MUHC Board of Directors

With the implementation of the Act to modify the organization and governance of the health and social services network, in particular by abolishing the regional agencies, the new MUHC Board of Directors’ identification process is currently in progress.  

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. Click here for more information.

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Board of Directors is a voluntary board. Members are not remunerated. 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.

Prior to a 2011 amendment to the Act Respecting Health Services and Social Services R.S.Q., chapter S-4.2, members of the MUHC Board of Directors served for a period of three (3) years. In 2009 and 2010, however, the Quebec government enacted legislation to extend these terms and postpone the required elections for two additional years. On June 14, 2011, the Quebec government then enacted Bill 127, An Act to improve the management of the health and social services network. Bill 127 amended the structure as well as the designation, election and co-optation process for members of Board of Directors of public health institutions. The Board of Directors of the MUHC began their mandate as of February 1, 2012

Information on Public Board Meetings

MUHC Board of Directors

Elected by the population:
Designated by the Central Patients Committee:  
Designated by the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists:
  • Dr. Olivier Court
Designated by the Council of Nurses:  
Designated by the Multidisciplinary Council:
Designated by the Foundations:
  • Mr. Greg Rokos
Designated by McGill University:
Designated by the Agence de santé et des services sociaux de Montréal:
Elected by non-clinical personnel:

Claudio F. Bussandri,
B. Eng., MBA

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC


Elected chairman 


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

Designated by McGill University

Elected vice-chairman


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

Designated by the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal

Elected treasurer


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

Ex officio member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC 

Director General and CEO, MUHC

Elected secretary


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



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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François Laurin,

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC



François Laurin is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in financial reporting, controllership, operations and capital markets in the mining, transportation and telecommunications sectors. Over the last five years, he has also developed a solid understanding of pediatric health care thanks to his service on the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Council for Services to Children and Adolescents (member 2007-, chair 2011-) and Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation’s board of directors (member, 2011-).

Mr. Laurin is currently Chief Financial Officer at Alderon Iron Ore Corporation. He has a track record in identifying and implementing changes for improvement and with corporate governance.

Previously, Mr. Laurin served as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Cap-Ex Ventures Ltd; chief financial officer (CFO) at Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines (2009-2011); vice-president of finance and administration and CFO at Transat AT Inc. (2005-2009); vice-president of investments, media and telecommunications at CDP Capital Private Equity (subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, 2003-2005); and in various capacities at other transportation, media and telecommunications organizations. A guest lecturer in the McGill MBA program since 2007, Mr. Laurin also has solid board experience, notably: Cap-Ex Ventures Inc. (2011-); TIW (audit committee member, 2003-2005); TVA Group (audit committee member, 2004-2005); Quebecor Media, Videotron and Sun Media (member of compensation & audit committees, 2003-2005); and private companies representing CDP and Teleglobe (1995-2005).  

François Laurin graduated with great distinction with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, earning the James McGill Award. He also earned a graduate degree in public accountancy from McGill, chartered accountant credentials from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and his chartered financial analyst designation from the CFA Institute. In 2011, he completed the Director of Education program at McGill. Mr. Laurin is a member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, CFA Institute and Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Laurin 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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Earl E. Rubin, MDCM

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists (CPDP)



Earl E. Rubin is currently the program director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC); a microbiologist and attending physician in pediatrics and infectious diseases at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH); a consultant in neonatal infectious diseases at the Royal Victoria and Jewish General hospitals; a researcher in the Infection & Immunity axis at the Research Institute of the MUHC; the program director of McGill University’s Pediatric Infectious Residency Program at the MCH and an associate professor in Pediatrics and Microbiology. Previously, Dr. Rubin has served as medical education coordinator for family medicine residents (1996-2010) and assistant professor in the department of Pediatrics at McGill (1993-2002).

Dr. Rubin has considerable committee experience, including, amongst others, as chair of the CPDP’s disciplinary committee (2009); president of the CPDP and voting member of the Council for Services for Children and Adolescents at the MCH (2006-2010); member of the continuing education committee of the Association des médecins microbiologistes infectiologues du Québec (AMMIQ, 2005-2007); and chair of the examination board for medical microbiology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2000-2002). Between 2009 and 2011, Dr. Rubin also served as a board member of The Akiva School and, since 2011, as a board member of Ben Weider YM-YWCA Jewish Community Centre. He has also been the resident physician at the Y Country Camp (a summer camp for children in Huberdeau, Quebec, 2005-), medical consultant and resident physician at Camp B’nai Brith in Lantier (1997-2004; 1991-2004), and part-time pediatrician at Hillside Medical Centre (1992-).

Dr. Rubin has published extensively; been both lead and co-investigator of studies exploring the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of vaccines; and is widely solicited as an invited speaker on vaccines, congenital infections and infectious diseases. His efforts and accomplishments have been recognized with a number of awards, including the Kaplan Teaching Award in 1995 by the pediatric residents for best teacher; the Merck Infectious Disease/Microbiology Resident Research Award; the Sir Edward Beatty Scholarship and Faculty Scholar (top 10% of medical class) at McGill.

Earl Rubin earned his Medical degree from McGill University. He conducted his residency training in Pediatrics at the MCH and did fellowships in infectious diseases and medical microbiology at McGill University and Hôpital Sainte-Justine/Université de Montréal. Dr. Rubin is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; an associate member of the Canadian Infectious Disease Society and the Canadian Pediatric Society; as well as a member of AMMIQ, the American Society for Microbiology and the Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada. Dr. Rubin is fluent 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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Alison Laurin, BA, M.Sc.

Member, designated by the Council of Non-Clinical Personnel


Alison Laurin has over twenty-five years of experience working in a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in human resources, organizational development, education and health care. Ms. Laurin joined the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in 2001 as a consultant tasked to support the streamlining and harmonizing of practices and policies of five separate human resources departments. At the same time, she oversaw a number of special projects and programs, including the creation of the New Hires Program and the Council of Non-Clinical Personnel. In 2006, Ms. Laurin became a recruitment agent and managed recruitment for over twenty professional, auxiliary and para-technical job categories that involve three collective and eight professional agreements.  She has recently accepted a new challenge with HR training and organizational development.

Before joining the MUHC, Ms. Laurin spent a year working as a workshop organizer and administrative coordinator for the SIPA Project, a joint McGill/Université de Montréal research group that brought together health administrators and professionals, researchers, and provincial/federal decision-makers to explore integrated services for the elderly and payment mechanisms.  Previously, she was president of SL Group, a network development company she co-developed in 1995 to train independent business owners in InterNET Services Corporation’s leadership strategies and business development principles.  She also served as the director of professional services for CLSC Côte des Neiges while completing her master’s degree. 

A team builder, Alison Laurin has coordinated over thirty projects and directed the recruitment efforts for key volunteer leadership. Ms. Laurin served as a board member of the CLSC Saint-Henri and chair of its foundation’s fundraising committee (2003-2005); vice-president of École Saint-Joseph’s school board where, amongst other things, she was successful in providing a new park for over 360 primary-school children (1989-1991); president of the board of directors of Garderie La Barbouille (1985-1986); vice-president of the board of Centre de santé Sainte-Famille (member, finance and client care committees; chair, prolonged care activity committee; chair, regional conference for volunteers, 1982-84); and as a Brownie troop leader for the Girl Guides of Canada (1986-1988).

Alison Laurin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics of Human Services from Smith College in Massachusetts and a Master of Science in Hospital and Social Service Administration from the Université de Montréal. She is a participant of the MUHC Management Succession Training Program. Ms. Laurin is fluent in English and French.

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Joan Ivory, BA

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by the foundations


Joan Ivory has been a tireless contributor to the Montreal community since a young age when she began volunteering in the admissions office of the Royal Victoria Hospital and on its auxiliary through the 1960s and 1970s. Eventually, as a board member from 1988 to 1998, she became even more active as a member of the quality assurance & risk management committee (1996-1998). She has also championed the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) for over twenty-five years, both as president of its auxiliary’s board and as the chair of its foundation (1990-1997). During this time, she advocated for equipment, supported the hospital’s transition during the merger with the Royal Victoria Hospital, helped improve patient care, supported a capital campaign and spearheaded the MCI’s centennial celebrations.

Currently, Ms. Ivory is a board member of the MUHC Foundation and an executive committee member of The Best Care for Life campaign, a partnership of the McGill University Health Centre’s foundations to raise $300 million. 

Ms. Ivory has also been active at the McGill University Faculty of Music, where she’s been a longstanding member of the Dean’s advisory board (1996-), as well as at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Volunteer Association member since 1966 and president, 1979-81; museum trustee 1979-1986; currently acquisition committee member). Other organizations that have benefited from her staunch advocacy and invaluable support over the years have included the National Ballet of Canada (board member, 1990-1997), Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Vermont Public Television (chair of PTAQ, 1985-2000).

Joan Ivory earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a diploma from the MMFA School of Art and Design. Ms. Ivory is fluent in English and is conversant in French. 

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Rose Goldstein, MD, CM, FRCPC

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Designated by McGill University


Rose Goldstein has been serving as vice-principal of research and international relations at McGill University since returning from Calgary in 2010, where she had held the role of vice-president of research for three years. Previously, Dr. Goldstein served four years as the vice-dean of academic affairs in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and was the founding director of the Ottawa Academic Health Sciences Leadership Program. 

Dr. Goldstein's clinical activities included general rheumatology with an interest in osteoporosis and women’s health. She has been a career scientist of the Ontario Ministry of Health and an Arthritis Society research scholar in the area of immunogenetics. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Goldstein has held a series of research grants in the area of immunogenetics of rheumatic disease and cellular basis of rheumatoid arthritis.

Rose Goldstein has also served on editorial boards and scientific review panels in her area of research, and received grants to support her work in medical education, including the exploration of gender and health topics in the training of medical students and the study of conflict resolution in health care and medical education. Her work has received grants from the AMS/Wilson Foundation and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a 2007 award from the Canadian Council of Learning.  She has served on the board of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa Health Services.

Rose Goldstein earned her Bachelor of Science and Medical degrees from McGill. She trained in internal medicine at the universities of Toronto and Ottawa and completed her training in rheumatology at the University of Ottawa and the University of Texas at Houston. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2001, Dr. Goldstein received a Women Liaison Officer Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She received the first annual Canadian Medical Association (CMA) May Cohen Award for Women Mentors, as well as a University of Ottawa Faculty Award of Excellence in 2002. Dr. Goldstein 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

Designated by the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal


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 parallel, he has always demonstrated his commitment to the communities where he has lived, with support to academic and arts institutions as well as trade organizations and hospitals such as the Royal Victoria Hospital (chairman, 1983-1991) and its foundation (chairman, 1991-1999).

Mr. Laidley’s distinguished career at Deloitte began upon graduation in 1967. In 1970, with his CA in hand, he joined the Montreal tax group and was admitted to the partnership in 1975. In 1986, he transferred to the Audit and Assurance Practice where he acted as lead client service partner on such accounts as McGill University, Teleglobe, Henry Birks & Sons, Hartco Corporation, SR Telecom and Altamira Capital. Subsequently, he served as an advisory partner on several major accounts including SNC Lavalin and London Drugs. Throughout, he applied tax expertise and people skills to counsel clients on corporate restructuring, acquisitions and divestitures.

Mr. Laidley is presently a trustee of the Birks Family Foundation and Cole Foundation; a member of the advisory board of McGill University’s Desautels School of Management; the chair of the audit committee of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation; a member of annual campaign committee for the Montreal Association for the Blind; vice-president of the Major Individual Gifts Cabinet of Centraide of Greater Montreal; as well as a board member of Aviva Canada Inc., Bank of Canada, EMCOR Group Inc., Groupe Aeroplan Inc., Nautilus Indemnity Holdings Ltd (chairman) and ProSep Inc.  Other organizations that have benefited from his guidance, energy and support have included, amongst others, University Club of Montreal, Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Lower Canada College, McGill University Alumni Association and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Laidley also served as a municipal councillor for the City of Westmount.

David Laidley earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill, followed by his chartered accountancy credentials. In 2004, he completed the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program and received its ICD.D designation. Mr. Laidley is fluent in English and French.

David Laidley was elected treasurer on April 3rd, 2013.

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Gwendolyn Andrews Nacos, A.B.

Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Elected by the population


Gwendolyn Andrews Nacos is currently president of Natural Furs International, one of Canada’s largest and oldest manufacturers of designer and high quality furs, and a philanthropic leader devoted primarily to assuring that Montrealer cancer patients and their families benefit from the clinical, psycho-social, practical and financial support they need. Ms. Nacos began her career in 1977 at The Hudson Bay Company as its first fashion director of menswear and childrenswear. After three years, she joined Jandabar Fashions as merchandise manager and sales director of its loungewear division. At the age of 37, she was diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer and treated successfully at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH). So began her association with the McGill University Health Centre family.

Ms. Nacos first started volunteering in oncology at the RVH, then became a member of the hospital’s Patients’ Committee and eventually its chair. Her ability to listen to other patients and share her own experience made an immediate impact. Ms. Nacos moved on to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the RVH and that of the Cedars Cancer Institute. In 1988, she founded Cedars CanSupport, fulfilling her goal of supporting patients and their families as well as cancer survivors by establishing professionally-staffed services and programmes and underwriting them with fundraising activities such as the annual Fuller Landau Cedars CanSupport ‘Rain or Shine’ Dragon Boat Race & Festival. In 1994-1996, Ms. Nacos accepted to serve as president of the Cedars Cancer Institute, and nearly two decades later her commitment to Cedars remains as strong as ever given changing needs in cancer care, research, teaching and survivorship.

Ms. Nacos served on the first integrated MUHC Board of Directors, the MUHC’s clinical integration and Glen Project steering committees, as well as numerous other committees of the Board. She has recently launched the Hellenic Community Initiative to raise funds for The Best Care for Life campaign. She is a governor of Les amis de la montagne and a member of the board of the Shield of Athena, an organization that provides free specialized services in 16 languages (intervention, support, referral, prevention and accompaniment) to women and children who have been victims of family violence. In the fall of 2011 she chaired the organization’s 20th anniversary celebration. 

Gwen Nacos graduated from Monticello College in Theatre Arts and Harvard University in Social Sciences. Ms. Nacos is fluent in English and conversant in French.  

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Jill K. Hugessen, BA, BCL, LLB, CCPC

Member of the Board of the MUHC

Elected by the population


Jill K. Hugessen is the founder and principal of Force 10 Coaching, a coaching/consultancy practice offering coaching and professional development solutions. Ms. Hugessen coaches lawyers, as well as business executives and other professionals, in all aspects of their personal and professional development to help them develop a greater awareness of their career objectives and potential as well as strategies to achieve them while she helps law firms and corporate legal departments identify their staff’s professional-development needs and implement programs to meet them.

Ms. Hugessen began her career in 1983 as a law student with the law firm Stikeman Elliott and then joined the firm as a corporate and commercial lawyer in 1986. In 1994, she left Stikeman Elliott to assume the responsibilities of chief legal counsel for Tropsport Acquisitions Inc., a sporting and recreational goods company. From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Hugessen practiced independently, before returning to spend a decade at Stikeman Elliott, primarily as the director of professional development responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and managing the career paths of the firm’s associate lawyers. In 2010, she pursued a longstanding ambition by founding Force 10 Coaching, enabling her to combine the expertise she had gained working in a law practice, in a corporate legal department and as an independent lawyer with her passion for and skills in professional development.   

Eager to bring her skills and energy to organizations that can benefit from volunteer leadership, Jill Hugessen has also been very active in the community. She has been a member of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation’s board of directors since 1994 and is a past chair, as well as a member of its executive committee since 2004. In addition, Ms. Hugessen has been a member of the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Council for Services to Children and Adolescents since 2004 and its vice-chair since 2010. During this time, she served on a management committee that helped oversee the hospital’s operations while a search for an associate executive director was underway. Ms. Hugessen is a board member of Bishop’s College School Foundation (2010-); and has served in the past on the boards of The Study and Les amis de la montagne. 

Jill Hugessen graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University, and subsequently earned both a Bachelor of Civil Law and Common Law from McGill. She is a member of the Barreau du Québec and earned her certified co-active professional coach™ CCPC credentials through the Coaches Training Institute. She is also a certified member (ACC) of the International Coach Federation. Ms. Hugessen is fluent in English and French.

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Mario Di Carlo 

Mario Di Carlo has held management and senior management positions in international and crown corporations since the 1980s, and has focused essentially on customer service and sales. 

Over the years, he has used his personal and professional experience, in addition to his passion for service, to advance causes dear to his heart.  As a result, he has been involved on the ground and on the board of various not-for-profit organizations dealing with health, poverty and education, including the Quebec Polio Association, Butterfly Wings Foundation, the Association québécoise de la douleur chronique, West Island Mission, The Refuge and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.       

In 2007, his path crossed that of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) when he was asked to participate in a pilot project as a facilitator for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) of Stanford University, known as “My Toolbox” at the MUHC.  He is a certified T-Trainer for CDSMP.  His involvement with the MUHC now includes being Co-Chair of the Montreal Neurological Hospital Users’ Committee, Executive Member of the MUHC Users’ Committee, Patient Representative of the Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCaB) project and member of the Vigilance Committee. 

Mario Di Carlo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Translation from Concordia University.  He participated in editing the French version of Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions (third and fourth editions), as well as in translating the Workbook and Leader Manual of the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP).  He speaks several languages, and is fluent in both English and French. 

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