SOG Executive Bios
Feria Bacchus is the Vice President, Sales & Marketing for National Research Corporation Canada. Feria’s prior career accomplishments include senior roles with Sodexo Canada Health Care Division, ARAMARK Healthcare in the United States, Cancer Care Ontario, the Alberta Regional Health Authority, as well as the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Feria has a Master of Health Science, major Health Administration, from the University of Toronto, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph. Recently Feria completed the Leadership for Senior Executives - Executive Management Course, Harvard Business School.
Corinne Berinstein is a senior audit manager with the Ontario Internal Audit, Health Audit Service Team of the Ontario Government. She is responsible for leading the Risk Management Team that works with the MOHLTC to ensure that their risk management processes are effective. Corinne has obtained a certificate in Risk Management and Patient Safety from the Canadian Healthcare Association. She is currently also a Tutor in HAD 5010 and HAD 5020 policy courses at the Health Policy Management and Evaluation Program at the University of Toronto.
Jodeme holds Masters Degrees in both Social Work and Health Science, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She has held clinical and strategic leadership positions in health care over the last fifteen years. In 2010, she joined the Toronto Central CCAC team as the Lead for Health System Integration for Complex Populations and Primary Care. She is an innovative leader and adept consensus-builder. The inspiration for this role has been driving the highest possible integration to generate better care for those who need it most. In 2012, her role expanded as the Planning Lead for Health Links, helping to deliver the local primary care integration strategy and inform the provincial work on primary care integration. Jodeme is President, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Society of Graduates and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto. She is currently Principal Investigator for research projects focused on integrated care at the Baycrest Centre, the Li Ka Shing Research Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital, and York University. She is Co-Principal Investigator on a BRIDGES-funded project based at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Annette Marcuzzi is currently working at the Canadian Institute for Health Information as Project Lead, Health Indicators. She is responsible for communication and dissemination of health indicators that are intended to provide the public, healthcare providers, researchers and health authorities with reliable and comparable data on health, health care, and the determinants of health. She also works with internal and external stakeholders on emerging health indicators. Among Annette’s significant previous positions, she served as the Director of Ambulatory and Marketed Services at St. John’s Rehab, and as Professional Practice Leader at the University Health Network. Involvement in Society of Graduates is a valuable enabler in achieving professional excellence and in networking with other health care administrators.
Valerie A. Rackow is currently an independent health consultant. She is a dynamic, responsive, results-oriented team player with experience in teaching hospitals, university settings, community centres, integrated health systems and fundraising and special event planning, with the following skills: financial management, budgeting, academic administration, strategic planning, policy development, specialized mental health expertise, program review and evaluation, quality management. Valerie holds an appointment in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and is the Chair of the Alumni and Student Relations Committee for the Society of Graduates in HPME.
Meg is the leader for Healthcare in KPMG’s Advisory Services Practice. She has over 20 years experience as a clinician, senior healthcare executive and advisor. Her focus is managing large healthcare transformation and integration projects with multiple stakeholders. As KPMG’s national health lead, she is responsible for growing the practice across the country, strengthening the company’s healthcare team by recruiting experienced healthcare leaders and professionals, and ensuring the quality of services provided to clients. After graduating from the HPME program, and contributing as a tutor, she joined the Society of Graduates as a way to continue her involvement with UofT and the academic life. She has tremendously enjoyed her role as Chair of the Education Day Committee for the past few years, and all of the talented committee members involved over the years.
Leslie Sorensen has more than ten years of experience as a senior healthcare manager and consultant. She has extensive expertise managing a broad range of community and institutional health services areas, large diverse teams and multi-million dollar budgets. She has a reputation for collaborative strategic planning and a systematic, client-based, team-oriented approach to issues-resolution. Leslie is currently Toronto Regional Manager for the Ontario Medical Association where she is actively engaged in strategies to improve relationships and integration with physicians and the Toronto Central LHIN and organizations within its catchment area. Previously as Project Director, Family Health Teams at Med-Emerg Inc. she led Boards and Steering Committees for 15 Family Health Teams across Ontario in the creation of their Business, and Operational Plans. In addition, she led the Team Development Process for the six hospitals chosen for Ontario’s MOHLTC Emergency Department Pilot Projects.
David Thomas is a Vice President Professional Services with Emergis and responsible for all professional services activity in Ontario. He has twenty years of experience in the Health Care industry spanning both the public and private sectors, including Ontario’s Smart Systems for Health Agency, the Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, several homecare companies, and several Toronto hospitals. David has extensive experience as a strategic advisor and facilitator to varied healthcare organizations, LHINs, regional systems and agencies in Ontario, and internationally with the National Health System in Singapore, Hong Kong Health Authority, the New South Wales Health Authority (Australia). David remains an active volunteer in the health and education sector, and enjoys the shared experiences of fellow graduates.
Sue VanderBent is the past president of the Society of Graduates and is a proud alumni of the IHPME program. Sue is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Home Care Association, holds a faculty appointment in the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto. A health care advocate, Ms. VanderBent represents the OHCA on numerous provincial Committees and makes presentations to groups on the role and value of the home care sector as it supports health system transformation. A recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2005) Sue is committed to the creation of collaborative relationships. She is the past Chair of the Ontario Health Providers Alliance which represents major health related associations in the province.
Evelyn Williams has an economics degree from Simon Fraser University, medical degree from UBC, and Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto (2004). She has been a practicing family physician in Toronto since 1981, and has been active in medical administration in the Veterans' Centre of Sunnybrook hospital since 1995. Administrative areas of interest include physician performance management and quality improvement. She has served as an inspector for the Medical Review Committee for the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is currently a peer assessor for their quality management program. She is also assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, U of T, and is currently involved in curriculum development, faculty development, and training of family practice residents in geriatrics/nursing home care.
Anne Wojtak is the Senior Director, Performance Management and Accountability for the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre. Anne’s portfolio includes corporate performance, procurement and contract management, strategic planning, risk management, privacy, ethics, research, policy development, and communications. After starting out her career in the rehab and complex continuing care hospital sector, Anne has held progressively more senior leadership positions in the home and community care sector over the last 11 years. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Toronto in the Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation Program where she is a guest lecturer on Strategic Planning and a tutor for Canada’s Health System and Health Policy course. Anne is also a Past President of the Society of Graduates in HPME.