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Scarborough and West Durham Health Care Services Panel

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Scarborough and West Durham Health Care Services Panel

Ministry of Health

An expert panel has been created to address infrastructure needs as well as improve access and integration of acute health care services in the Scarborough and West Durham region.

The panel comprises independent experts with expertise in governance, health system transformation, capacity planning and program integration. A second resident in the area will be recruited by the Central East LHIN to join the panel. 


Dr. Barry McLellan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He previously served as the Chief Coroner for Ontario, and as Director of the Trauma Program and Vice President of Specialty Services at Sunnybrook. He was also the Director of the hospital's Emergency Department, Base Hospital Program (paramedic program) and Trauma Research. He has served as the Chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), the non-profit association of Ontario's 25 academic hospitals and their research institutes. Dr. McLellan is also Vice Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association Board and a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. 

Panel Members 

Dr. Catharine Whiteside is the immediate former Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost Relations with Health Care Institutions, and is currently a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and holds an honorary staff nephrologist position at the University Health Network. At present she is a Director on the Boards of Baycrest and Women's College Hospital. 

John Ronson leads the health strategy, policy and evaluation practice for TELUS Health Solutions. A former partner with Blake, Cassels and Graydon, he has led numerous engagements including the development of the Regional Cancer Program model for Cancer Care Ontario and the Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Strategic Plan for Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He is a former Chief of Staff to the Minister of Health for the Province of Ontario, and has served as a Director of Teranet, Waterfront Toronto, the Canadian Cancer Society and a number of other organizations. 

Michelle E. DiEmanuele is President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners. She has served as the Associate Secretary of Cabinet and Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government, as well as Interim CEO at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation; Assistant Deputy Minister of Health; Vice President (Branch and Small Business Banking, Retail Markets/Human Resources), CIBC; and Vice President (Human Resources and Organizational Development), Brookfield Properties Ltd. Ms. DiEmanuele is in the Hall of Fame of Canada's Top 100 most Powerful Women and was recognized as a Top 40 under 40. She serves on numerous boards, including the Conference Board of Canada. She is a past member of the Ontario Hospital Association. 

Trish Barbato is currently Senior Vice President, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships for Revera Inc. She was previously SVP, Home Health and Business Development. Prior to Revera, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of COTA Health. Ms. Barbato has held various senior management positions, including Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer for Providence Healthcare, a 671-bed hospital and long-term care facility, Managing Director at Bayshore Healthcare and Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant Fellow and recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award. 

Jan Campbell is the Chief Executive Officer of StrategiSense Inc. Ms. Campbell has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors including roles within Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Ernst and Young, and was the Executive Director of the Home Care Evaluation and Research Centre at the University of Toronto. Ms. Campbell has served on numerous local, municipal and provincial committees and Boards concerned with health and social services and is currently a member of the Boards of the University Health Network and Centennial College. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Health Services Management from McMaster University. 

Ian Clarke is a chartered accountant and the Chief Financial Officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. A board member of St. Michael's Hospital, Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Toronto Community Foundation, Ian has also served as Treasurer and Vice President on the Board of the Second Mile Club of Toronto. His volunteer work spans borders and includes organizing five trips to New Orleans to build Habitat for Humanity Homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina as well as organizing a relief plane filled with donated clothing and supplies for medical camps in Haiti following the devastating earthquake. His volunteer work is highly recognized and includes a recent declaration of April 23rd as Ian Clarke Day by New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin‎.

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