Executive team biographies
Dr. Glen Bandiera joined St. Michael’s Hospital in 1999. He currently serves as chief of Emergency Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and associate dean, Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Toronto where he holds the rank of full professor. He served for 10 years as a staff emergency physician and Trauma Team Leader at St. Michael’s Hospital, one of only two trauma centres serving a population of over 7 million people. Dr. Bandiera’s academic interests are in faculty development, curriculum design and competency assessment and he has published widely in these areas.
Dr. Bandiera’s past positions include chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, responsible for setting and monitoring the standards for over 700 residency programs in 67 specialties across Canada, and chair of the Royal College Emergency Medicine Specialty Committee.
Dr. Bandiera has degrees in Engineering (Waterloo), Medicine (McMaster) and Education (OISE/UT). He completed an Emergency Medicine Residency with advanced training in Trauma Resuscitation at McMaster University.
Maggie Bruneau – Chief Nurse Executive and Site Lead for Providence Healthcare
Having started at Providence in 2001 as a patient care manager, Maggie Bruneau’s portfolio grew to become a senior leadership position that includes developing and sustaining partnerships in the system, patient flow, nursing professional practice and infection prevention and control.
Maggie links people and organizations together in ways that improve system flow. Her teams help patients to transition home safely from Providence Hospital, and with the right supports, to continue to live in their own communities.
Maggie started her career as a registered nurse. She has a master’s of Health Science Health Administration from the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and is a certified healthcare executive. Maggie is an adjunct lecturer with the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.
Beverly Bulmer – Education
Bev Bulmer became St. Michael’s vice-president of Education in 2016 and the first person with a health discipline background to hold the role at a Toronto academic institution. Bev is a physical therapist with a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy and a M.Sc. in Community Health, both from the University of Toronto. Bev started her clinical career at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, moving to St. Michael’s Hospital Mobility program in 2006. She held the role of director of Health Disciplines Practice and Education prior to this role. In the director role, she gained a strong understanding of the practice and education issues that affect all health-care providers. She is a lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.
Bev is committed to a collaborative and scholarly approach to education for all learners that supports excellent patient care and outcomes.
Sonya Canzian – Chief Nurse Executive and Site Lead for St. Michael’s Hospital
A registered nurse, Sonya Canzian joined St. Michael’s Hospital in 1990. Since then, she has held progressively senior positions in critical care, education and administration. Sonya is a proven leader and was most recently program director of the Trauma/Neurosurgery and Mobility programs.
Sonya is responsible for operational management of the Trauma/Neurosurgery, Mobility, Heart and Vascular, Critical Care, Specialized Complex Care and Cancer Services programs, and is also accountable for Nursing and Health Disciplines professional practice, education and research.
Sonya is cross-appointed to the University of Toronto, is a lecturer in the Critical Care Program at George Brown College, Canadian Nurses Association mentor for neuroscience nursing certification, national director and instructor for the Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses course for the Society of Trauma Nurses. Sonya holds a master’s in health science from Charles Sturt University in Australia.
Dr. Dan Cass – Chief Medical Officer and Site Lead for St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Dr. Dan Cass joined St. Joseph’s in March 2015, and is jointly responsible, along with the vice-president, Clinical Services, for the operations of all clinical programs.
Dr. Cass’s clinical experience includes 16 years as an Emergency physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, 10 of which he served as the department chief. He continues to provide care for some of our most marginalized patients through his Addiction Medicine practice at St. Joseph’s.
Dr. Cass obtained his MD from the University of Toronto in 1988, interned at Toronto General, and completed his Royal College Residency in Emergency Medicine in Toronto in 1993. He is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and an affiliate member of the University of Toronto Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.
David Graham – Finance and Corporate Services
David Graham began his role at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in April 2014. In his role, David provides strategic oversight to a broad portfolio including finance, development, environmental, food and ancillary services, plant operations and purchasing.
Prior to joining St. Joseph’s, David led the Corporate Services team at Mohawk College where he enabled an enormous transformation of its facilities and business processes through redesign and forward thinking business and financing practices. David had responsibility for all corporate functions including finance, human resources, plant operations, information technology and ancillary services.
David holds a bachelor’s of Applied Science from Ryerson University, an MBA from the University of Windsor and an executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. In addition, David is a certified management accountant (CMA) and a chartered public accountant (CPA).
Dr. Robert (Bob) Howard, president and CEO of St. Michael’s Hospital since 2009, is a cardiologist known for bringing a comprehensive quality improvement (QI) program to the downtown Toronto academic hospital. He embedded a QI philosophy in the hospital’s strategic plan, championing work related to the six Institute of Medicine dimensions of quality: improving safety; patient outcomes; access; patient-centredness; equity; and efficiency. This effort has set the benchmark for hospitals, and has allowed staff to continue to foster and build a culture of quality improvement that spreads outside of the institution’s walls.
Under Dr. Howard’s leadership at St. Michael’s, the hospital officially opened two linked buildings—the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre—that together form the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. This innovative facility brings the worlds of health sciences research and education together to advance patient care. The hospital has almost completed construction on a 17-storey patient care tower and expanded emergency department. This will culminate in a major revitalization of the hospital’s academic and patient care facilities.
On Aug. 1, 2017, Dr. Howard became interim president and CEO of the new health network formed when Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital integrated as one corporate entity with a single governance and management model. The health network spans the full spectrum of care from primary, secondary community, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care.
Prior to his appointment as president and CEO of St. Michael’s, Dr. Howard was the chief medical officer and executive vice-president of Programs and Education at St. Michael’s. Dr. Howard has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, a medical degree from McMaster University and an Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and is a board member for MaRS Innovation and the Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Service. During his tenure as board chair of the Michener Institute, he helped oversee its transition to UHN.
Beth Johnson – Mission Integration
Beth Johnson joined Providence Healthcare in 2002. She is responsible for promoting a values-based organizational culture, uniting people around the organization’s mission, vision and heritage. She integrates and extends the tenets of compassion, hope and healing into all aspects of our communications and engagement initiatives, supporting our strategic directions and goals.
Recently, Beth was the executive lead on the development of Providence’s new vision and mission statements, and rebranding in 2015. Beth has worked in the Communications and Public Relations field for over 25 years. For the first 10 years of her career, she worked in a variety of private-sector industries.
Beth is a member of the International Association for Business Communicators. She studied history and French at the University of Toronto and earned her public relations certification from Humber College.
Mary Lowe – Strategy and Public Affairs
Since joining St. Michael’s Hospital in 2014, Mary has managed the Strategy and Corporate Planning, Corporate Communications, Medical Media and Volunteer Services teams.
An experienced executive able to engage stakeholders, build trust and create a shared accountability around a strategic plan, Mary was previously an executive vice-president with Infrastructure Ontario managing the crown agency’s loan program, commercial projects division and communications teams.
Mary has also worked at various federal and provincial ministries, including Industry Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. As chief of staff to the minister of Health, she managed the development of transformational legislation related to safe narcotics use, quality health care and broader public sector accountability.
She holds BA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a certificate in marketing communications from BCIT.
Mary MacLeod joined St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 2014 as the vice-president of Clinical Services.
Prior to St. Joseph’s, Mary’s experience included roles as vice-president of Patient Care and chief nursing executive at Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington; clinical director and site administrator for the McMaster University Medical Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences; a secondment to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as the project manager for the Ontario-wide Telehealth Ontario nurse advice and information service; and private sector experience as a process improvement Six Sigma black belt for GE Medical Systems.
Mary is a past president of the College of Nurses of Ontario. As well, she holds a clinical cross-appointment with McMaster University School of Nursing.
Mary holds a master’s of Nursing from the University of Toronto. She has undergraduate degrees in Science and Nursing.
Mary Madigan Lee – Human Resources and Legal Services
Mary Madigan Lee joined the St. Michael’s Hospital team in 2010 and her responsibilities include human resource and legal and corporate health. She is focused on organizational change and transformation.
Mary has extensive experience in human resources management and has held a number of senior leadership positions, including vice-president, Human Resources, Loblaw Companies Limited; President’s Choice Financial; and assistant vice-president, Human Resources, Manulife Financial, US Division.
Mary has a BA in Sociology from York University, a certificate in Human Resources Management (CHRP) and alternative dispute resolution.
Mike Mendonca – Facilities and Planning
Dr. Peter Nord – Chief Medical Officer and Site Lead for Providence Healthcare
Dr. Peter Nord joined Providence Healthcare in 2004, and is currently the chief medical officer. Clinically, he is the attending physician for a 35-bed Stroke/Neuro Rehab Unit in the hospital.
He has overseen the Quality and Safety program for Providence Hospital as well the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence long-term care home.
Externally, Dr. Nord is the co-chair of the Rehabilitative Care Alliance, a provincial body tasked with overseeing the efficiency and effectiveness of Ontario’s 8,000 rehab/CCC beds. He is also the physician champion for ALC for the province, working through Cancer Care Ontario’s Access To Care division to improve patient flow through all hospitals in Ontario.
Dr. Nord trained at McMaster University and University of Toronto, and went on to hold senior executive positions at several large hospital systems in the U.S. and at Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He ran an international relief agency providing care for the some of the most marginalized persons in the world.
Dr. Jose Silveira – MAC Chair, St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Dr. José Silveira joined St. Joseph’s Health Centre in October 2009 and currently holds the role of medical director of the Mental Health and Addiction Programs and psychiatrist-in-chief. He also serves as chair of the Quality of Care Committee and is past chair of Credentials.
Dr. Silveira is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition, he works closely with the Ontario College of Family Physicians and has served as co-chair of the College’s Collaborative Mentoring Networks, which works to increase the capacity of the health-care system to treat mental disorders and addictions by supporting primary care providers.
Dr. Silveira has a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and an MD from McMaster University. He completed specialty training in Psychiatry through University of Toronto.
His academic interests are in knowledge translation and education for the purpose of capacity building in primary care.
Dr. Douglas Sinclair – Chief Medical Officer and Site Lead for St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Doug Sinclair has been the executive vice-president and chief medical officer at St. Michael’s Hospital since 2010. In this role, he has had oversight of the Inner City Health, Diabetes and Perioperative programs and more recently, Medical Imaging, Laboratory Medicine and Pharmacy and is the corporate lead for Quality.
He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, has completed residency training in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, and spent 22 years in Nova Scotia in a variety of leadership positions in teaching hospitals and Dalhousie University. He is a full professor at U of T, and to relax, works one day a week in the Emergency Department at St Michael’s.
Dr. Art Slutsky – Research
Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky is vice-president of Research and has led the tremendous growth in research at St. Michael’s (CIHR funding has increased from approximately $1 million in 2000 to about $14 million.
He is a pulmonary and critical care physician whose research interests include acute respiratory failure, non-conventional ventilation, classic respiratory mechanics, asthma pathophysiology, lung transplantation, and the primary role mechanical ventilation plays in the development of subsequent lung injury and multiple organ failure. His basic research in mechanisms of ventilator-induced lung injury have been translated into lung protective ventilator strategies leading to decreased mortality of patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
He has published over 500 peer-reviewed publications and over 75 book chapters. Dr. Slutsky received a B.Sc. (cum laude), 1970, Engineering Science; M.Sc., Industrial Engineering, 1972, University of Toronto, and his MD from McMaster University, 1976. Dr. Slutsky was an instructor and assistant professor of Medicine, Harvard University, from 1980-84. He returned to the University of Toronto in 1984, where he is professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Biomedical Engineering.
From 1989-2000, he was division director, Respiratory Medicine, University of Toronto; from 2000 to 2013, he was director, Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Slutsky has won multiple research awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Engineering Hall of Distinction (2012), Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year by the CIHR (2014), and in 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Anne Trafford – Quality, Performance and IT
Anne Trafford joined St. Michael’s Hospital in 2005 with a vision and passion to drive transformation through the use of technology.
Anne has had several progressive leadership roles in her career at St Michael’s, including three years as a cross-appointed CIO with Bridgepoint Health where she was part of the leadership team that designed and delivered the new technology-enabled facility. In January 2012, Anne’s commitment to integrated health care was further advanced when she assumed a new cross-site role, as CIO for St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Also in 2012, Anne’s portfolio at St. Michael’s was expanded to encompass the Quality and Performance program. This diverse portfolio is designed to drive improvement in all domains of quality and patient experience and includes quality improvement, risk management, emergency preparedness, decision support, analytics, health information management and of course, Information Technology.
Anne is a registered nurse with a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.