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Chair of the Board

Brent Belzberg
Senior Managing Partner of TorQuest Partners

Brent BelzbergBrent Belzberg is the founder and Senior Managing Partner of TorQuest Partners. Based in Toronto, TorQuest Partners manages in excess of $1 billion of private equity funds, principally in Canada. He is also co-founder of Tandem Expansion Fund I L.P., a Canadian-based manager of late-stage growth funds with $300 million of equity capital under management.

Currently a director of CIBC and Orfund Foundation, Brent was previously a director of Four Seasons Hotels, O&Y REIT, I3 Advisors, Canadian Council for Israel & Jewish Advocacy, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and many of the TorQuest Partners portfolio companies. 

Brent was President and CEO of Harrowston, President of First City Financial Corporation, President and CEO of Harrowston Development Corp. and CEO of First City Development Corp. Ltd. In addition, he was a Solicitor at Tory, Deslauriers and Binnington.                      

Brent graduated from Queen's University with his Bachelor of Commerce in 1972, and the University of Toronto, LL.B (J.D.) in 1975, and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1976.

Vice Chair

David Denison, O.C.
Former CEO, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

David DenisonDavid Denison served as President and CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) from 2005 to 2012. Prior to CPPIB, David spent over a decade with Fidelity Investments, where he served as both Chief Operations Officer and President of Fidelity Investments Canada Limited, and as President of Fidelity Investments Institutional Brokerage Group in Boston.

David's career also includes senior executive roles at Merrill Lynch, S.G. Warburg Canada, Midland Walwyn, Mercer Consulting, and Bunting Warburg. David worked for six years as a secondary school mathematics teacher in Toronto before earning his Chartered Accountant designation and beginning his business career as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.

He serves on the Boards of BCE and Bell Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, and Bentall Kennedy. He is also a member of the World Bank Treasury Expert Advisory Committee, the Toronto Community Foundation Investment Committee, and is a Director for the United Way of Greater Toronto.

David holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Education from the University of Toronto, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.


Dr. Gary Newton
President & CEO, Sinai Health System

Dr. Gary Newton, President and CEODr. Gary Newton assumed the role of President and CEO of Sinai Health System in October 2016.

A well respected physician leader, Dr. Newton previously held the position of Physician-in-Chief of Mount Sinai Hospital from 2013 to 2015, and was appointed to the role of Chief Medical Strategy Officer and Physician-in-Chief of the newly formed Sinai Health System in 2015.

As a practicing Cardiologist, Dr. Newton was Head of the Division of Cardiology, University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital from 2009 through 2013. He has had an active research program in human physiology, focusing on congestive heart failure, most recently investigating nutritional issues in patients with heart failure. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Scientific Research Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Dr. Newton joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1996 where he has distinguished himself as a mentor to junior faculty. In 2016, Dr. Newton was awarded the Robert Hyland Award for Excellence in Mentorship by the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Dr. Newton is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School. He completed internal medicine at the University of Toronto, and trained in adult cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. This was followed by specialty training in heart failure, combined with an integrative cardiac physiology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital since 1987.



Paula Blackstien-Hirsch
Consultant, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Paula Blackstien-HirshPaula Blackstien-Hirsch is Principal, Quality thru Improvement, a consultancy focused on strategic governance and leadership of healthcare quality, patient/family partnership for improved quality, and staff capability for improvement. Paula is also core faculty for the University of Toronto's Masters of Quality and Patient Safety, and holds other teaching and leadership roles within the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University.   Paula's career includes several other senior executive and management roles including Senior Director with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, founding Executive Director for the Centre for Healthcare Quality Improvement - a provincially funded agency that supported cross-sector quality improvement, Director for the Hospital Report Research Collaborative - that included six universities and several research institutes, Research Coordinator with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and Senior Consultant with Agnew Peckham and Associates.  Paula was adjunct faculty with the UK-based NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, serves on the Executive and Board of Darchei Noam Synagogue, and has held board positions at other similar organizations in the past.  

Paula has a Masters Degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University, and an Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. She has also completed several quality improvement certification programs delivered by agencies such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Lawrence Bloomberg, C.M., O. Ont.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of BloombergSen Inc.

Lawrence Bloomberg is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of BloombergSen Inc., Director of the National Bank of Canada, and an Advisor to National Bank Financial.  He founded First Marathon Inc. in 1979, which was bought by the National Bank in 1999. 

His many community activities include past Chairman of Mount Sinai Hospital and past Director of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto International Film Festival and Past Chair United Jewish Appeal Campaign.  He is also a Director of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Director of United Jewish Federation, and is a Founder and Director of MaRS. 

In 2010 Lawrence was awarded the Order of Ontario, and in 2012 he received the Order of Canada.  He is also a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, and an Inaugural Inductee to the IIAC Investments Industry Hall of Fame.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Sir George Williams University and a MBA from McGill University. He is also a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Concordia University and the University of Toronto. 

Peter F. Cohen
Chief Executive Officer and the President of the Dawsco Group

Peter CohenPeter Cohen is an initial investor and Chairman of the Board of FirstService Corporation, a publicly traded diversified property services company. He is also Chairman and CEO of a number of private companies in which he holds a significant equity interest. These companies include The Dawsco Group, a real estate and investment company, and Building Value Corporation, an investment company that controls three manufacturing businesses. He is also a co-founder and previous Chairman and CEO of Centrefund Realty Corportation, a publicly traded shopping centre investment company.

Peter serves on the board of a number of charitable institutions. He is a Chartered Accountant, and was previously a partner in a public accounting firm.

The Hon. Linda Frum, Senator
Senator, Canadian Author and Journalist

Linda FrumLinda Frum is an accomplished writer and journalist.  She is a best-selling author, former contributing editor to Maclean's and former columnist with the National Post. She is also a Gemini-Award winning documentarian. Linda has served on many distinguished community boards, including the Board of Upper Canada College where she served as Vice-Chair. 

In 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Linda to the Senate to represent the Province of Ontario.  She currently sits as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs; Rules, Procedures, and the Rights of Parliament; and Conflict of Interest for Senators.

In 2012, Minister Jason Kenney appointed Linda Co-Chair of the Advisory Council for the 2013 Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research. In 2013, Minister Rona Ambrose appointed her to sit as a member of an advisory council of industry leaders to effectively promote the participation of women on corporate boards across Canada.

Educated at McGill University, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Yeshiva University in 2010. Linda is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and was also inducted into the Havergal College Hall of Distinction and received the Rothschild Humanitarian Award from Shaare Zedec

Paul Gallagher
Vice President Investments, Carfin Inc.

Paul GallagherPaul is Vice President Investments, Carfin Inc., an investment vehicle with holdings in private and public companies that are based in Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Carfin, Paul held leadership roles at Wittington Investments, Avana Group, Fairwater Capital, Oxford Developments and PWC.

He is a member of the Board of Governors of Guelph University and past President of the Board of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. He has served on the boards of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Rostland Corporation, Ryerson Oil and Gas and Northern Geophysical of America.

Paul holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Lakehead University.

Bernard I. Ghert, C.M.
President of the Canadian Institute of Public Real Estate Companies

Bernard GhertBernard Ghert is Chairman of the Independent Review Committee of Middlefield Limited, President of the B.I. Ghert Family Foundation, President of Coppi Holdings Ltd. and past Chair of the Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Directors.

Bernard was previously President and CEO of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited from 1981 to 1987, and President of Stelworth Investments Inc. from 1987 to 1992. Bernard has been a director of many organizations in the private and public sectors, including Cadillac Fairview, Stelworth, CT Financial and Canada Trust, Wellington Insurance, and Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation.

He has served as Director of the Managers of several Middlefield Funds, President of the Canadian Institute of Public Real Estate Companies and was a former member of the Advisory Board of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Since 1974, Bernard has been an active member in Mount Sinai Hospital. Currently he is a member of the following standing committees: Information Technology, Business Development, Research, Audit and Risk Management, and Resources.  He is currently a member of three Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation committees; Finance and Audit, Nomination and Governance and Gift Acceptance.

Ira Gluskin
President, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc

Ira GluckstienIra Gluskin is a member of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation Investment Committee.

Ira has served as a Director and the Gluskin Sheff Vice-Chairman through 2013, and as the firm's President and CEO through 2009, since he co-founded the firm with Gerald Sheff in 1984.

He has been appointed as a lifetime honorary director of the firm, and he continues to manage a portfolio of assets for clients of the firm. Prior to co-founding Gluskin Sheff, Ira worked in the investment industry for 20 years and is a well-known industry commentator.

He is the former Chair of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and is currently a member of its Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Toronto Symphony Foundation and the former Chair of the University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation.

Ira received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Jay S. Hennick
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Colliers International Group Inc.

Jay HennickJay Hennick is the past Chairman of Sinai Health System. He and his wife established The Jay and Barbara Hennick Foundation, which contributes to many charitable causes in healthcare and education, such as The Hennick Family Wellness Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, The Hennick Centre of Business and Law, an MBA program at the University of Ottawa and the Everyone Gives Program (The Everyone Gives Program is one of the first global social giving campaigns, an initiative established and funded by Colliers International).

Jay is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and largest shareholder of Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ -- CIGI and TSX -- CIG.TO). Colliers International is one of the world's largest and fastest growing commercial real estate service firms operating from more than 200 offices in 41 countries. Jay is also the Founder, Chairman and largest shareholder of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ -- FSV and TSX -- FSV.TO). FirstService Corporation is the largest manager of multi-family residential properties in North America and a leading provider of property services.   

In 1998, at the age of 41, Jay received Ontario's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Consumer Services as well as Canada's coveted Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2001, Jay was named Canada's CEO of the year by Canadian Business Magazine.

Jay completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at York University and Doctorate of Laws (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa before embarking on a career as a corporate lawyer. In 2011, Jay received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from York University and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 2014.

Debbie Kimel
Warren and Debbie Kimel Family Foundation

Debbie KimelDebbie Kimel is an active member of the Toronto Jewish community. She chaired the 1994 UJA Women's Philanthropy Campaign and in 2010 co-chaired the UJA Annual Campaign.

Debbie began her career at Mount Sinai Hospital in 1973 as a Respiratory Therapist and has remained an active member of the Mount Sinai family. She currently chairs the Mount Sinai Donor Relations and Stewardship Committee.

Debbie is married to Warren and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.


Joseph Lebovic
Real Estate Developer, Philanthropist

Joseph LebovicJoseph Lebovic's career has evolved over more than fifty years, from its beginnings in a family-owned sawmill in Mattawa, Ontario, to that of a major builder and land developer throughout southern Ontario.

In 1953, with his father and his brother, Joseph established Lebovic Enterprises Limited, which now comprises subsidiary companies involved in residential, commercial and industrial land development and construction. Joseph has served three terms as President of the Urban Development Institute (UDI), twice in Ontario and once in Canada.

He has been a member of UDI/Ontario's Board of Directors for over twenty years and has been presented with The Urban Design Award for projects in Scarborough.

In 2005, he was awarded The Spirit of Jerusalem Medallion from the State of Israel Bonds, and in 2006 was recognized as a Holocaust Survivor by the Province of Ontario in affiliation with the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem. He was awarded the Canada Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada by the Governor General of Canada. Joseph also received the Beth Sholom Synagogue Humanitarian Award for his "passion to give back to the community."

He attended university in London, England, where he studied Theology and Economics.  Joseph is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Yeshiva University in New York.

David Leith
Chair of the Board of Directors of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc./MTS Allstream Inc.

David LeithDavid Leith serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc./MTS Allstream Inc. and is a Director of Hudson's Bay Company, Yellow Media Limited, and the Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation. David spent over 25 years with CIBC World Markets, based in Toronto and London, England, and has extensive experience in debt and equity markets, government finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Until 2009, he was Deputy Chairman and Managing Director and head of CIBC World Markets' Investment, Corporate and Merchant Banking activities.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and an MA from Cambridge University. He has been a Director of Bridgepoint Foundation Board since 2011, and was appointed Chair in September 2013.

Stephen M. Pustil
Vice Chairman of MDC Partners

Steve PustilStephen Pustil has been Vice Chairman the Board of MDC Partners since 1992. He is also Vice Chairman of Peerage Realty Partners and Chairman of Artemis Investment Management. Stephen serves as a Director of Trez Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation and Trez Senior Mortgage Investment Corporation.

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and has been a member of the Board of Directors of MDC Partners since 1992.


Philip Reichmann
Co-Founding Partner of ReichmannHauer Capital Partners

Philip ReichmannPhilip Reichmann is Founding Partner of ReichmannHauer Capital Partners Inc., a Canadian private equity investment firm seeking investment and acquisition opportunities in growth companies in all industries.

Philip began his formal career as a commercial leasing representative at Olympia & York Developments Limited.  In subsequent years, Philip was involved in the development of World Financial Center in New York, and Canary Wharf in London, England.

In 1993, together with his partner Frank Hauer, Philip formed O&Y Properties Inc. to manage and lease a portfolio of ten office properties consisting of nine million square feet.  In 1997, O&Y Properties acquired controlling interest in Camdev Corporation and the two companies were amalgamated to form O&Y Properties Corporation. O&Y Properties Corporation later created O&Y REIT, a real estate investment trust to focus on the ownership of commercial office buildings across Canada. 

O&Y Properties Corporation and O&Y REIT were sold to a consortium led by Brookfield Corporation in October 2005.  At the time of the sale, O&Y Properties Corporation owned directly and indirectly through its interest in O&Y REIT, a portfolio of 24 office properties totaling approximately 10 million square feet in seven Canadian markets.

Heather M. Reisman. C.M.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Indigo Books

Heather ReismanHeather Reisman is the founder, Chair and CEO of Indigo.

For the first 16 years of her career Heather was Managing Director of Paradigm Consulting, the strategy and change management firm she co-founded in 1979. Paradigm was the world's first strategic change consultancy and pioneered many organizational change strategies still in use today.

Heather is a former Governor of McGill University and the Toronto Stock Exchange. She has served on many North American boards. She continues to serve as a Director on the Board of Onex Corporation. She is also a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee, a geo-political think group. She has been honoured with several awards including The Order of Canada, The WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women and Financial Times of London Top 50 Women in World Business.

Heather was educated at McGill University. She is also the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from Ryerson University, Wilfred Laurier University, Mount Allison University and St. Francis Xavier University.

Joel Reitman
Founder and President of Jillcy Investments Ltd.

Joel ReitmanJoel Reitman is the founder and President of Jillcy Investments Ltd., a global investment firm. He co-founded advertising company MIJO Corporation and served as its President and CEO from 1978 until March 2011, when the firm was sold to DG Fast Channel.

Joel is a co-founder of The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer's Support and Training. Since 2009, he has been a member of the advisory board of the Montreal Neurological Hospital.  He is also a member of the steering committee for the Toronto Western Hospital, Tanz Centre. 

Joel is an active volunteer in the Jewish community and beyond.  He has a long history of involvement with the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC), having served as a board member since CJPAC's inception in 2005, and the National Chair from 2009-2011.  Joel is also a co-chair of the Local Partnership Committee (LPC) for the Toronto Jewish Federation and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. 

In 2013 Joel was awarded the Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA CHAI Award in recognition of his dedication to strengthening Jewish life and Jewish identity in Canada, Israel and throughout the world. He was also presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2013.

Joel received his Bachelor of Science and Educational Communication from Ithaca College. He is a graduate of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Robert A. Rubinoff
President at Inglewood Holdings Inc.

Robert RubinoffRobert Rubinoff has been on the Board of Mount Sinai Hospital since 1982. He is the President and CEO of Inglewood Holdings Inc., a private family investment company, and the President of Sheffield Inc., a private company in the United States investing in real estate.

Robert is also the current Vice Chairman of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation Board. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in 1982 and Director of public companies Commonwealth Holiday Inns, Equitable Group and The Learning Company.

He attended the University of Western Ontario and New York University.

Mark S. Saunders
Executive Vice President & CIO of SunLife Financial

Mark SaundersMark S. Saunders is Executive Vice-President & Chief Information Officer of Sun Life Financial. Mr. Saunders is responsible for all aspects of enterprise IT, including strategy, architecture, infrastructure, and applications. He also oversees Corporate Real Estate, Asia Service Centers, Procurement and several other shared business services. Mr. Saunders is a member of the Company's Executive Team.

Mr. Saunders joined Sun Life in March 2009 and has more than twenty years of IT leadership experience with major international financial institutions. He has a strong track record managing large-scale IT organizations and delivering IT solutions that drive business innovation and competitive advantage.

Prior to joining Sun Life, Mr. Saunders was with Barclay's PLC as Senior Technology Officer for Barclay's Commercial Bank. He also held executive roles with BMO Financial Group where he managed enterprise infrastructure and as CIO for BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. As well, Mr. Saunders spent a number of years with Manulife Financial accountable for various IT operations. He started his career at Wood Gundy in Toronto.

Mr. Saunders is currently a member of Sinai Health System Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Greenwich University in London.

Honey Sherman
Baycrest Foundation

Honey ShermanHoney Sherman is an active community board member and volunteer who is currently a member of the board of Baycrest, Mount Sinai Hospital, and York University Foundation. Mrs. Sherman also serves on the boards of Mount Sinai's Women's Auxiliary, The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the International American Joint Distribution Committee.

In addition, Mrs. Sherman is the past Chair of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and is also past Chair of the UJA Federation Campaign 2006, sitting Chair of Israel and Overseas Committee, as well as the former Chair of the Holocaust Education Center.

Mrs. Sherman holds both a B.A. and a B. Ed. from the University of Toronto.

Mrs. Sherman and her husband, Dr. Barry Sherman, established the Apotex Foundation in 1984 to support a wide range of causes in Canada and globally, for which they were honoured with the award for Outstanding Philanthropist by The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Toronto.

Honey and Barry Sherman, as well as their four children, reside in the Toronto Area.

Edward Sonshine, O. Ont.,Q.C.
Chief Executive Officer of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

Edward SonshineEdward Sonshine is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, Canada's largest REIT.  Primarily focused on retail real estate, RioCan owns and manages a portfolio having an aggregate area of over 80 million square feet consisting of 351 retail properties and including 51 shopping centres in the United States. Edward is also a Director of the Royal Bank of Canada and Cineplex Inc.

Edward is Chair of the Israel Bonds Organization of Canada and a former Chair of the Annual Campaign of the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto.

In 2011, he was invested into the Order of Ontario and in 2013 he was named Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year.

Lawrence M. Tanenbaum, O. C.
Chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)

Lawrence TanenbaumLawrence Tanenbaum co-founded the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital. A strong proponent and generous supporter of medical research in Canada, he is actively involved with numerous healthcare and charitable organizations at the local and national levels.

Lawrence has extensive experience as an operating executive and private equity investor, having been involved in heavy civil engineering, construction and road building over a period of 40 years.

As Chairman of Kilmer Capital, he invests and oversees a multitude of businesses in diverse fields. He spearheaded the acquisition of the Toronto Raptors basketball franchise and the Air Canada Centre, and is the Chair of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. whose Board he chairs. He serves as a Governor of the NBA, the NHL and Major League Soccer, and is as member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In recognition of his contributions in the areas of philanthropy, business and volunteerism, Lawrence was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007. In 2012, Lawrence was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Toronto.

Charles M. Winograd
Senior Managing Partner of Elm Park Capital Management

Charles WinogradCharles Winograd is Senior Managing Partner of Elm Park Capital Management, a mid-market lending limited partnership. He is also President of Winograd Capital Inc., an external consulting and private investment firm.

Charles retired from RBC Capital Markets in 2008, where he was Deputy Chairman from 1996 to 1998, President and Chief Operating Officer from 1998 to 2001, and Chairman and CEO from 2001 to 2008. Charles began his career at Richardson Securities in 1971 as an investment analyst and had several progressively senior positions with Richardson Greenshields and predecessor companies.

He became President and CEO in 1987, and Chairman and CEO in 1991 until it merged into RBC Dominion Securities in 1996. Charles is Chairman of the Board of Directors of TMX Group Inc. He is presently on the Board of Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, James Richardson and Sons Limited, Winnipeg, and has been a trustee of the Trust since February 2009. Charles is also an Advisor with RP Investment Advisors. He serves on the Board of Pathways to Education Canada and is on the Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards. Charles is past Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.

Charles received his MBA from the University of Western Ontario in 1971 and earned a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1979.

Mark D. Wiseman
President & Chief Executive Officer of CPP Investment Board

Mark WisemanMark Wiseman is the President and CEO of the CPP Investment Board. He is a Board member for the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) and serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Capital Markets Institute and Right to Play International. In addition, Mark is a past Chairman of Youth Without Shelter, an emergency shelter for homeless youth.

Responsible for leading the CPP Investment Board and its investment activities, Mark joined the CPP Investment Board in 2005 as the organization's Senior Vice President of Private Investments. He was later named Executive Vice President of Investments and managed all investment activities of the CPP Investment Board.

Prior to joining the CPP Investment Board, Mark was responsible for the private equity fund and co-investment program at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Previously, Mark was an officer with Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank. He was also a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell, practicing in New York and Paris.

Mark served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2004 to 2007, Mark was Chairman of the Institutional Limited Partners Association, a non-profit organization committed to serving limited partner investors in the global private equity industry. In 2006, he was named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University and a law degree and MBA from the University of Toronto. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University, where he obtained a Masters degree in law and is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ex-Officio Voting Members

Allan Rudolph, CPA, CA
Board Chair, Circle of Care

Allan RudplphAllan Rudolph is the Managing Partner of the firm's Toronto North BDO Canada LLP office and is a member of the large market management board. 

Allan's area of specialization includes manufacturing and retailers. He also has extensive experience in multi-location audits, working with high profile clients. Allan is an active member of various firm committees and has been involved in various charitable organizations.


Dr. L. Trevor Young, MD, PhD, FRCPC
University of Toronto

Trevor YoungProfessor Trevor Young is Dean of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions.

Trevor is a clinician-scientist who studies the molecular basis of bipolar disorder and its treatment. He became the Dean of Canada's largest Faculty of Medicine on January 1 of this year. Previously, he was Physician-in-Chief, Executive Vice President Programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Trevor was a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University; Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia; and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Trevor has received many awards including the Douglas Utting Award for outstanding contributions in the field of mood disorders, and the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology Heinz Lehmann Award. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Trevor graduated from the medical school at the University of Manitoba in 1983. He completed his postgraduate training in psychiatry in 1987, and then his PhD at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto in 1995. He was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Emeritus Director Non-Voting Member

Rt. Hon. John N. Turner, P.C., C.C., Q.C.

John TurnerJohn Turner is currently in the consulting business. He served as the Prime Minister of Canada in 1984, and was an MP in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. He also served as the Solicitor General, Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice, and was the first Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs.

John practiced law in Quebec and Ontario for 41 years, first with Stikeman and Elliot in Montreal, followed by McMillan Binch and Miller Thomson in Toronto. He has also been a member of several major corporate boards.

A graduate and Rhodes Scholar from the University of British Columbia, John read law at Oxford University and was called to the English Bar in 1952.  When he returned to Canada in 1953, he was called to the Quebec Bar and began practicing law in Montreal.

Ex-Officio Directors

Dr. Rita Kandel
Chair, Medical Advisory Council

Rita KandelDr. Rita Kandel is Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Chair of Medical Advisory Committee at Mount Sinai Hospital.

She is a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, cross-appointed to the Department of Surgery and a member of the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering.  A fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Rita is also Director of Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Toronto.

Rita is on the Executive Committee of the Sarcoma site group, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and is the Pathology representative on the Cancer Care Ontario Sarcoma Disease Site Group and Program in Evidence Based Care for Sarcoma Practice Guidelines. Her clinical expertise is in the diagnosis of soft tissue and bone tumors.

Rita is a clinician-scientist and Director of the Bioengineering of Skeletal Tissues Team, which consists of a multidisciplinary group of investigators, including engineers, biologists, stem cell biologists, and clinicians whose work focuses on regenerative medicine.

She is currently a Board Member Elect of Osteoarthritis Research Society International.  Rita is also Associate Editor of Cartilage and a member of the Editorial Board of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Jane Merkley
EVP Patient Care, Quality and Chief Nurse Executive

Jane MerkleyJane Merkley is a nurse executive with expertise in leading strategic change initiatives in major Toronto Hospitals. She has over three decades of experience in a range of clinical, administrative, executive and professional practice roles, all focused on delivering the highest quality patient care across the healthcare continuum from acute and emergency medicine through to complex and rehabilitative care.

Most recently she was the Vice President of Patient Services and Programs, and Chief of Professional Affairs and Chief Nurse Executive at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. This role encompasses a broad portfolio including clinical inpatient programs, ambulatory services, Pharmacy and IPAC, Quality and Patient Safety and Risk, and Professional and Academic Affairs for nursing and health disciplines.

Prior to this, she served as Director of Nursing Practice and Education at St. Michael's Hospital where she held several progressive positions including Clinical Leader Manager for the Trauma and Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit.

Jane co-chairs the Orthopaedic Capacity Planning initiative to review and evaluate the delivery of current orthopedic services in the TCLHIN. She has also been the chair of the Rehab/CCC Vice President Steering Committee since 2010, providing strategic leadership to influence system level change and promote rehabilitative care as an integral part of an effective healthcare system.

In 2013, Jane was the Bridgepoint lead and key partner in the Toronto Central Integrated Client Care Program, led by the Toronto Central Community Access Centre, which received a Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety. For her earlier work as an academic practice leader, Jane was awarded the Award of Merit for Excellence in Nursing Administration from Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Pi Chapter.

Jane is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing University of Toronto. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree at Laurentian University and Master of Science at the University of Toronto. She also has a clinical specialization in Neuroscience Nursing through McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute, and specialty certification through the Canadian Nursing Association.

Dr. Mirek Otremba
President, Medical Staff Association

Mirek OtrembaAppointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at University of Toronto, Dr. Mirek Otremba has been at Mount Sinai Hospital for the last nine years.

He is currently the Director of the Medical Consultation Service at Mount Sinai and University Health Network Hospitals. He is also President of the Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Staff Association.

Mirek's passion is in the perioperative care of patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery.  He also teaches point-of-care ultrasound. 

A graduate of University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, he completed his medical residency at University of Toronto and Fellowship in Academic General Internal Medicine at McMaster University. He practiced in Hamilton at St. Joseph's Hospital appointed to McMaster University.