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Cancer Quality Council of Ontario Members

Council members are a multidisciplinary group of volunteers that are healthcare providers, cancer survivors, family members, caregivers, and experts in the areas of oncology, health system policy and administration, governance, performance measurement and health services research. The CQCO is supported by a Secretariat housed at Cancer Care Ontario.

Virginia McLaughlin has been a member of CQCO since 2011 and has been serving as the Council Chair since 2013. She currently serves as a chair of the Board of Trustees at the University of Guelph and the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology Corporation. In addition she is Honorary Colonel of the 25 (Toronto) Field Ambulance. She is a past Chair of the Board of Directors, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a past chair of the Governance Leadership Council of the Ontario Hospital Association.

Prior to becoming a member of the Sunnybrook & Women's Board of Directors, Ms. McLaughlin was a member of the Board of Trustees, York Central Hospital (1985-1997) and Chair of the Board from 1995-97. She chaired the GTA/905 Healthcare Alliance from 1995-1998 and the York Region Tri-Hospital group from 1995-97. Ms. McLaughlin has also participated in governance for the Ontario Hospital Association as a member of the Regional Council Executive Committee for Region 3 (Toronto, York, Peel and Durham) 1998-2008, as chair of the RCEC 2000-2002, member of the OHA board of Directors 2000-2002 and chair of the OHA Advocacy Committee (2001-2002) and from 2004 until November 2007 was the Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association Governance Leadership Council. Other recent volunteer commitments include Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Trinity College (2003-2005; member since 1999), Chair of Finance Committee (2000-2003) and member of Nominating Committee for the Provost (2001). During the 1980's and early 1990's Ms. McLaughlin served as a volunteer member of the Toronto Symphony Board, Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee and Junior Women's Committee and as a member of the Country Day School Board and Chair of the Junior School Curriculum Committee.

In private life, Ms. McLaughlin is President of Helmhorst Investments Limited. She is married and has two adult children and three grandchildren.

Appointed to CQCO: 2011

Darren is OntarioMD’s Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), since 2007. As the CMIO, he provides clinical advice to many provincial and national steering committees and clinician advisory groups and has been instrumental in forging system-level partnerships.

Darren is a tireless champion of EMR adoption and optimization of EMRs and health informatics to empower Ontario’s physicians to enhance quality patient care and practice efficiency. He provides the physician perspective and guides all aspects of OntarioMD’s work to evolve and advance EMRs and digital health for primary care and community specialist clinics. This includes clinical practice change, quality improvement, data quality and analytics, and EMR maturity measurement.

Darren obtained his BSc at the University of Alberta, MD at the University of Calgary, and did residency at the University of Ottawa.  He holds a Masters Certificate in Physician Leadership from York University’s Schulich School of Executive Management.  Clinically, he practices and teaches through the University of Toronto Department of Community and Family Medicine at Women’s College Hospital Family Practice Health Centre and lectures at the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation.

Appointed to CQCO: 2012

Matthew Anderson has 25 years of experience as a leader in health care. Matthew became President and CEO of Lakeridge Health in 2016. Previously, he was CEO of William Osler System in Brampton and North Etobicoke. Matthew is also a former CEO of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

His health care leadership began at the University Health Network (UHN) where he quickly rose to leadership positions, including Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice-President at UHN. Matthew was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 by the Globe and Mail.

At Lakeridge Health, Matthew leads one of the largest community hospital systems, overseeing the operation of five community hospitals with four emergency departments and more than 5,000 staff and physicians. He works with Lakeridge Health’s community partners to build a regional system of care for families in Durham Region.

Matthew lives in Brooklin with his wife and their three children.

Appointed to CQCO: 2016

Dr. Bell is the Physician-in Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at U of T. He is a hospital-based general internist at Mount Sinai Hospital, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Ontario, and a Core Member of the University of Toronto Centre for Patient Safety. Dr Bell is a medical consultant to the Policy and Innovation Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health. He is an expert in the areas of health system policy and administration, performance measurement and health services research. Dr. Bell's research focuses on patient safety, and the quality of patient care in hospitals. For the past 5 years he has been the Research Director for the Sinai Health System - University Health Network Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

Dr. Bell received his MD from the University of Toronto and completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Investigation at the University of Toronto. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and then received his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research from the University of Toronto. Dr. Bell holds a joint Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Canadian Patient Safety Institute Chair in Patient Safety and Continuity of Care.

Appointed to CQCO: 2014

Dr. Brundage is a Radiation Oncologist and professor of Oncology, and in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen's University. While frequently interfacing with both the NCIC Clinical Trials Group and the clinical setting of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, Dr. Brundage's research program resides primarily within the Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology at Queen's Cancer Research Institute, an applied research unit that he heads. Dr. Brundage has implemented the first Canadian Patterns of Care Study in prostate cancer radiotherapy. His work with psychologist Dr. Deb Feldman-Stewart addresses information provision and decision support for cancer patients. With regard to health-related quality of life (HRQL) and other patient reported outcomes (PROs), Dr. Brundage has worked to explore new methods of appropriately assessing and interpreting these outcomes in cancer clinical trials, as well as new ways of effectively communicating these outcomes to patients and clinicians.

Appointed to CQCO: 2014

"I still have a dream, that someday I will walk into my physician's office and she'll be able to retrieve my medical information no matter where I've been seen. We’ve come a long way but we’re not there yet."

She is passionate about technology solutions that are person-centric but only if they optimize and improve business process and communication.

Over 25+ years' experience in the Information Industry designing and promoting technology solutions that delivered critical information electronically to Fortune 1000 companies and Government agencies. Early solutions such as NewsEdge’s push technology for competitive intelligence and LIVE news tracking; Infomart/Dialog Online for in-depth research, delivering personalized information to individual desktops before it was so easy.

Leveraging the lessons learned in the information industry entered the Healthcare Industry with a desire to use that experience to make a difference. Starting with HealthLink Clinical Data Network and then on to MediSolution Inc. supporting the exchange of health information by promoting integration and networking solutions. Has been involved in healthcare as an independent working on several provincial initiatives including the Ontario Wait Time Information System Project and as the Clinical Product Manager responsible for the Hospital Report Manager (HRM) product and then Product Communications Lead for OntarioMD Products and Services.

But her real challenge was as a caregiver and patient advocate, navigating our healthcare system for her husband Bob who was diagnosed with a rare Thymoma in Sept 2008, her Mom and Dad as they became frail seniors in 2013 and again for her husband as he battles this cancer again. Jenny truly believes the use of technology could have helped with communication of patient information between healthcare providers during her family’s challenges.

She has a 360 degree view of the healthcare system as a vendor representative, Hospital Project Manager, Provincial Team Advisor and patient advocate/ caregiver and has been happy to contribute to the CQCO from a patient caregiver perspective.

Appointed to CQCO: 2011

A dedicated volunteer, Ruthe Anne's passion for healthcare began with her appointment to the board of St Joseph's Healthcare London in 1999, serving as Chair in 2003-2005. Ruthe Anne has completed terms as Chair of the Canadian Healthcare Association (2008) as well as the Ontario Hospital Association (2007).

Locally, in addition to serving on the boards of Children's Health Foundation and the London and Middlesex United Way, Ruthe Anne chaired the Lawson Research Institute (2003-2006). Ruthe Anne is currently Chair, London Health Science Centre and a faculty member with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

Ruthe Anne has gained a provincial reputation as a tireless healthcare advocate demonstrating leadership in advocacy and policy development both provincially and nationally. With a long standing passion for governance leadership, Ruthe Anne is an advocate for raising awareness of quality and patient/client safety and the impact it has on the patient experience.

Ruthe Anne was recognized in 2008 as a Leading Woman in her community by the Province of Ontario, honoured as a 2011 YMCA Woman of Excellence as well as a recipient of a Queen's Jubilee Medal for volunteerism and commitment to community.

Professionally, Ruthe Anne worked for three decades in the aviation industry for Air Canada culminating in her appointed as Air Ontario's Chief Operating Officer in 1999. In addition to Air Ontario's COO role, Ruthe Anne assumed the senior human resource role during the process of creating Air Canada Jazz through the merger of Air Canada's 5 Regional Airlines. Post retirement, Ruthe Anne lectured at the University of Western Ontario.

Appointed to CQCO: 2012

Inspired by the early pioneers of the independent living movement, Stacey has passionately championed the advancement of health care services, and a health care system, that sees fundamental respect for human dignity at its core. A mission-driven, values-based leader who knows it’s not what you say you do, but the everyday experience of the people you serve and lead that defines a leader’s success.

Working in health care for over 25 years, in a variety of leadership roles, Stacey is currently the President & CEO of Headwaters Healthcare Centre, an innovative, community centred hospital located in beautiful Dufferin County. Prior to this, Stacey was the CEO of the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, recognized for its groundbreaking work in home and community care, including the 2014 Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety for its Palliative Care Program and the 2014 inaugural Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders. Stacey also has been recognized as one of Canadas Top 100 Women by the WXN and received the Change Foundation’s 20 Faces of Change Award for her leadership in healthcare innovation.

A lifelong learner, Stacey has Master’s degree in gerontology/health science from the University of Waterloo and MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Learning for Stacey is the key to discovery and she believes she has much to learn from the wisdom of others, particularly the clients and community she serves.

Stacey is currently a Board Member at the Change Foundation, Ontario Hospital Association and is a member on the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and Health Sector Advisory, Rotman School of Management.

Appointed to CQCO: 2015

Winnie Doyle is the Senior Vice President for St Joseph’s Health System and Executive Vice President for Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

She has worked in clinical practice, research and more recently as a senior administrator in clinical programs. Prior to that, she was Vice President in the Mental Health and Addictions Program.

Winnie is committed to teaching. She was a preceptor for nursing students in mental health for fifteen years. She was a tutor for medical students. She is currently a clinical lecturer at McMaster University, Hamilton.

Winnie received her Master of Nursing Administration from the University of Toronto in 2000.

Appointed to CQCO: 2011

Deb Galet joined Lakeridge Health as the Director of Post-Acute Specialty Services following 8 years at St. Michael’s Hospital. Her current portfolio includes palliative care, rehabilitation and complex geriatric services. Deb has been a regional lead in program planning of both clinical services implementation as well as co-chair in the CE LHIN of the regional orthopaedic rehabilitation planning. She currently sits on the oversight committee for Resource Matching and Referral in the CE LHIN and is a clinical service representative in the Provincial Rehabilitative Care Alliance. Her interests lie in health system continuous quality improvement, access and resource utilization to improve patient care.

Deb’s husband was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer and passed away in February 2011. Deb’s greatest joy is raising their two children Alan and Milly and their newest addition, their puppy Sugar.

Appointed to CQCO: 2015

Michelle Karker is currently the Executive Director of the East Wellington Family Health Team, working with a highly engaged team of family physicians, allied health professionals and administrative staff within the communities of Erin, Rockwood and Guelph Eramosa. Michelle has been responsible for the development of a new community health organization where she was directly involved in the planning, funding, design and construction of two new medical clinics involving public/private partnerships.

Michelle is an active leader within the primary health care system and has been involved with a number of health system and primary care initiatives. Some of these include: Association of Family Health Teams (AFHTO), Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), LHIN and regional health system initiatives. She has also developed and overseen innovative partnerships with other organizations to fund and deliver new health care services.

Michelle is also a Board of Director for Hospice Wellington and currently the Chair of the Quality Improvement committee and is also on the Board of Directors for the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario. Michelle has a strong interest in performance measurement, data management and quality improvement.

Prior to her Executive Director role, she had worked in a variety of leadership roles within the non-profit sector and private sector including the Canadian Cancer Society. She has a B.A. from Western University, B.Ed. in Adult Education from Brock University and an Leadership from the University of Guelph. As well, she is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Advanced Health Leadership Program.

Appointed to CQCO: 2015

Dawn holds a MSc in Real Estate Appraising from the Opus School of Business, University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and is an accredited member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

Presently, Dawn is President of Powell Appraisals, an independent property valuation and consulting firm that has served Northwestern Ontario since 1987.

In September 2011, Dawn was elected Chair of the Patient and Family Cancer Care Partnership for Cancer Care Northwest. In addition, Dawn is a member of the Patient and Family Centred Leadership Council for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre, and has participated in numerous committees, councils and media events as a patient representative primarily for Cancer Care Northwest and Cancer Care Ontario.

Dawn lost her father to lung cancer in 1978, her mother to ovarian cancer in 1991, and was diagnosed herself with cancer in 2007. She has witnessed the tremendous progress that has been made in the treatment of cancer and patient care over the last 30+ years. But she wants more. She trusts that the way to achieve this is, to give patients a voice in their own care - from diagnosis, through treatment, and beyond.

Dawn lives in Thunder Bay with her husband Eric and call Northwestern Ontario her home.

Appointed to CQCO: 2012

Dr. Andy J. Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

In addition, he is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed medical school, including a Master’s of Science, and General Surgery residency at the University of Toronto. He also completed a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-­‐Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Upon returning to Canada, he established himself as a leader in the management of colorectal cancer. He has served as Head of the Division of General Surgery at Sunnybrook, Chair of the Division of General Surgery at the University of Toronto and Chief of the Odette Cancer Program and Regional Vice President for Cancer Care Ontario. Most recently, Dr. Smith has served Sunnybrook as its Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Executive.

Appointed to CQCO: 2014

Ex-officio Members

Dr. Michael Sherar is President and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario, a role he was appointed to in2011. From 2006 to 2011, he was the provincial agency’s Vice-President, Planning andRegional Programs, leading the development of Regional Cancer Programs, including capitalplanning for cancer services across the province.

Dr. Sherar is an Affiliate Scientist at the Techna Institute University Health Network where hecarries out research and development of minimally invasive thermal therapy technologies forcancer including radiofrequency ablation.

Dr. Sherar received a BA in Physics from Oxford University in 1985 and his PhD in MedicalBiophysics from University of Toronto in 1989.

Ex-officio member of CQCO since 2011

Dr. Robin McLeod received a B.Sc. and MD from the University of Alberta. Following this, she completed training in General Surgery at the University of Toronto, Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as training in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University before joining the faculty at the University of Toronto in 1985. She currently is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a fellow ad hominem of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colorectal Surgery.

Dr. McLeod is currently the Vice President of Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives at Cancer Care Ontario, the provincial agency which oversees all cancer services in Ontario. As well, Dr. McLeod is a Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation and Vice Chair, Quality and Best Performance, in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. McLeod is a past president of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and a past Regent of the American College of Surgeons. She was the founding Chair of Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery, an internet journal club jointly sponsored by the Canadian Association of General Surgeons & American College of Surgeons.

Dr McLeod's clinical and research interests are colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, evidence based medicine, quality and knowledge translation. She has led several multicentre clinical trials and quality initiatives and has authored over 400 peer reviewed articles and 40 book chapters.

Ex-officio member of CQCO since 2014

Paula Doering received her Diploma in Nursing from in 1982, completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Post RN Program) in 1988 and an Executive MBA from the University of Ottawa in 1995.

Paula has been with The Ottawa Hospital since 1983. Currently, she holds the position of the Vice-President of Clinical Programs for Peri-Operative Services and Cancer as well as Medical Imaging and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She is also the Regional Vice-President of Cancer for the Champlain Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN), reporting to Cancer Care Ontario. She is responsible for the quality, standards, and advancement of cancer care for the region.

Ex-officio member of CQCO since 2016

Cancer Quality Council of Ontario Secretariat Staff

Jennifer Stiff
Group Manager

Afifa Faisal

Vicki Lee
Lead, Policy

Thivya Shanthakumar
Specialist, Policy & Research

Alexandra Pepetone
Student, Research Assistant