President & Chief Executive Officer, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Sector: Non-Profit Sector
I am a champion for business effectiveness, cultural transformation, diversity, equity, innovation and excellence. A seasoned CEO and board director, I bring financial intelligence, legal, communications, public policy, highly regulated industries and social media experience to my executive and governance roles. I am a leader in executive use of social media to enhance transparency and cultural transformation.
Prior to joining Holland Bloorview as President and CEO in 2015, I spent 9 years at Ryerson University, first as General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors and then as Vice-President, Administration and Finance during a pivotal time including the development of the DMZ (a global leader in university-based entrepreneurship), the transformation of the former Maple Leaf Gardens into the Mattamy Athletic Centre, the development of Ryerson’s gateway on Yonge Street—the Sheldon and Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre—and the People First strategy through which I established the university’s inaugural lead for diversity, equity and inclusion. I was also interim Dean of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education where I championed digital education and access to university for marginalized students.
I honed my expertise in public policy with roles in the Ontario government as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, Counsel and Special Advisor to two Secretaries of Cabinet and Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of Ontario.
A lawyer by training with law degrees from McGill University and the Columbia Law School, following graduation I clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. I have held Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Fulbright Fellowships.
In 2018, 2019 and 2020 I was named one of Canada’s Top 100 most Powerful Women and in 2020 was inducted in the Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame.
I am active on numerous volunteer boards focused on research and academic excellence, access to technology and innovation and children’s health.