Tom Bursey, Chair
Mr. Bursey is an experienced Chair of Boards and Committees in the not‐for‐profit, public, and private sectors. He has served on all Board committees: Governance; Audit, Finance & Risk; Human Resources and Compensation; and Leadership Transition (CEO Search) Committees. He has served as a Director for the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) since 2014, Chairing the Audit & Finance Committee and serving as Board Vice-Chair. He has been a Senior Fellow with the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance since 2015. More recently, Mr. Bursey was appointed the Minister of Health to the provincial crown corporation Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) and Chairs its Finance & Audit Committee.
Mr. Bursey is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and holds the designation Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA). Fellows are granted the prestigious FCPA distinction for outstanding achievements in their careers, their community leadership, and their service to the profession. Mr. Bursey received the designation of Chartered Director (C. Dir.) from the Directors College and two specialized governance certifications: Audit Committee Certified (ACC) and Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (HRCCC). He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is an Institute-Certified Director (ICD.D).
Mr. Bursey has been the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) since 2008. CCA supports independent, authoritative, and evidence-based expert assessments that inform public policy development in Canada.
Nina Reznikova, Treasurer, Chair Audit, Finance Committee
Nina Reznikova is an accomplished finance executive with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors in Canada and abroad. Her expertise is in financial and risk management, strategy development and process improvement.
Currently, Nina is the Manager of Accounting Operations at the MD Financial Management group of companies owned by the Canadian Medical Association. Prior to joining MDFM, Nina was the Director of Finance at Accreditation Canada International (ACI), a not-for-profit charitable organization that provided quality improvement and patient safety health programs and services to the clients in over 26 countries on five continents. She has also worked for the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), where she provided financial management support to the number of CIDA and Health Canada funded international and national health care projects.
With a belief in accessible and affordable high-quality education for everyone, she is also serving as a Treasurer on the Board of Blue Sky School, the experimental prototype school of tomorrow, located in Kanata, Ontario.
Nina holds a Master’s Degree in Science from the University of Precision Mechanics and Optics, St.Petresburg, Russia. She also holds her CPA, CMA professional designation.
Claude Haw, Chair Governance Committee
Claude Haw, P.Eng, ICD.D is President of Venture Coaches, a private management consulting and investment company which he founded in 2000. Venture Coaches Fund invested in twelve technology companies with four acquired, and two publicly traded: DragonWave (TSX and NASDAQ) and TrueContext (TSX-V).
From 2009 to 2011, he was also President and CEO of OCRI (Ottawa Centre for Regional Innovation), Ottawa’s lead economic development agency, a not-for-profit corporation with an annual budget of $9 million. Claude has been actively involved with more than 30 technology companies over the past three decades from start-up to acquisition and IPO. With more than 35 years of experience in a variety of technical, general management and venture investing roles in the technology sector, Claude has contributed to the success of several Canadian companies including Venture Coaches, DragonWave, Newbridge Networks and Mitel Corporation. He serves as a Chairman of the Board and committee member (Audit & Finance, Nominating & Governance and Compensation committees) of DragonWave Inc. and until recently Mxi Technologies Ltd. Claude is Chairman of the Board of Signority, an early-stage company coming out of the Lead-to-Win program. He is also a board member of Edgewater Wireless.
Claude is a charter member of TiE Ottawa, a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals and a mentor at Exploriem, a networking and mentorship resource for entrepreneurs. He is a past board member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA), a founder of Mindtrust, an exclusive networking forum for technology company CEOs, and The Ottawa Network, an entrepreneurial group focused on enabling the next generation of technology companies in the Ottawa region.
While Vice-President of Corporate Business Development at Newbridge, he managed strategic investment programs, from start-up to exit, in more than 20 companies. As Vice-President and General Manager of the Newbridge ATMnet Business Unit, Claude grew the unit from inception to a $200-million-per-annum business. During his time at Newbridge, Claude managed a small investment fund, Severn Bridge Investments, which invested in 12 companies and returned more that three times invested capital. He also held senior management positions at Mitel Corporation and Leigh Instruments.
Claude holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Lakehead University, has completed the Canadian Securities Course and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has been a guest lecturer at several universities speaking about entrepreneurship, business planning and venture investing. Claude has completed the ICD Director Education Program and attained the ICD.D designation in 2012.
He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 and the City of Ottawa Mayor’s medal as an Agent of Change in 2010. Personal activities include hiking, cycling, skiing, gardening, photography, reading, world travel and genealogy.
Kim Froats, Chair HR Commitee
Kim Froats was appointed to the Board of Directors of PSHSA in September 2013.
Mr. Froats holds master’s degrees in engineering and industrial relations from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree and a diploma in occupational health and safety from McMaster University.
Mr. Froats has more than 30 years of experience in occupational health and safety. He has worked in post-secondary education, municipal government as well as in pulp & paper, power generation, petrochemical and food manufacturing industries. He is currently the Director of Health and Safety at McCain Foods.
He holds certifications from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D), the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (ROH) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (CIH). In addition, he has held several teaching and lecturing assignments across North America and is a past member of the Board of Directors of WorkSafe NB.
Mr. Froats lives in Toronto.
Andy Potter is a Partner in Deloitte focused on serving clients in the Public Sector. He has a distinguished track record of building high performing, committed teams and growing Deloitte’s Public Sector business across the country.
Andy’s primary client is the Ontario Government and affiliated agencies / Broader Public Sector. He has worked across many sectors and has deep expertise with the Ministry of Education and Ontario School Boards. For over a decade he delivered many projects for the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board including work in Prevention and Operations. Andy is currently Deloitte’s Lead Client Service Partner for the City of Toronto.
Andy is a Chartered Accountant who began his career in the UK Deloitte Audit firm, moving to Toronto in 1994.
Christopher is the Director of Health Protection for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health – responsible for environmental public health and control of infectious diseases programs.
Christopher is a Certified Public Health Inspector, with a B.A in Geography from Queen’s University, a B.A.Sc. in Occupational and Public Health from Ryerson University and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria.
As a PSHSA Board Member, Christopher is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.
Dan Hutt retired as Director, Campus Police Services at the University of Toronto at the St. George Campus. He joined the University after a thirty-year career with Toronto Police Service where he attained the rank of Staff Inspector.
He served as Director for Canada of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) from 2002 to 2009 and served as the Chair of the IACLEA/CAHES task force that created a Pan-Asian campus security conference at Peking (Beijing) University in Beijing, China. In 2011, he and colleagues from the University of Toronto presented at the conference to security professionals from more than 300 universities. In 2006, he presented to the European Association of Campus Security conference in St. Petersburg, Russia and has presented at the IACLEA conference in Ottawa in 2004. In 2008 and 2009, he presented at the Honeywell Users Group Conference in Phoenix Az.; the 5th Annual Summit on Emergency and Disaster Planning and the Ontario Government conference on security in Toronto.
He currently serves on the Board of the Faculty Club at the University of Toronto. He is a Governor and Vice Chairman of the Air Cadet League of Canada, Ontario Provincial Committee.
Dan currently represents Emergency Response Portal (ERP) in the Greater Toronto Area and consults in security and emergency management matters.
Deryn Rizzi is the Deputy Fire Chief for the Vaughan Fire & Rescue Service (VFRS). She assumes the leadership responsibility for the VFRS support services portfolio; including training, fire prevention and communications. Deryn is honoured to serve as an Aide-de-Camp for Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Deryn also is an elected Vice President on the board of directors for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, representing the Chief Officers from 455 departments in Ontario. Her role with the OAFC includes chair the Provincial Advisory Committee, the Health and Safety Advisory Committee and the Fire Prevention and Public Education Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Human Relations Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Deryn is working with the Fire Service Women of Ontario and the Status of Women Canada on a grant application to secure funding for outreach efforts and policy development in Ontario, to ensure the fire service is a viable career option for young women in the future.
Deryn is a fourth year PhD candidate at York University. Her doctoral work supplements a master’s degree in disaster and emergency management from York University and bachelor of education and bachelor of arts degrees from Queen’s University. Deryn has taught at numerous Ontario colleges and York University for pre-fire service and emergency management. She actively promotes fire safety and prevention practices while acting as a visible advocate for both the VFRS and the Fire Service.
Holly Johnston has over 15 years of experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She is currently the Head of Client Experience at HSBC Private Wealth Services (Canada) Inc., where her focus is to lead business initiatives around marketing and communications, business development and strategic planning.
While she has spent the majority of her career in the financial services industry, Holly has also held senior leadership positions at Junior Achievement of Central Ontario,a not-for-profit organization, for over 4 years, where she gained extensive experience in board governance, operational and financial planning, fundraising, volunteer management and marketing. With a keen interest in supporting the community, it is her passion to work with organizations to create positive change through innovation, collaboration and influence.
Holly has an honours BA from the University of Toronto, a Public Relations certificate from Ryerson University and is completing her MBA part-time through Dalhousie University.
Joseph is a Partner at KPMG in eDiscovery, Forensic Technology and Cybersecurity practice. Joseph’s practice focuses on the many facets of technology risk and litigation support including computer forensics, eDiscovery, information security, governance and investigative support.
Prior to KPMG, Joseph was Managing Director in charge of Duff & Phelps Global eDiscovery and Forensic Technology practice, and prior to that was President and co-founder of Harvester Forensics Ltd. Prior to starting Harvester, Joseph was a Vice President at KPMG, and is a 16 year veteran police officer specializing in technology investigations.
Joseph has testified at all levels of court proceedings and has been qualified as an expert witness on a number of occasions in both criminal and civil matters.
Outside professional services, Joseph has sat on a number of Boards in both a Director and advisory capacity. He has also taught and developed Data Forensic, eDiscovery, information security & investigative courses and lectured at the University, College and professional levels. Joseph has instructed Crown Attorneys and civil litigators on technological evidence on a number of occasions.
Joseph has a Masters Degree in Management, and holds the ICD.d designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Korinne is a seasoned executive with 20 years of learning, business consulting and leadership experience, ranging from an entrepreneurial training start up that she built and subsequently sold, to leading learning teams at CIBC, IBM and PwC and currently at the CCUA.
Korinne’s current role as Vice President of Professional Development & Education is focused on the delivery of educational services to the credit union system for over 28,000 employees and 3000 directors in more than 285 credit unions across Canada.
Korinne served on the Board of the Institute for Performance and Learning holding the role of Chair and is a member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club Canada, focused on bringing more women onto Canadian Corporate Boards.
Nicholas R Dzudz
Mr. Dzudz was appointed to the Public Services Health and Safety Association Board of Directors in September 2016 after serving on the PSHSA Healthcare and Municipal Advisory Councils. He retired from General Motors Canada and CAW Local 1973 where he was the Union President. He served on Executive Boards and was active in many Community Organizations. He was on the Windsor Police Services Board, was President of the Zone 6 Police Association of Ontario and 2nd Vice President of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards. As a Member of these organizations he participated on the Ministry of Labour Section 21 Health and Safety Committee as well as the Police Association Health and Safety Committee.
He was also a Director on the Executive Board of Windsor Regional Hospital and now is a Director on the Foundation Board and Finance/Audit Committee. Mr. Dzudz also was a Director on the Registered Insurance Brokers Board of Ontario and a Member of the Finance, Discipline and Complaints Committees.
He is an experienced Chairperson of Executive Boards and Community Committees. Mr. Dzudz has experience and knowledge concerning Governance, WCB/WSIB, Child Care, Community Housing, Finance and Audit and Benefit committees.
He is married to Debra and they have one son John.
Pam Mancuso is a Vice-President on the Board of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) which represents 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 14,000 nursing students providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry. Ms. Mancuso represents the northern region of Ontario and also holds the provincial portfolio for Human Rights and Equity for ONA. Her base position is as District Stroke Coordinator for the Sault Area Hospital (SAH) which consists of four separate health care facilities (or six hospitals).
Health and Safety has been her passion for more than two decades. Ms. Mancuso gained a reputation as an excellent Union/Management collaborator in establishing a prevention program that reduced high rates of back injuries in her institution and implementing Safety-Engineered Devices three to four years before they were mandated by legislation. Ms. Mancuso proudly believes that solutions come from commitment from all sides; that we have to work together to proactively create a “safety culture” instead of reacting to incidents.
Ms. Mancuso has her Associate Degree of Nursing as well as dozens of Health and Safety accreditations. She is a certified Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) Instructor and co-creator of the WHSC patient lift program. Ms. Mancuso also holds certification as a chef. She and her husband Tony and their two children Mark and Melissa reside in Sault Ste Marie.
Ravil Veli is the CEO of the North Bay Public Library. He was appointed to the position in February of 2014. Prior to his appointment to the NBPL, Ravil served as library director in a variety of academic institutions, public and private, in Connecticut, New York and Vermont.
As library director, Ravil has focused on the development of both traditional and digital information literacy programs and initiatives. He has also led library design and renovation projects, transforming legacy library buildings into technology rich, learner centered, collaborative teaching and learning spaces.
Ravil is a member of the Board of Governors of Canadore College and a member of the Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
Ravil has Bachelor of Arts degree (History) from the University of Waterloo, and a Master’s degree (Library Science) from McGill University.
Dr. Vivien Lee is a psychologist who specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, and workplace mental health. She is a strong proponent of optimizing mental health and wellness, particularly in the workplace, and decreasing the likelihood of later developing serious mental illness. Dr. Lee is the Chief Clinician for Southern Ontario at WGM Psychological Services Ltd., as well as a clinician for group therapy programs with Wounded Warriors Canada.
She has extensive experience working with and training first responders (e.g., police, paramedics, corrections, dispatchers) and military. Dr. Lee previously worked as a staff psychologist in the trauma program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is a clinician trainer for the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) and The Working Mind programs with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Dr. Lee also serves as an ex-officio board member with the Traumatic Stress section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA); a board member with Toronto Beyond the Blue, an organization providing support to families of Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers; and as the clinical advisor for Boots on the Ground, a peer support phone line for first responders in Ontario. She previously served as a Student Director for the board of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA).
Dr. Lee obtained her PhD and Master’s degrees from Western University, and her Hon.B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.