BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES

Karine Baser

  • Currently works as a Quality Improvement Program Manager at Health Quality Ontario.
  • Extensive experience in the health care sector within management and strategy roles at the LHIN, and within community and acute care settings.
  • Undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Graduate degree in Health Administration. Also a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL).
  • Fifth year volunteering on the Four Villages Board of Directors. Previously, spent 6 years on the Board of the Parkdale Community Health Centre.
  • Volunteered time at other health care organizations, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Heart and Stroke Association. Previous executive member of the CCHL GTA Chapter Board and has been the lead in developing and organizing educational events for health leaders.
  • Speaks conversational French and Spanish. 
  • Lives in Trinity-Bellwood neighbourhood with her husband, two young boys and family dog. Is active in the ongoing care and support of her parents, both of whom have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Rachel Conway

  • Rachel Conway lives in the Bloor West Village area with her husband and two young daughters.  
  • She is a lawyer by profession and practiced for twenty years in the business law group at one of Canada’s largest law firms, where she was a partner and specialized in commercial transactions. 
  • She has coached recreational soccer at Swansea/High Park and volunteers with her daughters’ school.  
  • After deciding to leave private practice, Rachel looked forward to a higher degree of engagement with her local community. Joining the Board of Four Villages has provided Rachel with the opportunity to contribute her skills to an organization that seeks to improve the lives of those in her community. The holistic approach to health care, delivered through an equity lens and with a focus on prevention, greatly appeals to Rachel and she is excited for the future of Four Villages.

Rob Crawford

  • Rob Crawford has a long and successful track record of providing evidence-informed consulting services to the healthcare sector in Canada. For twenty years, Rob has been working with a wide range of clients, including LHINs, community-based providers, regional health authorities, teaching and community hospitals and governments, focusing in areas such as strategic systems-based planning, health information management, performance measurement and evaluation, and health policy. Rob leverages a diverse skillset that brings quantitative and evidence-informed analytics and analysis, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, project management and risk management to every assignment.
  • Prior to launching a successful consulting practice in 2007, Rob held progressively senior positions at a large multinational consulting firm, followed by a smaller independent firm. In those roles, Rob led and managed a variety of engagements including program, corporate and regional strategic planning and evaluation, hospital operations improvement, health data analysis, and national staffing and compensation surveys. He was also responsible for recruiting and mentoring new talent, developing professional education programs and overseeing the firm’s information management and technology functions.
  • Rob has recently completed number of international assignments in the Middle East and the Caribbean, assisting governments to plan and implement significant national health services initiatives.
  • Rob has been appointed as Adjunct Faculty in the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and is currently a lecturer at the Rotman School of Management, teaching management consulting to second year MBA students. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Four Villages Community Health Centre. He is also a Healthcare Quarterly Review Editor at Longwoods Publishing and has been published in Hospital Quarterly and the Canadian Journal of Quality in Health Care.

Lisa Dess

  • Currently Chair, Four Villages Quality Committee and member of Finance Committee.  Has been a member of the Four Villages Board of Directors since 2014.  Served as an external member of Quality Committee 2013/14.
  • Extensive experience as a healthcare executive within the hospital sector, providing strategic leadership while maintaining core values of excellence and respect.
  • Has successfully organized and led several partnerships and collaborations across healthcare sector.
  • Passionate about health promotion and providing high quality, compassionate client centred care.
  • In previous roles, Lisa has worked as a Vice President Clinical Programs at Runnymede Healthcare Centre.  She has also worked as a Physiotherapist in Australia focusing on providing rehabilitative care to seniors and adults to achieve client goals, improve functional ability and promote independence in the community.
  • Graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy with Distinction and has completed a Master of Health Science in Health Administration from the University of Toronto.
  • Member of College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, the College of Physiotherapists of Australia and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. 
  • Lives within the Four Villages catchment and has two school-aged children.

Simon Hagens

  • Currently works as Group Director of Performance Analytics for Canada Health Infoway, leading work to measure and optimize digital health progress and impacts.  From this work, Simon brings experience in evaluation, project management, risk management, strategic planning and quantitative and qualitative analyses of community needs.
  • Has previously worked for three years at North Hamilton Community Health Centre, leading the Health Promotion and Information Technology departments.
  • Volunteer experience has included international development work in Kenya through Canadian Crossroads International, Board work at small community organizations, coaching children’s soccer and a leadership role at the Ravina Community Garden.
  • Simon lives in the Junction with his wife Victoria and their three children.

Martha Lowrie

  • Marketing and Communications expert with proven track record in successful integrated communications and advertising and public affairs programs locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Extensive experience in unionized environments and not-for-profit organizations developing stakeholder relations, volunteer involvement and communications
  • Experience in marketing management, including research, design, strategic business plans metric and current communications industry practices.
  • After completing more than 30 years of working for the public sector and various not-for-profit organizations, recently elected earlier retirement to volunteer and support the local community not-for-profit organizations such as the Junction Commons Project, Association of Ontario Community Health Centres and Factory Theatre. Currently, working with the family’s boutique marketing and communications consultancy firm based in the Four Villages catchment area.

Trish MacPherson

  • Currently EVP Operations at Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAP REIT)
  • Over the last 15 years at CAP REIT, Trish has lead the Sales, Marketing and Customer Service groups as well as managed various geographic market areas and the new building development group.  She currently sits on the senior executive team serving the company interests both in Canada and Europe.
  • She has extensive experience in various marketing communications disciplines including strategy, digital marketing, crisis management, investor relations, pricing and customer service
  • Trish is a frequent speaker on real estate topics as well as technology and leadership
  • Prior to CAP REIT, Trish worked at a software analytics company, a major consultancy, a public relations agency, and a pharmaceutical organization
  • Trish has a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University and an MBA from Western University.
  • She has lived in Bloor West Village for 20 years and has a 19 year old son, a 15 year old daughter and a dog named Ozzie.

Danielle Medeiros

  • Currently works as a Director of Sub Region Planning and Integration for the Central West LHIN. Is in charge of the Brampton Sub-Region and subject matter expert for the seniors’ portfolio.
  • Previously employed as a Manager of Home and Community Care at the Central West LHIN in charge of overseeing care coordination in the Brampton Sub-Region. Was the lead for a project aimed at enhancing partnerships with primary care as well as led the establishment of a respite program for caregivers.
  • Extensive experience in management, performance and evaluation, process improvement, strategic planning, change management and group facilitation.
  • Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a Graduate degree in Occupational Therapy and Health Administration. Member of the College of Occupational Therapists. Recently completed the Advanced Health Leaders Certificate Program through the Rotman School of Management.
  • First year volunteering on the Four Villages Board of Directors.  
  • Has lived in Bloor West Village since 2009
  • Parent to three children. Enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends.

Allison Mendes

  • Allison is Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance committee at the Four Villages Community Health Care Centre in West Toronto.  Allison is also a Board member at CorHealth, an organization formed by the merger of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and the Ontario Stroke Network, where she is the Chair of the Business Services and Audit Committee.
  • Allison has over 18 years of experience working within the financial services industry. Her most recent position was Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager at Manulife Asset Management where she co-managed $2 billion in institutional assets.  Prior work experience includes roles as a Senior Equity Research Associate at Credit Suisse First Boston and a Capital Markets Research Associate at RBC Dominion Securities.
  • Allison holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, where she specialized in Finance. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto with Majors in Mathematics and Physics.

Helen Moroz

  • An extensive background in policy, research, and stakeholder and government relations in public, private, not-for-profit and broader public sectors.
  • Led the successful development and delivery of award-winning initiatives in health and education, including policies and programs aimed at improving child and youth health and well-being and establishing KPI with sector stakeholders.
  • Extensive experience managing in a unionized environment.
  • More than 15 years of experience in government strategic planning, communications, stakeholder relations, accountability, budgeting, finance, procurement and risk management.
  • Operationalized the qualitative and quantitative division of a public affairs firm.
  • Board experience in the health and postsecondary sectors.
  • Resident of Bloor West Village since 2000.
  • Founding member of daycare parent association.
  • Volunteere(d) in many local organizations, including arts, culture, physical activity and athletics, scouting, social services and schools.

Roshan Thiru

  • Roshan Thiru, CFA, is a managing director and senior portfolio manager with Manulife Asset Management. He is a member of the Canadian Fixed Income Team and focuses on corporate debt mandates. Prior to joining Manulife, he was a lead analyst with the Canadian bond rating agency, DBRS, and before that, he worked as an institutional credit risk manager at RBC Financial Group and as an analyst at Foyston, Gordon, and Payne. 
  • Roshan is a CFA charterholder and is a member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Toronto.
  • Education: McMaster University, BA (Honours) in Economics; Wilfrid Laurier University, Diploma in Accounting; University of Windsor, MBA.
  • Parent to two daughters and connected to the Canadian Tamil community.