Board of Directors

Irene Andress

Irene Andress is the vice president, patient experience, health professions & chief nursing executive at Michael Garron Hospital. Irene Andress has over 20 years experience in nursing administration that spans the continuum of care from community health to acute care. Irene holds a bachelor of nursing degree from Ryerson University and a master of nursing degree from University of Toronto. She has had an adjunct clinical appointment at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing, University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management advanced health care leadership program. Irene is also a certified emotional intelligence trainer and is recognized as an extraordinary leader with a passion for transformation, partnership and outcomes achievement.

Susan M. Armstrong
board chair

Sue is an experienced corporate director and retired president & chief executive officer of CDSPI, a company providing advisory, wealth management, insurance and health and wellness services exclusively to the Canadian dental community. 

Sue has over 25 years of experience at the senior executive level in the insurance and reinsurance industries. During this time, she served as senior vice-president of Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada, with previous roles at CIBC Insurance and Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company. Prior to her senior executive roles, Sue was a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC). 

Sue currently serves on the board of directors of Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company (LawPRO), Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company and Legacy General Insurance Company. Previously, she served as director and chair of the audit committee of McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, a public company in the educational publishing industry. 

Sue has also made a long-term commitment to the Canadian healthcare sector. In addition to serving as chair of the board of directors of Michael Garron Hospital, she serves as a director of West Park Healthcare Centre. Previously, she served on the boards of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and The George Hull Centre for Children and Families, which she chaired for three years. 

In recognition of her career accomplishments and contribution to the community, Sue received the fellow, chartered professional accountants (FCPA), fellow charter accountant (FCA) designation in 2016 from the Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario. She has also earned the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Active in organizations focused on networking and executive professional development, Sue is a member of financial executives international, International Women’s Forum and Women’s Executive Network.

Dr. Imogen Coe

Dr. Imogen Coe was appointed in 2012 as the first dean of Ryerson University's faculty of science. 

Throughout her academic career, Imogen has sought to make science more accessible by showing the role of science in our everyday lives and by promoting the value of multi-disciplinary approaches involving science to finding solutions to societal challenges. In addition, Imogen believes strongly in the importance of providing access to scientific learning and research opportunities to as many individuals as possible regardless of gender or background. In particular, Imogen is a passionate advocate for the support and promotion of girls and women in science and has spoken on the topic locally and nationally.

Imogen is internationally recognized for her research in membrane transport protein cell biology. She continues to supervise her own Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - supported research group, housed in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michaels Hospital and has over 70 scholarly publications in addition to many invited international talks.

Imogen received a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in biology from the University of Victoria, a master of Science (MSc) from the University of Victoria and a bachelor’s degree from Exeter University in the U.K.

Sarah Downey

Sarah Downey is president and chief executive officer of Michael Garron Hospital (MGH). Her healthcare experience spans two decades of professional engagement in both academic health-science centres and in complex multi-institutional organizations in Toronto and Ottawa. Prior to joining MGH she worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as executive vice president, clinical programs. She has also held senior leadership positions at the University Health Network’s Princess Margaret Hospital where she was responsible for the clinical and support-services operations of Canada’s largest comprehensive cancer centre. A proud resident of East Toronto, she volunteers her time on the board of directors of WoodGreen Community Services. Sarah has a bachelor of science in biology from the University of New Brunswick and a master of health administration from the University of Ottawa. She holds a certified health executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and has spoken at many health-care conferences, and is a mentor to many in the field. She is fluently bilingual.

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).

Dr. Ian Fraser

Dr. Fraser is Michael Garron Hospital's (MGH) chief of staff as well as director of the Provincial Weaning Centre of Excellence and a lecturer in the division of respirology, faculty of medicine, University of Toronto. He is the former chief and program medical director of medicine. Since joining MGH in 1988, Dr. Fraser has led clinical and research initiatives in quality of care improvement and inter-professional care. He has also been involved in the development of a Canadian community of excellence in prolonged/long-term ventilation (CANuVENT) at a regional, provincial and national level. His current area of interest is collaborative, innovative quality improvement and education in patient safety in the community teaching hospital setting

Katherine Henderson

Katherine is Curling Canada’s chief executive officer. She has a wealth of experience in leadership roles in sports, marketing and brand management that spans more than 20 years.

Katherine manages an organization that is ranked first in the world in men’s, women’s and wheelchair curling, and runs the highly successful Season of Champions series of national curling championships that includes the Tim Hortons Brier, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Ford World Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships.

Prior to this her role was as senior vice-president, marketing and revenue for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games organizing committee, and she played a significant role in, among other things, putting together the most successful non-Olympic sponsorship program in Canadian history with a who’s-who of Canada’s corporate community. She also oversaw the negotiation of broadcast rights for the Games, and under her watch, the Pan/Parapan American Games broke records for attendance, ticket sales and television ratings.

Prior to that, she spent seven years with the Whirlpool Corporation, filling various prominent leadership roles in marketing and general management for the Canadian and North American divisions. She also worked in marketing/branding roles with other high-profile companies such as Colgate Palmolive Canada, Campbell Soup Canada and General Mills Canada.

Katherine holds a bachelor of science degree in nutrition from the University of Western Ontario, an Master business administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a master’s in theological studies from the University of Toronto. She also serves on the boards of Rugby Canada, The Canada Sevens World Series, the Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance and the Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto.

Dr. Michael Hiscox

Dr. Hiscox is the president of the medical staff association and a member of the department of anesthesia at the Michael Garron Hospital.

Catherine Johnston

Catherine Johnston is a corporate lawyer with a focus of creating long-term sustainable growth resulting in long-term shareholder value. Catherine is assistant general counsel & assistant secretary of KIK Custom Products, a leading manufacturer of consumer packaged goods. She has been a member of the senior management teams of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited. Prior to those roles she was a member of the business law group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Catherine has broad experience in several practice areas including corporate and commercial law, securities compliance, corporate governance, litigation management, privacy, mining, travel law and international trade.

Janet Kasperski

Janet Kasperski is an expert in the healthcare industry. She is the chief executive officer of the Ontario Psychological Association. Previously she was the chief executive officer of the Ontario College of Family Physicians and has over thirty years experience in a variety of healthcare settings as a clinician, educator, researcher and hospital administrator. Janet is a registered nurse, a board certified health executive and an assistant professor of clinical education at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Janet's broad-based background allows her to view healthcare from various perspectives. She has a thorough understanding and deep respect for the role that family physicians play within the healthcare system.

Lovisa McCallum

Lovisa McCallum is a managing director at BMO Capital Markets and has previous experience in corporate treasury. For over 25 years, she has specialized in building and managing new business lines with substantial exposure to risk management and infrastructure development. Lovisa’s not-for-profit board experience is dedicated to the Canadian Health sector. She served on the finance committee and board of Sherbourne Health Center. She was a director on the national board and then Toronto chapter president for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. As a passionate public speaker, advocate and media spokesperson, Lovisa was awarded the National Leadership Breath of Life Award by Cystic Fibrosis Canada. She also received the award for Leadership from Woman in Capital Markets. Woman of Influence Magazine has recognized Lovisa as a Canadian Diversity Champion.

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.

Robert McGuire

Bob McGuire is the regional managing director and global market manager for Citi Private Bank Canada. He serves as chairman of the board and president of Citibank Canada Investment Funds Limited, the entity through which Citi Private Bank offers investment services and products in Canada. Bob also serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc. and as director on the board of Citi Trust Company Canada. Bob joined the Toronto office of the Citi Private Bank in 2005 as senior banker. He currently divides his time between his Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal offices. 

Bob has more than 25 years of experience in corporate/investment banking. Prior to joining Citi, Bob was a senior banker with Société Générale in Paris, France and had previously led Société Générale’s Corporate and Investment Banking Group in Canada. Earlier positions include senior marketing roles with Bank of America and Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto as well as an early career position as an economist with the Bank of Canada in Ottawa.  

Bob holds an Master of business administration from The University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business, a bachelors of science in economics from l’Université de Montréal and completed the institute of corporate directors education program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (obtained ICD.D designation). Bob is a registered investment counselor/portfolio manager with the Ontario Securities Commission and l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers in Quebec.  

Married with two sons, Bob is fluently bilingual (French and English) and holds dual citizenships (France/Canada). He frequently lectures at local universities on topics such as international finance and management. Bob also serves on the board of Rise Asset Management, a not for profit entity that provides micro financing to individuals with mental health and/or addiction issues. He previously served on the executive committee of the board and was chair of the audit & finance committee of the Toronto French School (one of Canada’s largest private schools). He is past co-chair of Citibank Canada’s United Way Campaign (2010).

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.

Dr. Christopher Smith

Dr. Smith is the vice president of the medical staff association and is a member of the department of medicine, division of general internal medicine at Michael Garron Hospital.

Andrew Steele

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.

Joanne Sterling

Joanne Sterling is the president of the volunteer services association at Michael Garron Hospital (MGH).  She is a retired occupational therapist from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Currently she is a part time clinical instructor at Centennial College. She's been volunteering at MGH for three years in an out patient clinic.She lives locally in the Beach.

Donald Stewart

Donald Stewart is an accomplished executive with over 30 years of experience in the global financial industry. He is the former president and chief executive officer of Bank of America Canada; serves on the board of directors of the risk committee, State Bank of India ( Canada) and S.C. Johnson & Sons Canada Ltd. Donald, a native of Toronto, has also served as a board member of the United Way, American Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Bankers Association.

John J. Tobin
Vice Chair

John Tobin is a partner of Torys LLP. John has a generalist tax practice advising businesses, not-for-profits, governments and pension funds on Canadian legal and tax matters relating to their activities at home and abroad. John has advised on public private partnerships, infrastructure development and project finance including for roads, schools and hospitals. John has advised regarding health care buying groups, health care insurance reciprocals and the tax status of certain hospitals and their activities. He brings a broad legal knowledge in solving problems. He serves on several board and industry committees. John also served on a Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) task force regarding accounting guidelines. John is repeatedly recognized as a leading tax and structured finance lawyer in Canada. John has lived in the Beach area since 1990.

Mark Trachuk

As general counsel at Entertainment One (eOne), Mark Trachuk serves as the global entertainment studio’s most senior legal advisor, working across the company to oversee legal, risk management, regulatory compliance and corporate governance. In addition, he provides counsel on the Group’s financing, business structures and legal entities as well as all major business transactions, and acts as corporate secretary to the board of directors.

Prior to joining eOne, Mark was a senior partner in the Toronto office of the law firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP where he practiced corporate and securities law. Throughout his many years at Osler, Mark chaired Osler’s corporate practice, corporate finance practice and international practice groups, and practiced in the firm’s London and Singapore offices. He has written and spoken on numerous corporate and securities law topics, lectured at various Canadian law schools and has taught at the bar admission course.

Trachuk holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a six sigma greenbelt (Schulich). He has been recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in Lexpert’s Canadian Legal Directory, Chambers Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers, PLC Which Lawyer? and the IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms. Trachuk is called to the bar in both Ontario and British Columbia and is a solicitor in England and Wales. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Carleton University, a bachelor of laws from the University of Ottawa and an master of laws from the London School of Economics.

Eric Tripp

Eric Tripp was appointed president of BMO Capital Markets in March 2008. Eric has responsibility for BMO Financial Group's dealings with corporate, institutional and government clients, which encompass investment and corporate banking as well as trading products and treasury operations. Eric began his career at Burns Fry Ltd. (a predecessor firm of BMO Capital Markets) in 1983 in fixed income derivatives. Since then he has been involved in increasingly responsible positions including management of the firm's equity business, and its treasury and trading products businesses. Most recently, he was co-president of BMO Capital Markets. Eric is the past chair of the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC), and former board member of the Toronto Futures Exchange and the TSX Group. He is the founder and executive sponsor of the BMO Capital Markets diversity council, which is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and an equitable and supportive workplace.

Eric is a graduate of both Queen's University bachelor of arts honours in Economics and the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario master of business administration.

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