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.

 

2017 Schedule of the Public Board Meetings

DateLocationTimeRoom
Tuesday, January 17, 2017Montreal General Hospital, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, QC H3G 1A418:00 - 19:30

Livingston Hall

(L6.500)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Montreal General Hospital, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, QC H3G 1A418:00 - 19:30

Livingston Hall

(L6.500)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017Montreal General Hospital, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, QC H3G 1A418:00 - 19:30

Livingston Hall

(L6.500)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 

Montreal General Hospital, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, QC H3G 1A4

 

18:00 - 19:30

 

Livingston Hall

(L6.500)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Postponed

Montreal General Hospital, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, QC H3G 1A418:00 - 19:30

Livingston Hall

(L6.500)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 *

Glen Site, 1001 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H4A 3J1

18:00 - 19:30

Glen RI Auditorium

(ES1.1129)

* Annual General Meeting

Procedure to submit a question to the MUHC Board of Directors

A person who wishes to ask a question must present him/herself to the room where the MUHC Board of Directors' meeting will take place before the start of the meeting. The person must provide, to the chairman or his/her delegate, his/her first name and surname as well as the name of the organization he/she is representing if applicable, and share the nature of the question. The person may register this information in a log book that will be on hand for that purpose. This act, accompanied by the required information, must be carried out no later than thirty (30) minutes before the start of the board meeting.

For more information, please consult the attached document.

Information on Public Board Meetings


MUHC Board of Directors

Independent Members:

Mr. Peter Kruyt - Chairman  
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 
Ms. Sarah Prichard
 

Appointed Members

Ms. Suzanne Fortier - Affiliated University
Mr. Peter Abraham - Affiliated University

Designated Members

Dr. Anita Marie Brown-Johnson - Regional Department of General Medicine 
Dr Olivier Court - Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists 
Mr. André Bonnici - Regional Committee for Pharmaceutical Services  
Ms. Sophie Baillargeon - Council of Nurses 
Ms. Colleen Timm - Conseil Multidisciplinary Council 
Mr. Paul Nadeau - Users' Committee

Observing Member (non-voting) 

M. Jonathan Amiel – Foundation

   

Suzanne Fortier, BSc., Ph.D

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. 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. 

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.  

She has received the Clara Benson Award for distinguished contributions to chemistry by a woman (1997), the Entrepreneurship Award from Communications and Information Technology Ontario (1997), the Queen's University Distinguished Service Award (2005), honorary doctorates from Thompson Rivers and Carleton Universities (2006 and 2014, respectively) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She is an Officer of France’s National Order of Merit and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Professor Fortier is currently a Member and the Vice-Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC). She is also a member of the International Jury of France’s Investissements d’Avenir IDEX/I-SITE 2014, the Strategic Committee of Investissements d’Excellence Bordeaux and the Canadian Business-Higher Education Roundtable. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Montreal International, Conference Board of Canada, and Universities Canada. Previously, she has served as a member of 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, and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Suzanne Fortier is fluent in English and French.

Top of page

   

Peter Abraham, HBA

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed University-Affiliated Representative by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services


 

Peter Abraham is a successful Montreal businessman with strong community roots. He is currently President of Simard Group, which includes Simard Transport Ltd, Simard Warehouses Inc., Sim Tran Inc. (Ontario) and Simard Westlink Inc.  Under his leadership, Simard not only expanded its transport and warehousing services across Québec and Canada but also to China, where Mr. Abraham is Managing Partner of Simard AirSea Logistics Inc.  Mr. Abraham is also well versed in health care, having assumed leadership roles within the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) family since 2000, most recently as a Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC (Member, Real Estate, Finance and Audit committees; Chair, Information Technology and Lachine Liaison committees, 2012-2015).

Mr. Abraham is a past member and treasurer of the Board of Directors of the MUHC Foundation, as well as a past member of its Finance & Budget as well as Audit committees. In addition, Peter Abraham served on the Board of Directors of the Cedars Cancer Institute (now Cedars Cancer Foundation), first as a Member (2000-2005) and then as President (2006-2008). Under his stewardship, the Cedars Cancer Foundation developed many excellent programs to support the Cancer Care Mission of the MUHC.

Mr. Abraham has also supported the Cedars Home for the Elderly for nearly two decades, three years of which as President. He coordinated its relocation and expansion into new facilities in 2001, including all negotiations with the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal, which reported at the time to the Quebec government.  He also served on the committee that oversaw the negotiations and opening of the new Intermediate Resource facility in 2011. 

Peter Abraham is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Business School. He is fluent in English and French. 

Top of page 

   

Dr. Anita Marie Brown-Johnson, B.Sc., M.D.C.M., C.C.F.P.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by the Regional Department of General Medicine

 

Anita Brown-Johnson has a solid understanding of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and Quebec health system due to her professional background; active work on hospital-based committees; and collaborative initiatives with social services, long-term-care centres, regional health authorities (CIUSSSs/CISSSs and former Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal) and Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), including the revamping of the training programs for PABs, reform of Quebec’s primary care towards population-based healthcare services delivery and the transformation of long-term and other post hospital care services in Montreal and surrounding area. In joining the Board of Directors of the MUHC, Dr. Brown-Johnson is pleased to share her vast experience in quality assurance, accreditation, ethics, education and collaborative care for patients with complex care needs throughout the continuum, to help optimize access to "the right care, at the right time, in the right place".

Dr. Brown-Johnson began her career as the sole physician providing medical services to the Cree population of Waskaganish in James Bay from 1990 to 1992. In 1992, she was 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 in 1998. 

In 1999, Dr. Brown-Johnson was recruited by McGill University, where she holds academic appointments of Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and cross-appointment 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  Clinical Method I sessions and Formation of the Healer and Professional Course, and as OSCE examiner, etc.

In addition, Dr. Brown-Johnson helped develop and enhance clinical services in Transitional and Long-Term Care at the Montreal General (MGH) and Royal Victoria hospitals, 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. In 2008, she was appointed Medical Director of the Office of Post Hospital Care and Community Support at the MUHC. In 2012, Dr. Brown-Johnson and her team implemented an innovative model of care at the MUHC to optimize quality-of-care transitions, cost-effectiveness and patient flow between the MUHC and the community, which exceeded all quality and performance indicators. 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 works with network partners on 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. The first graduate of Concordia University’s Science College, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Honours Biology with Distinction in 1983. She then completed one year of doctorate studies in Molecular Biology and Genetics at McGill University before enrolling in Medicine in 1984 and participating in the Canadian Forces Medical Officer Training Program in 1985. In 1988, she earned her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery degree, completed residency training in Family Medicine at the MGH and obtained Certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1990. Dr Brown-Johnson is a passionate volunteer, mentoring students and sponsoring two annual academic scholarships. She has chaired or served on numerous committees and/or boards of directors, such as the Montreal Community Cares Foundation, and is fluent in English and French.

Top of page

   

Olivier Court, MD, CM, FRCSC

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 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.

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 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. He is also the current elected President of the MUHC Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists.   

Dr. 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). He is fluent in English and French. 

Top of page

   

André Bonnici, B. Pharm, M.Sc.

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.  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). Over the last 5 years, 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 are due out in April 2016.  

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, Mr. Bonnici is 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. 

Top of page

   

Ms. Sophie Baillargeon, BScN, MScN, IA (IHI)

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by the Council of Nurses

 

Sophie Baillargeon brings a wealth of clinical, administrative and academic experience to her role as a member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Today, she is Nursing Coordinator (responsible for Quality of Nursing Practices), at the MUHC, a part-time lecturer at the McGill University Ingram School of Nursing and a faculty member at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Ms. Baillargeon’s areas of interest include family-focused care, continuous improvement in processes, the quality and safety of patient care, as well as the professional development of nurse managers in the context of interdisciplinary partnerships. 

Prior to assuming her current responsibilities, Ms. Baillargeon held a number of Nurse Manager roles. Over the course of 17 years, she provided oversight to pediatric and adult neuro science intensive care units, as well as neurosurgery and pediatric hemodialysis units; gained valuable teaching experience in nursing sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the Université de Montréal, Université d’Abitibi-Témiscamingue and McGill University; and served as President of the Council of Nurses at the MUHC from 2012 to 2016.

Sophie Baillargeon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Université de Montréal and a Masters of Science in Nursing degree from McGill University. She also completed the Improvement Advisor program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IA, IHI) in Boston, USA and earned a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification at McGill University. Ms. Baillargeon is fluent in English and French.

 Top of page

   

Colleen Timm, BA, M.Sc.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by the Multidisciplinary Council

 

Colleen Timm joined the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in 1997. A dynamic leader who is dedicated to patients, her team and the organization, Ms. Timm was appointed Manager of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for adult sites in 2012. She is responsible for the development and management of activities and resources related to speech-language pathology and audiology, including the MUHC’s Newborn Infant Hearing Screening Program. 

Ms. Timm has also served as Clinical Leader at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH), Montreal General Hospital (MGH) and Montreal Neurological Hospital (Neuro), working with patients and developing protocols; as a Clinician at the Neuro, working with neurologically impaired patients and participating in team development for ALS, stroke, brain tumours and movement disorders; and as a Clinician at the MGH, working with patients with various neurogenic and voice disorders and participating in the Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury programs. She has also worked in the past at the Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre and Catherine-Booth Hospital. Active in the community, Ms. Timm recently joined the Board of Directors of WimGym, a not-for-profit gymnastics club. 

In addition to her clinical practice, Colleen Timm has been, since 1999, a lecturer on voice disorders at the School of Communication Sciences at McGill University. She has also been also involved in research related to the rehabilitation of patients who have had a brain tumour or traumatic brain injury. Ms. Timm also served on the Board of Directors of the MGH Daycare Centre (2006-2012), and is currently Vice-President of the MUHC’s Multidisciplinary Council. She also served on the previous Board of Directors (Member, Committee on Quality and Risk Management, as well as Human Resources & Organizational Culture and Clinical Operations committees, 2012-2015).

Colleen Timm earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Concordia University (with honours) and both a Master of Science (Applied) in Speech-Language Pathology and a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management from McGill University, also with honours. She is a member of the Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec and the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Ms. Timm is fluent in English and French. 

Top of page 

   

Paul Nadeau

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by the Patients’ Committee

 

Paul Nadeau is currently an independent organizational development specialist concerned with change management, team building, empowerment training, and corporate culture transformation. He is also the co-founder of CommonMarkets, a Kingston, Ontario-based consortium of organizations and individuals using its collective muscle and expertise to forge better wellness practices and reduce health-related costs. He previously served as the director of organizational development and training at Via Rail Canada.

Mr. Nadeau has over 40 years of hands-on experience in frontline operations, training and development with corporations, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, research centres, and consortia. Passionate about working with leaders who continuously develop their human resources, which he firmly believes is every organization’s most valuable asset, he has developed and executed strategies for implementing quality, customer service, health and safety, environment, and security processes in the workplace. He has also used his competencies with law and engineering firms, learning institutions, transportation and health industries to prepare senior managers for growth at home and abroad, as well as to embrace significant strategy shifts requiring change at individual and professional levels.

In addition to his corporate role, Mr. Nadeau is committed to his community and has shared his knowledge and support over the last decade as a facilitator with the My Toolbox Self-Management Program, as the treasurer of the Association québécoise de la douleur chronique and as an executive member of the Neuro Patients’ Committee and MUHC Patients Committee.

Paul Nadeau studied Psychology from the University of Moncton and complemented his studies in Group Dynamics and Leadership Principles at Concordia University and McGill University. A native of New Brunswick, he is fluent in English and French.

Top of page 

 

 

 

Jonathan Amiel, BA, BCL, LLB

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

Designated the Foundations’ Representative by the Foundations of the MUHC

 

Jonathan Amiel brings a wealth of business and governance experience, as well as a solid understanding of pediatric health care needs and philanthropy, to his role on the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre. Mr. Amiel is currently President and Chief Investment Officer of Saturnia Asset Management Inc., a private family investment office, and Chief Executive Officer of Maroline Inc., the Canadian distributor of Sub-Zero and Wolf luxury kitchen appliances. 

A longstanding volunteer, Mr. Amiel comes from a family that believes in the value of helping organizations in their community thrive, notably those involving the health and well-being of children. To that end, Mr. Amiel has shared his knowledge and skills as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) Foundation since 2011. In 2015, he was named its Chairman, a leadership role he welcomes as an opportunity to support excellence in tertiary/quaternary pediatric health care. Mr. Amiel is also active at the hospital level as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Council for Services to Children and Adolescents, the advisory board to the MCH. Additionally, prior to joining the MCH Foundation’s Board, he served on the Best Care for Children capital campaign cabinet, which raised critical funds for the new MCH at the Glen site. 

Beyond the realm of health care, Mr. Amiel is a strong supporter of the Montreal Jewish community and education. He is Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for Solomon Schechter Academy, a private school located in Montreal (Chair of the Development Committee; 2012-2015), and Vice-President of the Solomon Schechter Children’s Charity Fund (2015 -). He has also been an active volunteer within Federation CJA, where he previously Co-chaired the Outreach and Engagement Committee (2011-2012). 

Jonathan Amiel is a graduate of McGill University, where he was a recipient of the J.W. McConnell Award, a John V. Galley Scholarship and the Canadian Collegiate Academic-Athlete Award. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with Great Distinction in Industrial Relations (1998) and Bachelors of Civil and Common Law, also with Great Distinction (2002). He is fluent in English and French. 

Top of page