Biographies

Board of Directors, Group Photo

Kathryn Osborne, Chair, Board of Directors

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Kathryn Osborne is a lawyer and Partner of SimpsonWigle LAW LLP, with offices located in Burlington and Hamilton.  A member of the firm's business law group, Kathryn has been practicing law since 1990 and specializes in corporate and commercial matters.  Kathryn also completed the family enterprise advisor program through UBC Sauder School of Business and holds a Family Enterprise AdvisorTM designation from the Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors (IFEA).  She works with business family clients as corporate counsel and as an advisor to those families on transitions, corporate organizational planning and continuity. 

Kathryn volunteered in a leadership capacity in the healthcare sector for many years prior to joining the Board of Directors, including as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee of the JBH Auxiliary Board and as a director of Idlewyld Manor, a long term care facility in Hamilton, Ontario where she served as Board Chair during its redevelopment. Kathryn has been a member of the JBH Board of Directors since 2010 and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2016. Kathryn also serves as Chair of the Building & Facilities Committee, Hospital Assets Task Force and the One Team Strategic Planning Steering Committee and is a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.  

Dominic Mercuri, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

Dominic Mercuri, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

Dominic Mercuri is Executive Vice President, Community, Environment & Chief Marketing Officer, TD Bank Group. Dom has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, operations and product management. He has been with TD for more than 20 years, where he became Chief Marketing Officer in 2004 and Executive Vice President in 2008. Over the past decade, Dom has led TD's evolution into an industry-leading and globally-ranked brand.  He has also helped TD cement its role as an industry environmental leader and fulfill its deep commitment to helping the communities in which its employees and customers live and work. Dom has been a member of the Board since 2010 and was appointed to Vice Chair of the Board in 2016. Dom is also a member of the Governance & Nominating Committee, Building & Facilities Committee, Hospital Assets Task Force and the One Team Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

Bob Bosshard 

Bob Bosshard

Bob Bosshard recently retired as a Partner, having spent 39 years working with PwC LLP in Canada and the UK.
He has broad experience working with companies operating as public registrants in Canada and the 
US and with many interests around the globe. Bob understands the public governance issues these companies comply with together with the diverse cultural, ethical and business practices they follow.  

Bob has also served on a number of not-for-profit boards including the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) where he is a member of the Board and Chair of the audit committee. He is also a public representative on the audit committee of the Halton District School Board and a former President of the Burlington Golf and Country Club. Bob is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA Ontario), a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman, Directors Education Program (ICD.D). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in accounting and finance from Lancaster University, UK. Bob was appointed to the Board in 2016 and is a member of the Audit, Finance and Quality Committees. 

Debra Carey

Debra-Carey

Debra Carey is a certified leadership/systems coach and human resources professional.  Prior to opening her coaching business, she was Vice President, Human Resources for Woodbine Entertainment Group.  She has had an extensive career in the area of human capital management in the manufacturing, health care and gaming/entertainment industries with a focus on labour relations and leadership development. Debra has a labour studies degree from McMaster University and coaching certifications through the International Coach Federation, Adler International Learning and the Centre for Right Relationships. Debra has been a member of the Board since 2012. She is the Chair of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

Don Cowan

Don Cowan

Don Cowan was most recently a Senior Partner with a Toronto-based investment fund manager and merchant bank. Formerly, he was President and CEO, ABN AMRO Bank Canada, and a supervisory board member of ABN AMRO International Financial Services, Budapest, Hungary. Prior to joining ABN AMRO in 1998, Don
enjoyed a 20-year career with Citibank N.A. in Canada and the United Kingdom.

In 2014, Don finished a nine year term as a Board Director at Toronto East General Hospital.  He is past Chair of the Canada - Netherlands Compact, an initiative of the Governments of Canada and the Netherlands; and, currently serves on the Global Advisory Council of London Business School, University of London.  He holds a MSc. in Management from London Business School; a Diploma in Marketing from the University of British Columbia; and, holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Schulich Business School at York University. Don received his Chartered Director designation from the Directors College at McMaster University in its inaugural class, 2004. Previous community work has included Toronto's St. Andrews Church's Out-of-the-Cold program and as Treasurer, Doctors Hospital Foundation (Toronto). Don was appointed to the Board in 2016 and is a member of the Audit and Quality Committees.

Dave Dean

Dave-Dean

Dave Dean is an independent financial consultant. He has over twenty years experience in senior leadership roles.
As the CFO of two major automotive parts manufacturers, he was responsible for the financial and administrative functions of those organizations, including financial reporting, taxation, corporate governance and investor relations. In addition, Dave was responsible for evaluating and overseeing various corporate development initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and is a Chartered Accountant. Dave has lived and worked in the greater Burlington community for over 30 years and currently resides in Carlisle with his wife Marlyn. Dave has been a member of the board since 2010 and is the current Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees and a member of the Building & Facilities Committee.

Robert Hamilton

Robert-Hamilton

Robert Hamilton is currently Managing Director of Starkey Hearing Technologies Canada, a leading hearing healthcare company. Rob is a senior business executive with over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech and health sciences sectors, with particular expertise in the areas of general management, strategic planning, organizational planning, sales and marketing and business development. Previously, Rob has served as President of InterMune Canada, Biogen Idec Canada and UCB Pharma Canada, overseeing their commercial, medical, and regulatory functions. A native of Kingston, Rob holds a B.Sc., an M.B.A. from Queen's University and the I.C.D. Board Director designation. 

Rob has been a member of the Board since 2009 and currently serves on the Human Resource Policy & Compensation Committee and the Quality Committee. 

Michael Pautler

Michael-Pautler

Michael Pautler is the Executive Director of the Institute for Catholic Education, and also serves as Program Director for the Supervisory Officers Qualification Program for OCSOA (Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers Association) and OCT (Ontario College of Teachers). He also works as an independent consultant, supporting education and not for profit organizations.  Previously, he was Director of Education and Secretary to the Halton Catholic District School Board. Michael offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in his role as a board member with experience in human resources, labour relations, strategic planning, change management and organizational transformation, and governance.

A resident of Burlington since 2008, he has been active within the community through his work with the Burlington/Hamilton United Way Campaign Cabinet, Mohawk College's Access Project Community Cabinet, and the Senior Executive Committee of the Our Kids Network of Halton Region. Michael has been a Board member since 2011, is Chair of Governance & Nominating Committee and is a member of Audit Committee. 

Mae Radford

Mae Radford

With an extensive nursing career as a registered nurse in the hospital and community health and support services, in her final career days, Mae served as Manager, Volunteer Services at VON Hamilton, overseeing operations with more than 1,700 volunteers delivering a variety of community health and support services.  She received a nursing diploma from Toronto Western Hospital and a Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration, York University. 

Mae's interests extend to issues related to violence against woman and human rights. She served for five years as member/chair of the Advisory Committee on Violence against Women for the City of Burlington and was appointed to the Ontario Human Rights Commission for six years. She has served the community through Rotary as Past President and is Past President of the Rotary Burlington Music Festival.  Currently she is a director/past president for Hamilton Council on Aging and director for Hamilton Third Age Learning.  This year, Mae was elected as a Director of the Carpenter Hospice.  Mae is beginning her third term on the Board of Directors, Joseph Brant Hospital, and now is the Vice-Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee and member of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee and the Quality Committee. 

Paul Sharman, Municipal Council Representative, 

the City of Burlington

Paul SharmanPaul Sharman was first elected to serve on Burlington City Council as the Ward 5 representative in 2010, and is now serving his second term in office. He is thankful and honoured to have been given the opportunity to represent citizens' interests and serve members of his community

Prior to being elected Ward 5 Councillor, Paul had a successful career in accountancy. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants(FCMA), registered in England. He held a number of management accounting roles at Levi Strauss and Northern Telecom, including controllership positions. He set up a consulting business in 1988 and continued serving clients throughout North America and around the world until 2004, when he assumed the role of President and CEO of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), one the world's largest accounting associations, based in New Jersey. He was named as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People" in the US accounting world in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by "Accounting Today".

Dr. Richard Sowery, President, Medical Staff Association, 
Joseph Brant Hospital

Dr. Richard Sowery is the President of the Medical Staff Association of Joseph Brant Hospital.  Prior to this he served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Medical Staff Association from 2014-2016. Dr. Sowery is a graduate of Queen's University at Kingston where he received his M.D. in 2000, followed by his Residency in Urology in 2005 (RCPSC). He completed his Fellowship in Urologic Oncology at The Vancouver Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital in 2007. For his fellowship training he was a recipient of the prestigious American Foundation for Urologic Disease grant (AFUD) from the American Urology Association (now AUA Foundation Research Scholar Program). He is certified by the American Board of Urology completing his examinations in 2012 (ABU). Dr. Sowery has been on active staff at JBH since 2007.   He is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University and is actively involved in the residency training program. 

Eric Vandewall, President and Chief Executive Officer, 
Joseph Brant Hospital

Eric Vandewall, President and Chief Executive Officer,  Joseph Brant HospitalEric Vandewall is President and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital, a position he assumed in 2009.

Under Eric's leadership several major accomplishments have been realized at JBH. An ongoing focus to continue to improve quality care, safe care, and service excellence is evident throughout the hospital. Currently, JBH has amongst the lowest C Difficile rates in Ontario, improved hand hygiene rates by over 20% throughout the hospital, and have been able to achieve a balanced budget position for 4 straight years after being in a deficit position for the prior two years. In addition, provincial government approval for the hospital's $300 million plus hospital redevelopment and expansion was secured in August 2011. Since then construction has started with a completion date set for 2017/18.

Prior to coming to JBH, Eric served as the Senior Vice President, Trillium Health Centre, and Vice President of Planning and Corporate Services at Trillium Health Centre. Eric has held a number of other senior management positions including Director, Health Outcomes at Glaxo Welcome; Director, Health Reform Implementation Team, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; and, Director, Health Promotion Branch, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He has held several other senior positions at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care over an 11 year period.

Eric is a graduate of Queen's University and holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration, Health Policy. He also has an undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Architectural Sciences and he holds a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, McMaster University.

Frank Whelan

Frank WhelanFrank Whelan was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2015.  Prior to this appointment, he served as a Citizen Member for five years. Frank is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator with over 25 years professional experience.  Based in Burlington, he has specialized in valuing businesses in a broad array of industries, including manufacturing and professional services.  Serving business owners and the legal community in the Southern Ontario region, his experience includes the valuation of intangible assets for financial reporting purposes and compliance with accounting standards. Frank serves as a member of the Building & Facilities Committee and the Quality Committee.

Cheryl Williams, Vice-President, Patient Care Services
and Chief Nursing Officer, Joseph Brant Hospital

Cheryl Williams, Vice-President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Joseph Brant Hospital

Cheryl Williams is the Vice-President, Patient Care Services and the Chief Nurse Executive at Joseph Brant Hospital.  Cheryl is a Registered Nurse with a background in health care operations, organizational transformation, lean philosophy and methodology, teaching, and advanced clinical practice.  Cheryl holds a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Toronto, and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

 

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