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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].


Sue Lantz

Biography:

Sue Lantz. B.A., M.P.A,  is the Founder and Managing Director of Collaborative Aging, an innovative consultancy that supports organizations and communities to enable healthy aging and expanded options for aging in place. Sue is a policy expert on caregiving and collaborative models of health and community care.  She is also a passionate advocate for baby boomers planning for a more empowered aging experience.


Victoria S. Hubbell

Biography:

Victoria Hubbell is HOOPP's Senior Vice President, Strategy & Stakeholder Relations. She is responsible for strategic planning, marketing and communications, human resources, defined benefit pension advocacy, stakeholder relations including public affairs and government relations.


Mark MacDonald

Biography:

Mark MacDonald is the lead partner for Ernst and Young’s Global Public Financial Management practice, and lead partner for the firm’s Government and Public Sector practice based in Toronto. He is an experienced leader of public sector reform, having worked with dozens of governments worldwide and in every major policy sector, including health, human services, justice and security, finance and treasury, transportation, agriculture, trade and economic development, education and government services. 


Chris Morley

Biography:

Chris Morley is Vice President of Government Relations at OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees, where he helps the organization navigate through the federal and provincial policy and regulatory framework.  Prior to joining OMERS, he served as a Director of Corporate Affairs at Labatt Breweries of Canada, and before that, as Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario.  He serves as a Director on the MLSE Foundation, which provides sport and recreational opportunities to youth. 


Jana Steele

Biography:

Jana Steele is a partner in Osler’s Pensions & Benefits Group. Jana has provided advice on the conversion and implementation of the “Shared Risk Plan” pension model for several plans in the province of New Brunswick.  She has significant expertise and experience regarding plan design, including innovative plan designs, such as shared risk and target benefit plans – and has written extensively on such plans. She is involved in providing advice with respect to both the establishment and the ongoing administration of pension plans. Jana advises on issues such as plan structure, governance, administration, pension investment, compliance, trustee obligations, surplus matters, plan conversions, plan mergers, de-risking strategies, and plan wind-ups.  Jana also has experience dealing with pensions and benefits issues arising in insolvencies and corporate restructurings.  


Sabina Steinkellner

Biography:

Sabina Steinkellner is the Chief Commercial Officer of Sanofi Pasteur Limited, the Canadian vaccine division of Sanofi. With more than 14 years’ experience at Sanofi Pasteur, Sabina has contributed to the organization across various roles as well as multiple markets including the US and Latin America. Her business acumen and strong leadership skills facilitated her path through the Canadian Commercial organization to develop skills in Business Planning, Marketing, Operations and Sales.  Bringing with her both local and international experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sabina began her career at Sanofi Pasteur Canada leading the Financial Reporting team.


Hugh Kerr

Biography:

Mr. Hugh Kerr serves as in-house counsel with Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada in Toronto where he leads the pension & benefits group of eight lawyers. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1990, Mr. Kerr’s practice encompasses individual and group insurance and savings product development, product distribution and regulatory compliance matters.  His practice has a particular emphasis on Sun Life’s group retirement and group insurance businesses, alternative distribution matters and the pension risk transfer business.  He is also a member of the senior management teams in charge of those businesses. Mr. Kerr is a member of the Advisory Council to the National Institute on Aging at Ryerson University and is involved in a variety of other industry initiatives and committees.  


Thom Ringer

Biography:

Thom Ringer is an advisor to the Board of the NIA, and led the development of the Institute's thought leadership strategy.  He serves on the Executive Board of the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine, and contributed to the National Seniors Strategy. He is a Resident Physician in Family Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.  Previously, he was a senior strategy consultant with a leading global advisory firm, and a white collar defence and commercial litigation attorney.  He received his MD from McMaster University, a law degree from Yale Law School, and a Master's in political theory from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.


Mary Barr

Biography:

Mary Barr, RN, Director National Advisory Services, has 30+ years of nursing experience, including roles as Director of Clinical Management, Area Director for Bayshore’s Toronto branch, Director, National Seniors Program, and Director National Advisory Program. Mary has been with Bayshore since 2000, and in her current role is responsible for leading the relationship management of key accounts specific to the delivery of client care and service, particularly to the elderly population of Canada.  Mary coordinates and leads training related to client-specific projects and programs, and supports the clinical aspects of the national Seniors’ Care Program. Mary is has also recently been involved in a Virtual Care Program to provide service to the elderly and infirm of First Nations Peoples and those living in remote communities.