MUHC Board of Directors

On October 1 2015,  the Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette, and the Minister responsible for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection and Public Health, Lucie Charlebois, announced the appointment of new board members for the province’s institutions operating in the health and social services network.

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.

Information on Public Board Meetings

MUHC Board of Directors

Independent Members

Mr. Claudio Bussandri - Chairman  
Ms Melissa Sonberg 
Ms Marie Giguère
Mr. Norman G. Spencer 
Ms. Gail Heather Campbell
Ms. Janis A. Riven 
Mr. David Laidley
Mr. Robert Rabinovitch
Ms. Teresa Pacheco
Mr. Glenn Rourke

Appointed Members

Mr. Normand Rinfret – President and Executive Director
Ms. Suzanne Fortier - Affiliated University
Mr. Peter Abraham - Affiliated University

Designated Members

Non designated - Regional Department of General Medicine 
Dr Olivier Court - Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists 
Mr. André Bonnici - Regional Committee for Pharmaceutical Services 
Mme Susan Drouin - Council of Nurses 
Ms. Colleen Timm - Conseil Multidisciplinary Council 
Mr. Pierre Hurteau - Users' Committee

Observing Member (non-voting) 

M. Greg Rokos – Foundation

Claudio F. Bussandri,
B. Eng., MBA

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC



Claudio F. Bussandri is a retired business leader who is committed to improving the quality of life of the community and the healthcare environment. Until 2006, he was the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of McKesson Canada. His vision: encouraging people and organizations to reach their full potential—something he has endeavoured to do at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), first as a board member, then as vice-chairman and chair of the board’s human resources & organizational culture committee (2007-2011). He was elected chairman of the Board of Directors in February 2012.

Before taking the helm of McKesson, Mr. Bussandri was president and CEO of Lantic Sugar (1987-1995) and held senior positions at Nabisco Brands (1974-1987), including that of president of the food services division, and Gillette Canada, amongst other companies.  His board service illustrates the esteem he has garnered amongst his peers and the business community at large. Past board memberships include: Canadian Council of Chief Executives, a not-for-profit organization of Canadian CEOs dedicated to public policy development and solutions, (member); Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management (member of executive board; chairman); Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada (chairman); Canadian Food Services Association (member); and Patheon, a leading global provider to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries (chair, corporate & governance committee, 2007-2009).

In addition, Claudio Bussandri is a board member of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and a past chairman. In 2008, he co-chaired the 64-member Quebec Coalition for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, which worked tirelessly for two years until the Quebec government launched a province-wide screening program. Mr. Bussandri shared his knowledge and time so that children’s language-acquisition capacity, literacy, cognitive development and performance in school would not be inhibited by an undetected hearing loss. Similarly, Mr. Bussandri continues to serve on the boards of directors of the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf Foundation and World Wide Hearing Care for Developing Countries (WWH), a global non-governmental organization that seeks to promote better hearing through the provision of hearing aids and services in developing countries. He is also a member of the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management’s advisory board.

Claudio Bussandri graduated with honours from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree. He subsequently earned a MBA from McGill. Mr. Bussandri is fluent in English, French and Italian.

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Robert Rabinovitch,
B. Com., MA, Ph.D.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC


Robert Rabinovitch is a seasoned executive who was until 2007 the president and chief executive officer of CBC/Radio-Canada. Before serving two terms at CBC/Radio-Canada, he was executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Claridge Inc. Mr. Rabinovitch has also been very active in the community, promoting academic, healthcare, cultural and philanthropic endeavours. He has a solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities in academic health care, having served on McGill University’s board of governors (member, 1997-1999; chair, 1999 to 2009) as a board member of the McGill University Health Centre since 2007.

Previously, from 1968 to 1986, Mr. Rabinovitch held a number of positions within the Government of Canada, notably under-secretary of state, deputy minister of communications, as well as Privy Council Office positions including deputy secretary to the cabinet and senior assistant secretary to the cabinet for priorities and planning.

Mr. Rabinovitch’s extensive board memberships are a testament to the respect he has earned in his field and in the community.  He has been a board member of Cineplex Odeon, NetStar Communications and the Canadian Centre of Architecture; special advisor to the boards of MaxLink Communications and Loews Cineplex; a member of the Government of Canada Direct-to-Home Satellite Broadcasting Policy Review Panel; and more recently a member of the advisory board of DBL Cleantech and the Board of Media de Novo. He continues to also serve as a member of McGill’s endowment investment committee; member of the investment committee of The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people; and as chair of the investment advisory committee of Nunavut Trust (2008 -; member, 1991-). Cultural and philanthropic endeavours include the Canadian Executive Service Organization, CRB Foundation, Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation and Canadian Film Centre. He was also chairman of the executive committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress (Québec), until his appointment to CBC/Radio-Canada.

Robert Rabinovitch holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and both a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2003, he was made an honorary Doctor of Laws by York University in recognition of his contributions to Canada as a senior public servant and champion of a world-renowned broadcasting system. In 2010, McGill University also bestowed upon him an honorary Doctor of Laws. Mr. Rabinovitch is fluent in English and French.

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Marie Giguère,
BA, BCL, Ad.E.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC


Marie Giguère is a senior executive whose strategic acumen and expertise in closing major transactions and corporate restructuring have helped her assume the responsibilities of executive vice-president of legal affairs and the secretariat at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (Caisse), a position she has held since 2010. She has a deep knowledge of health care too, having served as the chair of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation’s board of directors since 2003 and a member of its Institute’s board from 2006 to 2012.

Ms. Giguère began her career in 1976 as a lawyer for Martineau Walker (now Fasken Martineau) and became a partner in 1984. In 1997, Ms. Giguère left the law-firm environment to become the senior vice-president of corporate affairs and general secretary at the Montreal Exchange,  where she remained for two years before accepting the position of senior vice-president, chief legal officer and secretary at Molson Inc.  In 2005, she made the first move towards her current role, namely a three-year stint as a consultant for infrastructure and private-investment transactions with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and then two years as vice-president of legal affairs and corporate secretary at Otéra Capital, a Caisse subsidiary. Driven by results, Ms. Giguère is known for her efficiency, as well as her capacity to work under pressure and manage complex situations.

In addition to her corporate work, Marie Giguère has devoted many hours of service as a board member to a number of organizations, including CBC/Radio-Canada (2001-2005), the Montreal Exchange (2006-2008), McGill University (1997-2007), Addenda Capital (2005-2008), as well as the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She has also taught at Université de Montréal, McGill and HEC Montréal.  

Marie Giguère holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Humanities from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor in Civil Law from McGill University. She became a member of the Quebec Bar in 1976. In 2008, McGill honoured her with the James Robb Award for her exceptional efforts as a volunteer. Ms. Giguère is fluent in English, French and Spanish. 

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Normand Rinfret

President and Executive Director


Normand Rinfret is a seasoned executive who began his career in the education sector at Vanier and Dawson colleges but seized an opportunity thirty years ago to work in health care. Passionate about improving patient care, making the hospital workplace a stimulating, effective environment and supporting research, Mr. Rinfret continues to use his business acumen, creativity and strong work ethic to build and maintain relationships and processes that meet both his personal and organization’s objectives. 

Before being designated Director General and CEO by the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)—a leading academic health centre that is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and engaged in a $2.335-billion, multi-sited redevelopment project , Mr. Rinfret held the Interim Director General position from December 2011 in addition to his role as associate executive director and chief operating officer. In this role, Mr. Rinfret supported the director general and CEO in his functions, managing a host of daily internal and external administrative/operational/regulatory matters and representing him as necessary in forums such as the Table des directeurs généraux des CHU du Québec and the Conférence des CHU du Québec in France. He also provided strategic oversight to an ultra-complex transition period that will culminate in the physical move of some 14,000 employees into new and modernized facilities and the complete integration of clinical care, research and teaching.

In his latest role, this oversight continues, as he leverages the vast knowledge and experience he has developed in administration and governance, human resources, labour relations and government negotiations, as well as his service on a number of boards of directors, to influence and shape positive changes at the MUHC and, more generally, in the health sector.

Previously, Normand Rinfret held a number of senior-management positions either at the founding hospitals of the MUHC prior to their merger in 1997 or at other Montreal-area healthcare institutions. These included: director of human resources at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal Neurological Hospital, Montreal Chest Institute, Catherine Booth Rehabilitation Centre, Mackay Centre and the MUHC; and director of planning, real estate and technical services at the MUHC. 

Mr. Rinfret speaks regularly at regional and international conferences; has been a guest professor for the MBA programmes at McGill University and the Université de Montréal and taught a course for the Health Sciences Certificate at McGill. He has also served as a member of the McGill Faculty of Management’s continuing education committee and continues to be a supervisor for McGill’s MD-MBA. He is the founding president of CRISO, (Research and Intervention Centre for Healthy Workplaces), a not-for-profit research and consultancy group affiliated with the MUHC that contributes to the scientific advancement of proven practices in organizational development and counsels large public-service institutions seeking to improve the overall quality of their work climate and services. As a board member, he has shared his experience with Groupe financier AGA Inc. (chairman), La Capitale assurances générales (chair of ethics committee), Association des directeurs généraux des services de santé et des services sociaux du Québec (chair of audit and finance committees, and treasurer), the Grace Dart Long-term-care Centre (member of audit and finance committees), and Fondation des amis(es) de l’École St-Joseph (founder and former chairman). In 1993, Normand Rinfret proudly accepted the Canadian Association of Healthcare Human Resources Management’s award in recognition of his loyalty and dedication as its president and one of its founders.

Fluently bilingual in French and English, Mr. Rinfret is a certified human resources professional and industrial relations consultant accredited with the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec and also a member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.

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Peter Abraham, HBA

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by McGill University


Peter Abraham is a successful Montreal businessman with strong community roots. He is currently the 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 Quebec and Canada but also to China, where Mr. Abraham is a managing partner of Simard AirSea Logistics Inc.  Mr. Abraham is also well versed in health care, having assumed board-membership roles within the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) family since 2000.

Mr. Abraham is a founding member and past treasurer of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation’s board of directors, as well as a past member of its finance & budget committee. He continues to serve on the foundation’s audit committee. In addition, Peter Abraham accepted in 2000 to serve as a member of the Cedars Cancer Institute’s board of directors, eventually engaging more actively in supporting outstanding cancer care as its president from 2006 to 2008. Under his stewardship, Cedars developed many excellent programs to support the Cancer Care Mission of the MUHC and he remains active to this day, raising awareness about needs and serving on fundraising committees.

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 Quebec government’s Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal.  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. Mr. Abraham is fluent in English and French.

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Gail Campbell,  BA

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC



Gail Campbell has a wealth of healthcare experience, having served as unit coordinator for the surgical intensive care, day surgery and geriatric medical units of the Montreal General Hospital between 1972 and 1997. In this role, Ms. Campbell oversaw the administrative duties of the nursing unit, assured the effective coordination of inter-departmental activities and provided information and moral support to patients and their families.

Ms. Campbell is also no stranger to board service. In January 2011, she accepted to fill a vacant patient-representative seat that was open on the Board of Directors of the MUHC—a role she was happy to take on given her history as co-chair of the central patients’ committee and member of the Board’s committee on quality & risk from 2006-2010. During that partial term, Ms. Campbell diversified her contributions, serving on the board’s human resources & organizational culture and research institute committees.

Community oriented, Gail Campbell is sensitive to the population’s needs. Ms. Campbell is a past member of the Montreal General Hospital’s board of directors and Interim Board of the MUHC. She was also elected a member of the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf’s board of directors and served almost a decade on its development, human resource and nomination committees, as well as on its foundation board. She has also been chair of the lay pension and benefits committee for the Montreal Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada (2000-2005); chair of Alliance Quebec’s health and social services committee (1992-1999); and chair of the Quebec government’s Régie régionale de la Santé et des Services sociaux’s committee on dispensing services in English (1994-1995; member,1990-1994). Ms. Campbell is also the vice-president of communications and relations with residents at Promenade des Iles-Condominiums, the province’s second largest condominium complex.

Gail Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Science from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia). Ms. Campbell is fluent in English and French.

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Glenn Rourke,

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC


Glenn Rourke is a retired executive with a proven track record in problem solving, conflict resolution, negotiations, and corporate finance. During a career spanning nearly four decades, ten years of which in Asia, Mr. Rourke developed an appreciation for different cultures. His work encompassed many aspects of international banking, from treasury and trade finance to corporate lending, and led him to be stationed in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto. He settled eventually in Montreal. 

Since the 1980s, Mr. Rourke has been very active in health care, at first supporting the Royal Victoria Hospital and then the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). His last corporate role was that of senior vice-president and managing director of Bank of Montreal/BMO Nesbitt Burns in Montreal. 

An objective decision-maker, Mr. Rourke maintains a keen interest in the evaluation of organizational goals, strategies and tactical plans. Over the years, he has supported various organizations through board and committee work, including Edmonton-based Ceapro Inc. (board member and audit committee chair, 2007-); MUHC Foundation (board member, executive committee treasurer and audit committee chair, 1999-); Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation (board member, investment committee chair and board chair, 1985-); ICICI Bank Canada (board member, member of risk management and audit committees, 2009-); Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (corporate debt evaluation committee member, 2006-2009); Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund Investment Committee (member, 2005-); Canadian Bankers Association (chair, Quebec Chapter, 1990-1991); Montreal YMCA Foundation (executive committee member, 1990-1996); and Royal Montreal Golf Club (president, 2009-2010).

Glenn Rourke earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degrees from Queen’s University and a MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors’ certification in the Governance Essentials Program and acquired his ICD.D. designation after completing the Directors Education Program. In 1992, he received the Canadian Confederation Medal in recognition of his services towards the Canadian YMCA movement. Mr. Rourke is fluent in English and French.

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Norman G. Spencer, CPA, CA

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC


Norman G. Spencer is co-chairman of The Redbourne Group, a Montreal-based real estate investment, advisory and management company that he co-founded in 1995. Redbourne manages a significant portfolio of properties, the majority of which are Class A office buildings in Montreal and Toronto, including Maison Astral, Tour Telus and Les Cours Mont-Royal. Mr. Spencer is involved in day-to-day activities, acquisitions and sales. More specifically, he focuses on capital and debt financing, financial management, tax issues and investor relations.  

Norman Spencer began his career in finance in the United Kingdom with Bradburn and Co., chartered accountants.  In 1973, he joined Price Waterhouse in Liverpool and he moved to the firm’s Toronto office in 1976. In 1980, Mr. Spencer was appointed to a senior financial position at Warrington Inc., a Canadian public company in footwear and sporting goods with manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ontario, Quebec, Vermont and throughout Europe.  From 1982 to 1987, as chief financial officer, he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial management and reporting.

It was a position that brought him to Montreal in 1983. In 1987, he was appointed senior vice-president of finance at Claridge Properties, the real estate division of Claridge Inc., the holding company of the Hon. Charles R. Bronfman and his family. Mr. Spencer was heavily engaged in the management of the real estate portfolio, including the operations and supervision of joint ventures and partnerships in Canada and the United States. They included the construction of Terminal 3 and a hotel at Pearson International Airport, the planned privatization of Terminals 1 and 2, and subsequent successful negotiations with the Government of Canada.  

Norman Spencer was educated in the United Kingdom, and is a member of the UK and Ontario Institutes of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Spencer is bilingual in English and French. 

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Susan Drouin, RN, BN, M.Sc.(A), MA

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by the Council of Nurses


Susan Drouin joined the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) family in 1982 as a part-time staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH). Since that time, Ms. Drouin has filled a variety of roles, including research assistant, project nurse, nurse manager, and interim associate director of nursing for the MCH, mental health services and Surgical Mission. She was the associate director of nursing of the Women’s Health Mission, a role she has held from 1999-2012; an associate professor of nursing at McGill University; and president of the Council of Nurses between 2008 and 2012.  

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Susan Drouin has research publications and committee work to her credit, including as a member of the MUHC board’s committee on quality & risk and the MUHC Reproductive Centre’s ethics committee. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the McGill School of Nursing since 2005; reviewed grants; served on the McGill Faculty of Medicine’s admission committee for the Med-P Program (2002-2008); and been a clinical instructor in charge of Master of Nursing students on rotation in pediatrics (1987-1999). 

Ms. Drouin is a also a past president of the board of directors of the Professional Association of Management Nurses of Quebec; past nursing representative on the Board of Directors of the MCH (1995-1997); past nursing representative on the Council for Services to Children and Adolescents at the MCH (1997-1999); and past member of the MCH’s institutional review board (ethics of research studies).  In 2009, she received the Valerie Shannon MUHC Award of Excellence for Innovative Leadership in Nursing Practice.

Susan Drouin holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing from McGill University, and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Education (Health) from Royal Roads University. She completed the Nursing Leaders of the Future continuing education course at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Health Economics in 2003, a Canadian Health Services Research Foundation’s EXTRA Fellowship in 2011, and she is now pursuing a Doctor of Social Sciences at Royal Roads University. Ms. Drouin is a member of the Canadian College of Health Services Executives, the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses (MUHC representative) and the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec. Ms. Drouin is fluent in English and French.

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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 recently promoted to the position of manager of speech-language pathology and audiology for adult sites after having served as interim manager since 2011. 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 a clinical leader at the Royal Victoria, Montreal General and Montreal Neurological hospitals, working with patients and developing protocols; as a clinician at the Montreal Neurological Hospital, working with neurologically impaired patients and participating in team development for ALS, stroke, brain tumours and movement disorders; and as a clinician at the Montreal General Hospital, 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.  

In addition to clinical practice, Colleen Timm has been a lecturer on voice disorders since 1999 at the School of Communication Sciences at McGill University. She has also been also involved in research related to the rehabilitation of brain-tumour and traumatically brain-injured patients. Ms. Timm also serves on the Montreal General Hospital Daycare Centre’s board of directors and the central executive committee of the MUHC’s Multidisciplinary Council (2000-2004; 2011-).

Colleen Timm earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Concordia University and subsequently a Master of Science (Applied) in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University, graduating both times with honours. She is a member of the Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologists du Québec, Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Ms. Timm is fluent in English and French.

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Pierre Hurteau,  MA, Ph.D.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by the Users’ Committee


Pierre Hurteau retired in 2006 from the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), ending his professional career as a research agent responsible for normative interpretation. In this position, Mr. Hurteau was called upon to interpret regulations associated with long-term-care premiums for adults and was responsible for the revision mechanism. He also testified before Quebec’s administrative tribunal when RAMQ’s decisions were contested. Previously, Mr. Hurteau worked at the Quebec government’s ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale. A staunch patient advocate, he elected to devote time to improving the conditions and quality of life of hospitalized patients and residents.

After a short stint at St. Mary’s Hospital, Mr. Hurteau became a member of the McGill University Health Centre’s Users’ Committee in 2007, and assumed additional leadership as its co-chair since 2011. At the same time, he represents the long-term residents of the Montreal Chest Institute as chair of the Inpatients’ Committee.

In excellent example of Mr. Hurteau’s dedication is the Patients Rights Awareness Week he spearheaded in March 2011. Activities included a roundtable discussion with nursing leadership, a bioethicist and a lawyer, on patient participation in their care, patients’ rights pamphlets and posters, and themed performances by a theatrical troupe. 

Pierre Hurteau holds a Master of Arts in History and Philosophy of Religion from Concordia University and a Ph.D. in Religion (Comparative Ethics). He also earned a certificate in public law from Université de Montréal. Mr. Hurteau is fluent in English and French.

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David H. Laidley, B.Com., FCA, ICD.D

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC


David H. Laidley retired in 2007 from Deloitte & Touche LLP after a 40-year career with the firm that culminated in a six-year run (2000-2006) as its chairman and as a member of Global Board of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a member of the governance committee, chairman of the audit & finance committee and chairman of the Global Board of Deloitte Consulting. In paral