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Senior Management Team

Through their collective experience and shared commitment to excellence, our senior management team contributes to the strategic and operational long-term success of VON Canada.

Jo-Anne Poirier

President and CEO

Jo-Anne joined VON Canada in 2014 with more than 30 years of experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Before VON, she was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ottawa Community more

Sharon Goodwin

Senior Vice President, Home Care and Client Experience

With her extensive background in health care, nursing and health informatics, Sharon recently led the transformation of VON’s home care service delivery in Ontario. This initiative created more

Beth Green

Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Philanthropy

Beth joined VON Canada in 2014, bringing more than 25 years of experience in marketing, public affairs, and brand strategy to her role. Most recently, Beth was Vice President Communications and more

Michele Lawford

General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer

Michele Lawford joined VON Canada in 2017. She holds a Masters in Health Law from Osgoode Law School and a J.D. in Law from Queen’s University. Michele is currently a Director of the more

Brian Lyons

Vice President, Information Technology & Services

Brian Lyons, a senior information technology leader with more than 25 years of experience in the home health care and telecommunications sectors joined VON Canada in 2014. He has a proven track more

Susan Rath-Wilson

Vice President, Human Resources

Susan Rath-Wilson joined VON as the Vice President, Human Resources in November, 2014. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in public sector Human Resource management, most recently as more

Bill Smethurst

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Business Optimization

Bill Smethurst joined VON Canada in January 2014 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Optimization on a permanent basis following a year-long assignment with the more


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