Leadership & Board
Osler Foundation’s Board of Directors is made up of individuals like you – hardworking, caring people with busy lives. They want the best for their communities. We are grateful that they continually put their diverse perspectives, knowledge and skills to work to help us achieve exceptional health care close to home.
Board of Directors
Bob is the CEO of Almag Aluminum, an award-winning, service-driven, custom aluminum extruder based in Brampton and Alabama. A family owned business started by his father, Almag has grown steadily over its 68 year history.
Bob graduated from the Engineering program at the University of Waterloo and earned his MBA from York University. He has a wonderful wife, Deb, who is CEO of the Peacock Household, and two grown children, both living in B.C.
Bob has been active on a number of Boards, including Rotary, the Brampton Board of Trade, and the Aluminum Extruders Council. He is presently a Director of a Cottage Association and Chair of the William Osler Health System Foundation. In 2017, Bob successfully wrapped the $30 million campaign for the new Peel Memorial Centre as its Campaign Chair.
Steve is a Vice President and Director with RBC Dominion Securities. Acting within the capacity of Portfolio Manager & Investment Advisor, Steve and his team represent one of the top wealth management groups at RBC Dominion Securities in Canada. Steve and his fully licensed team have over 100 years of experience and manage wealth for clients including foundations, charities, business owners, and retired successful Canadians. Steve is one of a select few licensed advisors at RBC Dominion Securities in Peel that are able to offer clients Private Investment Management; a distinction reserved for only the most successful Advisors.
Steve has been a member of the William Osler Health System Foundation Finance committee since September 2010 and a Director of the William Osler Health System Foundation Board since June 2013.
Steve has been a long time member of the Rotary Club of Brampton, being a past treasurer and board member, as well as past president (2015-2016). Steve is an Alumni of University of Guelph and makes his home in Brampton.
JOHN C. ESPLEN
John is President, CEO and owner of The Humberview Group, which owns and operates 20 franchise auto dealership operations including GM – Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Ford/Lincoln, Chrysler/Ram/Jeep, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, Audi, Isuzu and Hino commercial trucks, as well as other automotive related companies across the GTA.
John has lived in Etobicoke for all of his adult life, has several business operations located in Etobicoke and Brampton, and is very connected to the neighbourhood community in many ways. He believes every great community needs a great hospital; under his leadership, the Etobicoke Campaign Cabinet successfully met its $25 million fundraising goal to realize the first expansion in the history of Etobicoke General Hospital.
John began working in the auto retail business with his father, Stewart, at Humberview Chevrolet Oldsmobile in 1981. Taking over the operation in 1989, he has focused on growing his automotive dealer group business over the past 40 years. John believes that a large part of Humberview’s success in the dealership world is due to the organization’s passion for developing outstanding team members who deliver exemplary customer service.
Born in a small village in Punjab in 1956, Raj K. Narula could have never imagined he would lead the life he does today. Raj’s career started in Delhi, India, where he completed his Chartered Accountancy degree in 1981. He was honoured with scoring in the top ten scores for his CA exams nationwide. He subsequently migrated to Canada and obtained the professional designations CGA, CA from Canada and CPA, CGMA, CFE from the United States.
In 1986, he went on to start his own Chartered Accountancy practice in Etobicoke, with a primary focus on tax and management consulting. In practice for over 30 years, he has maintained a diverse and impressive clientele, ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations.
Raj has been blessed with a satisfying personal life. He is married to wife Neelam, and they have two children, both of whom are medical physicians practicing in the GTA. He lives in the Woodbridge area and is a community-oriented individual. He has been proud to be associated with the William Osler Health System Foundation since 2004.
Raj enjoys spending time with family, baseball, travel and, much to his wife’s dismay, has no plans for retirement in the immediate future.
DR. GURJIT BAJWA
Dr. Bajwa has been a staff Emergency Physician at Etobicoke General Hospital (Etobicoke General) for almost two decades. He completed his Bachelor of Science in microbiology and his medical degree at the University of Toronto and his residency at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Bajwa is actively involved in community service both inside and outside the hospital and has supported Osler Foundation for more than a decade. Dr. Bajwa was a Co-Chair of Osler Foundation’s Holi Gala committee for five years.
Jamie was born in Toronto and was raised in a large blended family. Jamie spent most of his career in food production and manufacturing, with proven leadership skills in operations, process development, strategic supply chain planning and logistics. He moved into the field of real estate and property investments, and enjoys engaging in new small business opportunities.
Jamie has served on several other Board and Volunteer Committees, bringing innovative and fresh perspectives to the table. He is passionate about identifying and implementing continuous improvement efforts in order to promote financial growth.
As well as being part of the William Osler Health System Foundation Cabinet Committee, Jamie has chaired three fund-raising Casino Nights that raised over $250,000. He is excited to continue to be an integral part of this important program and drive future advancements, with a focus on fundraising and donor engagement.
Jamie and his wife Leah live in Etobicoke with their son, RJ, and their two dogs. He loves to cook, play golf, and be outdoors, and as a family they are avid travellers.
DR. PARNEET CHEEMA
Dr. Parneet Cheema is a medical oncologist and Corporate Division Head of Medical Oncology/Hematology that joined Osler in 2017 having joined us from Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre.
Dr. Cheema is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto in which she also trained in Internal medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Cheema also completed a professional interdisciplinary business and science Master degree in Biotechnology from the University of Toronto. She is an internationally known expert in lung cancer, precision cancer care and immunotherapy in which she has published numerous clinical trials, research papers and consensus statements.
During her time at Osler she advanced the oncology program by starting innovative programs such as the Osler Cancer Immunotherapy Program and led the growth of oncology clinical trials to become a Canadian leader in oncology trials recruitment and offers patients at Osler state-of-the-art treatments through global clinical trials. In strong collaboration with her pathology colleagues her work and advocacy solidified partnerships that enabled the ability for Osler to offer the most advanced genomics for cancer care in Canada.
Susan was born and raised in Brampton. She returned to Brampton in 1998 and together with her husband, David Chondon, became a founding partner of CCPartners – a law firm that represents employers in all areas of labour and employment law/workplace resolution. Susan is also a part-owner of Employers’ Choice, a human resources consulting business located in Brampton.
Susan was an elected member of the Brampton Board of Trade’s Board of Directors for six years and served as Chair of the Board in 2014. Susan also served as Chair of the Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation from 2011-2013. In addition, CCPartners is actively involved in the community supporting such charitable organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, William Osler Health System Foundation and the Brampton Kiwanis Club.
Susan and Dave live in Brampton and have four children.
GIA M. DeJULIO
Gia M. DeJulio, LLM, BASc, P.Eng., C.Dir. is an energy management consultant and former Vice President, Conservation & Demand Management, at Alectra Utilities. Gia holds a Master of Laws in Energy and Infrastructure from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering discipline, from the University of Toronto, is a Professional Engineer, and is a Chartered Director accredited by The Directors College, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.
Gia’s career in the energy industry includes expertise in buying, selling, distributing, regulating, and conserving both natural gas and electricity, and she has been a Board member of several energy associations. She is also currently on the Board of Orangeville Hydro Limited.
Gia is happy to participate in fundraising initiatives for worthy local charities and is the former President of the Board of Directors of Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke, a not-for-profit agency and shelter in south Etobicoke for women and their children fleeing violence. Now with her work on the William Osler Health System Foundation Board, Gia can continue her efforts to support the provision of critical medical and social services in her neighbourhood.
In her spare time, Gia enjoys golfing, following politics and current affairs, participating in Book Clubs, and mentoring students and young colleagues.
Pal’s extensive experience includes audit, accounting, tax, and business advisory services for a diverse client base. His industry expertise includes transportation, inbound and outbound logistics, retail and wholesale distribution, pharmaceutical, farming, manufacturing, real estate syndication and development, real estate construction, technology, and professional practices.
Pal leads his firm’s U.S. tax practice, with over 15 years’ experience in cross-border tax work. His experience in planning for mergers and acquisitions, repatriation of assets, and tax structures allow his clients to efficiently conduct their U.S. activities.
Pal has been a Director of the Osler Foundation Board since June 2013, as well as a founding member of the Sikh Sub-committee that raised millions of dollars for Brampton Civic Hospital. An active member of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, in 2009 Pal was recognized by the Chamber as “Member of the Year”. He is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Mississauga Board of Trade, and the Brampton Board of Trade.
PATRICK J. HAWKINS
Patrick J. Hawkins is a Partner in the Health Law Group at the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He is a civil litigator, specializing in health law and personal injury defence. He has a LL.B. degree from Queen’s University and a LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1992.
For the past 29 years, he has devoted much of his practice to representing hospitals and other healthcare facilities in professional malpractice litigation and a wide variety of other litigation and policy matters. He acts as general counsel and provides situational advice to health care providers on a wide range of issues including privacy, quality of care reviews, and physician credentialing. He is a regular speaker and writer on health law issues.
Patrick lives in Etobicoke and is married with three children. He is an active skier and golfer.
As a young girl growing up in India, Sukhdeep always dreamed of becoming a police officer. Unfortunately, at that time, law enforcement was not perceived as a respectable career for a girl in India. Sukhdeep’s parents steered her towards an engineering degree instead but in 2000, when she immigrated to Ontario, Sukhdeep decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a police officer.
In 2003, she became a Peel Regional Police Officer and served on the force for 3 years and then as a member of the Criminal Injury Compensation Board for a year.
In 2007, fulfilling her desire to spend more time with her family and assume a career with a leadership role, Sukhdeep became a broker for Austen & Noble Insurance Brokers in Milton. In 2010, she started Armour Insurance Brokers, making her the first South Asian woman in Canada to independently launch and own an insurance brokerage. This year, Sukhdeep was awarded the LowestRates.ca Award for CEO of the Year.
Sukhdeep and her husband Surjit, who is CFO at Armour Insurance Brokers, reside in Brampton with their son.
CHARLES MATTHEWS JR
Charles is a multi-talented phenomenon with over thirty years of experience within the realm of entertainment. He continues to build upon those years to this day, embracing his current role as a popular emcee and turning out dozens of successful events like Jamaica National Expo, Eglinton Street Fest and Brampton’s Carabram plus much more. He has worked in radio (105.5fm), emceeing live shows and now spends his time on live social media TV with The Charles Matthews Show. The 2x ByBlacks People’s Choice Award Event Planner winner began his own company, CMJ Entertainment Inc., in 2007 and was a member of Toast Masters.
He is most comfortable before a crowd and he knows how to read each one and bring out the best possible results each and every time. Charles puts his entire self into every single event, into each and every detail and aspect to make certain that everything is perfect. He has been involved in many charities like Sickle Cell, JDRF and Food Drives and much more.
He puts his family first, but like his grandma (Nana) always taught him, always gives back to the next generation.
DR. ROBERTA MINNA
Dr. Minna is the Corporate Chief of Surgery & Co-Medical Director, Surgical Program and has been a staff surgeon at Etobicoke General for two decades. Dr. Minna completed her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, medical degree and general surgical training at the University of Toronto. She has also been an active panel member of The Out Of Hospital Endoscopy Clinic working group through Cancer Care Ontario. Dr. Minna is currently featured as one of Osler Foundation’s ‘Doc Stars’ in support of Osler Foundation’s current Etobicoke General Campaign.
Rajeev is a District Vice President with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and currently manages the Brampton District. He joined the bank in 2000 and has held progressively different roles throughout his career, and has over 27 years of experience in retail and management.
Rajeev has been part of the Brampton community since 2002 and has developed strong relationships in the community ever since. Rajeev has an MBA in Finance and Marketing and an Undergraduate in Mathematics from India. Rajeev’s passion is to help people and make a difference in lives of those who are not so fortunate; he believes that everyone should do so and start with “one at a time.” He is part of the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership, an organization that supports mentoring immigrant professionals, thereby making a difference in their lives.
Rajeev is a first-generation immigrant, coming to Canada with his wife and daughter 18 years ago and calling Canada home ever since. When not at work, he enjoys travelling and exploring different countries and their cultures.
DR. MARC OSSIP
DR. MARC OSSIP
Dr. Marc Ossip
Dr. Ossip joined William Osler in 2004 as a staff radiologist primarily sited at Etobicoke. He has held a number of leadership roles, including various modality leads, EGH Diagnostic Imaging Site Chief and, since 2017, has been the Corporate Chief and Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging at William Osler.
Dr. Ossip completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics at University of Western Ontario and his Doctor of Medicine, Residency in Radiology and Fellowship in Interventional Radiology at University of Toronto.
Dr. Ossip’s wife is a radiologist at North York General Hospital and together they have three sons.
Filiz is a health care professional with over 10 years’ experience in delivering acute and chronic care across multiple hospitals within the Greater Toronto Area. She is an active humanitarian and community activist who has led many international programs. Some of these initiatives include building a water-well for a female mental health institution in Somalia and opening a preschool program for Syrian refugee children in Turkey.
Filiz has a Masters in Public Policy with work experience in the government, non-for profit and communications sectors. She is currently a Graduate student at the University of Toronto completing the Nurse Practitioner program specializing in Primary Health Care and Global Health with collaborative specialization in Women’s Health. In her free time, she enjoys playing golf and spending time with her twins.
Lalit Wadhvana has held numerous management positions with the Ontario Government over the past 25 years. His focus has been on I&IT leadership in Transition to Operations (TTO) of Systems of different Ministries, most notably with the Health & Social Services and Education Ministries. He plays a vital role in the ongoing development of I&IT Service Management (SM) Standards and Technology Infrastructure. One notable highlight has been the realignment of the multi-billion dollar Ontario Welfare System to local Municipalities.
Along with a degree in Applied Computer Science, he is a Certified IT Auditor and has a master’s degree in IT Service Management.
For Lalit, his volunteerism (Seva) with BAPS Charities plays an important role in his life. As BAPS’ Medical Services Lead, he provides leadership to the organization’s activities and events, both locally and across North America. Annual events such as health fairs, blood drives, and walk-a-thons have grown to over 70 locations and brought together over 30,000 participants. He lives by the humble words of his guru; HH. Pramukh Swami Maharaj: “In the joy of others lies our own, In the progress of others rests our own, In the good of others abides our own.”
As a lead advisor in the Sharpe-Way Group, Glen works with families to develop specialized solutions to meet their unique needs. With a focus on building conservative investment portfolios, tax-efficient retirement income streams and inter-generational wealth transfers, Glen helps his clients maximize their wealth today and for future generations. Glen earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University, having completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a Financial Management Advisor (FMA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Certified Investment Manager (CIM), Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) and Family Enterprise Advisor candidate 2020.
Glen has been actively involved in the community as a donor, volunteer and advocate for over 15 years, which have included Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel and the campaign for Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness. Glen and his wife Katherine have two great boys, Reid and Gavin. A sport enthusiast, Glen’s current activity of choice is keeping up with his young family.
Faisal has 20+ years of experience in Wealth Management, Banking, Insurance & Financial Services Industry. He has successfully held National, Regional and Branch Leadership roles with TD, Aviso Wealth, Laurentian Bank and London Life, progressing to executive / leadership roles including Director, District Vice President, Associate Vice President Sales, Strategy & Digital engagement.
Faisal has worked in many different areas of the industry which includes Sales / distribution Leadership, Capability Development, Advice Strategy and Analytics.
Faisal has over 10 years of experience as an educator. He is currently a part-time professor in Business Faculties at York University, Humber College and Sheridan College. He is Co-Founder & Chair of Refugee Girls Worldwide, current Board Member at William Osler Health System Foundation and past Cabinet Chair at United Way.
Faisal holds Bachelor of Commerce (concentration in Finance) and MBA (concentration in Strategy) from the University of Windsor.
PRESIDENT & CEO, WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM FOUNDATION
Ken Mayhew is a dynamic and highly respected senior fundraising executive with a passion for cultivating donors who share William Osler Health System’s (Osler) commitment to deliver exceptional health care close to home. Through his exemplary leadership, the Foundation has experienced continuous revenue growth, recently exceeding its $100M campaign goal by $9M to support the redevelopment of Osler’s Peel Memorial, Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General Hospitals. ongoing equipment needs at Brampton Civic Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
Prior to joining Osler in 2012, Ken spent 20 years with the MS Society of Canada where he was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications, media and fund development for a program with almost one million active donors, raising over $50M annually.
An active and passionate volunteer, Ken most recently took on a leadership role as Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Canada. He is also Past President of the local AFP chapter. Ken’s ongoing involvement with AFP, Imagine Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation includes work to profile the importance of philanthropy as an enabler of Canada’s robust and inclusive social fabric. He is a frequent fundraising spokesperson and has been featured in numerous podcasts, panels, interviews and media pieces.
Among many honours, Ken has been recognized with a CEO in Action award from the Diversity Journal for his work in inclusive board and fundraising development. He was named 2019 Fundraiser of the Year by the Greater Toronto Chapter of AFP.
Many of our team members have used Osler programs and services themselves. They know how important our donors are to our hospitals. As we continue on a path of unprecedented growth and demand, their dedication and passion is more critical than ever.
These leadership team members support a best-in-class team in achieving the vision, mission and goals of Osler Foundation:
Ken Mayhew, President & CEO
Nicole McCahon, Vice President, Philanthropy
Shelagh Barry, Director, Community Giving
905.494.2120 ext. 58232
Sheldon Caplin, Director, Finance & Administration
905.494.2120 ext. 22421
Chantal Richard, Associate Director, Foundation Marketing
905.494.2120 ext. 22408
Shari Lovelock, Director, Major Gifts & Campaigns
416.494.2120 ext. 32638
Corinne Shannon, Director, Strategy, Research & Processing
905.494.2120 ext. 22420
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