Board of Directors

RHRA is governed by a nine-person Board of Directors, including four members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and 5 members elected through a nomination process by the Board. The Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs designates a Chair of the Board from among the Directors. The Board consists of a mix of retirement home industry representatives, consumers, business representatives, government and government organizations.

John J. Rossiter, Chair

John J. Rossiter of Ottawa is CEO of SEM-ENG INTERNATIONAL LIMITED responsible for directing the firm’s two business practices of Public Affairs and Business Development. He provides strategic planning, public policy, advocacy and government relations services to clients and key industry stakeholders of private, public and not-for-profit organizations, including Government Agencies in the Regulatory Affairs and licensing environments.

John has applied his business skill-sets in achieving desired outcomes in a wide array of industry sectors, such as Energy and Economic Development both on a national and international basis. He has worked in collaboration with recognized international organizations such as the Export Development Corporation, Commonwealth Secretariat, CIDA, World Bank and International Finance Corporation. He has acquired extensive global travel experience throughout his professional career.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University and is very engaged in the Ottawa community, serving on national and local volunteer boards.

John is a member of the Algonquin College Program Advisory Committee – Retirement Residence Management Graduate Certificate Program.

Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet

Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet of North Bay has enjoyed a varied career. She brings to the RHRA Board experience as a health care provider, university professor, senior manager and lawyer. Some of her expertise was gained as Dean of Health Sciences at Canadore College from 1975-84, Legal Counsel at Health Canada from 1993-96 and Executive Director of the Office of Conflict Management and Federal Centre for Workplace Conflict Management at Justice Canada from 1996-2004. She has served on many local and provincial commissions, boards and councils, including the Evans Commission, Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and, from 2005-2009, served as the founding Chair of the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). More recently, she served on the Interim Board of the RHRA (2011-12). Presently, she is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nipissing Serenity Hospice-Maison Sérénité du Nipissing.

She is currently President of MGB & Associates-Conflict Resolution Professionals who provide mediation, coaching and training services in collaborative conflict resolution.

She has earned her B.Sc.N.Ed, M.Ed. and an LL.B. degrees from the University of Ottawa as well as her Canadian Fellow designation from National Defence College.

Millie Christie

Millie Christie of King Township is a member of the executive team and Vice-President, People, for a Canadian retirement home and long-term care home company who has been recognized for quality by Excellence Canada. Her role is to oversee all aspects of human resources including talent management & leadership development as well as all areas of labour relations for the company. Prior to this she held a senior management role in operations, overseeing operations for a portfolio of both retirement and long-term care homes within the province. She has over 25 years of experience in the sector and has prior experience in various other healthcare settings.

Millie has been very involved in the sector and was elected as President, Board of Directors for the Ontario Retirement Communities Association for many years including the years during the development of the Retirement Homes Act and Regulations. She also served on the Technical Advisory Committee on Improving Fire Safety for Vulnerable Ontarians established by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. She has served as Chair and member on many other industry committees over her career including; standards, education, e-health, and financial liaison. Millie holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Christopher M. Jodhan

Chris Jodhan of Richmond Hill is a lawyer and owner of several businesses operating within Canada and South America. He has worked in the legal field for almost 20 years in different roles offering expert legal and business advice to a variety of companies. During his career he has had the opportunity to work with some unique entrepreneurs and business executives offering valuable products and services to Canadians made and delivered by Canadians. He is considered an expert in regulatory and administrative law working within government at the Office of the Attorney General and as an associate with the premier Bay Street law firm Blake Cassels & Graydon as a litigator appearing before administrative tribunals and courts.

Chris is often called upon to speak as a subject matter expert on various legal topics and governance matters to boards, management and other interest groups. In addition, you will find his insights in top ranking legal publications and as a guest speaker at various conferences.As a staunch believer in investing time and resources in others, Chris volunteers for a number of charitable endeavours. He is committed to giving back to his community and has been recognized through various awards in this regard.

Bob Kallonen

Bob Kallonen of Cambridge is the President of Amica Mature Lifestyles, a Senior Living organization providing Retirement services to residents across Ontario, Alberta and British-Columbia. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Schlegel Villages of Kitchener, Ontario, Vice-President Operations for Sunrise Senior Living of McLean, Virginia, and as the Vice-President of Eastern Canadian Operations for Extendicare Canada.

Raised in Sudbury, Bob now lives in Cambridge. He serves on the Board of the Amica Helping Hands Charity, as well as the Canadian Board of Bethany Kids, a charitable organization dedicated to providing pediatric medical services in Africa. He has also served on the Board of the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging.

Bob has completed an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Services degree with Honours at the University of Waterloo and has an Executive MBA from Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.

Trevor Lee

Trevor Lee of Guelph is the Chief Executive Officer of The Elliott Community located in Guelph Ontario. The Elliott Community is a not-for-profit organization offering seniors four lifestyle choices; independent living in Life-lease Suites, supported living in Retirement Suites, enhanced support in Retirement Plus Suites and full nursing care in a Long-term Care Residence. Trevor has held the position of CEO for the past 18 of his 22 years with the organization. Prior to joining The Elliott Community, he spent the early part of his career as an Audit Manager at Deloitte & Touche Chartered Accountants.

In addition to his CEO responsibilities, Trevor has served as Chair of a regional group of Long-term Care and Retirement facilities, with the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS). More recently, having served as Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Council for the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA). In addition to these Industry-specific roles, he has served on the Board of Directors for numerous non-profit organizations, including the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Guelph Spring Festival, the Navy League of Canada-Guelph and Scouts Canada Wellington District. He is currently the Treasurer with the Rotary Club of Guelph. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Guelph Junction Railway; one of Canada’s two remaining Municipal railway services. Trevor serves as a mentor for the School of Accounting and Finance; assisting graduating candidates with career counselling.

Trevor is a Certified Professional Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Chartered Accountancy and a minor in Economics. Trevor has also successfully completed the certifications of an Administrator with OANHSS and Long-term Care Senior Management with the Canadian Healthcare Association; subsequently serving as an Educational Consultant for the program. He was recently recognized by the Guelph Mercury newspaper as being one of Guelph and Wellington's top 40 under 40; an honour recognizing those persons that have made significant contribution to the community under the age of 40.

Carla Peppler

Carla Peppler of Hanover is a nurse practitioner who manages the Heartful Wellness Centre in Hanover and delivers medical and nursing care to area residents, many of whom are seniors. Carla is trained in both traditional medicine and holistic/functional medicine. She has extensive experience in health policy and long-term care, having worked as the Director of Policy and Resident Care with the Ontario Nursing Home Association/Ontario Long Term Care Association for 14 years. In particular, she worked on the development and implementation of the Compliance Management Program for Long-Term Care Facilities, the Advocacy Act, the Consent to Treatment Act, the Substitute Decisions Act, Placement Coordination Services/Community Care Access Centres, the Resident Classification System and the Psychogeriatric Care Initiative.

She was a member of the Ministry of Health Enquiry on Mental Competence, the Alzheimer Strategy and the Mental Health/Long-Term Care Interface Working Group. She has served on many local and provincial Boards, councils and committees, including the Board of Governors of George Brown College, the Gerontological Nursing Association, the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Ontario Psychogeriatric Association. In addition to her Nurse Practitioner Diploma, Carla holds a Bachelor's of Nursing Science and a Master's in Public Administration.

Barbara Sullivan

Barbara Sullivan is President of The Cheltenham Group, a company specializing in public affairs and governance advisory services and corporate administration. She served as a Member of the Provincial Parliament for Halton Centre from 1987 to 1995, during which time she chaired the government caucus and the Select Committee on Energy, and was Opposition Critic for the Environment and for Health and Long-Term Care. She chaired the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation Board of Directors from 2007 – 2010 and the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council from 2004 – 2010.

Active in community affairs, Ms. Sullivan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Health Trust and the Hamilton Health Sciences Quality Committee. She also serves as a Director of several privately held corporations.

She is a former Director of Country Heritage Park and of Oaklands Centre for developmentally disabled adults and also was chair of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Patron of Sheridan College’s performing arts program and Vice-Chair of the Ontario Commission on Election Expenses.

Ruby Toor

Ruby Toor of Brantford is the Executive Director of an Ontario retirement home for over fifteen years and has been the Vice President of Operations of this facility. Through her degree in Gerontology, work and volunteer experience, she has gained valuable insights in the field of Geriatrics.

Ruby is actively involved in community affairs and is passionate about providing seniors access to services and promoting community health. She has worked with several not-for-profits organizations, including Operation Lift (Brantford Lift), which specializes in transit services for seniors and was on the planning committee for the development of “A Master Aging Plan”, a comprehensive “road map” of community services for seniors with a range of needs. Ruby is also involved on the committees for the Grand River Council on Aging, the Brant United Way-sits on citizen review committee and funds allocation committee. Ruby is on the Board of Directors of Brant County Health Unit for the Public Health and sits on Finance and Audit Committee as well.

She has worked closely with the Alzheimer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA), Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and was past Chair for the Volunteers Appreciation Gala.

Ruby received a degree in Gerontology from McMaster University and has completed programs in Leadership/Management Program, Client Centered Case Management, Effective communication skills, and Dealing with aggressive clients. Ruby also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and an Honours Doctorate in Homeopathic Medicine from India.

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