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Our Board of Directors

Bruce Catoen

Board Chair

Bruce is a technology, strategy, mergers and acquisitions consultant. He has more than 3 decades of experience in business development, manufacturing and product development. Bruce has served as the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Executive for companies such as Milacron, Mold Masters and Husky Injection Molding Systems. Bruce is a mechanical engineer who has completed the Ivey and Darden school of business executive education programs. He is the named inventor of more than 50 patents and is the author of the book Selecting Injection Molds. Bruce regularly authors articles and presents on plastics and machinery technology worldwide. In addition to consulting, Bruce serves on two not-for-profit boards, mentors new immigrant engineers, plays hockey and competes in triathlons. Bruce and his wife Shelley have 3 grown children and are long time residents of Georgetown.

Derek McNally

Board Vice Chair

A registered Nurse, Derek McNally is the past Executive Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Niagara Health.  In that role, he provided professional leadership to nurses and regulated health professionals across the organization as well as operational leadership for the Clinical Services Portfolio. Derek retired from this position in May 2021.

Mr. McNally has had a leadership role in health-care research, education, and administration for more than 35 years in both Academic Health Sciences Centers and Large Community Hospitals.  Prior to starting at Niagara Health in February 2014, Mr. McNally was the Executive Vice President Clinical Services at Markham Stouffville Hospital.  He has held progressive leadership positions at Trillium Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, The Credit Valley Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children.

Paulette Jervis

Director

Paulette Jervis is an investment administration professional with over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector.  She is currently the CFO and CCO of Counsel Portfolio Services at Investment Planning Counsel and has been a board member since 2017.  She is a long-time Oakville resident and has held a number of board positions with Oakville non-profits.

Paulette is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a member of Toastmasters International and enjoys staying active, participating in a number of fitness classes and yoga.

Omer Chaudhry

Director

Omer is a Barrister & Solicitor and currently is the principle counsel at Everest Law. Omer has a competitive nature which lead him towards a practice which is heavily immersed in litigation. Omer had his start in corporate commercial litigation but does significant work in family law as well. Omer is specifically interested in complex litigation and appeal work. 

Prior to law school Omer was heavily involved in volunteering for multiple organizations in the Peel region. Throughout law school Omer regularly did pro bono work which earned him pro bono honors. Omer has continuously worked on volunteer projects and is now looking to combine his knowledge of law with his passion for helping others and hopes to achieve same through the Links2Care Board. 

Omer grew up in Mississauga and now is a resident of Oakville. Omer enjoys spending time with his family, specifically with his two children. The fact that Omer is a litigator speaks to his competitive spirit and even with his busy schedule he finds time to compete in local softball and soccer leagues.

Gunther Ha

Board Secretary

Gunther is a registered pharmacist with over 10 years experience working in tertiary care hospitals as well as community pharmacies in Ontario. His attention to detail and caring nature allowed him to connect with patients to provide excellent care in his various areas of clinical practice from surgery, medicine to ambulatory environments. As a graduate of the Executive MBA program at McMaster University with a passion for digital transformation, Gunther now focuses his time on developing solutions to streamline the delivery of healthcare to patients through the use of technology.

Gunther lives in Oakville and enjoys hiking, cycling and photographing in and around the beautiful Halton area with his wife Jackie and their dog.

Sime Pavlovic

Director

Sime is an experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. With over 20 years of experience and specializing in digital transformations in the healthcare sector, Sime has extensive knowledge and experience with hospital information systems, operations, and the integration of digital systems across the continuum of care. Currently a Senior Advisor to Deloitte, prior roles Sime was the Global Lead and VP for CGI’s Health and Life Sciences Program. He also served as CIO for Niagara Health and VP for eHealth Ontario with a focus on Strategic Sourcing, Vendor Management & Human Resources and Cornerstone Information Systems.

Sime lives in Oakville with this family. They spend as much time as possible enjoying the waterfront area and hiking within the region.

Tania Li

Director

Tania Li is a finance professional at Royal Bank of Canada, supporting the Financial and Regulatory Reporting Management team in providing accurate and timely financial information to the bank’s shareholders and regulators, with a focus on driving efficiency and maintaining an exceptional control environment.  Over the course of her career, Tania has gained experience in audit, tax compliance, governance, controls and strategic finance initiatives.    

Tania is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts Economics degree from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting degree from Toronto Metropolitan University.

Tania lives in Oakville and enjoys travelling and spending quality time with her husband and two sons. 

John Hrajnik

Director

John Hrajnik is an accounting and financial professional with over 4 decades of experience including 12 years in manufacturing and 28 years in the non-profit Public sector. His public sector experience includes work in healthcare, municipal government, and school boards. John has led large portfolios in his career with experience in all facets of Finance, Accounting, Administration and Governance. John is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto and a Supervisory Officer Certification from the Ministry of Education. John is a long time Mississauga resident and enjoys golf, hockey and being with family and friends.

Trish Talabis

Director

Trish Talabis is the Director of Operations for Extendicare Canada’s Assist division, which manages 50 senior care and living homes across Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba on behalf of third-party partners, including hospitals, municipalities, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.

Extendicare is a leading provider of care and services for seniors across Canada, operating under the Extendicare, ParaMed, Extendicare Assist, and SGP Purchasing Partner Network brands. Extendicare is committed to delivering quality care throughout the health continuum to meet the needs of a growing seniors population, and proudly employs approximately 19,000 qualified, highly trained and dedicated individuals who are passionate about providing high quality care and services to help people live better. A company that is at the for front of seniors care across Canada, who works very closely with government, community agencies, and many care partners throughout the Healthcare sector.

Trish has a demonstrated history of leading teams in the long-term care and retirement sectors, helping a diverse range of partners achieve high performance, even under the most challenging circumstances. With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare management, she has cultivated effective relationships across the health system, and continues to contribute to the transformation of seniors’ care, from a variety of partner perspectives.

Sally Blackwell

Board Treasurer

Sally Blackwell is a financial and regulatory professional with over 25 years progressive experience in regulatory affairs, accounting, and financial planning and analysis in rate regulated environments and the consumer-packaged goods industry. She is currently the Executive VP and CFO at Burlington Hydro Inc.  Sally is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. She is a long time Oakville resident and enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and swimming.

Maham Khalid

Director

Senior HR and Project management leader specializing in optimizing human capital to successfully deliver Project and Program outcomes. With a Master’s in Public administration and a Bachelor’s (Double Major) in Psychology and Sociology, Maham has consistently led and managed people and processes resulting in exceeding targets on time and within budget in both the Public and Private sectors. She has also completed her certification for CHRP, CHRL and training for Project Management. She has successfully led projects in diverse industries and contributed to innovative projects, from inception to completion. She has contributed to optimizing results in organizations such as, The Home depot, University of Toronto, The Career Foundation, and multiple organizations in the Tech domain, to her current role at The Salvation Army. With her deep commitment and extensive experience in the education sector, Maham is also a Faculty lecturer for Business and Human Resources. She is also currently serving as Vice President, CIPS ( Ontario Chapter ) And also regularly volunteers at CAMH, and various other organizations. And features quite regularly as a speaker and thought coach at many different events.

She has been residing in the Halton Region for the past 11 years, and enjoys the beautiful trails and community. An avid reader, she enjoys reading and taking nature walks with her 3 wonderful kids.

Contact us to learn more

905-844-0252 or 1-800-844-0252 or [email protected]

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