Board of Directors


Robert W. Blakely (Chair)
President & CEO, Likrilyn Capital Corporation

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)
 
James Deeks
Chair, Marketing &
Communications Committee
Michael A. Eizenga
Chair, Grant Committee
Linda F. Mezon
Board Vice Chair &
Chair, Governance Committee
Heather Stockton
Chair, Human Resources and Talent Committee 
M. Scott Wetmore 
Board Vice Chair & Treasurer
Cindy Yelle
President and
Secretary (ex officio)

 

Directors

Joni Fernandes Lynda Friendly
 
Mark Litwin
 Robert MacDonald 
Andrea Kale Marcus
 
F. Paul Morrison
 Barbara Muir John O’Grady
Dr. Peter Pisters
(ex officio)
Brian J. Porter 
(ex officio)
Dr. Howard Rocket Grant D. Roebuck, LLB
Mitchell J. Sanders John Shuter
Cathy Strosberg Gaétan Tardif MD FRCPC
 
Bill Trotter    

 

Emeritus Directors 

Timothy W. Casgrain, C.M.  William A. Cunningham
Past Chair

 

Directors’ Bios 

Robert W. Blakely (Chair)
President & CEO, Likrilyn Capital Corporation
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 a former Member of the Advisory Board at Northern Plains Investment Counsel. He has also been the Chairman of the Arts & Science Dean's Council at Queen's University. Bob joined the Foundation Board in 2010, became Vice Chair in 2014 and Chair in 2016.

James Deeks (Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee)
President, Primary Counsel Productions
Jim has enjoyed a distinctive career which has involved most facets of the communications industry. He maintains an active public relations practice, and recently started a company focused on producing Personal Video Biographies for retired Canadians.  He is the Producer and Co-Host of Toronto Files with Burstyn and Deeks, broadcast every Thursday night on RogersTV Toronto.  Jim is also actively involved in golf – as a regular columnist for Fairways magazine, 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.

Michael A. Eizenga (Chair, Grant Committee)
Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Mike is recognized as one of Canada's leading class action litigators.  An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, he is a frequent lecturer and author regarding class action litigation. He is a past president of The Advocates’ Society and has been a member of numerous other community, professional and academic organizations. He joined the Foundation Board in 2010. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of War Child Canada.

Linda F. Mezon (Board Vice Chair & Chair, Governance Committee)
Chair, Accounting Standards Board
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
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 currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee and as a member of the Grant Committee and the Campaign Cabinet. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and serves as its Treasurer. 

Heather Stockton (Chair, Human Resources and Talent Committee) 
Partner, Human Capital, Deloitte.
Heather leads Deloitte’s Americas Human Capital Practice and is the Global Financial Services Industry Leader for Human Capital. Since joining Deloitte in 2003, Heather has helped build and lead 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. Heather received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University. She joined the Foundation Board in 2016.

M. Scott Wetmore (Board Vice Chair & Treasurer)
Retired Partner, Audit, KPMG LLP
Scott  recently retired as service partner in the Toronto office of KPMG  where he served 27 years and has held a number of senior leadership positions with KPMG. He is currently on the Board of the Canadian Executive Service Organization (“CESO”) and previously served on the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and on the Board of Directors for The Canadian Stage Company and Progress Place.  Scott joined the Foundation Board in 2012 and became Treasurer in 2014.

Cindy Yelle (President and Secretary; ex officio)
President & CEO, Toronto Rehab Foundation

Cindy Yelle has an extensive history in the healthcare and charitable sectors, having served as a senior executive and philanthropic advisor to numerous charities, individuals and private foundations. Prior to joining the Toronto Rehab Foundation in November 2010, Cindy held the position of Senior Vice President at SickKids Foundation. Prior to her professional career, Cindy enjoyed success as an international athlete and was a member of the 1984 Canadian Olympic swim team, captain of Canada’s 1986 Commonwealth and World Championship Teams, and an NCAA Champion and record holder.  She studied economics at the University of Florida and the University of Toronto.

Joni Fernandes
Director of Bluestone ADR
Joni has a broad range of experience in the legal profession as a lawyer and consultant and is currently Director of Bluestone ADR, specialists in alternative dispute resolution. Her volunteer work includes Havergal College and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, as well as a wide range of outreach activities in Toronto’s Portuguese community. A graduate of Toronto Rehab’s Cardiac Rehab program, she joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2010.

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 past Chair of Tourism Toronto, and former President of the Design Exchange, she serves on numerous community and charitable boards and committees. Lynda joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2012.

Mark Litwin

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.

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 of 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. Months later, he walked out on his own. His personal experience makes him a strong believer in Toronto Rehab’s mantra “where incredible happens”. Robert fully returned to his work as a business broker, but also continues to maintain his physical recovery regimen on a daily basis, with ongoing gains. 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.

Andrea Kale Marcus
Andrea is an artist who works in a variety of media including bronze, stone, oil paints and blown glass. She has shown her work at shows in Toronto, Montreal, Tampa, Paris, Venice and Japan. Andrea was President of the Ontario Society of Artists from 1990 to 1994.  She joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2011. 

F. Paul Morrison
Senior Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Paul joined the Foundation Board in 2017.

Barbara Muir
Senior Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, BMO Financial Group
As Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel for BMO Financial Group, Barbara heads the Corporate Affairs Legal team 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 fractured her spinal cord, Barbara spent six weeks at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre where she successfully regained her mobility. Grateful for her care, in October 2015 she participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, walking the 5k in support of Toronto Rehab. Barbara joined the Foundation Board in 2016.

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.
 
Dr. Peter Pisters (ex officio)
President & CEO, University Health Network

Peter is an academic surgical oncologist with a specialty focus on sarcoma and gastrointestinal cancers, Previously, he served as Vice President of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Regional Care System where he was an internationally known tenured Professor of Surgery and held a number of clinical, administrative and leadership positions since 1994. Peter joined University Health Network (UHN) as President and CEO on January 1, 2015.

Brian J. Porter (ex officio)
President & CEO, Scotiabank

Brian is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University Health Network.

Dr. Howard Rocket
Dr. Howard Rocket 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 establish 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 and currently sits on the Foundation’s Finance and Audit Committees.

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.

John Shuter
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.

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 Upper Canada. 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.

Gaétan Tardif MD FRCPC
Physiatrist-in-Chief and
Medical Program Director – Toronto Rehab

Gaétan joined Toronto Rehab in November 1998 as the first medical director of the newly formed organization and has since played numerous roles in medical and quality management. He is also a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and teaches strategy to medical leaders through the Physician Leadership Institute of the Canadian Medical Association. A long-time Paralympic senior volunteer and advocate, Gaétan directed Canada’s Medical Team at numerous Games. He currently serves as President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, following roles as Deputy Chef de Mission for the Beijing and Vancouver Games, and Chef de Mission at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. He is a certified Corporate Director (ICD.D). Gaétan joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in 2005. 

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 a charitable foundation 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, and Sleeping Children Around the World.  He joined the Toronto Rehab Foundation Board in June 2015.

Timothy W. Casgrain, C.M. (Emeritus)
Consultant to Skyservice Investments

Tim is a consultant to Skyservice Investments Inc., a Canadian business aviation company where he was previously Vice-Chairman. He also served as Chair of the CBC/Radio Canada Board of Directors. Tim is chair of Anaconda Mining and 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 2008-2014.

William A. Cunningham (Past Chair)
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.




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