Government & Policy
Board of directors for Ontario Health announced
March 13, 2019
TORONTO – Christine Elliott (pictured), Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, moved one step closer to fulfilling the government’s commitment to a connected, sustainable public healthcare system centred around the patient, by announcing the early slate of the Ontario Health Board of Directors.
“Our government is committed to building a modern, connected public healthcare system that patients, families, and caregivers deserve,” said Elliott. “To build a truly patient-centred system of care, we must enable collaboration and coordination from top to bottom. We need to bring the best of our system together, and form deep roots that put healthcare in Ontario on a solid foundation for the future.”
The government has proposed legislation that would, if passed, enable the transfer of multiple existing provincial agencies into Ontario Health over a number of years. The board will take on a number of critical responsibilities, most importantly, ensuring the continuity of patient care throughout the transition process.
“The individuals who have come forward to serve on this board are exemplary. They possess a wide range of specialized skills, from healthcare to business operations, from logistics to public service delivery, from community engagement to volunteerism. Together, they will ensure that Ontario Health is positioned to modernize and strengthen our public healthcare system,” said Elliott. “Our plan will enable local teams of healthcare providers to know and understand each patient’s needs and provide the appropriate, high-quality connected care Ontarians expect and deserve.”
The composition of the early slate of Ontario Health Board of Directors is as follows:
Bill Hatanaka, Chair Nominee of the Ontario Health Board of Directors, serves on the Fund Advisory Board of Invesco Canada and is a member of the Independent Review Committee of RP Investment Advisors. He is Vice-Chair of ICE NGX Canada Ltd. and Chair of their Risk Management Committee. Additionally he sits on the Board of Governors of York University, and serves as Chair, Finance and Audit. He has previously served on other public boards including TMX (Chair HRC, Derivatives), and TD Ameritrade (Risk Committee). He is the Past Chair of the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC). Mr. Hatanaka is the past President and CEO, OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTRUST), a defined benefit pension plan, jointly sponsored by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. He is former Group Head, Wealth Management, TD Bank Group, where he was a member of the senior executive team of the Bank with responsibility for building the Bank’s global Wealth and Asset Management business. He was the inaugural Chair of the TD Bank’s Diversity Leadership Council. His community involvement has included work with Canadian Centre for Diversity, The United Way and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Elyse Allan, Vice Chair Nominee of the Ontario Health Board of Directors, currently serves as a Director of Brookfield Asset Management, a Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and member of its National Advisory Council, an advisor to the Eco-Fiscal Commission, and as a Director of MaRS Discovery District. Until recently she participated on the Board of Directors of the Conference Board of Canada, The Royal Ontario Museum, and the Business Council of Canada. Previously she served as Chair of the Board for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of Providence Healthcare. Prior to her retirement, Ms. Allan was the President and CEO of GE Canada and Vice-President of the GE Company. She led a Canadian multi-billion dollar digital, manufacturing, financial and industrial services company. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014.
Jay Aspin’s career has included key roles with the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and as federal Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming. Mr. Aspin holds the Corporate Director (ICD.D) designation, and served on a variety of boards including the North Bay Civic Hospital Corporation, Certified Management Consultants of Canada, Canadian Space Advisory Board, Near North District Schools, Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Andrea Barrack is the Global Head, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship at TD Bank Group. Previously, she was the CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Ms. Barrack is the current Chair of the Dean’s Council for the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and an advisory member of the Impact Canada Initiative. Her previous board work includes serving as the Vice-Chair with the Scarborough Health Network.
Dr. Alexander Barron is a physician who has specialized in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Hematology, and has practiced at the Hospital for Sick Children, St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, North York General Hospital and the Grand River Hospital. He has been a consulting physician on the Afghanistan Task Force with the Canadian International Development Agency. Dr. Barron has also served on the board of the Ontario Medical Association, as well as The Canadian Medical Protective Association, where he has been on the Executive, Case Review and Investment Committees.
Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown is the Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Prior to becoming Dean, he was the Director of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Dalla Lana Chair of Public Health Policy at the university. Dr. Brown is a member of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine. Dr. Brown’s other past roles include senior leadership positions in policy and strategy within the Ontario government, founding roles in startup companies, and extensive work on performance measurement.
Rob Devitt retired in 2015 after serving 11 years as President and CEO of the Toronto East General Hospital. He has been appointed to assist a number of other hospitals in Ontario, including serving as a Supervisor and Peer Reviewer. Over the years, Mr. Devitt has served on numerous boards including the Ontario Hospital Association, the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders and the Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board. He was an original board member of Plexxus and HDIRS.
Garry Foster currently sits on the boards of SmartREIT and Real Matters Inc., where he chairs the Audit Committees. He also serves on the Presto Fare Card sub-committee of Metrolinx, and Payments Canada. He has chaired the board of Cogniciti, the commercialization arm of Baycrest Health Sciences, and is the Chair of the Board of the Baycrest Foundation. Mr. Foster had a long career at Deloitte, where he led the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice and was Vice-Chair of the firm. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants.
Shelly Jamieson retired in 2017 as the CEO of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), an independent organization funded by Health Canada to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians. Prior to joining CPAC, she held Ontario’s highest-ranking civil servant role as Secretary of Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council. Ms. Jamieson serves on the Board of Directors of High Liner Foods, and is Chair of the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee. She is also Chair of the Governance Committee of The Gordon Foundation.
Jackie Moss was a senior executive at CIBC for over 16 years where she ran the Human Resources, Strategy and Corporate Development functions and was the General Counsel in Canada. Prior to this, she was a partner at Blake, Cassels and Graydon. Ms. Moss now serves on the board of IMCO and Minto REIT and is chair of their Human Resources and Nominations and Governance Committees, respectively. She is the Founder and CEO of Giftgowns.
Paul Tsaparis is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at York University, and a board member at Teranet, Humber River Hospital, Metrolinx and Indspire. He is Past Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and the ITAC Board of Governors. Mr. Tsaparis’ over 30-year career in technology included being appointed Hewlett-Packard’s Vice-President of Technology Support, Americas in May 2010. Before taking on the Americas leadership role, he was President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard (Canada).
Anju Virmani is the Chief Information Officer at Cargojet, Canada’s leading supplier of time-sensitive air cargo services. Her professional career includes acting as a senior advisor to many technology startups. She is currently on the Board of CentrePort Canada, based in Winnipeg. Previously, Ms. Virmani has served on the boards of the Toronto Transit Commission and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. Her other appointments include the Advisory Council for National Security (ACNS), the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on National Security (CCRS) and the Schulich School of Business Advisory Committee.
The members of the board of directors for Ontario Health will also be appointed to the boards for each of the Local Health Integration Networks, as well as the following provincial health service agencies: Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario, HealthForceOntario, Health Shared Services Ontario, Health Quality Ontario and Trillium Gift of Life Network.