Our Board of Directors possesses a wealth experience in Canada’s healthcare system. Because our board is made up entirely of leaders from subscriber organizations, they understand your needs.

They are industry influencers, strategic thinkers and key decision-makers whose combined knowledge provide the critical direction and authority to create effective change.

HIROC's Board of Directors

Back (from left): Kristin Taylor, Karen Dunlop, Richard Wilson, Remi Ejiwunmi, Mike Nader, Wendy Nicklin, Elizabeth Beader, Jo-Anne Marr, Alex Munter

Front (from left): Robert Andrews, Catherine Gaulton, Kim L. Baker, David Barlow

Missing: Sarah Chow, Robbie Peters

Richard Wilson


Board Chair
Pembroke, ON

Richard is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and has a Certificate in Health Care Administration from the University of Saskatchewan.

He has over 35 years’ experience as a Senior Leader in the area of Financial Services, Business Development, Information Systems and Support Services in the hospital sector; and has worked in Alberta and Ontario hospitals, and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Bob Andrews


Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority
St. John's, NL

Bob carries on a practice in Corporate & Commercial Law, Commercial Real Estate Development and Financing and Management-side Labour Relations with McInnes Cooper from its office in St. John's. He is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association, has been appointed a Master and Taxing Officer of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and has served his profession in many other capacities over his forty years of practice. 

Bob has been very active in healthcare and charitable activities in the community including Chair of the Waterford Hospital, National President of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Finance Chair of the Healthcare Corporation of St. John's and currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Eastern Regional Health Authority based in St. John's. His other community work arises from his involvement in the Rotary Club of St. John's, the Naval Association of Canada and various sports and youth activities. His work in these and other activities has been recognized by the award of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International and a Bronze Medallion of the Naval Association of Canada.

Bob and his wife, Diana, have four children and, as of the recent count, five grand-children.

Kim Baker


Chief Executive Officer
Central Local Health Integration Network
Markham, ON

Kim Baker, CHE, M.HSc., B.A., C.Dir, has over 25 years of experience in healthcare. She is CEO for the Central LHIN (Local Health Integration Network), the most populous LHIN in Ontario with 1.9 million residents, responsible for planning with 96 local healthcare organizations and leading the LHIN’s expanded mandate in alignment with the Patients First Act, 2016. 

As well, she is an Advisor to the Human Services Planning Board of York Region and co-chairs and contributes to numerous provincial and local tables focused on healthcare quality, patient engagement and workplace policies and practices. 

Prior to joining the LHIN in 2007, Kim directed various departments, projects and programs in government, hospital and home and community care settings. She is also a former Central CCAC board member.

Her areas of interest include collaborating for continuous quality improvement and strengthening patient-centered health care system planning and services delivery.

David Barlow headshot


Independent Director
Toronto, ON

David is a retired Senior Vice-President of CIBC. His career with CIBC spanned 40 years during which he held senior line management positions, including: Manager, Main Branch, Winnipeg; Vice-President and Regional General Manager, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, and; Senior Vice-President, Metropolitan Toronto West. During the 1990s and up to his retirement, David served as a senior head office executive, with responsibilities in administration and in leadership of major global initiatives in the areas of corporate and operational risk management, insurance and business continuity management, governance and control, and corporate responsibility.

In healthcare, David served on the Board of Directors of the Rouge Valley Health System, Scarborough, ON from 2008-16. In this capacity, he completed multi-year terms as Chair of the Quality & Risk and the Governance & Nominating Committees and as a member of the Executive, Finance and Audit Committees. In March of 2017, David was appointed by provincial Order-in-Council to the Board of Directors of the Central East Local Health Integration Network, where he served in various capacities until March 2019. 

David holds professional accreditations from the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB) and the Insurance Institute of Canada (CRM), as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba.

Elizabeth Beader


Executive Director
Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre
Kitchener, ON

Elizabeth joined the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre (CHC) as Executive Director in November 2018. Prior to that she was  with the North Hamilton CHC since 1990, where she was initially hired as the Assistant Executive Director and, in 1994, appointed as the CEO. 

During the 1980s, Elizabeth served as the Executive Director of L’Arche Hamilton, responsible for the daily operation of three group homes providing residential services for mentally handicapped adults.

Elizabeth has served on many Boards, including the Association of Ontario Health Centres, Community Organizational Health Inc., Welcome Inn Community Centre Board, and the Self-Help Gifts and Thrift Shop.



Vice-President Corporate Support and Chief Financial Offer
Michael Garron Hospital
Toronto, ON

In Sarah Chow’s role she is responsible for Finance, Information Technology, Decision Support, Health Records and Support Services including Supply Chain, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Security, and Food Services. Sarah joined Michael Garron Hospital in 2016. Prior to joining MGH, Sarah was VP Finance & CFO, which encompassed Supply Chain, at St. Michael’s Hospital for 15 years. Previously, Sarah held senior roles at Princess Margaret Hospital/UHN and Ernst & Young. Sarah is a CPA, CA and Chartered Director

Karen Dunlop


Chair, Board of Directors
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Winnipeg, MB

Karen has been an RN for more than 30 years. In her career, Karen has practiced nursing in a variety of roles including critical care nurse, Registrar of the Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses, Consultant, Regional Director of the WRHA Emergency Program, President of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, board member of the Canadian Nurses Association and President of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society.

Karen is a founding member of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and is the former Interim Executive Director. Karen also has a legal education and practiced law for a short time in labour, health, and environmental law and civil litigation. In these many roles, Karen has consistently been an advocate for patient care, the profession of nursing and the health of people living in Manitoba.

Remi Ejiwunmi


Senior Partner, Registered Midwife
Midwives of Mississauga
Mississauga, ON

Remi Ejiwunmi is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. Since graduation in 1996 she has practiced as a member of Midwives of Mississauga, where she became a Senior Partner in 1999. She has taught as a sessional instructor within the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson Polytechnic University. She is a member of Professional Staff with admitting privileges at Trillium Health Partners where she acts as head midwife.

She sat on the Board of Directors of the professional association (the Association of Ontario Midwives [AOM]) for more than 10 years including two terms as President which provided her the opportunity to interface with the OMA, RNAO, OHA and MOHLTC.

She currently sits as a member of the AOM's Quality, Insurance and Risk Management Program steering committee and as Trillium Health Partner's representative to the Greater Toronto Area Obstetrical Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Network.

Jo-anne Marr


President and Chief Executive Officer
Markham Stouffville Hospital
Markham, ON

Jo-anne Marr is the President and CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital, a large community hospital in the GTA. Prior to this role, Jo-anne was the CEO of the Central Community Care Access Centre. Previously, she held a number of leadership roles at Mackenzie Health including interim CEO, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Throughout her career, she has led a number of high-profile and transformational initiatives focused on patient care redesign and patient experience.

Jo-anne has extensive experience working in the healthcare sector in a number of administrative and nursing leadership positions, as well as healthcare consulting roles. Her experience spans public and private sectors, academic hospitals and community. Jo-anne holds a Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Business Administration and is a Certified Health Executive.

Alex Munter


President and Chief Executive Officer
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Ottawa, ON

Alex Munter is President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre. Since joining CHEO in 2011, he has helped CHEO earn recognition as one of Canada’s most admired corporate cultures and a leader in research, health technology and patient-centred care. 

Previously, Alex was CEO of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) – the crown agency responsible for planning, integrating and funding health services in the region. Before joining the LHIN, he led Ottawa’s Youth Services Bureau, one of Ontario’s leading child and youth mental health agencies. Alex also taught in French and English at the University of Ottawa as a Visiting Professor in its Faculty of Social Sciences. From 1991 to 2003, he was an elected Councillor in Ottawa, where he also had lead responsibility for public health, long-term care, housing and social services. 

Alex has won several awards from a wide range of organizations for his contributions to the community.

Mike Nader


Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer
University Health Network
Toronto, ON

Mike Nader is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at the University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario. He has operational responsibility for clinical operations at the Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He also oversees the patient experience and health professions portfolio, the Joint Department of Medical Imaging, the Laboratory Medicine Program, Pharmacy, and UHNs Lean Process Improvement.

With 25 years of experience, prior to his current role at UHN, Mike held progressive leadership positions in Vancouver. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. In 2005, he obtained a Master of Arts in Health Care Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Mike also completed his Executive Lean Leader and Executive Lean Director designation in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

Mike has been a surveyor with Accreditation Canada since 2009 and has participated in surveys in a number of programs across Canada. He has served as a Board member on the Vancouver General Hospital Thrift Shop Society, the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, the Richmond Hospital Foundation, Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society, Canadian Hemochromatosis Society, and Canadian Crossroads International.

Wendy Nicklin


Independent Director
Ottawa, ON

Wendy (R.N., B.N., M.Sc.(A), CHE, FACHE, FISQua, ICD.D.) obtained her academic degrees at McGill University and has experience as a critical care nurse and in progressive leadership positions.

In December 2015, Wendy stepped down from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Accreditation Canada after over 11 years at the helm.

She has participated in many provincial and national initiatives, such as the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety. As a founding Board member on the CPSI Board for eight years, she contributed to its establishment and success. Her governance experience includes the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Algonquin College, and the Canadian Nurses’ Foundation. Wendy is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Within the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), and after six years on the ISQua Board, Wendy is President-elect (Vice-Chair). She is Past-Chair of the ISQua Accreditation Council for the International Accreditation Program, member of the Innovation and Systems Change Working Group, member of the Board Accreditation Committee, an Expert, a Fellow and an ISQua surveyor.

Robbie Peters


Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Regina, SK

As Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Robbie Peters provides leadership in the areas of Financial Services, Supply Chain and Contract Management, and Enterprise Risk Management.

Prior to this, Robbie served as the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the former Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. He has also gained significant experience working with private sector organizations during his 18-year career at Grant Thornton LLP.

Robbie received a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of PEI, and his Chartered Accountant designation in 1995.

Kristin Taylor


Vice-President, Legal Services and General Counsel
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, ON

Kristin joined the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in 2009 after having been a member of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Health Law Group for nine years.

In her role at CAMH, Kristin is responsible for the oversight and provision of all legal services including litigation matters, corporate matters, privacy issues, risk mitigation, quality initiatives and advocacy work. 

Kristin is a member of CAMH’s Executive Leadership Team and also supports CAMH’s Board of Trustees in all aspects of corporate governance.

Kristin has been a teacher, writer and presenter in all areas of health law throughout her legal career.