Biographies

Board of Directors, Group Photo

Randy Smallbone (CPA, CGA),

Chair, Board of DirectorsRandy Smallbone, Board of Directors

Randy Smallbone is the President, CEO and a Director of Astron Connect Inc (TSXV: AST). Astron Connect exports outstanding Canadian Food and Beverage products to China and emerging Markets. In addition Mr. Smallbone is the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Burlington Economic Development Corporation, Board member of Hanwei Energy Corp (TSX:HE), CannTx Life Sciences Inc and Burlington Chamber of Commerce . He is also on the Advisory Board of Pneu-Hyd Industries Inc.

Randy has been the CFO of three Public Companies, Migao Corporation, KCP Income Fund and Decoma International Inc (Magna International Inc.). He was also on the Board of Norcast Income Fund and previously served as a Board member and Vice Chair of JBH Foundation and a Community Representative on the JBH Finance & Audit Committee.

Randy has more than 35 years of operations experience in global manufacturing of consumer goods, contract manufacturing, automotive and aerospace parts. Mr. Smallbone also has significant experience in financial management, M&A, Investor relations and Board Governance.

Randy was elected to the Board in June 2019 and appointed as Vice Chair of the Board in May 2020 and Board Chair in June 2021

Omer Aziz, PENG, CHRL

Omar Aziz, Joseph Brant Hospital, Board of Directors

Omer is an HR Executive with over three decades of experience in telecommunications, hi-tech and SaaS industries. He has been the Head of HR at several Canadian companies and he was posted in the UK in 2013 as the International Head of HR for BlackBerry Limited.

Omer currently consults with several companies (including Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Shell, Bosch and the City of London) and individuals on designing a culture of high-performance. He is also a researcher in the state of peak performance called ‘flow’.

Omer has presented at various conferences (including TEDx, HR_Redefined and DisruptHR) and is a guest lecturer at Carleton University, McMaster University, University of Toronto, and Brock University (on topics including Designing Peak Performance, Succession Planning and Talent Management).

He is currently a retained HR Executive at the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA). He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Joseph Brant Hospital and is also the Chair of the HRPCC Committee.

His expertise includes HR Systems and Analytics, Succession Planning, Talent Management, Compensation Planning and designing a culture of high-performance.

Omer has a Master and Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Carleton University, Advanced Human Resources Certificate from University of Toronto and attended the Advanced Human Resources Program at University of Michigan Business School. He is a professional engineer (PENG) with the Professional Engineers of Ontario and a Canadian human resources leader with the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.

Deborah Brown

Deborah is currently the Vice President, Administration and Operations at Ryerson University. Her team is responsible for human resources, information technology, maintenance and operations, capital and infrastructure, university business services and internal audit. Deborah has led several university-wide strategic initiatives, including the 2020-2030 Campus Master Plan and Ryerson’s first enterprise risk management framework. She is also responsible for the oversight of multi-year capital projects, including the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, which opened in 2020.Deborah Brown is an accomplished public sector executive who has worked in a breadth of leadership positions within the Ontario Government and the post-secondary sector.

Previous to her role at Ryerson, Deborah was the Vice President of Corporate Services at Mohawk College in Hamilton. 

Prior to the post-secondary sector, Deborah worked in progressive leadership positions within the Ontario government for 15 years, most recently as the Acting Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister at Treasury Board Secretariat. She also served as a government appointee to various provincial Boards of Directors.

Deborah’s previous volunteer experience includes membership on the board of directors for the YWCA of Hamilton and as chair of its Governance and Diversity Committee. She was also a Special Advisor to CivicAction’s Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers and a CivicAction “DiverseCity” Mentor.

Deborah holds a degree in journalism from Ryerson University and an ICD.D. corporate governance designation from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management/Institute for Corporate Directors. She is also a graduate of Western University’s Ivey Executive Program and the University of Windsor’s Executive Certificate Program in Conflict Management.

Deborah is a long-time Burlington resident and was appointed to the Joseph Brant Hospital Board in June 2021.

Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke, Joseph Brant Hospital, Board of Directors

Paul Clarke is currently Vice President, Operational Risk Management, TD Bank Group with over 25 years of corporate leadership experience and a relentless focus on customer and community, data & innovation, creating value through change, and leading diverse and inclusive teams.

As a trusted business partner, Paul champions strategy development and operational excellence with an independent lens to influence culture, progress, and sustainability.

Paul holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto and a certificate in Cyber-Security from Harvard University. He possesses a unique mix of Business, Technology and Risk Management experience, combined with global organization and industry awareness, and Regulatory involvement.  Paul is a purveyor of thought-leadership, the innovation agenda and emerging technology, both internally and as an industry speaker. He is passionate about community and active-living, charitable giving and support, and participates in several health science and cultural education events.

Paul was appointed to the Joseph Brant Hospital Board in January 2021 and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee and the Quality Committee.

Barbara Elliot 

Barbara Elliot, Board of Directors

Barbara Elliot is the Professional Sales and Marketing Director, at Johnson & Johnson Inc., a consumer healthcare company focused on consumer products and over the counter medicines.

Barbara has over 20 years of experience as a business leader in healthcare with a demonstrated track record of success in shaping winning strategies to meet market needs and deliver against organizational goals. Her experience within the industry spans across several brand portfolios and customers to include ownership for the organizational design required to support these businesses. Within her capacity she holds positions on both sales and marketing leadership teams in Canada and the US.

Prior to Barbara’s leadership roles in the healthcare industry she was a practicing dental hygienist and instructor. Her passion for her profession coupled with her vision for growth lead her to careers with Warner-Lambert, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

Barbara was an early and key member of the Rotary Community Hospice Corporate Fundraising campaign in 1999 that soon became the Carpenter Hospice. The Carpenter Hospice currently serves as integral part of Burlington providing support services for those going through life’s transitions.

Barbara is a graduate of Algonquin College and holds various certificates in business management and economics from the Schulich School of Business and The University of British Columbia.

Barbara was elected to the Board in 2018 and has served as Chair of the Quality committee, Vice Chair of the Governance and Nomination Committee and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board.

Lisa Garland, CPA, CA

Lisa Garland, Joseph Brant Hospital, Board of Directors

Lisa is a retired accountant that specialized in personal tax with an emphasis on estate and trust planning, owner managers, executive compensation and international personal and trust taxation.  Prior to retiring in 2018, she worked for an international CPA firm, a national trust company, two local CPA firms as well as being a sole proprietor for seven years. 

Lisa graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1987 with an Honours of Bachelor of Business Administration and received her CA designation in 1990.  She has been a volunteer for a number of organizations in both Burlington and Oakville, including being a Board Member and Treasurer of Home Suite Hope.  Lisa has lived in Burlington for over 30 years with her husband and two children and her interests include golfing, skiing, curling and biking.

Lisa was appointed to the board in January 2021 and currently sits on the Finance & Audit Committee as well as the Quality Committee.

Lisa Kearns,

Lisa Kearns, Councillor, Board of DirectorsWard 2 Councillor

Lisa moved to Burlington to enjoy the quality of life unique to this great city and Ward 2 where she lives with her husband and their two young children.

As part of her commitment and desire to make a better Burlington, Lisa has created and assisted in the management of culture-building events and organizations that work to improve the lives and strengthen the bonds of community.

Lisa is experienced across healthcare, manufacturing and advertising; bringing core skills across a variety of industry.  As a caring corporate citizen, Lisa personally engages in volunteer events, environmental initiatives, and partnership opportunities, and places great value on working in a way that improves lives and drives value for many people.

As a graduate from Western University, Lisa holds an Honours degree in Political Science, uplifted by a business stream curriculum. Lisa was appointed to the Board as the Municipal Representative in 2019.

Corrine Kennedy

Corrine Kennedy, Board of Directors

Corrine Kennedy was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007 and is currently Senior Legal Counsel at the Co-operators Group Limited. Prior to her time in-house, she was a Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP where she advised private companies, including board of directors and executive teams, on a wide variety of corporate commercial, contractual and governance matters. Corrine was also Aird & Berlis' Diversity and Inclusion Partner, accountable for all diversity and inclusion related matters, including the development and implementation of a firm diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation of Law Society of Ontario equity and diversity requirements. Corrine earned her Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP) from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion in January, 2019.

Corrine’s past board experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Girls Guides of Canada- Guides du Canada (GGC), as well as serving on GGC's Governance Committee.

Corrine has also used her background in diversity and inclusion to present on various diversity and inclusion topics, including “Workplace Harassment and Diversity and Inclusion in the era of #MeToo”, “Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace” and on “Women in Business: Creating A Network of Allies”, among others.

Corrine joined the Joseph Brant Hospital Board in January 2020 after serving as a Community Representative on the Quality Committee since 2018. She is currently the Chair of the Quality Committee and is a member of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee. Corrine has served as the Board representative on the JBH Diversity and Inclusion Action Table since its inception in 2020.

Ted McMeekin

Ted McMeekin, Board of Directors

Ted McMeekin is a community-based professional with extensive management and special project experience. He has played substantive roles in building a stronger and more sustainable Hamilton and area communities in Health Care, the Environment and economic equity. Ted was MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot (2000-2003) and Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale (2003-2018). He was also Parliamentary Assistant to three Ministers and has served on the Executive Council for the Province of Ontario over a ten-year period, holding six Cabinet portfolios. Among his many achievements, Ted was Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on homelessness; Co-chair Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction and Diversity; Served on the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change and initiated land use planning review; Development of Ontario’s Long-Term Housing Strategy and major advocate for a national housing strategy.

Ted holds Masters and Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work with Social Planning/Community Development Concentration.

Ted McMeekin joined the Joseph Brant Hospital Board in January 2020 and currently serves on the Governance & Nominating Committee and the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

Young Park

Young Park, Board of Directors

Young Park is a corporate board member, strategic advisor, and lecturer. She is also an accomplished C-level executive with an extensive experience in Strategic Planning, Business and Technology Transformations, Corporate Governance, Go-to-Market Strategy, M&A, Digitalization, and Enterprise Risk Management. She has more than 30 years of experience in FinTech, Finance, Insurance, Telecommunications, and public sectors. Prior to her semi-retirement in 2016, she was CIO at D+H, and Sector Vice President at CGI.

Young has earned the ICD.D designation. Currently, Young serves on four corporate boards: Calian Group Ltd., PC Financial, Fundserv Inc. and 407 ETR. Young is also a long-time member of not-for-profit boards that include a focus on skilled immigrant employment, healthcare, and community well-being. She served on the boards of TRIEC, Markham Stouffville Hospital, United Way York Region, and United Way Peel Region.

Young has been a member of the Board since 2017, served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Governance Committee, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

Anjlee Patel

Anjlee Patel, Board of Directors

Anjlee Patel serves as Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee and is a member of the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee and has served on the Joseph Brant Hospital Board since 2018. Anjlee is Vice President, Legal Services, Corporate & Commercial Projects at Infrastructure Ontario (IO) where she provides strategic solutions to complex legal and infrastructure challenges.

Prior to joining IO, Anjlee worked at the Ministry of the Attorney General. A graduate of McMaster University, she has also graduated from law at the University of Ottawa and holds an ICD.D designation in board governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Anjlee is an experienced fiduciary having demonstrated governance expertise and a commitment to public and community service.

Ian Preyra, M.D., M.B.A., FRCPC (EM), 
Chief of Staff,Dr. Ian Preyra, Chief of Staff, Board of Directors
Joseph Brant Hospital

Dr. Preyra was appointed to the position of Chief of Staff in July 2018. He is a graduate of Queen’s University where he received his M.D. in 1999, followed by his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business in 2003 and advanced leadership training at the DeGroote School of Business and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Preyra has worked as an emergency physician at William Osler Health System and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton where he was also Deputy Chief of Staff. He was a trauma team leader at Hamilton Health Sciences and is also an investigative coroner. Dr. Preyra was part of the team at St. Joe’s that implemented DoveTale, a new electronic health record system for St. Joe’s; this work brought the organization from HIMSS Level 2 to HIMSS Level 6.   

Dr. Preyra has built a strong reputation as a superb clinician and physician leader. His outstanding work ethic, great energy and passion to improve the patient care experience have allowed him to consistently enhance the delivery of high quality care in every role that he has taken on, while maintaining strong advocacy for the advancement of teaching, research and building relationships at all levels.

During Dr. Preyra’s career he has been acknowledged many times for his work as an educator, clinician and physician leader, including receiving the Governor General of Canada Medal, the William Osler Award of Excellence in Education, the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Residency Program Director of the year and the Sister Joan O’Sullivan Award.   

Dr. Preyra has also worked for many years with the Hamilton Catholic Children’s Aid Society supporting their work with children in the community and currently serves on their Board of Directors.

Eric Vandewall,
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Joseph Brant HospitalEric Vandewall, President & CEO, Board of Directors

Eric Vandewall is President and Chief Executive Officer of Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) in Burlington, 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. In April 2014, and in 2018, Joseph Brant Hospital received Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada.  In addition, JBH recently completed the largest redevelopment and capital expansion project in the history of the hospital. Phase 1, the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre and new parking structure was completed in the Fall of 2014. Phase 2, the redevelopment and expansion of the hospital was completed in the fall of 2018.

Prior to joining 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 Architecture and he holds a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, McMaster University.    

David Wagstaff (CPA, ACC)

David Wagstaff, Board of Directors

David is a seasoned financial executive with a broad range of experience in operational and financial restructuring, mergers & acquisitions and investment evaluation & analysis. Most recently, David was Vice President and CFO for a major Canadian family office reporting directly to the principal, a position he held for over 12 years. He was also a trustee of the associated Family Foundation and participated in disbursement of over $120 million gifts of educational, medical and cultural recipients throughout Canada.

Over the past 25 years, David has actively participated on a number of public, private and not for profit boards specializing in governance, compensation and audit committee roles. These include roles as a member of the Board of Just Energy Group, NRX Worldwide, Vista Broadcasting, and Reach Out Centre for Kids. David graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and holds his Audit Committee Certified designation (ACC) obtained through the Directors’ College.

David was elected to the Board in June 2019 and is currently the Vice Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and a member of the Quality Committee.

Deanna L. Williams, BScPhm, R.Ph, CAE, C. Dir

Deanna Williams is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. She has practiced in both hospital and community practice settings, and held several positions within Ontario’s Ministry of Health before joining the Ontario College of Pharmacists in 1994. Since retiring as Registrar of OCP, Deanna has provided consulting services relating to professional and occupational regulation in Canada, the US and abroad through Dundee Consulting Group Ltd.

In 2012, Deanna was appointed by the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care (MoH) as Supervisor to the College of Denturists of Ontario, a post she held for just under two years. From 2014-2018 Deanna served as the inaugural Risk Officer for the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA), with a mandate to identify areas of risk and annually assess the regulator’s effectiveness in administration of the Retirement Homes Act. Deanna is widely recognized among Canada’s regulatory community for her interest in good governance and performance and has conducted regulatory performance reviews that have given rise to recommendations aligned with identified good regulatory governance practices internationally.

In 2017-2018, Deanna served as Expert Technical Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care, providing advice respecting identified best regulatory and regulatory governance practices in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2010, Deanna was recognized by the international regulatory community in receiving the CLEAR International Award for Regulatory Excellence, and in 2019, CLEAR’s Service Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Deanna has been an active member of the international regulatory organization (CLEAR) since 1995, serving on its Board (1999-2005), and as CLEAR’s first Canadian President (2003-2004). She is a graduate of the Directors College, at the McMaster DeGroote School of Business and the Strategic Management for Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies (SMREA) program at the Kennedy School of Business, Harvard University. Deanna served as a member of the Board of Directors, Haldimand War Memorial Hospital in Dunnville, Ontario, and as Board Chair from 2014-17. She was elected to the Vistana Spas Corporation Board of Directors in Orlando, Florida in 2014 and currently holds the role of Vice-President.

Deanna is a Burlington resident and was appointed to the Joseph Brant Hospital Board in June 2021.

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