Bill Hatanaka, Chair
Bill Hatanaka is the Board Chair of Ontario Health. He is the former President and CEO of the OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust), a defined benefit pension plan, jointly sponsored by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
Prior to this, Mr. Hatanaka was the Group Head of Wealth Management, TD Bank Group, with responsibility for building TD’s Global Wealth and Asset Management business. He also served as the inaugural Chair of the Bank’s Diversity Leadership Council. Preceding his time at TD, Mr. Hatanaka was the Chief Operating Officer, Wealth Management, Royal Bank of Canada.
He is a former Chair of the Investment Industry Association of Canada. Mr. Hatanaka has also served on several public boards including the Toronto Montreal Exchange (TMX) and TD Ameritrade.
Originally from Bathurst, New Brunswick, he holds an MA in Global Diplomacy from the University of London, England. He has also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, and has received the Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D designation.
Mr. Hatanaka currently serves on the boards of ICE NGX Canada Ltd. and Invesco Canada. He is an Honorary Governor of York University, and an Advisor to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Prior to entering the financial and public sectors, he played professional football in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Elyse Allan, Vice Chair
Elyse Allan is Vice Chair of the Ontario Health Board and is an accomplished executive with experience in driving growth, technology and innovation. She recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Canada and Vice-President of the GE Company where she led a multi-billion dollar digital, manufacturing and industrial services company. Ms. Allan currently serves as a Director of Brookfield Asset Management. She is a Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and member of its National Advisory Council and a Director of MaRS Discovery District. Until recently, she served on the Board of Directors of the Conference Board of Canada, The Royal Ontario Museum, the Business Council of Canada and was Chair of Providence Healthcare. Ms. Allan was appointed to the Order of Canada for her work in championing scientific literacy, particularly among girls.
Jay Aspin recently served as the federal Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming. Before his election to the parliament of Canada, he gained extensive senior management experience in both public and private sectors completing executive roles with the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and navigating his own business as an International Business Consultant. Mr. Aspin holds the Corporate Director (ICD.D) designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has served on a variety of Boards including the Civic Hospital Commission, the Certified Management Consultants of Canada, the Canadian Space Advisory Board, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Near North District School Board, which he currently chairs.
Alexander Barron is a pediatrician at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where he practices emergency medicine and hematology in addition to general pediatrics. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Barron also holds an MBA from The Ivey School of Business. He has served on the Board of The Canadian Medical Protective Association where he has been a member of the Executive, Case Review, Quality Assurance and Investment Committees. He has also served on the Board of the Ontario Medical Association. In addition, he has been a consulting physician with the Afghanistan Task Force of The Canadian International Development Agency/Canadian Armed Forces and is the Co-Founder of the Step Forward Foundation which fosters health, literacy and numeracy among the indigenous Shuar children and youth of Ecuador.
Major General (retd) Jean-Robert Bernier
Major General (retd) Jean-Robert Bernier served Canada for over 40 years in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Canadian and US defence intelligence, and the Royal Canadian Medical Service (RCMS). Among other responsibilities, he chaired NATO's Health, Medicine, and Protection research committee, led the military public health agency, and was responsible for health services to military operations, including the Ebola treatment mission to Sierra Leone and the hospital in Kandahar for which Canada received NATO’s highest medical honour. In 2012, he was appointed Canada's 38th Surgeon General, Honorary Physician to Her Majesty the Queen, Head of the RCMS, and Commander of the fully-integrated military health system. In 2015, he was unanimously elected chief medical adviser to the North Atlantic Alliance as chair of the committee of NATO Surgeons General. He has also served on the NATO Science and Technology Board, the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the board of the University of Ottawa Institute for Mental Health Research. He is also a Franco-Ontarian.
Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown
Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown is a recognized leader in the development of quality health care systems. Dr. Brown is currently Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Prior to becoming Dean, he was the university’s Director of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Dalla Lana Chair of Public Health Policy. He is also a member of the Premier's Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine. His past roles include senior leadership positions in policy and strategy within the Ontario government, founding positions in start-up companies, and extensive work on performance assessment. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Gillian Kernaghan, MD, CCFP, FCFP, CCPE, began her career as a family physician, joining the medical staff of St. Joseph's, Parkwood Hospital and London Health Sciences Centre in 1984. Most recently, she served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health Care London from 2010 to 2021. Previously, she served for 17 years as Vice President, Medical for various hospitals in London and led the medical staff during complex restructuring in which four hospitals merged to form St. Joseph’s. She has also served on numerous regional, provincial and national committees and boards. She is the recipient of the YMCA Women of Excellence Award in Health, Science and Technology (2015), the Studer Group Fire Starter Hall of Fame Award (2017), and the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders Excellence in Medical Leadership Award (2018). Dr. Kernaghan retired from her role as Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University in 2020. She is currently on faculty of CMA Joule providing leadership training nationally.
Lynda Hawton Kitamura
Lynda Hawton Kitamura, a Chartered Professional Accountant and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, is an experienced executive with extensive financial and operational expertise as well as national and international experience in the technology sector. She is currently Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Operations, with Electronic Products Recycling Association, a not-for-profit, industry-funded organization. She is also Chair of the Board of Governors of Wilfrid Laurier University and an advisor to Bialogics Analytics. Previously, Ms. Kitamura served as Vice President, Finance, Global Technology Services, with Hewlett Packard. With expertise in mergers, acquisitions and strategy development, she is a two-time recipient of the Women's Executive Network Top 100 Women in Canada.
Jackie Moss brings to the Board both her experience as a senior bank executive and that of a hospital patient turned entrepreneur. Ms. Moss was a senior executive at CIBC for over 18 years where she ran the Global Human Resources, Strategy and Corporate Development functions and was their General Counsel in Canada. Prior to this, she was a partner at the law firm Blake, Cassels and Graydon. As the result of her previous hospital experience, Ms. Moss founded Giftgowns, a company producing unique hospital gowns for patients. Ms. Moss now serves on the Board of the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario and Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust and is Chair of their Human Resources and Nominations and Governance Committees, respectively.
Paul Tsaparis has a distinguished 30-year career in technology marked by progressively senior appointments with the global information technology company Hewlett-Packard, including 12 years as President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Canada. Mr. Tsaparis also played a leading role with the Information Technology Association of Canada as its Chair. He was also Chair of its Board of Governors. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors at York University, the culmination of two decades of service to the university. Mr. Tsaparis is also a Board member of Teranet, Metrolinx and Indspire, an education foundation dedicated to indigenous youth. He previously served as a Board member of Humber River Hospital. Prior to his retirement from Hewlett-Packard in 2012, Mr. Tsaparis was Vice-President of Technology Support, Americas.
Anju Virmani has been an adviser, entrepreneur and consultant in the information technology industry for more than 30 years in Canada and the United States and has served as a senior advisor to many technology start-ups. She is currently Chief Information Officer at Cargojet, Canada’s leading supplier of time-sensitive air cargo services. She also sits on the Board of CentrePort Canada, North America’s largest inland port in Winnipeg. Ms. Virmani has also served on the Boards of the Toronto Transit Commission and Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. Her other appointments include the Advisory Council for National Security, the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on National Security and the Schulich School of Business Advisory Committee.