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Laurie Harrison

VP, Finance and CFO, Hospital for Sick Children

Laurie Harrison is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for SickKids. She has 33 years of experience providing strategic and operational leadership in Finance, Treasury, Strategic Planning, Supply Chain, Business Development, Human Resources, Facilities and Redevelopment, Information Management and Support Services in Ontario Hospitals.

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Ms. Harrison has a BSc degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee as well as an MBA from Kellogg and Schulich Universities. She sits on the boards of several health-related enterprises. As a healthcare executive, Ms. Harrison has a proven track record of collaborating with multiple stakeholders to solve problems within complex organizations.

Ms. Harrison spent her early career in public accounting and the private sector in the U.S. before moving to Toronto. She has held senior positions at Baycrest and SickKids reporting to the President and CEOs. Her current position with SickKids has responsibility for Finance, Treasury, Supply Chain, Facilities, and Support Services. Ms. Harrison has announced her retirement effective December 31, 2022.

During her time in Ontario Hospitals, Ms. Harrison has extensive experience with various funding models, long and short-term financial planning, financing strategies for redevelopment projects (including the issuance of $300M debentures) and major information management system implementations, transformation of finance systems and processes, due diligence related to acquisitions, management of intellectual property assets, working in partnership with Foundations, financing and grants management of a large and complex Research Institute, development of future leaders and pivoting continually during a pandemic.
When she is not working, Ms. Harrison enjoys travel, sports, and spending time with her two adult children and one adult dog.

Doug Porter

Chief Economist, BMO Capital Markets

Douglas Porter has over 30 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. As Chief Economist at BMO Financial Group, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and co-authors the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus. Mr. Porter manages the team that has won numerous awards including Best Forecaster for Canada by Focus Economics, top Canadian forecaster by Bloomberg and the prestigious Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy.

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As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, he is regularly quoted in the national press and often interviewed on radio and television.

Before joining BMO, Mr. Porter held the positions of Economist and Country Risk Analyst with other Canadian financial institutions, and began his career at the Bank of Canada.

Mr. Porter has been a member of C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008 and serves on the Investment Management Committees of the Bank of Montreal’s Canada Pension Plan and Western’s Endowment Fund.

Mr. Porter, CFA, earned a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Adil Khalfan

Executive, Health System Performance and Support, Ontario Health

Adil Khalfan has an extensive background in nursing, public health, international development and health system strategy in Canada and internationally. As our Health System Performance and Support Executive, he oversees Ontario Health’s work to advance provincial strategies, funding, accountability agreements, standards and initiatives through information, evidence and other supports to assess, inform and improve overall health system performance and effectiveness.

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Adil’s career has crossed many sectors with diverse populations, including community care, public health, acute care, home care, regional care, and specialty health. He was worked extensively in Ontario and the Middle East, and understands the relationship between accountability and strategy, planning, quality, performance measurement, best-practice implementation and change management.

Prior to joining Ontario Health, Adil was the founding CEO of Royale Home Health (of Royale Hayat Hospital in Kuwait). Before that, he served as Middle East Executive Regional Director and Operational Lead for University Health Network (UHN) where he led an international cancer centre transformation in the region. Prior to his international leadership roles, Adil led the acute care funding and accountability agreement portfolio for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and contributed to provincial funding and accountability agreement initiatives. Adil has extensive knowledge and experience in performance and strategy management, implementing balance scorecard and strategy management systems in acute care (UHN and Kuwait Cancer Control Centre) and community health (Central West CCAC).

Adil is a Registered Nurse and holds a BSc Nursing from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Nathalie Cadieux

Chief Financial Officer, The Ottawa Hospital

I became The Ottawa’s Hospital Interim Chief Financial Officer in September 2014 following my predecessor’s retirement after 15 years of service with the Hospital. I had big shoes to fill overseeing the finances one of Canada’s largest Hospitals which represents an annual budget of $1.5 billion. In June 2015, after a very challenging first year, I became the official new Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.

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I am a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) with a degree in Business from the University of Quebec and have worked in Healthcare Finances since 1998 after working four years as an auditor for KPMG LLP. I have over 20 years of experience in a leadership capacity in the area of financial services and Not-for-Profit organizations more specifically within the healthcare sector. I joined The Ottawa Hospital in 2003 as the Manager of Budget & Reporting and subsequently, two years later, I assumed the role of Director of Budget & Reporting. In January 2010, I was appointed as Corporate Controller with the Hospital. In my EVP & CFO role, I am accountable for the overall leadership, planning, strategic direction, and management of Financial Operations at the Hospital including leading the financing strategy for the new hospital Civic redevelopment. My portfolio also includes Supply Chain & Procurement as well as Business Development & Commercial Operations, including the Ontario Workers Network (OWN/WSIB), Parking Operations, the Residence Corporation, Printing, and Mailroom across The Ottawa Hospital. Additionally, I sit on various boards and I am presently the Board Chair for the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre (OHSC Inc).

On a personal level, I am the mother of three boys ages 17, 21 and 24 which makes me a hockey mom, a football mom and a soccer mom. But I love every minute of it. My husband Norm and I love cycling, travelling and watching football.

Jonathon Bingeman

CFO, Providence Care

Jonathon Bingeman is the Chief Financial Officer at Providence Care, a Kingston-based academic health system focused on specialized care in aging, mental health, and rehabilitation. His portfolio encompasses finance, information management, and information technology across Providence Care’s operations including hospital, transitional care, long-term care, and community programs. Prior to joining Providence Care, Jonathon spent several years with both Hamilton Health Sciences and Deloitte in a variety of roles. Jonathon is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds an MBA from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Dee Perera

Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer, Sinai Health System

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Guy Poirier

Vice President, Canada, CHG-Meridian

Guy Poirier is a University of Waterloo Alumnus with over 25 years experience with multinational financing. As a healthcare equipment specialist, CHG-MERIDIAN hired Guy to implement it’s Global Healthcare Solutions and Value Propositions to Canadian Hospitals.

Over the past 15 years, Guy has worked directly with, or consulted on equipment acquisition, removal, remarketing, data security, RFID Tagging, alternative financing sources and lifecycle management with many different Canadian hospitals / regions.

Malissa Gauthier

CFO, Windsor Hospital

Malissa relocated from Winnipeg, Manitoba to join Windsor Regional Hospital (“WRH”) in May 2022. She brings 19 years of financial and operational leadership experience to WRH, including budgeting and forecasting, financial analysis, cost containment, Board governance reporting, and day-to-day administrative and operational management. Malissa was with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (“WRHA”) since 2016, serving as both a Director of Finance Reporting and a Director of Financial Planning where she rebuilt the Financial Planning portfolio of the WRHA as part of the Province of Manitoba’s Health System Transformation.

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She received her Chartered Accountant Designation (CA) in 2003 and has also attained various certifications including courses in conflict resolution, LEAN in healthcare and change management.

Brittany Rose Rivard

CFO, VP Operations, Kemptville District Hospital

Brittany Rose Rivard is the Chief Financial Officer and VP of Operations at Kemptville District Hospital, a small hospital in the Ottawa Region focused on high quality community care with additional services for care in aging, orthopedic surgery, and rehabilitation. Her portfolio encompasses finance, information management, information technology, Building Services and Kemptville’s ongoing Epic implementation.

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Prior to joining Kemptville District Hospital, Brittany spent several years with SickKids, Bell, and PwC in a variety of roles including clinical management, giving her insight into clinical care beyond the lens of corporate services. Brittany is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds an HBA from Ivey Business School at Western University.

Greg Chow

Vice President Finance, Partnerships and CFO, Women’s College Hospital

Greg has an extensive background in finance and project management within healthcare settings. His expertise and analytic rigor coupled with the demonstrated ability to engage multiple stakeholders have resulted in significant measurable improvements for healthcare organizations. Greg has supported organizations with improving working capital, value based procurement, and steer hospital information system implementations.

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Currently at Women’s College Hospital (WCH), Greg is responsible for Finance, Facilities, Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory services.

Prior to WCH Greg was a Director of Finance and Health Information at Southlake Regional Health Centre. His responsibilities included: business intelligence, decision support and health record management. Greg has also worked for professional advisory organizations focused on the public health sector.

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