Back Row (L-R): Alan McDermott, Don McKay, Kathy Tschirhart, Joseph Tindale, Murray Short, John Patcai, David MacGillivray; Front Row (L-R): Susan Burns, David Wormald, Dan Cremasco, Michelle Fach; Absent: Paul Elliott, Bernadette Mitchell
Dan Cremasco, Chair
Dan Cremasco is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Partner with BDO Canada LLP, located in their Guelph office. Dan has been involved with SJHCG since 2003; he has served as Chair of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Guelph Board and Chair of the St. Joseph’s Housing Corporation Board. Currently, Dan serves as chair on the SJHCG Board. Dan is a University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Mathematics) graduate and lives in Maryhill, Ontario.
Bernadette Mitchell, Vice Chair
Bernadette Mitchell is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at The Co-operators Insurance. She was elected to the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Trustees in 2011. Professional designations attained by Bernie include CHRP, CIP, CLU, and in December 2014 she will complete The Chartered Director Program from McMaster University. Bernie also serves as the President of Community Living Guelph and Wellington.
Paul Elliott, Past Chair
Paul Elliott is the Executive Officer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Previously, Paul has held senior roles in the Faculties of Business and Health Sciences at McMaster University and began his career in health care at the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Guelph General Hospital for 15 years, including 3 years in the position of Chair. Paul holds an Honours BSc from Queen’s University and an MBA in Health Services Management from McMaster University. He and his wife reside in Guelph where they support many community initiatives.
Murray Short, Treasurer
Murray Short is the Not-for-Profit Partner at RLB LLP, working from its Guelph office and leading a team of accountants specialized in not-for-profit, charitable and municipal government clients. In addition to his CPA designation, Murray holds an MBA from York University and a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster. Murray joined the Board in September 2015 and has served on the boards of the Hillside Festival, the Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, the Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre and the River Run Centre. Murray lives in Guelph with his wife, Jessica, and their kids, William and Molly.
David Wormald, Secretary
David Wormald is President, SJHCG and Elder Care, St. Joseph’s Health System. He currently serves as a surveyor with Accreditation Canada and, in the past, has served as Chair of various regional, provincial, and national committees. David is an Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and a sessional instructor at the De Groote School of Business. He is a healthcare consultant and an international speaker.
David is a graduate of the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and holds a dual registration with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario in Radiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto; and his Master of Business Administration at McMaster University, De Groote School of Business.
Dr. John Patcai, Chief of Staff / Hospital Medical Director
Dr. John Patcai is the Chief of Staff at SJHCG, Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University, and Lecturer (Adjunct) in the Department of Medicine (Physiatry) at the University of Toronto. Degrees include BSc (Waterloo), MD (U of T), and MHSc (U of T). Fellowships completed include General Rehabilitation and Oncology Rehabilitation. Professional designations include FRCPC – Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Physiatry), and CHE – Certified Healthcare Executive from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Susan Burns has held leadership roles in every sector of health care, including: Acute Care Hospitals, Health Integration Networks, District Health Councils, Community Care Access Centres, and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Her areas of expertise are in strategic planning, facilities planning, program costing, and decision support. Susan’s volunteer work has focused on the social services sector. She was Board Chair of a sexual assault centre and Board President of the Region of Peel United Way. She holds under graduate degrees from McMaster and Ryerson Universities and a Master’s of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto.
Michelle Fach is the Director, Open Learning and Educational Support, an integral department at the University of Guelph that creates innovative educational opportunities and provides expertise in direct support of the University’s teaching and learning mission. Michelle serves on a variety of internal and external committees and is currently the President of the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education. Michelle’s formal academic history includes a MBA and a M.Ed. Michelle actively contributes her time and talents to a number of community organizations including nine years on the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Board, serving as President from 2011 – 2013.
David MacGillivray is a Continuous Improvement Leader with Precision Resource in Cambridge, a maker of fineblank components. With an engineering degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, David has worked with Dupont, Magna, and Blackberry. David is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the High Performance Solutions consortium. He has connection with the application of continuous improvement in health care and is a certified 6 Sigma Blackbelt with experience in launching, coaching, and sustaining continuous improvement systems. As a 17-year Guelph resident, David is passionate about contributing to St. Joseph’s and the Guelph community.
Alan McDermott is Assistant Vice President, Information Security and IT Risk, for both Economical and Sonnet Insurance, where he is accountable for the strategy, design, and operations of the Information Security, Access Management, and IT Risk functions. Alan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from the University of Windsor, Bachelor of Computing from the University of Guelph, and a Master of Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University, along with multiple security, risk, and project certifications. He has served on a number of volunteer boards and works to give back to the community. Alan resides in Guelph with his wife and two children.
Ian McGinty began his career with General Motors and, sponsored by GM of Canada, completed his undergrad degree in Industrial Administration as well as an MBA. Recruited by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Ian held senior roles in HR, continuous improvement, operations, logistics, strategy, and shared services; led the J&J companies’ HR council; and was promoted to a global employee engagement role. Subsequently, Ian led all people programs at Bruce Power and, most recently, led HR with Sleeman Breweries. Ian is now teaching, coaching, consulting, writing, and enjoying family life! He is a Heart and Stroke fundraising captain and a board member of the Guelph and District HR Association.
Don McKay is the Ward 7 Councillor for the County of Wellington and previously served as the Councillor for the Township of Puslinch. He received his BSc in Physics and Mathematics and PhD in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Guelph, and his MSc in Meteorology and MBA from the University of Toronto. Don is a part-time sheep and beef cattle farmer, was previously a general manager for an environmental consulting firm, and also worked for 33 years for the Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment Canada. Don has extensive experience on community Boards and resides in Puslinch with his wife, Barb.
Joseph Tindale retired as a College Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, in 2013. He continues to act as an Associate member of Graduate Faculty mentoring graduate students, as well as continuing with his programme of gerontological research. Since retirement, Joseph has done some contract research, human rights policy, and educational work as a consultant. Joseph was elected to the SJHCG Board of Trustees in 2011. He has lived in Guelph for over twenty-five years and his interests include volunteering for the Guelph Humane Society and training/ competing as a triathlete.
Kathy Tschirhart is the Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nurse Executive at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph. Kathy is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and a Masters in Health Administration from Hawthorne University in Utah. Kathy has had held various nursing leadership and senior management positions during her health care career. She currently resides in Cambridge with her family. Kathy has particular interests in patient safety and quality improvement.