Board of Directors

Linda F. Mezon (Chair)
Chair, Accounting Standards Board

The Toronto Rehab Foundation’s Board of Directors is devoted to building lasting relationships and support for Toronto Rehab’s incredible innovation and care. Toronto Rehab’s ranking as the World’s #1 Rehabilitation Research Centre reflects the remarkable dedication, vision and generosity of people throughout our community, including our valued donors and committed volunteers.

As Board Chair, it is my pleasure to introduce our Board of Directors who are charged with helping Toronto Rehab meet the growing needs of our population, and to help advance and transform health care not only in Canada but around the world. Together, we will ensure that Toronto Rehab continues to be Where Incredible Happens.


Executive Committee

(Click on names to read bios)
Robert W. Blakely
Past Chair
Gillian Howard
Interim President & CEO and Secretary (ex officio)
Mark Litwin
Chair, Grant Committee
Andy MacPherson
Chair, Marketing & Communications
Barbara Muir
Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee
Heather Stockton
Chair, Human Resources & Talent Committee 
Abhimanyu Verma



Laura Banks James Deeks
Lynda Friendly Susan Jewell
Grace Lombardi Robert MacDonald
Islay McGlynn F. Paul Morrison
John O'Grady Brian J. Porter
(ex officio)
Dr. Howard Rocket Grant D. Roebuck, LLB
Mitchell J. Sanders Darrell Shipp
John Shuter Dr. Kevin Smith
(ex officio)
Cathy Strosberg Bryan Tamblyn
William Trotter Dr. Bradly Wouters


Emeritus Directors 

Timothy W. Casgrain, C.M.  William A. Cunningham
David W. Kerr Paul R. Weiss


Directors’ Bios 

Linda F. Mezon (Chair)
Chair, Accounting Standards Board
Linda currently serves as the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) Chair and was previously the Chief Accountant at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Linda joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2012 and assumed the role of Chair in 2018. 

Robert W. Blakely (Past Chair)
President & CEO, Likrilyn Capital Corporation and Eastbourne Investments
A lawyer by training, Bob has extensive experience in corporate finance and is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Likrilyn Capital Corporation and its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries. Bob is a director of The Caring Foundation and Tourmaline Oil Corp. and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Northern Energy Funds, a former Member of the Advisory Board at Northern Plains Investment Counsel and former Chair of Northern Rivers Investment Funds. He has also been the Chairman of the Arts & Science Dean's Council at Queen's University and a past director of Duvernay Oil Corp., Denninghouse Ltd., Laser Quest Corp., and Scott's Hospitality. Bob joined the Foundation Board in 2010 and served as Chair from 2016 until 2018.

Gillian Howard (Secretary; ex officio)
Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications, University Health Network
Interim President & CEO, Toronto Rehab Foundation

Gillian has over 35 years of experience in the field of public affairs with leadership roles in health, entertainment, sports, and education.  At University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehab and The Michener Institute), she is responsible for internal communications, media relations, issues management and supports government relations, the organization’s fundraising campaigns and communications related to three foundations. She holds undergraduate degrees in English, Education and Journalism from York University, University of Toronto and Ryerson University.  

Mark Litwin
 (Chair, Grant Committee)
President, Genterra Capital Inc.

With significant experience in the real estate industry, Mark is President of Genterra Capital and Genterra Energy and Senior Vice President of Forum Financial Corp. and holds a B. Econ (Hons) and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. In the community, he serves on the Resource Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital. In 2014, Mark’s family made a multi-million dollar investment in Toronto Rehab naming the Fred A. Litwin Outpatient Centre. Mark joined the Foundation Board in 2013.

Andy MacPherson (Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee)
Vice President, Marketing
President’s Choice Financial (Loblaw Companies Ltd.)

Andy is a senior Marketing professional with extensive experience in the Financial and Communications sectors. Through his work at brands including Citibank, Rogers, and PC Financial, Andy has gained a breadth and depth of skills in Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Product Management, and Communications. In 2014, Andy broke his neck in a ski accident, causing a spinal cord injury, and paralysis below the chest. With almost no chance of walking again, Andy spent three months as an in-patient at Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre. He now not only walks again, but has returned to an active life – one that he credits Toronto Rehab with giving him back. Andy has been a board member since 2017.

Barbara Muir (Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee)
SVP, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, BMO Financial Group
Barbara heads the Corporate Affairs Legal team at BMO Financial Group and is Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors of Bank of Montreal. She is accountable for legal and regulatory support for the bank’s corporate initiatives and is responsible for corporate secretarial matters globally. Following a serious car accident in 2013 that resulted in an incomplete cervical spinal cord injury, causing paralysis from her shoulders down, Barbara spent six weeks at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre where she gradually regained her mobility. Barbara joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2016.

Heather Stockton (Chair, Human Resources & Talent Committee) 
Partner, Human Capital, Deloitte.
Heather is a Human Capital partner in Canada and the Global Future of Work Leader at Deloitte. Since joining Deloitte in 2003, Heather has helped build one of the largest Human Capital advisory businesses in Canada.  She has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, both domestically and globally. The first 10 years of her career were spent in various leadership positions in customer service, marketing and distribution in life insurance. She joined the Foundation Board in 2016.

Abhimanyu Verma (Treasurer)
Partner, KPMG LLP

Abhi is a partner in KPMG’s financial institutions practice with a focus on financial institutions audit, accounting advisory services and professional practice matters. He began his career at KPMG in 1999 and has worked extensively with Canadian financial institutions ranging from the largest banks to small credit unions and also with clients in the technology and media industry. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Univesity of Delhi, India, and CPA and CA designations. He joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in February 2019.

Laura Banks
Alternate Chair, Ontario Review Board

After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1985, Laura practiced in the area of corporate commercial law at Gowlings WLG with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. She currently serves as Alternate Chair of the Ontario Review Board, an inter-disciplinary panel which adjudicates on matters involving persons in respect of whom a verdict of not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder or unfit to stand trial has been rendered. Laura’s recent volunteer involvement includes Heart to Hand, Habitat for Humanity and the Out of the Cold Program. Laura joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board of Directors in February 2017.

James Deeks 
President, Primary Counsel Productions
Jim has enjoyed a distinctive career which has involved most facets of the communications industry. Now semi-retired, Jim works on occasional PR and issues management projects. He is also in the process of developing a potential new television series for several PBS stations in the United States, featuring interviews with prominent Canadians. Jim is also actively involved in golf – as a regular columnist for Fairways magazine, occasional contributor to the Toronto Star, and recently, as the President of one of Toronto’s most prominent private clubs. He joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in June 2015.

Lynda Friendly
President & CEO, Lynda Friendly and Associates Inc.

Lynda’s career has spanned the hospitality, entertainment and design sectors internationally. She is a leader in the fields of marketing, communications and facilities management. A former Executive Vice President of Cineplex Corporation, past Chair of Tourism Toronto, and former President of the Design Exchange, she serves on numerous community and charitable boards and committees, and mentors at  Ted Rogers Business School (Ryerson University) and Joseph Rotman School of Management (University  of Toronto). Lynda joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2012.

Susan Jewell, RN, BA, MHSc
Senior Vice President, Executive Lead
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - UHN

Susan Jewell joined Toronto Rehab in October 2010 as Vice President, Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive. Following the integration of Toronto Rehab with the University Health Network in 2011, Susan assumed the role of Senior VP, Executive Lead, Toronto Rehab, UHN.  Prior to that, Susan spent 26 years at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto where she held a variety of clinical and progressively senior leadership roles including Vice President, Clinical Services from 2007-2010. Susan holds a Registered Nurse designation from Sheridan College, a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from York University and a Master’s degree in Health Science Administration from the University of Toronto. She has also earned an Advanced Health Leadership Certificate from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. Susan joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board of Directors in June 2019.

Grace Lombardi
President, Fuel Productions Inc.

Grace has over 20 years of experience in the broadcasting, production and communications industry having written and produced numerous commercials and promotional videos and has developed promotional and public relations campaigns for her clients on both radio and television. She acts as community and client liaison for CHIN Radio/TV International and is also Executive Producer for the nightly Italian news program “Ora Qui” on Rogers, OMNI Television. Grace has served on a number of boards and committees, including COSTI Immigrant Services. She joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in March 2018.

Robert MacDonald
Business Broker – ROI Corporation

Robert is a leader in his field as a licensed real estate and business broker, focusing on the healthcare sector. A former patient at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), a life changing accident in 2012 left Robert paralyzed from the waist down. Following surgery on extensive spinal injuries, Robert arrived at TRI with a 5% chance of ever walking again. Four years later using his “I Will” mentality, Robert became the first Canadian with an ASIA B paraplegic diagnosis to run a Marathon (42.2km). His personal experience makes him a strong believer in Toronto Rehab’s mantra “where incredible happens”. He also finds time to turn his recovery into successful fundraising for TRI. Robert has an extensive public speaking background among business audiences and in the community. Robert joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2016.

Islay McGlynn
Senior Vice President, Executive Support, Scotiabank

F. Paul Morrison
Partner, Miller Thomson LLP

Paul is a partner in the Litigation Group at Miller Thomson. He has a national reputation in complex corporate and commercial litigation, including class action litigation, securities litigation, competition litigation, insolvency litigation, professional liability, products liability and domestic and international arbitration. He regularly acts on behalf of leading companies and institutions, both foreign and domestic, and has appeared at all levels of trial and appellate court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and before administrative tribunals. Paul joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in June 2017.

John O’Grady
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, National Bank Financial
A long-time investment advisor, John joined National Bank Financial after working at Macquarie Private Wealth Inc. and its predecessor company, Blackmont Capital. He is a graduate of Toronto Rehab’s Cardiac Rehab program and subsequently joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2012.
Brian J. Porter (ex officio)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank

Brian joined Scotiabank in 1981, progressing through a series of increasingly senior positions across the organization. He was appointed President of Scotiabank in November 2012, was elected to the Scotiabank Board of Directors in April 2013 and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in November 2013. He currently serves as Chair of the University Health Network’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Howard Rocket
Howard graduated from University of Toronto’s faculty of Dentistry in 1972 and founded a chain of dentistry clinics across Canada in 1979 after working in his private practice.  The company went public in 1986 and grew to over 100 locations nationwide. In 2014 Howard helped establish the Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic and has since helped institute the annual Rocket Ride 4 Rehab that has raised over $250,000 for Toronto Rehab. He joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2016.

Grant D. Roebuck, LLB.
Chief Executive Officer, Secutor Capital Management Corporation

Grant is the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Investment Strategist at Secutor Capital Management Corporation. Secutor Capital Management Corporation is a registered Investment Advisor in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and Newfoundland/Labrador. A lawyer by training, Grant focuses on delivering long-term financial security to his clients through the implementation of customized, defensive capital management. Grant also serves on the pension and investment committee of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Grant joined the Board of the Toronto Rehab Foundation in 2013.

Mitchell J. Sanders
Senior Partner, 
Goldman, Spring, Kichler & Sanders LLP, Barristers and Solicitors

Mitch has been providing services in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law to mid-market clients in both Canada and the United States. He was trained at a high profile tax and securities law firm prior to joining Goldman, Spring, Kichler & Sanders LLP in 1986. Mitch has been lead counsel in numerous public and private financing transactions, initial public offerings, and private placements throughout North America and currently sits on the boards and advisory committees of various private and public companies and venture capital companies. He is a former longtime member of TEC, an international organization of CEO’s, as well as a member of the Small Business Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission He joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2010.

Darrell Shipp
Partner and Managing Director, Slate Asset Managment LP

Darrell is a Managing Director and Partner of Slate Asset Management, where he works to source, assemble and negotiate the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets across all of Slate’s investment platforms, in addition to providing strategic senior leadership to the firm’s asset management group. Prior to joining Slate, Darrell held positions at IBI Group and CBRE. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography (Urban Development) from the University of Western Ontario. Darrell joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in June 2018.

John Shuter (Chair, Investment Committee)
Vice President, Client Service and Business Development,
Beutel, Goodman & Company Ltd.

John is responsible for servicing institutional clients and business development at Beutel, Goodman & Company Ltd., a privately-owned Canadian investment management organization. He has over 25 years of investment industry experience and joined Beutel Goodman in 2003. He previously worked closely with both corporations and individual investors as Vice President and Director of TD Securities. John is a graduate of Bishop’s University. He joined the Foundation Board in 2016.

Dr. Kevin Smith (ex officio)
President & CEO, University Health Network 

Kevin is well known for his contribution to the healthcare system both provincially and nationally.  He has served as Chair of the Board of Canada Foundation for Innovation, Chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association, a Member of the Premier's Health Results Table and advisor to the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist and a Special Advisor to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Kevin is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sussex in England. He joined the University Health Network as President & CEO in May 2018, having previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health System in Hamilton and Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Health System.

Cathy Strosberg
Founder, Casulting Company
A registered nurse, Cathy founded Casulting Company, a consulting service firm focusing on medical-legal issues. She previously served as a federal government medical appointee to the Canada Pension Plan Appeal Tribunal and in 2015 was re-appointed by the Ontario government for an additional four year term as a Lay Bencher serving the Law Society of Ontario. She currently serves on The Law Society Foundation Board of Directors. Cathy joined the Foundation Board in 2012 following the Harvey’s Back Gala that celebrated her husband’s stroke recovery at Toronto Rehab and raised over $325,000.

Bryan Tamblyn
Chief Compliance Officer, UBS Bank (Canada)

Bill Trotter
Senior Partner, Wm. J. Trotter & Associates

Founder of a Chartered Accounting firm in Richmond Hill, Bill serves a wide roster of clientele. He has created several charitable foundations and is an avid supporter of various charities and foundations, including Prostate Cancer Canada, The Justin Eves Foundation, Herb Carnegie Future Aces Foundation, Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation, The Grant Morris Foundation, and Sleeping Children Around the World.  He joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in June 2015.

Dr. Bradly Wouters
Executive Vice President, Science & Research
University Health Network

Dr. Bradly Wouters is an internationally recognized leader and cancer researcher. He became Executive Vice President of Science and Research at UHN in 2016 and prior to that served as the Interim Director of Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre since 2014. As EVP of Science and Research, Dr. Wouters is focused on creating an environment that incentivizes, facilitates, and rewards excellence in basic, translational, and clinical research across all elements of UHN. Dr. Wouters joined UHN in 2008 as Senior Scientist and Director of the Princess Margaret Hypoxia Program and has held faculty appointments at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medical Biophysics and the Department of Radiation Oncology since that time. Prior to joining UHN, Dr. Wouters was Professor and Head of Experimental Radiation Oncology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in February 2019.

Emeritus Directors:

Timothy W. Casgrain, C.M. 
Director, Wilmington Capital Management Inc.

Tim is currently a Director with Wilmington Capital Management Inc. He previously served as Chair of the CBC/Radio Canada Board of Directors, Chair of Anaconda Mining, Vice Chairman of Skyservice Investments Inc. (a Canadian business aviation company) and as a Director of SiriusXM Canada. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. Tim joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2004 and served as Chair from 2008 to 2014.

William A. Cunningham 
Partner, Deloitte LLP

Bill is a senior audit partner at Deloitte where he has extensive experience serving a number of the Firm’s large global, public company in the financial services and resource industries clients. Until very recently, he also led Deloitte’s CFO and Executive Transition Lab Programs and is the Dean of the firm’s next generation CFO Academy. Bill previously served as a Director and Treasurer of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada and prior to that served on the Board of Directors of Kinark Child and Family Services ultimately serving as it Board Chair. Bill joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2007 and served, at various times, as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and as a member of the Special Events Working Group.

David W. Kerr
Affiliated Director, Brookfield Asset Management

David graduated from McGill University in 1965 and began his career as Chartered Professional Accountant with Touche Ross and Co. He was appointed President of Falconbridge Ltd. in 1987, President & Chief Executive Officer in 1990 and Chairman in 2002, retiring from that position in August 2006. Since 1987, David has served as a director of Brookfield Asset Management where he is a member of the company’s Risk Management Committee. He is currently the Chairman of Halmont Properties Corporation and recently served on the boards of Sun Life Financial and Blackberry Ltd.

David has a long history of service with Toronto Rehab and its legacy hospitals, having served as Chair of the Toronto Rehab Foundation’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006.  Most recently, he was a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the Foundation’s Where Incredible Happens fundraising campaign.

Paul R. Weiss
Retired Managing Partner, Audit, KPMG LLP

Paul Weiss joined KPMG after graduating from Carleton University in 1968. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1971 and was elected as a partner at KPMG in 1977. He served as the Managing Partner of the Canadian audit practice and a member of the Management Committee and the Global Audit Leadership Team before retiring in 2008 after more than 40 years with the firm.

Paul is a member of the Board and Audit Committee chair of BCE Inc., Bell Canada, Torstar Corporation and Choice Properties REIT and is also a Director and past Chair of Soulpepper Theatre Company. He served as Chair of the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008 and most recently was a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the Foundation’s Where Incredible Happens fundraising campaign.

The Toronto Rehab Foundation is also grateful for the support of our Campaign Cabinet and our many Special Event Volunteers.