Hamilton Health Sciences
Board Of Directors

Hamilton Health Sciences' 2018/2019 Board of Directors


Julia Kamula

Julia is Senior Vice President of TC Media – Local Solutions, a division of Transcontinental Inc. She is an experienced Media Executive with a career spanning over 30 years. Prior to her current role with TC Transcontinental, Julia has held senior leadership positions at Sun Media – Quebecor, Osprey Media and Torstar, and has served on the Board of Newspapers Canada.

In addition to her current role as Board Chair of Hamilton Health Sciences, Julia has been an active member of other public-sector Boards including Brock University and Niagara College. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is currently enrolled in the Directors Education Program at Rotman School of Management.


Charles Criminisi
Vice Chair

 Charles is a lawyer at Agro Zaffiro LLP specializing in mediation, arbitration, business law and commercial litigation. He has also acted as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice dealing with income tax and other related matters and been an instructor at Mohawk College teaching real estate law. Charles’ community service includes serving as past chair of The Art Gallery of Hamilton, past chair and founding member of The Burlington Community Foundation, past chair of Villa Italia, national president of the Order of the Sons of Italy and a board member of the Sons of Italy (Hamilton) charitable and housing corporations. He is a member of the Hamilton Law Association. He was the recipient of the Italian-Canadian Citizen of the Year Award in 2010 and the Festitalia Heritage Award in 2015.  

David Collie

David Collie is the President and CEO of the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario. In addition to his passion for safety, he is a prominent public speaker on energy topics such as smart grid, electric vehicles, demand management and conservation.

David is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Plug ‘n Drive Ontario, a founding member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum, Board member of Smart Grid Canada, former Chair of the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA).

Professionally, David remains an active member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and has participated in numerous committees including Chair of the National Certification Committee.

Active in his community, he is a current Board Member of Hamilton Health Sciences, past Chair of the Board of the Hamilton-Burlington United Way, Board Member of Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation and the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. David is a faculty member at the Directors College of Canada and is also a guest lecturer on regulatory practices as part of an executive program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Richard Koroscil

Richard Koroscil is a retired aviation executive. He was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer for the John C Munro Hamilton International Airport. His distinguished career in airport management spans over 38 years in both the public and private sectors throughout Canada and internationally. His career portfolio includes Vice President of Operations for Vancouver Airport Services and Vice President for its parent company, the Vancouver International Airport Authority. Richard is currently on the boards of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics, and is the past President of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and SKAL International Hamilton. He is the former Chair of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the founding Chair of the Southern Ontario Gateway Council, and the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council. He is a former Board member of Metrolinx, Theatre Aquarius and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. A former member of the Jobs Prosperity Collective, the Mayors Advisory Committee on Economic Development as well as the Community Advisory Committee for proposed Airport Employment Growth District.

Bill Laidlaw

Bill is an experienced executive in both the business and trade association worlds. He commenced his career in education as a teacher at Ridley College. Bill then moved into senior human resources roles at the Hudson’s Bay Company, Royal Trust, Rogers Communications, Paul Revere Life Insurance and Glaxo Smith Kline Canada.

He then progressed into public affairs management where he assumed the role of Director of Government Relations for over a decade at Glaxo Smith Kline. Here he built the department and was instrumental in the successful industry lobbies that brought about changes in Canada’s intellectual property protection.

Following his career in business Bill moved into the world of association management as CEO of St. John Ambulance in Ontario followed by Executive Director roles with the Ontario Association of Community Newspapers, The Ontario Biotechnology Association, Chicken Farmers of Ontario, The Ontario Association of Food Banks and the Canadian Assistive Devices Association.

His volunteer activities have included being the Chair and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of the Empire Club of Canada and sitting on the board of the School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. He is also an experienced fundraiser having worked on numerous successful campaigns for hospitals and universities in Ontario.

Scott Maki

Scott is Vice President Finance at North America’s leading advanced steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and has also served on its Board of Directors since 2010.  Scott also serves on the boards of a number of ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s subsidiaries and joint ventures. A Chartered Accountant and graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics, he has held a number of senior leadership positions within ArcelorMittal Dofasco over his 25 years with the company. Scott served as a community member on the Hamilton Health Sciences’ Audit Committee since January 2012.



Keith Monrose

Keith is the Dean of International and Partnerships at Mohawk College; in this role he provides leadership for international students, internationalization initiatives, and partnership programs in support of the College’s academic and strategic plans.  In previous roles, Keith held education, information technology and health leadership positions at McMaster University, Merck Canada, Canada Health Infoway and Telus.  Keith actively serves on a number of health and academic advisory bodies and is Board member for Literacy South Halton.


Dr. Terry Shields

Dr. Shields is a faculty member of the Leadership and Management Program, School of Nursing, McMaster University.  Her career as a nurse educator, administrator, and community development consultant includes international teaching experience in business and management.  Her work with government, public-sector, social service, health, and community organizations concentrates on issues of governance, organizational development, and policy.  Dr. Shields has twenty years of nonprofit and public sector board governance experience.  She holds a PhD in Policy and Administration.  Her research focuses on the governance of public serving organizations and the development of professional leadership capacity.

Mary Volk

Mary is a retired high technology executive who has been an active community volunteer for many years. Professionally, she leveraged her computer science education to become the marketing executive in two of Canada’s largest computer companies. Subsequently, Mary established Strategic Decisions Inc., a consulting company focused on business strategy for emerging technologies. Mary’s involvement in the community includes various board and leadership roles with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, the Grimsby Museum and the Canadian Cancer Society along with other charitable organizations. She was awarded the honours of Grimsby’s Citizen of the Year in 2011 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work in the community.

Kurt Whitnell

Kurt has had an extensive executive career in the corporate sector with a number of roles in a wide variety of functions and businesses. Over the past eight years he held several senior executive roles at Maple Leaf Foods and was most recently Vice President and General Manager of a $450 million food business. Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, Kurt had a 17-year career at Bell Canada and held a number of executive positions in finance, shared services, information technology and human resources.

David Lazzarato

David Lazzarato was born and raised in Hamilton and earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in 1979 and then his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1981. He was named a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2006. Lazzarato began his career in public accounting in Hamilton, then moved into senior finance roles with CAE, the world's largest flight simulator company. He was the controller for BCE Inc. and then senior vice-president and CFO for Bell Mobility at the time digital technology was introduced in wireless in Canada. Lazzarato then joined Allstream as the company's executive vice-president and CFO, leading the company through one of the largest restructuring transactions in Canadian history, before taking on the role of chief corporate officer with MTS (Manitoba Telecom Services).

Lazzarato then joined Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. as executive vice-president and CFO, as well as chairman of Motion Picture Distribution. Before his retirement in 2011, as a consultant Lazzarato assisted Bell Canada with their entry into the media and broadcast sectors with their acquisition of CTV.

An active volunteer, Lazzarato has been the Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities and the vice-chair of the board of directors for the Trillium Health Centre Foundation. Appointed to the McMaster Board of Governors in 2008, he Chaired the President's Advisory Council on the Impact of the Current Economic Crisis ( 2009/10 ) and the Committee to Reappoint the President ( 2014 ). He served until 2016, a term that included two years as board chair. Lazzarato currently serves on two public company Boards and has recently joined the Board of Hamilton Health Sciences.

Lazzarato, and his wife Lori Loparco, have a total of six children.


Shirley Thomas-Weir

Bio coming soon. 

Indy Butany-DeSouza

Indy Butany-DeSouza is the Vice President, Regulatory Affairs of Alectra Utilities Corporation. A primary strategist, Indy assists in developing policy positions for emerging issues from the Ontario Energy Board, Ministry of Energy, and Independent Electricity System Operator. Indy chairs various industry committees and speaks on topics related to the electricity regulatory framework and issues. Prior to assuming the role of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Alectra Utilities, Indy held senior roles at Horizon Utilities, Carbon Capital Management, EPCOR and Direct Energy. Indy holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from McMaster University. Indy is Vice President on the Board of Directors of Mainstage Theatre Company.


Kirsten Krull
Vice President of Quality and Performance & Chief Nursing Executive

Kirsten Krull is the Vice President of Quality and Performance, and Chief Nursing Executive. Kirsten has had a long and distinguished career as a nursing leader. Prior to Hamilton Health Sciences, Kirsten's other positions have included Interim Vice President Patient Services for Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, Windsor, Integrated Vice President, Surgery Services for London Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Health Care in London, Vice President, Patient Program & Chief Nursing Officer at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie; Operations Director, Medical Programs at Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto; Program Director at York Finch Hospital in Toronto; and organization development and clinical director roles at West Park Hospital in Toronto.

Rob MacIsaac
President & CEO

Mr. MacIsaac’s notable career in public service has spanned over 20 years. He joins our healthcare system following leadership roles in the education and transportation sectors, and government.

Most recently, Rob was the President of Mohawk College in Hamilton. Over a five year period, he led the transformation of its main campus with investments in new and renovated space totalling more than $80M. Today, Mohawk is recognized as southern Ontario’s post-secondary hub for health and technology, and a leader in applied research. Between 2006 and 2009, Rob served as the first Chair of Metrolinx - the provincial transportation authority responsible for planning, building, and operating transportation infrastructure in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Rob also served three terms as Mayor of the City of Burlington from 1997 to 2006.

Rob has been recognized for his accomplishments in community building with the Canada 125 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, and a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary Club of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Doctor of Arts (Honoris Causa) from Australia’s Charles Sturt University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987. He was called to the Bar in 1989.

Dr. Paul Miller
Chair, Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Miller is an active staff physician at all three emergency departments of HHS. He is an assistant clinical professor within the divison of emergency medicine at mcMaster University. His administrative interests as the site lead for the Hamilton General emergency department have included: quality improvement, education in medical leadership and systems integration. His academic background includes a masters of health administration and policy from the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Prize from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.


Dr. Dereck Hunt
President, Medical Staff Association

Dr. Dereck Hunt is a staff internist at the Juravinski site of Hamilton Health Sciences and is an associate professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.

He completed his MD at the University of Western Ontario (1992), and his internal medicine residency (1996) and MSc Clinical Epidemiology (1998) at McMaster University.

His clinical activities include inpatient general internal medicine, perioperative care, and outpatient diabetes care. He is involved with undergraduate medical education and internal medicine resident training. He is interested in evidence-based healthcare and has been a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association Independent Methodologic Review committee since 1998. He is the chair of the HHS Health Records Committee. 


Dr. Paul O'Byrne
Dean and Vice President, Faculty of Health Sciences

Paul M. O’Byrne obtained his Medical Degree at University College, Dublin and his training in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine at McMaster University.  He undertook research training under the supervision of Dr. Freddy Hargreave at McMaster University and then Dr. Jay A. Nadel at the Cardiovascular Research Institute in San Francisco. 

His research interests are on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma with particular reference to the role of environmental allergens and the mechanisms by which these cause airway inflammation. 

Dr. O’Byrne is currently the Dean and Vice-President of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.  He was previously the E.J. Moran Campbell Professor of Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University and also the past Executive Director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.  He has published more than 400 peer reviewed papers, including papers in New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Nature Medicine, AJRCCM, JACI and Journal of Immunology.

He has authored 98 book chapters, and edited 12
books.  He has received the James H Graham Award of Merit, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been the Distinguished Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences for Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.  He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2010, and was awarded the European Respiratory Society Congress Award and Medal in 2011.  He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and appointed a

Distinguished Professor at McMaster University in 2015
Dr. O’Byrne is the past-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), is Associate Editor of Thorax, Chest and International Archives of Allergy and Immunology.



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