André Carrière is currently the Manager of Patient Care Services for Forensics Rehab at The Royal. He is a Registered Nurse who is an expert in Quality Improvement and Patient Centered Care. Working more than 17 years in Mental Health, he has led and supported a number of projects and risk management initiatives that have advanced quality, safety and the involvement of patients and families in care. Mr. Carrière has worked in various nursing and administrative settings within The Royal. He has worked in the community as a nurse and as the manager of the Mood and Crisis Inpatient Unit as well as the Forensics Rehab Inpatient Unit. While working at Accreditation Canada, he worked as a Quality Assessor and as an Accreditation Specialist. During this period, Mr. Carrière completed his Lean Yellow Belt as well as a Certificate in Project Management. He also gained experience in standard interpretation. He holds a Masters of Health Administration Degree from Ottawa University in addition to his R.N. credentials. He is also a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). Mr. Carrière has served in his community as a Director and Member of the Finance Committee as well as the lead in the Quality Improvement Working Group of the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre. He also served a one-year elected position on the Board of Governors of St. Laurence College.
David Thompson holds an Honours degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has owned and operated 12 different corporations in fields as diverse as retail, real estate development, information technology management consulting, publishing, high technology and e-learning development. Mr. Thompson was named as one of the top 40 business people in the City of Ottawa before the age of 40. A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, he was the youngest person to ever serve as a municipal councillor in the Town of Deep River as well as the youngest Reeve to ever serve in Renfrew County’s 150 year history. Mr. Thompson has also served as a Public School Board Trustee and most recently as Mayor of the Town of Deep River. An accomplished speaker, he can be heard on AM 1310 or seen onstage at Yuk Yuk’s.
As Chief Digital Officer at the Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its affiliate, Accreditation Canada, Amy E. Yee leads enterprise digital platforms, IT services, infrastructure, marketing and communications, and a transformation portfolio that includes digital transformation of the stakeholder experience from employees, partners and surveyors, to health service providers and patients around the world. Prior to joining HSO, she traveled the world working closely with CEOs, business leaders and their customers to map exciting business opportunities to powerful digital strategies and solutions. Her clients have included Fortune 500 global insurance companies, and companies ranging from healthcare, energy, engineering, and manufacturing to law firms. Ms. Yee speaks regularly on a variety of topics in cities around the world including Tokyo, New York, Washington, Toronto and Las Vegas and is the co-host of The Weekly Stand-up, a show on Blockchain Radio that examines the latest blockchain developments from a business perspective. She has a background in venture capital and entrepreneurship, a degree in electrical engineering, and UX certification from the Nielsen Norman Group. She also has more than 12 years’ combined experience as a director on non-profit boards, and in 2015, she won a Forty Under 40 Award in her hometown of Ottawa, Canada.
Jeff Nolan is a senior sales and operations leader focused on helping customers. Having worked within the high tech industry since 1995, he understands technology and its alignment with business operations. When required, he initiates radical shifts in business processes and operations to optimize brand awareness in support of his customers. Mr. Nolan is currently a Business Development Executive with IBM Ottawa, supporting the Government of Canada in making decisions on complex IT projects that span the full scope of the Government’s mandate and impact its employees and the citizens of Canada. Prior to joining IBM, he was with Mitel Ottawa, where he held a series of progressively responsible positions, culminating in his role as Global Vice President, Mitel-Connected Guests. He is currently a lecturer at Ottawa’s Algonquin College. As a KDH Board member, Mr. Nolan is eager to help KDH grow and expand its services to the community. He and his family have made their home in Kemptville since 2007.
Andrew Vignuzzi is a senior technology and operations leader with demonstrated success in organizational transformation through analysis of key drivers to growth followed by the leveraging of core disciplines to transform the customer experience. His technology and venture capital experience provide him with a disciplined understanding of financial metrics, margins, and bottom line growth. In April of 2018, Mr. Vignuzzi was appointed Vice President of Information Technology Infrastructure at Canopy Growth in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Previous roles include CEO at Magellan Luxury Hotels (Winnipeg), Partner at VenGrowth (Ottawa), Senior Product Manager at Nortel, Ottawa, and Project Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, where he served for 12 years. Mr. Vignuzzi holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Science, Engineering from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Physics) from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is pleased to bring his skills in helping bridge business, technology and finance to the KDH Board. Mr. Vignuzzi is a resident of Burritts Rapids, Ontario.
Bryonie Baxter brings more than a decade of leadership in the education and not for profit sectors to the skills-based KDH Board. In September 2017 she joined Sun Life Financial as a Financial Advisor. Previously, she was the Executive Director of The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, overseeing 30 staff and responsible to a volunteer Board of Directors with a mandate to assist criminalized women and youth. Ms. Baxter’s experience in the education sector includes serving as Vice Principal in the Peel District School Board, and Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Program at Glenforest Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. Ms. Baxter’s governance experience includes serving on the Youth Justice Advisory Panel and at the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Criminal Justice Advisory Table. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, as well as Ontario Principal’s Council Certification from Toronto’s York University.
A relatively new Kemptville resident, Elizabeth MacPherson was Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board from January 2008 to December 2014. Prior to that appointment, she was the Director General of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Industrial Relations from McGill University and an LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Ottawa. She has been a practising labour mediator since 1978 and now runs her own business, Athena Dispute Resolution Services. In 2012, Elizabeth was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to labour relations in Canada.
Stephen Saslove is a semi-retired Chartered Professional Accountant who acts as an independent financial consultant and Certified Executive Coach. He owned and operated an independent auditing, accounting, taxation and management consulting practice for 30 years, merging with McCay Duff LLP in 2013 and retiring from public practice in 2014. Mr. Saslove is also an avid teacher: he was a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa for more than a decade, taught at Algonquin College, and was a guest lecturer at the Institute of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania. Previous governance roles include as President and Chair of the Board of Ottawa Hillel Lodge Home for the Aged, President of Agudath Israel Congregation, Treasurer of Tamir Foundation, and Treasurer for the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area in Ottawa. He also currently serves as Treasurer of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Mr. Saslove holds a Commerce degree from Carleton University. He is a resident of Nepean and considers it a great honour to serve on the Board of such a highly regarded hospital as KDH.
Margaret Harrison, RN, Professor Emerita, Queen’s University, developed and was director of a nationally funded centre dedicated to amalgamating evidence for quality and risk reduction in health care. Her work crosses hospital, community, and transitional care. She led a health services research program focused on continuity-of-care and implementation of best practices for complex populations (e.g., heart failure, chronic wounds, cancer). She is a founding member on several international groups concentrated on best practices. Before joining Queen’s faculty in 2000, Ms. Harrison was Director of Professional Development and Research at CHEO and Nurse Specialist Research and Evaluation at The Ottawa Hospital. She has a B.N. from Dalhousie University, Master of Health Administration from University of Ottawa, and PhD (Health Sciences, Nursing) from McMaster University. She currently serves on the International Joanna Briggs Institute Board and served previously on the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Board. Given the KDH model and philosophy, and her own deep commitment to community-based care and best practices, she is keen to contribute to the KDH Board.
Carolyn Chisholm is a government relations and public policy expert who currently serves as Principal Advisor to the Vice President of Rio Tinto Canada. Previously she provided her expertise to the independent government relations firm, Global Public Affairs, for 14 years, including as Vice President of Policy and Outreach, and Senior Advisor to the Natural Resources and Environment Group. Prior to that, she served in both the federal and provincial governments as a Senior Policy Advisor. In addition to her government relations expertise, Ms. Chisholm brings to the KDH Board experience with the not-for-profit and health sectors gained in both paid and volunteer capacities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a Master’s in Public Administration. Ms. Chisholm joined the Board in June, 2015. She and her family are residents of Kemptville.