2014-2015 Board of Directors
Virginia West, Chair, is a former Deputy Minister for the Province of Ontario, serving in five successive portfolios over a twelve-year period – Solicitor General, Public Safety and Security, Environment, Labour and Natural Resources. She has also held leadership positions at the municipal level of government – as Commissioner of City Property for the City of Toronto, Chief Administrative Officer for the Borough of East York and the first Commissioner of Urban Planning and Development for the amalgamated City of Toronto.
Virginia is a lawyer by profession and holds an MBA from the University of Toronto. Her volunteer work includes past and current service on community and hospital boards.
Kathleen Morris, Vice Chair, is the Director, Health Systems Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Her team provides reports to support health system decision-makers. Recent topics include wait times, readmissions, patient safety, appropriate care, seniors, and international comparisons. Kathleen has been a member of the Providence Board since 2007, and is Chair of the Governance Committee.
Kathleen has previously held Board roles with the Canadian Cancer Society, Camp Trillium (children with cancer) and Toronto East General Hospital. She has an MBA and is a Certified Health Executive.
Gretchen Van Riesen, Immediate Past Chair, is a pension and benefits consultant with GVR Consulting. In November 2007, she retired from her role as Vice President Global Pension and Benefits at CIBC, where for over 17 years she was responsible for benefits policy and design, and pension investment and governance for CIBC’s $3.5 billion pension plan.
With over 40 years in the pension and benefits industry, Gretchen is a past Chair of both the Pension Investment Association of Canada (PIAC) and the Association of Canadian Pension Management. Over the past 30 years, she has been an active member of pension and benefit industry associations and committees, including ACPM, PIAC, Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute (CPBI) and Board of Trade. She sits on several Boards including CPBI, and the Municipal Employer Pension Centre of Ontario, an advisory board to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
For the past 23 years, she has been on the Board of The Phillip Aziz Centre (PAC), a palliative care community hospice organization where she was Chair of the Board until stepping down from the Board in June of 2014. In June 2013, PAC opened Emily’s House, the first children’s palliative care home in Toronto. At Providence she is Chair of the Pension Committee.
Sal Bevan is President of Loris Technologies Inc., a Toronto based developer of document management software for a variety of industries including the financial services, retail, utility and healthcare sectors across North America. Prior to his role at Loris, Sal had a variety of senior management roles – primarily in the health care services delivery area. Sal has a BSc (Hons) from Trent University.
Rod Borstmayer is a retired investment and corporate banking executive. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CA), Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner, Rod provided strategic and corporate finance advice/execution to clients and boards in several industry sectors.
Prior to retirement from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Rod was Head of Canadian Energy and Power coverage. Other senior roles included UBS Securities Canada as Vice President and Director, and Nesbitt Thomson Inc as Vice President Mergers and Acquisitions.
Rod serves on the finance and risk and investment committees of the Board of CNIB and is an advisor to the endowment fund of St. Francis Xavier University.
Maggie Bruneau is the Vice President Partnerships and Chief Nurse Executive for Providence Healthcare. Maggie started her career as a Registered Nurse, and joined Providence in 2001. Her current portfolio includes developing and sustaining partnerships in the system, patient flow, nursing professional practice and infection prevention and control. In this role, Maggie links people and organizations together in ways that improve system flow. Maggie’s team helps patients to transition home safely from the Hospital, and with the right supports, to continue to live in their homes.
Maggie has her MHScHA from the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and is a Certified Healthcare Executive. Maggie is also an Adjunct Lecturer with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
Joe Calderone is a Professional Engineer with an MBA in Finance & Marketing. Joe retired from Imperial Oil after 33 years of service. Joe spent the last 8 years of his career as the Retail Manager—responsible for the operations and profitability of Imperial’s 1900 Esso service stations across Canada.
Alan Cheatley, CA, SVP, Investment Advisor with Macquarie Private Wealth Inc. Al has 35 years of investment and business experience in various roles throughout his career including audit, banking, senior executive of public companies, and investment advisory the last 17 years. He co-owns Bluffer’s Park Marina in Scarborough.
Al has been on the Providence Governing Board since 2006.
Fran Cooper is a Human Resources Executive with extensive experience as a strategist and leader of HR corporate services. Since 2004 she has advised clients across a range of industries including health care, telecommunications, energy, education and manufacturing. Her current scope of practice includes strategic guidance, planning, project management and implementation with organizations undergoing change. Prior to beginning her consulting practice,
Frances held senior leadership roles with Ontario Power Generation, CN Rail, Rogers Cablesystems and Lawson Mardon Group. Her experience in Total
Rewards was first grounded in the consulting industry with such leading firms as KPMG, W. M. Mercer Limited and Morneau Shepell.
Frances has been a member of the Pension Committee with Providence Healthcare since 2004 and she is currently a Board member for Regent Park Community Health Care. She has also served on several other volunteer Boards including, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Association for Canadian Pension Management (ACPM), Illinois Central Hospital Association, Rosalie Hall and Childrens Aid Society of York Region.
Yves Denomme is an Executive Vice President, at D+H (TSX: DH), a leading financial technology provider to the North American financial services marketplace. In this role, Mr. Denommé champions Operational Excellence at D+H and oversees D+H’s Global Delivery Organization providing operational and technology services to both the Canadian and US businesses as well the Shared services group, including strategic sourcing, vendor management and process engineering.
Mr. Denommé is actively involved in coaching cross-country running and has contributed at a grass roots level to many non-profit organizations, including Junior Achievement, Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion, and Ski Express for MS. He is an Associate Member of the Toronto CFA Institute. Mr. Denommé obtained a degree in engineering & management from McMaster University and his MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Brian R. Dunn is a lawyer practicing in north Toronto primarily in the areas of real estate, wills and estate administration. He has over 35 years of volunteer experience in his community. He is a Past President and Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto and has served on the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Ministries in downtown Toronto.
He joined the Board of Directors of Providence Healthcare in 2008.
David Finnegan is Director of Planning, Properties & Housing with the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. He has had a 31 year career with the Archdiocese and is currently responsible for land and property acquisitions, strategic planning, new construction and renovations. He has directed and coordinated the funding,
development and construction of nine Archdiocesan not for profit housing projects and is responsible for the ongoing management and administration of this portfolio.
Mr. Finnegan was the development consultant for the construction of Marycrest at Inglewood Seniors Residence in Peterborough and has served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Religious & Clergy Long Term Care Centre.
David Garner is retired from a successful career spanning over 35 years. David’s career focused in the Employee Benefit field culminating as President and CEO of Green Shield Canada from which he retired at the end of 2009.
David also gained experience and contributed to his communities throughout his career. David served the Sunshine Foundation of Canada for more than eight years starting at the local chapter level and eventually became National President of the Board. He currently serves as Past Chair of the Board of Governors at Centennial College, is a Director Emeritus at Green Shield Canada, Vice Chair for Hope Air, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Board member for Providence Healthcare, part-time Executive Director of Third party Administrators Association of Canada, and recently appointed to the Board and Human Resource Committee for Collus Powerstream. In his spare time, David enjoys a variety of activities including golf, skiing, hiking, music and flying. David is married with two adult sons and makes his home with his wife, Patricia, in Blue Mountains, Ontario.
Nhu Huynh is the President of the Medical Staff Association at Providence Healthcare and a physician in the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence. She also provides locum coverage for Providence Hospital.
Dr. Huynh was the youngest of four children raised in a modest immigrant family. Her family immigrated to Canada from post-war Vietnam in 1985 for the promise of a better life. From a young age, her parents instilled the values of hard work and higher education. She pursued an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics & Molecular Biology, and a Medical degree at the University of Toronto. After completing her training in Family Medicine in 2010, she was offered a position at Providence.
She is happily married and gave birth to her first child Matthew in September 2013. She just returned from maternity leave in July 2014.
Tai Huynh is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Innovation in Complex Care (CICC) at the University Health Network. Tai is also running a national physician campaign to reduce overuse of tests and treatments called Choosing Wisely Canada, serving as its campaign manager. Tai was formerly the Director of the Excellent Care for All Strategy at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, with responsibility for the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 and its implementation, including the roll-out of the initial hospital Quality Improvement Plan and the creation of Health Quality Ontario, a provincial agency. Prior to that, he was a management consultant. Tai has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and is a Master of Design candidate at OCAD University.
J. Rodger Leslie is Senior Vice President of Nine North Logistics Inc and has spent his entire career in the trucking industry. After graduating from Bishop’s University with a B.A in Business and Economics in 1985, he started his career with Canada Cartage System Limited. In 2006 the company went public and he took a seat on the Board. In 2008, along with a business partner, he purchased a trucking company in Shelburne and rebranded it to become Nine North Logistics. In 2012 Nine North purchased a trucking company in Barrie and the two companies merged into the Barrie terminal.
Rodger also sits on the board of the Ontario Trucking Association. He is a graduate of the ICD program from the Rotman Business School at U of T. He lives in Mississauga with his with Marion and they have three sons age 21 and 18 year-old twins.
Patricia McKernan, RN BA MBA. Patricia’s passion is to lead and inspire innovative change that will improve the quality of healthcare across the continuum. She has built a successful career leading the Quality, Patient Safety and Enterprise Risk portfolio at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Wellesley Central Hospital in Toronto. In her senior director role Patricia provided leadership for ensuring compliance with successive legislative and public reporting requirements, including Ontario’s Excellent Care for All Act. Patricia’s areas of responsibility involved the development and deployment of multiple corporate programs and initiatives including an inaugural patient safety and quality program, infection prevention and control program, patient education program, corporate health and safety program, information privacy program and hospital accreditation program.
Patricia is a registered nurse with specialization in critical care, and perioperative care. She holds a Bachelor of Health Studies from York University, Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg Schulich School of Management, and Patient Safety Officer Executive Development Program from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Patricia serves as a surveyor and consultant for Accreditation Canada and Accreditation Canada International, and is an active member in the International Society for Quality in Healthcare.
Mark Murphy is a Vice-President at Borealis Infrastructure, an investment entity wholly owned by OMERS. Mark’s focus at Borealis is on health care investments domestically and internationally. Recent transactions Mark has been involved in includes the acquisition of CML Healthcare (into LifeLabs), and the Niagara Health System hospital redevelopment project. Prior to joining Borealis in 2003, Mark was a senior manager in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Mark has been a member of the Providence Board since 2011 and is Chair of the Safety and Quality Committee. Mark is a graduate of the McMaster Chartered Directors program.
Dr. Peter Nord is the Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Staff. Peter is Attending Physician for a 35-bed Stroke Rehabilitation Unit in Providence and also is the Medical Director of the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, involved with teaching and research activities.
Peter is the provincial Physician Champion for ALC through the Wait Times Information System of Ontario. As advisor to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, he currently co-chairs the Rehabilitation and CCC Expert Panel and is a member of the ER/ALC Expert Panel.
Peter trained at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. He practised in Toronto and also in the U.S., holding senior leadership positions with several health systems, and was Medical Director for Blue Cross of Virginia for a number of years.
He was also the President of The Flying Hospital, a non-profit humanitarian relief organization, for a number of years before returning to Toronto.
Sr. Anne Purcell, CSJ, began in the health care profession 1962 as a hospital-trained registered nurse at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Shortly thereafter, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. Following a three-year Novitiate, Sr. Anne worked briefly at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1965 as a direct care provider. She was then assigned to St. Michael’s Hospital where she worked as a direct care provider, an evening/night supervisor, when the hospital was a thousand beds and in senior nursing management in most clinical areas throughout the hospital. During this time, she completed courses in human resources, hospital management and labour law, to mention a few.
In the mid seventies, Sr. Anne received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing followed by a Masters in Health Science, Administration, five years later. Following this, she was the Executive Director, in British Columbia, of a 250-bed Community Hospital and a 75-bed Extended Care Facility for seven years and in Toronto at the Sisters Motherhouse and Private Hospital for four years. During this time, she was very involved in a major renovation in this facility. Presently, Sr. Anne works as a health care coordinator for the Jesuits of English speaking Canada, as well as working with some cancer patients in her own Congregation, other Religious Congregations as well as some outside referrals.
Over the years, Sr. Anne served on many health-related Boards of Directors and committees including an Alcohol and Rehabilitation Board in Courtney, BC, President of the CHABC, member of the founding Ethics committee of the CHAO, Providence Health Center Board, Toronto, the planning committee for a new Chapel at the Jesuit Infirmary in Pickering, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto, and, currently, on the Board of Directors of Providence Healthcare.
Pamela Sloan is Adjunct Professor of Management and Co-Director of Pôle e3: Expertise in Energy and Environment, a business-academic partnership at HEC Montréal. She has been on the faculty of HEC Montréal since 2005, and teaches leadership and management in the MBA and executive development programs. Her research interests focus on strategy, sustainability and the development of high performance organizations. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she worked in both the private and public sector, including at the Toronto Stock Exchange, where she was Vice-President of Economic and Public Affairs. She is founder and partner of Hill Sloan Associates, an economics and management consulting firm specializing in sustainability and corporate stakeholder relations.
Pamela has been a member the Providence Healthcare Board of Directors since 2008. She has a MA in economics from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in strategy from HEC Montréal.
Josie Walsh is the President and CEO of Providence Healthcare. Josie was appointed to her current position in 2011. She joined Providence in 2001 as Vice President, Programs and Chief Nurse Executive. As President and CEO, Josie has been leading Providence through the successful implementation of the organization’s five-year Strategic Plan, Time to Shine, now in its final year. She has championed a transformational change agenda for Providence with a particular focus on patient flow and system partnerships.
Josie has a Masters in Health Sciences (Health Administration), and is also a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She has extensive health care experience both clinically and administratively. Her expertise was honed first on the front lines as a registered nurse and later in a number of progressively responsible and senior positions in various rehabilitation and complex continuing care hospitals, as well as in the long-term care and community sectors.
Open Board Meetings
Patients, residents, clients, families, staff, physicians, volunteers, community members, the media and anyone else interested in Providence Healthcare may attend our open board meetings.
2014/15 Meeting Dates
September 15, October 27, December 1, January 26, February 23, March 30, April 20, June 8
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Montcalm Conference Centre
For more information and/or if you plan to attend, please contact Gale Hunt at 416-285-3666 x4070 at least two weeks before the meeting.