Board of Directors: Members

St. Joseph's Health Care London's Board of Directors is comprised of 23 directors with a range of health care, business, and community service experience.

Jonathan Batch

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Jonathan is the Senior Investment Advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns. Starting with Nesbitt Burns in 2002, he has built a successful practice providing investment management and financial planning services to a varied client base across Southwestern Ontario. Jonathan is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA in psychology. Jonathan received his Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM) designation in 2010, his Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation in 2012, and his Portfolio Manager designation in 2014.  

In addition to day to day work with clients, Jonathan is Past-Chair of the IA Advisory Council at BMO Nesbitt Burns. This national council of 16 advisors meets quarterly with senior leadership to collaboratively advance the strategic agenda of BMO Nesbitt Burns and represent the 1000+ advisors who work at BMO Nesbitt Burns.

Recognizing that volunteering is integral to a vibrant community, Jonathan has been active with several organizations. He has volunteered with St. Joseph’s since 2011, starting on the Finance / Resource Planning and Audit Committee (RPAC) eventually serving as Chair of that committee. During that time he also served as Chair of the Investment Subcommittee of RPAC and Chair of the Lawson Health Research Institute Finance and Investment Committee. Jonathan previously volunteered on the McCormick Home Foundation board and was Chair from 2007-2009. Jonathan currently serves as Chair of the Board at St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

Jonathan and his wife Elizabeth are kept busy with their three daughters' competitive dance and hockey activities. They spend as much time as possible outside enjoying skiing, hiking, canoeing and camping. 

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Nawaz Tahir

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Nawaz Tahir is the Managing Partner of the London office of McCague Borlack LLP, where he practices in the areas of insurance, professional malpractice and class action defence litigation. He graduated from Western Law in 2001 and was called to the Bar in 2002. He is a past adjunct professor at Western’s Law School, where he taught Civil Procedure.

Outside the office, Nawaz is an avid golfer, Raptors fan and football fan, and satisfies his passion for football by coaching at the high-school level. He has held various coaching positions, such as defensive coordinator and head coach, and his teams have achieved a number of City and Provincial Championship victories (though according to him, it is not because of anything he did!).

Nawaz is active in political advocacy and engagement, as well as in building bridges between different faiths. He is a champion for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. In 2012, he founded and co-chaired an international conference at Western University on Islam and democracy. He is co-editor of the book Religion and Representation: Islam and Democracy (Cambridge, 2015). He is active in the community on other Boards for various community, religious and political groups. Nawaz has served four years as a Director of the Board for St. Joseph’s Health Care London and June 2021 he was appointed the Board’s First Vice-Chair.

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Lulu Bursztyn

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After obtaining an BEng in chemical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton and an MSc in neuroscience from Queen’s University, Kingston, Dr. Bursztyn graduated with a MD degree also from Queen’s. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Western University in 2014, followed by a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Clinical Neurological Sciences at Western University, Ontario.  

Dr. Bursztyn’s clinical interests include pituitary tumours and chronic concussion. Her research interests are optic disc drusen, for which she is a member of an international consortium. Dr. Bursztyn is a strong advocate for women’s rights, and is a founding member of the Women in Neuro-ophthalmology committee, a branch of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. A former varsity wrestler and squash player, she currently enjoys cycling and climbing.

As the current Vice-President of the Professional Staff Organization at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, she has Board responsibilities as well as being a member of the Health Care Ethics Committee and Medical Advisory Committee for St. Joseph’s Health Care, London.

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Peter Cassidy

Peter Cassidy is currently serving as the Principal of John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in East London. He has served as a school administrator since 2002 and has been a teacher in the London Catholic Board in London since 1990, assigned to Regina Mundi College, John Paul II and Catholic Central. He has served as Principal and Vice Principal at St. Josephs in St. Thomas and JPII, and was given the distinction of opening the new Saint Andre Bessette Catholic Secondary School. Peter enjoyed five years of teaching experience in Hamilton prior moving to London. He holds a Diploma of Architectural Technology from Fanshawe College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master of Education from Western University. He was raised in St. Thomas and is a graduate of St. Joseph's Catholic High School.  

Peter has enjoyed two years of service on the Quality Committee of St. Joseph’s Board of Directors and is looking forward to serving on the Health Care Ethics Committee along with his assignment to the Board of Governors. He enjoys serving as a citizen voice on the Hospital Board and finds the experience enlightening to his ongoing work in the education sector as well.   

Peter also sits on the Alumni Committee of Fanshawe College and was honoured as a distinguished alumnus in 2019. He is extremely proud of his association with Fanshawe and likes to tout the merits of a practical education when talking to the students in his care. As a participant in both the college and university schools, he feels that he has a certain unique perspective when discussing post-secondary program choice with students, parents and his colleagues.   

Peter has been married to Susan since 1990 and they have three grown children. In his free time, he enjoys reading, sketching, drawing, participating in local trivia contests and supporting his children in their adventures. Peter and Sue are parish members at St. Peters Cathedral.  

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Richard Corneil

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Richard is the CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care Society and is the Society’s representative on the Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s Health Care London. He also serves on the Board’s Executive Committee and People and Mission Committee.

Prior to joining the Society, he enjoyed several years in academia in both Alberta and Ontario, first as a professor and then as a senior executive.

Richard has made many significant contributions in the areas of Catholic health care mission integration and leadership training, and he currently serves as the Chair of the Ontario Sponsor Group as well as Vice Chair of the Governing Council of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada.

Richard also serves on the boards of St. Joseph’s Hospice (London), St. Joseph’s Hospice (Sarnia-Lambton), the Hospice of Elgin, Brescia University College and the Mother St. Anne Lachance Society. 

Richard is passionate about professional development and enjoys running, fishing, cooking, writing and spending time at the beach with family. He and his wife Bridget are the proud parents of five children. 

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Lesley Cornelius

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Lesley retired June 30, 2017 as the Director Business Development and Communications with Medbuy Corporation, a London-based group purchasing organization supporting Member hospitals across Canada purchase medical supplies, services and pharmaceuticals products. In this role, she was responsible for strategic planning, the acquisition of new business, project management, and marketing and communications.

Lesley has over 25 years’ experience in strategic planning, new product development, business development and corporate communications. Prior to Medbuy, Lesley was with the London Economic Development Corporation for ten years as the Director, Marketing & Communications as well as Business Development for the Life Sciences industry. 

She began her career in London at Canada Trust where over the course of ten years had increasing management responsibilities through marketing, product development and regional sales and marketing. Upon graduation from Western, she spent four years with Clinique Cosmetics Canadian head office in Toronto.

Lesley holds a B.A. in Psychology, and has completed the Marketing Management Executive Development Program and the Leadership Executive Development Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Lesley is an active community volunteer and currently sits on the YMCA Southwestern Ontario board. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at OECM (Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace), located in Toronto, with appointments on their Strategic Planning, Audit and Finance, and Governance and HR Committees.

She has also served on other London Boards and Committees including two terms on the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation board where she held several leadership positions including the Chair of Operations Committee and Cabinet, as well as a two-year cross appointment as the Foundation representative on the Hospital Board. Other past positions include the Board of Huron University, the 2003 Women of Distinction Awards Identification Committee, 2001 Canada Summer Games, The Dream of a Lifetime Lottery Committee and the Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation.

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Brandon de Vries

In his role as a Loan Analyst with Farm Credit Canada, Brandon works closely with his team to prepare credit submissions, complete complex loan administration tasks, and mitigate risks to the organization, for both new and recurring clients. Farm Credit Canada is the only lender 100% invested in Canadian agriculture and food, where Brandon works to help the clients of FCC to Dream, Grow, and Thrive.

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In his previous role as a Manager in Deloitte Canada’s Financial Advisory practice, Brandon worked closely with clients to address the challenges of crisis management, including financial crimes. His advisory experience encompassed forensics, fraud, conflicts of interest, corporate code-of-conduct violations, natural disasters, regulatory non-compliance, and other areas of business malfeasance. In working side by side with enterprise leaders, he has helped some of Canada’s largest companies make sense of today’s rapidly changing marketplace, develop end-to-end strategic solutions, and drive impact during defining moments for their businesses. While at Deloitte, Brandon also provided strategic advice on the Total Cost Ownership model of a new Health Information System for a central Ontario hospital, identifying both cost and savings drivers for the Senior Management Team.

Brandon is passionate about health care and before joining St. Joseph’s Health Care London Board of Directors (June 2021), he served two years on the Board’s Resource Planning and Audit Committee as well as the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committee at Lawson Health Research Institute. Brandon also serves as a Board Member at ReForest London, sitting as the Chair and Treasurer of their Finance and Audit Committee.

Brandon graduated from Western University with an Honors Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies. Brandon attained his Chartered Accountant designation (CPA, CA) in 2016. Passionate about finance, Brandon is currently working towards his CFA designation.
Brandon has recently built a house with his wife in Port Stanley and is looking forward to making beach life part of his daily routine. He also enjoys travelling, CrossFit, and delaying his wife’s mission of acquiring a kitten. 

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Dr. Darren Drosdowech

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Dr. Drosdowech graduated with a MD degree from the University of Manitoba. After completing his residency in 1994, he completed fellowships in arthroscopic surgery, shoulder and knee reconstruction and sports medicine at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Drosdowech’s clinical interests include shoulder replacement, shoulder arthroscopy and shoulder trauma. His research interests are computer navigated shoulder replacement, clinical outcomes of shoulder replacement and rotator cuff repair.

As the current President of the Professional Staff Organization at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, he has Board responsibilities as well as being a member of the Resource Planning & Audit Committee and Medical Advisory Committee for St. Joseph’s Health Care, London.

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Paul Dugsin

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Paul is Founding Partner at Raiven Capital, a Canada-Silicon Valley technology venture capital fund. Raiven Capital is focused on Series A investments in highly scaleable ventures focused on AI, 5G and IoT technologies. Paul is an investor and strategic planner that has secured $1B in funds for technology and R&D initiatives in Canada, the US, Germany, and Brazil through his consultancy, Magnus Associates. Special areas of focus include: complex and international partnership development, large-scale innovation and R&D strategy, resource alignment, and multi-party funding initiatives.

Paul is also a Senior Associate in the Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, UofT, and an Advisory Board Member to the Translational Health Graduate Program at the UofT Faculty of Medicine. Paul is alumni of the TRIUM program, an integrated Global EMBA graduate degree issued by the London School of Economics (UK), New York University, and HEC School of Management (France). Paul also holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Paul is the Foundation Board representative to the St. Joseph’s Health Care Board of Directors.

Paul is a proud father of three children and has been a resident of London, Ontario since 1997.


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Jayne Garland

Dr. Garland is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. Prior to joining Western as Dean in 2016, Dr.

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Garland was Professor and Director of the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC from 2009-2015. She was as a member of Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences from 1989 to 2009, a tenure that included eight years as Director of the School of Physical Therapy (2000-2008). 

In addition to being a Registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Dr. Garland holds her BSc and MClSc in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University and Western, respectively, and a PhD in Neuroscience from McMaster University. 

An active researcher, Dr. Garland is recognized internationally for her innovative techniques and advances in the motor control of force production, particularly under conditions of muscle fatigue, and for applying her work in motor control to several clinical populations, including breast cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and end-stage renal disease.  

In 2019, she was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academic of Health Sciences and was recently awarded a Centenary Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in recognition of her significant and meaningful impact on the physiotherapy profession.  

Dr. Garland is currently an ex-officio member of St. Joseph’s Board of Directors.

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Mary Gillett

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Mary Gillett is a Lecturer in the Managerial Accounting and Control group at the Ivey Business School and a past Faculty Director of the HBA Program. She has a BA in Business Administration from Western University. She earned her CPA designation with Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young). In 2011, Mary was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in recognition of her career achievements as well as service to the community and the profession.

Mary has received numerous teaching awards including The Bank of Nova Scotia, The Western Alumni Association and the University Students' Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2001; the David G. Burgoyne Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Development in 2003, 2007 and 2008; the Dean Carol Stephenson Excellence in EMBA Teaching Award in 2008 and 2019; and, in 2013, the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, Western's highest award for teaching. As well, Mary received The Vanier Roots and Wings Award in 2007 in recognition of her contributions to the children's mental health sector.

Mary has served on the Boards of several small to medium sized non-profit organizations and has been involved in two significant amalgamations in this sector. Mary was appointed a Director of St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Board of Directors June 2019. Prior to this she served two years on the Resource Planning & Audit Committee of the Board.

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Philip Griffin

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Philip Griffin, CPA, CA, has been a practicing public accountant since 1976.  His professional history spans more than 40 years and after managing his own CA Practice since 1990, he is now a partner in a national CA firm, serving owner - managed business clients and not-for-profit organizations in London and area. For a six-year period, he held senior financial management roles in a corporate setting.  He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  

He is a past President of Ronald McDonald House London (1995 to 1998) and was also a member of the organizing committee of the Ronald McDonald House Golf Classic for 29 years.  He has assisted with the organization of the KW Lemon Golf Classic for Foundation Western and is past Secretary of the Irish Benevolent Society of London and Middlesex. He is a past board member of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.

Philip is a Past Board Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Care London (2015 to 2017) and is a current board member of St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the Ontario Hospital Association, and the London Knights Alumni Foundation.

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Margaret Kellow

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Margaret Kellow is a Professor Emerita of History at Western University. Margaret’s first career was as a Registered Nurse. She received a Diploma in Nursing from St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1968 and worked for several years at Victoria Hospital here in London.

While raising her family, she began university studies and received her BA in History in 1982 and her MA in 1984, both from Western University. She received her PhD in History from Yale University in 1993. Appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Western in 1994, she taught in the graduate and undergraduate programs and served in a number of administrative roles including Associate Dean of Social Science, Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Centre for American Studies.

Margaret retired in 2015. While a member of St. Martin of Tours Parish, she was a member and later President of the Parish Council; she is now a member of St. Michael’s Parish. Margaret has been on the Board of Directors at St. Joseph's Health Care London since 2012, served as Board Chair 2017-2019 and is the current Chair of the Health Care Ethics Committee of the Board.

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Donna Ladouceur

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Donna was appointed a Director of St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Board of Directors June 2019. Prior to this she served three years on the Quality Committee of the Board.

Donna was the VP of Home and Community Care in the South West LHIN from 2017 until her retirement in November of 2019. During that time she also was appointed the interim CEO for a 6-month period. Prior to the LHIN and CCAC integration Donna had been the VP of Patient Care from 2007 until 2017 and prior to that a Director of Patient Care.

Donna has worked in the community since 1990 providing case management for hospitals, community and the children services team as well as leading the development of the End of Life Strategy for London and Middlesex. She was a branch manager prior to that for a community healthcare agency. Donna has 10 years' senior leadership experience in a hospital-based research clinic which was a joint venture between an acute care hospital and a pharmaceutical company, the first such venture in Canada.

Donna has a strong, demonstrated track record in leading the delivery of client-driven care which is innovative, integrated and accountable. She is a passionate advocate for consistency and equitable services delivery to clients and has a proven track record as a change leader and proven ability to create and sustain strong strategic partnerships. Donna has always demonstrated a commitment to a high quality patient experience as they journey through the complexities of the health care system. Donna is a nurse by background and resides with her family in Middlesex County.

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Don J. MacDonald

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Don MacDonald, FCPA, FCA, graduated from Carleton University in 1978 with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and qualified for his chartered accountant designation in 1980. A partner at Marcus & Associates Hoare-Dalton, Don specializes in tax services, advising clients on personal and corporate tax matters, estate and compensation planning, as well as tax planning initiatives involving corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures. 

In addition to his professional practice, Don is a lecturer at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Active in the community, Don has served on numerous charitable and not-for-profit boards and committees including London Family Court Clinic, United Way Elgin Middlesex, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. 

Don became a Director on St. Joseph’s Health Care London Board of Directors in June 2018, but his involvement with the St. Joseph’s Board of Directors began four years prior as a community member on the Health Care Ethics Committee. As a Director, Don has served as Vice-Chair of the Resource Planning and Audit Committee (RPAC) of the Board (2018 to 2020), Chair of the Investment Subcommittee of RPAC (2018 to 2020) and a voting member on the Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) Finance Audit and Investment Committee (2018 to 2020).  

Starting June 2020, Don has been appointed the Chair of RPAC, members of the Executive Committee of the Board, Vice-Chair of the Investment Subcommittee of RPAC, member of the Nominating Subcommittee of the Governance Committee of the Board, Vice-Chair of the Lawson Board of Directors, Chair of the Lawson Finance Audit and Investment Committee and member of Lawson’s Nominating Committee.

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Stephanie Marentette 

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Stephanie is a commercial litigation lawyer at Cohen Highley LLP, with a focus on property litigation, including construction, real property, municipal and estates. Stephanie is also an avid privacy scholar, working towards a Masters of Law at Western University with a focus on privacy and evidence law. Prior to commencing her legal practice, Stephanie served as a Special Assistant to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of State (Finance), as well as served as an analyst with the Canadian International Development Agency, Public Safety Canada and Environment Canada. When she is not in Court, Stephanie also serves as a part-time post-secondary instructor and guest lecturer for various law and economics courses.

Stephanie is an active member of the London community, volunteering with organizations such as the Red Shoe Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, London Middlesex Community Housing, and the London Chamber of Commerce. Stephanie began her volunteer work with St. Joseph’s Health Care London in 2019, when she joined the People and Mission Committee and was inspired to take on a larger role within the organization. She became a Director of the Board June 2020.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys dance (particularly ballet and contemporary), piano, travel, tennis and spending time with her dog.

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Father Thomas Francis (Frank) O’Connor

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Fr. O’Connor has served on the seminary faculty for 27 years as Spiritual Director of the Seminary, and as Assistant Professor in Spirituality, Catholic Social Teachings and Moral Theology. His teaching in both the seminary’s degree programs and in the formation programs for the Permanent Diaconate and Lay Ecclesial Ministry has inspired numerous students.

Prior to his term on the seminary faculty, Fr. O’Connor served as Associate Pastor and Pastor in parishes throughout the Diocese of London. He also served as a member of the pastoral team of missionaries to the Diocesan Mission in Peru for eleven years. His ministry in the seminary has included facilitating numerous Mission Awareness trips for our seminarians and lay students.

His wisdom in the areas of Spirituality and Social Justice have drawn many dioceses in the Canadian Church to call upon him to lead priests’ retreats and study days. Fr. O’Connor’s thirst for justice and care for the little ones of society has impelled him to reach out in many involvements in the community, including L’Arche London, the Save a Family Plan and various local groups supporting refugees and migrant workers.

He continues to be called upon to give assistance to Spanish speaking parishes in the Diocese because of his facility with the language and his love for the people, of whom many have immigrated to Canada from Central and South America.

Fr. O’Connor was appointed as a Director of St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Board of Directors June 2019.

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Karen Perkin

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Karen Perkin holds the role of Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nurse Executive at St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s). She joined the Senior Leadership Team at St. Joseph’s in April 2010 as Vice President of Professional Practice and Chief Nurse Executive, supporting nursing and allied health professional practice, spiritual care and ethics. In April 2011, the role expanded to include accountability for all of the clinical programs at the St. Joseph’s Hospital acute ambulatory site. In 2014, the role further evolved to include pharmacy services. Previously, she held the position of Director, Nursing Practice at St. Joseph’s for a number of years.

Karen has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of nursing leadership roles. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Western University in 1994 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor in 1984. Karen is also an Associate Professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University. She has published leadership, professional practice and research papers, presented internationally and taught at Fanshawe College and Western University at the nursing undergraduate and graduate levels.

Karen is passionate about patient and family-centred care, safe and vibrant care environments, scholarly practice, compassionate leadership and system transformation. She feels very privileged and grateful to have the opportunity to serve in health care at this pivotal time.

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Dr. Brian Rotenberg

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Dr. Brian Rotenberg MD MPH FRCSC, is a Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University (London, Canada) and Residency Program Director for the department. He is also Chair, Medical Advisory Committee at St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

He obtained his MD degree at University of Toronto, as well as Royal College residency certification in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. He is dual fellowship trained in sinonasal surgery from the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (Melbourne, Australia), and joined the faculty at Western University in 2007.

He is a founding member of the International Surgical Sleep Society and is now sits on the society’s Executive Board. Dr. Rotenberg is the previous Scientific Chair of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology, and is now the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Rhinological Society and a member of the Triological Society. He is an invited speaker nationally and internationally on topics relating to sleep apnea, snoring, and sinus disease and has more than 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters as well as funded research grants to study both sleep surgery and sinonasal outcomes.

Dr. Rotenberg is the Medical Director of Advanced Surgical Operatory Ltd., a division of Advanced Medical Group. In this role he has helped develop, and has oversight of, the first stand-alone Ambulatory Surgical Center in Southwest Ontario in London Ontario.

Locally in Southwest Ontario, Dr. Rotenberg is consistently rated as a top ENT surgeon in the region by and RateMD. Dr. Rotenberg is proud of the dedicated quality care and good outcomes he and his team consistently delivers for his patients.

Wherever he is, and whatever he is doing, Dr. Rotenberg always puts his family first, including his wife Beverley and their three boys Jacob, Kieran, and Nathan.

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Howard Rundle

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Howard Rundle is President Emeritus of Fanshawe College in London, having retired in 2013 after 18 years at the helm. His career at Fanshawe, however, spanned more than 40 years having held various leadership positions since 1972. Howard has been instrumental in the tremendous growth of the college to more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate and graduate programs with campuses in London, St. Thomas, Simcoe, and Woodstock.

A University of Toronto graduate with an Honours B.Sc., a Masters and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Howard has brought his leadership skills to many professional organizations. During his career he was the Chair of the Ontario College Application Service Management Board, member of the Ontario Colleges Library Services Board of Directors, member of the College Employer Council Management Board, and served as a member of the Committee of Presidents of Colleges Ontario, serving as Chair for three terms.

Howard was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada June 20, 2017. Locally, Howard has served as Chair of the Lawson Research Institute Board and as a member of the Board of the London Economic Development Corporation. He currently is on the Fanshawe College Foundation Board and is the Past Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Care London Board of Directors.

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Victoria Smye

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Dr. Victoria Smye is faculty and the Director of the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University (2017-present). 

Victoria began her academic career as faculty at the University of Victoria in BC (2001-2005) after almost 25 years in clinical practice, including as a program manager (Hamilton Regional Public Health) and as a clinical director, clinical nurse specialist (mental health/eating disorders) and provincial coordinator for the BC Provincial Eating Disorders Program. Prior to her current position at Western, she was faculty and Director, Nursing Programs, at Ontario Tech University (formerly UOIT) (2014-2017) and faculty (2005-2014) and Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs (2011-2013), in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Sciences, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). 

Victoria’s program of research is focused on addressing health inequity with particular relevance to policy and practice in the areas of Indigenous health and gender-based violence. Through her research, Victoria has contributed to anti-stigma/racism and health equity work in Canada and internationally, and to the uptake of equity-oriented approaches that include the concepts of cultural safety, trauma- and violence-informed care and harm reduction. Over the past two decades, Victoria has worked closely with several national, provincial and local organizations as a Board Member, including the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC, and the Women’s Rural Resource Centre in Strathroy. She has been a consultant to organizations such as the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada (now the First Peoples Wellness Circle). In addition, over the past 20 years she has been involved in a full range of committee and board activities across Canada to contribute to the shaping of nursing education provincially and nationally, for example, as a Board Member of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program (Chair, 2020-present). 

Victoria began her volunteer work with St. Joseph’s Health Care London in June 2018, when she joined the Health Care Ethics Committee as a voting member representing the community. She became a Director of the Board June 2021.  

Victoria lives in London with her partner and is a mother of three and grandmother to six children.

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Gary West

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A retired Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA), a Life Member of their Ontario Professional Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, Gary has an extensive and diverse background in several senior management positions. A graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business (HBA’68), he worked for Royal Bank for many years holding senior leadership positions at national, district and local business levels in Toronto, Halifax, and Montreal. A brief departure in mid-career was spent with Export Development Canada in Ottawa and Toronto and Banque National de Paris (Canada) in Toronto.

Since taking early retirement from the Royal Bank and moving from Toronto to London in 2001, Gary has channeled his energy and leadership skills towards many volunteer activities. He has given tirelessly of his time to Western University being active in Western’s Senate, Western’s Alumni Association, Western Foundation, the Ivey Alumni Network Association and in various activities of the Ivey School of Business. The United Way Elgin Middlesex also benefits from Gary’s dedication, experience, and spirit of giving. He was a volunteer from 2002-2016 and a Board member from 2008 to 2016. Gary was also an active volunteer with the VON, where he was board member from 2007-2011 and from 2008, he was Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.

An enthusiastic and influential leader and mentor, Gary has always thrived in complex and fast-moving environments. He was recognized by the Western Alumni Association in 2016 as the winner of the Dr. Ivan Smith Award, the highest recognition for meritorious contributions by an Alumnus or Alumna to Alumni, the University and Society in general. At Western’s 2018 Homecoming, Gary was presented with an Ivey Distinguished Service Award in honour of his substantial and sustained contributions of time, talent, support of Ivey’s alumni activities and efforts, especially with respect to the Ivey Pledge and Ring Ceremony.

In 2014 he became a member of the SJHC Health Care Ethics Committee and later Vice-Chair of the Quality Committee as well as Second Vice-Chair of the Lawson Health Research Institute Board of Directors. Currently he is a member of the Resource Planning & Audit Committee (RPAC), the Hospital Board of Directors and is their representative on the SJHC Foundation Board. 

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Dr. John Yoo

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A renowned surgeon and inspiring leader, Dr. John Yoo was appointed to the role of Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University on May 1, 2020. He is Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and Oncology.

Dr. Yoo completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto in 1991, where he stayed to complete his residency and fellowship training in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery. He joined the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry faculty in 1997. 

With a passion for teaching, research, and patient care, Dr. Yoo brings the right mix of values, knowledge, experience, energy and vision to effectively lead the school. Prior to being named Dean, Dr. Yoo served as Interim Chair/Chief of the Department of Paediatrics, as Fellowship Director for the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, and as a Professor of Otolaryngology and Oncology. He previously served as Chair/Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery from 2006 to 2017.

In his leadership roles, Dr. Yoo developed a reputation for creating a positive culture and making positive organizational changes. He has done this by being committed to developing key partnerships and collaborations, recruiting the best people, ensuring the right environment, and supporting teams by encouraging them to focus on a shared vision. Dr. Yoo was instrumental in growing the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery during his time as Chair/Chief. Under his leadership, the department established two translational research platforms.  

Today, in addition to his academic, leadership and clinical roles, Dr. Yoo serves on many regional, provincial, national and international committees and societies. He served as the Co-Chair of Cancer Care Ontario Head and Neck Cancer Disease Site for the past 8 years, is the President-elect of the Canadian Association of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, and is an executive board member of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology and the Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery. 

Fiercely committed to improving patient care, Dr. Yoo has led the development of standards of practice and care throughout his career. He has authored multiple treatment guidelines for Cancer Care Ontario including the Quality-based Procedures Clinical Handbook for Head and Neck Cancer Surgery for the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.

Dr. Yoo has been consistently acknowledged for his teaching excellence and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours for his teaching excellence. He began the Clinical Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology & Reconstructive Surgery in 2005 and has trained surgeons from around the world. 

As an academic surgeon, Dr. Yoo is internationally recognized for developing innovative techniques in reconstructive facial surgery. He has co-authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His research and clinical interests include head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid, reconstructive surgery, and management of the paralyzed face.

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