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St. Joseph's Hamilton Joint Boards of Governors Membership

Ms. Lynn McNeil * (Chair, JBG)

A senior operations and engineering leader with over 25 years of experience in the high tech and medical device sectors. Ms. Lynn McNeil has held executive positions in Operations, Quality, Information Technology, Strategic Supply Chain and Technology Development. She has led technology development programs from concept to full production, major facility/capital design and build projects and several full cycle transformational ERP implementations. Lynn is currently Chief Operating Officer at ChipCare Corp and sessional lecturer at McMaster University. She holds a B.Eng in Engineering Physics from McMaster and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Ms. Barbara Beaudoin* (Vice Chair, JBG)

Ms. Barbara Beaudoin was an Automobile Dealer in the Southwest Ontario and Niagara Region for 31 years and is a member of the JBG. Ms. Beaudoin has served in various capacities on numerous Boards and Foundations in the Hamilton area for over 20 years, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and a recent graduate of the ICD.D program at Rotman School of Management.

Mr. Leo Perri* (Treasurer, JBG)

Mr. Leo Perri is the current Chief Financial Officer of Delta Bingo and Gaming Group of Companies and began his career in public practice accounting working over 15 years predominantly at PwC LLP.  Mr. Perri previously served as the Treasurer and Board Member to the St. Joseph’s Hamilton Hospital Foundation and is a current member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Golf Canada. Leo obtained an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University and is a qualified CPA, CA.  Having been born and raised in the City of Hamilton, Leo and his two brothers are all very proud St. Joseph’s babies.

Mr. Adriaan Korstanje * (Past Chair, JBG)

Mr. Adriaan Korstanje is the current Chair of the JBG and recently retired as the General Manager, Human Resources at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC).  Adriaan Korstanje joined TMMC in 1990, after gaining Corporate Communications and Government Relations experience with a range of companies and institutions including Stelco, Canada Trust, Canada Post and DuPont.  He is also a member of the Mechanical Engineering Systems Program Advisory Committee at Conestoga College.

Ms. Melissa Farrell

Ms. Melissa Farrell is the current President of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and joins the JBG as Board Secretary. She formerly served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Acute and Emergency Health Services, within Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where she lead the government’s acute care strategy and policy direction. She is widely recognized as an expert in health system funding, quality improvement, and performance management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Masters’ Degree in Planning from Queens’ University and has continued educational development at Harvard Business School, Ivey Business School, and the Rotman School of Management.

Mr. Rod Dobson

Mr. Rod Dobson is an active member of JBG with experience as a Senior Corporate Executive in Information Technology, Human Capital Management and Business Process Outsourcing in Canada, the US and globally.  Between 2012 and 2015 he served as Chair of a leading Ontario hospital shared services corporation, helping to guide that organization through a corporate restructuring and the significant expansion of services.  Rod has a BA from Carleton University, an MA from York University, and has qualified as a Chartered Director at McMaster University.  He was raised on a family farm near Athabasca, Alberta.

Ms. Catherine Olsiak*

Ms. Catherine Olsiak obtained her B.Sc. in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario.  She nursed in three major Toronto hospitals in the cardiology department, trauma intensive care unit, and cardiovascular intensive care unit.  Catherine obtained a Masters of Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from Queen’s University.  She obtained her LL.B. from the University of Windsor and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1998.  Catherine is a partner at the law firm of Simpson Wigle Law LLP practising in the areas of Wills and Estates, Trusts, Incapacity Planning and Health Law.  Catherine has maintained her nursing registration (non-practising) with the College of Nurses of Ontario and currently is a legal advisor on the committee for the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario – Legal Assistance Plan.   Catherine has sat on various boards in the Hamilton community and is currently a member the St. Joseph’s Hamilton Joint Boards of Governors.  Catherine is a member of the Hamilton Law Association, Wills and Estates and Health Law subsections of the Canadian Bar Association and Estate Planners’ Council of Hamilton.  Catherine is also a member of the Family Firm Institute, U.S.A, and the International Association of Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises.

Mr. David Tonin*

Mr. David Tonin is the current treasurer of the JBG and a partner at Deloitte LLP.  Mr. Tonin has served in many capacities in a number of local not-for-profit organizations over the last 25 years, including United Way of Hamilton-Burlington, Junior Achievement of Hamilton Wentworth, Rotary Club of Hamilton Mountain, Hamilton Basketball Association and the CANUSA Games.

Dr. Naresh Agarwal*

Dr. Naresh Agarwal is Professor Emeritus of Human Resources at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. During his long career at McMaster, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses, supervised PhD students, and published research papers in leading academic journals in his field. He also held several administrative positions including Area Chair, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Chair of Faculty Grievance Panel, Chair of Senate-Board for Student Appeals, and Commissioner for Disclosure of Information and Protection of Privacy. Dr. Agarwal has been involved in many different professional and community activities. He has offered consulting services and management development programs to numerous private, public, and not-for-profit sector organizations. He has also served as Chair of Ontario Public Service Grievance Board and Board of Inquiry under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Dr. Agarwal was Chair of Board of Trustees of Hindu Samaj of Hamilton, Vice-President of India-Canada Society of Hamilton, and Vice-President of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Currently, he serves on Public Trust Committee of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada, Public Accounting Licensing Board of CPA Ontario, and Board of Examiners of Human Resources Professionals Association.

Dr. Laura Harrington*

Dr. Laura Harrington currently serves as the Assistant Vice-President of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. In this role, Laura is the key liaison between the University and the Faculty on administrative issues and leads the finance, human resources, capital, space, facilities and risk management portfolios. With a background in both science and business, Laura has been instrumental in several strategic projects for the University and Faculty. Laura is a McMaster alumna, with her PhD in chemistry (2004) and her Master of Business Administration (2017).

Dr. Paul O’Byrne

Dr. Paul O'Byrne joins the JBG as the current Dean and Vice-President of McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences and Dean of the University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. He is a Distinguished University Professor of McMaster, an active Respirologist and a world-renowned researcher who has made significant advances on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma. Previously, for 14 years, he was both Chair of the Department of Medicine for McMaster and the executive director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. 

Mr. Bill Koornstra, FCPA, CA, C. Dir.

Mr. Bill Koornstra has been a partner at RLB Chartered Professional Accountants for over 19 years and has been the managing partner since 2014. In addition to being an active member of JBG, Mr. Koornstra has served as a board member for several local organizations, including The Elliot Community, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc, Envida Community Energy Inc, Cutten Fields, and Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. He obtained a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1994 and graduated from the Chartered Director Program at McMaster University in 2012.

Ms. Rose Vespa, Hon. B.A., MLIS, MPA

Rose is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Previously, she held the position as Director of Library Services for the Mississauga Library System for 5 years and Rose was the Chief Executive Officer of the Brantford Public Library for almost 10 years.  Rose began her career as a children’s librarian; however, her twenty-seven-year professional career has encompassed work in a variety of public library settings throughout southern Ontario.

She earned her Honours B.A. in English/History and a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1991.Rose recently completed a Master of Public Administration from the University of Liverpool in the UK in December 2018.

Today she is focused on lending her expertise to public sector and not for profit organizations in the areas of governance, strategic planning and staff development.

Rose lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband and their twelve-year-old daughter and chocolate Labrador Retriever, Coco.

Mr. Peter Szota

Mr. Peter Szota has served in leadership roles for over thirty years,  in a wide range of health service organizations.  These have included academic health centres, community hospitals, community mental health, children’s health services and community health centres. He holds a B.Sc. and M.B.A from McMaster .  He has served in volunteer governance roles with agencies in Hamilton, Brantford and provincially including roles as chair and treasurer.  Peter has been a part time university instructor in health studies and enjoys acting as preceptor for students. A lifelong Hamiltonian, you can find him living, hiking and cycling in the Dundas Valley.

Mr. Toks Olaoluwa

Toks Olaoluwa is the Chief Privacy Officer & Director, Partner Strategy at Messagepoint Corporation. He is also responsible for the company’s global data privacy program. Being a software company with regulated tier 1 customers across Financial services, Insurance and Banking sectors, He has oversight for the compliance functions as it relates to the collection, use and disclosure of data. In his other portfolio, he leads the company’s effort for generating indirect revenue through the global channel partner ecosystem.

Toks is a Governor at Tyndale University, the Chair, Strategic Committee at The Didi Society. He is also a Board Advisor to technology companies such as Huckleberry and HealthSmart AI. In the past, he served as Chair, Community Mission Council at the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto with a focus on Innovation, Law and Technology, Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB), and Governance, Risk & Compliance Professional (GRCP) certifications.

Mr. Martin Powell, P. Eng.

Over the course of a 35-year career in municipal government, Martin Powell has held positions of progressive responsibility in transportation planning, transit operations and public works for the cities of Burlington, Hamilton, and Mississauga.

While at the City of Mississauga, where he spent most of his career, Martin served as Commissioner of Transportation and Works for 15 years. In this senior role, he provided leadership to a large Department of professional and operational staff providing infrastructure planning, public works, transit and enforcement services.

Following his retirement from the City of Mississauga, Martin joined Metrolinx as a Director of Fare Integration, where he worked with the Province of Ontario and municipal transit agencies within the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area to develop a regional strategy for transit fare integration. Although he has since retired from public service, he continues to work part-time as a consultant for the private sector on regional transit initiatives.

An engineer by training, Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

 * Denotes voting members for St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton