Members of the Independent Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission
Ontario has launched an independent commission into long-term care and COVID-19.
Three experienced commissioners have been appointed to investigate how COVID-19 spread within long-term care homes.
Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco (Chair)
Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario bar in 1972. He practised criminal law and civil litigation law and later developed a subspecialty in immigration law. He is a Queen's Counsel and a Judicial Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court of Justice in 2005, he was a partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson.
Over the years, he worked on many high-profile cases. He was the lead counsel for the province of Ontario in the Walkerton inquiry. He is an accomplished legal author whose credits include the Annotated Immigration Act of Canada and the Annotated Citizenship Act of Canada. He has also served as Vice Chair of the University of Toronto Academic Disciplinary Tribunal.
Associate Chief Justice Marrocco was elected as a Law Society Bencher (Director) in 1995 and chaired several committees. He also served as Chair of the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) from 2002 to 2003.
Recognized for his leadership skills, he was elected to lead the Law Society in 2003. In this role he endeavoured to strengthen the profession and protect its independence by promoting access to justice and by fortifying the Law Society's relationship with government and stakeholders.
Angela Coke is a former senior executive of the Ontario Public Service (OPS) where she spent more than 27 years committed to the transformation of government operations and the development of a strong professional public service.
As Deputy Minister, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, she provided advice and leadership on consumer protection reform and government modernization. She also served as Chair of the Public Service Commission, which is responsible for corporate governance of OPS human resource matters, and ensuring a non-partisan, ethical and professional public service.
Prior to becoming Deputy Minister, Deputy Coke held Associate Deputy Minister roles with responsibility for the Ontario Shared Services, HROntario, and Modernization portfolios.
In 2012, her achievements were recognized when she received the Public Sector Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Public Sector Quality Association and Excellence Canada.
Dr. Jack Kitts
Dr. Jack Kitts received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1980. He completed a three-year tour of duty as a medical officer in the Canadian Armed Forces before returning to the University of Ottawa to complete specialty training in anesthesia and a research fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Kitts then joined the Department of Anesthesia at the Ottawa Civic Hospital where he became Research Director, Medical Director of the Preoperative Assessment Clinic, and was subsequently appointed Chief of Anesthesia and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa in 1995.
In 1998, Dr. Kitts was appointed Vice-President of Medical Affairs and led the medical staff during a complex restructuring in which three hospitals and five large programs were merged into The Ottawa Hospital. He completed his master's degree in business administration in 2001 and was named President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital in February 2002, a position he held until his retirement June 26, 2020.
The Ottawa Hospital is recognized as one of the largest and most important research and teaching hospitals in Canada. Dr. Kitts is known nationally for his focus and expertise in patient experience, performance measurement and physician engagement. Among several awards and honours, he received the Order of Canada in 2018 and the Best Ottawa Business Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.