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Board of Directors

The Toronto Western Family Health Team (TW FHT)  is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors.  The Board is responsible for the overall governance of the affairs of the FHT including monitoring and assessing strategic planning, financial stewardship, and organization performance.  Members of the Board are volunteers. 

The Board consists of :

The Board has three standing committees: Executive Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, and the Nominating Committee.  The Board meets four to five times annually, and Committees meet two to four times annually.  The Annual General Meeting is held each December.  

William Tottle
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Bill is a senior executive with extensive financial planning, strategic planning and change management experience. Bill is the Chief Financial Officer for the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, with revenue of $240 million, a Health Service Provider organization that serves 20,000 clients on any given day. Prior to joining Toronto Central, Bill held numerous progressive senior financial and non-financial roles in multiple sectors. Most recently as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis at Alderwoods Group Inc., a publicly traded company with revenues in excess of $750 million and 1,000 locations in Canada, USA and United Kingdom.

Bill is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business and Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. His portfolio at Toronto Central CCAC includes finance, business intelligence, information technology and facilities administration.

Bill has been a Board member for UHN Toronto Western Family Health Team since 2012 and chair of the Audit Committee since 2014.

Dr. Lesley Adcock
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Dr. Adcock completed her undergraduate degree and RT(T) in Nova Scotia. After working as a Radiation Therapist for four years she returned to Dalhousie University completing her medical degree in 1997. In 1999 she completed her family medicine residency at Mc Master University. Following graduation Dr Adcock has worked in a number of clinical settings including Inner City CHC, Student Health, Rural family Practice as well as Multi-Organ Transplant.

Her current family practice includes office based clinics, inpatient hospitalist and home based care. Dr. Adcock has a special interest in Quality Improvement, Primary care of transplant and oncology patients as well as resident teaching.

Dr. Michael Baker
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Dr. Michael Baker is the Rose Family Chair in Medicine at University Health Network and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He holds the ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

His career interests have included cancer research, medical administration, leadership in patient safety, and a consulting practice in hematology and complex medical care. He has been active in philanthropy both as a donor and as a champion for major donations to medical research and education.

Dr. Baker's research has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of leukemia and aspects of cancer control, leading to more than 100 publications in this field. He has Chaired several national and provincial cancer research committees, and served as President of the National Cancer Institute of Canada for three years. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

He was the Physician-in-Chief of University Health Network for a period of 18 years, and was the Inaugural holder of the Charles H. Hollenberg Chair in Medicine. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and is a member of the Quality Committee of the UHN and CAMH Boards of Directors.

Dr. Baker is the recipient of several prestigious awards including The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and to membership in the Order of Canada.

Dr. Jeff Bloom
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Dr. Bloom graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary in 1983 (MD) and subsequently completed his residency in Family Medicine at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York (1983-86). Upon completing his residency, Dr. Bloom returned to Canada-joining the medical staff at the Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Bloom was the inaugural Medical Director of Casey House, Canada?s first AIDS hospice (1998-2000) and continues to provide clinical service to the hospice. Dr. Bloom was bestowed Fellowship status of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2001.

Dr. Bloom provides comprehensive family medicine care ? from pre-conception to end of life care. He has a special interest and expertise in obstetrics and HIV/AIDS. Since 2000, Dr. Bloom has also served as the consultant/tour physician to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Bloom served as Family Physician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto (2000-2003). After two years as Interim Family Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Bloom was appointed as Family Physician-in-Chief, University Health Network in 2008. His academic focus is in improving patient care through collaboration and integration with other medical disciplines.

Dr. Camille Lemieux
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Dr. Camille Lemieux has been with the Toronto Western Family Health Team since 2006. She completed her pharmacy training at the University of Toronto, law school at the University of Ottawa, medical school at Queen's University, and her Master of Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In addition to practicing both medicine and law, Camille worked at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in the aftermath of SARS. She is currently Deputy Chief Family Physician-in-Chief and Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control at UHN. She is the professional development lead for the Toronto Western site, and a member of both the UHN Medical Advisory Committee and the UHN Quality of Care Committee. She is past president of the UHN Medical Staff Association. Camille is a member of the Board of Directors Toronto Western Family Health Team, and is physician director of IPAC Canada. Camille has co-chaired the DFCM task force on patient safety and is co-chair of the Public Health Ontario Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee. 
Dr. Nikolina Mizdrak
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Dr. Nikolina Mizdrak has been working with the Family Health Team at Toronto Western Hospital since 2005. She graduated from McMaster University School of Medicine in 2002 and completed her residency in Family Practice in 2004. Dr. Mizdrak is a full time assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Her clinical interests include women's health, infertility issues, childhood wellness, dermatology and procedural skills. She is one of the physicians that is involved in teaching residents in the Family Health Team's onsite procedures clinic. Dr. Mizdrak is an active medical educator and holds a variety of administrative responsibilities. She is an OMA district 11, zone 5 delegate for the past few years, is on the OMA Education and Prevention Committee and most importantly, one of the five physician members on the OMA Negotiations Team. 
Janet Newton
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With over 15 years of progressive leadership experience in healthcare, Janet is responsible for the oversight of Toronto Western Hospital. This includes all day-to-day operations encompassing patient care and service delivery along with general facility management.

Janet provides leadership for a wide range of professionals, including nurses, physicians, and other health professions, along with support staff. Committed to excellence in patient care and staff development, Janet fosters creativity and positive leadership across all areas. Janet has been UHN’s administrative lead for the development of several city-wide models of care.

As part of UHN’s Senior Leadership team, Janet participates and contributes to operational and strategic discussions.

Janet is a physiotherapist who holds a Masters of Science in Adult Education from the University of London, UK.

Jo-Ann Seamon
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Jo-Ann Seamon

M.A., L.L.B (University of Toronto), Called to the Ontario Bar in 1994

Jo-Ann is Senior Legal Counsel and Manager of Legal Services at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC). At the HRLSC, she practices human rights law, supervises a legal team, and is a member of management team in a unionized workplace. She is also the Coordinator of the Osgoode Hall law school’s Anti-Discrimination Intensive Program which places law students at the HRLSC.

Previously, Jo-Ann worked for many years at the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO), a legal clinic which specializes in workers’ compensation law. In that position, she provided direct services to clients with a focus on disability rights. At IAVGO, Jo-Ann also supervised the affiliated University of Toronto student legal clinic.

Jo-Ann has served on the Board of Directors of a housing co-operative and a migrant workers’ organization. 

Minda Sherman
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Minda Sherman has spent her career leading the Human Resources and Operations functions in both the public and private sectors. Beginning her career in labour relations for the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, Minda went on to lead HR for a global software provider. Her last 14 years has been in the Marketing and Communications industry as head of Talent and Operations. With a keen interest in employment and the changing nature of work, Minda recently founded Living Freelance, an on-line resource center for the self-employed.

After teaching Labour Economics for a number of years, Minda became involved in volunteer activities ranging from women’s health initiatives to literacy training. She is an active member of a local refugee sponsorship group, a mother of 3 daughters and a fledgling pianist.

Dr. Jennifer Sy
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Dr. Jennifer Sy earned her medical degree from the University of Toronto and subsequently completed residency training in Family Medicine at the Toronto Western Hospital. Following this, she undertook supplementary training in low risk obstetrical care through a fellowship at Credit Valley Hospital. She has been a part of the Toronto Western Family Health team since 2014. Dr. Sy is the physician site lead at the Toronto Western Family Health Team- Garrison Creek site. 

 

Dr. Sy has a passion for medical education and is appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine. In addition to medical student and resident supervision, she has instructed several undergraduate medical education courses.

Pamela Walker
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Dr. Pam Walker is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.  Pam received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from U of T in 1989 and worked for many years as an RN in British Columbia with Indigenous communities on the northwest coast.  Pam returned to U of T in 2007 to pursue graduate studies in Higher Education and become a nurse educator.  Pam teaches primarily in the undergraduate nursing program and is the Course Lead for Community Health Nursing. She obtained her M.Ed. and then her PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2009 and 2017 respectively. Her interests in research and scholarship include nursing education, primary health care, community health, critical pedagogy and the practice of nurses with Indigenous peoples.


Doug Wilson
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Douglas Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto (OISE).

He spent 31 years in public Education with the Durham District School Board and its predecessor boards. He served as a teacher, subject consultant in history, geography, and social studies, a secondary school vice-principal and principal. for a decade he was a superintendent of education with three different portfolios - area superintendent for the elementary and secondary schools in Pickering and Uxbridge, superintendent of programs that included all curriculum and special education programs for all students, and superintendent of operations that primary focused on school staffing.

He left the board and moved to the Ontario College of Teachers, the regulatory organization for public education in Ontario. He started as the manager of the Standards of Practice and Education unit, then became the deputy registrar for the College, and retired as the College’s registrar and chief executive officer.

Doug is married to a retired teacher, and has a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

One of Doug’s claims-to-fame is that he was born at the Toronto Western Hospital, and spent the first month of his life receiving excellent care from hospital staff in an incubator because of his birth weight and size.