MUHC Board of Directors

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Board of Directors is a voluntary board. The Board meets a minimum of six times a year. As well, members serve on a variety of board committees and task forces. The Board is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the MUHC by setting and monitoring the goals and orientations of the activities of the hospital and putting in place an administrative structure. Consult the Board of Directors Code of Ethics.

Independent Members

  • Mr. Peter Kruyt - Chairman 
  • Dr. Sarah Prichard - Vice-Chair
  • Mr. Deep Khosla
  • Ms. Dale MacCandlish-Weil
  • Mr. James Cherry
  • Mr. Thomas Pitfield
  • Mr. Michal Piotr Kuzmicki
  • Mr. Kevin O'Farrell 
  • Ms. Mary-Anne Carignan
  • Ms. Samira Sakhia

Appointed Members - Affiliated Universities

  • Ms. Suzanne Fortier
  • Dr. Laurie Snider

Designated Members

  • Dr. Anita-Brown-Johnson - Regional department of general medicine
  • Dr. Olivier Court - Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists 
  • Mr. André Bonnici - Regional Committee for Pharmaceutical Services  
  • Mr. Alain Biron - Council of Nurses 
  • Ms. Patricia Noël - Multidisciplinary Council 
  • Ms. Seeta Ramdass - Patients’ Committee

Ex Officio

  • Dr. Pierre Gfeller - Secretary

Observing Members (non-voting) 

  • Richard Cherney - Foundation
  • Kate Marr-Laing

Profiles of Our Board Members

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Peter Kruyt became Senior Advisor to Power Corporation of Canada in January 2018. He is Vice-Chairman of Power Energy Corporation and is a director of Lion Electric Company and Potentia Renewables Inc.

Mr. Kruyt became a member of the board of directors of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in 2016 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of the McGill University Health Centre in 2017 and Chairman of the Board of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in 2019. He is also a director of Tennis Canada.

When he joined Power Corporation in 1981, he served as Executive Assistant to Mr. Paul G. Desmarais, who, at the time, was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kruyt took over as President and Chief Executive Officer of Power Broadcasting Inc. from 1987 to 2000 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Power Technology Investment Corporation from 2000 until 2009.

Mr. Kruyt was Chairman of Power Pacific Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of Power Corporation, one of the Corporation’s equity investment funds from 1996 to 2020. He was Vice-President of Power Corporation from 1996 to 2017, as well as a director of Great West Lifeco Inc. from 2003 to 2008, of Bellus Inc. from 2002 to 2009, of Bombardier Sifang Power (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd and of La Presse, ltée from 1985 to 2016. He also served as an alternate director on the board of CITIC Pacific Ltd. in Hong Kong from 2003 to 2014.

Mr. Kruyt was Chairman of the Canada China Business Council from 2003 to 2018 and director of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy Inc. from June 2013 to November 2018. He has also served on the board of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and of the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO). He was also a member of the Board of Governors of Concordia University from 2000 to 2005 and served as Chairman from 2005 to 2012. In addition, he was a member of the advisory board of the School of Business at Memorial University of Newfoundland, a director of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and chaired the Government Task Force on Digital Radio in 1992.

Peter Kruyt obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and a MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). Mr. Kruyt is fluent in English and French.

Vice-Chair

Sarah Prichard has enjoyed an academic career at McGill University and a career in industry at Baxter, an innovative healthcare enterprise with two global lines of business in hospital products and renal products. Currently, she is a special advisor to the President at Western University in London Ontario after having served as the Acting Vice President (Research) in 2019-2020.

Dr. Prichard is an elected Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre and serves as Vice-Chair, as well as a Member of its Vigilance Committee.

Dr. Prichard joined the Faculty of Medicine (now Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) of McGill University in 1979 and remained there until 2005, serving as Professor of Medicine and as the Associate Dean of Inter-Hospital Affairs from 1993-1998. She also chaired the Clinical Integration Committee for the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in the 1990s. In addition, Dr. Prichard was President of the Canadian Society for Nephrology and the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis.

In 2005, Dr. Prichard was recruited to Baxter as the Global Vice-President for Medical and Scientific Affairs in the renal line of business. During a nine-year term at Baxter, she held a number of senior leadership roles within renal as well as with specialty therapeutic pharmaceutical areas. Responsibilities included global medical affairs, clinical development, health economics, exploratory research, as well as scientific and clinical input for product development.

Between 1991-1997 and 2001-2005, Dr. Prichard served on the Queen’s University Board of Trustees. Previously, she served on the St. Mary’s Hospital Center Board from 1996-2001, including three years as its chair. She was also a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from 2002-2005. Currently, Dr. Prichard serves on corporate boards, on scientific advisory boards and as a consultant.

Sarah Prichard received her Medical degree from Queen’s University and then completed her training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at McGill University. Dr. Prichard speaks English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Deep Khosla is the Head and Managing Director of Quebec Regional Operations for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with primary responsibility for delivering the firm’s investment banking capabilities to Quebec-based clients. He is also responsible for Media and Telecommunications companies across Canada.

Mr. Khosla is an elected Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre and serves as Chair of its Vigilance Committee.

Before joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Khosla worked for J.P. Morgan. Splitting his time between New York, Toronto and Montreal, he spent the early part of his career in Debt Capital Markets, before joining the client coverage team for Canada.

In addition to the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre, Mr. Khosla is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Lower Canada College (“LCC”) Foundation and its Investment Committee. He has served in the past on the boards of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), Montreal Chamber Orchestra, and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, where he gained an understanding of the healthcare sector.

Deep Khosla was born and raised in Montreal. He graduated from LCC before attending Dartmouth College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Department of Government. Mr. Khosla is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Dale MacCandlish Weil has over 35 years of industry experience, including positions at John Labatt, Ault Foods and McKesson Canada, where she has held executive roles for the last 18 years. She brings a blend of business and board experience to tackle the challenges of innovation, organizational evolution, change management, stakeholder engagement and performance.

Ms. MacCandlish Weil is an elected Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC and serves as Chair of its Governance and Ethics Committee, as well as a Member of its Audit and Finance Committee.

In January 2020, Ms. MacCandlish Weil was appointed Executive Director of the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence and Montreal Institute for Palliative Care after serving as Managing Director of the latter, (which is a branch of the Residence) since May 2018. Prior to that, she served in an advisory capacity at McKesson Canada, after leading various business units since 1999, including the company’s Pharmaceutical Distribution-Eastern Canada, Specialty Pharmaceutical Services, Integrated Healthcare Solutions, Retail Banner Services, and Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Her career path leading healthcare businesses has involved building and executing strategies supporting new care models, financial/operational performance, partnership and stakeholder collaboration, mergers and acquisitions, as well as integration and change management.

Since 1995, Ms. MacCandlish Weil has also had various board assignments, mainly in the not-for-profit sector of health care. She is the past president of the Quebec Chapter of Kids Help Phone and the West Island Palliative Care Residence Foundation and the past vice-president of the West Island Palliative Care Operations Board. Ms. MacCandlish Weil has also been a director for National Kids Help Phone, l’Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Strategic Analysis and Innovation of the MUHC and Advisory Council of the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation. In addition to her MUHC Board role, she is a board member of Theratechnologies Inc. and Tetra Bio-Pharma, as well as the Alliance des maisons de soins palliatifs du Québec.

Dale MacCandlish Weil is a certified director with the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration from McGill University. Ms. MacCandlish Weil is fluent in French and English.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

James Cherry worked in the Aerospace, Defence and Rail sectors for 40 years, during which his executive positions called upon him to lead strategic and tactical operations, complex multi-year capital expansion and modernization programmes, and the marketing of products throughout the world.

Mr. Cherry is an elected Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre and serves as Chair of its Intra-hospital Disciplinary Committee, as well as a Member of its Audit and Finance Committee.

Between 2001 and 2016, Mr. Cherry served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aéroports de Montréal. Previously, he also served as President of Alstom Transport Canada (1999-2001; Vice-President for N. America), CAE Electronics (1996-1998), Bombardier (1993-1996) and Oerlikon Aerospace (1986-1993), amongst other companies.

He is currently a Director of Logistec Corporation, Cogeco Inc., PSP AviAlliance GmbH, the Canada Infrastructure Bank, and Centraide United Way Canada. Past community and Board roles in both public and private not-for-profit sectors and for-profit publicly-traded companies include, amongst others, Centraide of Greater Montréal, St. Mary’s Hospital Centre, Concordia University, Conference Board of Canada, World Governing Board of Airports Council International, Montreal Board of Trade, Mitec Telecom, and Talisman Energy.

A Montréal native, James Cherry earned a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University. He then completed an Advanced Management Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Business School and an Advanced Management Seminar at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). A Chartered Professional Accountant, he was honoured in 2002 with an Award of Distinction from Concordia University, became a Fellow of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Québec in 2003, and was bestowed a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 2012. Mr. Cherry is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Thomas Pitfield is currently Chief Executive Officer of Data Sciences, a group of experts who work with organizations to produce measurable results by leveraging data. He is also the President and Co-founder of Canada 2020, an independent and progressive think tank. 

Mr. Pitfield is an elected Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre.

Mr. Pitfield has served in the past as Chief Digital Strategist for Canada’s Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, first during his campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada and then for his election campaign. Prior to these demanding roles, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Hon. Jack Austin. Additionally, he worked in China on behalf of the Canada-China Business Council and as a consultant specializing in corporate governance for IBM Canada. 

A Montrealer with family members who have faced – and succumbed to – chronic and terminal illnesses, Mr. Pitfield has an appreciation of the ethical and emotional issues that patients and their loved ones grapple with during treatment,. His personal experiences have also given him an understanding of the McGill University Health Centre’s challenges, of the importance of encouraging access to the right care at the right time, and of developing learning organizations.

Civic-minded, Mr. Pitfield is Co-founder of the RPM tech workspace, which hosts regular hack-a-thons and meetings of the technology community; a Board Member and volunteer at Selwyn House School and Parkinson’s Society Canada; a Board Member of Pointe-à-Callière Museum and the Westmount-Ville-Marie Liberal Riding Association; a volunteer for the Gainey Foundation and the Montreal Neuro; and a coach of Westmount Boys Soccer (2014-2017).

Thomas Pitfield earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours from Queen’s University’s John Smith School of Business and a Master’s degree in Political Philosophy from the London School of Economics. Mr. Pitfield is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Michal Kuzmicki retired as Managing Partner of Brookfield Financial in 2019. During his 40-year-long career, he participated in a wide range of real-estate investment transactions on behalf of major Canadian lending, brokerage and investment banking institutions.

Prior to joining Brookfield Financial in 2008, Mr. Kuzmicki was Managing Director at CIBC World Markets and Senior Vice President, Investment with Colliers International. Prior to 1994, he worked within the real-estate financial sector with a major Canadian bank, trust company and mortgage insurer.

Mr. Kuzmicki is an elected Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre and serves as Chair of its Real Estate Committee, as well as a Member of its Audit and Finance Committee.

Mr. Kuzmicki possesses in-depth valuation, marketing and negotiation expertise, which has supported the completion of a wide range of disposition, acquisition, leasing and financing transactions involving both portfolio and single-asset office, commercial, industrial and multi-residential properties. He is always pleased to share his expertise with various organizations and presently serves on the Investment Committee of the Fiera Real Estate CORE Fund and the Board of Trustees of the McCord Stewart Museum. Previously, Mr. Kuzmicki served on the Board of Directors of the Urban Development Institute (Québec).

Michal Kuzmicki holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola College.  He earned the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the CRE designation from the Counselors of Real Estate, which reflects his commitment to ethical practice and his track record of successful experience within the Canadian real-estate industry. In addition, he earned the FICB designation from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Mr. Kuzmicki is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Kevin O’Farrell has had a career path that includes experience as an organizational research director, national partner and human capital consulting practice leader, as well as a corporate executive in several international firms. In 2014, he launched a boutique management consultancy, Crekof Inc., specializing in strategy, culture, restructuring, organizational effectiveness and employee engagement.

Mr. O’Farrell is an elected Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre and serves as Chair of its Human Resources Committee, as well as a Member of its Governance and Ethics Committee.

Mr. O’Farrell was a Research Director at The Conference Board of Canada and the Institut de recherche et d’information sur la rémunération, which was responsible for conducting data-based comparisons of total compensation in Quebec’s public and private sectors. He was a Senior Consultant and Practice Leader at Wyatt and Mercer, two global human-resource (HR) firms serving public- and private-sector clients. He then held positions as director of organizational effectiveness and talent management and later, as Vice-President of Business Effectiveness at Pfizer Canada, with responsibility for strategic planning, business technology, business intelligence, training and development, and marketing services. At Hewitt Équipement, a Caterpillar dealer serving five provinces, he was Vice-President of People and Organization, with responsibility for leadership development, organizational development, talent management, total rewards, employee communications, health and safety, HR business partnerships, technical training and apprenticeship programmes.

His involvement in the community includes a number of pro-bono strategic planning and organizational reviews with the boards and management of West Island Palliative Care Residence, Community Shares and other non-governmental organizations. Mr. O’Farrell is an ongoing business mentor to McGill’s MBA programme, social entrepreneurship programme (Centre Magnétique, Lac Mégantic) and BDC/Futurpreneur. He also raises funds for various community and health-related organizations as a member of a rock and roll garage band.

Kevin O’Farrell studied Industrial Relations at McGill and Laval universities, and has since completed executive leadership programmes in change management (Queen’s University), innovation (York University) and business strategy (University of North Carolina). Mr. O’Farrell was born in St-Malachie, Québec and is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Mary-Anne Carignan has been President of Purkinje Inc., a pioneer in the design, development and marketing of solutions supporting clinical decision-making and healthcare information technology, since 2018. She is convinced that the patient should be at the core of a progressive healthcare system and that technology facilitates the collaboration needed for optimal health outcomes.

Ms. Carignan is an elected Independent Member of the Board and serves on its Human Resources Committee. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Research Institute of the MUHC and a Member of the Neuro Advisory Board. 

Previously, between 2001 and 2007, Ms. Carignan was General Manager at Fusion MD and The Catalyst Group, two organizations focused on health care and technology in the North American marketplace. Prior to that, Ms. Carignan worked for Philip Morris (part of the Kraft and Nabisco family of companies), where she was the first woman named to its international budget department and spent a decade working in Lausanne (Switzerland), Zagreb (Croatia) and Antwerp (Belgium). She also established the Nursefinders operations in New York City, serving hospitals and long-term care facilities.

A Co-founder of the Québec chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, Ms. Carignan served on its board from 2006 to 2016. In 2010, Ms. Carignan was appointed by the Canadian Minister of International Trade to the SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) Advisory Board. A socially engaged lecturer promoting the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), she has served other institutions such as the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.

Mary-Anne Carignan earned her MBA with honours from Business School Lausanne. Ms. Carignan is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Samira Sakhia is the President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Knight Therapeutics Inc., a leading Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company with operations in Canada and Latin America.

Ms. Sakhia is an elected Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre and is Chair of its Audit and Finance Committee.

Prior to joining Knight, Ms. Sakhia served from 2001 to 2015 as Chief Financial Officer at Paladin Labs Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. At Paladin, Ms. Sakhia was responsible for finance, operations, human resources and investor relations. She was instrumental in executing in-licensing and acquisition transactions of Canadian and international pharmaceutical products and businesses, leading several mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic lending transactions, equity rounds on the TSX and the sale of Paladin to Endo International for over $3 billion. Before Paladin Labs, Ms. Sakhia held various senior finance positions with Discreet Logic, a digital video effects and editing software tools maker acquired by AutoDesk in 1999. 

Ms. Sakhia serves on the board of Montreal’s SPCA, the Board of Governors of McGill University, and the International Advisory Board of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.

Samira Sakhia holds a MBA, a Graduate Diploma in Accountancy and a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from McGill University. Ms. Sakhia is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC
Appointed University-Affiliated Representative by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

Suzanne Fortier has served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University since September 2013 and has held the honorific title of McCall MacBain Professor since 2019. Prior to her appointment as Principal, Professor Fortier was President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) from 2006 to 2013, and held the position of Vice-Principal (Academic) from 2000 to 2005 and Vice-Principal (Research) from 1995 to 2000 at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where she was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and in the School of Computing. 

Professor Fortier is a Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre, appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services as University-affiliated representative.

A native of St-Timothée, Québec, Professor Fortier graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science (1972) and a Ph.D in Crystallography (1976). Her research work has focused on the development of mathematical and artificial intelligence methodologies for protein structure determination. She has also made contributions to the development of novel techniques in crystallographic data mining to gain new insights from the large structural databases.

Professor Fortier was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2018. She is also an officer of France’s National Order of Merit, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was named a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2015). She holds honorary doctorates from Thompson Rivers University, Carleton University, and the University of Glasgow.

Professor Fortier currently serves as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), as a member of the HEC Paris International Advisory Board, on the Board of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill, and is an Academic Member of the Board of Governors of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. She also serves on the Canadian Business-Higher Education Roundtable, the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board, as well as on the boards of directors of Montreal International and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Suzanne Fortier has previously served as a member of several boards and councils, including the federal government's Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Steering Committee of the Networks of Centres of Excellence, the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress, Universities Canada, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the Canadian Federal Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Conference Board of Canada, and served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC). Professor Fortier is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC
Appointed University-Affiliated Representative by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

Laurie Snider is currently Associate Dean and Director of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University.

As a Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services as University-affiliated representative, as well as a Member of its Human Resources Committee. Dr. Snider’s contributions reflect her strong interest in the academic mission of the MUHC.

Following her training at McGill University, Dr. Snider spent 20 years in clinical practice as a paediatric occupational therapist, in Vancouver at the Health Centre for Children (now BC Children’s Hospital), the Vancouver Neurological Centre (now the BC Centre for Ability) and in Toronto, at The Hospital for Sick Children. As Director of the Occupational Therapy program at McGill (1995-2001), she brought academic leadership to the School. A chercheur-boursier clinicienne Junior II of the FRQ-S, she became an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in 2001 and in 2007, was promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr Snider is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, a member of the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec and a membre régulier of the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR). Her teaching interests involve occupational therapy approaches to neonatology, developmental paediatrics, global health, and research methods. Her research interests lie in the areas of childhood disability and early detection and intervention for children at most risk for compromised motor, functional and cognitive outcomes.

Laurie Snider earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from McGill, a Master in Educational Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Toronto. She also completed post-doctoral training in the Neonatal Follow-up Program at the Montreal Children's Hospital. Dr. Snider is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC
Designated by the Regional Department of General Medicine

Anita Brown-Johnson was named Interim Chief of Family Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in 2019 following seven years as Associate Chief. A Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC designated by the Regional Department of General Medicine, Dr. Brown-Johnson is pleased to share her vast experience with quality assurance, accreditation, ethics, education, and patient care. She also accepted recently to co-chair the Board’s Committee for Action on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (C-AIDE).

Dr. Brown-Johnson began her career as the sole physician providing medical services to the Cree population of Waskaganish in James Bay (1990-1992). She was then appointed to the CPDP at the CHSLD de Gaspé, where she provided medical services to elderly patients for eight years and assumed administrative responsibilities, including Chief of Medicine. In 1997, she received the Royal Canadian Legion Fellowship Award, which facilitated focused training at the University of Toronto’s Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.

Recruited by McGill University in 1999, Dr. Brown-Johnson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. Her teaching contributions have included developing the Transition Care Course/Workshop for final-year medical students during their Geriatrics rotation at the MUHC; supervising foreign medical graduates during observerships; supervising Family Medicine residents and third-year Family Medicine fellows; serving as Course Director for the Annual McGill Interdisciplinary Geriatric Seminar, attended by up to 150 interdisciplinary healthcare professionals across the health system, as facilitator for the Clinical Method I, Formation of the Healer and Conflict Negotiation/Resolution Professional courses, and as OSCE examiner for final-year medical students, etc.

In addition, Dr. Brown-Johnson helped develop and enhance clinical services in Transitional and Long-Term Care at the MUHC, in partnership with Transition Care interdisciplinary teams and the Division of Geriatrics. In 2001, she was appointed Medical Director of MUHC Transition Care Services and, in 2002, Director of the Secondary Care Division of the MUHC Department of Family Medicine. As Founding Medical Director of the MUHC Office of Post Hospital Care and Community Support, between 2008 and 2015 (and Medical Director of the MUHC Hospitalist Unit between 2012 and 2015), Dr. Brown-Johnson and her team implemented an innovative model of care to optimize quality-of-care transitions, cost-effectiveness and patient flow between the MUHC and the community, which exceeded all quality and performance indicators and earned the Department of Medicine Award for Innovation in Clinical Care or Quality. In collaboration with the MUHC Family Medicine Executive and McGill Family Medicine Residency Training Program Directors, she also helped re-establish the family medicine training program at the MUHC, and worked with network partners on Fellowship program development (ex. : McGill Enhanced Skills Program in Hospital Medicine).

Appointed Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2005, Dr. Brown-Johnson has lectured and published widely. Her recent scholarly activities include collaboration with the departments of Pediatrics, Medicine and Family Medicine on the "Pediatric Transition to Adult Care Task Force" to facilitate seamless transition to adult care for teenagers and young adults with continuing complex care needs; with the Faculty of Dentistry to identify key elements for effective leaders; with the Oncology Division on a Cancer Survivorship Project to optimize care trajectory for cancer survivors; and with the Department of Medicine to implement a Post-Acute/Alternate Level Care Unit at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH).

The first graduate of Concordia University’s Science College, Anita Brown-Johnson obtained a Bachelor of Science in Honours Biology with Distinction (1983) and completed one year of doctorate studies in Molecular Biology and Genetics at McGill University before enrolling in Medicine and participating in the Canadian Forces Medical Officer Training Program. She earned her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (1988), completed residency training in Family Medicine at the MGH and certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (1990). Dr Brown-Johnson is a passionate volunteer, mentoring students and sponsoring two annual academic scholarships. She has chaired or served on committees and/or boards such as the Montreal Community Cares Foundation, Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtià:ke, Dr. Kenneth Melville McGill Black Faculty Caucus, McGill Joint Senate Board Subcommittee on Racialized Persons, and Faculty of Medicine Subcommittee on Admissions Best Practices. She is President of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award-Quebec Division and a National Director. A recipient of the Woman of Merit Award from the Playmas Montreal Cultural Association, in honour of International Women's Day 2020 for dedicated service to her profession and community, Dr. Brown-Johnson is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC
Designated by the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists

Olivier Court has been the Director of Bariatric Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) since 2012, and Director of the Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) of the MUHC since 2010. In addition, he has been an Attending Surgeon in Bariatric and General Surgery at the RVH, an Attending Intensivist at the RVH and Montreal General Hospital (MGH), and Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of McGill University since 2005. His research efforts focus on outcomes of bariatric surgery, as well as on metabolism and energy expenditure in morbidly obese patients.

Dr. Court is a Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC designated by the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists, for which is the current elected President.

Previously, Dr. Court held a number of positions at the MUHC, including those of Site Director for the ICU Fellowship and Surgery Clerkship as well as Director of the Blue Surgery Clinical Teaching Unit at the RVH. Between 2005 and 2012, he also served as Director of Undergraduate Surgical Education at McGill University. 

Immediately before joining the MUHC, Dr. Court was an Attending Surgeon in Critical Care and a Lecturer in Surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital, an 833-bed, nationally recognized regional medical centre serving the metro area of Washington (DC). Prior to that position, he was as an Attending Surgeon in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Manitoba-affiliated Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, the largest health centre in Manitoba serving the province as well as northwestern Ontario and Nunavut. 

In addition to his clinical activities, Olivier Court serves as Course Director for the Canadian Surgery Forum’s Review in General Surgery and teaches ICU residents and fellows. A published researcher and regular speaker at conferences, Dr. Court’s work has been recognized with awards and fellowships, notably the H. Sigman Award for excellence in undergraduate surgical education (2013), the Tomlinson Fellowship at McGill University (2005-2008), the Molson Brothers Fellowship (2006-2008), the MGH 175th Anniversary Fellowship (2005), the First Prize from Wyeth-Ayerst General Resident Research Symposium (University of Manitoba, 2000) and the J. W. McConnell Entrance Award for McGill University Medicine (1989). 

Dr. Court also serves on a number of committees and boards, including but not limited to: the Examining Board in General Surgery for the Royal College of Canada; Membership Committee of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons; McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Committee and Executive Committee for General Surgery; the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec’s Parity Committee ; the Canadian Association of General Surgeons’ Board of Directors, Bariatric Working Group and Continuing Professional Development Committee (chair); and the Planning Committee of the Canadian Undergraduate Surgical Education Committee.

Olivier Court earned his Medical degree from McGill University in 1995 and then completed his training in general surgery at the University of Manitoba. In 2001, he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and completed subsequent fellowships in critical care (University of Manitoba) and in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery (Inova Health System, Virginia). Dr. Court is fluent in English and French. 

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC
Designated by the Regional Committee for Pharmaceutical Services 

André Bonnici is currently Pharmacist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), a position he has held since April 2010. He has been a practicing pharmacist in Québec since 1991 and a clinical pharmacist at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) since 1992. As a Member of the Board of the MUHC designated by the Regional Committee for Pharmaceutical Services, Mr. Bonnici is honoured to share his perspective and expertise to address challenges and opportunities of the MUHC.

During his time at the MUHC, he has worked mainly in the ICU of the MGH while simultaneously occupying various administrative functions (Clinical Coordinator, Coordinator of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Associate Pharmacist-in-Chief). Mr. Bonnici was also responsible for planning the new state-of-the art pharmacy department at the Glen site, including services across the MUHC’s sites. The MUHC pharmacy offers services to the Glen site (Montreal Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal Chest Institute and Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada), the MGH, the Neuro and the Lachine Hospital.

Mr. Bonnici serves as an elected board member of the Québec Order of Pharmacists, sharing his experience and expertise on many professional committees such as those responsible for pharmacy prioritization, deontology, technology, and workforce ratios. He is also a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Association of Québec Hospital Pharmacists and the Québec government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Pharmacy Services and Workforce Prioritization. This ministerial committee has the mandate to publish recommendations and orientations with regards to pharmacist professional workforce deployment in hospitals; the recommendations came out in 2019 and implementation is occurring.

André Bonnici is a regular speaker at conferences, a researcher with numerous publications and a member of the Editorial Board for the bi-annual Hospital Pharmacy in Canada report. He is also the main author of the chapter on human resources. Mr. Bonnici earned a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the Université de Montréal, followed by a Master of Science (Pharmacy practice; hospital option). Since 2000, he is also cross-appointed with the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Pharmacy. Mr. Bonnici is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC
Designated by the Council of Nurses 

Alain Biron has worked in the field of nursing, performance and research for 25 years. His extensive experience in the health and social services sector led him to hold various nursing positions, notably at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, the Hôpital du Haut-Richelieu and the Parc-Extension CLSC. In 2009, he joined the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) as a senior performance evaluation consultant. He was subsequently appointed Assistant to Director of Quality, Risk Management and Performance. Since 2016, he has served as Associate Director of Nursing at the MUHC and Associate Professor at McGill University's Ingram School of Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Mr. Biron is a Member of the Board of the MUHC designated by the Council of Nurses.

Mr. Biron's career has also been marked by his ongoing involvement in research in the areas of healthcare safety and quality improvement. He has over 30 scientific publications to his credit, and has participated in numerous funded studies as a researcher or co-investigator. He also participates regularly in local and international events as an invited speaker. His work has been recognized by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (Philip Hassen Bursary for Patient Safety), amongst others.

Mr. Biron values professional engagement in his community. As such, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (Montreal: 2009-2016 and Quebec City: 2010-2012). In 2020, he became a Member of the Board of the Secrétariat international des infirmières et infirmiers de l'espace francophone (SIDIIEF), after serving since 2016 on SIDIIEF’s Advisory Council on Quality and Patient Safety.

Alain Biron holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from McGill University, a Master of Nursing degree from the Université de Montréal, and a Doctorate of Nursing, also from McGill. He also completed training at Harvard University School of Public Health as part of a Fellowship on the use of measurement as a lever for change in health. Mr. Biron is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC
Designated by the Multidisciplinary Council

Patricia Noël began her career as a medical technologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Specializing initially in cytology and pathology, and later in management, Ms. Noël has over 18 years of experience in the health and social services sector to her credit. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) designated by the Multidisciplinary Council, for which she serves as President since 2019 and as an Executive Committee Member since 2017.

Currently an inspector of private cytology laboratories for the Institut national de santé publique du Québec’s, Ms. Noël’s responsibilities include assuring laboratory compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, as well as good laboratory practice standards. In 2013, she was a member of the Health and Safety Committee, helping the organization prepare for Accreditation Canada’s assessment of pathology. She assumed the same responsibilities as a cytologist and clinical instructor at the Jewish General Hospital.   

Actively involved in her community, Ms. Noël served as the Quebec representative on the Nomination Committee of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (2012-2017); as internal auditor for the APTS at the MUHC (2014-2018); as vice-chair of the Jeune réseau des diplômés HEC Montréal (2013-2014) ; as a member of the Board of Directors of Maison de la Famille LeMoyne (2012-2014); as project director on the HEC Tandem Mentoring Committee (2012-2013); and as a member of the Board of Directors of HEC Montréal's Association des étudiants aux programmes de certificat (AEPC) (2011-2012). She also serves on the Commission multidisciplinaire régionale de Montréal.

Ms. Noël’s public service also extends to volunteer activities, including fundraising for a Back to School community program and coordinating volunteer teams (Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women's Cancer for the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital and the CIBC Run for the Cure for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation). She also participated in the Fahra Foundation's AIDS Walk. 

For Ms. Noël, it is important to offer quality services to patients and to contribute to the Board of Directors of the MUHC in order to improve the care offered and to properly represent the members of the Multidisciplinary Council. She says, "We are ambassadors for the MUHC. We strive for excellence, quality and innovation.”

Patricia Noël holds a Bachelor of Management degree from HEC Montréal, as well as Canadian Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Cytology certification. She is a member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec (Adm.A) and a member of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (R.T). Ms. Noël is fluent in English and French.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC
Designated by the MUHC Patients’ Committee

Seeta Ramdass is the representative of the MUHC Patients’ Committee on the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and is known for her dedication to the advancement of equitable health care for patients and families, in particular for encouraging cultural sensitivity with respect to ethnicity, race, religion, language, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic factors.

To that end, she accepted recently to co-chair the Committee for Action on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (C-AIDE) on behalf of the MUHC Board. She also manages communications for the National Newcomer Navigation Network, a pan-Canadian platform for newcomer-service providers including the health, social services and settlement fields, and is also involved in the consultation process with the Québec government’s Groupe d’action contre le racisme. She has also served on task forces for the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, as well as for other local and international hospitals and university networks.

A longstanding member of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Forum, a member of the Conseil de la protection des malades and a Board member of the Just for Kids Foundation, Ms. Ramdass is also a leader of Community Health Montreal, a patient and clinician initiative that is working with marginalized communities to tailor the delivery of healthcare services to the needs of each community. The initiative is an outgrowth of the patient- and clinician-engagement movement of the North American Primary Care Research Group, which has brought together doctors, researchers, healthcare workers, and patients to empower patients as equal partners in decisions about healthcare delivery.

In addition, Ms. Ramdass has a solid understanding of McGill teaching hospitals, as well as the needs of patients and their families, thanks to a career spanning over 25 years in the public relations and communications field, most recently as Director of Public Relations and Communications for St. Mary’s Hospital Center, and patient advocacy roles in the Montreal community. Throughout her career, she has promoted the clinical, teaching and research successes of the hospitals, universities and foundations with which she has worked. She has also been instrumental in producing medical reports, news stories and documentaries, including over 100 broadcasts on a variety of health topics, medical features with Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Doctor*ology medical series starring Leslie Nielsen for the Discovery and Learning channels. She also supported documentaries on the 2006 Dawson College shooting in Montreal, managed the media for the Montreal General Hospital’s Trauma Centre and assisted families, patients and authorities at the time of the tragedy.

An alumna of McGill in the field of Clinical Psychology, Seeta Ramdass has also completed training programs in patient safety. She has been honoured for her work in the community with an Award of Recognition from the City of Montreal and as Spokesperson of the Year by the Indo-Canadian Cultural Association, amongst other awards. Ms. Ramdass is fluent in English and French, and speaks several other languages. 

Secretary
Ex Officio
President and Executive Director, MUHC
Adjunct Professor, (part-time, clinical), Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University
President, RUISSS McGill

Pierre Gfeller has built a dynamic career in health care over nearly 40 years that includes a host of roles and accomplishments, which have been recognized by peers and decision-makers in the Québec health and social services network alike. From his start as a family physician to his evolution as a senior executive, improving the quality of care has been the thread that pulls him from one opportunity to the next. At ease reorganizing institutions and services, he has become known for his mobilizing leadership style and results-oriented approach, each of which has been instrumental since he was appointed President and Executive Director of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in May 2018.

From the get-go, his overarching objective at the MUHC has been to help the organization perform at the highest level. Pivotal to his vision are exemplary governance and teamwork; a respectful, stimulating, safe and ethical workplace; innovation and excellence in all aspects of its mission; and stakeholder engagement.

Dr. Gfeller possesses a strong belief that if solid infrastructures are the requisite foundation for the delivery and teaching of health care, as well as the conducting of research, then people are the cornerstones to success. With that in mind, over and above stewarding projects to modernize physical space, technology and equipment at the MUHC, Dr. Gfeller has sought to ensure that talented experts are positioned in key clinical, administrative and research positions. With respect as one of his core values, he wants to see equity, diversity and inclusion become second nature to employment practices, but also to relationships with the patient population. He has also dedicated the last couple of years to strengthening university, foundation and community relations.

Dr. Gfeller holds a non-remunerated appointment in the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, notably that of Adjunct Professor, (part-time, clinical) in the Department of Family Medicine. He is also President of the McGill University Integrated Health and Social Services Network (RUISSS McGill). In this capacity he works with the Ministry of Health and Social Services and regional partners to improve continuously essential services to designated communities across 63 % of Québec. An example of an important program launched by RUISSS McGill includes the Indigenous Affairs Committee to develop projects and make recommendations to foster cultural safety within partner organizations servicing Indigenous people.

Before joining the MUHC, Dr. Gfeller was President and Executive Director of the Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (CIUSSS) for the Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal sector, where he oversaw the successful integration of hospitals, specialized clinics, long-term-care centres (CHSLDs), and local community service centres (CLSCs) from 2015 to 2018. He was also responsible for the recruitment of a strong and diverse management team, while balancing the budget. Between 2012 and 2015, Dr. Gfeller was Executive Director at Sacré-Coeur Hospital. Among other achievements, he is proud to have helped restore a positive work climate and improve quality standards such that accreditation was granted in 2014 without any conditions. Previously, he served in both consultancy and management capacities after practicing medicine, as a family physician, from 1981 to 2002.

Pierre Gfeller earned his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (MD, CM) from McGill University (1980), and holds a graduate degree in community health from Université Laval (1986), an Executive MBA from Université Paris-Dauphine (2000) and a MBA with honours from Université du Québec à Montréal (2000). Over the years, he has obtained certifications from the Medical Council of Canada (1980), Diplomate of the National Boards of Medical Examiners (1985), and the Canadian College of Family Physicians (CCFP, 1987), and Québec Specialist in Family Medicine from the Collège des médecins du (2010). Dr. Gfeller is fluent in English and French.

Observing Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC (non-voting)
Designated the Foundations’ Representatives by the Foundations of the MUHC

Richard Cherney is a senior partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets & Securities, Private Equity, Hedge Funds & Venture Capital and Life Sciences practices of the law firm of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (“Davies”).

Admitted to the Québec Bar in 1985, Mr. Cherney has been an indispensable legal partner to some of Canada’s most important public and private companies and financial institutions for over three decades. He sees the big picture while remaining focused on the details. Indeed, his creativity in the life sciences sector saw him recognized in 2018 as Biotechnology Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.

A Managing Partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg (“Davies”) from 2000 to 2015, Mr. Cherney has advised on acquisitions, divestitures, investments, public offerings and private placements. Until 2019, he was also a member of Davies’ Management Committee. In 2020, Mr. Cherney was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation (MGHF), where he helps steer the direction of the Foundation and provides guidance and support to ensure that the MGHF meets its fundraising objectives and provides dedicated stewardship of donor gifts.

In September 2020, he began a two-year term as the representative of all of the foundations of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) as an Observing Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC.

Richard Cherney earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Concordia University (1979) and his LLB and BCL from McGill University (1982-85). He is a member of the International Bar Association and has served on a number of boards, including as Chairman of MacKinnon, Bennett & Company Inc., Chairman of New Look Vision Group Inc., as well as Director and Secretary of and Counsel to Uniboard Canada Inc. Mr. Cherney is fluent in English and French.

Observing Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC (non-voting)

Kate Marr-Laing is a Guy Drummond Fellow currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Political Science at McGill University with a research focus on social policy and social service provision in times of crisis in Canada. She joins the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre as an Observer under the auspices of the Girls on Boards program, which was founded to promote diversity and inclusion on non-profit governance boards across Canada. Ms. Marr-Laing was selected for demonstrated leadership in community development and advocacy.

Ms. Marr-Laing recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, earning a spot on the Dean’s Honour List (2020). During her undergraduate studies, as a Research Intern at the Institute for Research and Public Policy, she modelled projections of dementia prevalence and healthcare costs to 2030, as well as developed province-specific health policy recommendations for geriatric care. In addition, she explored data science and research ethics as a Policy and Data Science Fellow at the Centre for Social Policy and Cultural Data Science. Finally, as an Entrepreneurship Case Competition Participant, she gained valuable experience in shareholder management, policy research and development, writing in the process a diversity, equity and inclusion statement for a local non-profit organization.  

Beyond her academic pursuits, Ms. Marr-Laing has been pleased to serve as President of McGill Students’ Outdoors Club, as a Scholarships and Student Aid Advisory Committee Member and as an Our Turn Task Force Member of the Student Society of McGill, where she worked to develop anti-sexual-violence initiatives on campus and to inform associated faculty-specific policy development. A sports enthusiast, among other activities, she summited successfully Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Elbrus and was a swim instructor for children with disabilities. Ms. Marr-Laing is fluent in English, possesses a professional proficiency in French and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.

 

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