Board of Directors
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 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.
Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) from 2012-2018. She is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology, and is also an affiliate scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Keenan Research Centre, at St. Michael’s Hospital, where her research group studies the biology of drug transporters which are proteins that facilitate the entry into cells of anti-cancer and anti-viral drugs.
In addition to her work as a research scientist, Dr. Coe is internationally recognized as a Canadian thought leader in the area of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She has advised academia, government and industry on best practices and approaches to improve EDI in STEM, particularly in the Canadian post-secondary education (PSE) and research sectors. She has written about these issues extensively for platforms such as the Lancet, the Globe and Mail, iPolitics and the CBC and has received numerous awards for her advocacy. She has also given a TEDx talk on gender equity in science and is much in demand as a speaker and panelist.
She sits on several boards including that of Science Rendezvous, a national science communication and public engagement organization and is the Past President of the Canadian Molecular Biosciences Society. In July 2022, she was appointed as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence for the federal Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, where she will provide advice and input to the senior executive on issues such as EDI.
Dr. Dvali is President of the Medical Staff Association and is a member of the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery at Michael Garron Hospital.
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 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 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 Business Board of the University of Toronto. He is a former board trustee of CAMH, and former board chair and director of WoodGreen Community Services, and continues to serve as a committee member with both organizations. In 2012, he co-authored and edited From Strategy to Implementation: An integration toolkit for community-based health service providers published for the Toronto Central LHIN. Thomas also enjoys 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, the CPA/CGA and ICD.D designations, as well as the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) from Concordia University.
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. Jha is the Vice President/Secretary/Treasurer of the Medical Staff Association and is a member if the Emergency Department at Michael Garron Hospital.
Wolf Klassen has been with Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) since 1995 and is the longest serving member of the hospital’s Executive Leadership Team. During his time at MGH, Wolf has worn many hats, from overseeing the hospital’s respiratory care program, surgery and mental health services to supporting strategic initiatives and serving as Executive Lead of MGH and East Toronto Health Partners’ (ETHP) COVID-19 vaccination program, which involved more than 350 staff and successfully delivered over 600,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to East Toronto residents.
In August 2022, Wolf was appointed President and CEO, Interim at MGH. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing a $500-million redevelopment project, including ensuring the safe and efficient transition of staff and patients to the hospital’s new Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre. As President and CEO, Interim, Wolf also plays a leading role in the development of MGH’s 2022-25 Strategic Plan and is an executive member of ETHP, one of the province’s first Ontario Health Teams (OHT).
Wolf has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Health Science in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. He is a certified health executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and has completed the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management executive program in understanding the new world of healthcare. Wolf is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.
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 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.
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.
Scott McDonald is an experienced corporate director and former senior executive. In addition to serving on the Michael Garron Hospital Board as a Director and Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee, he currently serves as a Board Director and Human Resources & Governance Committee Chair for Ontario Power Generation (OPG). He has also served as a Board Director and Human Resources Committee Chair on the Boards of Purolator and SCI.
As a senior business executive, Scott worked for several large, complex Canadian and North American companies in both the private and public sectors. With extensive C-suite experience in Human Resources, his background also includes general management, operations, sales, and distribution across several industries: consumer packaged goods, food, logistics, distribution, and forest products. His career provided him with the opportunity to work in both official languages and live in Toronto, Sudbury, Montreal, and Ottawa.
Scott holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association, holding a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and executive programs at McGill University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Rotman School of Management.
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. 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 n 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.
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.
Sandy joined the Board of MGH in September 2018 and brings a background in both Finance and Engineering. He has a deep appreciation for the importance of MGH in the community with a family history volunteering at the hospital dating back three generations.
Sandy is presently the President of Alexander Capital Group in Toronto as well as a senior partner at Oaklins, a global investment banking firm. Sandy currently sits on both the Finance & Audit Committee and the Redevelopment Committee.
Andrew Steele is vice president and Group Head at StrategyCorp, Canada's integrated public affairs, communications and management consulting advisor.
Over a 20 year career, Andrew was responsible for critical victories in public policy, government relations, business strategy, corporate restructuring, branding, communications, and issues management..
Previously, Andrew served as senior advisor to the Premier of Ontario, as well as chief of staff in several Ministries. He held senior campaign roles for the Ontario Liberal Party in three successive election victories, and was a key player in war rooms for Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
In 2012, Andrew was the founding chief executive officer of the Pecaut Centre, a non-profit management consulting firm housed at the Boston Consulting Group. More recently, Andrew was essential to implementing the strategic transformation of public broadcaster TVO.
Andrew graduated with distinction from the master of business administration program at the University of Western Ontario. He also earned degrees at the University of British Columbia and Trent University. He has written extensively on public policy as an opinion columnist for the Globe and Mail and others.
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.
John Tobin is a partner of Torys LLP and is a leading lawyer in tax and structured finance in Canada. He advises Canadian and international businesses, not-for-profits, governments, investment funds and pension funds. His experience covers transactional advice, tax planning and compliance, and controversy and transfer pricing. He has advised on public private partnerships, infrastructure development and project finance including for roads, schools and hospitals.
John serves on several industry boards and industry working committees including being a director of the Canadian Tax Foundation and of the International Fiscal Association. John has lived in the Beach area since 1990. He is the Past Chair of the Board 2022-2023, was Chair of the MGH Redevelopment Committee 2017-2020 and has been a Hospital Board member since 2013. John served as an Ex Officio member of the Michael Garron Foundation Board 2020-2022.
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 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).
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.