Our board of directors

Chair, Eric Tripp

Eric Tripp is the retired President of BMO Capital Markets, following a career that began when he joined Burns Fry Limited in 1983. He is an Advisory Board Member of Connor Clark and Lunn Financial Group (CCL) and the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO). He is also a former director of the TMX Group. Eric was the Founder and Executive Sponsor of the BMO Capital Markets Diversity Council and he remains engaged in diversity issues through the Advisory Board of Women in Capital Markets. He and his family are active philanthropists and he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his community engagement. Eric is the former Chair of the Michael Garron Hospital. He joined the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Board in 2016 and was appointed Chair in 2017.

Treasurer, Pauline Alimchandani

Pauline Alimchandani is the Chief Financial Officer of Great Canadian Entertainment, Canada’s leading gaming and hospitality company.

Bringing over 18 years of professional experience, Pauline previously served as Chief Financial Officer of large Canadian public companies including:  Northland Power Inc. (TSX: NPI), a global renewable energy company (2020-2024); and Dream Unlimited Corp (TSX: DRM), a large real estate developer, owner and asset manager in Canada and Europe (2014-2020).  Prior to this, she served as Vice-President, Corporate Strategy at Dream and Vice-President, Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets. Pauline completed her CA designation with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, working in both Audit & Assurance and Consulting and Deals practices. 

Pauline is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a CFA charterholder. She currently serves on the board and as Finance Chair of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation and Canadian Tire (CT) REIT (TSX: CRT.un). In 2020, she received an award as one of Canada’s 50 Best Executives by the Report on Business/Globe and Mail. In 2022, she received an individual Canada’s Clean50 award, which is recognized as Canada’s top sustainability award.

Secretary, George Tory

George Tory is an Associate at Torkin Manes LLP. George has managed a mayoralty campaign and was an intern at a wealth management firm.

George co-chaired the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Grand Slam Baseball Classic two years in a row, and co-chaired the Kick the Stigma soccer tournament. He currently serves on the foundation’s Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance Committee.

LeeAnn Acton

LeeAnn Acton is a senior communications, marketing and events professional with over two decades of experience in financial services and management consulting.

She is a Senior Consultant for Corporate Communications, Strategy, Design & Delivery at Allstate Canada. Throughout her career she has held leadership roles at KPMG, ScotiaMcLeod, BMO Nesbitt Burns and the Ontario Securities Commission. She currently serves as Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Digital Media for the Toronto Chapter of IABC (International Association of Business Communicators).

A passionate champion for change and community impact, LeeAnn has provided her expertise as a Steering Committee member of Women in Capital Markets, and was the GTA Head of Communications and Community Impact for KPMG.

As a third-generation Beacher, local volunteer roles have included serving as a Board Director at the Toronto Hunt Club, past President of Community Centre 55 and past Vice President of the Toronto Beaches Lions Club.

LeeAnn joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2016 and is proud member of the foundation’s Joseph H. Harris Legacy Circle. She is the current Chair of the Donor & Stewardship Committee and a member of the Marketing & Communications Committee. She is past Chair of the annual Celebration of Food & Wine and has served on the Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala Committee.

Nadine Ahn

Nadine Ahn is a seasoned finance professional with over 25 years of experience in financial services and significant expertise in treasury and capital markets. Nadine is the former Chief Financial Officer of RBC, where she oversaw a large global team of finance professionals with responsibility for finance, taxation, performance management, investor relations, corporate treasury and corporate development. She was responsible, together with other members of the Group Executive, for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.

Nadine is a champion of diversity and inclusion and served on the Enterprise Diversity Leadership Council at RBC, as well as being the Executive Sponsor of the CFO Group’s Diversity Leadership Council. Nadine was recognized within the financial services industry for her leadership and vision. In 2019, she was honoured by Women in Capital Markets as Champion of Change, an award that recognizes leaders who push the boundaries for the advancement of women.

Nadine is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. She joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2023.

Caroline Bell-Ritchie

Caroline Bell-Ritchie is the Vice Chairman, Global Family Office Group for Global Wealth Management at Scotiabank. Previously, she was Vice President and Managing Director for Global Private Banking Relationship Management and International Trust at Jarislowsky Fraser (JFL). She has over 21 years of industry experience, including at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. She earned a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School. A believer in supporting her community, Caroline is the Co-Founder and Chairperson Emeritus of Project Sunshine Canada, a non-profit organization that provides free educational, recreational and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges. She sits on the Canadian Advisory Committee for 100 Women in Finance. Caroline joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2020.

Scott Bere

Scott Bere is a retired banking executive who was most recently Global Head of Rates and Market Finance for CIBC. He previously held senior positions in Capital Markets and Treasury Management at international banks in Toronto, New York, London, Prague and Warsaw. Scott graduated from University of Western Ontario with an HBA from Ivey School of Business.

Quentin Broad

Quentin Broad is a board member of CAA Club Group and recently retired as the Managing Director of Capitalize For Kids, a community of financial services professionals that has raised over $12 million for kids' mental health programs. Previously, he worked at CIBC World Markets, National Bank Financial, Deutsche Bank Canada and Scotiabank. Quentin chaired CIBC’s Major Individual Giving and Capital Markets campaigns for United Way. He served on United Way Greater Toronto’s Major Individual Giving Campaign Cabinet from 2015 to 2018. He earned a BA in Social Science and an MBA from McMaster University, and is an Honorary Governor at McMaster University after serving as Governor from 2006 to 2018. Quentin joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2017. 

Andrew Clarke

Andrew is Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Wealth and Insurance at TD. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, TD Bank Group. Andrew initially joined the Bank in 2009 as Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Auditor. Prior to 2009, Andrew spent two decades with PricewaterhouseCoopers, as a Partner in the Assurance and Accounting Group.

He earned his Chartered Accountant Designation in 1992 and was elected a Fellow by the CPA in 2018. Andrew holds a Bachelors in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Andrew  has served as Board member and Finance Chair at Prostate Cancer Canada. He is currently a member of the Finance Committee at Lakefield College School and manages the Friends of the Turgwe Hippos (Canada).

Adrianna Czornyj

Adrianna Czornyj is a Partner at Persistence Capital with over 15 years of experience in M&A, audit, consulting, valuation and private equity. Previously, she was a Partner in Deloitte’s M&A transaction services practice. Adrianna is a Director for RX Drug Mart, Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health, FunctionAbility, LMC Diabetes & Endocrinology, MedSpa Partners and Summit Veterinary Pharmacy. Adrianna began her career in audit at BDO Dunwoody LLP, and holds a HBBA in Business Administration & Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. She is the Co-Chair of Crohn’s & Colitis Canada and a Director at the Association for Corporate Growth. Adrianna is the past Chair of the Canadian Women in Private Equity and continues to serve on the executive committee. She joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2016 and is past Chair of the Foundation’s Finance & Audit Committee.

Stephen Giamos

Stephen Giamos has been the owner of GTS Services since 2007. Located at Eglinton and Bermondsey, the company's licensed specialists and technicians clean, repair and replace HVAC units to improve air quality in condo, commercial and industrial buildings across the GTA. Stephen's family has been supporting Michael Garron Hospital since 1989. His mother, Connie Stavro-Giamos, a current member of the Honorary Board, served on the Foundation Board from 1997 to 2009. His sister, Christina Giamos, was on the Foundation Board from 2013 to 2017 and continues to be involved with the Celebration of Food and Wine. The Steve and Sally Stavro Family Foundation has given more than $1.1 million to the hospital since 1989, including a pledge in 2007 to the Emergency Department as part of the CARE Campaign. The Stavro Emergency Department was named in honour of their generous support.

Betty Hicks, Co-Chair, Volunteer Experience Council, Michael Garron Hospital

Betty Hicks grew up in East York and skated competitively with the East York Figure Skating Club. During her career with the East York Board of Education and Toronto District School Board, she was an elementary classroom teacher, physical/health education teacher, guidance counselor, school administrator and President of the East York Women Teachers’ Association. At retirement, Betty was made an Honorary member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. She served four years as President of Volunteer Services, Michael Garron Hospital and is currently Co-Chair, Volunteer Experience Council, Michael Garron Hospital. She founded the Topham Park Women’s Softball League in 1986 and is Past President of Leaside Curling Club Day Women’s Leagues. She has volunteered with the Invictus Games, as an official timer for the Grand Slam of Curling and also for the Major League Baseball All Star game when Toronto was the host. She has served as an Ex Officio member of the Michael Garron Foundation Board since 2019.

Melanie Kohn, President & CEO, Michael Garron Hospital

Melanie is a talented, compassionate and dynamic health system leader with more than 20 years of progressive experience leading transformational projects benefiting patients, families and communities in Toronto and Ontario.

She comes to MGH from the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH), where she served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Hospitals and Capital Division. In this role, she oversaw multi-billion-dollar budgets supporting the operations and capital funding of Ontario’s hospital sector, including all 144 hospitals in the province.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Melanie was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Mental Health and Addictions at the MOH. In this role, she was responsible for the implementation of critical mental health investments supporting Ontario communities.

Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Melanie spent most of her career working in acute care hospitals. Most notably, she worked at St. Michael’s Hospital for over 12 years in operational and strategic roles, including strategy and corporate planning, project management and research administration.

Melanie holds a Master of Business Administration, with a specialization in Health Services Management, from McMaster University, and a PhD in Evidence-Based Strategic Decision Making from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

She is highly regarded for her ability to develop meaningful and collaborative partnerships with colleagues and valued stakeholders across the health sector.

Dr. Muneesh Jha 

Dr. Muneesh Jha is Vice President of the Medical Staff Association at Michael Garron Hospital. He has been an Emergency Physician at our hospital since 2010. He is an Associate Professor with the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine, where he is involved in medical student and resident teaching. He is Co-Lead of the ER Wellness Team and in this role helps ensure physician support in the workplace as well as ongoing peer support in the department. He is also a member of the MGH COVID-19 Assessment and Therapeutics Team. 

Dr. Jha graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2005, and subsequently completed a family medicine residency with a specialization in Emergency Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Jha has a commitment to the community and has served for eight years as the family Lead Physician in a community-based Family Health Organization.

Dr. Sheila Laredo

Dr. Sheila Laredo is Chief of Staff at Michael Garron Hospital. She received her MD from the University of Toronto in 1991, and specialized in endocrinology and metabolism. She holds a PhD in clinical epidemiology. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. Her clinical interest is in women's reproductive health and the role of insulin resistance and obesity on reproductive health outcomes. She is an enthusiastic teacher, has mentored many trainees, physicians and leaders, and has been the recipient of several research and teaching awards. 

She has used her background to advocate for effective evidence-based interventions for children and adults with developmental disabilities on a provincial and national level. She advocates and participates in the creation of public policy that provides appropriate evidence-based services and support. She is teaching medical trainees about public health policy advocacy and has supervised social justice initiatives annually with these students. She created and chaired a multi-hospital committee that developed a domestic violence training manual that has been used province-wide in Ontario. 

At Women’s College Hospital, as a clinical lead, she implemented Lean process change initiatives that improved clinical documentation, improved effectiveness and reduced wait times. She was Chief of Staff from 2013-2019, focusing on physician engagement and improvement, and quality initiatives that improve patient safety and care. She was responsible for a refresh of the hospital medical By-Laws. She worked for two years at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario, leading the Medical Advisory and Quality Management teams. In this role she successfully designed and implemented a province-wide hospital quality improvement partnership program, which is now being used at Michael Garron Hospital to support physician wellness. Using a strengths-based and collaborative approach, Dr. Laredo has undertaken change management in several of her roles, including co-leading leadership teams to improve cross-departmental collaboration, enabling her teams at CPSO, and as Chair of the Board at Kids Brain Health Network, a national Network of Centres of Excellence, promoting a focus on evidence-based impact. Dr. Laredo joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2022.

Sean McKinnon

Sean McKinnon is the Head of Business Development for Novacap, a leading Canadian Private Equity firm. Prior to joining Novacap, he was a Vice President and Co-Head of the M&A Practice at BFL Canada. Sean also worked as lawyer in the Business Law Group at a global law firm, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities law. He then transitioned to the insurance industry where he worked for a large global insurer. Sean earned a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University, his LL.L and J.D. from the University of Ottawa Law School. He was called to the bar in Ontario and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. Sean is very active in the Canadian Private Equity and M&A community and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board for the Association for Corporate Growth (Toronto) and as member of the CVCA Awards Committee. He joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2022.

Mitze Mourinho, President, Michael Garron Hospital Foundation

Mitze Mourinho, FAHP, is President of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation. An accomplished fundraising executive with over 25 years of experience in healthcare fundraising, Mitze is a strategic leader with a strong record of success in building long-term relationships with donors and volunteers. 

Mitze joined our team in 2015. That year, she helped secure a record-setting gift from Berna and Myron Garron in honour of their late son Michael Garron. Their $50-million contribution was the largest donation ever made to a Canadian community hospital at the time. Three years later, Mitze championed the Heart of the East Campaign to raise $100 million for the hospital’s historic redevelopment and its most pressing needs. The campaign closed in 2023 at $26 million above goal, culminating in the opening of the eight-storey Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre. 

Mitze became a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy in 2013, when only 20 Canadians held this professional designation, recognizing dedication, continual advancement and demonstrated commitment to ethical standards of professional practice in healthcare resource development. She has served as an Ex Officio member of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Board since 2015.Anne Parkill

An innovative, award-winning leader with a reputation for strategic thinking and an excellent marketing acumen, Anne Parkhill has held roles across small family-owned companies, national organizations and most recently as Vice President of Products and Partnerships with American Express Canada. Anne’s unique approach to business growth has helped to foster ongoing success in the payments space, and her passion for people leadership and development has made her a highly sought-after mentor and leader for up-and-coming executives. 

Anne’s background in business development, marketing product management, and partnership and strategy development was extensive over her 11 years at American Express Canada. She was twice recognized with the company’s highest award honour (President’s Award). 

Anne is a proud cancer survivor, having successfully undergone treatment for breast cancer in 2023. Her home life is a bit quieter now that both of her sons attend university. She and her husband have filled the void at home with a pair of very active kittens, a puppy and lots of sporting activities. 

Anne has an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration) from Ivey Business School at Western University and a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) from Schulich School of Business at York University.

Scott Rands

Scott Rands is a Senior Wealth Advisor and Portfolio Manager at Scotia Wealth Management. He leads the Rands Advisory Team, a group of investment and service professionals that specialize in providing comprehensive solutions to multi-generational family businesses, entrepreneurs, not-for-profit corporations and foundations.

Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. He holds the Chartered Investment Manager designation and is a licensed Portfolio Manager. In 2014, Scott acquired the Family Enterprise Advisor designation from Family Enterprise Canada.

As a firm believer in the importance of giving back, Scott is an active supporter of the ScotiaMcLeod Charitable Foundation and has been recognized with ‘Share the Wealth’ awards in 2021 and 2023 for his outstanding work in the community. Scott is a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and volunteered on the Board of Directors for the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation from 2003 to 2024, serving as President since 2014.

Scott lives in the Leaside neighbourhood of Toronto with his wife, three sons and their treasured family dog, Milo.

Catriona Read

Catriona Read is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP with over 20 years of experience serving clients in the financial services industry, both in Canada and the United States. Catriona has been the lead partner on a number of the firm’s largest public Canadian asset management clients as well as several alternative asset management and other private clients. She is currently the human capital leader for the Greater Toronto Area assurance practice and is one of the leaders of the firm’s audit transformation initiatives.

Susan Rimmer

Susan Rimmer leads Global Corporate and Investment Banking for CIBC Capital Markets. Most recently, Susan was Managing Director & Head of Global Corporate Banking, overseeing CIBC Capital Markets corporate lending, cash management and correspondent banking across Canada, U.S., Europe and Asia. 

Previously, Susan was Managing Director & Head of CIBC’s Global Debt Capital Markets business. She joined CIBC in 2009 following a 15 year career in global capital markets and investment banking at another major financial institution in London, U.K. and Toronto. 

Susan was recognized as one of WXN’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” in 2018. She is currently serving as a board member of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation and the Greenwood College School Board of Directors. She is also a member of the advisory council for WCM. Susan holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and an Honours Bachelor of Arts From Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Adrian Rocca

Adrian Rocca has 20 years of real estate and principal investing experience with over $20 billion of transactions across Canada, the US and Europe. Adrian is the founder and CEO of Fitzrovia, Canada’s largest purpose-built rental developer with over 7,000 residential units in development and $7 billion of assets under management. Previously, Adrian served as the Head of Tricon Luxury Residences Canada (Tricon Capital’s purpose-built apartment platform) and Tricon Lifestyle Communities (a US focused manufactured housing business). Prior to joining Tricon, Adrian was a Director with Apollo Real Estate Advisors in London, U.K., and also worked with Credit Suisse First Boston as an investment banking associate in Toronto and London.

Dr. Rajiv Singal

Dr. Rajiv Singal received his medical degree in 1990 from the University of Toronto. He did his postgraduate surgical training in Toronto, obtaining his board certification in Urology with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1995. A fellowship from Western University in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Shock Wave Lithotripsy and Kidney Stone disease was completed in 1996. He joined the surgical staff at Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) in 1996 and currently serves as the Surgeon-in-Chief and Co-Medical Director of Surgery Services. He has been instrumental in stewarding a number of significant donations to MGH. He was Head of the Division of Urology from July 2001 until October 2012 and founded the Surgical Robotics Program (jointly run by MGH and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre) in 2012 which he continues to lead. 

Dr. Singal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He supervises the Clinical Endourology Fellowship program at MGH under the umbrella of the University of Toronto and also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees. He works on Cancer Care Ontario initiatives related to prostate cancer care. Clinical areas of interest include the surgical management of kidney stones, kidney, bladder and prostate cancer as well robotic surgery and prostate disease. Since 2016, Dr. Singal has worked overseas in Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Jamaica and China to explore opportunities to build urologic and surgical capacity in the developing world. He is the Urology lead for the Global Surgery initiative at the University of Toronto. He has previously served on the board of Dignitas International, and joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2013.

Courtney Wilson

Courtney Wilson is a Partner at Stikeman Elliott and is a member of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, Mining and Securities Groups. She earned her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and a B.Comm degree from the University of Toronto. She joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2019.

Dr. Catherine Yu

Dr. Catherine Yu is a family physician and Medical Director of Health Access Thorncliffe Park (HATP), and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. An emergency physician for more than 10 years, she now advocates passionately for her family practice patients. She received the 2019 Ontario College of Family Physicians Award of Excellence for her leadership in supporting vulnerable populations. Dr. Yu is Chair of the Board of Directors for the East Toronto Family Practice Network, a network of family physicians with a mission to create equitable access to inter-professional care for all family practices. She joined the Board of Michael Garron Hospital Foundation in 2021.