Board of Directors

Krystal Abotossaway

Krystal Abotossaway is from Aundeck Omni-Kaning First Nations and Chippewas of Rama First Nations. She is an urban Ojibwe Anishinaabe Kwe. Krystal is a well sought after expert, speaker and leader on Indigenous Peoples engagement. As Senior Manager at TD Bank, she is currently rotating through the various centre of excellences within the HR function. Providing strategic counsel, execution support, and collaborating across internal teams and external partners. Krystal has successfully completed her Masters degree at York University in Human Resource Management. She is also currently pursuing her Ivey Executive MBA, Class of 2024.

As the President of the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada she is helping to redefine the agenda and identify new measures for advancing the opportunities for and the capabilities of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

Krystal is recognized across Canada--in the media and within the broader Indigenous community--as an expert spokesperson for bridging strategies that will enable more Indigenous youth to achieve their aspirations and dreams. Her thought leadership in advancing Human Resources knowledge on Indigenous engagement is informed by her academic background and ongoing leadership roles on multiple Boards in the GTA.

Carol Chiu

Carol Chiu is President of CI Investment Services, a subsidiary of CI Financial with over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Prior to her current position, she was CFO, Funds for CI Global Asset Management. 

Carol has extensive experience in financial governance, internal controls and risk management.  She is a member of the STF Investment Committee and serves as Treasurer for the Board of Directors at the Young People’s Theatre.

Rowena Chan

A seasoned financial services executive with decades of experience, Rowena is passionate about bringing wellness and peace of mind to Canadians. Rowena leads Retail Advice & Solutions at Sun Life encompassing the retail distribution omni-channel organization that delivers protection (life insurance), wealth, and health solutions to Clients at all life stages, in addition to the insurance solutions (life and health) manufacturing business. Through tailored trusted advice, holistic solutions, and innovative digitally enabled experiences, her team of advisors puts Canadians on the path towards achieving lifetime financial security and living healthier lives. From both professional and personal perspectives, Rowena is a champion for underrepresented and marginalized segments and has spent decades focusing on improving equity for those that needed support the most.  At the workplace, Rowena is determined to improve diversity, equity and inclusion for women and the underrepresented - she is the Executive Sponsor of Sun Life’s Canadian BrightWomen network and has achieved gender parity on her leadership team.  She was also the Executive Sponsor of the TD’s Visible Minority network. In the community, she serves on the Board of the Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity (ILEO) initiative for United Way, committed to driving economic inclusion for those residing in the Golden Mile area.  She was a Board Member of Career Edge, an organization that focuses on helping New Canadians and new graduates on employment opportunity, and the VP of Ascend Canada, an organization that supports Asian professionals in the workplace.  

In addition to the non-profit Board experiences above, Rowena has served as the Chair of Board within Sun Life, which are regulated either under CIRO (Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization), OSFI (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, FSRA (Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario), or AMF (Autorité des marchés financiers).  She has succeeded in overseeing and holding management to account as a Board member, while also being sensitive and responsive to the various external stakeholders involved (ie. regulators, members, funders and clients, respectively).  Personally, Rowena is a first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong.   She is most passionate about paying it forward in the health care sector given her personal experience as the main caretaker and health advocate for her parents, who had both suffered from chronic terminal illnesses and frequented many hospitals in Toronto throughout the years.  She experienced firsthand the amazing support her parents received when they were most vulnerable, and witnessed the challenging journey of patients at times that are from the diverse communities that may have cultural and language barriers.  

Rowena is committed to contribute and help make a difference in the Michael Garron Hospital Board by leveraging her knowledge and experience in running large-scale businesses (current team of 4000 people and multi-millions in revenue); transforming business models and processes through data and innovative technology tools; and partnering/building relationships with multiple stakeholders, including various Regulators to achieve common goals and impact. 

Doug Farley

Doug is a member of the Asset Mix Team and is responsible for the management of portfolios for non-profit organizations (foundations and endowments) and private clients.

He has over 20 years of experience managing balanced and specialty portfolios. Prior to joining Guardian Capital Advisors LP, Doug was a senior partner and portfolio manager at one of Canada's largest trust companies, where he managed portfolios for high net worth clients and the non-profit sector such as charitable groups.

An economist by formal training, Doug received his honours bachelors of arts from the University of Western Ontario. He has also completed the academic credits required to obtain his member of trust institute (MIT) designation from the Trust Companies Institute. Doug is a chartered financial analyst (CFA), and a member of both the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR).

Betty Hicks

Betty Hicks grew up in East York, attending public schools and spending countless years as a competitive figure skater representing the East York Figure Skating Club. She is retired from the East York Board of Education and Toronto District School Board. During her career, she was an elementary classroom teacher, physical/health education teacher, guidance counselor, school administrator and President of the East York Women Teachers’ Association.  At retirement, Betty was made an Honorary member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. More recently, she served four years as President of Volunteer Services, Michael Garron Hospital and is currently Co-Chair, Volunteer Experience Council, Michael Garron Hospital. Betty is active in community events and is the founder of the Topham Park Women’s Softball League that is in its thirty-sixth year of operation. She is Past President of Leaside Curling Club Day Women’s Leagues. Volunteerism plays an important role for her, having volunteered with the Invictus Games, as an official timer for the Grand Slam of Curling and also for the Major League Baseball All Star game when Toronto was the host.

Thomas Hofmann

Thomas Hofmann is a former RBC executive with experience in financial management, business performance and strategy. In 2007, he left the banking industry and began volunteering in the non-profit sector.

In addition to serving on the Michael Garron Hospital Board, Thomas is also a member of the University of Toronto's Governing Council, having previously served the university as a co-opted member of the Business Board. He is also a former board trustee of CAMH, and former board chair and director of WoodGreen Community Services. Thomas enjoys volunteer tutoring which he has done for many years.

Thomas holds a BSc in biology from Mount Allison University, an MBA in finance from McGill University, and the CPA/CGA and ICD.D (Rotman-ICD Directors Education Program) designations. He has also completed the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) at Concordia University.

Michael Holder

Michael Holder is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of North Star Compliance, a regulatory compliance consulting provider and is the Principal of Holder Legal Services, a boutique securities law firm.  Prior to joining North Star, Michael held senior positions at a number of firms including, BMO Financial Group, Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP and the Ontario Securities Commission. Michael earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Windsor and a Masters of Business Administration from Ivey Business School.

Dr. Muneesh Jha

Muneesh Jha is the President of the Medical Staff Association at Michael Garron Hospital. He has been an Emergency Physician at MGH since 2010. He is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine, where he is currently involved in medical student and resident teaching. He is Co-Lead of the ER Wellness Team and in this role helps ensure physician support in the workplace as well as ongoing peer support in the department. He is also a member of the MGH Covid Assessment and Therapeutics Team.

Dr. Jha graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2005, and subsequently completed a family medicine residency with a specialization in Emergency Medicine at the University of Manitoba. 

Dr. Jha has a commitment to the community and has served for 8 years as the family Lead Physician in a community based Family Health Organization.

Melanie Kohn

Melanie is President and CEO of Michael Garron Hospital (MGH). She is a talented, compassionate and dynamic health system leader with more than 20 years of progressive experience leading transformational projects benefiting patients, families and communities in Toronto and Ontario.

She came to MGH in June 2023 from the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH), where she served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Hospitals and Capital Division. In this role, she oversaw multi-billion-dollar budgets supporting the operations and capital funding of Ontario’s hospital sector, including all 144 hospitals in the province.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Melanie was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Mental Health and Addictions at the MOH. In this role, she was responsible for the implementation of critical mental health investments supporting Ontario communities.

Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Melanie spent most of her career working in acute care hospitals. Most notably, she worked at St. Michael’s Hospital for over 12 years in operational and strategic roles, including strategy and corporate planning, project management and research administration.

Melanie holds a Master of Business Administration, with a specialization in Health Services Management, from McMaster University, and a PhD in Evidence-Based Strategic Decision Making from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

She is highly regarded for her ability to develop meaningful and collaborative partnerships with colleagues and valued stakeholders across the health sector.

Dr. Sheila Laredo

Sheila Laredo received her MD from the University of Toronto in 1991, and specialized in endocrinology and metabolism. She holds a PhD in clinical epidemiology. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. Her clinical interest is in women's reproductive health and the role of insulin resistance and obesity on reproductive health outcomes. She is an enthusiastic teacher, has mentored many trainees, physicians and leaders, and has been the recipient of several research and teaching awards.  

She has used her background to advocate for effective evidence-based interventions for children and adults with developmental disabilities on a provincial and national level.  She advocates and participates in the creation of public policy that provides appropriate evidence-based services and support. She is teaching medical trainees about public health policy advocacy and has supervised social justice initiatives annually with these students. She created and chaired a multi-hospital committee that developed a Domestic Violence training manual that has been used province-wide in Ontario.

At Women’s College Hospital, as a clinical lead, she implemented Lean process change initiatives that improved clinical documentation, improved effectiveness and reduced wait times.  She was Chief of Staff from 2013-2019, focusing on physician engagement and improvement, and quality initiatives that improve patient safety and care.  She was responsible for a refresh of the hospital medical By-Laws.  She worked for 2 years at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario, leading the Medical Advisory and Quality Management teams.  In this role she successfully designed and implemented a province-wide hospital quality improvement partnership program, which is now being used at Michael Garron Hospital to support physician wellness.

Using a strengths-based and collaborative approach, Dr. Laredo has undertaken change management in several of her roles, including co-leading leadership teams to improve cross-departmental collaboration, enabling her teams at CPSO, and as Chair of the Board at Kids Brain Health Network, a national Network of Centres of Excellence, promoting a focus on evidence-based impact.  

Mikki Layton

Mikki Layton is the Chief Nursing Executive and a practicing Nurse Practitioner with the Hematology Oncology’s inpatient service. She is a graduate of St. Rita Hospital School of Nursing, and holds an undergraduate degree from Ryerson University and a Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto. Mikki maintains two Canadian Nursing Association certifications; Hospice Palliative Care Nursing and Oncology Nursing.

Her career spans over 30 years at MGH in various nursing and leadership roles including as manager of Hematology Oncology during the clinic’s redevelopment in 2009 as well as opening the first inpatient unit under the Coordinated Care Team model.

She holds an Adjunct Clinical Appointment with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing University of Toronto, and is the professional practice lead for MGH’s Nurse Practitioners.

 As a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students from UofT and Ryerson University Mikki shares her passion for advocacy of the highest quality evidence based patient and family centred care with an emphasis on safety, compassion, dignity and respect for patient voice.

David Lehberg

As Founder & Chairman of Knightstone, David actively shapes the corporate vision for the company tapping decades of real-estate experience. Working closely with the executive team, David advises and guides the ongoing management and growth of Knightstone’s diverse portfolio.

David began his career in real estate in 1987 on the brokerage side of the industry. Over the subsequent decade, he was actively involved in a wide variety of real estate transactions and gained extensive experience in the industry. Prior to founding Knightstone, David held the position of Vice President at a Toronto based private real-estate investment firm, growing its portfolio of retail, multi-residential, and office developments in Canada and the United States.

David founded Knightstone in 2001, and in the ensuing years, his personal touch – the product of his many years of hands-on experience – proved to be perfectly suited to a “boutique” real estate company. Under his watchful guidance, Knightstone has quickly emerged as a national leader in the field of real estate development and investment and has gained a reputation for quality assets and consistent results.

David has been actively involved in many community initiatives including Board of Directors of Canadian Blood Services, Advisory Board of McGill University Faculty of Arts, the Board of Directors of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, the National Advisory Committee for Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Awareness at Canadian Blood Services.

Lovisa McCallum

Lovisa McCallum is a Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets. She runs the Balance Sheet Solutions Group overseeing capital and liquidity management in Global Markets. Previous experience includes Corporate Treasury and Structured Product Trading. Over 30 years, Lovisa has specialized in building and managing new initiatives and financial products with complex risk and technology requirements.

Lovisa McCallum has served on the Michael Garron Hospital board for six years. She is current board chair and past chair of the finance committee. Additional not-for-profit board experience dedicated to the Canadian Health sector includes serving on the board of Sherbourne Health Center and Cystic Fibrosis Canada. As a passionate public speaker, advocate and media spokesperson, Lovisa was awarded a “National Leadership” award by Cystic Fibrosis Canada, “Urban Hero” in Toronto, “Diversity Champion” by Woman of Influence and the Woman in Capital Markets “Leadership Award”.

Lovisa has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Leah Myers

Leah Myers is an experienced public policy executive, with a proven track record over her 30-year career with the Ontario government of shaping new strategic directions, working collaboratively with a broad array of stakeholders, and leading complex initiatives. She is a certified Board Director (ICD.D).

As Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) for Income Security and Pension Policy at the Ministry of Finance, Leah developed and implemented comprehensive pension policy reforms. She also led the Financial Services Policy Division on an interim basis at a time of significant policy development in auto insurance regulation.

As Executive Lead for the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, Leah helped deliver the first comprehensive review of Ontario’s social assistance system in over 20 years. She supported political decision-making on a range of strategic issues as ADM of Health, Social and Education Policy at the Cabinet Office.

Leah is currently involved in various consulting projects, advising on strategic priorities, stakeholder relations and governance matters. She is the Chair of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, a member-driven, volunteer-based charitable organization and one of Ontario’s largest land trusts.

Dr. Moez Rajwani

Dr. Rajwani is President of North York Healthcare Associates and Rehab2go where he manages and works with a multidisciplinary team of medical consultants overseeing complex medical care both in facility and in the home. He is also the Health Policy Officer for the Ontario Chiropractic Association where he provides policy advice in the areas of Autos Insurance. He practices and manages orthopedic rehabilitation centers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). He graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1994 and has post-graduate certifications in Occupational Health and Sport Sciences.

Dr. Rajwani has volunteer experience in the Health Care Sector. He presently serves as the Co-Chair of the Coalition of Health Professional Associations in Auto Insurance Services in Ontario.  He serves as Vice President for World Spine Care (WSC) which was launched to fill the profound gap in the evidence-based treatment of musculoskeletal and spinal conditions found in underserviced areas around the world. He has been recently appointed as a member of Technical Advisory Committee for Auto Products for the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA). He was previously a board member of Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services which provides health care services to marginalized members of the community including refugees and new immigrants in the GTA.

Outside of the health sector, he is the Executive Officer for the Aga Khan Council For Canada and the Executive Director of the Future Ready Initiative. He has previously served as an Allocations Chair for Children and Youth Services for United Way of Greater Toronto. 

He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Volunteer Award, the OCA Volunteer Service Award and has received an award from the Ministry of Citizenship for 25 years of service to the community.

Ron Noble

Ron is currently the President and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario. Ron has achieved a Hons. B.Sc. in Kinesiology, a M.B.A. in Health Services Management and his Fellowship within both the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA), a certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and was previously a certified long-term care administrator with the Ontario Long Term Care Association. 

He has over 35 years of executive leadership experience within the healthcare industry, encompassing both the public and private sectors. Ron has provided leadership in the academic health science centre, community hospital, long-term care, community- based healthcare, private healthcare and consulting environments. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of a community hospital, Chief Financial Officer of a large community teaching hospital and CEO of a community-based provider of health care services. He has worked as a Principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and has been the President of his own consulting firm. Ron has also served as the Chair of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Healthcare Association and is a lead surveyor for Accreditation Canada. He has served as Treasurer for the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada Board and Governance chair for Vision Loss Rehab Canada (CNIB) and is currently a Board member Ontario Gateway North Habitat for Humanity, the Radiation Institute of Canada and the Michael Garron Hospital.

Ron has a proven a track record of delivering strategy, policy, operating and capital budgets on time and on budget while maintaining quality of care and strategic intent, leading organizations towards achieving their strategic objectives, pursuing life-long learning and contributing to the advancement of healthcare leadership within the Canadian Healthcare sector.

Catriona Read

Catriona Read is a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP with over 20 years of experience serving clients in the financial services industry, both in Canada and the United States. Catriona has been the lead partner on a number of the firm's largest public Canadian asset management clients as well as several alternative asset management and other private clients. She is currently the human capital leader for the greater Toronto area assurance practice and is one of the leaders of the firms audit transformation initiatives.

Pamela Steer

Over the course of her career, Pamela has worked in the technology and in financial services industries (pensions, insurance), including publicly traded, private and regulated entities in Canada and abroad.

As president and CEO of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), Pamela leads one of the largest professional accounting bodies in the world, with more than 220,000 members.

Prior to assuming this role, she was the chief financial and corporate strategy officer at Payments Canada where she oversaw the organization’s finance and corporate planning functions. Previously, she was the chief financial officer and head of finance and employer services with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Today, Pamela sits on board of Quarterhill Inc. (TSX:  QTRH), the City of Toronto Investment Board and the board of Michael Garron Hospital. She is an active and founding member of the advisory board for the Institute for Sustainable Finance. Also, she currently sits on the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance advisory council. She is a past Chair of the CFA Society Toronto and was a founding member of the Canadian Chapter of the Accounting for Sustainability CFO Leadership Network.

Pamela is a CPA Fellow and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator designations. In 2019, she was awarded Canada’s CFO of the Year.

Eric Tripp

Eric Tripp is the retired President of BMO Capital Markets, following a career that began when he joined Burns Fry Limited in 1983. He is an Advisory Board Member of Connor Clark and Lunn Financial Group (CCL) and the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO). He is also a former director of the TMX Group. Eric was the Founder and Executive Sponsor of the BMO Capital Markets Diversity Council and he remains engaged in diversity issues through the Advisory Board of Women in Capital Markets.

He and his family are active philanthropists and he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his community engagement. Eric is the former Chair of the Michael Garron Hospital. He joined the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Board in 2016 and was appointed Chair in 2017.

Natasha vandenHoven

Natasha vandenHoven is a partner in the Pensions & Benefits Group. Her practice focuses on statutory and governmental plans, governance, fiduciary obligations, investment and administration issues, trusts, and compliance matters. In particular, she advises clients on pensions and benefits issues relating to corporate transactions, creditor/debtor agreements, and bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

Natasha is experienced in executive compensation and advises clients on matters including equity and non-equity based compensation, supplemental retirement arrangements and bonus plans. She has also developed an expertise in de-risking strategies involving complex annuity buy-in and buy-out transactions including with respect to regulatory discharges.

Natasha was Senior Policy Consultant of the Pension Initiatives, Income Security and Pension Policy Division at the Ministry of Finance, following a leadership position within the Ontario Government where she worked on the development of the newly proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. Natasha practiced pensions and benefits law in private practice for a number of years and was a pension analyst with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (formerly the Pension Commission of Ontario).

Jennifer Van Der Valk

Jennifer is a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience leading large, multi-functional teams in private sector, government and agency environments. Her diverse expertise spans marketing, brand, digital strategy, corporate transformation and project sponsorship, PR, issues management and communications.

As Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications with the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Jennifer leads an integrated team of communications, public relations, and digital specialists dedicated to building the voice and brand of the Board and driving economic growth on behalf of the Region’s business community.

Prior to joining the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Jennifer’s passion for city building was fueled through her time with Metrolinx, the agency responsible for the province’s $70B transit expansion program and operator of UP Express, PRESTO and GO Transit services. Her recognized ability to lead people and drive change moved her through multiple areas of the business including Brand, Marketing and Creative Services, and VP with the Planning and Development Division, stepping in over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to serve as Chief Planning Officer and then Chief Communications Officer. Jennifer has also held multiple senior roles within Cabinet Office at the Government of Ontario, working closely with Premier’s Office on brand, marketing, digital communications strategy and market research to deliver dozens of award-winning campaigns in partnership with over 20 ministries across government.

Jennifer is fueled by a passion for building strong, cohesive teams with a reputation for sound judgement, trusted relationships and responsibly brave strategy. She is a proud East-Ender and mom to two boys born at Michael Garron Hospital, a volunteer mentor with the AMA, and former Advisory Board Committee Member with the Salvation Army and Not-for-Profit Committee of the Canadian Marketing Association.

Niranjan Vivekanandan

Niranjan is currently Senior Vice President, Loyalty & Merchant Solutions within Personal & Commercial Banking at RBC Royal Bank. In this role, he leads Canada’s largest proprietary loyalty program focused on rewarding consumer and business clients’ engagement and loyalty through offers, experiential rewards and linked loyalty partnerships enabled through digital currency. Prior to this appointment, as VP, Term Investments & Savings, he led the overall P&L for the retail term investments and savings business in Canada. This included setting the strategic direction, product development, distribution strategy and pricing and yield management. Niranjan was also Head of RBC Healthcare, the integrated healthcare business for RBC providing holistic banking and beyond banking solutions for the healthcare sector.

He has held numerous executive and senior leadership roles at RBC over 25 years with experience in product, strategy and distribution including, roles as Vice President, Strategy Commercial Banking, Vice President, Sales Strategy & Effectiveness for Canada and Regional Vice President within retail banking in Toronto. Niranjan was previously Vice Chair of the MS Society of Canada (Ontario) Board. He is also currently a Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a Director of Ontario Global 100. He joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2012 and serves as Vice Chair and Secretary

Michael Williams

Michael is a seasoned executive in the financial services industry with a career spanning 25 years at local and global institutions particularly in Banking, Capital Markets and Wealth Management. Currently, he is Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at RF Capital Group acting as an executive officer leading the enterprise risk, credit, project management and compliance operations supporting the overall business strategy and execution. Previous to this role, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer for HSBC Global Banking and Markets Americas leading the Canadian operations.

Michael is currently on the Board of Directors of Michael Garron Hospital, CAMH Foundation and the Investment Industry Association of Canada. Most recently, Michael joined other Black professionals as a Founding Member of the Black Opportunity Fund.

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