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Health Care Experts

April 24, 2014

Ontario is seeking input from health care experts on how to improve the quality and value of the care provided by the home and community care sector.

The experts include:

Dr. Gail Donner is a Professor Emeritus and is the former Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and is co-founder of donnerwheeler, a career consulting firm in Toronto. Gail has held a number of government and community appointments, including External Chair, Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety, member of the Metro Toronto District Health Council Hospital Restructuring Committee and Chair Air Ambulance Review, Ministry of Health, Ontario.

Joe McReynolds is a principal consultant at McReynolds and Associates. Joe has extensive executive and governance experience in the not-for-profit and Crown Agency fields. Joe was the founding Chair and President of the Central West Local health Integration Network (LHIN), the CEO of the Ontario Community Support Association, Chair and Director with the Halton/Peel District Health Council and spent many years as a public sector senior executive in Social Services, Municipal Government and Economic Development and Trade.

Cathy Fooks is the president and CEO of The Change Foundation – a health policy think tank focused on improving the patient and caregiver experience. Prior to her position at the Foundation, Cathy was the first Executive Director of the Health Council of Canada. She has also served as the Director of the Health Network with the Canadian Policy Research Networks and in senior roles with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), the Premier's Council of Health, Well-Being and Social Justice and the Premier's Council on Economic Renewal. She was a senior policy advisor to two Ministers of Health.

Dr. Kevin Smith is the president and CEO of St. Joseph's Health System in Hamilton and CEO of Niagara Health System. Kevin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Kevin also participates in a number of provincial and national government bodies including the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations, the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, and is Chair of the Board of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Dr Smith is a frequent advisor to governments and the private sector in the area of health care, health research, public policy and governance.

Dr. Samir Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2012, Samir was appointed expert lead of Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy to help advise the Government of Ontario seniors on how to support older adults to stay healthy and live at home longer. Samir further serves as Chair of the Health Professionals Advisory Committee of the Toronto Central LHIN and is a Medical Adviser to the Toronto Central Community Access Centre (CCAC). Samir's breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults.

Donna Thomson became a disability activist following the birth of her son, Nicholas, who has severe disabilities. She has written a book, "The Four Walls of My Freedom" that describes her own experience in the daily care, medical emergencies and the medical bureaucracy she and her family experienced as they cared for Nicholas. She is also a primary caregiver for her mother.  Donna is the Special Advisor for Caregiving at Tyze Personal Networks and most recently, has accepted an invitation to join the board of NeuroDevNet, a Canadian Centre of Excellence. She is the co-founder of Lifetime Networks Ottawa, a PLAN affiliate and is a member of the Cambridge University Capability Approach Network. Donna is also an instructor at the Advocacy School in Ottawa, where she teaches families how to employ best practice political advocacy tools when advocating for care. Donna has spoken on disability and family wellbeing extensively, including at the London School of Economics, the Skoll World Forum and the International Centre for Evidence in Disability. Donna writes a blog, the Caregiver's Living Room:


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