RHRA is governed by a nine-person Board of Directors, including four members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and five members elected through a nomination process by the Board. The Minister for Seniors and Accessibility 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.
Peter H. Harris, Q.C., has a varied legal background in tax matters and general corporate advice. He has provided tax and business counsel to some of Canada’s major industrial and financial institutions. Peter has been a special advisor to the Canada Revenue Agency and the Department of Finance, and he has acted as an advisor to the Ontario Government on various financial matters. Peter was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Gold Medal in 2003 and the Queen’s Jubilee Diamond Medal in 2012 for his contribution to business in Canada.
Peter is a member of the Ontario Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine. He has served on the boards of directors of the Central West Local Health Integration Network, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Ontario Sports Centre (Chair), Toronto General and Headwaters Hospital (Chair), and he is currently Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Taxation and Economics Committee. Peter received his Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business and his LLB from the University of Toronto. Term 1.
Barbara Sullivan is President of The Cheltenham Group, a company specializing in governance services and public policy development. She is currently a Governor of Mohawk College, Director of Bay Area Health Trust, and Treasurer and Director of the Ontario Association of Former Parliamentarians. Barbara was Principal Secretary to the Treasurer of Ontario from 1985 to 1987. She served as a Member of the Provincial Parliament for Halton Centre from 1987 to 1995. During that time, she chaired the government caucus and the Select Committee on Energy, and she was Opposition Critic for Health and the Environment in addition to being a Commissioner on the Board of Internal Economy. Active in community affairs, Barbara has served as Chair of Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, Director of Country Heritage Park, Chair of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Vice-Chair of Ontario’s Commission on Election Expenses, and Director of Oaklands Centre for developmentally disabled adults. She was also Chair of the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council from 2004 to 2010. Barbara is a frequent university guest lecturer speaking on the formulation of public policy. Year 2 of Term 3 (6 years).
Vala Monestime Belter has diverse experience in Ontario’s long-term care sector, having worked as Director of Resident Care, Administrator, LTC Homes Inspector and LTC Consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Science. She served in an executive capacity on numerous boards including the Ontario Long Term Care Association, Ontario Northland, TVOntario, Nipissing Timiskaming Parry Sound District Health Council, Hôpital Mattawa Hospital, Mattawa District Chamber of Commerce, and she co-founded the Mattawa Child Care Centre and Mattawa Area Youth Golf Association. Vala served as cabinet member for the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation MRI Campaign and fundraising committee member of One Kids Place. Presently, she is a Director with the Nipissing East Community Futures Development Corporation; and is Mattawa Wellness and Life Enrichment Chair, a non-profit organization supporting affordable nutrition and senior exercise programs. Vala was presented the Ontario Bicentennial Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contribution to her community. Term 1.
Jonathan Boulakia is Chief Investment Officer and Chief Legal Officer of Chartwell Retirement Residences, Canada’s largest owner/operator of retirement residences. He is responsible for all acquisitions, development and real estate financing for Chartwell, as well as all legal and governance matters. Jonathan is also Chartwell’s corporate secretary, has oversight of Chartwell’s privacy office, insurance department, internal audit and compliance department and led the development of Chartwell’s new corporate headquarters. Prior to joining Chartwell in 2008, Jonathan practiced corporate law at Torys LLP, focusing on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Jonathan attended McGill University for undergraduate studies in science, has an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa Common Law Program, has completed the Canadian Securities Course and holds an ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Jonathan’s community involvement includes serving on the board and as chair of the governance and nominating committee of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Canada’s preeminent training orchestra for aspiring professional musicians aged 16-28. Jonathan is fluent in English and French. Jonathan and his spouse Hannah live in Toronto and have five children. Term 1.
Steven Boychyn completed a B.Engr. in Electrical Engineering and training as a Military Engineer. He has spent 25 years in the Reserve Force with the 2nd Field Engineer Regiment (now 32 Combat Engineer Regiment). Steven held a number of positions at Celestica Inc. in supply chain management, including Global Manager Supply Chain Environmental Engineering. He has served as a Military Career Counsellor and Acting Detachment Commander with the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group. As well, he has been the superintendent for Boychyn Excavating Ltd. and most recently transitioned to the position of National Program Coordinator with Wounded Warriors Canada. Steven has been awarded the NATO Non Article 5 Medal, Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and Canadian Forces’ Decoration with bar. He was promoted to his present rank of Lieutenant Colonel in September 2016 and has been appointed Deputy Director Engineers Primary Reserves for the Canadian Armed Forces. Term 1.
Millie Christie is Vice-President for a Canadian retirement home and long-term care home company. Millie served on the Technical Advisory Committee on Improving Fire Safety for Vulnerable Ontarians and as Chair and member on several industry committees, including standards, education, e-health and financial liaison. Millie holds a B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from McMaster University. Year 2 of Term 3 (7 years).
Bob Kallonen is the President of Amica Senior Lifestyles. Bob served as the COO at Schlegel Villages of Kitchener, Ontario; Vice-President, Operations for Sunrise Senior Living of McLean, Virginia; Vice-President of Eastern Canadian Operations for Extendicare Canada and served on the Board of the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging. Bob holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Services from the University of Waterloo and an Executive MBA from the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. Year 1 or Term 4 (7 years).
Trevor Lee is Deputy CAO, Corporate Services, City of Guelph. He was formerly the CEO of The Elliott Community in Guelph, Ontario. 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 (now AdvantAge Ontario) and, more recently, as Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Council at the RHRA. Trevor is a Certified Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Chartered Accountancy and a minor in Economics. Year 1 of Term 3 (7 years).
David Oliver has worked in the investment management industry for more than 30 years in several executive leadership roles and currently serves as President and CEO of BRJO Investments Ltd. He has extensive experience in board governance. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the RHRA, David serves on the Board of Directors of Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company, CDSPI and BRJO Investments Ltd. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master’s degree in Economics. As well, he completed an Executive Program in Corporate Governance at Harvard Business School. David holds the Chartered Director, Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Investment Manager and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute designations. Year 2 of Term 1 (1.5 year).