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.
2020-2021 Belmont House Board of Directors
Elaine K. Roberts (Chair)
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.
Tom Ouchterlony (Past-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 serves as Past-Chair 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Kathryn is an accomplished health care leader with a passion for seniors’ care and more than 30 years’ experience in a variety of areas within the health care field. Most recently she was the CEO of Self-Directed Care Ontario, and prior to that was the CEO of the Central East Community Care Access Centre, after a long tenure as a senior executive within home and community care. Prior to her home care roles, she was a health care consultant supporting a variety of organizations in Ontario across the breadth of the health care field. She began her career as a physiotherapist. Kathryn has previous governance experience both as a consultant and as a board member of the former Rouge Valley Health System, where she completed her tenure as the Chair. Kathryn has a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Health Science in Health Administration degree from the University of Toronto, and also completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She joined the Belmont House Board of Directors in 2020.
Diane is a former Associate Deputy Minister with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), and throughout her career has developed extensive experience in business transformation and health policy. Her most recent roles include: Ontario’s first Chief Talent Officer where she led the modernization of leadership practices in the (OPS); Executive Lead for the team that transformed the beverage alcohol retailing system and HydroOne IPO; and Executive Officer of the Ontario Public Drugs Program where she implemented significant changes in drug pricing and coverage. Diane was also the Assistant Deputy Minister Responsible for Seniors and developed the Legislation governing Retirement Homes in Ontario. She has led teams developing health human resource policy and planning for health care provider training, education, supply and distribution initiatives, data and health information planning and analysis, health care provider negotiations, rural health policy, labour relations, and service delivery restructuring. She is currently a board member of CorHealth, which provides strategic leadership to improve cardiac, stroke and vascular care in the province, and of the Ontario Financing Authority which manages the Province’s debt and borrowing program. Diane’s previous Board experience includes the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation (Audit Committee member), the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (Chair, Audit and Finance Committee), and the Michener Institute of Canada. Diane has a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. She received her ICD.D designation in June 2018.
Wynne de Jong
Wynne de Jong is the Director of Student Health Services at Upper Canada College (UCC) and Adjunct Faculty at the Leslie Bloomberg School of Nursing-University of Toronto. Wynne holds a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree and a Masters Clinical Health Sciences-Nursing degree, both from McMaster University. Wynne is a graduate of the Advanced Health Leadership Program-Rotman School of Management. She is the former Chief Nurse Executive & Director of Interprofessional Practice and Clinical Education at West Park Healthcare Centre. Prior to that, Wynne held a senior leadership position with the Central West Local Health Integration Network and was Director of Nursing and Director of Professional Practice at Toronto General Hospital-University Health Network. Wynne leads for health system transformation to advance health for all in a culture of safety, engagement, continuous quality improvement, and person-centred care. In her current role, Wynne leads to ensure the optimal planning, delivery and evaluation of health services in support of cognitive, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing for students and the UCC community.
Valerie Pringle was one of Canada’s best known broadcasters and is now a respected public figure and volunteer. She started her career at age 19 as a student reporter with CFRB Radio in Toronto after graduating from Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson. She helped launch the CBC-TV news and current affairs program, MIDDAY. Valerie moved to CTV in 1993 and co-hosted Canada AM until 2001. Valerie then helped produce, write and host documentaries and series including “Valerie Pringle Has Left the Building”, “Test of Faith” and “The Canadian Antiques Roadshow”. She is now involved full-time in not for profit work. She is Chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation. She is a member of the Foundation Board of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, the Canadian Broadcast Heritage Museum and the International Festival of Authors. She is a mentor for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Valerie was awarded an honourary doctorate from Ryerson University and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006 for her contributions to communications and her volunteer work.
Michael Heffer, RPh, MHSc. is a health care leader and consultant with more than 25 years of clinical leadership experience. As Clinical Program Director at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Unity Health Toronto, for over a decade, he led exceptional patient care teams in Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory Medicine, Inter-professional Practice, Pharmacy, Women’s and Children’s Programs, Clinical Engineering and Cardiology/Respiratory/Neurology Diagnostic Services. Michael held a Faculty position as Course Coordinator and Lecturer at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto for more than ten years. He is passionate about teaching future health care providers and was recognized with the Inter-professional Education Teaching Award at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. As an independent consultant and Life Coach, Michael mentors healthcare professionals, and is a certified assessor in Psychometrics, including Emotional Intelligence (EQi2) and Myers-Briggs (MBTI). Michael is frequently sought out for his expertise in Healthcare Research Ethics. For more than 30 years he has been a Research Ethics Board member and has also held Chair and Vice-chair REB positions at several University-affiliated teaching hospitals. He is certified in Canada GCP Human Research and TCPS 2 Research Ethics and is author and co-author of several research studies/papers. His many professional affiliations include membership with the Canadian College of Health Service Leaders, Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and the Ontario Pharmacist’s Association. He joined the Belmont House Board of Directors in 2020.
Ann Katrusiak (Ex-Officio)
As Chair of Belmont House Foundation’s Board of Directors, Ann Katrusiak oversees fundraising activities, which are key to ensuring the quality of care offered by Belmont House remains high, now and in the future. Ann first joined the Foundation Board in 2016 because of her deep concern for the availability of care for seniors. She sees Belmont House as a critically important community resource since seniors are the fastest growing age group in Ontario. An avid volunteer, Ann recently served six years as a fundraising committee member for Creative Works Studio and is the treasurer on a Parents Organization at Upper Canada College. Ann has served as Chair of the Belmont House Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2019.