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Board of Directors

PHO is accountable to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care through the Chair of the Board of Directors. According to its enabling legislation, PHO operates as a separate entity from the government but within a broader accountability framework set in government directives and procedures.

The Board is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of the organization. The Board ensures that PHO’s strategic, business and operational plans, policies and activities are consistent with the MOHLTC’s policy directions as communicated by the​ Minister. PHO has the ability to communicate findings based on scientific and technical research and knowledge. The Board is composed of up to 13 members, recruited and appointed through the Public Appointments Secretariat.

Effective July 1, 2017, Dr. Robert Kyle has been elected as the new Chair, succeeding Pierre Richard, who served with distinction as Chair for the past three years. Linda Rothstein has been elected as Vice-chair.

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    • Dr. Robert Kyle, Chair

      Robert Kyle has been the Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health for the Regional Municipality of Durham since 1991. He obtained his medical degree and Master of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto. He is a certificant in the Specialty of Community Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and holds a certificate in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

      Kyle is an active member of many provincial and regional health organizations. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Preventive Medicine, and is a former Medical Officer of Health for the Peterborough County-City Health Unit and Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Borough of East York Health Unit. He is also an Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.​

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      Linda Rothstein, Vice-Chair

      ​Linda Rothstein is Managing Partner of Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, a law practice with expertise in class actions, commercial litigation, professional liability, public law and appeals. She has an LL.B. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (1980).

      Linda serves as Toronto Regional Bencher of The Law Society of Upper Canada; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow and Board Member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Member of the Board of Directors of the Harold G. Fox Education Fund; and Member of the Law Foundation of Ontario Board of Trustees. From 2005 to 2006, Linda served as the President of The Advocates’ Society.

      In 2012, Linda was named the best Administrative and Public Law lawyer of the year. In 2013, she was named the best Employment and Labour Law lawyer of the year. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Law Society Medal (2005), the "Award of Distinction" from the Toronto Lawyers’ Association (2008), the Lexpert Zenith Award (2013) and University of Toronto Distinguished Alumnus Award (2014).

    • Dr. John Garcia, Director

      ​Dr. John Garcia is a Professor of Practice and Associate Director of Professional Graduate Programs at the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo.

      John Garcia has more than 30 years of experience working with government, private sector, and voluntary health agencies to advance public health, health promotion, chronic disease prevention, and tobacco control initiatives. On two occasions, he served as a Director in the Ontario Public Service, with responsibility for health promotion and chronic disease prevention initiatives.

    • Dr. Praseedha Janakiram, Director

      ​Dr. Praseedha Janakiram is a family physician at Women's College Hospital Crossroads Refugee Clinic, with special interests in women's health, HIV primary care, and global health. She is faculty at the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine and currently leads the post-graduate enhanced skills training in Global Health and Vulnerable Populations in family medicine. She has served as co-lead of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration supporting the development of a family medicine specialty in Ethiopia.

    • Sandra Laclé, Director

      ​Sandra Laclé is currently Director of the Health Promotion Division at the Sudbury and District Health Unit. She is a member of the health unit’s executive committee is a key decision maker in public health. Laclé’s professional passions include equity-focused health promotion, population health, chronic disease prevention and child health. During the past decade, she has led a number of health equity projects through the Ontario Public Health Association, the Association of Public Health Agencies, the Social Planning Council of Sudbury and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation’s Executive Training in Research Application program.

      Laclé’s 20 year career at the Sudbury and District Health Unit has included roles as Acting Chief Executive Officer, Acting Director of the Clinical Services Division and Director of the Nursing Division. Prior to joining the Sudbury and District Health Unit, Laclé worked for the Bonavista Peninsula Health Care Complex in Newfoundland. She began her career as a nurse at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in Newfoundland and as a public health nurse in rural Newfoundland.

      Laclé is a lecturer in public health at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and a clinical associate with the School of Nursing at Laurentian University.

      She has a Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Education from the University of Western Ontario.​​​

    • Warren Law, Director

      Warren Law has been interested in health-related issues for many years. An Executive in the financial services sector throughout most of his career, Warren was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Scarborough Hospital in 2008 and is Chair of the Directors Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.  He has also served on the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee of Canada Health Infoway.​

      A lawyer called to the Ontario Bar, Warren has both his LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School. Warren has studied financial services at Cambridge University and in Basel, Switzerland and in 2005, he completed the Directors Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.​​

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      Suresh Madan, Director

      ​Suresh Madan is the president and CEO of MyHealth Centre, which is a chain of 25 multi-specialty healthcare facilities across Ontario. He is also a financial analyst, portfolio manager and compliance manager for Excalibur Capital Management, an investment fund investing in North American companies. Madan has over 30 years of international experience in wide ranging businesses and geographies as manager, investor and entrepreneur.

      Madan is active in various community organizations including the TiE Global Board of Trustees, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Toronto CFA Society. He completed his MBA with a gold medal at the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a Canadian Investment Manager designation and graduation in Industrial Engineering.

    • S. F. (Ford) Ralph, Director

      ​Ford Ralph recently served as a Director of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. and was a member of the Audit Committee, the Investment Review Committee and the Strategic Investments Oversight Committee.

      He is a past Governor of the Shaw Festival and was a member of the Finance and Audit Committee, Governance Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee.

      Ford served for three years as the Chair of the Strategic Planning and Operating Committee of the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute and represented Petro-Canada's Downstream with the Federal and Provincial Governments.

      He is also a past Director of the Montreal/Portland Pipeline Corporation, Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. and the Alberta Products Pipe Line Limited.

      At the time of his retirement, Ford was Vice-President of Petro-Canada, responsible for its retail and wholesale operations across Canada. In an earlier role as Vice-President Refining and Supply, Ford initiated the development of Petro-Canada’s Corporate National Emergency Response Team and Corporate Crisis Management Team and acted as National Incident Commander for the Team.

      Ford graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.App.Sc. (Civil Engineering) and from York University with an M.B.A.

      Ford’s professional certifications are as a P.Eng. and ICD.D

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      Pierre Richard, Director

      Pierre Richard, a lawyer, retired as Senior Partner and Counsel with Lang Michener, where his practice focused mainly on business law, acquisitions, advocacy and regulatory matters. He is a member of the Departmental Audit Committee at the RCMP.

      Richard has more than three decades of experience in health, post-secondary education and the generation and distribution of electricity governance, having served as the chair of the board for Hydro Ottawa Holdings, La Cité Collégiale, the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (now Colleges Ontario), and the Ottawa General Hospital, a director of the National Capital Commission and the Ottawa Congress Centre, and as a member of the College Compensation and Appointments Council (Ontario). Richard earned his master of laws at Harvard University; he is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

    • Janet Hatcher Roberts, Director

      ​Co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Knowledge Translation, Technology Assessment for Health Equity with the Centre for Global Health, Bruyère Research Institute and Assistant Professor (adjunct) in the Faculty of Medicine , Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. She is also an Assistant Professor (adjunct) at Dalhousie University in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the Office of Global Health.

      From 1997 to 2013 she was the Executive Director of the Canadian Society for International Health, where she oversaw the design and implementation of global health systems strengthening projects.

      Janet Hatcher Roberts has extensive experience in international public health policy, health systems capacity building, planning, strategic policy development and research. Over her career she has worked at the local, provincial and federal area in health planning and strategic policy development in Canada . Over the past three decades, she has been involved in global health and development and gender health projects at the International Development Research Centre, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada. She has also served as Director of the Migration Health Department with the International Organization for Migration in Geneva.

      Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), and a former member of the Board of Make Poverty History, Action Canada for Population and Development, where she also served as Treasurer and Chair and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research where she served as Treasurer.

    • Dr. Ronald St. John, Director

      ​As a long time leader in public health and infectious diseases, Ronald St. John has 35 years of expertise in the management of medical science for public health programs, legislation, and policy development.

      St. John has managed infectious disease control programs in Canada, USA and for the World Health Organization/ Pan American Health Organization abroad. He has served as Director-General at Health Canada where he was responsible for developing Canada’s first Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response for public health crises and disasters.

      While at Health Canada and subsequently the Public Health Agency of Canada, St. John managed the federal health response to the SARS epidemic in Canada, rebuilt the Canadian Quarantine Service and co-founded the Global Public Health Intelligence Network. He is a well known publisher of scientific articles that have received numerous awards.

      St. John has sat on a number of Canadian and international scientific committees including serving as Chair of the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak and Response Network. Earlier in his career he worked for the United States Public Health Service at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

      St. John has a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, a Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.​

    • Carole Weir, Director

      ​Since retiring from her position as Director of Education for the Superior North Catholic District School Board, Carole Weir has devoted herself to strengthening public health through public policy development and systemic and organizational change.

      Weir has more than three decades of experience in education and health, and has fulfilled a wide range of administrative and governance roles in this sector, including Co-ordinator, Principal, Consultant and Superintendent of Education for a district school board.

      Currently, Weir is chairperson of the Southeastern Ontario Infection Control Network and a member of the Council of the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. Prior to this, she was the Chairperson of the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Community Care Access Centre, President of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association, and Vice-chair of the Frontenac Board of the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. Weir obtained her Master of Education from Queen’s University.​

    • Dr. Catherine Whiting, Director

      ​Catherine Whiting served as the Medical Officer of Health / Executive Officer for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit for 3 years and for the North Bay and District Health Unit for 17 years. Prior to  entering public health, she had a solo family practice for 8 years. She obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Western Ontario, her Certificate in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and her Master in Health Science from the University of Toronto.

      During her career in public health, Whiting served at the provincial level on several committees including governance review, recreational water guidelines review and two reviews of public health programs and services. Her involvement in heath planning included the formation and Chairship of a local District Health Council (now LHIN) and serving as a member of the provincial association. She was a founding member of the former Northern Information Partnership, the former Northern Diabetes Health Network and Northern Regional Genetics Steering Committee.  She served 6 years on Board of Govenors of Canadore College, serving one year as Vice-chair. She is a Director in the Rotary Club of North Bay, currently President elect.

      Since her retirement, Whiting has focused on improvement of inequities in health through poverty reduction with links to Social Planning Network of Ontario, Poverty Free Ontario and local poverty reduction workgroup.​

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