Leadership & Governance

Michener Board of Governors/UHN Board Education Committee

2022-2023 Michener Board of Governors Voting Members

Dr. Kevin Smith, President and CEO

Dr. Kevin SmithDr. Kevin Smith is President & CEO of University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre. Dr. Smith has spent his career at the interface of the University and Research Hospital and is passionately committed to the mission of education, research and exemplary clinical care. Dr. Smith is a pioneer in advancing integrated care models spanning the continuum of health and social services.

Dr. Smith is a Professor, Institute for Medical Sciences, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Rotman School of Management and at the De Groote School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University.

Educated in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain, Dr. Smith began his career in medical education, followed by leadership roles in university administration, academic hospitals and health systems. He is professionally certified in Corporate Governance by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Harvard Program in Effective Governance, and completed the Wharton School CEO Program for Health Care Leadership.

Dr. Smith currently serves as Chair, Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and was privileged to serve in many past roles including Chair, The Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Hospital Association and as a frequent advisor to governments and the private sector.

Contact the Office of the President and CEO

Mailing Address:
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4

General Enquiries: President@Michener.ca
Executive Assistant: Grace Ivo

Mr. Cornell Wright, Chair

Cornell WrightCornell is President of Wittington Investments, Limited (the principal holding company of the Weston-Loblaw-Choice Properties group).

Cornell joined Wittington in 2021 following a 20-year career at Torys LLP (a law firm), where he was a leading corporate lawyer. Cornell served as Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department and, before that, as co-head of the firm’s M&A Practice. As a lawyer, his practice focused on M&A transactions, both public and private, and other critical situations. He played a lead role acting for some of Canada’s largest public and private companies in their most significant strategic matters.

Cornell is a director of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada.

Cornell is actively involved in the community. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Ballet of Canada and an Executive-in-Residence at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Cornell holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto and a BA from McGill University.

Dr. Dan Andreae

Dr. DanA ndreaeDr. Dan Andreae has a passion for education and a dedication to lifelong learning. He believes that “education is not just an intellectual exercise, it is most effective when the head meets the heart and knowledge can be applied to enhance the quality of one’s life on all levels; emotional, physical, spiritual and social”.

Dr. Andreae’s community involvement includes being the first Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, and Chair of the Patrons Council of the Society. Dr. Andreae was the longest serving President of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and leader of a successful ten-year campaign to secure statutory legislation recognizing social work as a profession. His dynamic leadership through three different governments and seven ministers resulted in the creation of this new profession.

Dr. Andreae is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Waterloo, and is a two-time recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award at the University of Guelph Humber, as well as the recipient of the Faculty Mentoring Award. Dan was recently selected as “Man of the Year for 2019” by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).

Mr. Todd Halpern

Todd HalpernTodd Halpern serves as the President of Halpern Enterprises. Todd has been in the fine wine and spirits business for over 30 years. He joined Halpern Enterprises in 1979 and since has grown it tremendously.

He serves as a Member of the Board of Mobilotto. He serves as the Chairman of Epcylon Technologies, Inc. and served as its Co-Chairman since February 2012. He served as the Chairman of Quantitative Alpha Trading Inc. of Quantitative Alpha Trading (USA), LLC from February 2011 to October 2012, and its Director since October 2010. He served as Vice Chairman of Mopals.com, Inc. until April 2015. Todd has been an Independent Director at Epcylon Technologies, Inc. and Loto Inc. since 2010. He served as a Director at Sentinelle Medical, Inc. and was involved in the successful acquisition of it by Hologic, Inc.

He is a Board Champion of the Krembil Brain Institute’s Krembil Discovery Tower and Krembil Brain Institute at the Toronto General & Western Hospital. He also serves as Chairman of the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival.

Ms. Judith John

Judith JohnJudith John’s career spans all aspects of communications, marketing and public affairs, with an extensive background in arts, culture, not-for-profit, health and social services.

As Vice President, Engagement and Marketing, for the Royal Ontario Museum Governors, her portfolio includes communications and marketing, donor stewardship, government relations and special events.

Ms. John was a hospital executive and remains active in health care. She was Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at the Hospital for Sick Children and Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Mount Sinai Hospital and Foundation. Ms. John works with Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Michael Garron (Toronto East General) Hospital and Sinai Health System, concentrating on the patient experience, partnerships and communications. She handled government and stakeholder relations for the Council of Academic Hospitals Ontario.

As a patient advisor for UHN’s Partners in Care program, Ms. John is a trained Patient Partner. She was part of the Province of Ontario’s Phoenix Project on education and patient care, and Patients Canada.

Ms. John is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. She has broad community experience, having served as Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, at United Way of Greater Toronto and Harbourfront Centre.

Ms. John has served on the boards of ABC Life Literacy Canada and Theatre 20, Trillium’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee, and the Marketing Advisory Board for the Rotman School of Management. Ms John is on the Advisory Board for the Ryerson City Building Institute, as well as The V Generation, an organization promoting meaningful volunteerism for retirees and senior citizens.

Dr. Lynn Wilson

Dr. Lynn WilsonDr. Lynn Wilson is the Vice Dean, Partnerships and a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. In this capacity, she is responsible for the Faculty’s ongoing relationships with nine fully affiliated hospitals and 18 community-affiliated hospitals and health facilities, as well as government, community organizations and international collaborators.

Prior to being named Vice Dean, Partnerships, Dr. Wilson served as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto. With over 1200 faculty members, it is the largest family medicine department in Canada. DFCM has thrived under Dr. Wilson’s leadership, with expanded graduate programs and fellowship offerings, four new research chairs, and new programs such as the Family Medicine Longitudinal Experience, the Office of Education Scholarship and DFCM Open, an online platform for family doctors to share resources and information. DFCM has also experienced significant growth in its international activities, most notably through its array of professional development opportunities for primary care physicians from around the world.

As a member of the Physician Services Committee for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, she helped to lead primary care renewal in Ontario (2002-2007). Dr. Wilson was the co-director of BRIDGES, an Ontario Ministry of Health funded project to support the design, implementation and assessment of innovative models of care that promote integration in the healthcare system (2011-2016). She is co-leading the Ontario Opioids Clinical Primer Initiative. She is currently a Primary Care Consultant for Choosing Wisely Canada.

Dr. Wilson completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, and her medical degree and postgraduate training at the University of Toronto. She has been practicing as a comprehensive family physician since 1986.Dr. Wilson currently practices family medicine at the Women’s College Hospital Family Health Team in Toronto. Her clinical interests include palliative care, addiction medicine, obstetrics and global health.

Mr. Peter Wallace

Headshot of Peter WallacePeter Wallace was appointed Secretary of the Treasury Board in April 2018. From 2015 to 2018, Peter served as City Manager for the City of Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Prior to working for the City of Toronto, Peter held a number of positions in the Ontario public service, including serving as Secretary of the Cabinet, head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council from 2011 to 2014. Before his appointment as Secretary of the Cabinet, he was Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to the Treasury Board for 3 years, and also served as Deputy Minister of Energy. Previously, he was Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet with responsibility for Policy in Cabinet Office. Peter began his public service career in 1981 after completing a B.A. (Honours) in Political Economy and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Toronto.

2022-2023 Michener Board of Governors (Non-Voting Members)

Ms. Darlene Dasent (Chief Financial Officer)
Dr. Brian Hodges (Executive Vice-President Education and Chief Medical Officer)
Mr. Marc Toppings (Chief Legal Officer)

2022-2023 UHN Education Committee Membership

Independent Trustees (Voting)
Cornell Wright (Chair, UHN Education Committee)
Dan Andreae
Todd Halpern
Judith John
Peter Wallace
Lynn Wilson
Ex-officio Trustees (Voting)
Kevin Smith (Chief Executive Officer)

Ex-officio (Non-Voting)
Darlene Dasent (Chief Financial Officer)
Brian Hodges (Executive Vice-President Education & Chief Medical Officer)
Marc Toppings (Chief Legal Officer)

Management Team

Grace Acosta, Associate Registrar, Enrollment Systems & Management
Teniayo Araba, Ph.D., Director, People Consultants
Karen Chaiton, Senior Director, Infrastructure and Academic Linkages
Miranda Cheng, Registrar
Fiona Cherryman, Head of Academic Affairs and Operations
Christine Davidson, Manager Communications and Marketing
Andrea Etherington, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
Garth Gayle, Director, Finance
Yasmin Halley, Manager, Laboratory Service
Dr. Brian Hodges, Executive Vice President Education
Jordan Holmes, Senior Manager, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation
Hasina Jaffer, Chair, Critical Care
Catherine Ladhani, Chair, Radiation Therapy and MRI
Frank Marcelli, Project Manager, Information Management
Jane Mattson, Director, Continuing Education
Roseli Melo, Simulation Operations Manager
Michelle Morgan, Manager, Continuing Education
Raymond Nielsen, Dean of Students and Director, Clinical Education and Student Success Network
Carrie Pajotte, Director, Digital Solutions
Lori Peppler-Beechey, Associate Head of Academic Affairs
Marc Potvin, Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Procurement & Analysis
Juanita Richardson, Librarian, Learning Resource Centre
Mandy Sangha, Manager, Centre for Program Review and Accreditation
Luckshi Sathasivam, Associate Registrar, Records & Registration
Lisa Slack, Manager, Institutional Analysis & Evaluation
Erica Tong, Director, Facilities
Iveta Vasil, Manager, International Department
Jacqueline Waldorf, Director, Communications and Marketing
Ross Woodruff, Service Desk Team Lead, Information Management
Harvey Weingarten, Principal of the School of Applied Health Sciences
Alice Yuan, Manager, Accounting