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List of directors 2020/21

Joseph Bonnici is a partner and the executive creative director of Bensimon Byrne.  For the past 8 years he has helped Bensimon Byrne grow into one of the largest independent agencies in Canada. In 2018, Bensimon Byrne was named AdAge’s  Small International Agency of the Year. For the past two years he has partnered with Casey House to smash the stigma around HIV. First, with the ground breaking June’s HIV+ Eatery which spawned a documentary currently airing on HBO. And most recently, with Healing House, the world’s first HIV+ Spa.  Together, the two campaigns resulted in over 1000 news stories globally and helped make Casey House a leading voice in the fight against HIV stigma.

Lindsay Broadhead brings more than 20 years of corporate communications experience across a wide variety of sectors spanning energy, health care, technology, not-for-profit, and financial. She specializes in issues and crisis management and campaigns, especially for files that have government communications considerations. Before returning back to Toronto, Lindsay worked as a consultant in London, England for eight years where she managed European and international clients. She currently works at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Toronto. Lindsay holds a MA in contemporary art history from Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and a BA in both international development and classics from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University.

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.

Jennifer A. Dewling, 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.

Michael Ghent completed a BSc at the University of Toronto and a post-graduate degree in France before he began his media career by attending the Vancouver Film School. There, he produced and directed his first documentary about long term HIV survivors called A Stretch of Time, followed by a film for the CBC entitled Tested. Michael was appointed cultural program director for the XI International Conference on HIV/AIDS 1996 in Vancouver where he created the Public Forums, an arts program and one of the world’s first AIDS related film festivals, the One World Screen Festival. Michael has had a long association with the Vancouver International Film Festival and remains a member of the international programming committee. Michael was a production executive for Global Television from 2003 to 2008 and was responsible for over 500 hours of factual programming in numerous genres. He won a Gemini in 2007 for best documentary series, Global Currents. He has served on the board of directors for the Whistler Film Festival, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and the Compassionate Eye Foundation. Michael returned to Ontario in 2015 where he works in strategic communications and continues to develop factual programming.

Brad Keenan brings strong business and political acumen and leadership from his work in the domestic and global entertainment industry to the Casey House team. With years of experience in operations and business affairs, Brad has specialized capabilities in organizational effectiveness, leadership planning and development, change management, digital transformation, and diversity and inclusion. Brad has held senior leadership roles as an advocate for creators and their talents, with a strong emphasis on performers’ rights and a focus on partnerships and global database development that increased efficiencies and revenue for creators around the world. He has held significant positions in some of the world’s most respected organizations, including Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), ACTRA, International Federation of Actors (FIA), SCAPR, and Sony Music.  Before working in the entertainment industry, Brad worked in various roles in the legal sector. Work-life integration for Brad includes spending time with his husband being foodies, travelling, and spending time with family, including their new grandson.

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, past-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.

Kirk LeMessurier serves as chief, strategic communications at the Ontario Hospital Association, where he oversees corporate communications, marketing and advocacy in support of Ontario’s hospitals and their work to build a better health care system. As director, corporate planning & strategy at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Kirk helped implement an eight-year transformational strategic plan, leading the hospital’s priority-setting and organization-wide corporate planning at all levels. Kirk served as director, operations & planning of the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, managed CAMH’s public affairs department, and as communications manager at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Kirk has also served as a local news reporter and editor, worked extensively in teaching journalism, media writing and public affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Science in journalism and mass communication from Boston University’s College of Communication.

David McIsaac was appointed chief executive officer at the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) in 2019 and has leveraged his experience in organizational transformation to lead TBG through a period of transition and financial stabilization as it implements its master plan of becoming an expanded world-class botanical garden and cultural institution for the City of Toronto.  David serves on the finance committee, is a chartered professional accountant and holds a BA from the University of Toronto. He brings over 25 years of leadership, financial and operational experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors to this role. David has held senior leadership positions with TransUnion Canada, Northern Trust Canada, Aviva, Manulife, CIBC and RBC. He is a long-standing supporter of not-for-profit organizations and has held board and committee volunteer leadership roles with Arthritis Society, the Victorian Order of Nurses, Prostate Cancer Canada, and Financial Executives International (FEI) Canada.

Susan Mullin is a professional fundraising executive with more three decades of experience. She is currently president & CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. Susan has worked on development teams that ranged in size from one to 45. In her previous role, Susan led a $200 million campaign for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation. Susan has a commitment to giving back to the community. She served in various leadership roles with the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, including as chapter president. She was actively involved for close to a decade in the LGBT community as a board member for Community One Foundation.  Susan is thrilled to be ‘back’ at Casey House where she spent close to eight years in the 1990s as executive director of Casey House Foundation.

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. He is a member of Casey House’s finance committee.

Stephen Ranger has been involved in the auction and fine art business for 35 years and has held leadership positions in major Canadian auction houses since 1995.  Educated at the University of Toronto, he established the first commercial wine auctions in Canada and partnered with Sotheby’s Canada for the sale of important Canadian art, realizing record setting price records for both new and established artists. Stephen lends his expertise to over twenty-five non-profit and philanthropic organizations each year, raising over $3 million annually through fundraising events. He is past board president of the Dreamwalker Dance Company and an ambassador for Swim Drink Fish Canada. For 25 years, Stephen has been the lead auctioneer for Casey House’s Art With Heart. Stephen maintains a private art consultancy offering advisory and appraisal services to leading corporations, individuals and institutions and in 2020 founded a new venture Ranger Wine.

Geoff Rawle sits on the Foundation committee.  He joined the Casey House board of directors 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.

Kathleen Sheehan is a staff psychiatrist with the medical psychiatry program at University Health Network and an assistant professor in the division of consultation-liaison psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is a principal investigator on research projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Prior to her medical training, Kathleen obtained both her Masters in neuroscience and Doctorate in social psychiatry at the University of Oxford. She is a graduate of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto. Her clinical work and research work focuses on the care of individuals with co-occurring physical and mental illnesses, with a special interest in quality of care.

Gillian Stacey advises on a broad range of acquisitions, financings and technology transactions. Public and private companies and private equity funds, in Canada and internationally, trust her to advise on their critical mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, and fund structuring. They value Gillian’s extensive technology knowledge and experience and, as one client noted, “incredibly solid knowledge of underlying law.” (Chambers Global 2014) Gillian acts as general counsel for companies of all sizes and in various industries, in matters ranging from technology transactions to shareholder disputes and general corporate issues. She regularly advises on specialty technology matters, including CASL, outsourcing, e¬commerce, online gaming, and on privacy issues ranging from devising comprehensive cybersecurity and privacy policies to advising on data breaches and global compliance programs. Her clients include both technology companies, from start¬ups to established players, and non-technology clients who require expert advice on their technology and privacy matters.

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.

Dean Valentine CD, is a veteran of The Royal Canadian Navy and his professional competencies were gained through over 25 years of dedicated service to the Canadian Forces logistics branch.  His employment has been in a vast spectrum of working environments domestically and internationally, providing human resource management and financial support services. Currently, Dean is a research volunteer with St. Michael’s Hospital mental health and additions team, while also actively involved with the family health team’s patient and family advisory committee. Dean wishes to disclose and identifies as a person living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.  It is his personal journey, both successes and challenges, since being diagnosed in 2008 which inspires a commitment to community building through engagement with health care initiatives that bring about the easier navigating of our health care networks.  He is a passionate advocate of establishing mindful approaches to patient centred care and excited to bring this energy to Casey House to advocate for the empowerment of the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.

Anne Wagner is a clinical psychologist and researcher committed to helping understand and improve trauma recovery. She is the founder of Remedy, a mental health innovation community. She is an adjunct professor in the department of psychology and an associate member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University. She is the past-chair of the Traumatic Stress Section of the Canadian Psychological Association. She has presented and published extensively in the use of trauma-informed care, trauma treatment, stigma and interpersonal factors. Anne has a particular focus on innovating mental health interventions, for example by using different treatment formats (e.g., with couples), and facilitators of treatment (e.g., MDMA).

Joanne Simons, Chief Executive Officer
Ed Kucharski, Chief Medical Officer
Wendy Cheuk, Chief  Nursing Officer
Mark Trask, Chief Marketing and Development Officer

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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 AGM minutes June 2018
Casey House board meeting minutes May 2018

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