Tammy Brown, Chair
Tammy Brown is a Partner in KPMG's Audit practice in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). She has over 25 years of audit experience, primarily with public and large multinational companies in the industrial markets space. In addition to her technical and client service abilities, Tammy is known for her significant interest and contributions within HR from coaching and mentoring throughout her career to taking leadership roles in the development of others and in diversity and inclusion within KPMG. She is a band member of the Shawanaga First Nation. As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion executive committee, Tammy has represented the aboriginal community and continues to develop connections and seek opportunities to support and include these communities in our activities. She has also had significant involvement with health charities through her roles as a director and past chair of the Board of Directors at Ovarian Cancer Canada, and currently as a Director of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Her clients have consistently commented that they are very appreciative of her style and reasonable approach to working with them through difficult issues. She has a proven track record for proactively addressing KPMG clients' accounting, audit, securities and business issues.
Tammy has served in leadership positions at KPMG in the areas of recruiting, training and human resources throughout her career. She is currently the National Industry Leader for Industrial Markets including manufacturing, automotive and chemicals sectors.
JoAnne Doyle, Vice Chair
JoAnne Doyle assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer at the United Way of Toronto & York Region in January 2017. In this new role, she oversees United Way’s business operations, organizational planning and governance functions. This includes building effective operational models that address global trends and the challenges that shape United Way’s work. JoAnne also steers the integration of our work with United Ways across Canada and internationally.
JoAnne first joined United Way in 2011 as Senior Vice President, Community Impact. IN this position she led and shaped a streamlined, community-facing department and provided leadership on United Way’s strategic initiatives, community investment and partnership building, research, evaluation and public policy. Prior to her current position, JoAnne maintained the role of Chief Operations & Strategy Officer, where she oversaw core cross-divisional teams including Finance, Administration and Facilities; Information Technology and Operations; Strategy, Research and Evaluation; Communications, Public Affairs and Public Policy; and Planning and Governance.
JoAnne has deep roots in the community and social services sectors with expertise in community health. Through her independent consulting practice, she helped numerous organizations in areas such as governance, strategic planning, capacity building, and operations. A dedicated volunteer, she has held Board and Committee positions for the Welcome Inn Centre in Hamilton. Her previous roles include Executive Director at the Guelph Community Health Centre and the North Hamilton Community Health Centre.
JoAnne holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University.
Paula Allen is currently the Vice President of Research, Analytics and Innovation for Morneau Shepell. Her work spans the continuum of integrated analytics, predictive modelling as well as evidence based and data-centric solutions. Paula’s focus is on the current, emerging and most complex issues that have the greatest impact on health, cost and productivity outcomes.
Paula is well-recognized for her work promoting mental health initiatives in the community and workplaces. She is co-chair of Civic Action’s Champions Council on workplace mental health, was part of the Income Security Working Group providing advice to the Ontario Government on issues relating to disability and income support, and sits on several research and strategy advisory boards that address issues ranging from e-mental health solutions to substance abuse. She is also a well-recognized expert in the full scope of disability management, and in medication utilization.
Paula brings more than 20 years of experience relating to workplace research, operational management and strategic innovation. She frequently speaks at major conferences, and is often sought out by the national media for her knowledge and expertise related to current issues and the future direction of mental health, health strategy and related risk management.
Hania Amad has over 15 years of experience building, leading and revitalizing internal programs and corporate divisions for leaders in the IT, aerospace and engineering sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Computer Option) from McGill University and a Masters in Business Administration from Western University Richard Ivey School of Business.
Hania is currently the Director of Process Management at CIBC, supporting the Enterprise Architecture and Information Security team. Hania's experience included consulting and extensive work on the International Space Station (ISS), low-orbit satellites, process management and software/hardware development for IT/telecom markets. She built the new Enterprise Quality office for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Within two years, she set new development and software standards worldwide, established a new culture of quality enterprise wide, and reversed quality issues that were placing this $6B business at risk.
In addition to sitting on the WCH board, Hania sits on the York Regional Police Victim Services (Ministry of Attorney General) and Registered Insurance Brokerage Ontario (Ministry of Finance) – Complaints and Discipline Committees.
In 2009, as a volunteer, Hania joined a task force mandated with proposing reforms to the Family Law Act. Coming from a region of the world crippled by conflict, paralyzed by intransigence and filled with human suffering, Hania made a commitment to create bridges between opposing sides. Hania is currently a very active participant in a group entitled “Together in Hope”, co-founded by Arab and Jewish women. The group aims, through dialogue, to address such issues as the Law of Return, and Nationality Law as they relate to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how can both sides work together to reduce these tensions. Hania is also engaged in founding an exciting and related new initiative. Again, Jewish and Arab women are coming together to form a charitable organization called “Mothers and Daughters for Peace in the Middle East”. The goal will be to relieve human suffering by empowering women and children, through education, training and partnerships to become financially self-sufficient and leaders who will be instrumental in taking the region into a peaceful future.
Tuhina Biswas is a family physician at Women’s College Hospital since 2007 and received her MD from Western University. She completed her residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and has a keen interest in women’s health. She currently practices comprehensive family medicine including low risk Obstetrics and is affiliated with one of our partners with the antenatal program. Tuhina is actively involved in teaching and supervising medical students and residents and was awarded DFCM award of excellence in 2015. Her interests are mentorship, physician health and wellness and the role of storytelling in healthcare. Tuhina is the Deputy Program Director of Women’s Health enhance skills program as well as Vice President of the Medical Staff Association.
Bonnie Bloomberg has been a founding partner at Triumph Asset Management since its inception in 2004 and is the Chief Compliance Officer. Previous responsibilities include business development and client service.
Bonnie began her investment career in 1994 at TD Asset Management where she managed the TD Greenline Value Fund. She was also a member of the bank's Investment Committee and a Research Analyst on the bank's pension fund. Ms. Bloomberg held the position of Vice President of U.S. Institutional Equity Sales specializing in hedge funds at National Bank Financial from 2000 to 2003 and a similar role at Westwind Partners Inc. from 2003 to 2004.
Ms. Bloomberg holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Ms. Bloomberg has sat on the Executive Committee of the Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary Board where she was involved in chairing several fundraising events.
More recently, Ms. Bloomberg has been involved in steering committees for Hillel and the Baycrest Brain Project.
As National Public Affairs Lead, John provides government relations and strategic communications counsel to clients across an array of sectors. As a political enthusiast with over 25 years of experience offering a seasoned and highly influential voice in public affairs, John has built an extensive political network which, along with his experience in government, he leverages to the benefit of clients that are looking to engage and build strong and invaluable relationships with senior government officials. John is actively involved in the agency’s Global Public Affairs Practice and has been instrumental in capitalizing on key growth opportunities. John is also a regular political commentator in Canada’s national media and is often invited to speak on panels and at post secondary institutions on issues related to both public relations and public affairs.
David Court is a Senior Partner Emeritus with McKinsey & Company. He most recently served as McKinsey's global Director of Technology, Digitization and Communications and led the 'Digitize the Firm' program to reimagine major client and people processes from a digital-first mindset. David also founded and led McKinsey's Big Data/Analytics practice. He was a member of both the Firm's global Operating Committee and its Board of Directors.
David currently serves on the board of Canadian Tire, Mother Parkers and Plan International Canada. He is on the advisory board to the National Geographic Society, chairs the advisory board of Georgian Partners and serves as an advisor to Integrate.ai.
Born in Toronto, David's 30-year career with Mckinsey included time in London, Sydney, Seoul, New York and Dallas. He has a Bachelors of Commerce from Queen's University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Dr. Wendy Cukier has served on the Board of Women’s College Hospital for five years, as Chair of the Equity Committee, Chair of Quality and Academic Committee and, most recently as Vice Chair of the Board. She has more than 30 years of experience working on technology and innovation including early work on telehealth and telemedicine. She was the founding Executive Director of the North Eastern Ontario Telehealth Network and helped to establish Contact North. During her five-year term as Ryerson University's Vice-President of Research and Innovation, she proactively supported the growth of research, innovation and commercialization. Under her leadership, research and partnerships expanded, driving an increase in external funding by more than 60% over five years. She also led the University’s Social Innovation Strategy and helped make Ryerson Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker Campus. Previously, she served as the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest business school. Currently a Professor of Information Technology Management at the Ted Rogers School of Management and founder of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University, she has written more than 200 papers on technology, innovation and management and is coauthor of the bestseller "Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park."
She serves on many boards and has helped establish and grow technology and social enterprises. An active volunteer, she has assisted a wide range of equality seeking community organizations and her work has been widely recognized for its impact on community safety and social justice. Her many honours include the YWCA Woman of Distinction, one of the Top 25 Women of Influence, one of 100 Alumni who shaped the Century (at the University of Toronto), one of 25 Transformational Canadians (Globe and Mail, CTV, LaPresse), the Black Business Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Award for Diversity, the Canada Pakistan Business Council’s professional excellence award, the Canadian Public Health Association’s Award of Merit and the Governor General's Meritorious Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours.
Dr. Cukier holds an MA and MBA from the University of Toronto, a PhD from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She has also received an honorary doctorate from Laval University in medicine, dentistry and nursing and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Concordia University.
Michael Foulkes is a former Executive Vice President of the TD Bank Group. During 30 years with TD, he held various senior positions including Chief Information Officer, EVP Group Operations and Technology, Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking and prior to his retirement, President & Chief Executive Officer, TD Waterhouse UK. During his career with TD he was involved in some of the Bank's largest transactions and technology initiatives, including the acquisition of Central Guaranty Trust and Canada Trust, the Bank's Y2K project and the TD's entry into online financial services. He retired from TD in late 2006.
Michael is a director of First Nations Bank of Canada, a unique, Schedule A Chartered Bank majority owned by indigenous shareholders. He has previously served as a Director of DH Corporation, The Canadian Depository for Securities and eHealth Ontario. He is a dedicated volunteer and is a member of the LIFT Philanthropy Partners National Leadership Council. He has previously served as a Director and Chair of the Board of Junior Achievement of Canada and more recently as a director and Chair of the Board of The Royal Conservatory of Music. He was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for volunteer services and was made an Honourary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory of Music in 2016.
Michael is a graduate of Victoria College in The University of Toronto, the Canadian Securities Institute and the Rotman/ICD Director Education Program. He resides in Toronto with his wife and has two grown children.
Dr. Paula Harvey, BMBS, PhD, FRACP
Dr. Paula Harvey, BMBS, PhD, FRACP
Dr. Harvey is an Australian Medical Graduate. After completing her specialty training and subsequent PhD in 1999 she re-located to Canada as a NH&MRC Scholar to complete post-doctoral training in Cardiovascular Physiology at the University of Toronto. In 2002 Dr. Harvey was appointed to faculty in the Division of Cardiology, University Health Network. In 2010 Dr Harvey joined Women's College Hospital (WCH) as Director, Cardiovascular Research and subsequently also as Medical Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Health initiative, the WCH cardiac rehabilitation program.
In December 2013 Dr. Harvey was appointed Division Head, Cardiology at WCH until April 2018. She assumed the role of Interim Physician-in-Chief of the Department of Medicine in July 2014. In March 2017 she was appointed Physician in Chief of the Department of Medicine at WCH. In May 2017 Dr. Harvey was appointed the F.M. Hill Chair in Women’s Academic Medicine. In January 2019 Dr. Harvey was appointed Interim Chief of Staff. Dr. Harvey’s clinical and research focus is on cardiovascular disease in women across the lifespan, with a special interest in hypertension and atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease prevention through lifestyle interventions (such as exercise) and cardiovascular disease in women with multiple complex diseases.
Ani Hotoyan-Joly is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Accountant with 32 years of business experience. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and the ICD.D designation from The Institute of Corporate Directors and University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.
Currently, Ani is the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Coventree Inc. Prior positions include Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada and Vice President, Finance of Zurich Canada. Ani was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of A.R.S. Armenian Private School from 2012 to 2015 and is currently the Chair of the School's Development Foundation. From 2012 to 2015, Ani was also a member of the Board of Directors of International Women's Forum Canada and served as its Treasurer.
In September 2016, she was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Armenian Relief Society "Roubina" Chapter (Toronto). Ani was a Member of the Board of Directors of Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. (EFH.TO) from May 2014 to May 2017 and was a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. She also chaired the Governance Committee from May 2015 to May 2017. Ani was also a member of the Board of Directors of Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island and was the chair of its Audit & Risk Committee.
In October 2016, she became a member of the Board of Directors of Women's College Hospital and served on its Quality and Academic Committee until June 2017. In June 2017, Ani was appointed the chair of the Governance Committee.
In November 2016, Ani was selected to be one of Canadian Board Diversity Council's Diversity 50 Board Candidates. In April 2017, Ani was appointed a member of Ontario Power Generation's Board of Directors and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Compensation, Leadership & Governance Committee.
Ani likes to spend time with her family and friends and has two sons, Christopher and Stephen. She loves to travel, read and volunteer.
Michelle Khalili is a Managing Director and Head, Global Equity Capital Markets at Scotiabank. Prior to that, Michelle was a member of the Private Capital Investment Banking team at CIBC, focused on pension funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds. Before rejoining CIBC, Michelle spent four years at Goldman Sachs as Head of Equity Capital Markets – Canada and was a member of Goldman Sachs Canada's Board of Directors. Michelle also spent 12 years in the Equity Capital Markets group at CIBC, working on the origination and execution of equity financings in Canada.
Michelle is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Women's College Hospital, and is a member of their Quality & Academic Committee. Michelle is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Brain Institute and is on the Audit and Finance Committee. Michelle is past Chair of the 100 Women in Finance's Committee in Canada, a global organization of more than 15,000 professionals. Michelle also served as Vice Chair and Board member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, and as a member of its Human Resources and Pension Committee.
Michelle has been involved in a number of community initiatives, including the Canadian Women's Foundation Girls Growth Fund, the Royal Ontario Museum – Fact or Fiction Committee and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure. She was recognized with an Industry Award for Leadership by Women in Capital Markets, and has received the WCM Executive Coaching Award and the Champions of Change Award.
Michelle earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and qualified for Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.
Dr. Brad Lichtblau received his MD from the University of Toronto, during which time he had some of his earliest clinical experiences at Women's College Hospital. He subsequently completed his Family Medicine training at Women's College Hospital through the University of Toronto's Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM). In his training, he received a number of awards for both education and patient care. Dr. Lichtblau is currently a Lecturer in the DFCM, and practices at the Women's College Hospital Family Practice Health Centre. He is actively involved in the supervision of medical students and residents, and has an interest in medical education. His experiences at Women's College Hospital have shaped who he is as a physician and he is proud to consider himself part of the WCH community.
Anne McGuire currently is President of the Women's College Hospital Association of Volunteers. She is in her third year of volunteering at WCH and has spent time in various department roles in addition to being on the Executive Committee of the Association.
Previously, Anne had a 20-year career in Financial Services with the Royal Bank of Canada. She held senior management positons in Retail Banking, International Risk Management and Corporate Banking.
Her volunteerism began when her sons entered Toronto French School, where she was an active member on the Executive Committee of the Parent's Association. A move for the family to Paris, France in 2000 resulted in four years of another rewarding volunteer experience at the Lycée International School in St. Germain-en-Laye, France.
Upon her return to Toronto, she attended The International Academy of Design and Technology graduating in Interior Design. During her second career, she spent several years as an Interior Designer, specializing in high end residential design. In addition to her own freelance business she worked for the firm, Creative Avenues in Toronto.
In her new leadership role with the Association of Volunteers, Anne will be focusing on the implementation of their strategic plan. Her emphasis for the membership throughout this process will be "enhancing the patient experience" and "enhancing the volunteer experience".
Heather McPherson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Women's College Hospital
Heather McPherson is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Women’s College Hospital (WCH). Heather is a highly recognized healthcare executive with extensive experience in clinical, academic and health system leadership. Prior to her role as President & CEO, she served as the hospital’s Executive Vice President of Patient Care and Ambulatory Innovation; where she was at the forefront of shaping and executing hospital strategy and operations.
Heather is an innovative leader who has been instrumental in establishing clinical programs and services that close the health gaps for patients – not only at Women’s College hospital but throughout the province. With her unparalleled ability to partner across the healthcare system, build high-performance teams and foster a culture of excellence, she has created transformative solutions including the operationalization of WCH’s new building, the implementation of an electronic health record and the evolution of the hospital’s ambulatory model of care. Throughout her career Heather has focused on the evaluation and improvement of the systems of clinical care delivery and redefining what it means to be a patient: engaged, empowered, and understood.
Heather is a passionate advocate for a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to health. She is a registered Occupational Therapist and holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Toronto. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
Heather started her career as an Occupational Therapist at Queensway General Hospital (now Trillium Health Partners) and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. She joined Women’s College as Supervisor of Occupational Therapy and Manager of the Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Program then took on the role of Chief of Health Disciplines at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre. She has gone on to fulfil numerous innovative roles for the organization, including, Director of Interprofessional Education and the Administrative Director of Women & Chronic Diseases.
Outside of her work at WCH, Heather lends her expertise volunteering with several community organizations and has been a key member of several academic committees at the University of Toronto, working towards greater collaboration between disciplines. She also currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Toronto.
Susan Monteith is an experienced financial markets executive with corporate and not-for-profit board experience. She has been a trusted advisor to Boards and CEO’s of public and private companies on capital market equity financing opportunities and a senior executive responsible for client strategy and people development. She held the position of Executive Vice President, Client Strategy & People Development with National Bank Financial where she was responsible for developing strategic client initiatives and implementing tools and systems to support client coverage teams. Previously Susan was Head of Equity Capital Markets at National Bank Financial where she managed teams in Toronto and Montreal that were responsible for all aspects of equity offerings by the firm’s clients. She regularly advised CEOs and Boards on capital market opportunities including M&A financings and initial public offerings. Prior to joining National Bank Financial Susan held senior positions with CIBC World Markets and Genuity Capital Markets.
Susan is a member of the Board of Directors of Economical Insurance Group which is a mutual insurance company with approximately $2.5 billion in annualized gross written premiums and $5.7 billion in assets. She is a member of the Risk Review Committee, the Investment Committee and the Special Committee for Demutualization.
Throughout her career, Susan has been an advocate for women in the workplace and in the community. At National Bank Financial she was responsible for several programs designed to increase the number and seniority of women. She was a founding Board Member of Women in Capital Markets and a member of the Advisory Council. In 2016 she was named a Women in Capital Markets Champion of Change for her commitment to supporting women in the industry. In 2015 & 2016 Susan was a member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet and co-chaired the Women’s Giving initiative raising money to support education and training programs that empower women to build strong independent futures for themselves and their families.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and an MSc (Business) from the London Business School and is a graduate of the Rotman/ICD Director Education Program.
Eden M. Oliver, B.A., LL.B, ICD.D
Eden M. Oliver, B.A., LL.B, ICD.D
Experienced business lawyer and advisor with specialized knowledge in mining, electricity, oil and gas, financial services, advanced technologies and payment systems. Eden is focused on building successful businesses through sound governance, and diligently planned and well executed corporate and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, and restructurings. A significant portion of her practice has been devoted to transactional and advisory work and addressing related regulatory issues in those industries. Eden is deeply interested in the applications of new technology and innovation, especially as applied in the health sector. She is a former business law partner of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and of Bennett Jones LLP, and licensed to practice law by the Law Society of Ontario.
Eden is the Chair of the Board of Women's College Hospital Foundation and Chair of the Executive Governance Committee. Previously, she was Chair of the Board of Governors of Havergal College.
Jennifer Price is the Chief Nursing Executive and an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Price holds a PhD and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Toronto and she is a Certified Cardiovascular Nurse with the Canadian Nurses Association. Dr. Price is an Adjunct Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto where she is involved in graduate faculty education.
Dr. Price's clinical practice is in the area of women and heart disease in Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative, Canada's first and only cardiac rehabilitation program designed and delivered specifically for woman.
Dr. Price's research interests explore cardiac rehabilitation, women and heart disease. She is interested in interventions which assist women to make healthy lifestyle choices. From a health services perspective her interest is in developing methods of care delivery that improve referral and access for women to cardiac rehabilitation programs and which help women stay engaged in rehabilitation. She recently completed a pilot trial "Exploring the Feasibility, Acceptability and Effectiveness of a Mosque-Based Intervention to Promote Physical Activity in South Asian Muslim Women" funded by the Women's Xchange $15K Challenge.
She is presently co-investigator on the ADAPT – Avoiding Diabetes after Pregnancy Trial – which is funded by the Lawson Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association and CIHR and Development and Usability Testing of HEARTPA♀N: An Integrated Smartphone and Web-Based Intervention for Women with Cardiac Pain also funded by CIHR.
Maya Roy is the CEO of YWCA Canada. Maya is a diversity specialist with 20 years of experience in a variety of sectors in public policy development, public health, adult education and social work. She has extensive experience working in marginalized and disadvantaged communities and has worked internationally with NGOs to support human rights and violence prevention. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Newcomer Women's Services Toronto, where she held the position for 7 years. Ms. Roy is the winner of the 2013 CASSA Gender Advocate Award and the Toronto Community Foundation's Vital People award in 2014.
Donna Walwyn, a lawyer by training, is a multidisciplinary professional with a focus on governance, regulatory compliance, and risk assessment.
Donna is currently an independent director of a private equity firm.
As a former partner in the Toronto office of a global law firm, Donna advised pension plans, boards of trustees, pension and benefit committees and other organizations on legal issues related to registered pension and retirement savings plans, employee health and welfare plans, and other compensation related plans, including: plan and fund governance, regulatory compliance, plan design and administration, pension fund investment and fiduciary obligations.
Donna is consistently recognized by clients and colleagues for her technical excellence, for conducting all interactions with integrity and the utmost civility, and for her pragmatic and practical approach to problem solving.
Donna has a strong commitment to giving back to the community, and to increasing innovation, and maximizing talent and productivity through the recruitment and retention of diverse leadership teams.
Donna is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, a Fellow of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity and former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club.
Among other awards and recognition, Donna is the recipient of a Lexpert Zenith Award for her Diversity & Inclusion Work as well as a Faculty of Law Award for Excellence in Advocacy.
Professor Lynn Wilson completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, and her medical degree and postgraduate training at the University of Toronto. She has been practicing as a comprehensive family physician since 1986.
Prior to being named Vice Dean, Partnerships, Prof. Wilson served as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto. With over 1200 faculty members, it is the largest family medicine department in Canada. DFCM has thrived under Prof. Wilson's leadership, with expanded graduate programs and fellowship offerings, four new research chairs, and new programs such as the Family Medicine Longitudinal Experience, the Office of Education Scholarship and DFCM Open, an online platform for family doctors to share resources and information. The DFCM has also experienced significant growth in its international activities, most notably through its array of professional development opportunities for primary care physicians from around the world.
Prof. Wilson has also played a leadership role through her work with some of the Faculty's key partners. From 2002 to 2007, she was a member of the Physician Services Committee for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where she helped to lead primary care renewal in the province of Ontario. Since 2011, Dr. Wilson has been the co-director of BRIDGES, a Ministry of Health funded project to support the design and implementation of innovative models of care that promote integration in the healthcare system. Her current global health work in the Department includes working with medical faculty at Addis Ababa University to implement a first-ever family medicine residency program in Ethiopia.
On January 1, 2016, Prof. Wilson began her term as the Vice Dean, Partnerships in Faculty of Medicine. In this capacity, she is responsible for the Faculty's ongoing relationships with nine fully affiliated hospitals and 18 community-affiliated hospitals and health facilities, as well as government, community organizations and international collaborators.
Prof. Wilson practices family medicine at the Women's College Hospital Family Health Team in Toronto. Her clinical interests include palliative care, addiction medicine, obstetrics and global health.
Leslie Woo is Chief Development Officer (CDO), leading Transit Oriented Development (TOD) program for Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario. Leslie has been named, one of Bisnow’s 2019 Toronto Power Women in Commercial Real Estate, one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017, Spacing Toronto's Transit Change-maker in 2016 and Canada's Women's Infrastructure Network's 2015 Outstanding Leader.
Leslie leads the TOD program for both organizations, the goal of which is to leverage the Metrolinx transit land assets through a fair exchange value with qualified third-parties, so as to increase transit ridership, improve the customer experience and ultimately create more complete and connected communities. Metrolinx’s over $50 billion transit expansion program is enabling extensive market drive opportunities for stations that integrate multi-use development.
In her 11 year career at Metrolinx, Leslie has founded a number of key organizational functions in her former planning roles. In addition she continues to be a champion for driving sustainability and supporting womens’ leadership in the organization. Prior to Metrolinx Leslie worked in the municipal, private and not-for-profit sectors. She was the key author of the original Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan (2006), which by 2016 had resulted in urban intensification totalling over 18 per cent increase in multi-family residential development, a two-thirds reduction of greenfield lands consumption, and conserved about 800 square kilometres of agricultural and rural land.
Leslie holds international responsibilities as a Global Governing Trustee with the Urban Land Institute, and is a retired member of the Ontario Association of Architects. Awarded a 2011/12 Fellowship with International Women’s Forum, Leslie is a Director on the board of Womens’ College Hospital and for eight years was a director on the board of YMCA for the Greater Toronto Area (2009 – 2017).
Leslie is the creator of the blog shebuildscities.org celebrating women city builders around the world. Leslie received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters of Planning from the University of Waterloo. She is also the 2015 recipient of the Renison University College Distinguished Alumna Award. Born in Trinidad, Leslie is the mother of two thriving global citizens.