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About Belmont House

Board of Directors

Role of the Board of Directors

The Belmont House Board of Directors supports the achievement of Belmont’s mission by ensuring that a qualified team of staff and volunteers is in place and works to achieve legislated, financial, environmental, moral and ethical standards. The Board identifies areas in which plans and programs are to be developed and implemented by staff and volunteers. Results are monitored through on-going liaison with the Management Team.

2019-2020 Belmont House Board of Directors

Tom Ouchterlony (Chair)

Tom Ouchterlony is a retired partner of Borden Ladner Gervais in Toronto. Tom earned a law degree from the University of Toronto and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1974. During his 33 years of private practice in corporate-commercial law, in addition to advising business corporations, he developed a major concentration in advising charitable and non-profit corporations of all sizes on general matters including governance issues. He currently services as Vice Chair and Secretary of the Board of Directors at Belmont House, having joined the Board in 2013. His mother was a very contented Belmont House resident for several years prior to her passing in 2001. In retirement, he is learning about grandparenting, organic vegetable farming, choral music and bridge, in addition to working on his golf and tennis games.

Mary Kardos Burton (Past-Chair)

Mary Kardos Burton, a leader in health and social services, was formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Acute Services and Community Health Divisions with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and held executive positions with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. At the national level she co-chaired an advisory committee recommending strategies for provincial ministers and deputy ministers on public health issues. As an independent consultant, Mary was an interim vice president at Health Quality Ontario, chaired two of the standards committees for the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, and was an interim CEO for Central West Community Care Access Centre. She has also completed a variety of assignments for private and not-for-profit organizations, including the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, the World Innovation Network at the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and the Association for Community Health Centres. She served as a Board Trustee at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is also a public member on the College for Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has been on the Belmont House Board of Directors since 2012 and has served as Chair of the Board since 2016.

Joanne Beaton

Joanne Beaton is a Chartered Accountant and accomplished leader in both the not-for-profit and private sectors. Joanne has spent the majority of her professional career working with two national charities in senior roles and most recently joined the ‘C-suite’ in the automobile sector. She is a member of the Human Resource Professionals’ Association, the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the Canadian Institute of Management and the Risk Management Society. She was recognized with an award for her long-standing volunteer service to the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Ontario. Born and raised in Halifax, she is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University and has attained both Certified Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant designations. Joanne obtained her risk management designation at the University of Toronto, along with a Professional Manager designation, and is recognized as a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She has also served as an active volunteer with a variety of charities, and joined the Board of Belmont House in 2018 when a relative’s long-term care experience motivated her to become involved.

Neel Desai

Neel Desai is a software entrepreneur with a passion for technology and innovation-in-aging. He first joined the Belmont community in 2013 as a volunteer computer tutor, teaching tenants and residents how to use technologies such as Skype, Email, and Google. In 2014, he then served as producer of the 2014 Nuit Blanche project “This Light of Mine”, showcasing the talents of artists living at Belmont House. Neel is currently a senior consultant working at Deloitte, with a focus on implementing enterprise marketing technologies. Prior to working at Deloitte, he was co-founder and CEO of Chumbuggy.com Inc., a software that rebuilds personal and professional networks for ‘baby boomers’ using real time technology. At Chumbuggy.com, Neel successfully developed partnerships with Canadian Association of Retired Persons, Zoomer, American Association of Retired Persons, Toronto Public Libraries, and the Reitman’s Centre at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Previously, Neel held management positions with Rogers Communications in Dealer analytics and programs, including development of a new dealer contract, compensation structure, and the design and management of national retail programs. A graduate of Queen’s University, he joined the Belmont House Board of Directors in 2015.

Mary Ellen Gillespie (Ex-Officio)

Mary Ellen Gillespie is an investment management executive with more than 20 years of institutional portfolio management and client service experience. Mary Ellen’s broad spectrum of clients includes those in the insurance, university, pension plan, asset manager, trust company and government sectors. She most recently held the position of Executive Director, Fixed Income with UBS Global Asset Management (Canada) Inc., UBS, AG. Previously, she served as Senior Vice-President, Fixed Income with RT Capital Management Inc., Royal Bank of Canada and Vice President, Fixed Income, Corporate Investment Associates (RT) Inc. with Royal Trust Company of Canada. She is a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and earned a Master of Arts degree at Queen’s University. She has served on the Belmont House Foundation since 2012 and joined the Belmont House Board of Directors in 2017, as well as becoming the Chair of the Belmont House Foundation in 2018.

A. Thomas Little (Treasurer)

Tom Little is a lawyer and investment banker with extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets financing and business valuation. As an investment banker, Tom has expertise in the banking, wealth management and insurance sectors and has advised on several high profile M&A transactions and initial public offerings for Canada’s leading financial institutions. Most recently, Tom served as Managing Director & Head of Financial Institutions Investment Banking for Desjardins Securities Inc. Previously, he held the position of Director, Financial Institutions, Investment & Corporate Banking with BMO Capital Markets. Prior to his investment banking career, Tom was a commercial litigation lawyer at Fasken Martineau. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Trinity College, University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. Tom enjoys travelling, music and sports and is a Boston-qualified marathon runner. Tom and his wife, Marnie, are members of Grace Church On-The-Hill and have been active members of the Belmont community since 2009. Tom joined the Board of Belmont House in 2013.

Brenda McCauley

Brenda McCauley is an operations and service management executive with a focus on operational leadership and major transformational change in the public sector. Brenda has served in senior human resources and labour management capacities with the Ontario Ministry of Government Services and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Her many accomplishments include enabling the governance modernization of the Services Ontario Board of Directors and leading a multi-year initiative to optimize the government’s service delivery network (former health card and driver licence now available at one-stop ServiceOntario locations). Previously, she led direct service delivery initiatives, and developed Emergency Measures plans and accountability frameworks for regional health operations. Earlier in her career, she was a secondary school teacher and nurse supervisor. She is the recipient of many Government of Ontario and Government Technology Exhibition and Conference awards. In addition she earned a Masters certificate in project management from York University and has achieved accreditation in various facilitation and administration programs. Among diverse volunteer activities, she taught German folk music and culture and studied American Sign Language. She is also a speaker at multicultural events advocating diversity and music awareness and education. She joined the Board of Belmont House in 2015.

Myles Mindham

Myles Mindham is the founder, CEO and Creative Director of Mindham Fine Jewellery located in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville area. Myles is committed to making the lives of others better as demonstrated through his active fundraising and community volunteer efforts. He actively supports Camp Oochigaes, a residential camp for children with cancer, and served as a member of its campaign cabinet to raise funds in support of campsite infrastructure expansion. He also served on the Children’s Aid Foundation scholarship review committee. He recently served on the FBAR Committee for the Art Gallery of Ontario. He co-chaired The Ontario Veterinary College’s “Walk in the Park” to benefit the University of Guelph’s Pet Trust. He also served on committees for The National Ballet of Canada, The National Ballet School and the Dancers’ Transition Resource Centre, in addition to supporting The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Gattuso Rapid Diagnostic Centre. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and joined the Belmont House Board of Directors in 2016.

Elaine K. Roberts

Elaine Roberts served as President, Treasurer and Principal Financial and Accounting Officer of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. from 1977 until 2013 and she served as a member of its Board of Directors of both the company and its domestic and foreign subsidiaries until 2018. From 2016 to 2018, she also chaired its Audit Committee that oversees, among other things, internal financial control policies, procedures, and risk management. Elaine was responsible for all financial reporting and integral to acquisition decisions, implementation and oversight for Oppenheimer, a leading middle market investment bank and full-service stock broker-dealer. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and holds both Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations. She is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. In a volunteer capacity, she is a past member of the Board of Directors at Holland Bloorview Children’s Hospital. She joined the Board of Directors of Belmont House in 2017.

Rani Hajela Srivastava

Rani Hajela Srivastava, RN, Ph.D. is a nursing professional and author with more than 35 years of healthcare experience. Rani holds academic appointments at the University of Toronto, York University, and Dalhousie University She has held progressive leadership positions including Advanced practice nurse, Director, Nursing Practice & Professional Leader in Nursing at the former Wellesley Central Hospital and is currently the Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is a recognized industry leader in the area of diversity, equity and cultural competence and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours. She was recognized as an innovator and champion as one of Canadian Nurses Association’s 150 Nurses for Canada. She was the recipient of a Punjabi Community Health Services Diversity Award in honour of International Women’s Day, the Ted Tremain Memorial Award for Excellence and a Founders & Builders Award for strengthening diversity networks from the Centre for Equity in Health and Society. She is frequently sought out as a consultant and speaker on topics of diversity and equity, cultural competence, inter-professional care and leadership She is the author of numerous professional articles and is frequently interviewed by members of the media on health and culture matters. Her many professional affiliations include serving on the Board of Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society in Nursing and as an Executive Member on the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses. She joined the Board of Belmont House in 2018.

Donald C. Stewart

Donald C. Stewart is a seasoned financial executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry both in Canada and internationally. Formerly he held the position of Chairperson at Banc America Securities Canada. He also served in senior leadership roles with ABN AMRO Hoare Govett and Credit Suisse (Toronto and Zurich). His current Board and committee affiliations include the Beckers Milk Company Limited, Bruce Telecom, CDEV, KEB Hana Bank Canada, SBI Canada Bank, The Michael Garron Hospital, and Lost City Golf Club. He also served on Boards and committees of the Canadian Bankers Association, American Canadian Chamber of Commerce, S.C. Johnson & Son Canada and the United Way of Canada. He joined the Board of Directors of Belmont House in 2017.