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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

Malcolm Mercer

Past Chair

Malcolm Mercer has practiced as a lawyer in Ontario since 1984. Malcolm currently spends his time advising lawyers and law firms about professional responsibility, adjudicating as a member of the more


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

Cyndy De Giusti

Cyndy De Giusti

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

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

Annette Elliott Rose, PhD, RN

Annette Elliott Rose is the IWK’s Vice President, Clinical Care & Chief Nurse Executive. Annette holds a Master of Nursing and PhD in Nursing from Dalhousie University and is an adjunct 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

Pete Larocque is Managing Partner for CoreTracks, a management consulting firm that provides consulting services to the Federal Government across Canada. Pete is responsible for business development, sales, recruiting, and administration. more
Amy K. Lee

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

Alison McKay

Alison McKay leads a team of professionals who administer the largest defined benefit pension plan in Saskatchewan, providing retirement income security for the province’s healthcare 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.  After 28 years, he more

Monique Porlier

Monique Porlier

Monique Porlier has more than 20 years of strategic and operational leadership experience in finance, pension and group benefits, human resources, information technology (IT) and risk management. Currently, Monique is Vice-President, Corporate Services for Headwaters Health Care Centre, responsible for operations including Human Resources, Organizational Development, Finance, Facilities, Health Records and Decision Support, Information Management and Technology, Patient Experience, Communications and Strategy, Maintenance/Facilities/Biomedical Engineering, Food Services, Materials Management and Security. more


Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that consults with experts to develop health care standards based on best practices. They accredit a wide range of health care and social services providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, clinics, and community health programs. Accreditation Canada has been helping providers improve health care quality and safety for more than 55 years.