Board of Directors

Jean Beckett (Director)

Jean BeckettJean Beckett has lived with chronic illnesses and disability her whole life. She has supported others for 30 years as a personal support worker. Jean began volunteering as an advocate in the late 1980s, and is often consulted by parliamentarians and researchers for her expertise.  She has served on many Boards of Directors, committees and task forces, such as the National Network for Mental Health, Lake Country Community Legal Clinic and the Disabled Women’s Network of Canada.

Doreen Bellaire (Director)

Doreen BellaireDoreen Bellaire holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nipissing University and has completed diplomas focusing on speech and language, native classroom assistant, addiction care and social services.  Her professional work experience includes working with the Nipissing First Nations where she was the native child welfare supervisor and a speech and language assistant with Nipissing First Nations and Near North District School Board.

Dr. Stephanie Brill (President, Professional Staff)

Dr. Stephanie BrillDr. Stephanie Brill is the President elect of the Professional Staff for 2018.  She received her MD training through McGill University and completed her Family Medicine Residency in 2008 through the University of Ottawa.  She received her Emergency Medicine Certification through the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2009.  She started off as a locum in 2009 as an Emergency Room Physician at the North Bay General Hospital and was subsequently recruited that same year. She continues to be an active member in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  In addition to her medical training she is also a soprano with an Honours graduate from Wilfred Laurier University with a Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum laude with a Diploma in Opera.

Catherine Ella (Director)

Catherine EllaCatherine Ella is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in the management of complex public real estate and infrastructure assets. Prior to her appointment to the NBRHC Board in 2018, she was the Executive Director, Official Residences Branch for the National Capital Commission where she was responsible for Canada’s six Official Residences. Prior to this role, she was the VP Real Property Advisory Services for Tiree Facility Solutions where she specialized in policy development, project leadership, asset management and procurement advice. Catherine’s experience has included Canadian embassy renovations, P3 initiatives, headquarter relocations, heritage asset rehabilitation projects, contaminated site remediation programs, hi-tech facility management and nuclear operations. Previously, Catherine was the Facility Manager for Nortel Networks laboratory portfolio, an Account Executive for Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Project Manager at Babcock & Wilcox, and Project Engineer for Ontario Hydro. She has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s, MBA from Wilfrid Laurier and is a licensed Professional Engineer & Project Management Professional.

Dr. Donald Fung (Ex-Officio Director, Chief of Staff)

Dr. Donald FungDr. Donald Fung is the Chief of Staff and Vice President, Medical Affairs since 2013. He is a full-time staff Anesthesiologist who trained in Toronto and came to North Bay as a Locum in 1987. He holds a Masters of Science (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto. Dr. Fung has held multiple administrative positions as Medical Director Surgical Care Center, Medical Director Clinical Utilization and Critical Care Director.

Philip Geden (Director, Chair – Governance)

Phil GedenPhil Geden has been a Board member with the NBRHC since its inception in 2011, serving as the inaugural Board Chairperson from 2011 to 2014.  He also sat as a member of the Board of North Bay General Hospital (NBGH) before the amalgamation, from 2004 until 2011; and currently sits on the Board as Chair of the Governance Committee.  He is a former teacher of chemistry and physics who ended his career in education as a secondary school Principal.

Jamie Graham (Director)

Jamie GrahamJamie joined Nipissing University as Director of Finance in May 1993. Previous to this he worked in public accounting for ten years in audit assurance, taxation, general consulting and as an IT specialist. He has been a senior administrator at Nipissing University for over 24 years. Jamie’s role as Registrar and Assistant Vice President, Institutional Planning and Quality Assurance commenced May 2013. Prior to this role, he was appointed Registrar and Institutional Analyst in October 2011. Jamie served as Director of Institutional Planning prior to this appointment. Jamie Graham brought to his position, an in depth understanding of the university budget and institutional revenues. He also played an important part in the selection, adoption and staff training related to Ellucian, the foundation of our academic information systems. Jamie has served as Nipissing’s representative on a number of provincial bodies associated with the Council of Ontario Universities (‘COU’) including, Council of Finance Officers – Ontario Universities, serving two years as chair, and Council of University Planning and Analysis.

In his spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with family, is an avid curler and a recreational soccer player.

Paul Heinrich, CHE, LLM, C.Dir., CPA, CMA,  MEd, BBA (Ex-Officio Director,President & CEO)

Paul HeinrichPaul Heinrich is currently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for the North Bay Regional Health Centre. Prior to this, he was President and CEO at Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland and Penetanguishene and formerly Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine while also serving as Advisor to the Chief Clinical Officer of the Calgary Health Region. He has also held management positions at the Inuvik Regional Health and Social Services Board, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Huntsville Hospital and, Muskoka-East Parry Sound Community Care Access Centre. He has served as a board director for the Canadian College of Health Leaders Board, MedBuy and several shared service organizations.

Paul holds his Master of Education (MEd) from Nipissing University, as well as, a Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation though the Canadian College of Health Leaders, a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from OsGoode Hall Law School of York University, a Chartered Director designation (C.Dir.) from McMaster University, a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant designation (CPA, CMA), and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) (honours) from Nipissing University.

Gary Jodouin (Chair)

Gary JodouinGary Jodouin retired in 2008 as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), after a 35 year career with KPMG, Chartered Accountants.  Prior to sitting on the NBRHC Board, Gary served on the Boards of the North Bay Civic Hospital and the North Bay General Hospital.  His other volunteer experiences include serving on the Board of Directors of Mackay Homes and North Bay Nordic Ski Club as well as assisting in organizing special events for various not-for-profit organizations.

Michael Lowe (Vice-Chair)

Michael LoweMichael Lowe is currently the chair of the NBRHC Board and a Board Representative for the NBRHC Foundation.  He was one of the original Directors of the NBRHC when it amalgamated in 2011, and has served on the Quality Care, Governance, Resource and Allocation, and Audit committees. Michael is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of ATRI, a national association of treasurers of religious institutes as well as treasurer for the North Bay Spartans.  When Michael is not volunteering, he works as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with The Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie.

Sheila Parrish (Vice-Chair)

Sheila ParrishSheila Parrish is a Registered Nurse and State Certified Midwife. She worked in the North Bay Civic Hospital and St. Joseph General Hospital assuming many different roles, such as Nurse Manager, Clinical Instructor, Perinatal Bereavement Counsellor and Chief Nursing Officer.  In addition to her work, Sheila has sat on numerous provincial and community committees including the Joint Executive Committee, which was responsible for the building of the NBRHC. She currently serves on the Governance Committee with the NBRHC.

Lauri Petz (Director, Vice-Chair)

Lauri PetzLauri Petz has 31 years of experience in banking, and currently oversees the RBC banking experience in 12 branches from Gravenhurst to Kirkland Lake. She is an alumnus of University Regina and received her MBA Financial Services in 2007 from Dalhousie University. Before volunteering as a board member with the NBRHC, Lauri was involved with numerous non-profit organizations.

Ronald Rafuse (Director)

Ron RafuseRonald Rafuse is retired from Vale operations after having held various senior management positions both in Ontario and Corporate. He has had positions on a number of Boards. Ron was on the Hospital amalgamation team in 2011 and was part of the inaugural Board of the NBRHC. He served for twenty-four years as a volunteer fireman as a District Chief. He is an Officer in the Order of St. John.

Tiziana Silveri, R.N., B.Sc.N. (Ex-Officio Director, Vice-President, Clinical and CNE)

Tiz SilveriTiziana (Tiz) Silveri is the Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. She graduated from Ryerson University and has over thirty years of nursing experience working in a variety of acute and long-term care programs before moving into management.

Tiz is active in the community serving as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson with Nipissing University Board of Governors for eight years and currently serving on the North Bay Police Service Board for a second term. She also sits on the City’s Economic Development Board. Regionally, she is the co-chair with the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) of the Local Partnership Committee and has also served as Co-Chair for the NELHIN Wait Time Advisory Panel for five years. In past, she has served as the executive hospital representative on the planning and development of local children’s treatment centre and presently the child/adolescent mental health program.

Jennifer Valenti (Director)

Jennifer ValentiJennifer Valenti is currently the Executive Director at Community Living North Bay. She has worked in many areas of the organization increasing her knowledge of supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Jennifer has also volunteered on other community boards, including Nipissing Legal Clinic, YMCA and the North Bay Social Planning Council.  She is a past president of the North Bay/Nipissing Rotary club and a member for the past 20 years, serving on the Executive for many terms.

Russell Wood (Director)

Russell WoodGiven that his family was twice stationed with 22 Wing, Russell mostly grew up in North Bay. He has always considered it home. He now lives in Callander with his beautiful and successful wife, Lisa, along with their bright and happy daughter Elizabeth and, occasionally, older daughter Elisha who is pursuing post secondary studies (as well as their 130 lb Newfoundland dog, Mabelle!).

Russell obtained an undergraduate degree from Lakehead University and then went on to graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School with an LL.B in 2004. He returned to North Bay to complete his articling term then spent 10 years working in criminal law in Timmins prior to returning to the area in 2015 to continue his legal work in a management position.

Russell teaches part time in the criminal justice program at Nipissing University and enjoys marathon running, having completed the New York, Philadelphia, and Boston marathons (Hoping to add Chicago to the list soon).

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The mailing address for all members of the Board is:

Office of the President and CEO
50 College Drive
P.O. Box 2500
North Bay, Ontario
P1B 5A4

Kim Kivimaki
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Tel: 705-474-8600 ext. 2501

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