Shelley has been happy to serve as a member of the Links2Care Board since 2016. When she is not carrying out Board duties, Shelley is the Manager of Quality Assurance at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. In this role, she oversees the QA program for the 10 000 physiotherapists in the province. She has been at the College since 2008.
As a physiotherapist by training, Shelley has clinical experience in various clinical settings including hospitals, private practice and in the community. Over the years, she has transitioned from clinical roles to administrative roles while pursuing continuing education. In 2010, she obtained her Certificate in Adult Training and Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Additionally, Shelley’s interest in health care, health administration, regulation, and health policy prompted her to complete her Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration at the University of Toronto in 2012. She is also a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). Since 2013, Shelley has been an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy. She also enjoys being a volunteer facilitator for the Centre of Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto.
Shelley lives in Burlington, Ontario with her husband and their three cats. Shelley and Mike like to bike or walk the trails around Bronte Provincial Park. Her other interests include traveling, reading and golfing.
Board Vice Chair
Bruce Catoen, B.A. Sc., Mechanical Engineering, P. Eng.
Bruce is a technology, strategy, mergers and acquisitions consultant. He has more than 3 decades of experience in business development, manufacturing and product development. Bruce has served as the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Executive for companies such as Milacron, Mold Masters and Husky Injection Molding Systems. Bruce is a mechanical engineer who has completed the Ivey and Darden school of business executive education programs. He is the named inventor of more than 50 patents and is the author of the book Selecting Injection Molds. Bruce regularly authors articles and presents on plastics and machinery technology worldwide. In addition to consulting, Bruce serves on two not-for-profit boards, mentors new immigrant engineers, plays hockey and competes in triathlons. Bruce and his wife Shelley have 3 grown children and are long time residents of Georgetown.
Paulette Jervis is an investment administration professional with over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector. She is currently the CFO and CCO of Counsel Portfolio Services at Investment Planning Counsel and has been a board member since 2017. She is a long-time Oakville resident and has held a number of board positions with Oakville non-profits.
Paulette is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a member of Toastmasters International and enjoys staying active, participating in a number of fitness classes and yoga.
Yasir Khalid is a registered healthcare professional with 10 years of direct-care experience ranging from private to hospital settings. Currently, he works as a Manager of Patient Safety at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CMH) in Toronto. He joined the Links2Care Board of Directors in February 2019 to support seniors and children living in Mississauga and Halton region to continue to receive better quality of life. As the Board Secretary, he hopes to support the Board by leveraging change management principles to elevate board effectiveness, build group decision-making skills, and support best practices in governance.
Yasir is a registered Radiation Therapist with Masters in eHealth from McMaster University, Certified Risk Management (CRM) Professional from University of Toronto, and Certified Change Management Professional from PROSCI Canada.
Yasir lives in Mississauga and enjoys travelling and refereeing basketball on weekends.
Avjit has over 12 years of progressive senior finance executive experience. He is currently the Managing Director of KAM Consulting providing advisory services to both public and private companies in the areas of Strategic Planning, Finance Transformation, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Initial Public Offering Readiness. Avjit served as Vice President of Finance and IT at COM DEV/Honeywell from 2014 to 2016, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial operations and IT operations. He was also a board member on subsidiaries of COM DEV Ltd. and advised the corporate Board and executive management on strategic initiatives. Prior to joining COM DEV, Avjit was the country CFO at Canadian Solar and held various senior management positions at MDA Corporation and Deloitte. Avjit is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant in the US. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Avjit is a resident of Milton with his wife and son.
Omer is a Barrister & Solicitor and currently is the principle counsel at Everest Law. Omer has a competitive nature which lead him towards a practice which is heavily immersed in litigation. Omer had his start in corporate commercial litigation but does significant work in family law as well. Omer is specifically interested in complex litigation and appeal work.
Prior to law school Omer was heavily involved in volunteering for multiple organizations in the Peel region. Throughout law school Omer regularly did pro bono work which earned him pro bono honors. Omer has continuously worked on volunteer projects and is now looking to combine his knowledge of law with his passion for helping others and hopes to achieve same through the Links2Care Board.
Omer grew up in Mississauga and now is a resident of Oakville. Omer enjoys spending time with his family, specifically with his two children. The fact that Omer is a litigator speaks to his competitive spirit and even with his busy schedule he finds time to compete in local softball and soccer leagues.
Paolo is a seasoned Finance executive currently serving as CFO at Dynacare, a medical diagnostics laboratory. During his 25-year career, in addition to Healthcare, Paolo has worked in the Aerospace and Technology industries. As part of senior management teams, Paolo has spent considerable time creating long term strategy plans which always look to balance customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, organic growth and acquisitions. Paolo is also a big supporter of continuous improvement via Six Sigma and other types of models.
Paolo is a CPA, CA, and holds a Bachelor of Business Management Degree from Ryerson University and has held board positions at local not-for-profit organizations.
Paolo is a lifetime resident of Mississauga and enjoys walking the trails (and fishing) on the Credit River with his wife Teresa and their two daughters.
Gunther is a registered pharmacist with over 10 years experience working in tertiary care hospitals as well as community pharmacies in Ontario. His attention to detail and caring nature allowed him to connect with patients to provide excellent care in his various areas of clinical practice from surgery, medicine to ambulatory environments. As a graduate of the Executive MBA program at McMaster University with a passion for digital transformation, Gunther now focuses his time on developing solutions to streamline the delivery of healthcare to patients through the use of technology.
Gunther lives in Oakville and enjoys hiking, cycling and photographing in and around the beautiful Halton area with his wife Jackie and their dog.
As a dynamic, results-driven commercial leader with demonstrated success driving multimillion-dollar profitable growth of premium technical hardware and software products, Michela has provided visionary leadership in the highly competitive medical devices, clinical diagnostic and life science private sector industries. Over the past 20+ years, Michela has grown through several leadership roles in research and commercial operations at large cap organizations. Michela received her MBA in Marketing from Queen’s University following a successful start in enzymology drug discovery research whereby she co-authored multiple white papers, conference presentations and two provisional patents. She has an MSc and a HonBASc in Biochemistry from McMaster University. She enjoys participating in volunteer and community outreach programs and has held multiple board roles; currently she stands on two board of directors at non-for-profit organizations. Michela has led the Canadian commercial operations of multiple corporate organizations in medical diagnostic equipment including Director of Welch Allyn Canada Ltd, a Division of Hill Rom Company, and currently as Country Manager of Abbott Point of Care Canada. Through these roles, she plays an integral part in improving patient care through the commercialization of medical devices designed and manufactured by leading organizations in medical diagnostics.
Michela remains active in her community and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. She belongs to various volunteer programs such as the PWG and WLA and is a dedicated coach and mentor for young future professionals through mentoring programs over the years such as WIL (Women in Leadership). She has volunteered as a crisis counsellor at a women’s shelter, advocates to end violence against women and strongly promotes human rights equality through the support of human interest groups. Michela is also a member of the Worldwide Association of Female Professionals. In 2016 she was named “Outstanding Member of the Year,” by WAOFP and was selected for inclusion and named “Top Director of the Year in Medical Devices” by the International Association of Top Professionals.
Michela currently lives in Halton Hills with her family and enjoys hiking, travelling, curling and golf!
Jennifer is a partner at the law firm of Fasken. She practices in the area of corporate/commercial litigation and public and administrative law. Recognized for her experience in professional regulation, Jennifer has served as independent legal counsel to the Discipline Committee and Fitness to Practise Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario since 2007. Jennifer also has significant experience with public inquiries. She was co-counsel to the former premier of Ontario at the Ipperwash Public Inquiry; she served as Assistant Commission Counsel to the Goudge Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario; and she represented a long term care facility at the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry (the Wettlaufer Inquiry). Jennifer is a former member of the Executive of the Civil Litigation Section of the Ontario Bar Association and is a Skills Trainer for the Advocates’ Society. She routinely lectures and teaches on matters related to trial advocacy and evidence. Jennifer’s pro bono work has included representation of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CLA) and the Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF). Jennifer was recognized for her experience in Health Care Law by Best Lawyers in Canada in 2020 and named an Acritas Stars Lawyer in 2019.
Jennifer lives in Glen Williams with her husband and two young daughters.
A registered Nurse, Derek McNally is the Executive Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Niagara Health. He provides professional leadership to nurses and regulated health professionals across the organization as well as operational leadership for the Clinical Services Portfolio.
Mr. McNally has had a leadership role in health-care research, education, and administration for more than 35 years in both Academic Health Sciences Centers and Large Community Hospitals. Prior to starting at Niagara Health in February 2014, Mr. McNally was the Executive Vice President Clinical Services at Markham Stouffville Hospital. He has held progressive leadership positions at Trillium Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, The Credit Valley Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children.
Mr. McNally received his Diploma in Nursing from the Glasgow College of Nursing & Midwifery in Glasgow, Scotland in 1980 and earned his Master of Management in the International Masters in Health Leadership program at McGill University. He is also a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Derek participates actively in the education of future health-care executives in his role as a preceptor to residents of the McMaster University’s Masters in Health Administration and Business Administration Programs and leads and participates in a number of regional initiatives associated with the planning of clinical services within the Hamilton, Niagara Haldimand Brant region. Derek is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nursing at Brock University.
He is proud to be a strong and vocal advocate for extraordinary patient care.