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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the National Institute on Ageing is comprised of volunteers that provide expert advice to the Executive Director on NIA-related strategy and initiatives. Volunteers come from the broader financial and healthcare industries.  


The Hon. William G. Davis, P.C, C.C., Q.C.

Title:

Honorary Chair

Biography:

Mr. Davis is the former Premier of Ontario (1971-1985). He was the fifth consecutive Progressive Conservative to hold this office since 1943. He was a Member of the Ontario Legislature from 1959 to 1985, was appointed Education Minister in 1962, and added the University Affairs portfolio two years later.  Under his guidance, Ontario's education system underwent major change, including the creation of Ontario's Institute for Studies in Education and the establishment of Ontario's community college system. 

During his Premiership, social services were greatly expanded at the same time as the process of government was reorganized and streamlined.  Technological initiatives were also fostered during this time and, in the early 1980s, he initiated centres dealing with robotics, biotechnology and computer applications to manufacturing. Mr. Davis also played a key role in negotiating Canada's constitutional accord.

Mr. Davis was presented with the Order of Ontario in 1987, and inducted as a Knight in l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 2001 by the Ambassador of France in Canada on behalf of the President of the French Republic.

He is currently a director of FCT Insurance Company Ltd., Magellan Aerospace Corporation and Revera, Inc.(Director Emeritus).


Mitch Frazer

Title:

Co-Chair

Biography:

Mitch Frazer is Partner and the chair of the Pensions and Employment Practice at Torys LLP. He is also the founder of the Pension Innovation and Research Centre at Ryerson University. His involvement in the pension industry includes serving as former chair of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association; as well as the Pensions and Benefits sections of the Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association; and the Association of Canadian Pension Management’s National Policy Committee.  Mitch is also an advocate for educational and health causes. He is a member of Ryerson University’s Board of Governors, Chair of Toronto French School’s Board of Directors, a former vice-chair of the North York General Foundation Board and a former trustee of the Ontario Science Centre.


Samir Sinha

Title:

Co-Chair

Biography:

Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. He currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto. He is a Rhodes scholar, with great breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly. In 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the expert lead of Ontario's Seniors Strategy.  He has further consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, Canada, Iceland, the United States and China. In 2014, Toronto Life named him one of Toronto’s Best Doctors while Maclean’s proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly.

Dr. Sinha recently contributed to The Economist Intelligence Unit report, Assessing the socioeconomic impact of Alzheimer’s disease in western Europe and Canada, which you can read here [PDF].