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

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 
Dr. Susan Drouin - Council of Nurses 
Ms. Colleen Timm - Conseil Multidisciplinary Council 
Mr. Paul Nadeau - Users' Committee

Observing Member (non-voting) 

M. Jonathan Amiel – Foundation

Claudio F. Bussandri,
B. Eng., MBA

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

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 served as 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 through the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre, first as a Member and the Chair of the Human Resources & Organizational Culture Committee, then as Vice-Chairman and most recently as Chairman (2012-2015).

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); Patheon, a leading global provider to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries (Chair, Corporate & Governance Committee, 2007-2009); Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation (Member and Chair); and McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management’s Advisory Board (Member).  

In 2008, Mr. Bussandri 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. 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. 

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

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Melissa Sonberg, MHA, BSc, CHRE, ICD.D 

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

 

Melissa Sonberg is currently Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. She welcomes the opportunity to contribute as a board member to the health sector, which she knows well and believes would benefit from a wide range of experienced and dedicated leaders at this important time of transformation. She is committed to having a broad positive impact, as evidenced by her community engagement. Over the years, Ms. Sonberg has shared her professional experience and expertise with the boards of, amongst others, Via Rail (Member, Audit & Human Resources (HR) committees), Canada’s National Ballet School (Member, HR Committee), McGill University (Member, HR Committee), EQUITAS International Centre (Chair) University of Ottawa (Member, Centre for Global & Community Engagement) and Groupe Touchette (Member, Advisory Committee).  

A well-respected member of the Quebec and international business communities, Ms. Sonberg has over thirty years of HR leadership in publicly traded enterprises and health care. Between 2000 and 2013, Ms. Sonberg served first as Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs then as Senior Vice-President, Global Brand, Communications and External Affairs at Aeroplan/AIMIA. She represented Air Canada at Star Alliance, reframed the frontline employee experience and led the organization’s redesign following the merger of Air Canada and Canadian Airlines. Before that, she worked as Senior Director of HR at Air Canada and was a founding Executive Member of Aeroplan. Between 1984 and 1991, she held increasingly challenging management roles in HR and organizational development at the Royal Victoria and Montreal Neurological hospitals. 

Melissa Sonberg graduated with a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University. She was named to the Diversity 50 list in 2013, became a Certified Canadian HR Executive (CHRE) in 2011 and earned her Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) credentials in 2008. A member of the Editorial Board of HR Professional magazine, Ms. Sonberg is fluent in English and French.

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Marie Giguère,
BA, BCL, Ad.E.

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

 

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 on the Board of Directors of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation (Chair, 2003-2014), on the Board of that Institute (2006-2012) and on the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre (Chair, Human Resources Committee; Member, Nominating Committee, 2012-2015).  

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 Senior Vice-President, 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, 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), and Addenda Capital (2005-2008). 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 Québec Bar in 1976. In 2008, McGill University 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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Norman G. Spencer, CPA, CA

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

 

Norman G. Spencer is Co-Chairman of The Redbourne Group, a Montreal-based Real Estate Investment, Advisory and Management company, which 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. 

Wanting to give back to the city where he had raised his family since 1983, Mr Spencer accepted to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre (Member, Audit Committee; Chair, Real Estate Committee, 2012-2015). He is now pleased to have the opportunity to continue supporting the MUHC Board and see ongoing projects come to fruition. Other board service includes Velan Inc. (Member, Chair of Audit Committee); Global Edge Investments (Member); Summit School (Chair, 1989-2014); the Anglican Diocese of Montreal (Member; Treasurer, 2008-2015); and Claridge Inc. (Member, 1987-1995). 

Mr. 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, he was appointed to a senior financial position at Warrington Inc., a Canadian public company specializing in footwear and sporting goods with manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ontario, Québec, 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. In 2014, he earned his CPA credentials. Mr. Spencer is fluent in English and speaks French.  

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Gail Campbell,  BA

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

 

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 (MGH) 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.

Community oriented, Gail Campbell is sensitive to the population’s needs. She is also no stranger to board service. Ms. Campbell started out with the Board of Directors of the MGH and served on the Quality Assurance Committee from 1992 to 1996. In 2006, she returned as an elected member of the MUHC Users’ Committee, devoting more time and energy to addressing patient-related issues. She went on to serve as Co-chair and as the Committee representative on the MUHC Board Committee on Quality and Risk (COQAR). In January 2011, she accepted to fill a patient-representative seat left vacant on the Board of Directors of the MUHC. While she continued contributing to COQAR, Ms. Campbell also became a Member of the Board’s Human Resources & Organizational Culture Committee (2011-2015). 

Ms. Campbell was also an elected Member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf and served almost a decade on its Development, Human Resource and Nomination committees, as well as on the Board of the school’s foundation. She also served as Chair of the Montreal Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Lay Pension and Benefits Committee (2000-2005), of Alliance Quebec’s Health and Social Services Committee (1992-1999), and of the Quebec government’s Régie régionale de la Santé et des Services sociaux’s Committee on Dispensing Services in English (chair, 1994-1995; member,1990-1994).   

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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Janis Riven, B. Comm, BCL, LLB, MBA, Acc. Dir. 

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

 

Janis Riven has been an independent consultant since 2003, with an emphasis on providing governance and compliance advice to financial institutions, public companies, statutory bodies, cooperatives and not-for-profit organizations in Canada and offshore. She is also Adjunct Professor in the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University where she teaches corporate governance. She believes her skills and interests will bring added value to Québec’s health and social services network.  

Ms. Riven has been active in the community for over two decades. Her board experience includes the Treasury Management Association of Canada, Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, Stratford Arts Foundation, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (international), National Advisory Council for the University Scholarship Fund, Good Governance Committee of the Canadian Cooperative Association, Patient Care Committee of the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, Association des Femmes en Finance à Québec (AFFQ) and Negro Community Centre. She also assumed leadership roles, including the position of President, with the Canadian Foundation for Professional Administrators and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (Québec and Canada), amongst others. She is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) and the Facility Association.

Before establishing her consultancy practice, Ms. Riven was Vice-President of Compliance and Corporate Secretary for RBC Insurance from 1996 to 2003.  In this role, she created a ‘state-of-the-art’ compliance function that helped cause a shift in Canadian financial services whereby compliance was no longer a surveillance function but rather a key driver in policy development, training, monitoring and reporting.  Previously, she was Senior Counsel in the Law Department of the Royal Bank of Canada’s head office. 

Janis Riven holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from Concordia University, a Master of Business Administration (International Business) from the University of British Columbia and her Common and Civil Law degrees with honours from McGill University (awarded the Stikeman Prize for tax law). She is a member of the Québec Bar and the Institute for Corporate Directors, an accredited director of Chartered Secretaries Canada (Acc. Dir.) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Ms. Riven is fluent in English and French.

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David H. Laidley, FCA, ICD.D

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

 

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 as Chairman and as a member of the Global Board of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (2000-2006). He also served as a member of Deloitte & Touche’s Governance Committee, as Chairman of its 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 (RVH) (Chairman, 1983-1991) the RVH Foundation (Chairman, 1991-1999) and Member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) (Treasurer; Chair of Audit Committee; Member, Governance & Ethics Committee and Clinical Operations Committee, 2012-2015). 

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 Advisory Board of McGill University’s Desautels School of Management; a Member of the Annual Campaign Committee for the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre; Vice-President of the Major Individual Gifts Cabinet of Centraide of Greater Montreal; as well as a Board Member of AIMIA Inc., Aviva Canada Inc., CT Reit (Chairman), EMCOR Group Inc., and Input Capital Inc. Other organizations that have benefited from his guidance, energy and support have included, amongst others, Bank of Canada, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, Lower Canada College, McGill University Alumni Association, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the University Club of Montreal. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Laidley also served as Municipal Councillor for the City of Westmount. 

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

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

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

 

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. Dr. 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 the Board of Directors of McGill University (Member, 1997-1999; Chair, 1999 to 2009) as a member of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre from 2006 to 2015 (Vice-Chairman; Member of Audit, Real Estate, Nominating, Clinical Operations, and Information Technology committees, 2012-2015). 

Previously, from 1968 to 1986, Dr. 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.

Dr. Rabinovitch’s extensive board memberships are a testament to the respect he has earned in his field and in the community. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy (Member, Investment Committee) and Lift Philanthropy Partners, as well as a Member of McGill University’s Endowment Investment Committee. Additionally, he is a former board member of Cineplex Odeon, NetStar Communications, the Canadian Centre of Architecture and Nunavut Trust, including past Chair of the latter’s Investment Advisory Committee. He was also a 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 Directors of Media de Novo. 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. Dr. Rabinovitch is fluent in English and French.

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Teresa Pacheco, CPA, MBA, ASC

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

 

Teresa Pacheco brings to the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre over thirty years of experience in audit, finance, accounting, material resource management, strategic planning and process reengineering. Since 2010, she has been an independent consultant, though she served as Administrative and Financial Director for the Foundation of Greater Montreal from 2011 to 2012. Ms. Pacheco began her career as External Auditor for Ernst and Young before moving on to the role of Internal Auditor at Liquid Carbonic Canada and different positions in the Treasury Department of the Société des alcools du Québec, notably that of Assistant Director. Thereafter, between 1985 and 2010, she held progressively senior financial positions at Hydro-Québec, culminating in the role of Director, Administration and Compliance–Pension Plan. For nearly twenty years, Ms. Pacheco has also been active in the community, lending her support to associations in a variety of sectors.

Ms. Pacheco is currently a Member and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Montreal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped. Past board service includes two years on behalf of the Association des résidants de Cité-Jardin (Chair, 2013, and Treasurer), during which she represented the Association before the Rosemont-La Petite Patrie borough and organized activities to improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood. She also lent her expertise for over ten years to Ami du déficient mental Inc. (Member and Treasurer), and served for thirteen years on the Pension Committee of Hydro-Québec’s Pension Plan (Vice-Chair for two-year term). In addition, she volunteered on the Daycare Advisory Committee at the Notre-Dame-du-Foyer school, examining budgets, the service offering and emergency preparedness, etc. 

Teresa Pacheco holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sherbrooke (1977) and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University (1986). She also earned certification from Laval University’s Corporate Directors College in the governance of retirement funds and corporate governance (2007; 2012). She is a member of the Québec CPA Order, Laval University’s Cercle des Administrateurs de sociétés certifiés, the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute and the Association of Quebec Women in Finance.  Ms. Pacheco is fluent in English, French and Portuguese.

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Glenn Rourke, 
BA, BPHE, MBA, ICD.D

Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC

Appointed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

 

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. 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. Since the 1980s, Mr. Rourke has been active in health care, at first supporting the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) and then the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) as a Member of the Board of Directors (Chair, Governance & Ethics Committee; Member, Clinical Operations Committee and CEO Evaluation Committee, 2012-2015). He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Research Institute of the MUHC (Member, Audit Committee, 2012-2015). 

In addition, over the years, he has supported other organizations, including Edmonton-based Ceapro Inc. (Board Chair; Chair, Audit Committee, 2007-); MUHC Foundation (Board Member; Treasurer, Executive Committee; Chair, Audit Committee, 1999-2010); RVH Foundation (Board Member; Chair, Investment Committee; Board Chair, 1985-2012); ICICI Bank Canada (Board Member; Member, Risk Management & Audit committees, 2009-); Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (Member, Corporate Debt Evaluation Committee, 2006-2009); Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund Investment Committee (Member, 2005-); Canadian Bankers Association (Chair, Quebec Chapter, 1990-1991); Montreal YMCA Foundation (Member, Executive Committee, 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 Not for Profit Governance Essentials Program and acquired his Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) credentials after having completed 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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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

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 Staff Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH). Since that time, Dr. Drouin has filled a variety of roles, including Staff Nurse, Research Assistant, Nurse Manager, and Associate Director of Nursing for the MCH, Mental Health Mission (interim), and Surgical Mission (interim). She was Associate Director of Nursing for the Women’s Health Mission for 13 years before taking on her current role of Associate Director of Nursing for Clinical and Professional Staff Development in 2012. She is also an Associate Professor of Nursing at McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing. Her professional and academic interests include nursing leadership development and change management.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Susan Drouin has research publications and committee work to her credit, notably as a Member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC (Member, Committee on Quality & Risk and Communication Committee, 2012-2015) and the former MUHC Reproductive Centre’s Ethics Committee. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing since 1993, including the graduate-level course Professional Issues in Nursing since 2007. She has 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).  

Dr. Drouin is Past President of the MUHC’s Council of Nurses (2008-2012); Past President of the Board of Directors of the Professional Association of Management Nurses of Québec; Past Nursing Representative on the Board of Directors of the MCH (1995-1997); Past Nursing Representative on the MCH’s Council for Services to Children and Adolescents (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, a Master of Arts in Leadership and Education (Health) from Royal Roads University, and a Doctor of Social Sciences, also from Royal Roads University. Her doctoral thesis, “Developing Organizational Leadership Capacities in Preparation for a Major Transition in Healthcare” explored the development of leadership capacity in preparation for the complex transition to the MUHC’s new Glen site. Dr. Drouin also completed the Nursing Leaders of the Future 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 earned her Certified Health Executive (CHE) credentials from the Canadian College of Health Leaders in 2015. She is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses (Québec representative) and the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec. Dr. 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 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. 

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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.

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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. 

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