Michener/UHN Board Education Committee
Michener Board of Governors Voting Members
Cornell Wright is the co-head of the M&A Practice at Torys LLP. Cornell is a leading corporate lawyer with extensive experience in M&A and corporate finance transactions. He also advises senior management, boards of directors and shareholders on corporate governance matters. Cornell has acted for bidders, targets and controlling shareholders in the full spectrum of public and private merger and acquisition transactions, including negotiated and contested acquisitions and divestitures, minority investments and carve-out transactions. Cornell has also acted for both issuers and investment banks in a variety of public offerings for debt and equity.
Dr. 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).
Judith 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 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Kevin Smith
Dr. Brian Hodges
2019-2020 Michener Board of Governors Membership
Cornell Wright (Chair, Michener Board of Governors)
Ex-officio Trustees (Voting)
Kevin Smith (Chief Executive Officer)
Darlene Dasent (Chief Financial Officer)
Brian Hodges (Executive Vice-President Education and Chief Medical Officer)
Marc Toppings (Chief Legal Officer)
Ann Russell (Senior Director Education)