Biographies

Board of Directors, Group Photo

Dominic Mercuri, Dominic Mercuri, Chair, Board of Directors
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 had led TD’s evolution into an industry-leading and globally-ranked brand. He had 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 Chair of the Board in 2018. 

Michael Pautler, Michael Paulter, Board of Directors
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

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 Officer 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 and was appointed Vice Chair in 2018. 

Debra CareyDebra Carey, Board of Directors

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 currently Chairs the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee.

Atul ChandraAtul Chandra, Board of Directors

As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of HomEquity Bank, Mr. Chandra is responsible for its Finance and Treasury functions, and provides strategic leadership for the rapid growth and profitability of the Bank. He has oversight over all aspects of the Bank’s accounting, financial and regulatory reporting, budgeting and planning, internal and external audit, capital management, funding and liquidity requirements, and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Chandra joined HomEquity Bank in 2016, and has previously served as Chief Financial Officer in the Canadian financial services industry for 10+ years. He has served as a Director on the Boards of The Scarborough Hospital and Oakville Hydro Corporation, where he was also the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Chandra, a Chartered Professional Accountant, graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and holds an MBA from Queen’s University. Mr. Chandra was appointed to the Board in 2017 and currently serves on the Finance & Audit 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 17 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 an 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 currently serves on the Human Resources Policy & Compensation Committee and the Quality Committee.

Lisa Kearns,Lisa Kearns, Councillor, Board of Directors
Ward 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 KennedyCorrine Kennedy, Board of Directors

Corrine Kennedy joined the Joseph Brant Hospital Board in January 2020 after serving as a Community Representative on the Quality Committee since 2018.

Corrine 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 Certified Canadian Inclusion Professional (CCIP) from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion in 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.

Ted McMeekinTed McMeekin, Board of Directors

Ted McMeekin joined the Joseph Brant Hospital Board in January 2020.

Ted 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.

Young ParkYoung 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 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 VP at CGI.

Young has earned the ICD.D designation.  Currently, Young serves on 4 corporate boards: Calian Group Ltd., PC Financial, Fundserv Inc. and RSA Canada.  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 and is currently the Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee.

Anjlee PatelAnjlee Patel, Board of Directors

Anjlee Patel is the Vice President, Legal Services & Corporate Secretary of Infrastructure Ontario (IO), a provincial crown agency that partners to modernize public assets through a a wide range of realty, lending and infrastructure services.  She prides herself in being able to provide strategic and practical solutions to complex legal problems. Prior to joining IO, Anjlee worked with the Ministry of the Attorney General.  Her volunteer work includes serving as a Board Member at the Joseph Brant Hospital and the Bruce Trail Conservancy.  Anjlee completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, law degree from the University of Ottawa, and was called to the Bar in 2006. Anjlee was elected to the  Joseph Brant Hospital Board in 2018 and currently serves on the Governance & Nominating Committee and the Quality Committee.

Melanie Potvin, 
Acting Chief Nursing Executive,
Joseph Brant Hospital

Melanie has been with Joseph Brant Hospital since 2010 and was appointed Acting Chief Nursing Executive in January 2020. Melanie is also the Director of Emergency, Medicine, and Integrated Care Services. She is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years of front line nursing and leadership experience in acute medical-surgical, and post-acute inpatient care, as well as perioperative, oncology, and ambulatory care services.

She holds a Masters of Business Administration with a specialty in Human Resource Management, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and an Executive Green Belt in “Lean” process improvement methodology.

Melanie is passionate about value-based efficient healthcare delivery models that focus on improving patient outcomes while providing good patient, family and provider experiences. She has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to her team in the National Nursing Week “Salute to our Heroes” section of the Canadian Hospital News publication.

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.

Mae RadfordMae Radford, Board of Directors

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 1,800 volunteers delivering a variety of community health and support services.  She has a nursing diploma from Atkinson School of Nursing, Toronto Western Hospital and Bachelor of Arts, York University. 

Mae was the recipient of the 2017 Burlington Best Award for Senior Person of the Year in recognition of the formation, funding and ongoing successful operation of Circle of Friends, an organization of senior volunteers who, under Mae’s leadership, focus on identifying seniors in our community who are isolated. 

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 member and President 2006-2007 and President of the Rotary Burlington Music Festival.  She was a board member of Hamilton Council on Aging, serving for two years as its President and then as Board member of Hamilton Third Age Learning.  Mae serves on the Board at Carpenter Hospice and joined the Board of Directors, Joseph Brant Hospital in September 2010.

For over 40 years, Mae has been an active member of a local church serving on various committees.  Mae is married to Bert, has two daughters, Carol and Marilyn, and is proud of her four teen-aged grandchildren.

Randy Smallbone (CPA, CGA)Randy Smallbone, Board of Directors

Mr. Smallbone was elected to the Board in June 2019. He is the President, CEO and a Director of Aston Connect Inc (TSXV: AST).  Aston Connect exports outstanding Canadian Food and Beverage products to China and emerging Markets. Mr. Smallbone is a Board member of The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (Treasurer), Burlington Economic Development Corporation (Chair), Burlington Chamber of Commerce and Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation (Treasurer). He is also on the Advisory Board of Pneu-Hyd Industries.

Mr. Smallbone 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 and Chaired the Audit Committee of Hanwei Energy Services Inc and Norcast Income Fund and previously served as a Community Representative on the JBH Finance & Audit Committee.

Mr. Smallbone 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.

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

Eric Vandewall is President and Cheif 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 Architectural and he holds a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, McMaster University.    

David Wagstaff (CPA, ACC)David Wagstaff, Board of Directors

David was elected to the Board in June 2019. He 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.

Frank WhelanFrank Whelan, Board of Directors

Frank Whelan was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2015.  Prior to this appointment, he served as a Community Representative 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 Vice Chair of the Quality Committee and is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee.

 

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