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Board of Directors

Compassion, Commitment, Leadership

VON Canada’s Board brings together leaders in the fields of health care, nursing, management, finance, law, human resources and information technology. With decades of volunteer service in communities across Canada, they understand the health and social concerns facing Canadians today. Throughout their careers, many have actively advocated for a stronger health care system in our country. And they all share a passion for helping others and making a difference.

We rely on their guidance for moving VON Canada forward in its mission of building a healthier society for all Canadians.

Peter Currie

Peter Currie

Chair, Board of Directors

Peter Currie has more than 40 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods, technology, financial services and nuclear energy industries. He has extensive experience in all areas of finance, more

Cyndy De Giusti

Cyndy De Giusti

Vice Chair

Cyndy De Giusti brings extensive leadership expertise in health care, marketing and communications as well as wide-ranging board experience to VON Canada. Most recently, she provided senior communications counsel to the Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, University Health Network, CAMH Foundation, Toronto East General Hospital, Canadian Hearing Society and Toronto Centre Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). more

Anna Babin

Anna Babin is a Certified Health Executive with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and from Athabasca University. She holds a designation as Chartered Professional in Human more

Dafna Carr

Dafna Carr, MBA

Dafna Carr joined the Government of Ontario in 2016 and became Associate Deputy Minister and Corporate Chief Information Officer (CCIO) in June of 2019.  The CCIO leads a talent pool of 4000+ more

Cynthia Dorrington, CPA, CMA

Cynthia Dorrington is a leader in human resources management with more than two decades of experience in the private, public and non-profits sectors both locally and internationally. She is the more

Frances (Fran) Gregor, BN, MN, PhD

Dr. Fran Gregor brings nearly 35 years of professional and volunteer leadership experience to her Board role at VON.  Fran’s academic career with the School of Nursing at Dalhousie more

Estelle Jacquemard

Estelle Jacquemard, CPA, CMA

Estelle is a bilingual executive with an extensive experience in leading global corporate services in Canada and in Europe.

She's currently the Director, Operations Management at more

Pete Larocque, MBA

Pete Larocque has more than 35 years’ experience assisting private and public sector organizations improve their performance, solve complex business problems and improve their financial and more

Amy K. Lee, MBA, BSc(OT), CRM, RF

Amy Lee is a Certified Health Executive, a Certified Canadian Risk Manager and a Risk Fellow, with extensive expertise in project management, change management, quality improvement, and care more

Marilyn Macdonald

Marilyn Macdonald

Dr. Marilyn Macdonald is a Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Nursing (SoN) at Dalhousie University. Her background is in clinical nursing and includes general more

Michael Nicin, MPA, MA

Michael Nicin is Executive Director of the National Institute on Ageing.  He previously served as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Seniors Affairs, more

John Peddle, ICD.D

John Peddle is Principal Consultant and owner of AMP Associates (88) Ltd., Management consulting firm providing services in industrial relations and human resources. John served as Executive more

Darrel I. Pink

Darrel I. Pink

Darrel I. Pink has devoted his career to the advancement of professional accountability, ethics and regulation in the legal sector across Canada and internationally.  Darrel is currently the more

Monique Porlier

Monique Porlier is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and not-for-profit sectors as a strategic and operational leader in finance, pension and group benefits, more

Annette Elliott Rose

Dr. Annette Elliott Rose is the Vice President, Clinical Care & Chief Nurse Executive at IWK Health, which offers primary, secondary and tertiary services for children, youth and women. She more


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