Read the biographies of our Board of Directors and Executive Team below.
Board of Directors
Colleen Johnston retired from TD Bank Group in 2018. Prior to this, she was the Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Corporate and Public Affairs, TD Bank Group. Colleen served as TD’s Chief Financial Officer from 2005-15.
Prior to joining TD in 2004, Colleen spent 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior finance positions.
Colleen started her career at PwC in 1982. She received her CA designation in 1984 and in 2006 was elected an FCA (FCPA) recognizing her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.
At TD, she was actively involved in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace as Chair of the Women in Leadership Committee for ten years. In 2013, Colleen was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honours in the Business Leader Category.
Colleen has received numerous top industry honours as a senior finance executive including Canada’s CFO of the Year in 2012. She was recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women three years in a row and inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2011, for the third year in a row, she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker.
Colleen has received honorary degrees from St. Mary’s University and York University (Schulich School of Business).
Colleen currently serves on the boards of Shopify, McCain Foods and WestJet.
Colleen is Chair of Unity Health Toronto, which includes St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Healthcare; a member on the Board of the Shaw Festival; and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business. She previously served as the Chair of Bridgepoint Health and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Nora Aufreiter was a senior partner and director of McKinsey & Company where she worked for 27 years until she retired in June 2014. She was Managing Partner of the Toronto office of McKinsey’s Canadian Practice from 2008 until 2012. She then led the Firm’s North American Consumer Digital practice until her retirement. She served on a number of the Firm’s global Personnel Committees to elect and evaluate partners. Throughout her career she worked extensively in Canada, the United States and internationally.
Nora is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Nova Scotia where she is Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee. She is also a member of The Kroger Company, Cadillac Fairview Corporation and Neiman Marcus Group’s Board of Directors. Nora serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Ivey Business School, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Opera Company where she is Chair of the Marketing Committee.
Nora was the first woman partner and senior partner elected in Canada and among the first dozen women senior partners elected globally at McKinsey. In 2011, Ms Aufreiter was recognized as among Canada’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women”. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Degree (LLM) from Western University.
Nora has an HBA in Business Administration from Ivey Business School at Western University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dany Assaf is a globally recognized lawyer with deep and broad international business experience including opening the first offices for a major Canadian law firm in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. He specializes in competition and foreign investment law and policy having worked on some of the largest and most complex global and Canadian mergers and investigations over the last 25 years.
Dany teaches and lectures on competition and foreign investment law at major Canadian universities.
He is the former President of the Canadian Club of Toronto and an advocate for the No Fly List Kids project. He has proudly co-founded the annual Fast in the 6 event, bringing Canadians of all backgrounds together to celebrate its motto: Diversity. Unity. Prosperity. Dany is also the author of the book, “Say Please and Thank You & Stand In Line: One man’s story of what makes Canada special, and how to keep it that way.”
Wayne Barwise has three decades of experience in real estate development and asset management, both as a successful entrepreneur and as a corporate executive. At Cadillac Fairview Corporation, he is executive vice-president of Development, and oversees the strategic planning and execution of the office, retail and mixed-use development platform. Over his career, Wayne has successfully developed several billion dollars’ worth of commercial properties in Canada and the United States.
Wayne serves on a number of charitable boards and is chair of the Board of Governors of Branksome Hall, an independent girls’ school in Toronto. He holds a M. Arch. in Urban Design from Harvard University and a B.Arch. from the University of Toronto.
Domenic Belmonte is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Toronto office and is the firm’s National Management Consulting Leader. He previously held leadership positions with KPMG and the Government of Ontario.
Domenic has led and participated in a number of enterprise-wide business improvement initiatives that identified the need for — and successfully put in place — new organizational structures, delivery models and program improvements often enabled by information technology. He has extensive experience in strategy, operations, process design, service delivery, organizational design, and program management. He also has significant experience in organizational change management associated with major business transformational projects.
Domenic has a master’s of Public Administration from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Hazel Claxton retired as executive vice-president and chief human resources officer at Morneau Shepell in 2018. Previously, she spent more than 25 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she held a wide variety of leadership roles including Human Capital leader, Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Group partner, and chair of PwC’s Women in Leadership initiative
Hazel serves on the board of Queen’s University and has also served on the board of the Shaw Festival Theatre, where she chaired the Finance and Audit Committee.
Hazel is a chartered professional accountant and graduated from Queen’s University with a bachelor of Commerce.
Yves Denommé is Executive Vice President, Operations at Laurentian Bank Financial Group. In this capacity, Yves is responsible for driving efficiencies across the organization, reducing complexities and improving and streamlining end-to-end processes to improve the customer experience.
Before joining the Bank, Yves served as Senior Vice President of Registries at an international leader and pioneer in electronic land registration systems and commerce. In that role, he oversaw partnerships with government to deliver essential services, while pursuing a growth and innovation mandate in the real estate and property markets. Previously, he spent 16 years with a global Fintech leader where he held several executive positions including leadership of global operations. Yves’ experience spans financial services, operations, strategy, procurement, real estate, enterprise project management and technology.
Yves holds a bachelor’s in Engineering and Management from McMaster University, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Director certification.
Kamala Jean Gopie is a committed educator and community volunteer. After retiring as an Education Officer from Ontario’s Ministry of Education, she was appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board. She also served as an Ontario Human Rights commissioner. Her extensive volunteering includes time as president of the Jamaican Canadian Association, chair of the Urban Alliance Race Relations and vice-chair of the United Way of Toronto.
Kamala Jean is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Order of Ontario, the city of Toronto William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, the Gardiner Award from Metropolitan Toronto, and the Harry Jerome Award.
Kamala Jean is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She holds a BA and an M.Ed.
Peter Gordon is a managing partner with Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset management firm. Peter is the chief operating officer for Brookfield’s Private Equity Group, where he is responsible for the financial and operating performance of the group’s broad portfolio of companies. Previously, Peter held a number of key senior management positions in Brookfield subsidiary companies.
Peter has served on numerous boards over his more than 35-year career with Brookfield, principally in the mining, manufacturing and forest products industries.
He holds a B.Sc. (Engineering) from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
Denise O’Neil Green was appointed as Ryerson University’s first VP of Equity and Community Inclusion in 2017. She had previously served as assistant vice-president/vice-provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Denise came to Ryerson from Central Michigan University in 2012, where she served as chief diversity officer.
Denise was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her scholarship focused on race conscious policies in higher education, access for underrepresented students and qualitative research methodologies.
Denise earned her PhD in Higher Education and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, a master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a BA in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago
As group head, RBC Wealth Management, RBC Insurance and RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Doug Guzman leads RBC’s businesses that serve the wealth management needs of affluent and high net worth clients globally, and teams that provide asset management and trust products. He also oversees RBC Insurance, which provides a wide range of insurance, wealth and reinsurance solutions to individual, business and group clients. In addition, along with other members of Group Executive, Mr. Guzman is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.
Prior to this appointment, Guzman was managing director and head of global investment banking, RBC Capital Markets, responsible for the firm’s investment banking teams globally, as well as U.S. municipal finance. He had senior client coverage responsibility for a number of RBC capital markets’ most important clients and was a member of the firm’s operating committee and loan commitments committee.
Before joining RBC in 2005, he was a managing director at Goldman Sachs in New York and Toronto, where he had co-head responsibility for each of the global metals and mining and the Canadian investment banking businesses. He is a member of the advisory board of Ivey Business School at Western University. Guzman has an HBA from Ivey and an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School. He is married with two children and lives in Toronto.
Elio Luongo is the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of KPMG in Canada. He is a member of KPMG’s Global Board and the Global Council of KPMG International Cooperative.
Elio is responsible for setting the strategic direction for KPMG in Canada and leading a team of more than 820 partners and over 8,500 employees. Prior to being appointed to the role of CEO, Elio held senior roles in the executive of the firm. He has a passion for innovation, technology and ESG.
Elio is a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference Board of Canada, a member of the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board and is a champion of inclusion and diversity as part of KPMG’s talent strategy.
Kate Stevenson is a seasoned board director and business executive, currently Chair of the Board for CIBC. She is a former executive in the telecommunications and financial services industries.
Kate was named one of the 2018 Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
She serves as a board member on a variety of corporate and not-for-profit boards, including Open Text Corporation and Capital Power Corporation. She brings learnings from years of experience in corporate boardrooms across a number of industries, including the pharmaceutical and health-care sectors. Kate also was Vice-Chair of University of Guelph, Board Chair of Bishop Strachan School, and has served on the board and executive committee of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation.
Darryl White was appointed CEO of BMO Financial Group in November 2017. He chairs the bank’s Executive Committee and serves as a director of BMO Financial Group, as well as its U.S. subsidiary, BMO Financial Corporation.
Darryl is a member of the Ottawa-based Business Council of Canada and Washington, D.C.-based The Business Council. He also serves as a member of the Mayor of Beijing’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council.
A longstanding community builder with strong ties to United Way Centraide, Darryl has volunteered with both organizations in Montreal, New York, Chicago and Toronto. In 2018, Darryl became Co-Chair of the Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity Roundtable, a partnership between BMO and United Way Greater Toronto that brings together business and community leaders to develop approaches to reduce economic disparity in the region.
A strong advocate for BMO’s efforts to ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace, Darryl serves as a member of Catalyst Canada’s Advisory Board and has volunteered on the Advisory Council of Women in Capital Markets.
Darryl is a director of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens.
Darryl holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40® Award.
Non-elected directors will also sit on the board as ex-officio members, including:
- Dr. Tim Rutledge, CEO and president
- Catherine Pawluch as a representative of the Archdiocese of Toronto
- Dr. Lynn Wilson from the University of Toronto
- Dr. Jeff Zaltzman and Dr. Graham Berlyne, representatives of the Medical Advisory Committee
- Dr. Samir Grover and Dr. Urszula Zurawska-Fortin, representatives of the Medical Staff Association
- Sonya Canzian, Chief Nursing & Health Professions Officer
- Simon Nyilassy, chair of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Board of Directors
- Patrick B. Meneley, chair of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors
OPEN BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, September 29, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Thank you to everyone who tuned into our inaugural Community Town Hall. Please see below for an agenda and timestamps.
- Welcome – Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO (00:00)
- Mission Moment – Donna Romano, Manager, Mission and Values (04:51)
- Board Chair Report – Colleen Johnston, Chair, Unity Health Toronto Board of Directors (07:29)
- President and CEO remarks – Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO (10:37)
- Patient story – Debbie Crowder (20:51)
- Q-and-A (27:00)
- Wrap-up – Colleen Johnston, Chair, Unity Health Toronto Board of Directors (57:00)
Dr. Tim Rutledge joined the network bringing together Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital as President and CEO in March 2018. He was previously President and CEO of North York General Hospital from 2010 to 2018.
With a background in Emergency Medicine, Tim has held a number of leadership positions, including Medical Director of the Emergency Services Program at North York General from 1996 to 2007, and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2004, providing leadership during the SARS epidemic in 2003. Tim developed a special interest in medical education early in his career. He chaired the committee that developed the University of Toronto’s first undergraduate course in Emergency Medicine and was the Director of that course from 1995 to 2001. He has been recognized for his work in education with a number of awards including University of Toronto’s esteemed W. T. Aikins Award in 1997.
Tim is sought out as a writer and speaker on education, leadership capacity building and physician engagement. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto and a founding member of the Joint Centres for Transformative Health Care, a partnership of six large community hospitals with a goal of sharing innovations focused on improving quality and value in health care.
Dr. Graham Berlyne joined St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 2006, and has been the Chief of Medicine and the Medicine Program Director for the past eight years.
Dr. Berlyne received his medical degree in Manchester, England, and completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine and respiratory medicine in Oxford and London. His training included two years as a clinical research fellow at the Firestone Institute of McMaster University in Hamilton, focusing on the non-invasive assessment of airway inflammation.
Graham is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto, and previously held a similar position at the University of London. He was also an Associate Professor at McMaster University. Dr. Berlyne also completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Business, and is a graduate of the Mission Leadership Program of the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario.
Jennifer joined Unity Health Toronto in January 2019 following 11 years as a VP at North York General Hospital, most recently as VP of People, Strategy and Clinical Support. Prior to joining the senior leadership team at North York, Jennifer enjoyed a five-year career at MDS Inc., a Canadian life and health sciences company where she was VP of External Affairs. Before joining MDS, she spent five years at GlaxoWellcome Canada as a Senior Manager of Government Relations and External Affairs.
Her prior public sector experience includes 10 years with the Government of Ontario in senior positions at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where she was Legislative Assistant to the Minister; Senior Manager of Health Strategies; and Manager of the Women’s Health Bureau.
Jennifer holds an Honours BA in Political Science from McMaster University and an MA in Political Science in the McMaster-Guelph University Collaborative Public Policy and Administration Program. She has also completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program offered by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Executive Programs.
Bev Bulmer became St. Michael’s VP of Education in 2016 and the first person with a health discipline background to hold the role at a Toronto academic institution. Bev is a Physical Therapist with a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy and a M.Sc. in Community Health, both from the University of Toronto. Bev started her clinical career at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, moving to St. Michael’s Hospital Mobility program in 2006. She held the role of Director of Health Disciplines Practice and Education prior to this role. In the director role, she gained a strong understanding of the practice and education issues that affect health-care providers.
She is a lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Bev is committed to a collaborative and scholarly approach to education for all learners that supports excellent patient care and outcomes.
A Registered Nurse, Sonya Canzian joined St. Michael’s Hospital in 1989. Since then, she has held progressively senior positions in critical care, education and administration. Sonya is a proven leader and was most recently Program Director of the Trauma/Neurosurgery and Mobility programs.
Sonya is responsible for operational management of the Trauma/Neurosurgery, Mobility, Heart and Vascular, Critical Care, Specialized Complex Care and Cancer Services programs, and is also accountable for Nursing and Health Disciplines professional practice, education and research.
Sonya is cross-appointed to the University of Toronto, is a Lecturer in the Critical Care Program at George Brown College, Canadian Nurses Association mentor for neuroscience nursing certification, National Director and Instructor for the Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses course for the Society of Trauma Nurses. Sonya holds a master’s in Health Science from Charles Sturt University in Australia.
Dale Clement joined Unity Health Toronto in 2019 as VP of Clinical Programs at St. Joseph’s. Dale has more than 20 years of extensive hands-on clinical, strategic and operational leadership experience in hospitals and the community.
Dale’s past roles include senior VP of Redevelopment and Transition at Wellington Health Care Alliance, and CEO of the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. She was also the Chief Operating Officer of Halton Healthcare Services – Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital site. And at the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network, Dale was the Emergency Department/Alternate Level of Care strategy leader, as well as the Director of Client Services involving regional and national health-care delivery.
Dale is a Registered nurse with a master’s in Nursing as well as an MBA, both from the Athabasca University.
Dr. Irfan Dhalla has a dual role at Unity Health: helping drive our network’s quality agenda with a special focus on engaging our physicians; and leading our Care Experience Institute, shaping its future to be a first-in-Canada centre of excellence.
Irfan began his career at St. Michael’s Hospital in the Division of General Internal Medicine, eventually becoming the hospital’s inaugural Medical Director, Quality and Research. From 2013 to 2019, Irfan was a VP at Health Quality Ontario. In 2020, he returned to Unity Health to assume these two newly created positions.
Irfan continues to practice general internal medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he is an award-winning teacher. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy and Management at the University of Toronto. He has been recognized with national awards, from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health.
As the Executive Director and Chief Communications Officer, Sabrina Divell works to enhance Unity Health Toronto’s reputation and awareness within the provincial health-care system and across the diverse communities we serve.
Sabrina began her career as a journalist, covering health and business for a variety of Torstar publications. She later joined the communications team at St. Joseph’s Health Centre where she held several progressively senior roles over the span of 12 years, most recently as Corporate Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. Since Unity Health’s integration in 2017, she has been working to combine communications efforts across the sites as well as leading the design and implementation of our network’s overall brand communications strategy. She is a graduate of the Humber College Journalism program as well as the Cornell University Change Leadership and Executive Leadership Certificate Program and the Strategic Marketing Skills for Managers at York University’s Executive Education Centre Schulich School of Business.
Throughout her career, Sabrina has been the recipient of several honours and awards, including the Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators, APEX Grand Award and AVA Digital Gold Award.
Maria joined St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation in 2010, following senior positions at St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, the University of Toronto, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the Office of the Premier of Ontario. Under her leadership, the foundation has become one of the top community hospital foundations in Canada.
Maria has worked in Canada, the United States and Australia and has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, consulting, alumni and government relations, marketing and communications.
Maria has an honours BA in History from Western University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is an active volunteer and sits on advisory committees for Humber and Seneca Colleges. She is also the co-founder of D3: Debate, Debunk, Delight, Canada’s leading conference for fundraising leaders.
Mike Keen provides corporate leadership in redevelopment, facilities management and corporate services, and the development and implementation of strategic capital plans. In this capacity, he currently leads over $750 million in redevelopment as well as a significant renewal of inpatient, outpatient and surgical programs.
As a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standards Development Council, Mike leads national health standards development in the role of Chair of the Strategic Steering Committee for Health & Well-Being. He is also a faculty member in the education of Healthcare Facility Planning & Design and has overseen research projects to inform evidence-based decision-making, in essence supporting his commitment to system learning.
Mike Keen began his career with St. Michael’s in 1993, eventually assuming his current role with Unity Health in 2018. He is a recognized leader in health-care infrastructure and development of the built environment of care. Internationally, he was past chair of the Healthcare Technical Committee at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the inaugural Chair of the Infectious Diseases Committee.
A senior fundraising executive, Lili joined the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in 2017. She has experience in designing and building teams, campaigns, and principal and major gift programs for national and international organizations.
Lili has extensive expertise in engaging stakeholders to create brand equity and raise support. Implementing traditional advancement strategies and designing award-winning social awareness campaigns has resulted in exponential growth and success during her tenure.
Lili holds a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation. She graduated with a BA from Glendon College in the bilingual stream, as well as a B.Ed. from York University. Lili has completed executive leadership programs at the Rotman School including, MBA Essentials for Managers, Integrative Thinking and Value Investing.
Dr. Muhammad Mamdani is working to expand our advanced analytical capabilities, including the application of artificial intelligence, using our own hospital data as well as other data sources to improve quality and operational excellence. In his previous role as the inaugural Director of the Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training (CHART), Muhammad brought together hospital staff and physicians with data science researchers to solve real world problems by applying advanced analytics to health-care data. He now works to transform care by applying data science and advanced analytics on a much larger scale, across Unity Health.
Prior to joining the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and St. Michael’s Hospital in 2006, Muhammad was a Director of Outcomes Research at Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals in New York. Muhammad’s research interests include pharmacoepidemiology, drug policy, and the application of advanced analytics to clinical practice. He has published approximately 500 research studies in peer-reviewed medical journals. Muhammad is a professor at the University of Toronto, and in 2010 was named one of Canada’s top 40 under 40.
Dean Martin joined the network in October 2018 from Trillium Health Partners where he had been the senior VP of Corporate Services, CFO and Queensway site lead since January 2014. His career in health-care financial leadership has also included positions at North York General Hospital, CAMH and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Dean holds a bachelor’s of Business Administration from Brock University, a master’s in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa, and is a Certified Healthcare Executive and a Certified Management Accountant.
Melissa Morey-Hollis joined St. Joseph’s in 2014 as the Clinical Program Director for the Medicine and Seniors Care Program. In 2019, she became the VP of Clinical Programs at Providence. In her Clinical Program Director role, Melissa has always put a great focus on fostering partnerships with the community, post-acute partners in the system and within hospital walls.
Previously, Melissa was the Director of Interprofessional Practice, Research and Infection Control at William Osler Health Systems and was an improvement advisor with the Osler-led Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Health Performance Initiative Collaborative that focused on reducing Alternate Level of Care days and improving transitions to care destinations.
Melissa began her career as an Occupational Therapist and has a bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a master’s in Occupational Therapy from Western University. She also has a master’s in Health Studies from Athabasca University.
Dr. Parker oversees the Unity Health Toronto clinical programs of Primary Care and Community Health, Kidney and Metabolism, Medical Imaging, and Laboratory Medicine, as well as the Emergency and Medicine program at the St. Michael’s site.
Dr. Parker was recruited to St. Michael’s Hospital in 2003 to head up the Division of Cardiology and as the inaugural recipient of the Brazilian Ball Chair in Cardiology Research – positions he held until 2010. Since 2010, he has also served as the Medical Lead of the hospital’s Elder Care Strategy, Co-Lead of the Urban Community Patient Priority, Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Joint Board Steering Committee during the integration of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital. Prior to being appointed VP and CMO, Dr. Parker was Physician-in-Chief and Squires-Chalmers professor in the Department of Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and undertook postgraduate clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Toronto followed by a Research Fellowship in Molecular Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.
Dr. Kunuk Rhee’s key accountabilities at Unity Health Toronto include the oversight of the Medical Affairs Department, clinical quality improvement and providing medical leadership to the nearly 500 medical staff of St. Joseph’s.
Dr. Rhee joined Unity Health Toronto in early February 2020 from Cambridge Memorial Hospital where he was the Chief of Staff and VP since 2013. He also concurrently held a VP of Clinical Quality role at the Waterloo-Wellington LHIN since 2017. During this time, he provided educational leadership in an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor role at McMaster University. Prior to this, Dr. Rhee was the regional clinical quality lead at Health Quality Ontario and chaired the Regional Quality Table. He has nearly 20 years of extensive medical leadership experience.
Kunuk is a family physician-hospitalist and has a clinical and teaching role at St. Joseph’s. Dr. Rhee has also served as a Section Chair and Past‑Chair of the Ontario Medical Association and has received the Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine’s Excellence in Leadership Award.
A surgeon, scientist and administrator, Dr. Ori D.Rotstein joined St. Michael’s in 2004 as Surgeon-in-Chief. In 2005, he became the Director of the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science. Since May 1, 2019, he has been the VP of Research and Innovation for Unity Health Toronto.
Dr. Rotstein has made numerous and significant contributions to the organization and health care sector. He has almost 350 publications; given more than 300 presentations worldwide; been awarded multiple grants from various funding agencies, including the CIHR, CFI and NIH; and is the recipient of many honours and awards, including the inaugural Keenan Chair in Research Leadership.
He received his MD and a M.Sc. from the University of Toronto. He completed postgraduate specialty training in General Surgery at U of T, followed by a research fellowship at the University of Minnesota. An expert in the management of intra-abdominal infection and inflammation, Dr. Rotstein’s research interests are in understanding how traumatic injury leads to alterations in the immune response of patients.
Anne Trafford joined St. Michael’s Hospital in 2005 with a vision and passion to drive transformation through the use of technology. Anne has held several progressive leadership roles in her career at St. Michael’s, including three years as a cross-appointed CIO at Bridgepoint Health where she was part of the leadership team that designed and delivered the new technology-enabled facility.
In January 2012, Anne’s commitment to integrated health care was further advanced when she assumed a new cross-site role, as CIO for St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Also in 2012, Anne’s portfolio at St. Michael’s was expanded to encompass the Quality and Performance programs. This diverse portfolio is designed to drive improvement in all domains of quality and patient experience and includes quality improvement, risk management, emergency preparedness, decision support, analytics, health information management and of course, Information Technology. Anne is a Registered Nurse with a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Ashley Verduyn is the Chief and Director of Medical Affairs at Providence Healthcare. On the clinical side, she currently works as a hospitalist specializing in geriatric and medical rehabilitation.
Dr. Verduyn began her career at Providence as a long term care physician working in the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence in 2008. Later in 2017, she became the Medical Director of the long term care home.
Having completed her undergraduate medical training at McMaster University and her residency training in family medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Verduyn is now also a lecturer within the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2018, she was the recipient of Providence’s Living our Values Award for Sanctity of Life.
Dr. Jeff Zaltzman joined the Division of Nephrology at St. Michael’s Hospital in 1993, where he played an active role in the resurgence of the Renal Transplant Program. He was the program’s Director from 2000 to 2016, and is now the Medical Director of the Diabetes Comprehensive Care Program and the chief of the Division of Nephrology.
Dr. Zaltzman developed a special interest in medical education, serving at St. Michael’s as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and educational director of Nephrology from 1994 to 2015. He also chaired the Research Ethics Board (REB) from 2000 to 2002.
Jeff completed both his undergraduate studies and medical degree at McGill University. He did a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba, and he completed his nephrology and transplant training and a master’s in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. His research interests are in the areas of chronic allograft nephropathy, cardiovascular issues, renal function in transplantation and transplant ethics.
Dr. Zaltzman is a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and was the Chief Medical Officer of Trillium Gift of Life Network Ontario. He chaired the kidney working group at the Canadian Society of Transplant, and has been involved with the Kidney Foundation of Canada at both the provincial and national levels.
Last updated December 03, 2021