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List of directors 2018/19

James Alberding is an independent consultant with over a decade of senior-level experience in crafting and implementing public policy, as well as significant private sector experience. James was previously the director, health capital investment branch at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where he oversaw the development, implementation and monitoring of all ministry capital programs.  He also served as director of policy to the Minister of Health and the president of treasury board gaining a broad health policy viewpoint and a deep understanding of the government decision-making process. James is excited to be part of Casey House as it redefines the leading edge of patient-centered HIV/AIDS care in Canada and beyond.

Stephen Brown, President (partner), FUSE Marketing Group. With extensive experience in brand, social, digital, CRM, and experiential marketing, Stephen has the learning needed to create, strengthen and grow brands across a wide range of categories. His clients include CIBC, Hyundai, Canadian Tire, Cashmere and TO 2015 Pan Am Games. Stephen’s leadership, vision and forward thinking have proven to be key to pushing FUSE – and each of its clients’ businesses – to new, innovative heights. Stephen was recently board chair of the Canadian Marketing Association. And he likes to give back to his community – working on new models of philanthropy through Social Venture Partner Toronto, fundraising for Casey House and Covenant House, and lending his time to numerous start-up NFPs.

Joseph DeFoa, a CPA/CA, brings unique skills and experience with over 25 years in the financial services industry through various senior roles in internal audit, finance, risk management, strategic planning and business development, mainly with RBC.  He has also served on committees of Payments Canada and the Canadian Bankers Association and holds an MBA from the U of T Rotman School of Management.  Joseph believes in giving back to the community.  He has volunteered on condominium boards for over 20 years and is also a former board member and treasurer of Community One Foundation.  Joseph joined the Casey House board after retiring from RBC in 2014, and is thrilled to continue to support the outstanding work the organization provides to those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Jennifer A. Dewling, vice-chair is a principal at Genova Private Management Inc., a discretionary portfolio management firm. Prior to joining Genova, Jennifer spent over a decade with a top tier Canadian bank where she filled progressively senior roles – these include the corporate credit group covering the bank’s oil and gas lending portfolio as well as several years in commercial banking. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University. Her areas of expertise include capital markets, personal finance and risk management.  Jennifer is a long-time supporter of Casey House, starting as a recreation volunteer in 2010. She became a non-director member of the finance committee in 2016 prior to joining the board of directors in 2017. Her dedication to Casey House continues to be strengthened year after year from seeing first hand the quality of care provided.

Joyce Fenuta, RN, BScN, MHS  Joyce has held progressively senior positions across many services in the acute care hospital setting, with 31 years of experience in the health sector. Joyce is a clinical program director at St. Michael’s Hospital, having held her current position for the last 10 years, which encompasses critical care, inpatient specialty medical and surgical services, ambulatory care, clinical labs and palliative/cancer services.  Joyce’s role includes collaboration with organizations such as Cancer Care Ontario, MOHLTC, Ontario Bariatric Network, Critical Care Services Ontario, Toronto Central LHIN and other health care partners as well as strategic, clinical, and operational oversight.  Joyce holds an adjunct lecturer appointment with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Joyce joined the board at Casey house as a member through the affiliation with St. Michael’s Hospital.

Mark Garber

Kelly Glass brings strong business acumen and leadership ability in the financial services and technology sectors, domestically and globally. With many years of experience in the field of human resources and operations, Kelly has specialized capabilities in organizational effectiveness, leadership planning and development and talent acquisition.  She has also held senior leadership roles in the technology sector, all with a strong emphasis in emerging and global markets. She has held leadership positions in some of Canada’s most respected companies including, RBC, Manulife Financial, SAP and CIBC.   She has an Advanced Graduate Degree in Management and an MBA from Athabasca University.   She spends the majority of her spare time golfing with her husband of 30 years, and learning about life from her two daughters.

Bryn Gray
 is a partner in the litigation and environmental, regulatory, and Aboriginal groups of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. His broad advocacy and advisory practice includes corporate/commercial and environmental litigation, Aboriginal law, and professional liability matters.  Bryn has worked on a broad range of Aboriginal law and policy issues both in government and private practice and has particular expertise with respect to the duty to consult. He has acted as counsel in Aboriginal rights and duty to consult litigation and has advised clients on consultation and relationship-building with Aboriginal groups for resource development and infrastructure projects. Bryn recently completed a mandate as a ministerial special representative for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada on Aboriginal consultation and accommodation. As a former policy and legal advisor to a previous Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Bryn briefed and advised the Minister on a broad range of issues.

Elaine Kierans is a lawyer whose career has included both the private practice of law and government service.   Ms Kierans was a lawyer in the Toronto office of McCarthy Tetrault, specializing in restructuring and insolvency law. She subsequently served as vice chair and a director of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and as acting chair and CEO of the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relationship Tribunal, a federal labour relations tribunal focussed on the Canadian arts community.  She holds degrees in business, common law and civil law, all from McGill University.  She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.  She had served on the boards of directors of both publicly traded and private not-for-profit organizations including Brighter Minds Media Inc., The Toronto French School and Granite Golf Club.  She is currently a director of Alliance Française de Toronto.  She has an ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto and the Institute of Corporate Directors.  She is fluent in English and French.

Mark Lachmann, chair MD, MHSc, FCFP, FRCP (C)  Dr. Lachmann is the physician lead at Bridgepoint Site of the Sinai Health System.  He is a geriatric psychiatrist working within the hospital setting and the community, where he provides support to Woodgreen Community Services, St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Community Services, and Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care across the GTA. He also provides regular on-site and telehealth support to Sault St Marie Senior’s Mental Health.  Dr. Lachmann is an assistant professor in the division of geriatric psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Prior to training in psychiatry, he worked as a family physician for ten years on James Bay and Baffin Island – including two years as chief of staff of Qikitani General Hospital in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He is interested in complex care of the frail elder, cross-cultural cognitive assessment, bioethics, and delirium.  Dr. Lachmann also works as a coroner and sits on the long-term care death review committee of the Ontario Coroner’s Office.

Debbie McDonald is a partner with Agnew Peckham, a health care and facility planning firm that specializes in strategic, operational and facility planning services for health care organizations. Debbie is responsible for the firm’s practice in mental health, rehabilitation, complex continuing care, specialized geriatric and community health services and leads several planning projects across the country, on an annual basis.

Leighton McDonald, past chair is a physician and health care executive who has been involved in the planning and implementation of holistic HIV/AIDS programs since 1996.  Leighton started his career in South Africa and moved to Canada in 2013. His experience includes health systems leadership, healthcare funding policy, managed care, occupational and corporate health. He was a founding board member of the South African Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and a founding executive committee member of the South African HIV Clinicians’ Society.  Leighton is active in the healthcare system in Canada and is president of Closing the Gap Healthcare. He joined the Casey House board of directors in 2014 and serves on the governance, redevelopment and quality committees.

Susan Mullin

James Owen is a family physician at the St. Michael’s Hospital department of family and community medicine, and an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Toronto. His clinical practice is located at the Health Centre at 410 Sherbourne. His clinical and educational focus is HIV primary care and prevention and the health of LGBTQ patients and vulnerable groups. Along with training medical students, residents and fellows in the clinic, Dr Owen is the undergraduate family medicine program director at St. Michael’s Hospital, and is also the director of the “Complexity and Chronicity” course in the second year of the University of Toronto MD program.

Feaz Rahim, treasurer is the chief financial officer at Black & McDonald Group Limited. Previously he held senior finance roles at McCarthy Tetrault LLP,  Barrick Gold Corporation in Toronto and with LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton in San Francisco and New York.  Feaz graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting) from the University of Waterloo; obtained his Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo and is certified as a chartered professional accountant in Canada, certified public accountant (Illinois) and chartered financial analyst. He qualified as a CPA while articling at EY LLP in both Toronto and San Francisco. Feaz previously served as treasurer for CanEducate, a not-for-profit focused on improving access to education for impoverished and at-risk children in developing countries. He is also involved with Ascend Canada. At Casey House, he serves on the finance committee in addition to serving as a board member.

Geoff Rawle serves as a director on the board of Casey House and Casey House Foundation, and sits on the foundation committee.  He joined the board in 2017 and previously volunteered on the foundation committee in 2016-2017.  Geoff practices law at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.  Formerly, he was counsel at Bloomberg LP and a lawyer with Shearman & Sterling LLP.  In 2005-2006, Geoff volunteered with CUSO and Voluntary Services Overseas at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Cameroon.  He holds a degree in law from the University of British Columbia and systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo.  Geoff lives in High Park with his husband.

Cynthia Stewart is a healthcare professional and certified corporate director with more than 30 years of experience in successfully driving technology innovation, research collaborations and strategic marketing programs.  Five years after starting at GE Healthcare Cynthia accepted the newly created position of director, R&D alliances for GEHC Canada.  In this role she holds responsibility for leading the development and management of new strategic partnerships between the GEHC business, the GE Global Research Centres, government agencies and external partners including academia to drive technology innovation.  Prior to joining GEHC, Cynthia’s career progression spanned positions of increasing responsibility in both academia and industry, including successful startup companies.  She has successfully managed over 20 research projects in medical diagnostics in collaboration with 50 academic researchers, startups and government funding agencies.  Cynthia received her B.Sc. in Honours Biochemistry from McMaster University, her Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alberta, her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and her Institute of Corporate Directors certification from the ICD-Rotman, directors education program.

Priya Tandon
 is director of the corporate policy secretariat at the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.  In this role, Priya leads and directs the development of strategic plans and policies supporting the Ministry’s mandate and key files. She served as a director of the Interval House of Hamilton board of directors from 2007 to 2011 and as president of the board from 2011 until the end of her term in 2013. Priya has a keen interest in specialized HIV/AIDS care and in the past, she has volunteered in Mumbai, India for an organization responsible for the care of children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.  Priya holds a Masters in Engineering and Public Policy from McMaster University and brings to Casey House her technical background, an interest in health policy and a passion for helping people living with HIV/AIDS at a local and international level.

Eric Turner is vice president, commercial financial services at RBC. In this role Eric Turner leads a best in class commercial banking team with a mandate of maximizing RBC’s position in the market.  He joined the Casey House Board in 2018 having volunteered on the Foundation committee since 2016.  Eric has a passion for giving back and has been actively involved in supporting his community for many years.  He currently serves as the co-chair of the Ontario Royal Eagles, RBC’s Indigenous employee resource group and is the immediate past co-chair of RBC’s GTA Pride employee resource group, a position he held for three years.  Outside of RBC, Eric has also been involved with numerous non-profit organizations and charitable initiatives, volunteering his time with Fife House, Junior Achievement, Community One, the Princess Margaret Ride to Conquer Cancer, and many others.  In 2018, Eric along with 45 of his colleagues from around the world were awarded the RBC Global Citizen Award for their ongoing and inspirational dedication to community service.  Eric holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a B.Comm from McGill University in Montreal.

Joanne Simons, Chief Executive Officer
Karen de Prinse, Chief Nursing Executive, Director of Clinical Programs
Malika Sharma,  Medical Director (on maternity leave)
Edward, Kucharski, Interim Medical Director

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Thank you to all the dedicated board and committee members who spent tireless hours helping make June’s vision a reality.

Board Information
Presented below are approved minutes of meetings of the board of directors:

Casey House board meeting minutes January 2019
Casey House board meeting minutes November 2018
Casey House board meeting October 2018
Casey House board meeting June 2018
Casey House board meeting minutes May 2018
Casey House board meeting minutes March 2018
Casey House AGM Minutes June 2017

Presented below are the by-laws:
Casey House by-laws June 2018
Casey House Foundation by-laws June 2018