Hamilton Health Sciences
Board Of Directors

Hamilton Health Sciences' 2016/2017 Board of Directors


Norm Col, Chair

Norm is a partner and chartered accountant with Deloitte specializing in providing tax compliance and planning for clients ranging from the owner manager to multinationals, and providing inbound tax services for multinationals operating in Canada. He is also currently serving on the Board of the Financial Executive Institute (FEI), South Western Ontario Chapter, and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the FEI. His past community involvement includes the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Capital Fundraising Committee, Burlington Chamber Business Excellence Awards Selection Committee and, board member of the Hamilton Jr. Bullldogs Hockey Association.

Chantel Broten

Chantel is the Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer at JAN Kelley Marketing, an award-winning marketing communications firm in Burlington. She is a gifted brand strategist with over 15 years of experience in developing integrated, multi-channel communication programs that drive results. She has spearheaded brand-building campaigns for clients such as GO Transit, Genuine Health, Sobeys/Compliments, Canadian Blood Services, Heart and Stroke Foundation - to name a few. Chantel has an MBA in Marketing and Innovation from McMaster University and  a B.Sc in Human Kinetics from University of Guelph. Chantel is an active community volunteer and is a former director for Big Brothers and Big Sisters Hamilton and Burlington.


David Collie

David Collie is the President and CEO of the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario. In addition to his passion for safety, he is a prominent public speaker on energy topics such as smart grid, electric vehicles, demand management and conservation.

David is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Plug ‘n Drive Ontario, a founding member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum, Board member of Smart Grid Canada, former Chair of the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA).

Professionally, David remains an active member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and has participated in numerous committees including Chair of the National Certification Committee.

Active in his community, he is a current Board Member of Hamilton Health Sciences, past Chair of the Board of the Hamilton-Burlington United Way, Board Member of Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation and the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. David is a faculty member at the Directors College of Canada and is also a guest lecturer on regulatory practices as part of an executive program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Charles Criminisi

Charles is a lawyer at Agro Zaffiro LLP specializing in mediation, arbitration, business law and commercial litigation. He has also acted as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice dealing with income tax and other related matters and been an instructor at Mohawk College teaching real estate law. Charles’ community service includes serving as past chair of The Art Gallery of Hamilton, past chair and founding member of The Burlington Community Foundation, past chair of Villa Italia, national president of the Order of the Sons of Italy and a board member of the Sons of Italy (Hamilton) charitable and housing corporations. He is a member of the Hamilton Law Association. He was the recipient of the Italian-Canadian Citizen of the Year Award in 2010 and the Festitalia Heritage Award in 2015.  

Julia Kamula, Vice Chair

Julia Kamula is the Senior Vice President Operations of local solutions, English Canada for TC Media - Transcontinental. Previous to this, she also held posts as Executive Vice President, Operations, English Canada for Sun Media Corporation and Senior Vice President of Operations for Osprey Media LP. Julia has been active on a number of industry-related and community-focused boards and associations, most recently as Brock University Board Trustee, chairing the capital projects & facilities committee. Julia also sits on the Board of Niagara College and Newspapers Canada. 



Richard Koroscil

Richard Koroscil is a retired aviation executive. He was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer for the John C Munro Hamilton International Airport. His distinguished career in airport management spans over 38 years in both the public and private sectors throughout Canada and internationally. His career portfolio includes Vice President of Operations for Vancouver Airport Services and Vice President for its parent company, the Vancouver International Airport Authority. Richard is currently on the boards of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics, and is the past President of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and SKAL International Hamilton. He is the former Chair of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the founding Chair of the Southern Ontario Gateway Council, and the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council. He is a former Board member of Metrolinx, Theatre Aquarius and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. A former member of the Jobs Prosperity Collective, the Mayors Advisory Committee on Economic Development as well as the Community Advisory Committee for proposed Airport Employment Growth District.

Bill Laidlaw

Bill is an experienced executive in both the business and trade association worlds. He commenced his career in education as a teacher at Ridley College. Bill then moved into senior human resources roles at the Hudson’s Bay Company, Royal Trust, Rogers Communications, Paul Revere Life Insurance and Glaxo Smith Kline Canada.

He then progressed into public affairs management where he assumed the role of Director of Government Relations for over a decade at Glaxo Smith Kline. Here he built the department and was instrumental in the successful industry lobbies that brought about changes in Canada’s intellectual property protection.

Following his career in business Bill moved into the world of association management as CEO of St. John Ambulance in Ontario followed by Executive Director roles with the Ontario Association of Community Newspapers, The Ontario Biotechnology Association, Chicken Farmers of Ontario, The Ontario Association of Food Banks and the Canadian Assistive Devices Association.

His volunteer activities have included being the Chair and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of the Empire Club of Canada and sitting on the board of the School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. He is also an experienced fundraiser having worked on numerous successful campaigns for hospitals and universities in Ontario.

Mary Catherine Lindberg

Mary Catherine is a pharmacist and senior management professional with a background in management of major health operations, programs and support services. She has served as the Executive Director of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and worked in the Ontario Ministry of Health holding a number of positions including Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Insurance and Related Programs. Ms. Lindberg's volunteer experience includes membership on the Patent Medicines Prices Review Board, Green Sheild of Canada, Centennial College and the Cardiac Care Network.




Scott Maki, Secretary/Treasurer

Scott is Vice President Finance at North America’s leading advanced steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and has also served on its Board of Directors since 2010.  Scott also serves on the boards of a number of ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s subsidiaries and joint ventures. A Chartered Accountant and graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics, he has held a number of senior leadership positions within ArcelorMittal Dofasco over his 25 years with the company. Scott served as a community member on the Hamilton Health Sciences’ Audit Committee since January 2012.



Keith Monrose

Keith is the Dean of International and Partnerships at Mohawk College; in this role he provides leadership for international students, internationalization initiatives, and partnership programs in support of the College’s academic and strategic plans.  In previous roles, Keith held education, information technology and health leadership positions at McMaster University, Merck Canada, Canada Health Infoway and Telus.  Keith actively serves on a number of health and academic advisory bodies and is Board member for Literacy South Halton.


Dr. Terry Shields

Dr. Shields is a faculty member of the Leadership and Management Program, School of Nursing, McMaster University.  Her career as a nurse educator, administrator, and community development consultant includes international teaching experience in business and management.  Her work with government, public-sector, social service, health, and community organizations concentrates on issues of governance, organizational development, and policy.  Dr. Shields has twenty years of nonprofit and public sector board governance experience.  She holds a PhD in Policy and Administration.  Her research focuses on the governance of public serving organizations and the development of professional leadership capacity.

Anna Ventresca

Anna served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer with Nortel. Prior to Nortel, she was in-house counsel with Philip Services. She was admitted to the Bar in 1994, following degrees from Western University and McMaster University, and has practiced almost exclusively as in-house counsel with multinational, public companies. Anna has practiced extensively in the areas of Canadian and U.S. securities laws, corporate governance, corporate communications, investor relations, finance and treasury as well as insolvency and crisis management. In 2014 she completed the ICD's Director Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, Toronto. Anna is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Mohawk College and Hillfield Strathallan College where she is currently serving as Chair.

Mary Volk

Mary is a retired high technology executive who has been an active community volunteer for many years. Professionally, she leveraged her computer science education to become the marketing executive in two of Canada’s largest computer companies. Subsequently, Mary established Strategic Decisions Inc., a consulting company focused on business strategy for emerging technologies. Mary’s involvement in the community includes various board and leadership roles with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, the Grimsby Museum and the Canadian Cancer Society along with other charitable organizations. She was awarded the honours of Grimsby’s Citizen of the Year in 2011 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work in the community.

Kurt Whitnell

Kurt has had an extensive executive career in the corporate sector with a number of roles in a wide variety of functions and businesses. Over the past eight years he held several senior executive roles at Maple Leaf Foods and was most recently Vice President and General Manager of a $450 million food business. Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, Kurt had a 17-year career at Bell Canada and held a number of executive positions in finance, shared services, information technology and human resources.

Kirsten Krull, Ex officio
Vice President of Quality and Performance and CNE

Kirsten Krull is the Vice President of Quality and Performance, and Chief Nursing Executive. Kirsten has had a long and distinguished career as a nursing leader. Prior to Hamilton Health Sciences, Kirsten's other positions have included Interim Vice President Patient Services for Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, Windsor, Integrated Vice President, Surgery Services for London Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Health Care in London, Vice President, Patient Program & Chief Nursing Officer at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie; Operations Director, Medical Programs at Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto; Program Director at York Finch Hospital in Toronto; and organization development and clinical director roles at West Park Hospital in Toronto.

Rob MacIsaac, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences

Mr. MacIsaac’s notable career in public service has spanned over 20 years. He joins our healthcare system following leadership roles in the education and transportation sectors, and government.

Most recently, Rob was the President of Mohawk College in Hamilton. Over a five year period, he led the transformation of its main campus with investments in new and renovated space totalling more than $80M. Today, Mohawk is recognized as southern Ontario’s post-secondary hub for health and technology, and a leader in applied research. Between 2006 and 2009, Rob served as the first Chair of Metrolinx - the provincial transportation authority responsible for planning, building, and operating transportation infrastructure in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Rob also served three terms as Mayor of the City of Burlington from 1997 to 2006.

Rob has been recognized for his accomplishments in community building with the Canada 125 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, and a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary Club of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Doctor of Arts (Honoris Causa) from Australia’s Charles Sturt University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987. He was called to the Bar in 1989.

Dr. Paul Miller, Ex officio
Chair, Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Miller is an active staff physician at all three emergency departments of HHS. He is an assistant clinical professor within the divison of emergency medicine at mcMaster University. His administrative interests as the site lead for the Hamilton General emergency department have included: quality improvement, education in medical leadership and systems integration. His academic background includes a masters of health administration and policy from the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Prize from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.


Dr. Chris Ricci, Ex officio
President, Medical Staff Association

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Dr. Paul O'Byrne, Ex officio
Dean and Vice President, Faculty of Health Sciences

Paul M. O’Byrne obtained his Medical Degree at University College, Dublin and his training in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine at McMaster University.  He undertook research training under the supervision of Dr. Freddy Hargreave at McMaster University and then Dr. Jay A. Nadel at the Cardiovascular Research Institute in San Francisco. 

His research interests are on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma with particular reference to the role of environmental allergens and the mechanisms by which these cause airway inflammation. 

Dr. O’Byrne is currently the Dean and Vice-President of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.  He was previously the E.J. Moran Campbell Professor of Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University and also the past Executive Director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.  He has published more than 400 peer reviewed papers, including papers in New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Nature Medicine, AJRCCM, JACI and Journal of Immunology.

He has authored 98 book chapters, and edited 12
books.  He has received the James H Graham Award of Merit, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been the Distinguished Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences for Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.  He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2010, and was awarded the European Respiratory Society Congress Award and Medal in 2011.  He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and appointed a

Distinguished Professor at McMaster University in 2015
Dr. O’Byrne is the past-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), is Associate Editor of Thorax, Chest and International Archives of Allergy and Immunology.



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