Leadership & Governance

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OTN’s Senior Leadership Team

Edward M. Brown

MD, MSM.,
Chief Executive Officer

Ed is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), one of the largest and most active integrated telemedicine networks in the world.

An emergency physician who studied mathematics and engineering before embarking on his medical career, Ed is a passionate advocate for virtual care as a tool to improve access to care, quality of care and health system transformation.

Ed has won numerous awards for his work in telemedicine, including most recently, a Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to health care in Canada. In 2010, he was chosen as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by a national media panel sponsored by the Globe and Mail, CTV and La Presse. He is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association, which named him to its College of Fellows in 2015.

Palvinder (Pal) Gill

BA Econ, CMA, Vice President, Finance and Administration

Prior to joining OTN, Pal spent 13 years at Baxter International, holding the most senior Finance role for its Canadian division and, most recently, for the company’s Australia/New Zealand division based in Sydney, Australia.

Raised in the United Kingdom, Pal completed his undergraduate degree in Economics before relocating to Canada where he achieved his Certified Management Accountant professional designation.

Payam Pakravam

BComm (Hons), MComm, MA (Economics), Vice President, Strategy and Analytics

Payam has significant experience in Ontario’s broader public sector, with a focus on health care system transformation initiatives.

Over the past decade, he has held progressively more senior roles with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and most recently, at eHealth Ontario.

At OTN, he leads the development of corporate strategy, manages the planning process, oversees the Business Intelligence function, and works closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to ensure alignment with the government’s transformational agenda. In addition, Payam leads a Business Consulting team that partners with health system senior leaders to develop strategies to better integrate virtual care in their organizations.

Payam holds Honors and Masters degrees in Commerce from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and a Master of Economics from the University of Toronto.

Laurie Poole

RN, BScN, MHSA, Vice President, Clinical Innovation

For the past 17 years, Laurie has assumed leadership roles with increased responsibility in health system transformation, particularly in the area of chronic disease management.

Currently, she is overseeing the implementation of a provincial telehomecare program which is bringing virtual health care to communities and homes. Laurie’s portfolio also supports clinical innovation and other specialty programs.

Laurie is a registered nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration. In 2014, she was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network for her contribution to the public sector. In 2016, she was appointed to the American Telemedicine Association Board of Directors. Laurie is also involved in a number of community initiatives and sits on the Board of Directors for the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

Rob Williams

MD, Chief Medical Officer

Rob provides strategic leadership, advocacy and support for the organization’s medical interests.

A family physician, Dr. Williams began his practice in Timmins in 1976, where he served as Chief of Staff for 15 years. A co-founder of NORTH Network, Dr. Williams has served as a member and Chair of the Canadian Institute of Health Information Physician Advisory Committee and the Ontario Medical Association Committee on Hospitals, as a Commissioner of Ontario’s Health Services Restructuring Committee and as a member of the Registration Committee for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Sharon Baker

BComm, CPA, Executive Lead, Programs

For the past 20 years, Sharon has assumed leadership roles in various health care sectors with increased responsibility in health system transformation, particularly in the area of eHealth, Digital Health, and since joining OTN, virtual care.

Upon joining OTN, Sharon led a number of successful innovation procurements before taking the lead role in developing OTNs’ Enterprise Business Framework to govern strategic project delivery. Currently, she is overseeing the implementation of OTN’s program model, which ensures alignment between strategic projects and OTN’s new multi-year strategy.

Sharon is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. She is a designated director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D), having completed the Director Education Program and examination. She has held a number of volunteer board positions, including as a Director with Ontario Shores Health Centre, and Chair of the Ontario Shores Foundation.

OTN’s Board of Directors

Jonathan Bennett

Chair

Jonathan Bennett is Founder 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 educational 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.

David Murray

Vice Chair

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.

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 comprised of 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

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.

Richard Booth

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

MD

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.

Greg Pelling

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 being an external advisor to executive teams and boards leveraging his 25 years experience in IT, risk management and business strategy. He brings a broad range of expertise as a successful software entrepreneur, systems integrator, outsourcer, management consultant, business executive and trusted advisor to government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations.

Vania Sakelaris

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 health care 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

Non-voting MD, M.S.M, OTN CEO

Contact the Board of Directors

To get in touch with a member of the Board, including Dr. Edward M. Brown, OTN CEO, please contact Shannon Van Voorst, Executive Assistant, Office of the CEO and Board of Directors at 416-446-4113 or svanvoorst@otn.ca.

Shannon Van Voorst

Shannon Van Voorst

Executive Assistant
Office of the CEO and Board of Directors

Shannon provides senior-level executive support to the CEO.  She also serves as the liaison to the Board of Directors, providing vital governance and administrative guidance and support to the Board and its committees.  As the primary point of contact between the office of the CEO and senior Ministry officials, other healthcare and organizational executives (Ontario Health Teams (OHTs), Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), and hospitals she ensures the core business needs are met.  With more than 20 years of experience in both the private and public sector, Shannon has held positions ranging from office management, event planning, and fundraising.  Prior to joining OTN, Shannon held positions at the Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre and Collins Barrow.