Board of Directors

  • Todd Vienneau, B.Sc.

    Board Chair
    Todd Vienneau is a proven pharmaceutical industry leader with 20 years of experience across multiple disciplines. He is currently Senior Director - Global Medical Affairs at Insulet Canada.

    Todd Vienneau, B.Sc.

    Board Chair

    Todd Vienneau is a proven pharmaceutical industry leader with 20 years of experience across multiple disciplines. He is currently Senior Director - Global Medical Affairs at Insulet Canada. Prior to that Todd was National Head, Clinical Specialists & Customer Care -Omnipod and Director, Business Development responsible for New Growth Opportunities at GlaxoSmithKline Canada. He joined GlaxoSmithKline (then GlaxoWellcome) in 1999 and has held multiple senior management positions across many functions including Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs and Pharmaceutical Development. In 2006, Todd received GSK's Spirit Award for Leadership. Prior to joining GlaxoSmithKline, Todd was with Proctor & Gamble in both their Canadian and Global operations working in OTC Health Care Product Development and Pharmaceutical New Product Development teams. During his career Todd has been involved in the development and commercialization of many products across multiple disease areas. His broad functional and therapeutic area experience provides a solid foundation for leading efforts across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Todd holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo, has excellent people management and communication skills along with a commercial-oriented strategic focus.

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  • Marcia Moffat, MBA, LL.B.

    Vice Chair
    Marcia Moffat, Managing Director, is Country Head of Canada for BlackRock, a global investment management and technology solutions firm that manages over US$7 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide.

    Marcia Moffat, MBA, LL.B.

    Vice Chair

    Marcia Moffat, Managing Director, is Country Head of Canada for BlackRock, a global investment management and technology solutions firm that manages over US$7 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide.

    Through its institutional client and iShares businesses, and growing technology and advisory services, BlackRock Canada helps a wide range of investors build better financial futures. The BlackRock Canada team is focused on sharing the very best of our firm’s global capabilities and local expertise with our Canadian clients.

    As Country Head, Marcia is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of BlackRock's Canadian operations. Marcia is also a member of BlackRock's Global Operating Committee and Americas Executive Committee.

    Beyond the firm, Marcia is actively involved with several industry and not-for-profit organizations. She chairs the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, sits on the board of the Ontario Brain Institute, the C.D. Howe Institute and the Business Council of Canada, and dedicates time to a number of philanthropic activities.

    Marcia has spent most of her career in financial services, including several years at the Royal Bank of Canada where she held progressively senior roles in Investment Banking, Investor Relations and Retail Banking. Earlier in her career, she worked as a corporate finance lawyer in the New York and Paris offices of Shearman & Sterling.

    Marcia holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, a JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a Bachelor of Science (biology) from McGill University.

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  • Tom Mikkelsen, M.D.

    President and Scientific Director , Ontario Brain Institute
    Tom Mikkelsen, M.D., FRCPC is the President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Brain Institute (2015-present). He received his MD from the University of Calgary and completed clinical training in neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute

    Tom Mikkelsen, M.D.

    President and Scientific Director , Ontario Brain Institute

    Tom Mikkelsen, M.D., FRCPC is the President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Brain Institute (2015-present). He received his MD from the University of Calgary and completed clinical training in neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Following this, he did post-doctoral training in tumour and molecular biology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Montreal and then in La Jolla, California. Since 1992, he has led the brain tumour program at Henry Ford Hospital and was responsible for building the clinical trials program and laboratory of tumour biology. Together with other scientists, he helped assemble the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center, a leader in the understanding of the genetics of brain tumours and in the development of treatments for brain tumours. As Co-Director, he participated in the organization’s development on many levels spanning from face-to-face clinical care to clinical trials and translational and bench research.

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  • Joyce Barretto

    Joyce Barretto is an Interim Executive, currently leading a large project that will enable a fundamental business transformation at Stikeman Elliott from a risk, lawyer efficiency and technology perspective. Joyce currently serves as a Board Director and Governance Committee member for the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority as well as Evergreen, the Brickworks.

    Joyce Barretto

    Joyce Barretto is an Interim Executive, currently leading a large project that will enable a fundamental business transformation at Stikeman Elliott from a risk, lawyer efficiency and technology perspective. Her most recent roles have been in the home and community care sector, as Vice President, Corporate Services of what was formerly called Central Community Care Access Centre and prior to that, Vice President, Corporate Services for the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres. She also served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Public Infrastructure responsible for four large government agencies and as Executive Director for corporate services at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Joyce currently serves as a Board Director and Governance Committee member for the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority as well as Evergreen, the Brickworks. She is a past board member of Parkinson Canada and past Board Chair of the Metro Toronto Children’s Aid Society.

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  • Heather Chalmers

    Heather Chalmers is the President and Chief Executive Officer for GE Canada, and Country Leader for GE Healthcare Canada. The world’s foremost Digital Industrial company, GE Canada has produced industrial solutions for over 125 years and employs over 6500 Canadians across multiple sectors

    Heather Chalmers

    Heather Chalmers is the President and Chief Executive Officer for GE Canada, and Country Leader for GE Healthcare Canada. The world’s foremost Digital Industrial company, GE Canada has produced industrial solutions for over 125 years and employs over 6500 Canadians across multiple sectors. Heather Chalmers is passionately committed to leading businesses that consistently deliver Canadian innovation and outcomes to customers in Canada and globally. She leads the 6500 GE employees in Canada as they work to serve customer needs in the Aviation, Power and Renewable Energy Sectors. She heads GE businesses that partner with business and government leaders to reposition the Canadian economy for the future with a focus on digital, AI and Additive Manufacturing. In addition to her work leading GE in Canada, Heather continues to lead GE Canada’s successful Healthcare business. Throughout her extensive 23-year career with GE, Heather has consistently developed and led high performing teams that are industry leaders in bringing innovative technology and digital solutions to solve complex challenges in both Canadian and global markets. Heather joined GE Plastics in 1995 where she took on multiple commercial roles. In 2007 she took a leadership role at GE Healthcare and was promoted to Country Leader of the Healthcare business in 2014. Holding a Chemical Engineering degree from Queens University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, Heather is an industry-leader who is a member of the Medtech Canada Board, St. Elizabeth Health Foundation Board, C.D. Howe Institute Board, Business Council of Canada and the Rotman School of Management’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Advisory Board.

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  • Susan Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

    Susan Fitzpatrick is President of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, one of a limited number of international grant makers supporting university-based research in the biological and behavioural sciences through foundation-initiated programs via competitive, peer-review proposal processes.

    Susan Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

    Susan Fitzpatrick is President of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, one of a limited number of international grant makers supporting university-based research in the biological and behavioural sciences through foundation-initiated programs via competitive, peer-review proposal processes. Susan received her PhD in Biochemistry and Neurology from Cornell University Medical College (1984). After five years pursuing in vivo NMR spectroscopic studies of brain metabolism in the Department of Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Yale University, her career shifted to non-profit administration. Susan was the Associate Executive Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (1989-1992), a comprehensive basic science and applied science research center focused on restoring neurological function to persons with spinal cord injury. Her responsibilities included all public outreach and educational efforts and she served as the scientific liaison to the development, fundraising, and public relations staff. As Executive Director of the Brain Trauma Foundation (1992-1993), she guided the Foundation through a re-organization to become a leader in advancing the acute care of patients with traumatic brain injury. Joining the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 1993 as the Foundation's first Program Officer, she was later promoted to Program Director in 1997 and to Vice President in 2000. Susan is an adjunct associate professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy and the School of Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis). In addition to her board service with OBI, Susan also serves on the governing boards of the Association for Women in Science and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Susan lectures and writes on issues concerning the role of private philanthropy in the support of scientific research and on issues related to the public understanding of science.

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  • Michael Horgan, M.A.

    Michael Horgan is a Senior Advisor with the law firm Bennett Jones LLP. He provides clients with advice on a range of economic, financial sector, energy and environment issues.

    Michael Horgan, M.A.

    Michael Horgan is a Senior Advisor with the law firm Bennett Jones LLP. He provides clients with advice on a range of economic, financial sector, energy and environment issues. Mr. Horgan had a 36-year career in the Public Service of Canada where he served as Deputy Minister of four Departments, including the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Indian and Northern Affairs, and Environment Canada. He retired from the Public Service in April 2014 after five years as Deputy Minister of Finance. He has also held the positions of G7/G20 Finance Deputy for Canada and Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean on the board of the International Monetary Fund. He has also served on a number of Crown corporation boards, including the Bank of Canada, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Export Development Canada. Mr. Horgan is currently a Director of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, the Gairdner Foundation, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Horgan has a B.A. in economics from Concordia University (Loyola College) and M.A.'s in economics from Queen's University and Princeton University.

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  • Dominique Hussey

    Dominique Hussey is Vice Chair & Toronto Managing Partner at Bennett Jones.

    Dominique Hussey

    Dominique Hussey is Vice Chair & Toronto Managing Partner at Bennett Jones. In addition to her management role, she has an active practice, leads the Intellectual Property Litigation group and is co-head of the firm’s Innovation, Technology and Branding group. She was named Outstanding Practitioner in Patent Law by Managing IP in their Americas Awards in 2020. For the last four years, Managing Intellectual Property has named her in the Top 250 Women in IP in the world.Dominique's practice involves all aspects of IP litigation and dispute resolution (patent, trademark, copyright, contracts, trade secrets), with particular emphasis on litigation involving pharma/biotech patents, and trademarks. She counsels on trademark, patent, copyright, trade secret, advertising, marketing, packaging, labelling, and regulatory matters—most often pertaining to pharmaceuticals, biologics, legal cannabis, food and beverages, medical devices, and natural health products. Dominique regularly consults on transactions involving IP and regulated industries. She is depended on to structure and negotiate complex strategic settlements and arrangements, with an eye to positive business and litigation outcomes. She also offers her experience to assist clients in navigating the IP aspects of corporate acquisition, re-organization and joint ventures, including, and, with respect to the life sciences and health care industries, the regulatory and competition aspects. Before joining Bennett Jones, Dominique practised at a large law firm in New York, where she provided litigation and counselling services to pharmaceutical and consumer products companies in the areas of patents, trade secrets and false advertising, with a particular focus on pharmaceutical patent litigation. Dominique regularly writes, speaks and teaches on the topics of written and oral advocacy, litigation, intellectual property and leadership. Actively involved in several industry organizations, she is a member of the Executive of the 5000-member Advocates' Society. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bennett Jones partnership, on which she served as Lead Director for four years.

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  • Diane Kazarian

    Diane Kazarian is the Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto area and member of the firm’s Extended Leadership Team at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Formerly, from 2012-2018, Diane served as the National Financial Services Leader and in this role was responsible for the banking and capital markets, asset management, insurance, real estate and private equity sectors across all lines of business (audit, tax and advisory).

    Diane Kazarian

    Diane Kazarian is the Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto area and member of the firm’s Extended Leadership Team at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Formerly, from 2012-2018, Diane served as the National Financial Services Leader and in this role was responsible for the banking and capital markets, asset management, insurance, real estate and private equity sectors across all lines of business (audit, tax and advisory). Diane continues as the National Banking and Capital Markets Leader and is PwC’s Global Financial Services Brand Leader. With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Diane specializes in the banking sector in the development and monitoring of legal and reputational risk policies, procedures and processes, regulatory compliance and credit risk management processes. She has extensive experience of IFRS, US GAAP and SEC rules and regulations. In 2013, she was a recipient of the Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. Diane has a BSc (Business Administration) from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island (Summa Cum Laude). She is a CA and CPA and is fluent in Armenian. Diane sits on the Board of Bryant University and Kingsway College School. Diane speaks at a variety of client events, and teaches courses aimed at the directors' community at the Rotman School of Management and frequently interacts with the press on emerging issues in financial services. As the Co-Sponsor of PwC’s award-winning Women in Leadership (WiL) program, Diane is a sought-after speaker and is an active participant and advocate of women's career advancement and diversity and inclusion. Diane is also the Vice-Chair of the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation Board.

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  • Mike Kessel

    Mike Kessel is the President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Canada and is responsible for the growth of the Canadian facility, strategic partnerships and enterprise value creation.

    Mike Kessel

    Mike Kessel is the President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Canada and is responsible for the growth of the Canadian facility, strategic partnerships and enterprise value creation. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2009, Mr. Kessel was Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development and Finance for the Center for Partnership Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital /Trio Health in Chicago. In this role, Mr. Kessel was instrumental in the development of a network of executive health and wellness programs with leading medical centers throughout the United States. The program was ranked as one of the top in the country by Forbes and Fortune magazines. Mr. Kessel was also Finance Manager and then Interim Finance Director for Cardinal Health Medical Products and Services, a manufacturer of medical, surgical and laboratory products in Illinois. Additionally, he was Co-founder and the Chief Financial Operations Officer for Ignition State Group, LLC, a web strategy and development firm based in Chicago. In addition to his work at Cleveland Clinic Canada, Mr. Kessel is active in the Toronto community as a board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and a committee member of the Conference Board of Canada. He is also an active member of Young Presidents Organization and serves on the Maple Leaf chapter’s New Member Committee. He implemented a unique public/private hybrid strategy that led to formal partnerships with Sick Kids, Sunnybrook and Mt. Sinai Hospitals and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. He also led partnership efforts with the Ontario Ministry of Health resulting in important firsts in country and cross border patient care.

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  • Michelle Khalili

    Michelle Khalili is a Managing Director and Head, Global Equity Capital Markets at Scotiabank. Prior to that, Michelle was a member of the Private Capital Investment Banking team at CIBC, focused on pension funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds.

    Michelle Khalili

    Michelle Khalili is a Managing Director and Head, Global Equity Capital Markets at Scotiabank. Prior to that, Michelle was a member of the Private Capital Investment Banking team at CIBC, focused on pension funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds. Before rejoining CIBC, Michelle spent four years at Goldman Sachs as Head of Equity Capital Markets – Canada and was a member of Goldman Sachs Canada's Board of Directors. Michelle also spent 12 years in the Equity Capital Markets group at CIBC, working on the origination and execution of equity financings in Canada.

    Michelle is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Women's College Hospital, and is a member of their Quality & Academic Committee. Michelle is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Brain Institute and is on the Audit and Finance Committee. Michelle is past Chair of the 100 Women in Finance's Committee in Canada, a global organization of more than 15,000 professionals. Michelle also served as Vice Chair and Board member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, and as a member of its Human Resources and Pension Committee.

    Michelle has been involved in a number of community initiatives, including the Canadian Women's Foundation Girls Growth Fund, the Royal Ontario Museum – Fact or Fiction Committee and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure. She was recognized with an Industry Award for Leadership by Women in Capital Markets, and has received the WCM Executive Coaching Award and the Champions of Change Award.

    Michelle earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and qualified for Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.

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  • Kyle MacDonald

    Kyle MacDonald is Portfolio Manager with Gallant MacDonald at CIBC Private Wealth. The practice provides bespoke wealth management services for Canadian families and institutions.

    Kyle MacDonald

    Kyle MacDonald is Portfolio Manager with Gallant MacDonald at CIBC Private Wealth. The practice provides bespoke wealth management services for Canadian families and institutions. Previously, Kyle led the Financial Services practice at Veritas Investment Research, an independent equity research firm. In this role, he was awarded the Thomson Reuters StarMine – recognizing him as the best overall stock picker in Banks and Insurance.

    Prior thereto, Kyle began his career at Ernst and Young where he was awarded National Honor Roll status for his performance on the Uniform Final Exam (UFE). Kyle holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.

    Kyle received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University where he concurrently played for the Varsity Football team. He was also a member of the 2009 Vanier Cup winning program.

    Beyond his wealth practice, Kyle co-founded Capitalize for Kids, a charity which raises over $2 million annually for the highest priority needs in the field of children’s brain and mental health. Capitalize for Kids received the Toronto Board of Trade Business Excellence award in community service for 2015. Kyle has been recognized among Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, is a member of the Board for the Ontario Brain Institute, sits on the SickKids Campaign Cabinet, and he was recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2013. Kyle is also a member of the YPO Atlantic Chapter.

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  • J.W. (James) McGuire

    J.W. (James) McGuire is Global Operations Officer at Manulife. He has over 30 years of financial services experience, most recently assuming responsibility for Manulife’s Global Resourcing business and acting as their Chief Procurement Officer.

    J.W. (James) McGuire

    J.W. (James) McGuire is Global Operations Officer at Manulife. He has over 30 years of financial services experience, most recently assuming responsibility for Manulife’s Global Resourcing business and acting as their Chief Procurement Officer. In this role he is responsible for the Manulife Business Processing Services team with locations in Manilla, Cebu and Chengdu supporting many of Manulife’s businesses and functions. McGuire also has responsibility for the Global Resources team and the Strategic Procurement Office. Mr. McGuire has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Prior to joining Manulife McGuire was with RBC, where most recently he led the Strategy & Payment Solutions team. In this role, he was responsible for the strategy and execution of next-generation payment solutions, as well as the highly personalized myOffers platform. Mr. McGuire’s prior roles at RBC included VP, Digital and CEO, RBC Direct Investing. He also has extensive experience in technology, operations and finance, having managed RBC's North American and Caribbean ATM business and the TeleMarketing Sales & Service Centre along with a number of other finance and operations roles throughout his tenure.

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  • Steve Orsini

    Steve Orsini is the President and CEO Council of Ontario Universities.

    Steve Orsini

    With more than 30 years of experience in government and health care, Steve brings a wealth of public sector experience. As Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and Clerk of the Executive Council from 2014 to 2019, Steve reported to the Premier of Ontario and was responsible for more than 60,000 employees in the OPS. As Secretary, Steve championed the development of the OPS of the Future Action Plan, its Inclusion and Diversity Blueprint and the government’s first Anti-Racism Action Plan. Steve also served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary of the Treasury Board from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, Steve was Deputy Minister of Revenue and Associate Deputy Minister for Taxation, Pensions and Agencies. Steve also held senior leadership positions at the Ontario Hospital Association, including Vice-President of Policy and Public Affairs. Steve has a long history of working collaboratively with all levels of government, the broader public sector, NGOs, and industry associations on system transformation. For example, Steve Chaired the Premier’s Housing Development Approval Round Table, supported Ontario’s input into the Amazon bid, played a leadership role on behalf of Ontario in negotiating the HST and federal administration of Ontario’s corporate income tax, oversaw the policy design of the Ontario’s Child Tax Benefit, supported the province in comprehensive pension reform, and worked with the federal government and other provinces in reaching an historic agreement in creating the pan-Canadian Cooperative Capital Market Regulator. Steve is currently the Co-Chair on the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Advisory Council on Ontario’s Economic Future and a member of the Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Steering Committee reviewing Canada’s fiscal architecture. Steve previously served as Chair of the Ontario Financing Authority and Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation as well as a Member of the Public Policy Forum Board of Directors and Advisory Council of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Ivey Business School. Steve has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban and Regional Planning, a Master’s in Environmental Studies and a Certificate in Public Administration. He has also completed the Canadian Securities Course, Parts I and II of the CICA In-Depth Tax Course and the Harvard University Health Care Leadership Program. Steve is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute.

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  • David Sharma

    David Sharma is President of TELUS Partner Solutions where he supports a passionate and entrepreneurial team focused on bringing TELUS customers a world of possibilities and the best of TELUS to the connected world.

    David Sharma

    David Sharma is President of TELUS Partner Solutions where he supports a passionate and entrepreneurial team focused on bringing TELUS customers a world of possibilities and the best of TELUS to the connected world. His previous roles at TELUS include SVP Business Solutions Sales, Chief Procurement Officer, SVP Supply Chain & SVP Marketing Business Solutions. David’s previous Board experience includes the Ontario Science Centre, TELUS International, WXN Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Toronto Board of Trade Technology Forum, CAMSC (Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council), CANARIE & founding board member of the TELUS Toronto Community board.

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Founding Chair

  • Joseph L. Rotman, O.C., LL.D.

    Mr. Rotman was Chairman of Roy-L Capital Corporation, a privately-held family investment company. He launched his business career in 1962 after receiving his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1957; M. Comm. from the University of Toronto in 1960; during 1960-61 he studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in the Ph.D. program.

    Joseph L. Rotman, O.C., LL.D.

    Mr. Rotman was Chairman of Roy-L Capital Corporation, a privately-held family investment company. He launched his business career in 1962 after receiving his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1957; M. Comm. from the University of Toronto in 1960; during 1960-61 he studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in the Ph.D. program. In 2012, Mr. Rotman was appointed as Chancellor of Western University for a four-year term. He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Toronto (1994), Western University (2009), and Memorial University (2013).He was made Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995. Mr. Rotman has been involved in establishing private and public companies and in contributing to advancing Canadian life sciences research; the development of Canada’s innovation and commercialization capacity; and related public policy at the federal and provincial levels. He led the creation of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care affiliated with the University of Toronto, and served two three-year terms on the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2000-2006. In 2009, Joseph Rotman was appointed Chair of Grand Challenges Canada, a new global health organization funded by the Federal Government to deliver the Development Innovation Fund announced in the 2008 Budget. Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting bold ideas with big impact in global health. In 2009, along with Dr. Joseph Martin, Dean Emeritus of Harvard Medical School, Mr. Rotman co-led a major review of the state of brain research in Ontario (2008-09), which led to the recommendation to the Provincial Government that it create the Ontario Brain Institute. In 2013, he was reappointed for a 2nd consecutive five year term as Chair of Canada Council for the Arts. This Crown corporation has for over half a century been the principal conduit of federal support to Canada’s professional artists and organizations by grants, endowments and prizes that celebrate creativity by recognizing exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities and sciences. He has served as a Director on corporate boards including the Bank of Montreal, Barrick Gold Corporation, Canada Northwest Energy Ltd., Masonite International, and TrizecHahn Corp. He served as Chair of the Board as Founder of Tarragon Oil and Gas, Geocrude Energy, and PanCana Resources, amongst others. He is also Founder and Director of Clairvest Group Inc. He was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame as a Companion in May 2009; presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Life Sciences Ontario in February 2012; presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award from Ernst & Young in October, 2012.


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Founding President and Scientific Director

  • Donald Stuss, Ph.D.

    Donald T. Stuss, O.C., O. Ont., PhD, FRSC, FCAHS, ABPP-CN, is the Founding President and Scientific Director (2011- 2015) of the Ontario Brain Institute.

    Donald Stuss, Ph.D.

    Donald T. Stuss, O.C., O. Ont., PhD, FRSC, FCAHS, ABPP-CN, is the Founding President and Scientific Director (2011- 2015) of the Ontario Brain Institute. He is an adjunct (on leave of absence) Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest Centre; University of Toronto Professor of Medicine (Neurology and Rehabilitation Science) and Psychology; founding Director of the Rotman Research Institute, from 1989 to 2008, Reva James Leeds Chair in Neuroscience and Research Leadership 2001-2009, and Vice-President Research, at Baycrest, 1991-2004, 2006-2009; Vice-President Academic Education at Baycrest 2006-2008; interim Director and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery 2008-2009. Honors: Fellow of CPA, APA (Divisions 3, 6, 20, 40), APS, American Heart and Stroke Association, AAAS; University of Toronto Faculty Award (2004); University Professor status, University of Toronto (2004); APA/APF FJ McGuigan Lecture on Understanding the Human Mind (2007); Michener Institute Honorary Diploma (2008); Dr. Gonzalo Rodriquez Lafora Lecture, Spanish Neurological Society (2010); National Academy of Neurosciences 2011 Lifetime Contributions to Neuropsychology Award: 3rd Annual Charles Branch BrainHealth Award, University of Texas at Dallas (2012); Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012); International Neuropsychological Society Lifetime Achievement Award (2013); Gold Key Award American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2014). His research focuses on understanding and treating the cognitive functions and personality changes associated with the frontal lobes as they occur after stroke, normal elderly, and in those with traumatic brain injury or dementia. He has one co-authored book, and four co-edited books; over 205 publications and 50 chapters; and presented over 270 invited scientific lectures and workshops. His publications have been cited over 18,000 times.

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