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HCSC Member Biographies

Biographies are listed in alphabetical order.

Thomas Allen was promoted to the rank of Staff Superintendent for Peel Regional Police in 2004.  He commenced his career in policing in Northern Ireland as a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.  Upon immigrating to Canada, he joined the Mississauga Police Department in 1972.  He is presently Officer in Charge of Operations Support covering several specialized units. Staff Superintendent Allen was the recipient of the Police Officer of the Year Award in 1984 and has also received the 20 and 30-year Police Officer Exemplary Service Awards.

Janice Baker has served as City Manager for the City of Mississauga since 2004.  She first joined the City in 1999 as Commissioner of Corporate Services and Treasurer.  Previously, she served as Director of Finance and City Treasurer for the City of St. John's, Newfoundland and as Oshawa's Commissioner of Corporate Services and Commissioner of Public Works. Her extensive community involvement includes membership on several boards and associations including the Board of Directors of the Trillium Health Centre.  Ms. Baker earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1979 and is also a Certified Chartered Accountant.

Michael G. Bator has been the Director of Education and CEO for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board since 1995.  In his 31 years in the field of education, Mr. Bator has served on a number of local, national and international boards including the National Council on Education, the Conference Board of Canada and the International Partnership Network.  He has also worked with the Canadian, Philippine and Chinese governments to establish student and teacher exchange programs and economic development opportunities. Mr. Bator attended both the University of Toronto and the University of Caen in Normandy, France and received his Master's of Education degree from the University of Toronto.

Michael Cloutier was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca Canada in 2003.  Mr. Cloutier has over 20 years of pharmaceutical industry experience.  He has served as President and CEO of the former Pharmacia Canada organization. Prior to the merger of Pharmacia & UpJohn with the Monsanto Company and its G.D. Searle Unit, he was President of Searle Canada.  He serves on the executive committee of the Board of Directors for Canada's Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) and is co-chair of the Ontario Regional Committee of Rx&D.  Mr. Cloutier has extensive international experience in the healthcare industry.  In 2005, he was inducted into the Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame.

Peter Fonseca is the MPP for Mississauga East and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health Promotion.  Prior to his 2003 election, Mr. Fonseca was a senior performance management consultant for the Coach Corporation.  During the 1990s, he was Canada's leading marathon runner and represented Canada in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.  Among his youth and community projects, Mr. Fonseca developed and lead a 'Youth for Youth' leadership program in the Peel/Halton/Dufferin area that helped disenfranchised youth find a career path.  Mr. Fonseca attended the University of Orgeon on an athletic scholarship where he majored in English and history.  He also has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor.

D. Wayne Fyffe joined the Credit Valley Hospital in 1997 as President and CEO.  In his career, Mr. Fyffe has served at the University Hospital (Saskatoon), the Brant District Health Council, the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital and Riverside Hospital in Ottawa.  Mr. Fyffe is a former member of the Ontario Hospital Association Board (1990-1992) and over the past 28 years has contributed to many provincial and national initiatives.  Mr. Fyffe holds a diploma in Hospital Administration from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Queen's University. He also holds a Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.

Jim Grieve is Director of Education for the Peel District School Board.  Before joining the Peel Board in 2002, he served as Director of Education for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board for four years.  His 30-year career in education also includes teaching and leadership roles with both the Peel and North York Boards of Education.  Mr. Grieve holds a Master's of Education from the University of Toronto, as well as undergraduate degrees from York University and the University of Toronto.  His extensive community involvement includes membership on several boards and involvement in a number of educational initiatives including hosting a national conference on early childhood development.

Hazel McCallion was first elected Mayor of Mississauga in 1978 and is now serving her tenth term.  She was educated in Québec City and Montréal. In 1967, following her 19-year career with Canadian Kellogg, Mayor McCallion left the corporate world and began her political career as Chairman of the Streetsville Planning Board.  She was appointed Reeve and then elected Mayor of Streetsville in 1970. When Peel Region was established in 1974, Mayor McCallion was elected to the Mississauga and Peel Regional Councils before being elected Mayor of Mississauga in 1978.  Mayor McCallion serves on numerous and varied boards and committees and is the recipient of several distinguished community and business awards.

Sheryl McKean is President and CEO of Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT), acting as official spokesperson for MBOT and serving on several business and community related Boards of Directors.  Ms. McKean's career in association management has included positions as Manager of Finance and Administration for the Canadian Society of Association Executives, and serving as CEO for several not-for-profit organizations including the Canadian Franchise Association, International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, Canadian Booksellers Association and Supply Chain & Logistics Canada.  She has participated in government policy development and successfully represented organizations at all levels of government. 

Louroz Mercader is currently studying public relations at Humber College.  He is a Past Chairperson of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Mercader is also the founder of Mississauga Youth Week and the Institute for Youth Citizenship.  Mr. Mercader is a recipient of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers 2001.

Ian Orchard was appointed Vice-President and Principal of the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) in 2002. Having completed his doctorate at the University of Birmingham and five years as research fellow at York University, Professor Orchard joined the University of Toronto in 1982 as a faculty member in the Department of Zoology, specializing in insect neurobiology.  He has also served as Associate Dean of Science, Vice-Dean of Arts and Science, and Vice-Provost of Students.

Lynn Petrushchak has been Executive Director of the Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre for close to 10 years. Dixie Bloor is a multi-service community agency with 18 locations, 72 staff members and 250 active volunteers providing a wide range of programs for pregnant moms through to senior citizens primarily in Mississauga East. The Dixie Bloor centre is the lead agency for a number of collaborative projects and partnerships in the community. Ms. Petrushchak has also served as a trustee of the Mississauga Library System and co-chair of 'Success by 6' coalition in the Region of Peel.

David Szwarc is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Region of Peel.  Mr. Szwarc has been with the Region since 1990 in positions with Ontario Works and as the Commissioner of Social Services.  Prior to joining the Region, he worked with the Ontario Ministry of Community Services.  Mr. Szwarc has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Public Administration from Queen's University.  He is a member of a number of local, provincial and national organizations.  He was awarded the Rotary International Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence in 2005.

Shelley White is currently the Chief Executive Officer for United Way of Peel Region. She has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector.  Prior to joining the United Way in 2003, she was Executive Director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Central Ontario Branch.  She was employed with the YMCA for 18 years, including six years as General Manager of the Brampton YMCA. Ms. White holds a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from Brock University and also has a Certified Fundraising Executive designation. Her extensive community involvement includes membership with the Rotary Club, the Centre of Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Updated September 21, 2006






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