OTN Board of Directors
Marcia Visser (Chair)
Marcia has more than 20 years’ experience in the health care sector both in Canada and the US. She is member of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Chair of the Board’s Quality Committee), Regent Park Community Health Centre (member of the Quality Committee and Chaired the Strategic Planning Committee), The Change Foundation (Sounding Board member) and the Ontario Hospital Association Board of Directors (Board Chair).
Stephen Sorocky (Vice Chair)
Mr. Stephen J. Sorocky, B.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng, C.Dir., is President of Exigent Innovations Inc. He served previously as Director and CEO of SkyTrac Systems Ltd., LxData Inc., Virtek Vision International Inc. [TSX:VRK], and Dynacon Inc., and Vice-President and General Manager, Space Robotics Division, Spar Aerospace Ltd. He founded Exigent Innovations Inc., a technology company development consultancy providing services to private equity and venture capital firms and technology companies undergoing change. He is currently Chair and Director of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, and a Director of the Ontario Telemedicine Network. He obtained a B.A.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto, an MBA in International Business and International Finance from McGill University and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Chartered Director.
Jennifer Blum (Treasurer)
Jennifer Blum is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Operations Support at VHA Home HealthCare, a registered charity and accredited provider of home health care services. Prior to that, she was the Director, Financial Planning at University Health Network, a health care organization comprising the Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret hospitals and Toronto Rehab. Her experience also includes tenure as the VP Finance and CFO at the Ontario Centres of Excellence where she developed strategic partnerships to encourage private investment in start-up technologies in communications and IT. She is currently on the board of Compute Canada which enables excellence in research and innovation through advanced research computing.
Matthew Anderson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeridge Health. Prior to Lakeridge, Matt was President and CEO of William Osler Health System. Matt previously served as CEO, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and Senior Vice-President of Performance and Technology at University Health Network. He is a recipient of Canada’s prestigious ‘Top 40 Under 40’ award, received the ‘Who’s Who in Health care’ award through the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, and was named Canada’s CIO of the Year in 2005. Matt currently serves on a number of provincial committees and councils. He is also Chair, Rotman School of Management Health care & Life Sciences Advisory Board.
Dr. Rob Annis MD CCFP
Dr. Rob Annis has been a general practitioner in Listowel, Ontario for the last 24 years, working in association with the North Perth Family Health Team. He is the current President and Board Chair of AFHTO. In the past, he has been the SW LHIN Clinical Quality Lead, SW LHIN Primary Care Lead, the Co-chair of both the SW Regional Primary Care Network and the SW LHIN Health System Leadership Council, the Regional Primary Care Lead for the SW Regional Cancer Program, Chief of Staff of the Listowel Memorial Hospital, and Board Chair of the North Perth Family Health Team. He also facilitates Governance Development for Primary Care Boards throughout Ontario.
Jonathan Bennett is CEO of Laridae Communications Inc., a management consulting firm that helps non-profit and public sector organizations soar. He provides sought-after strategic counsel to leaders, executive teams, and boards across Ontario. With experience in urban, rural, remote, and First Nations communities, Jonathan’s expertise is in strategic planning, governance, branding, and communications. Before founding Laridae Communications Inc., he held leadership roles at a large regional hospital, as well as education and social services organizations. A widely published and award-winning writer, Jonathan is the author of seven books. He has served terms on the boards of a children’s aid society and a national arts charity. Jonathan obtained his Chartered Director certification (C.Dir.) through McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.
Richard is an assistant professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing (Western University) and adjunct professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (University of Toronto). He is a clinician researcher with an active research program exploring health informatics, social media technology, and psychiatric-mental health nursing. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he continues to practice clinically as a psychiatric-mental health nurse in the Treatment and Rehabilitation program at St. Joseph’s Health Care London.
Dr. Mark Guttman
Mark is a movement disorders neurologist practicing in Toronto. His clinical and research focus is on Parkinson’s disease and related disorders as well as Huntington’s disease. He has been performing telemedicine consultations since 2000 and about 30% of his follow up visits currently use OTN. He is the lead physician on a project providing telemedicine services to Africa sponsored by the International Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Society.
David Murray has a keen interest in using technologies to improve access to care for the residents of northern Ontario. He concurrently holds the titles of President and CEO of Nipigon District Memorial Hospital, Executive Director of the Northwest Health Alliance and serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Council at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Previously he was the CEO at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre which serves the residents of the remote Indigenous communities north of Sioux Lookout. He has worked across the province in community, ambulatory and hospital sectors and was the inaugural CEO of the North East LHIN. He currently sits on the MOHLTC HIS Renewal Advisory Panel and serves as a board member of Ornge.
Greg Pelling is the former Senior Vice President and GM Data Solutions at Change Healthcare Group where he was responsible for ensuring the privacy, protection, commercial innovation and governance of over 40% of all US Healthcare claim records. Prior to Change Healthcare Greg held executive roles at FICO, Cisco Systems and PriceWaterhouse Coopers, as well as an external advisor to executive teams and boards leveraging his 25 years in IT, risk management and business strategy. He brings a broad range of experiences as a successful software entrepreneur, systems integrator, outsourcer, management consultant, business executive and trusted advisor to government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations.
Vania is Principal of VAS & Associates, a management consulting firm providing strategic advisory services, executive coaching and leadership development, building on over 20 years of experience. Vania’s extensive career has included progressive leadership roles within the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Toronto Central LHIN, and community-based healthcare organizations in the for-profit and NFP sectors. Vania lectures part-time on health system strategy through Ivey’s International Centre for Health Innovation. She is a Mentor for the Women in Business Association at U of T. She is an active volunteer, and is on the Board of GroYourBiz. Vania is a graduate of the Ivey Business School’s Executive MBA program, and has been certified as a Health Executive by the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Edward M. Brown, MD
Contact the Board of Directors
To get in touch with a member of the Board, including Dr. Edward M. Brown, OTN CEO, please contact Sharon Graves, P.Adm, Corporate Affairs Administrator, Office of the CEO and Board of Directors at 416-446-4113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon Graves, P.Adm Corporate Affairs Administrator, Office of the CEO and Board of Directors
Sharon provides senior level administrative support to the CEO, COO and Board of Directors. A Certified Professional Administrator through the Institute of Corporate Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), with 25 years’ experience in the health care industry ranging from hospital to community-based organizations. Sharon acts as the CEO’s first point of contact with Senior Ministry officials and other health care executives including LHINs and Hospitals. Former Corporate Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors at Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Regional Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Sharon brings a wealth of experience to OTN.