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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.

Malcolm Mercer

Chair, Board of Directors

Malcolm Mercer is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group with nearly thirty-five years in practice. He has acted as McCarthy Tétrault’s General Counsel and is a former co-leader of the firm’s National Litigation Practice.

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Peter Currie

Peter Currie

Vice Chair

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, ...read 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+ ...read 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).

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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 f...read 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 Shopify...read 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.

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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 delive...read 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 su...read 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 workers....read more

Jim Merkley

Jim Merkley

Jim Merkley recently retired as the Interim CEO of the Cape Breton District Health Authority, where he also served as Vice President, Operations for ten years. In this role, he oversaw finance and human resources for this $250 million integrated health care organization and was active in the provincial restructuring of all health districts in Nova Scotia. Prior to this, Jim served as a senior executive in health organizations in Manitoba, British Columbia and Ontario, including as President and CEO of the Brockville General Hospital.

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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 Direct...read 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 recent...read 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.

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Accreditation

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.