Dr. Peter Donnelly is an accomplished leader with extensive experience in government and public health policy and program development and delivery at the local, national and international levels.
He leads Public Health Ontario, the provincial agency which provides evidence for policy formulation and undertakes public health capacity building, as well as providing integrated public health laboratory and surveillance systems.
Prior to joining Public Health Ontario, Donnelly was the Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he established and led public health medicine research and teaching. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer to the Scottish Government, providing senior leadership and coordination at a national level. His experience includes national planning for communicable disease control and pandemic and emergency preparedness, as well as a range of public health promotion initiatives. As the Director of Public Health in two jurisdictions, he was responsible for the delivery of local public health services and programs.
Donnelly received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and has earned multiple degrees and credentials, including masters in both business administration and public health. He is an active researcher and lecturer in many areas of public health, with a focus on health systems governance and on violence reduction. He is involved with numerous national and international associations. See full profile.
George Pasut is an accomplished leader with extensive public health experience at provincial, local and health agency levels.
Pasut serves as vice-president, science and public health, and provides executive leadership to the emergency preparedness, infectious disease, environmental and occupational health, health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention programs, and to PHO’s knowledge services which provide educational, library, research, ethics and analytic supports to the public health system.
Pasut brings extensive public health leadership experience to this role. Prior to joining PHO in 2010, he served as vice-president, prevention and screening at Cancer Care Ontario. He previously held a variety of roles in the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) as acting chief medical officer of health, associate chief medical officer of health, and executive lead, public health system transformation. He served as medical officer of health for the Simcoe County and later Simcoe Muskoka District Health Units. His early career was spent at the MOHLTC as senior medical consultant in communicable diseases and physician manager in epidemiology and population health.
Pasut received his medical degree and master of health science from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Donna Marafioti is the Vice President of Laboratories and Human Resources at Public Health Ontario. She was previously the Vice President in charge of PHO’s corporate services, including finance, information management, facilities, and planning and performance. Under Donna’s leadership, Public Health Ontario is committed to developing great people and exceptional teams for a stronger organization.
Donna’s past roles have included Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services at Toronto Rehab, interim Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Government Services and Secretary to the Management Board of Cabinet, and Associate Secretary of Cabinet. She has over 20 years of leadership leading large-scale change and cultural transformations, notably the transformation of human resources and the modernization of recruitment in the Ontario Public Service.
Donna is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with exceptional strategic leadership skills and the ability to lead high performing teams and transform programs and services to achieve outstanding results. She is a Certified Human Resource Executive, and has completed advanced executive training at Queen’s University and the Rotman School of Business. She does extensive coaching and mentoring of aspiring leaders and has been a keynote speaker for the Conference Board of Canada on strategic HR and organizational capacity, and is invited regularly to speak on human resources transformation, career planning and organizational change.
Cathy Campos is a seasoned executive with extensive senior leadership experience in the health care sector. As the chief financial officer, Campos has oversight and responsibility for the finance, procurement and facilities functions at PHO.
Campos was previously the vice-president of finance and CFO for Rouge Valley Health System, where she was responsible for the finance, supply chain, capital planning and risk functions at the hospital and acted in the role as the key financial advisor for the business. Prior to Rouge Valley, Campos served as the director of finance at Baycrest Centre.
Campos is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Master Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Toronto.
Lori Driscoll is a senior IMIT professional with over 30 years of leadership experience across a variety of healthcare related organizations. Lori serves as the Director, IMIT Transformation, PMO & Governance and is responsible for leading and managing IMIT transformation, employee engagement and change management activities. Lori also manages the development and implementation of policies, IMIT Operational & Multi-year plans, project governance and performance measurement functions and services for IMIT.
Lori has an extensive background in IMIT strategic visioning and planning, successful delivery of IMIT services and support, resource and process optimization and Project Management & Project Portfolio management. Her past roles have included Director, IMIT at a variety of Healthcare Organizations, & consultant to profit and non-profit organizations.
Lori has a Masters of Business Administration, Information Technology Management, from Athabasca University and is certified with the Canadian Health Information Management Association.
Geiger joined the PHO in July 2009, as Director of Planning and Implementation. She brings over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in the project management, strategic planning, operations management, capital planning and construction management and performance management.
Geiger has held senior management positions in both the public and private sector in academic health science settings, community hospitals, international healthcare consulting and Local Health Integration Networks. Immediately prior to joining the PHO, Geiger served as the Senior Project Director - Health System Improvement and Performance Lead for the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN.
Clive Kessel joined PHO in April 2008 as part of the Agency Transition Team, responsible for overseeing the transfer of the public health laboratories from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to PHO. In his current role as Executive Director, Procurement, Clive is responsible for procurement policy and planning as well as managing all procurements for the organization. Prior to this position, Clive was PHO’s Executive Director, Facilities where, among other things, he oversaw the planning, design and construction of the new Public Health Ontario Laboratory at MaRS.
Clive has held senior management positions with the Ontario Public Service in policy development, business planning, facility planning, outsourcing and project management. At ServiceOntario, he was director of the Project Management Office and director of the ServiceOntario Counter’s Initiative, leading a multi-year project to modernize customer-facing facilities. At the Ontario Realty Corporation, he led a number of priority initiatives related to strategic outsourcing, contract management, performance management and customer satisfaction.
In his free time Clive is passionate cyclist and alpine skier.
Kelly Kimens is responsible for developing and managing PHO’s human resources operational, administrative and service functions, in addition to programs in organizational development, recruitment, occupational health, safety and wellness, compensation and benefits, HR information systems and Payroll.
Kimens has experience in both the hospital and not for profit sector. She has extensive experience in leading employee relations, health, safety and wellness initiatives and special projects. Her past roles have included Director, Employee Relations and Occupational Health and Safety at Humber River Hospital and the National Director, Human Resources and Services at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
Kimens holds her Certified Human Resource Professional designation.
As Director, Financial Services, Judith Leahy provides strategic business leadership for the development, implementation, management and evaluation of corporate business planning, finance and controllership initiatives and strategies within PHO.
Leahy joined PHO in February 2009 and is a CPA, CMA with over 30 years financial and operational experience in the not for profit sector as well as a variety of organizations in the private sector ranging from mining to professional services
Chris Pickard brings over 30 years of experience in project development and facilities management at a variety of scales and organizations in health care, education and consulting industries. Pickard joined PHO to manage the RICN2Lab projects in Orillia, Hamilton, Kingston, Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie. In his role as director of facilities, Pickard leads the facilities team and supports a number of key projects, including the, new London Hub Project, the Operational Support Facility and Bio-Repository Centre Project, and the new Thunder Bay Hub Project.
Prior to joining PHO, Pickard practiced architecture for a number of years in a large multidisciplinary firm. He then joined the University of Guelph as director of planning, design and construction where significant projects included the new Science Complex, the East Residence complex and the first Biodiversity Building. He subsequently held roles as director, capital planning and project management for Toronto Rehab during the construction phase of their Redevelopment, and executive director, facilities for CAMH.
Vanessa Allen has been with Public Health Ontario since 2008 as a medical microbiologist and infectious disease specialist, working primarily in the areas of bacterial sexually transmitted infections and food- and water-borne bacterial testing. She is co-chair of the Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network Water Food Safety and Enterics group, as well as the provincial multidrug resistant gonorrhea working group. Allen is a clinical infectious diseases specialist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where she is also the infectious diseases lead for the obstetrical medicine program. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.
Allen received her medical degree from McGill University and her master of public health from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her internal medicine residency with the University of Toronto. Allen completed further postgraduate medical training at the University of Toronto in infectious diseases and medical microbiology. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in all three disciplines.
Helen Meaney provides strategic clinical and business leadership for the following program areas of the Public Health Ontario Laboratory portfolio: Clinical and Environmental Bacteriology, Virology, Immunodiagnostics and Preventable Diseases, Molecular Diagnostics and DNA Core Lab, Pre-Analytics and High Volume Testing.
Meaney has over thirty years’ of progressive leadership experience in clinical laboratory settings. She has made significant contributions to the laboratory medicine and phlebotomy programs, enhancing patient care and patient safety across a variety of programs.
Meaney is an active member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario. She has also participated in the Ontario Laboratory Accreditation program and was a member of the External Quality Assessment Microbiology Committee at the Quality Management Program-Laboratory Services of Ontario for two terms (2006-2012). Helen received her master of business administration at the Schulich School of Business, York University.
Mike Mendaglio has extensive experience in the health-care, laboratory services and quality management. As the Chief Laboratory Operations Officer, Mike is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for Public Health Ontario laboratory operations to achieve PHO’s mandate and align clinical, research and public health initiatives across all laboratory sites.
He came to Public Health Ontario from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he was the Operations Director of Laboratory Services, of Biomedical Engineering, and of Phlebotomy Services. Prior to that, Mike held various senior positions at the Scarborough General and Grace hospital sites, including Director of the Quality and Performance Improvement Division.
Mike has guided the renewal and revitalization of PHO Laboratory system with his extensive experience in operational change including the successful opening of the new Public Health Ontario Laboratory in Toronto.
Mike Mendaglio has an honours Bachelor of Science degree, a post-graduate registration as an Advanced Registered Technologist, and a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business and Economics. He is also a certified medical laboratory technologist (MLT) with the College of Medical Technologists of Ontario.
Nicholas Paul oversees Molecular Diagnostics, the DNA core lab, the Library, Human Resources and Communications at the Public Health Ontario Laboratories. Paul previously headed the Public Health Laboratory Renewal project team, which resulted in the establishment of the High Volume Testing Laboratory, the Customer Service Centre, and implementation of an integrated province wide courier system for PHO laboratory samples.
Paul has held a variety of senior management positions in his career at PHO; as a director of a regional public health laboratory, manager of the regional public health laboratory system and an acting assignment as Director of the Laboratory Services Branch and Laboratory Licensing and Inspection Service.
Paul received his master of science from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of science from Ohio University. He is a certified medical technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Paul is active in the Ontario medical laboratory community and currently is the President of the Ontario “Trillium” Chapter of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association.
Eva Proctor provides strategic and operational leadership for the ten regional Public Health Laboratories in Ontario. She has over 25 years of progressive management experience in all disciplines of laboratory medicine in both the private and hospital sectors.
Eva is a strategically focused leader with management experience in complex and fast paced environments. She is recognized not only for building relationships but also for her contributions to system wide improvements, fostered through collaboration with leaders across all programs. She has a keen interest in quality and process improvement in clinical laboratory operations.
Eva is an active member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario as a MLT and holds a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University. She has also completed the Rotman School of Business Executive Leadership Program.
Rena Retallick leads the management teams for the ten regional Public Health Ontario Laboratories and is responsible for overseeing their testing, staffing, and facility needs. Retallick is also responsible for ensuring all regional laboratory sites comply with accreditation, regulatory and licensing requirements for clinical and environmental testing.
Retallick is a Medical Laboratory Technologist with over 30 years of experience in public health, which includes 13 years in management and leadership roles with a developed expertise in change management and strategic and operational planning. Past positions with PHO include Team Lead of Laboratory Renewal, Program Coordinator of Drinking Water Testing, and Manager of the Peterborough Public Health Laboratory. Retallick is also an experienced Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) assessor and internal auditor. Prior to joining the PHO, she worked in biochemistry research at Queen’s University.
Natasha Crowcroft provides leadership for Applied Immunization Research at Public Health Ontario, developing strategy, direction and partnerships within PHO and with external partners, providing training and mentorship as well as leading a program of research.
Crowcroft was formerly the Chief of Infectious Diseases (2012-15) and Scientific Director of Surveillance and Epidemiology (2008-2012) at PHO. Prior to immigrating to Canada in 2007, Crowcroft worked for a decade at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency as a national expert in immunization. Crowcroft has published over 150 articles and has international experience working at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). Crowcroft was a member of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) from 2008-2013.
Crowcroft received her medical degree from the University of London and received her doctorate in medicine (medical PhD) from the University of Cambridge. She received her master of science from the University of London and her bachelor of arts (in natural sciences) from the University of Cambridge.
Dr. John McLaughlin is PHO's Chief Science Officer, enhancing the quality, integrity and productivity of PHO’s research and other science-based initiatives. Supporting and collaborating with program chiefs, medical and academic staff, and operational teams across PHO, John provides senior leadership to scientific affairs, offers expert advice on potential opportunities, emerging directions and collaborations for PHO, and supports PHO’s advancement of public health evidence and knowledge.
Since June 2013, John has served as the Acting Director of Research at the PHO Laboratories, further to his earlier role as Research Advisor to the organization. John has 25 years of experience and increasing responsibility in leading interdisciplinary health research teams, as well as in executive level management, knowledge translation, scholarly work and service. A key feature of John’s research is the successful integration of diverse approaches and disciplines in large-scale studies, aiming to achieve positive impacts in population health.
John is a Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and has affiliate appointments at the Prosserman Centre for Health Research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and the Occupational Cancer Research Unit. Prior to joining PHO, John was a Senior Visiting Scientist at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a Vice President and Senior Scientist at Cancer Care Ontario, and Founding Director of both the Ontario Health Study at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the Prosserman Centre for Health Research. Trained as an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto (PhD) and Queen's University (MSc), he has directed an active and sustained research program resulting in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.
Sandra Callery brings extensive experience from the field of Infection Prevention and Control. Her other work experiences include clinical research and occupational health and safety. She has worked in a variety of health care settings, including public health; small community hospitals and large tertiary care centres. Her most recent position was Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto Canada.
Sandra is a registered nurse and holds a Master of Health Sciences where her research focused on HIV infection, counseling and testing. She has been involved in research and publications regarding disease transmission and management of patients with antibiotic resistant organisms.
She is a past National President of the Canadian Infection Prevention and Control association (IPAC Canada). She is on the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Infection Control (CJIC). Other previous IPAC Canada appointments include the National Pandemic Influenza Planning committee as a working group chairperson, and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
Sandra has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) and chaired the previous PIDAC Surveillance Advisory Committee from its inception.
She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and lecturer for IPAC courses through Centennial College and Queens University.
Ray Copes is responsible for leading the Environmental and Occupational Health team as well as developing and implementing of Public Health Ontario's strategies, policies, services and other initiatives in environmental and occupational health. He also works in collaboration with the Knowledge Services team, ensuring the integrity of research results and the proper dissemination of that information to practitioners throughout the province.
Copes has over 25 years of experience working in environmental and occupational health in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, and has consulted for Health Canada and the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut and Saskatchewan. Copes worked extensively with front-line environmental professionals, policy makers, and practitioners on provincial and federal levels. He has delivered occupational health services in the private and public sectors and in occupational health and safety regulations. Notably, Copes was the founding scientific director of the National Collaboration Centre for Environmental Health, and also served as the director of environmental health services at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. Copes has an extensive teaching background holding associate and clinical professor positions at the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia.
Copes received his medical degree from McGill University, where he also received his master of science in epidemiology. Copes received his diploma in industrial health from the University of Toronto and is a fellow of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine.
Shelley Deeks is responsible for providing scientific and medical leadership for the program area of immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases (IVPD) and provides advice on vaccines and immunization programs and vaccine preventable disease control, as well as conducts program evaluations.
Deeks has approximately 15 years’ experience in communicable disease control and her current work focuses on vaccine preventable diseases, human papillomavirus prevention, vaccine safety and vaccine program evaluation. Deeks is an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, the scientific lead of Ontario’s Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee on Immunization and the chair of the Ontario HPV Prevention Evaluation Committee. Deeks also chairs the World Health Organization’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee.
Deeks received her medical degree from the University of Toronto, where she also received her master of health science. Deeks is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Deeks has also completed the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program.
Lisa Fortuna leads the department responsible for the management, prevention, and control of communicable diseases and emergency preparedness and incident response. She provides provincial leadership in communicable diseases as well as preparedness and response to both infectious and non infectious disease emergencies and issues.
Fortuna was previously the manager, Incident Response at PHO. In that role, she coordinated PHO’s scientific and technical response to public health issues and incidents, creating the Daily Issues Summary and Situation Report, and served as the primary point of contact to receive and triage requests from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and health sector partners.
Fortuna has considerable experience at the local and provincial public health levels and in outbreak response. Her previous roles have included team lead, Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector-borne Disease at MOHLTC, and manager of enteric and vector-borne disease and public health inspector at the Halton Regional Health Department.
Fortuna has a bachelor of science in environmental health from Ryerson University, a Certificate of Infection Control and Epidemiology, and is a certified public health inspector.
Gary Garber is an Infectious disease specialist who provides medical leadership to the Infection Prevention and Control Department and medical and scientific advice on infection prevention and control to Public Health Ontario.
Garber brings over 20 years’ experience working in infection control in Ontario and was formerly the medical director of the Ottawa Hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Notably, Garber played an instrumental role in developing the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s program in Adult Infectious Diseases at the University of Ottawa and served as president of the Canadian Infectious Diseases Society (now AMMI Canada). Garber also served as a founding treasurer with the Canadian Association for HIV Research, was a past president of the Ontario Medical Association section for Infectious Diseases and has been member of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee since it began. Garber has a professorship appointment in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa. He is an active infectious diseases physician at the Ottawa Hospital.
Garber received his medical degree from the University of Calgary and received his bachelor of science from McGill University. Garber trained in internal medicine at the University of Toronto and infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Heather Manson directs Public Health Ontario's planning, policy development, evaluation and research activities relating to health promotion, chronic disease prevention and injury prevention. In addition to leading PHO’s healthy communities’ initiatives, comprehensive tobacco use prevention, and commitment to reducing health inequities, Manson promotes province wide system-level changes, particularly by helping public health units meet their obligations under the Ontario Public Health Standards.
Manson joined PHO from her previous role as vice-president, Vancouver Coastal Health, where she led the improvement of health outcomes by enabling a continuum of care focused around the needs of the patient, client, resident and population. She brings clinical, administrative and population health experience to PHO, having also worked as an internist, hematologist, senior medical director and medical health officer in British Columbia. She holds assistant and adjunct appointments at the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.
Manson obtained her medical degree from the University of British Columbia. She completed post-graduate training in internal medicine and clinical hematology at the University of Toronto and McMaster University respectively, and is certified in these specialities by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She also has a master of health sciences from UBC.
Julian Martalog has held senior roles in several health care institutions and health agencies, including Quinte Health Care, Toronto East General Hospital, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and Cancer Care Ontario. In these roles, he lead many major informatics projects; including designing and executing a provincial information delivery strategy, developing a provincial online portal, creating tools for decision-makers and clinicians, and implementing comprehensive data quality frameworks.
Julian leads the team that applies information and computer science to public health practice, research and learning, to improve population health monitoring and decision-making. Informatics serves as an organizational resource – providing specialized support with the acquisition, synthesis, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data and information.
Brian Schwartz leads and is responsible for the scientific and operational activities in communicable diseases and emergency preparedness and response, involving the development of Public Health Ontario’s strategy and activities related to protection against communicable diseases, as well as in preparation and response to health emergencies and exigent circumstances including hazardous materials, catastrophic events and outbreaks.
Schwartz has served as scientific advisor to the Emergency Management branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and held the position of vice-chair of Ontario’s SARS Scientific Advisory Committee. He also chaired the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Scientific Response Team during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Schwartz practiced emergency medicine for over 30 years in both community and academic settings, as well as held the position of Director of Sunnybrook Osler Centre for PreHospital Care from 1996-2009. Schwartz has been published extensively and has received many awards for clinical and academic excellence in emergency and family medicine; he currently holds an associate professor position at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
Schwartz received his medical degree from the University of Toronto where he also received his master of science in community health. Schwartz received his certification in emergency medicine from and is a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Doug Sider provides scientific and medical leadership on communicable diseases, in addition to providing operational guidance, research and evaluation to Public Health Ontario. He is an expert in the practice and knowledge of provincial and local public health systems and processes.
Sider has over 20 years of public health experience at provincial and regional levels. His former roles have included Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Government of Ontario, director of Infection Prevention and Control, PHO, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Niagara and Region of Waterloo, and Medical Officer of Health, Brant County Health Unit. From 2005-2007, he served as co-chair of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee, and currently serves as the scientific lead for the PIDAC committee on communicable disease and as member of the coordinating committee. Sider is an assistant professor at in the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University.
Sider has developed numerous provincial guidelines; notably he was part of the Technical Review committee of the Ontario Public Health Standards. He has developed public health guidelines to support pandemic management, including for the G8-G20 Summit and pandemic H1N1.
He received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Anne Simard provides focused leadership to PHO’s strategic directions of accelerating population health monitoring, data visualization and enabling policy, program and practice action. Within Knowledge Services, she oversees the Informatics and Knowledge Exchange and Communications functions. Anne brings public health and not-for-profit sector expertise in strategic and operational planning, performance management, policy analysis and development, knowledge translation and public affairs to her work at PHO. She has worked in government at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as at the local, provincial and national level for several not-for-profits and health organizations.
Anne acts as a strategic support to a number of cross-cutting initiatives and public health program areas. Anne has an Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and worked for several years at CBC Radio before pursuing a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto.