Thomas Hayes, Chair
Thomas is the Director of Human Resources Operations and Emergency Preparedness at The Ottawa Hospital, one of Canada’s largest teaching hospitals. Thomas has been at the hospital for over nine years and was previously the Director, Occupational Health, Safety, and Emergency Preparedness.
In his current role Thomas supports patient care by providing leadership on Employee Career Cycle, Payroll, Time and Attendance, and Emergency Preparedness. Every two weeks the hospital processes over 14,000 payroll deposits and 60 hires.
Thomas has experience managing safety and emergency preparedness programs in both the healthcare and automotive manufacturing sectors and has been active in this field for over fifteen years. He currently chairs the Hospitals Emergency Preparedness Committee of Ottawa and is a member of the Ontario Hospital Association Health Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee. While for the majority of his career Thomas has worked within a human resources portfolio, he also has experience managing continuous improvement, materials management, and logistics in the private sector.
Thomas is a professional engineer, with a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Ottawa.
Tom Bursey, Vice 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.
Ron Kelusky, CEO, PSHSA, Secretary
Ron Kelusky was appointed as President and CEO of PSHSA effective March 4, 2013.
Ron has been with the Canadian Red Cross, Ontario Zone since 2009 and was their Director General as well as the National Executive Lead for Health programs prior to joining PSHSA.
Ron’s leadership experience spans the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Canadian Red Cross, Ron was President of GestureTek Health, a health care technology company focused on the development and introduction of new and convergent medical technology into global health markets. Ron has also served as COO of the Ontario March of Dimes and for more than 28 years worked with the City of Toronto. In the last 5 years with the City of Toronto, he served as Chief and General Manager of Toronto Emergency Medical Services.
Ron currently serves on the Boards of a number of charitable organizations, provides consulting services to government on an ongoing basis on emergency medical services issues, and has spoken both nationally and internationally on the subject of health care technology and health care reform.
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.
Christopher (Chris) White is the Assistant-Director of Risk Management and Prevention at Ryerson University. He has also had leadership roles in health and safety and risk management as the Director, Environmental Health and Safety for the University of Guelph and prior to that as the Manager, Environmental Health and Safety at Carleton University. Prior to his career as a health, safety and risk management professional, Chris began his career in the Chemistry Department at Carleton University as the Scientific Officer. Here he taught and coordinated various undergraduate chemistry courses and implemented a variety of safety programs within the Chemistry Department.
Chris is past director on the Board of Directors at Groves Memorial Community Hospital, a current member of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) National Risk Management Committee, and past-Chair of the Council of Environmental Health and Safety Officers for Ontario Universities (CEHSO).
Chris attained both his BSc and PhD in Chemistry from Carleton University and has his professional certification in risk management, CRM, from the University of Toronto.
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.
Glenn is a seasoned executive leader with over 30 years experience in both the private and public sector in transforming organizations and leading cultural change initiatives. From a successful career in consumer packaged goods twenty five years ago, he moved into a series of progressive leadership roles within the financial services sector in Canada and the United States and then entered the public sector, working with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Toronto.
Glenn is currently Vice President of Distribution with CST Consultants Inc, a non-profit organization focused on providing education savings plans for Canadians across Canada.
Throughout his career in the private sector Glenn has built leadership teams that have focused on understanding customer needs and determining how best to meet these through innovative marketing and distribution initiatives. Organizations that Glenn has worked for in his career include Campbell Soup, Royal Trust, Royal Bank, National Trust and Foresters.
Within the public sector, Glenn spent six years within the health sector working with the Ministry of Health in supporting the implementation of a number of change initiatives in the community care sector.
Glenn has Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and a MBA from the University of Toronto. He also holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Glenn has also been a past member of Boards and Advisory committees within the private sector.
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.
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.
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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.