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.
Alex Yuan – CHAIR. Alex founded a successful medical software development company in 1982. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology, in Pharmacy, in Computer Science and in Business Administration. Alex has served on boards for numerous non-profit organizations, helping seniors and youth, including serving as vice-chair of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. In 1997, he founded the S’port for Kids charitable foundation. Alex was appointed to the Ontario Job and Investment Board and to the Ontario Medical Association as a Cabinet Member of the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund Committee. He also has served as a Team Richmond Hill Business Ambassador. Alex is the recipient of several honours and awards including: Outstanding Business Achievement award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs and the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee award, among others. Alex is currently co-chair of the Toronto Police Chinese Community Consultative Committee. Year 1 of Term 1.
Janet Beed is currently an independent practitioner with a focus on building organizational capacity, implementing strategic change and maximizing the innovation agenda in health care.
She has held a number of leadership roles within the health care system including: President and CEO, Markham Stouffville Hospital; Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, University Health Network/Toronto General Hospital; Vice President, Organizational Development and Patient Care Programs, Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute; and several senior positions at the Hospital for Sick Children.
To complement her diverse experience within the health care system, Ms. Beed joined Deloitte Consulting in 1996 to assist with the establishment of their Change Leadership Service Line. She served as a Partner in the Global Consulting Group and worked in the Energy and Consumer Business Sectors.
Ms. Beed has extensive board experience in the not for profit and public sectors and she currently sits on the North York General Board, the Ontario Caregiver Association Board, where she served as the inaugural Chair, and is a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) program at the University of Toronto. Year 1 of Term 1.
Jonathan Boulakia, Vice-Chair. Jonathan 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. Year 3 of 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. Year 2 of Term 1.
Barbara Kieley is a respected C-Suite level business advisor and retired partner from Ernst & Young. She brings deep experience in digital innovation and business transformation and substantive corporate governance experience in the health/long-term care, social services and information technology sectors. Barbara is presently the Board Chair for Ontario 211 Services (the 24/7 provincial gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and related services); Chair of the Audit Committee with Arnprior Regional Health (a hub for acute, long term care, community-focused clinical health and social services); and, a Member of the federal Departmental Advisory Committee for the Public Health Agency of Canada and Shared Services Canada (the federal government provider of information technology services).
In the past, Barbara was the Board Chair for Bruyere Continuing Care, a Board Founding Member of the National Digital Research Infrastructure Organization and a Director for the Information Technology Association of Canada.
Barbara has degrees in Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science and holds the ICD.D designation. She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her accomplishments to advance the information technology industry in Canada. Year 1 of Term 1.
Vala Monestime Belter, Chair, Governance, Regulatory Affairs and Nominations Committee. Vala 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. Year 2 of Term 1.
Anil Mathur, Chair, Finance, Audit and Human Resources. Anil is a thought leader with deep expertise in governance, audit and risk management. As CIBC’s Senior Vice-President & Chief Auditor for almost a decade, Anil was a member of the Operating Committee charged with oversight of CIBC’s global operations. He is an industry speaker and publisher on risk, controls and audit. Anil also served as Senior Vice-President of Corporate Services, with responsibility for strategic sourcing and stewardship of CIBC’s real estate portfolio globally.
Anil is actively involved in the not-for-profit sector, with a focus on healthcare, environment and social enterprise. He serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, and he is also Vice-Chair of the Province of Ontario’s Central Services Sector Audit Committee. Year 1 of Term 1.
Christine Ozimek is a business executive and director with over 30 years of leadership experience. Formerly CEO of a group of retirement homes and long-term care homes, Christine spent 25 years as an innovative leader with a focus on the core values of People, Community and Dignity. With extensive committee experience with both the Ontario Retirement Communities Association and the Ontario Long Term Care Association, she served in both volunteer and elected capacities. Currently Chair of the Board of an early phase private company specialized in neurorehabilitation; she also is an advisor to a variety of other companies. An active supporter of the True Patriot Love Foundation, in 2019 she was a member of their first all-women’s expedition team snowshoeing 100 km across the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island to raise funds in support of veterans’ and military families. Christine holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor. She is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation. She is bilingual English-French. Year 1 of Term 1.
John Groe is the CEO, Accessibility Consultant at Accessible Daily Living (ADL), and President of DriveLab Inc. (DLI). John has spent most of his career working hands-on in the medical/rehabilitation and insurance industries; he worked in one of Canada’s top trauma and orthopaedic hospitals for over a decade. John is a founding and current council member for Home Modifications Canada, which creates awareness for accessibility, aging in place and residential modifications.
John is certified as a Professional Consultant on Aging through CPCA Canada and has Executive Certification in Home Modification (ECHMP) Senior Living through the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of South California (USC). John was recently appointed an international faculty member at USC – Leonard Davis, creating the first online continuing education program for residential accessibility in Canada.
John was elected Vice-Chair, Accessibility Advisory Committee for Caledon (2018 – 2022). He campaigned in Caledon to raise awareness of accessible Trick or Treating for all, and in October 2021, the Village of Bolton became the second city in Ontario to close a municipal road and implement accessible measures for trick or treating. Year 1 of Term 1.