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 1989. 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.
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.
Dr. Eddy Lau – chief medical officer (interim), St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Dr. Eddy Lau joined St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 2000 and has since played a key role in the vision and design of its pediatric programs, most recently through his role as chief of Pediatrics. He was instrumental in the opening of the Pediatric School Outreach Clinic in partnership with the Toronto District School Board. The clinic operates in Parkdale Public School providing support to families by identifying and addressing health challenges impacting their children’s academic performance through improved access to community, social support and health services.
Dr. Lau is involved in leadership roles on the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Pediatric Section of the Ontario Medical Association. He is a member of the TARGet Kids Research Group Advisory Committee at the Hospital for Sick Children and is an assistant professor of Pedatrics at the University of Toronto. He also continues to run a practice in Toronto’s west end community providing primary and consultative care.
Dr. Lau holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, a Doctor of Medicine from Queen’s University and completed his residency training in Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children.
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. Thomas Parker – VP, Programs and chief medical officer, St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Parker oversees Pharmacy, Medical Imaging and Laboratory Medicine, the Inner City Health, Perioperative, Women’s and Children’s, and Diabetes Comprehensive Care programs as well as the hospital’s family health teams, with a particular focus this year on St. Michael’s 3.0 redevelopment project and the new Emergency Department.
Dr. Parker was recruited to St. Michael’s Hospital in 2003 to head up the Division of Cardiology and as the inaugural recipient of the Brazilian Ball Chair in Cardiology Research, positions he held until 2010. Since 2010, he has also served as the medical lead of the hospital’s Elder Care Strategy, co-lead of the Urban Community Patient Priority, chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Joint Board Steering Committee during the integration of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital. Prior to being appointed VP and CMO, Dr. Parker was physician-in-chief and Squires-Chalmers professor in the Department of Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and undertook postgraduate clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Toronto followed by a Research Fellowship in Molecular Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.
Dr. Tim Rutledge joined the network bringing together Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital as president and CEO on March 19, 2018. He was previously president and CEO of North York General Hospital from 2010 to 2018.
With a background in Emergency Medicine, Tim has held a number of leadership positions, including medical director of the Emergency Services Program at North York General from 1996 to 2007, and chair of the Medical Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2004, providing important leadership during the SARS epidemic in 2003. Tim developed a special interest in medical education early in his career. He chaired the committee that developed the University of Toronto’s first undergraduate course in Emergency Medicine and was the director of that course from 1995 to 2001. He has been recognized for his work in education with a number of awards including University of Toronto’s esteemed W. T. Aikins Award in 1997.
Tim is sought out as a writer and speaker on education, leadership capacity building and physician engagement. He is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto and a founding member of the Joint Centres for Transformative Health Care, a partnership of six large community hospitals with a goal of sharing innovations focused on improving quality and value in health care.
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. 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.