital’s emergency department, director of the base hospital (paramedic) program and director of trauma research.
Giles Meikle, FCA, Board Member
Giles R. Meikle,FCPA, FCA, is retired after a distinguished career of 40 years with Deloitte & Touche (now Deloitte), including 8 years as Chairman and CEO and 2 years as Chairman, and for several years as Deputy Chairman of Deloitte International. Subsequent to retirement Giles served as Chairman of Scott’s Hospitality, Inc, Chairman of ABN‐AMRO Canada (now Royal Bank of Scotland) and on the Boards of Canadian Airlines Ltd and several other companies. His career has also included terms as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, President of the Canadian Opera Company, Vice Chair of The Sony Centre in Toronto and several other Boards. He is currently Chair of the Director’s Advisory Group of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants(CICA), and a member of The Risk Oversight & Governance Board and Not For Profit Taskforce of CICA.
In the healthcare field, Giles has served on the Boards of Riverdale Hospital (now Bridgepoint), Wellesley Central (vice‐chair) and as Chair of Toronto East General Hospital for over 3 years following the restructuring of the hospital’s governance in 2003. He was also Chair of the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) in 2009/10,serves on the Board of Salus Global, Inc and is a past‐chair of Hiroc Insurance Services Ltd. He currently serves on the Board of the Harold & Grace Baker Centre, a retirement and long‐term care home. Giles is also a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Working Funds Deficit of the Ministry of Health and Long‐term Care.
Giles Meikle was elected to the Board in 2011.
Mark Rizzo, Board Member
Mark Rizzo is a Vice President, Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy in Hamilton. Mark provides investment advisory services to both institutional and private clients, specializing in credit unions, religious orders and private foundations.
Over the last twenty years, Mark has worked with many organizations in establishing sound investment principles that allow his clients to meet their investment objectives.
He is a graduate of McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and has completed numerous professional investment programs and currently holds the designation of Chartered Director thru The Director's College, McMaster University DeGroote School of Business/Conference Board of Canada Governance programme. Prior to entering the securities industry, Mark worked for a major Canadian Trust Company in providing investment and trust
advisory services through their Trust division.
He currently is past Chair of the Board of Hamilton Health Sciences and Chair of The Hamilton Club. He is a past Chair of St. Peter's Health System, St. Peter's Long Term Care Centres and the Royal Botanical Gardens and a former board member of the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington. As a volunteer, Mark has taken lead roles in Capital Development Campaigns for numerous charitable organizations within the Greater Bay Area.
Andrée Robichaud, Board Member
Andrée Robichaud is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre since October 1, 2010. Prior to this appointment she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Region Health Authority A in New Brunswick.
In November 2006, she was named as the first Associate Deputy Minister of Health for Francophones in Canada.
She joined the Department of Health in 2001 as Executive Director of Planning and was then promoted to Assistant Deputy for Planning and Medicare Services.
She has been a key participant nationally and provincially in the Santé en Français initiative to improve the health status of francophone’s and to increase the number of francophone health care professionals. Andrée also chaired the Conference of Federal Provincial Deputy Ministers Advisory Committee on Health Delivery and Health Human Resources. She also played a major role in the establishment of a medical training program for francophone students in Moncton.
Andrée was a Board member on the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute and is currently a member of the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute Board of Directors.
Andrée is a graduate of the Université de Moncton, where she earned a Bachelor Degree and a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Andrée was elected to the OHA Board in November 2012.
On September 17, 2013, Andrée was appointed to the Medical Council of Canada.
Donald Sanderson, Board Member
Donald Sanderson is proud to be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the West Parry Sound Health Centre & Lakeland Long Term Care in Parry Sound, Ontario since 2009.
His career in health administration spans more than twenty years. Previous to his current role, Sanderson has held positions as the CEO of Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll and the Director of the Cardiac Program for the London Health Sciences Centre and former Victoria Hospital, London.
Born and raised in St. Thomas, Donald is a graduate of Humber College, Western University and holds a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. Sanderson is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders as well as a member and Past Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association’s Small, Rural & Northern Hospitals Leadership Council.
Sanderson is a Vice Chair of the Canadore College Board of Governors, a member of the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation Board and Past President of the Rotary Club of Parry Sound.
Maureen Solecki, Board Member
Maureen Solecki, President and CEO, Grey Bruce Health Services, began her health care career at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary in 1979. In 1981 she relocated to Owen Sound to join the hospital just as the new regional facility for the Grey Bruce area was being built. Maureen remained with the hospital through a voluntary amalgamation of six hospitals, which lead to the creation of Grey Bruce Health Services in 1998. She has served as a Vice President holding several different portfolios including diagnostic, therapeutic and support services. Maureen became President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services in May of 2009, and oversees the operation of six hospitals and a withdrawal management centre.
Maureen is a graduate of the Master’s program in Health Administration at the University of Toronto and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours B.A. She is a member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Maureen was elected to the Ontario Hospital Association Board in November, 2011. She cochaired the South West Local Health Integration Network’s Cancer Surgery Improvement Project.
Beyond Grey Bruce Health Services, Maureen has been an active member of her community for many years. Maureen has served as both a member and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Georgian College, and is a past member of the Owen Sound Kiwanis Club.
Altaf Stationwala, Board Member
Altaf Stationwala was appointed President and CEO of Mackenzie Health in November 2010.
Prior to joining Mackenzie Health, Altaf held the position of Senior Vice‐President and Chief Operations Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital. Before joining Mount Sinai Hospital, he was Site Executive – Brampton Civic Hospital and Vice‐President, Patient Services at the William Osler Health Centre.
In 2007, Altaf was presented with the Canadian College of Health Leaders Canada's Outstanding Young Health Executive of the Year Award. He has a diverse educational background with undergraduate degrees in Economics, Geography and Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. Altaf is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and is also a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.
Eric Vandewall, Board Member
Eric Vandewall is President and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) in Burlington, a position he assumed
Under Eric’s leadership several major accomplishments have been realized at JBH. An ongoing focus to continue to improve quality care, safe care, and service excellence is evident throughout the hospital.
Currently, JBH has amongst the lowest C Difficile rates in Ontario, improved hand hygiene rates by over 20% throughout the hospital, and have been able to achieve a balanced budget position for 4 straight years after being in a deficit position for the prior two years. In addition, provincial government approval for the hospital’s $300 million plus hospital redevelopment and expansion was secured in August 2011. Since then construction has started with a completion date set for 2017/18.
Prior to coming to JBH, Eric served as the Senior Vice President, Trillium Health Centre, and Vice President of Planning and Corporate Services at Trillium Health Centre. Eric has held a number of other senior management positions including Director, Health Outcomes at Glaxo Wellcome; Director, Health Reform Implementation Team, Ministry of Health and Long‐Term Care; and, Director, Health Promotion Branch, Ministry of Health and Long‐Term Care. He has held several other senior positions at the Ministry of Health and Long‐Term Care over an 11 year period.
Eric is a graduate of Queen’s University and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, Health Policy. He also has an undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Architectural Sciences and he holds a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, McMaster University.
Marianne Walker, Board Member
Marianne Walker has over 17 years of senior executive health care leadership experience. She was the Chief Operating Officer in a large community hospital for 5 years. Currently, she is the President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph's Health Centre Guelph, a 331 bed facility providing Rehabilitation, Complex Continuing Care, Long Term Care, and Community Support Services.
Marianne has provided leadership provincially as a member of the provincial ALC Action Team working with Dr. Walker, member of the ALC Resource Matching and Referral (RM&R) Provincial Steering Committee, chair of the Rehabilitation Care Alliance Capacity Planning/System Evaluation Task Group and an active member of Ontario Association of Non‐Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS). Marianne is leading several Waterloo Wellington Local Health
Integration Network regional programs such as Complex Continuing Care, Rehabilitation Care, Behavioural Support Ontario, Telemedicine, and Specialized Geriatric Services.
She has co‐authored several research studies including Satisfaction with Care among Residents and Families in a Long‐Term and Complex Continuing Care Organization and an Assessment of Institutional Relocation Qualitative Perceptions and Patient Outcomes.
Marianne holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Executives. Marianne is past Chair of the Hamilton and Area Chapter of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She is an active member of the Ontario Hospital Association Complex Continuing Care and Rehabilitation Provincial Leadership Council and is also an Accreditation Surveyor with Accreditation Canada since 2003.
Marianne was elected to the OHA Board in January 2009 and is Chair of the Governance Committee.
Marian Walsh, Board Member
Marian Walsh is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, a position she has held since 1998. Bridgepoint Active Healthcare is a publicly‐funded health care organization located in Toronto that provides patient care, research and education in the specialized field of complex chronic disease prevention and management. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare comprises, Bridgepoint Health comprises Bridgepoint Hospital, the Bridgepoint Family Health Team, the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, and the Bridgepoint Health Foundation.
Under Marian’s leadership, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare has established a bold vision for the future to be Canada’s leader in complex chronic disease prevention and management – acknowledged as the biggest health care challenge of the 21st century. In December 2008, Bridgepoint Health was awarded the inaugural Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)/Deloitte Gold Award for Leadership in the Public Sector. This national award distinguishes Bridgepoint Health as an organization that is transforming itself, and in turn, is helping to transform health care.
Prior to joining Bridgepoint, Marian was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Home Care Program for Metropolitan Toronto, the largest publicly‐funded home care organization in North America. She was also Special Advisor to Ministers of Health and Social Services in Newfoundland.
An active health care executive for almost 30 years, Marian continues her service in a wide range of roles in the Ontario Hospital Association; the Rehab Network of Toronto and the Complex Care and Rehabilitation Leadership Council of Ontario. She is a member of the Advisory Committee, Faculty of Health Administration at the University of Toronto and co‐chairs the LHIN/OHA HAPS/HSAA Steering Committee.
She holds an MBA from St. Mary’s University, Halifax; a Bachelors in Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.
Marian Walsh was elected to the OHA Board in November 2008.
Scott Anderson, Audit Committee
Mr. Anderson, a Chartered Accountant, has been a successful business entrepreneur (now mostly retired) and has extensive board level experience with both public and private corporations (has served on over 15 Boards) with a significant depth of experience and focus on health care and related entities.
Most recently he has been the Board Chair for Stevenson Memorial Hospital. His experience relating to health care also includes the following roles: currently Lead Director for People Corporation (TSX listed), a business specializing in employee benefit and pension consulting for corporations; previous Chair of Audit Committee for Comcare Health Service (a business employing over 3,500 nurses, until buiness was successfully sold in 2011); previous member of the Board of ListenUP Canada (Canada's leading hearing health care provider); previous Board member of The Assistance Company (a business providing assistive and mobilitiy devieses to Hospitals and Long Term Care Homes).
In Mr. Anderson's role on the Stevenson Memorial Board, most recently as Chair, the Board provided oversight for the Hospital, which has been under Supervision up until 2008, to: return the Hospital to a balanced budget; put in place a new senior management team; create and implement enhanced HR strategies to overcome many HR challenges; forge new strategic and colloborative relationships; and, to restore community credibility.
Mr. Anderson's various involvments over the last five years with organizations operating within the health care sector have provided valuable exposure to, and expeirence with, the significant challenges to provide the highest quality of health focused services while at the same time embracing new funding models and ways to drive cost effectiveness. With the right strategies and successful implementation and execution thereof, enhanced health services offering and quality can indeed be achieved hand in hand with cost efficiences.
Lori Higgs, Finance Committee
Lori has been the Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer for St. Joseph’s Health Care London since April 2011 and has over thirteen years of progressive leadership experience in the healthcare industry. Her responsibilities include providing leadership in the areas of finance, inventory and logistics, procurement and contract management, security, transportation, fire prevention, parking, mail services and retail food. Lori has accountability for oversight of the hospital’s resource allocation and budget planning processes as well as all financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders.
Lori initially joined St. Joseph’s in September 2007 as the Director of Finance and also held a one-year interim role as Executive Associate for the shared President and CEO of St. Joseph’s and London Health Sciences Centre. In 2009 Lori was a recipient of the Aspiring Leader Award, one of the President’s Awards for Leadership and in 2013 was named one of Business London Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 in recognition of business achievements, industry innovation and community involvement.
Lori has a BA in Administrative & Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario, a Diploma in Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University, and received her Chartered Accountant designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2002.
In addition to her professional experience, Lori participated on a national Task Force with the Public Sector Accounting Board from 2007 to 2010, which provided her with the opportunity to influence and shape the future direction of accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations. As well, Lori has served in a volunteer capacity with Foundation Western, Big Sisters of London, Brescia College, and has recently joined the London Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Fanshawe College Board of Governors.
Richard "Dick" Mannisto, Finance Committee
Mr. Mannisto was born and raised in north western Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto with a BScF in 1969. He spent the next 30 years working for Kimberly Clark Forest Products in supervisory and senior management positions culminating in seven years as Vice President of the Woodlands operation until he retired in 1999.
Throughout his working life and since retirement, Mr. Mannisto has been involved with local, regional, and provincial boards to further the life experience, education, and health care interests/needs of the people of Ontario with a particular focus on Northern and rural communities. He is currrently completing 12 years on the Geraldton District Hospital board and was recently elected to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre board (June 2012).
Mr. Mannisto served one three-year term on the OHA Board with Finance and Audit Committee experience, and was the Chair of the Region 1 Regional Council Executive Committee for two years. He also is one of three trustees of the Greystone Health Trust.
Susan Mikulicic, Finance Committee
Susan Mikulicic has been VP, Finance and Support Services at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since 2010.
Prior to joining CAMH, she was Executive Director, Finance and Support Services and then Vice President, Finance & Planning and CFO at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, from 2006 to 2010.
From 1997 to 2006, Susan served as Chief Financial and Information Officer for Community Living Toronto; the largest organization in North America providing full range of services to developmentally disabled individuals, employing over 1,500 staff at 80 sites.
Prior to joining Community Living Toronto, Susan held positions at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital, Women’s College Hospital, and Mississauga Hospital.
Susan is a Certified General Accountant and a Master of Business Administration