Board of Directors

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JOANNE DOYLE

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.

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SUSAN MONTEITH

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.

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DONNA WALWYN

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.

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PAULA ALLEN

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.

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TUHINA BISWAS

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 President of the Medical Staff Association.

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BONNIE BLOOMBERG

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.

Lindsay Campbell is a retired consultant and former senior manager in health care. Throughout her career she gained experience both in the operational delivery of health services and in the design and implementation of standards and information systems to capture patient information and manage service delivery. Lindsay’s governance experience includes serving multiple terms on a variety of volunteer boards. Since her retirement, she has travelled extensively and been a volunteer at Women’s College Hospital. She currently serves as the President of the Association of Volunteers. Originally trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, Lindsay also holds a BA in History and an MHSc (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto.

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JOHN CAPOBIANCO

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.

Aida Cipolla Headshot Aida Cipolla is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Vice President, Finance at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Aida and her team are responsible for providing OPG with strategic leadership and strategy for: business planning; accounting and financial reporting; treasury; taxation; fund management; internal audit; and enterprise risk management.

An experienced business executive, Aida joined OPG in March 2022 from Toronto Hydro, where she had worked since 2008, most recently as Executive Vice President and CFO. She supported critical initiatives such as electricity rate applications and successfully reshaped Toronto Hydro’s Finance function using transformational strategies that include automation, blending industry best practices, and practical business solutions to drive strong financial performance. She also led their Climate Action Plan financial strategy to support the Toronto’s Transform TO initiative towards sustainability, and Toronto Hydro’s financial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining Toronto Hydro, Aida worked for KPMG LLP in Toronto and Dublin, Ireland, leading audit and advisory engagements.
Aida is known as a forward-thinking thought leader and spokesperson for the electricity industry. She is the first woman to chair the Electricity Canada (formally Canadian Electricity Association) CFO committee and previously served as Chair of Electricity Canada’s Accounting and Finance Committee.

Aida is a mentor through formal mentorship programs and is a strong advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2020 and as an Honouree in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2019.

She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Diploma with a minor in Economics from McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, and is a devoted wife and mother of two young children.

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DAVID COURT

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.

Bio coming soon.

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MICHAEL FOULKES

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.

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ARLEEN HUGGINS

Arleen Huggins is a Partner at Koskie Minsky LLP and the head of the firm’s Employment Law Group. She has expertise in employment law, human rights law, with an emphasis on discrimination on the basis of race and anti-Black racism. Arleen also practices general and commercial litigation.

In the employment law area, Arleen acts on behalf of both employers and employees to provide opinions and to litigate all types of employment and human rights related disputes at various court levels, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal and before various administrative tribunals. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating complex employment contracts and related documents for employers and employees. She also represents both employers and employees in long term disability claims.

Arleen also has significant expertise in investigating workplace harassment and discrimination allegations and related matters for corporations, institutions and government. In 2018, Arleen was appointed by the Secretary of the Cabinet for the Ontario Public Service to act as the Independent External Reviewer to review complex Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Program cases from an anti-racism perspective and her Report was publicly released on November 23, 2018 and can be viewed here. On April 28, 2020, the Minister of Education appointed Arleen to conduct an investigation of the Peel District School Board (PDSB) to examine the PDSB’s compliance with the Minister’s 27 binding Directions issued on March 13, 2020, aimed at dismantling structures within the PDSB that perpetuate racism, and in particular, anti-Black racism, and on reforming culture. The Minister of Education released the Report on May 19, 2020 which can be viewed here.

Arleen has been a speaker for the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, the Advocates’ Society and others, presenting at a variety of seminars on employment law, human rights, diversity and inclusion, anti-Black racism as well as civil matters. She has authored various articles, papers and reports in her areas of expertise.

Arleen won a 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion for her work as a long time Board Member and former President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. She was a five year member and Former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Standing Committee on Equity and a former committee member and Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Equal Opportunity Committee (for which she won an OBA Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism). Arleen was named the recipient of the 2018 Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) President’s Award for her work throughout her career relating to the promotion and advancement of racialized women in the law and a 2020 recipient of the Law Society of Ontario’s prestigious Law Society Medal for her significant contribution to the profession. In 2021, Arleen was elected by the readers of Canadian Lawyer as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in the Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal Law category. Arleen has also been recognized in the area of Labour and Employment Law in The Best Lawyers in Canada for 2022.

Arleen served on the Doctors Without Borders Human Resources Committee from 2014 to the fall of 2018 and was appointed as a member of the federal Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee (JAC) for the GTA for a two year term ending December 2018.

Bio coming soon.

Chinyere Eni-McLean headshotChinyere leads a team of Vice Presidents Commercial Financial Services in the Southwestern Ontario region who are focused on delivering trusted strategic advice for businesses, business owners, and their employees. Within Royal Bank of Canada, Chinyere has led individual contributor, leader, and specialist teams across Personal banking, Commercial banking, Financial Planning, and National Office strategic capacities to enable proactive, helpful, and relevant advice to Canadians.

As an active community leader, Chinyere is a board member, advisory council participant and a passionate volunteer for several community organizations including the War Amputations of Canada Child Amputee Program, The Amputee Coalition of Canada, and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. She is an active speaker on topics related to her community engagement including the largest fundraising event in Canada, the Ride to Conquer Cancer as well as the Continuing Studies program at the University of Toronto.

She has served as past-Chair for the Community Investment Committee of the largest granting foundation in the country, the Ontario Trillium Foundation. In June 2021, Chinyere joined the Wilfrid Laurier University Board of Governors.

Chinyere holds a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a Personal Financial Planning (P.F.P.) designation.

A lifelong active volunteer, in 2013, Chinyere received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for service to Canada. In 2020, she was recognized as an RBC Global Citizen Award winner which acknowledges top-performing employees who have displayed an incredible commitment to giving time and expertise to communities by volunteering and leading charitable initiatives.

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HEATHER MCPHERSON

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.

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JENNIFER PRICE

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

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LISA ROBINSON

Dr. Lisa Robinson is Vice Dean, Strategy & Operations, and Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Medical Science, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is a Staff Physician and former Head, Division of Nephrology, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Dr. Robinson is Senior Scientist in the Program in Cell Biology at the SickKids Research Institute and holder of a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 in Vascular Inflammation and Kidney Injury.

Dr. Robinson attended medical school at the University of Toronto, trained in Internal Medicine at Toronto General Hospital, and completed her residency in Paediatrics at the University of Western Ontario. She received her Paediatric Nephrology training at Duke University and during this time she pursued basic research training in the Departments of Immunology and Medicine, focused on exploring the mechanisms by which the immune system contributes to progressive kidney disease and to cardiovascular disease. Her research program integrates molecular biology, cell biology, advanced microscopic, and biochemical approaches with experimental models of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and kidney injury.

Dr. Robinson is the founder and director of Kids Science, a SickKids Research Institute program which provides opportunities for middle- and high-school students to improve their understanding of science and technology, and to make positive educational and career choices. Kids Science targets youth who do not have equal exposure to science and technology awareness experiences, including patients with chronic illnesses at SickKids, students from Northeastern Ontario, and students from Toronto’s underserved communities. In 2014, she launched the Student Advancement Research (StAR) Program, a SickKids summer research program for high school students from underserved communities.

Dr. Robinson has served on many scientific, career advancement, and advocacy committees committed to child health and kidney health. These include the Society for Pediatric Research Council, the Research and Career Development Committees of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN), and Scientific Program Committees of ASPN and the International Pediatric Nephrology Association. As a member of the American Society of Nephrology, she served on the Innovation and Discovery Taskforce, the Career Advancement Committee, and most recently the Health Equity and Justice Committee.

As Vice Dean, Strategy & Operations, Dr. Robinson leads the Faculty’s academic strategic planning, oversees academic affairs, and serves as the decanal lead for the Faculty’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

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MAYA ROY

Maya Roy is an experienced social worker and is the past CEO of YWCA Canada and Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto.

Experienced in social determinants of health, government relations, and public policy, Roy has served on a range of committees and task forces providing expert counsel to decision-makers. Roy served on the 2018 Gender Equality Advisory Council during Canada’s G7 Presidency and was the Co-Chair of the Future of Jobs Working Group. In 2019, she was a member of Canada’s official delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. In partnership with Rotman School of Business, she served as Strategic Co-Lead on A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada: Making the Economy Work for Everyone, the first nationally-focused plan of its kind in the world.

Roy currently serves on the board of Women’s College Hospital where she serves on the Quality Assurance Committee and is an appointed member of the National Housing Council.  She has also worked internationally as a front-line social worker where she worked to mainstream gender-based analysis in Brazil, India, Thailand, and the U.K., in human rights and violence prevention programming. Her contributions have been recognized nationally and internationally. Roy was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, where she serves on the YGL Advisory and was invited to present at both Davos and the United Nations. She has been a recipient of many honours including being named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People, and has received the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)’s Gender Equity Advocate Award.

Roy is proficient in Bengali, French, and English. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Toronto Metropolitan University. In 2022, she completed executive education with the Harvard Kennedy School and Wharton School of Business in public leadership and board governance.

 

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DEBBIE SIMPSON

Debbie Simpson is an accomplished senior executive with experience in large public company and emerging fast-paced growth environments in the consumer-packaged products and manufacturing space. She is a trusted partner to CEO’s, executive leadership & Boards, in addition to being a champion of growing and developing talent. Debbie has extensive executive experience with core competencies in transformation and strategic leadership and proven depth in financial management, acquisition deal management and integration, fund raising, transformational projects and corporate governance, she also has corporate and not-for-profit Board experience.

Previously, Debbie was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., she was responsible for leading the finance organization of approximately 350 people across Canada and the US. During her twelve years at MLF Debbie held progressively senior positions and worked on a number of transformational and strategic initiative. These included the completion of a manufacturing footprint transformation, disposition of the Company’s bakery business and the associated resizing of the company’s cost base, redefining corporate strategy and direction to unlock and improve shareholder value and building growth through a strategic shift in the core business to a higher value sustainable business proposition. She also led a number of strategic acquisitions aligned to new growth platforms for the Company.

Debbie has been consistently acknowledged by her colleagues for her approach and style in working with them on complex and difficult issues and her pragmatic approach to problem solving. Throughout her career Debbie has been a passionate advocate for advancing women in the workplace and in her community with a focus on health and education. She is widely recognized as a relationship builder.

Before joining Maple Leaf, Ms. Simpson was Vice President and Treasurer for Vincor International Inc. During her tenure at Vincor, Debbie worked on several business acquisitions, equity and debt transactions, and the ultimate sale of the company to Constellation Brands.

Prior to moving to Canada in 2000, Debbie lived and worked in Scotland. She began her career with Ernst & Young and obtained her professional designation from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1991. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Accountancy as well as a Master of Science in Accountancy and Finance from the University of Stirling, Scotland.

Debbie currently lives in Toronto with her husband; Colin and two children; Oliver (17) and Abbie (14). She volunteers her time as the Board Chair of Women’s College Hospital Foundation and of Havergal College. She is also a Board member and the Audit Committee Chair for an OTPP portfolio company.

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LESLIE WOO

Leslie Woo is a respected leader with over 25 years of experience building sustainable communities and shaping urban growth in Canada’s fastest-growing urban region, greater Toronto. Leslie assumed the role of CEO at CivicAction in September 2020. A premier civic engagement organization that convenes established and rising leaders from all sectors, backgrounds and experiences, CivicAction catalyzes actions and impactful solutions to address pressing challenges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and beyond.

Before joining CivicAction, Leslie was at Metrolinx for over a decade including her time as Metrolinx’s Chief Planning Officer. Leslie is a tri-sector athlete with experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors as well as her experience as a planner, architect and community activator. An accomplished leader, Leslie was named One of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017 by WXN, Spacing Toronto’s Transit Changemaker in 2016 and Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network’s 2015 Outstanding Leader. Founder of shebuildscities.org, Leslie uses her voice and platform to amplify and celebrate other women city builders.

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TALIA ZENLEA

Dr. Zenlea received her medical degree from the University of Vermont. She completed her residency in internal Medicine at Yale University/Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by 3 years of subspecialty training in gastroenterology at Harvard University/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she had a clinical focus in inflammatory bowel diseases. Thereafter, she joined the faculty at Brown University as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Alpert Medical School, and acted as the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative.

Dr. Zenlea joined the Division of Gastroenterology at Women’s College Hospital in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She was appointed the Associate Program Director for the GI Training Program in 2018, and serves as the Regional Lead for Colorectal Cancer Screening and Endoscopy at Cancer Care Ontario. She has been an Executive of the Medical Staff Association since 2017, and the Vice President since 2021. She is otherwise a full-time clinician, with a clinical interest in inflammatory bowel disease, particularly in pregnancy.

Board Meeting Information

Board of Directors Meetings

As a public organization, we are committed to transparency and accountability. In support of this, our Board meetings are open to staff, physicians, volunteers, learners, media, and any other member of the community. Due to COVID-19 protocols, meetings are currently held virtually. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please email the Board office at wch_board_office@wchospital.ca for meeting login details

The following dates are tentatively scheduled and are subject to change. Board meetings usually begin at 5:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2022
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2023
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2023
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Annual General Meeting

  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 – 4:30 p.m.

OPEN BOARD MEETINGS

As a public organization, Women’s College Hosptial is committed to transparency and accountability. In 1997, the WCH Board of Directors passed a resolution to begin open Board meetings. WCH Board meetings are open to staff, physicians, volunteers, learners, media and any other member of the community.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, meetings are currently held virtually. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please email the Board office at wch_board_office@wchospital.ca for meeting login details

Attendees may participate in Board meetings as observers but may not speak at Board meetings unless invited to do so by the Board Chair. All meetings include an in-camera session at the end of each meeting, attended by Board Members only. Videotape, recording equipment and cameras are not permitted at Board meetings.

Should any individual or group wish to make a presentation to the Board, a letter or email outlining the nature of their request should be sent to the Board Office at least one month prior to the meeting. The request will be considered by the Board Chair and you will be notified two weeks prior to the meeting as to whether or not your request can be accommodated. Presentations are limited to 5 minutes and will be heard at the beginning of the meeting.

Please forward your requests to:

Women’s College Hospital
76 Grenville St Rm 6112
Toronto ON M5S 1B2
Attn: Board of Directors

Email: wch_board_office@wchospital.ca

As a Hospital committed to revolutionizing healthcare for a healthier and more equitable world, the Board of Directors of Women’s College Hospital is committed to implementing anti-racism and anti-oppressive practice (AR/AOP) with an intersectional lens in all aspects of the Board policies, processes and practices.
The Board is committed to:

  • Modeling diverse representation to enhance the Board’s ability to reflect and represent the community that Women’s College Hospital serves. We value people with lived experience as subject matter experts
  • Using disaggregated data, identify gaps, the social determinants of health and the systemic barriers to inclusion that exist in Board policies and practices
  • Driving change, seeking and developing leading practices and revising and adopting new practices as needed to ensure equity and participation in governance structures
  • Engaging in ongoing evidence-based AR/AOP education to continually develop understanding of and ability to challenge and address power relations
  • Fostering a brave space that encourages challenging, transformative dialogue and a safe space for true inclusion where different experiences, ideas and perspectives are valued to challenge the status quo
  • Facilitating the governance structures needed to foster an equitable, anti-oppressive, anti-colonial and anti-racist Hospital and Board culture
  • Being responsible for transparent measurement and monitoring of relevant Hospital equity indicators
  • To act on our values and operationalize our mission: With a commitment to an AR/AOP approach embedded in governance practices, the Board aims to more effectively serve Women’s College Hospital’s communities by reflecting their needs and concerns.