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NOSM’s Board of Directors is comprised of 19 members who reflect the geographic and demographic diversity of Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario, including Indigenous, Francophone, and rural and remote communities. It is responsible for the corporate and fiscal governance of the School. Membership of the Board of Directors is drawn widely to achieve the balance of skills and expertise required to enable the Board to fulfill its governance responsibilities.

Dr. Robert Haché, Chair

President, Laurentian University, Sudbury
Term as Chair 2019 (July) – 2020 (September)

Dr. Robert Haché has broad experience in leading university research and innovation activities.  Prior to joining Laurentian University as President and Vice-Chancellor, he was the Vice-President of Research and Innovation at York University. Prior to York, he served as Associate VicePresident of Research at the University of Calgary and Vice-Dean of Research for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, two U15 universities. Dr. Haché is recognized for his strong and collaborative leadership experience in the Canadian university sector, his successes leading strategic partnerships and initiatives, as well as his proven engagement toward student success.

Of Acadian background, Dr. Haché is fluently bilingual (English and French). He holds a BSc (Biochemistry) from McGill University and a Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from Queen’s University. Dr. Haché has 29 years of experience as an academic, including more than 20 years as an academic leader. As a molecular and cellular biologist and biochemist, Dr. Haché has received numerous research grants and awards from organizations, including the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) and the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for his research projects on steroid hormone action and DNA damaging agents. Dr. Haché has also served as a committee member and chair in various organizations, including the Ontario Council of University Research (OCUR).

Dr. Moira McPherson, Vice Chair

President, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
Term as Vice Chair 2018 (January) – 2020 (September)

Dr. Moira McPherson became Lakehead University’s Interim President & Vice-Chancellor in January 2018.

Dr. McPherson began her career at Lakehead University in 1987 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. She holds a PhD specializing in Applied Biomechanics and is regularly sought out for her scholarly and professional expertise in applied kinematic and biomechanical skill analyses by both national and international organizations.

Following seven successful years as the Director of the School of Kinesiology, Dr. McPherson became the University’s Associate Vice-President (Academic) and then took on the role of Deputy Provost in 2011. Dr. McPherson led the development and implementation of the Academic Plan, the University’s transition to the Institutional Quality Assurance process, efforts to increase student mobility and college transfer pathways, and most recently the development of the University’s Strategic Mandate Agreement proposal.

Dr. Sarita Verma, Dean, President and CEO

As of July 1, 2019 Dr. Sarita Verma will take the position as Dean, President and CEO of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Former Vice President, Education at the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and a Professor Emerita in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Until January 2016, she was the Associate Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions and Special Advisor to the Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Formerly the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2008-2015) and Associate Vice-Provost, Health Professions Education (2010-2015), she is a family physician who originally trained as a lawyer at the University of Ottawa (1981) and later completed her medical degree at McMaster University (1991). She has been a Diplomat in Canada’s Foreign Service and worked with UNHCR in Sudan and Ethiopia for several years. Dr. Verma is the 2006 recipient of the Donald Richards Wilson Award in medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; the 2009 co-recipient of the May Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada and the 2016 recipient of the Charles Mickle Fellowship from the University of Toronto for excellence in medical education. From 2009-2011, she was one of the lead consultants for the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate project. For six years she held the position of Governor at the University of Toronto, has been a board member of several teaching hospitals, the Michener Institute, Associated Medical Services and the Chair of the Canadian Residency Matching Service. From 2011 to 2015, she was the Co-lead for the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC) at the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education and was a key member of the Association of Academic Health Centers International Steering Committee.

A world traveler and leader of national and international projects, Dr. Verma is a recognized scholar in the areas of leadership development, distributed and interprofessional education models, Indigenous health, physician wellness, health human resource and workforce planning, accreditation of health professions education programs, and a superb reviewer and problem-solver of challenging situations. She also excels in the design and establishment of foreign health and education systems, governance and organizational assessments, and in strategic planning and strategic implementation. Uniquely qualified, Dr. Verma brings her skill/strength as an expert in the accreditation of health sciences programs, the rigorous application of social accountability and curricular reform, her outstanding skills in conflict resolution and complex disciplinary issues, and her experience as a diplomat to the resolution of high-risk medical-legal issues and complex collective bargaining.

Dr. Alexandre Anawati

Assistant Professor NOSM, Emergency Physician at Health Sciences North, Sudbury & West Nipissing General Hospital
Term 2014-2021 (September)

Dr. Alex Anawati is originally from Sturgeon Falls, is Francophone, a NOSM alumni from the charter class and has lived or worked in every province in Canada except Nunavut and Labrador. Currently working as a full-time ER physician at both Health Sciences North in Sudbury and West Nipissing General Hospital in Sturgeon Falls.  Dr. Anawati has been a member of a few national and international organizations that advocate for social accountability in medical education and medicine. Currently, he is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Social Accountability Working Group and the Association of Medical Education of Europe’s ASPIRE for Excellence Social Accountability Panel.

Dr. Michel Bédard

Dean, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
Term 2016 – 2022

Michel Bédard is a trained academic (Ph.D. – University of Waterloo, 2000) whose career includes research, teaching, and administration.  Michel was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences in May 2016.  He has been a faculty member of Lakehead University since 2001 and of NOSM since its inception in 2005.  He is also the Director of the Centre for Research on Safe Driving at Lakehead University and the Scientific Director of the Centre for Applied Health Research at St. Joseph’s Care Group.

Michel is particularly known for his research on older drivers.  Support for his research came from the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Aging and Health he held from 2003 to 2013, from a Premier’s Research Excellence Award he received from the Province of Ontario, and from various other funding sources he and his colleagues received (over $12 million so far).

Mme Danielle Bélanger-Corbin

 

Danielle Bélanger-CorbinJuris Doctor Candidate – University of Ottawa and Haileybury
Term 2015-2021

Danielle Bélanger-Corbin is a decorated Canadian Forces Army Logistics Officer who retired in 2000 after a rewarding career where she played key leadership roles in the evolving business of logistics and supply within the department of National Defence in support of its military operations at home and abroad. A firm believer that one should never stop learning, Danielle is now working towards the completion of her Law degree (Juris Doctor).
Since September 2015, Danielle has been a member of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Board of Directors.  Previously, she served six years (two terms) with the North East Local Health Integration Network (NELHIN) Board of Directors where she held the role of Chair of the Board as well as the positions of Vice Chair and Chair of the NE LHIN’s Audit and Governance Committees. From 2017 to 2019, Danielle was appointed to the Ontario Review Board – an independent tribunal that makes or reviews dispositions concerning any accused in respect of whom a verdict of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder or unfit to stand trial, is rendered.  In addition to her studies and the governance work that she does, she owns and operates a farm and private equestrian training facility in Temiskaming Shores.
Danielle is a fluently bilingual Francophone who is passionate about the North and making a difference in the lives of Northerners through community activism and philanthropy. She has helped found and serves on various boards of not-for-profit organizations in her community, such as the North on Tap/Le Nord en Fût Craft Beer Festival, FrancoCiné, the Festival des Folies Franco-Fun and the South Temiskaming Active Travel Organization.  Danielle has a long history of volunteerism, whether it be working with youth in the classroom, on soccer fields, in hockey arenas, on ski trails, helping those on low incomes complete their income tax forms or serving as a Crisis Responder Team Lead with Temiskaming & District Victim Services.  She is happiest when exploring the world, with her husband and three adult children.

Mr. Craig Abotossaway

Executive Director, Mnaamodzawin Health Services, Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island)
Term 2020-2022

Craig has 25 plus years experience working directly on a variety of First Nations health initiatives.  Craig has a Masters of Social Work degree from Wilfred Laurier University, specializing in Indigenous Health Practice. As a former elected Chief of his First Nations community of Aundeck Omni Kaning, he brings extensive political knowledge of both the provincial and federal levels of government and health issues facing First Nations people, both regionally and nationally.

Currently, Craig is the Executive Director of Mnaamodzawin Health Services, which services five member First Nations communities on Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island).   Craig is a strong advocate of Indigenous approaches to Health practice, and ensuring they are highly promoted and expected by the staff of the agency, ensuring health services meet the unique needs of First Nations people.  Annually, Mnaamodzawin Health Services is an active partner with NOSM, taking  first year students for their CBM 106 placement.

Craig is passionate and always striving to bring about positive growth within First Nations Health services.  He has worked at a variety of levels of health, from the grass roots, management and up into the politics effecting the health of First Nations people. He brings experience as a valued member, sitting on a variety of Boards and Committees.

Craig is an active member of the Anishnabek community, as a public speaker promoting the rich culture and heritage of First Nations people and their contributions to the various levels of society.  He is the recipient of the 2010 Union of Ontario Indians Lifetime Achievement Awards – Scotia Bank Education Excellence Award.  Craig continues to share his knowledge, teaching college level First Nations Social Work courses and as a placement supervisor for Laurentian and Wilfred Laurier University social work students.

As a newly appointed member to the Board of Directors, Craig is looking forward to working with the other valued members and contributing to the success of the Northern Ontario School of medicine.

Ms. Lucy Bonanno

Chief Executive Officer, Geraldton District Hospital
Term 2016-2022

Lucy Bonanno is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geraldton District Hospital located in the North West LHIN. She is an accomplished healthcare executive with a 20+ year track record for improving patient care, service excellence, program development and outreach for hospitals, non-profits, and community healthcare organizations at local, provincial, and national levels.

She sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Lymphoma Canada, the Northern Policy Institute (NPI) and the Ontario Hospital Association, Small, Rural and Northern Leadership Council. She served four years as Chair of the West GTA Regional Stroke Steering Committee and sat on the President’s Community Advisory Council with Mackenzie Health (formerly York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill, Ontario) for four years.

Lucy currently writes a regular quarterly column for ‘Airwaves’, a magazine specific to the Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario (RTSO) and is a peer reviewer for the ‘Healthcare Management Forum Journal’ of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Mme Juliette S. Denis

Retired Health Care Professional and Owner of a small Management Consulting and Translation Firm, Sudbury
Term 2019-2022

Born and raised in the small rural village of River Valley, Ontario, Juliette is the 5th oldest of a family of 16. She is a very proud daughter, sister, spouse, mother of two sons, Meumér of four grandchildren, and auntie to several nieces and nephews.

Juliette is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She honours her mixed heritage and has played a leadership role in her Métis community as member of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Regional Councillor of MNO Region 5, Women’s Representative of the Sudbury Métis Council, and/or in her role as Métis Elder in residence at Sudbury Laurentian University and the McEwen School of Architecture.

A lifelong learner, Juliette is a graduate of the Sudbury Regional School of Nursing where she obtained her Registered Nurse diploma, as well as a graduate of Laurentian University where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Juliette’s career in Health care spans over 35 years. She had the privilege of working in the institutional, community and public health sectors and in various positions such as Registered Nurse Nursing Supervisor/Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Executive Director, Community Development Officer, Coordinator of Communicable Diseases Program, Public Health Researcher, and Teacher at the community college level.

Juliette is a dedicated community volunteer, always striving to bring about positive changes. She is currently a member of the McEwen International Advisory Board and a member of the Ladies Auxiliaries of the Knights of Columbus Council 5005. Previous contributions include University of Sudbury Ad-hoc Language and Culture Committee, Cambrian College Board of Governors, Cambrian College Aboriginal Affairs Committee, Conseil d’éducation autochtone du Collège Boréal, Canadore College Nursing Advisory Committee, The Northeastern Ontario Regional Economic Development Pilot Project Implementation Committee, and Deputy-Reeve of the former municipality of Springer Township, among others.

Ms. Donna Dorrington

Lawyer, Timmins
Term 2019-2022 (Term will begin September 18, 2019)
Donna Dorrington was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario and attended Laurentian University for her undergraduate studies and later graduated from Queen’s University Law School in 2003 and was called to the Bar in 2004. She began her legal career in Toronto, Ontario but within one year decided to move back to Northern Ontario and settled in Timmins, Ontario in 2006. She has practiced law in a number of small communities including the fly in communities of the James Bay Coast and areas along the Highway 11 and 17 corridor.
She is a member of the Legal Aid panels for Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation and for Legal Aid Ontario for the Districts of Cochrane and Algoma as well as the Timiskaming District. Donna’s main practice areas are family, child protection and criminal law work. She has taught various courses in the Law Clerk program for Northern College of Applied Arts.
She sits on many boards and committees. Presently Donna is a member of the Legal Aid Area Committee for the Northeast and the Regional Council for the Canadian Bar Association. She is the Treasurer of the Timmins Business Improvement Association and is beginning her second elected term on the Timmins Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Donna has had the honour of being the selected nominee of the Canadian Bar Association for the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee North East which is an Government In Council appointment made by the Privy Council’s Office. She an active volunteer in her community and regularly assists in the Timmins Chapter of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program.

Mr. Mark Hartman

Senior Vice President, Patient Experience and Digital Transformation, Sudbury
Term 2020-2022

Mark Hartman completed a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Radiation Therapy in Melbourne, Australia in 1989. Since arriving in Sudbury in 1992, he worked as a radiation therapist at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre before entering management positions in the Radiation Treatment Program and as Director of the $44M Cancer Centre capital expansion project.

In 2004, Mark became the Administrative Director of the Regional Cancer Program of the former Sudbury Regional Hospital. He completed a Masters in Business Administration through Athabasca University in 2009 and between 2010 and 2018 provided leadership as the Vice President of Cancer and Clinical Support Programs at Health Science North as well as the Regional Vice President of Cancer Care Ontario for the Northeast. During this time Mark led the development of two Regional Cancer Plans for the Northeast along with the development of the first Regional Aboriginal Cancer Plan for the region. In 2018 Mark was appointed to the role of Senior Vice President, Patient Experience and Digital Transformation at Health Sciences North.  This portfolio includes leadership of 2,298 FTE employees with a budget of $382 million and is comprised of all clinical programs, quality and patient safety and information technology. Mark has executive leadership for the HSN Strategic Plan 2019-2024 goal to become digitally enabled through implementation of a regional electronic medical record and secure patient portal

Mr. Mark Hurst

Past President and CEO North Bay RHC, North Bay
Term 2015-2021

Mark began his post-secondary education at Glendon College, York University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History and a minor in French.  Following his initial foray into the hospital environment, working as a Human Resources recruitment officer for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto, Mark decided to continue his education in this field at the University of Toronto, receiving a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Administration.

After continuing his exposure to health care management as Director of Human Resources at The Homewood Sanitarium in Guelph, Mark moved to North Bay in 1982 to accept a position as Assistant Executive Director at the North Bay Civic Hospital.  In 1990 Mark was promoted to the position of President & CEO of North Bay Civic.  In this role, Mark played a significant leadership role in the merger of North Bay Civic Hospital and St. Joseph’s General Hospital in 1995, and became President & CEO of the newly consolidated North Bay General Hospital at that time.

Plans for a new hospital facility had long been in the works for North Bay, and Mark was a key proponent in the eventual fulfillment of that dream with the opening of the North Bay Regional Health Centre on January 30, 2011. Shortly thereafter on April 1, a second voluntary corporate merger was finalized with the Northeast Mental Health Centre, the former North Bay Psychiatric Hospital.  This was a milestone achievement resulting in a fully amalgamated and integrated multidisciplinary health facility serving a large catchment area in northeastern Ontario.
From the inception of NOSM, Mark developed a strong working relationship with the medical school, as North Bay became a very popular placement location for NOSM learners.  Until his retirement in 2012, Mark was directly and actively involved in the onsite program.

Mark became involved initially with the Board of Directors at NOSM in 2015 when he joined the Governance Committee as a Non-Director member.  After enjoying his experiences in and around NOSM, he submitted his application for the 2016 year, welcoming the opportunity to participate at the governance level in helping to ensure continued positive outcomes.

Mrs. Nancy Jacko

Retired Health Care Professional
Term 2016-2022

Nancy Jacko retired from the North Bay Regional Health Centre in December 2014 where she was Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive.  On retirement, she managed a project with the North East LHIN implementing Quality Based Procedures across the region and also has done private consulting. Nancy has had a progressively varied career in health care spanning 43 years including two hospital corporate amalgamations and the planning and moving to a new hospital in 2011. She has led several initiatives to achieve operational and systemic efficiencies and processes for truly patient centered care.

Nancy is a graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing (Hamilton) and the University of Windsor. She worked in Critical Care and Public Health at the beginning of her career in the Hamilton and the Toronto areas. Since 1980, Nancy has been employed in the hospital system in North Bay where she held various management roles.  Since 1997 until her retirement, Nancy had been a member of the senior administration team with responsibility for numerous clinical programs and participated in corporate planning and goal setting. She led the inaugural strategic planning process for the newly amalgamated North Bay Regional Health Centre and developed the first corporate score card for the organization.

Nancy has served on many hospital, local, LHIN and provincial Boards and committees such as a Family Health Team, the Ontario Hospital Association, and the Canadian Military.  She has presented at various district, regional, provincial, and international conferences on various topics related to health care.

In 2011, Nancy was honoured to receive the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Award for the Public Sector in recognition of her leadership in health care. In March 2020, she was awarded the Davedi Order of Merit for her contribution to healthcare in the community.

Nancy is an active member of the community involved in various volunteer activities. Currently, she is the Chair of the Board of the North Bay Parry Sound District Public Health Unit. She has been a member of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Board since 2016 and also sits on the Governance Committee and chairs the Nominations Community Relations Sub-Committee.

Nancy resides in North Bay with her husband Bill.  She is a strong advocate for healthy lifestyles and fitness.

Mae Katt

Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Honorary LLD, Thunder Bay
Term 2020-2023

Mae is Ojibway from Temagami First Nation.  She is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Master of Education (Curriculum Specialty) and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Trent University. 

Her diverse nursing career includes mental health and substance use, adolescent health, maternal and child health and community health. She has a strong health policy and research background in community development, youth suicide, early psychosis, cancer care, health human resources and acquired brain injury. 

In clinical practice she provides primary care in an Indigenous high school and mental health and substance use treatment in remote and rural First Nations.  She coordinated an opiate-agonist treatment program at a high school that successfully eliminated high opioid prevalence at the school. 

She was appointed by the Minister of Health to the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Council responsible for the implementation of Ontario’s Phase 2 of the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.  She has also worked as senior administrator responsible for First Nations health programs, both as Regional Director (Ontario) for Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health, and as Health Director at Nishnawbe Aski Nation, representing 49 First Nations in northern Ontario.   

 As a researcher affiliated with the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research for 30 years, she has taken the lead in developing appropriate knowledge transfer strategies for several projects done in partnership with First Nations.   

Dr. Shemer Ratner

Nephrologist-Internist, Health Sciences North, Sudbury
Term 2020-2023
 

Shemer Ratner is a physician recruited to HSN to join the Nephrology Department in serving the Northeastern Ontario region.  

He brings his medical expertise with thirteen total years of post-secondary education that have taken him all over the world including to parts of Africa, Europe, Asia, the U.S. and South America. He attended medical school at Western on a full scholarship. 

He has served as Chief Fellow of the Nephrology Program at Western, held various roles on local, provincial, and national level medical organizations. 

In his free time, Shemer loves to spend time with family, kayak around Ramsey Lake, and hike in the Laurentian Conservation Area.  

Mr. John P Stenger

Treasurer Huron Shores, Elliot Lake
Term 2020-2023

John is a seasoned financial professional with a strong financial background; solid problem solving and decision–making abilities with over 30 years of experience. He bring years of experience in healthcare; private enterprise and business/economic development.

Previously employed in small and rural hospitals in both northern and southern Ontario for over a decade. Positions included Chief Executive Officer of Leamington District Memorial Hospital and Chief Financial Officer of Temiskaming Hospital; Listowel Wingham Hospital Alliance and St. Joseph’s General Hospital Elliot Lake.

After completing a Bachelor of Mathematics degree at the University of Waterloo he was successful in obtaining the designations Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Account. His belief in life-long learning led to a Diploma in Investigative and Forensic Accounting and an Advanced Health Leadership Certificate from the Rotman School of Business (University of Toronto).

He current resides in Elliot Lake and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his spouse.

Mr. Bruce Sutton, Treasurer NOSM Corporation

Retired Health Care Executive
Term 2015-2021

Bruce Sutton retired in 2013 from a healthcare career of almost 30 years. He spends his time in retirement volunteering for a number of organizations. He served four years on the board of the Northwest Community Health Centres, he volunteers every Friday at Habitat for Humanity, serves meals at a local soup kitchen, and is active in the Knights of Columbus. Most importantly, he is “Grandad” to Luke, Anna, Penny and Jacob.

Bruce’s most recent position was part-time Executive Director of the Northwest Health Alliance, which is a shared service corporation owned by the hospitals in Northwest Ontario. His last full-time position was Executive Vice President for Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC). Prior to that, he held the shared VP and CIO role for TBRHSC, St. Joseph’s Care Group, and was the CEO of the Nipigon District Memorial Hospital.
 

In terms of education, Bruce obtained his undergraduate degree from Lakehead University and he holds the designations Certified Health Executive, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Professional Accountant. In recognition of his career and contributions to society, Bruce was honoured in 2007 by being named a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountant of Canada. A lifelong learner, Bruce earned his Masters of Health Studies from Athabasca University in 2010 at the age of 53. Bruce was elected to the Board of NOSM in September 2015 and has served as Treasurer since that time. He was a non-director on the school’s Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee for a year prior.

Mrs. Joy Warkentin

Retired/ Self Employed Consultant
Term 2016-2022

Joy Warkentin is passionate about Leadership and Service. She was educated first as a nurse and then as an educator, holding a degree in Sociology and a MEd in Curriculum Development.

She taught Nursing, became Chair of Health Sciences and then Associate Dean Academic at Confederation College. She then relocated to London, Ontario where she was the Senior Vice President at Fanshawe College from 2000 to 2009. While at Fanshawe, she led the improvement in Graduation Rates, started the first Research Department, led the development of the first Applied Degrees, established Student Success Advisors in every School, and developed the College’s first Academic Plan. For 6 years she co-led a residential Leadership Development Program on behalf of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

She was awarded an Honorary Degree from Fanshawe in 2008 for her contributions to Applied Learning. She was the 2009 recipient of the Minister’s lifetime Achievement Award from the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities and was awarded the YMCA of London, Women of Excellence Award.  The Fanshawe College Board of Governors named her the College’s first Vice President Emeritus in recognition of her 40 years of service to Ontario’s Colleges and Students.

Ms. Gina Kennedy, Secretary

Corporate Secretary, Manager of Policy and Governance Relations (Non-voting)

Since 2006, Gina Kennedy as Corporate Secretary has been responsible for directing the activities and operations of the Board of Directors and Academic Council for NOSM. In 2019, she accepted the challenge to take on the role as Manager of Policy and Governance Relations. During her time at NOSM, she has received the Innovation Award implementing several initiatives to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the School’s governance system. As an active community member, she received the volunteer leadership award for United Way in 2018, recognizing her passion for the Young Leaders On Board program. Appointed to the Brain Injury Association of Sudbury and District in 2018, she demonstrated her leadership in spearheading the Unmasking Brain Injury Initiative in Sudbury.  In February 2019, she was appointed Vice Chair of the Accessibility Panel for the Greater City of Sudbury, a position that gives her great pride in being a part of helping the City be accessible for all. She is a member of the Canadian University Board Association since 2006. In October 2020 she was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association of College and University Policy Administrators for a three year term, where she is also serves a member of the Membership Committee.

A Toastmaster since 2009, Gina has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization in 2016 and 2020. “Knowledge is only valuable if you share it,” is her motto as she considers herself a working ambassador, helping others gain confidence in public speaking, one speech at a time.

She continues to serve in various capacities for the local organizations she hopes her advocacy and community involvement will help foster awareness and empower individuals to make change.  She lives by the quote by Stella Young “the only disability in life is a bad attitude”.

Community Members on Committees

Susan Soldan – Community Member & Vice Chair Governance Committee

Past Regional Services Manager, Ministry of Transportation, Northwestern Region

Susan has recently retired from her position as the Regional Services Manager in the Ministry of Transportation’s Northwestern Region, where she worked since 2007, with responsibility for oversight of financial and administrative matters as part of the regional senior management team.

Her past roles have included Manager of Internal Audit (Ministry of Natural Resources), Manager of Budgets & Planning (City of Thunder Bay), Superintendent of Business & Corporate Services (Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board), Vice President Administration & Finance (Lakehead University) and Finance Officer (Ministry of Education).

Susan holds an Honour Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University, as well as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA) designations. In 2013, she was proud to be elected as a Fellow of the former Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (now CPA Ontario), in recognition of her long and varied history of service to her profession and her community. She currently serves as President (and 2nd soprano) of Lakehead Choral Group and Secretary of her local CPA Ontario chapter, and is Treasurer on the boards of United Way of Thunder Bay, Staal Foundation Open (Thunder Bay Golf Classic) and Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Since March 2018, Susan has been a community member of the Governance Committee and is enjoying the opportunity to learn more about the school while working with a great group of committed people.

Brent Maranzan – Community Member & Vice Chair Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and Investment Committee

Decision Support Lead
Northwest Health Alliance

Brent Maranzan is a Management Professional with 16 years of progressive experience in the public and private sectors.  A graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Program at Wilfrid Laurier in 2002, Brent earned his CPA, CA Designation in 2004.  In 2011, he completed a Master of Public Health Degree from Lakehead University and in 2015 he earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

In his current role as the Decision Support Lead at the Northwest Health Alliance, Brent developed the Regional Decision Support office; an internal consulting resource to serve Hospitals and Community agencies in the North West Local Health Integration Network area. This service helps them work with their data and develop their internal/external reporting processes and also produces reports, proposals and business cases to assist with strategic priorities.

Brent’s past roles have been diverse.  He has spent time as an auditor in a public accounting firm and then 6 years at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.  For two years he served as the Director of Surgical Services.  Notable accomplishments during that time included the creation of the Bariatric Surgery program, the renovation of two operating rooms to facilitate minimally-invasive surgery and the development of a proposal to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for a comprehensive cardiovascular surgical program in Thunder Bay.  Brent also spent time at the North West Local Health Integration Network where he was a Senior Planning and Integration Consultant, responsible for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse sectors.

In his spare time, Brent has dutifully given back to the Accounting profession through involvement in the Northwestern Ontario Chartered Professional Accountants Association since 2004, including three years as the local President.  He is interested in teaching, and has taught sessional courses in accounting at Lakehead University and MS Excel courses to local groups.  He has a beautiful family including three young, rambunctious children and if he has any time left over enjoys travel, photography and competing in triathlon and endurance sports.

Shelby Ch’ng , Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) appointed May 2019 – Nominations and Community Relations subcommittee

Shelby Ch’ng was first elected to city council in 2014.  She was re-elected in a landslide victory in 2018.  She is a well respected business owner and is a contributor to re-building the South Core of Thunder Bay.

She hold an HBA in Political Science from Lakehead University.  She is an advocate for quality infrastructure, community engagement and communication, urban density and attracting and retaining a young workforce to our city.  She is an active member of council and sits on many boards and committees.

Sandra Hollingsworth, Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) appointed May 15, 2020 – Nominations and Community Relations subcommittee

Sandra Hollingsworth, Ward 1 Councillor in Sault Ste Marie and a registered nurse was appointed to represent the organization on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario health task force as well as being appointed as FONOM’s representative on Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s nominations and community relations subcommittee.

In addition to having a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN), Hollingsworth also has a Bachelor of Economics degree. Her curriculum vitae includes time as charity manager at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, as well as service at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Annapolis (Maryland) Tourism Bureau and her family’s business, Soo Mill and Lumber.

Hollingsworth was first elected to Sault Ste. Marie City Council during a byelection on Feb. 2, 2016 in which she was the top vote-magnet in a busy field.

Monique Rocheleau, Chair, Francophone Reference Group – Nominations and Community Relations subcommittee


Directrice générale adjointe/ Associate Executive Director

Monique est une membre en règle de l’Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des techniciens en travail social de l’Ontario et elle détient une maîtrise en travail social de l’Université Laurentienne. Elle a plus de 20 années d’expérience dans les secteurs de la santé et des services sociaux, ayant été cadre supérieure au RLISS du Nord-Est, superviseuse de programme au ministère des Services sociaux et communautaires et consultante en milieu hospitalier au ministère de la Santé et des Soins de longue durée. Monique est actuellement la directrice générale adjointe du Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario. Monique a fait du bénévolat auprès de divers organismes depuis plusieurs années, notamment le Centre d’accès aux soins communautaires du Nord-Est, le Groupe consultatif francophone de l’École de médecine du Nord de l’Ontario, Nexus santé et Mains Le réseau d’aide aux familles. Monique est aussi une ancienne présidente du conseil d’administration du Collège Boréal.

Monique is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Monique Rocheleauholds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Laurentian University. She has over 20 years’ experience within the health and social service sectors, having worked as a Senior Officer with the North East LHIN, Program Supervisor with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and as a hospital consultant with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Monique is currently the Associate Executive Director with the Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario. Monique has spent several years volunteering with various organizations such as, the North East Community Care Access Centre,  Groupe consultatif francophone of the Northern Ontario School of Medecine, Health Nexus and HANDS the Family Help Network. Monique is also a past Chair of the Board of Directors for Collège Boréal.

Deputy Grand Council Chief Edward Wawia, Chair Indigenous Reference Group – Nominations and Community Relations subcommittee

Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief Edward Wawia started his career in the mining industry where he worked for 40 years. He served his home community as Councillor of the Red Rock Indian Band for 10 years before serving as Chief for 2 and a half more. He was elected Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief in June of 2018 as leader of the Northern Superior Region of Anishinabek Nation. In addition, he is Chief of the Lands and Resources and Justice as well as the Health and Justice Portfolios for the Anishinabek Nation. Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief Wawia has served as a representative of the Anishinabek Nation for 5 years on the Forestry Commission and continues to contribute to the modernization of forestry tenure in Ontario as a member of the Oversight Group. He has served on the Board of Directors of the company that manages the Lake Nipigon Forest that has held the Sustainable Forest Licence for said forest for 10 years. He sits on the Board of Directors of Nedaak who manage the Kenogami Forest in Northern Ontario. He is passionate about water conservation and management and is an active member of the management teams of two Fisheries Management Zones in Lake Superior. He has also been involved in water management planning for the Nipigon and Namewanaminican River Watersheds for more than 10 years. Chief Wawia is in his second term on the Board of Directors for the Nipigon District Memorial Hospital. When he can find the time, Ed enjoys watching the Toronto Blue Jays and the Winnipeg Jets.

Lucas Jewitt, Community Member on the Governance Committee

Lucas is a lawyer  and has developed a practice focused on Indigenous Legal Issues including rights and governance, litigation and advocacy, and corporate and commercial law.  Prior to practicing law, Lucas feels immensely privileged to have spent nearly a decade working at the community, development corporation, and tribal council level in support of Indigenous peoples in northwestern Ontario.  He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Thunder Bay Law Association.

As a community representative on the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Governance Committee Lucas draws on diverse experience in the public, private, and not-for profit sectors to support the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities to ensure Board effectiveness.  He is a firm supporter of NOSM’s vision, mission, and social accountability mandate, and is honoured to play a small role in supporting the school’s governance.

Lucas and his family live in beautiful Thunder Bay, Ontario.