Board of Governors

Officers 2023–24

Chair – Bert Clark

Bert Clark is photographed from the shoulders and up. He smiles at the camera. He has light-tone skin and wears a black suit with a white colored shirt and light pink tie.

Bert Clark serves as President and CEO of the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO), which manages $73.3 billion of assets and provides a range of investment management and advisory services to participating public sector organizations in Ontario.

Vice Chair – Mitch Frazer

Board Member Mitch Frazer is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a white background. He smiles at the camera. He has short dark brown hair. He has light-tone skin. He wears a black suit with light blue collared shirt and a black tie.

Mitch is the Managing Partner of the Toronto office of Mintz and the Chancellor of Ontario Tech University. Prior to joining Mintz, Mitch served as the chair of the Pensions and Employment Practice of an international law firm based in Toronto. His practice focuses on all aspects of pension, benefits and employment law.

Secretary – Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a white background. He smiles at the camera. He has light-tone skin and dark blonde hair. He wears a black suite with a blue collared shirt.

Mark O’Connell is President and CEO of Interac Corp. In his role, he oversees the operation of Canada’s leading payment brand — the only domestically run, coast-to-coast debit payment network that allows Canadians access to their money more than 16 million times per day through Interac products and services.

Treasurer – Harcharan (Harry) Singh

Harcharan (Harry) Singh is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a beige background. He smiles at the camera. He has medium-tone skin and a white bear. He wears a black suit with a light blue colored shirt and a red tie. He also wears glasses and a black turban.

Harcharan (Harry) Singh has extensive leadership and management experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial arena within the pharmaceutical industry. After an illustrious career in the corporate world, in 1990 he founded Glopec International Inc., Canada, a global pharmaceutical ingredients company and continues to be its President & CEO. He has also been an active Investor/Promotor/Director in several companies in India/US/Canada including RA Chem Pharma, India, Eirgen Pharma, Ireland, Concord Biotech, India and ECI Pharma, USA.

Governors

Brad Badeau

Board Member Brad Badeau is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a lit surgical light fixture. He smiles at the camera. He has grey/white hair. He has light-tone skin. He wears a black pinstripe suite with a light blue collared shirt and dark blue tie.

Mr. Brad Badeau enjoyed a 30 year career in senior roles in the asset management business with Trimark Investments and Burgundy Asset Management.

A lifetime love of investing in smart people with big ideas has resulted in a number of successful innovations in health care and technology.

Debbie Fischer

Board member Debbie Fisher is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a grey background. Se smiles at the camera. She has light-tone skin and blonde shoulder length hair. She wears a black suite with a white blouse.

Debbie Fischer is an experienced board director and has held senior leadership positions in professional consulting services, in health care and government. She is currently an Executive Associate with KPMG where she consults on organizational change and large-scale system transformation in health care and public sectors. Debbie serves on several boards including Joule-a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association, North York General Hospital and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She also serves as an advisor to health and technology related businesses.

Aayaz Pira

Board Member Aayaz Pira is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a grey background. He smiles at the camera. He has medium-tone skin. He wears a tweed dark grey suit, a white collared shirt and a red pocket square.

As President, Canadian Tire Financial Services, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Tire Bank, Aayaz is responsible for the overall strategic direction and growth for the Financial Services division. His deep experience in technology and innovation within financial services and retail will serve to build upon Canadian Tire Bank’s successful foundation through customer-focused, digital innovation.

John Walsh

Board Member John Walsh is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a white background. He smiles at the camera. He has dark brown hair. He has light-tone skin. He wears a black suit with a light blue collared shirt and a light green tie.

John Walsh was elected as NYGH Governor in June 2019.  Since January 2015, he has been a member of the Executive Team at OPTrust as Managing Director, General Counsel .

Mr. Walsh joined OPTrust in 2006 as an investment professional in OPTrust’s Private Markets Group, responsible for transaction negotiation, structuring and execution, corporate governance and operations.

Michael Zahra

Board Member Michael Zahra is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a grey background. He looks into the camera. He has light-tone skin and wears black rimmed glasses and a blue and white checkered shirt.

Michael Zahra is the President, CEO & Board Director of Drone Delivery Canada, an aerospace engineering company, and was previously President of Staples Business Advantage, President of Yahoo and President of Schlumberger RMS with prior positions at Motorola and Alcatel. He is currently on the Board of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust and was previously on the Boards of Junior Achievement and Computers for Schools and has been involved in activities with Bullfrog Power, Tree Canada, Evergreen, Habitat for Humanity, Mississauga Food Bank, YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs.  He is on the Quality Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee of NYGH.

Janet Beed

Board Member Janet Beed is photographer from the shoulders up in front of a grey background. She smiles at the camera. She has light-tone skin. She has short light brown hair and wears an orange and pink sleeveless top with horizonal stripes.

Janet Beed has more than 40 years of experience in the Ontario health care system, most recently as President and CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital. Prior to that position she held a number of leadership roles at the University Health Network/Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute, and the Hospital for Sick Children. Janet was also a Partner with Deloitte Consulting working globally in the Change Management Service Line.

Kaiyan Fu

Board Member Kaiyan Fu is photographer from the shoulders up in front of a white background. She smiles at the camera. She has light-tone skin. She has shoulder length dark brown hair and wears a black suit and a red necklace.

Kaiyan Fu has a passion and commitment for the provision of person and family-centred quality care.  Her career has revolved around innovation, leading/best practices, thought and change leadership,  strategic  planning  and  execution  across  the  care  continuum,  including  provincial government.  

Christine Williams

Board Member Dr. Christine Williams is photographed from the shoulders up in front of dark brown background. She smiles at the camera. She has light-tone skin. Se has short blonde hair and wears a white sweater.

Dr. Christine Williams (Ph.D.) is an immunologist and currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Head of Implementation Science at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR).

As part of OICR’s executive team, she develops and implements strategic priorities across the Institute’s translational research programs. Dr. Williams leads coordinated engagement and communications strategies with a broad range of provincial, national and international partners including clinical, academic, industry, government and patient partners.

Robert Sankey

Board Member Robert Sankey is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a grey background. He looks at the camera. He has light-tone skin. He has very short, dark hair hair and wears a black suit with a white collared shirt and a black tie.

Robert has 20 years of experience in the investment and broader financial services industry and currently serves as the CEO at Burgundy Asset Management. Over his 14-year tenure with Burgundy, he has worked in Burgundy’s investment department, researching companies as a member of the emerging markets, Canadian and fixed income teams. Robert served four years as Director of Research during this time and was appointed a Vice President in 2011. He joined the firm in 2005 to focus on performance measurement and firm-wide compliance initiatives.

Toni Rossi

Board Member Toni Rossi is photographed from the shoulders up in front of white background. She smiles at the camera. She has light-tone skin. Se has shoulder length brown hair. She wears a dark blue suit with a light blue blouse.

A 30-year Real Estate Professional, Toni leads the Province of Ontario Real Estate Portfolio (one of the largest in Canada) and served as Infrastructure Ontario’s (IO) Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Toni was also President of IO’s Lending Division and a key member of the Executive Team merging the Ontario Realty Corp and IO in 2012. Prior to IO, Toni was with Oxford Properties and Cadillac Fairview. Having her ICD Designation, Toni shares her knowledge and experience with industry and community.

Robert Palter

Board Member Robert Plater is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a white background. He smiles at the camera. She has light-tone skin. He has dark hair and wears a black suit and a light blue suit. He also wears black rimmed glasses.

For the last 28 years, Robert has been employed at McKinsey & Company in Toronto. He is currently a Senior Partner at McKinsey and is its Managing Partner for Canada. As the Managing Partner for McKinsey’s Canadian operations, he is responsible for all aspects of McKinsey’s operations across 1200 people in offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

Ex-Officio Governors

Dr. Everton Gooden

President and CEO

Dr. Everton Gooden is photographed from the waist up in front of a white and beige background. He smiles at the camera and has his arms crossed. He has dark-tone skin. He wears a watch and glasses. He also wears a black suit with a white collared shirt and a silver tie.

Dr. Everton Gooden began his tenure as President and CEO of North York General Hospital (NYGH) on December 1, 2023.

Everton has held a variety of progressive leadership roles, including serving as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, President of the Medical Staff Association, Division Chief of Head and Neck Surgery, Governor of the North York General Hospital Foundation Board of Governors and Chair of its Governance and Inclusion Committee. Everton is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Phil Shin

Chair, Medical Advisory Committee, Critical Care and Internal Medicine, Chief Medical Information Officer

Phil Shin is photographed from the shoulders up in front of a grey background. He smiles at the camera. He has light-tone skin. He has short black hair. He wears a light grey suit with a white collared shirt and a dark blue tie.

Dr. Phil Shin has been an Active staff physician at NYGH since 2006 after completing his medical training in Internal Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Toronto. He recently finished a ten-year term as NYGH Chief of Medicine in 2022 and will be completing his term as Medical Director of Critical Care in June 2023. He performed both roles concurrently for nine years, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Since January 2022, he has served as the NYGH Chief Medical Information Officer, leading Digital Health initiatives on both the local and provincial levels.

Benjamin Bell, MD

President, Medical Staff Association

Board Member Dr. Benjamin Bell is photographed from the shoulders up outside in front of green foliage. He smiles at the camera. He has dark brown hair. He has light-tone skin. He wears a light blue collared shirt and a black tie.

Dr. Benjamin Bell is a specialist in General Internal Medicine with an appointment at North York General Hospital. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bell is passionate about advocacy and safety in healthcare. He has pursued these interests in part on the executive of the North York General Hospital Medical Staff Association, as a member of the North York General medical and hospital quality committees, and on the medical advisory committee. He also serves as General Internal Medicine Section Chair at the Ontario Medical Association. He is an active member of Thrombosis Canada and in this role has been involved in developing online knowledge translation tools, guides, and algorithms to provide health care providers with point-of-care decision aids.

Aine O’Flynn

Chair, North York General, Foundation

Board Chair, of the North York General Foundation, Aine O’Flynn is photographed from the waist down with arms at her side in front of a marbled grey background. She smiles at the camera. Her hair shoulder length hair is light brown. She has light-tone skin. She wears a dark grey suit with a teal sweater.

Aine O’Flynn joined BMO Capital Markets in Equity Research in 1997 and moved into Equity Sales in 2000 where she leveraged her knowledge base and expertise to develop valued and deep relationships with leading Canadian investor clients. In December 2013, Aine was appointed Director of Canadian and European Equity Research. Her experience on the desk gave her valuable insight into our clients’ needs. In January 2017, Ms. O’Flynn was appointed Co-head of Global Equity Products alongside Alan Tannenbaum and was appointed Global Head of Equity Products in November 2017. On February 1st, 2021 Aine was appointed Head of Investment Banking Capital Markets. In this role, Aine’s proven ability to forge relationships and build businesses will be instrumental in driving the business forward.

Linda Jussaume

Interim Vice-President Clinical Programs, Quality, Long-Term Care and Chief Nursing Executive

Linda Jussaume joined NYGH on December 12, 2023.

Before returning to NYGH , Linda led the Surgical Program with distinction for over 12 years.

Prior to her role at North York General Hospital, Linda worked at University Health Network as Clinical Manager of Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and Rouge Valley Healthcare System as Director of Surgery, Cancer Care and Cardiology. In addition, Linda has had experience in Program and Hospital mergers and expansions and has consulted provincially, nationally and internationally.


Board Meetings and Policies

(Last Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted)

2023-2024 dates:

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2024 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024 5-7:30p.m.
  • Monday, June 17, 2024 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Annual General Meeting of Members
      • 1st 2024/25 Board Meeting

No Board Meetings in July, August, December, and April

Board Policies