Health Sciences North Foundation | Fondation Horizon Santé

Our Board

Health Sciences North Foundation is governed by a cross-section of devoted community members from all walks of life. This dedicated group of individuals share their passion and enthusiasm for health care in our community and work together to achieve the goals of the Foundation.

First Row: Brenda Carr, Mary Lou Hussak, President and CEO, HSN Foundation, Dominic Giroux, President and CEO, HSN, Patricia Sevean, Melissa Cotesta
Second Row: Dr Thom Carr, Geoff Phillips, Brian Killah, Jacob Gauthier, Alex Patterson, Jason Ersser, Dan Gray, Ron Carscadden, Rob Poulin


Alex Patterson, Chair

Mr. Alex Patterson joined the Health Sciences North Foundation Board in 2004. He then became a member of the Executive in 2011, before becoming Chair in 2015. Alex is currently in his second term on the Board. Alex takes pride in the Foundation and is passionate about what it stands for. He is humbled by the fact that he has the privilege of being the Foundation’s Chair.

Alex is a graduate of Cambrian College, graduating with a degree in Geological Engineering. He is currently employed with Vale. Alex is a lifelong resident of Sudbury, growing up in Murray Mine and Copper Cliff. He now makes his home in Lively with his wife and two sons.

Alex has worked in a union capacity in the past for several years helping his fellow workers and has had the privilege to be on the union’s negotiation committee, negotiating a successful contract. Working in the union, he had the opportunity to travel to Brazil twice to meet with their union leaders and has also travelled throughout Canada’s beautiful provinces. Alex also sat as Chair with the North Eastern Ontario Area Council (NEOAC) Education Committee. Alex is a qualified labour instructor and has taught several labour courses. 

Adding to Alex’s resume, he has volunteered his time on the Mining Industry Training & Adjustment Council (MITAC) and also put in four years in leadership training which has helped him tremendously with his work with the HSN Foundation Board.  During the 2009 Vale strike, Alex, his wife and their sons were featured in a CBC special regarding the strike and also appeared in the Toronto Star, mirroring his father and family during the 1978 Inco strike.

Outside of work, Alex’s outlet is in the music industry playing music with the band Wild Horses. He shares his musical talent with the local community, playing at weddings and festivals. The band has actually been featured on a local telethon. Wild Horses have provided entertainment for the Foundation’s East Coast Kitchen Parties and Tex Mex Dinners.  Alex is also the second in a duo named D ‘n A. Being the accomplished musician that he is, Alex has recently been inducted as the 91st inductee into the Great Northern Opry. Not many know this but Alex’s song ‘The Door’ is featured on CBC Music after entering the CBC contest Searchlight where he was shortlisted. Click here to listen!  

Dan Gray, Vice Chair

Mr. Gray is a past Committee Member of the Ontario & Canadian Real Estate Association. He is a 3 time past President of the Sudbury Real Estate Board and current Director. Dan is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a Broker of Record and owner of Remax Sudbury Inc. 

Dan and his wife Suzanne have two sons, Kyle and Kelston, and three grandsons, Hudson, Chandler and Easton. They inspire Dan to be active and involved in the community. He is pleased to be part of the good work of the Health Sciences North Foundation. 

Melissa Cotesta, Secretary

Melissa Cotesta is currently the Manager of the Cardiac Outpatient Clinic at Health Sciences North. After a ten year career as an Orthoptist-Visual Electrophysiologist at SickKids hospital in Toronto, Melissa has taken on various leadership and volunteer roles. She has also served on a number of committees and task-forces in various capacities, locally, provincially and nationally. 

Melissa brings a multi-disciplinary approach to the team with training in Lean Six Sigma, process improvement, program management, quality improvement and administration. As a graduate of the Masters in Health Administration program through the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at University of Toronto, Melissa is focused on using what she has learned and developed over the years to help HSN Foundation meet and exceed its goals. Her belief in innovation, creative problem solving and helping the people around her lead big, positive and exciting lives will certainly serve the Foundation well.  

Brian Killah, Treasurer

Mr. Killah is a Partner in the Enterprise Practice at KPMG. He practices primarily in advising small and medium size private businesses and individuals. Brian is based in the Sudbury office where he is responsible for overseeing the Sudbury Enterprise Practice in addition to providing accounting, taxation and advisory services to his clients.

Brian has been involved in his community through his participation with minor sports as a manager, coach, and trainer and various volunteer positions within CGA Ontario and Calvin Church. He is involved in a variety of community events as both a fundraiser and participant. 

Brian has been married to Roxanne for 34 years and is the proud father of his daughter Sarah and his four sons, Brad, Derek, Adam and Justin, and the proud grandfather of Blair.

Amanda Berloni

Amanda is a lawyer in Sudbury specializing in corporate / commercial and real estate law. Prior to starting her own law practice in Sudbury, Amanda worked at a law firm in Toronto and practiced primarily in the areas of corporate finance, asset management and corporate / commercial law. After completing her articles in Toronto, Amanda received her LL.M. with a specialization in Business Law from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  

Amanda has been involved in the Sudbury community as a member of the organizational committee for Toronto Celebrates Sudbury, an annual charity event in support of the Sudbury community. She is now a proud member of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Sudbury Home Builders Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Sudbury Home Builders Association. 

Patrick Brouzes

Dr. Thom Carr

Dr. Carr grew up in Stratford, ON and over the years has probably seen the entire Shakespearean Canon. He went to Medical School at Western in London and completed his residency in Nuclear Medicine and a fellowship in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy in London. 

In 1999-2000 he finally saw the light and moved to Sudbury to join the Diagnostic Imaging Department here. With Dr. Perreault he helped start the Breast Cancer Sentinel Node procedure. Sudbury became an early adopter of this part of Breast Cancer Surgery. It has since become the standard of practice across the province.

Dr. Carr has been involved with NOSM, helping to teach Imaging labs and also tutoring in small group learning sessions.

In summertime you may find him and his talented wife boating on the North Channel, the finest cruising area anywhere.

Brenda Carr

Brenda Carr is a Vice Principal with the Rainbow District School Board.  She was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario.  After graduating from L'École des Science at Laurentian University, Brenda moved to southern Ontario to pursue her dream of being a teacher. After nearly ten years of making a positive difference in the lives of children, Brenda chose to return to her roots in Sudbury.  This opportunity allowed her to be with her family and work as a teacher for the Rainbow District School Board.  Brenda continues to contribute to the community as Vice Principal with the Rainbow District School Board and as director on the board of the Health Sciences North Foundation.

Brenda, a proud Sudburian, is very fortunate to be raising her three children in such a remarkable community. During her spare time, Brenda can be found spending time with her family and friends, enjoying the outdoors and gardening. She also enjoys painting murals in local schools to help put a smile on students', parents', staff and visitors' faces.

Her involvement with the HSNF as well as other community initiatives is part of Brendaís legacy to contribute to the community and make a difference in even more lives.  Brenda is proud to be a director on the board for the Health Sciences North Foundation. She looks forward to contributing her expertise, problem solving strategies and leadership skills in order to help the foundation thrive in achieving its goals, all the while supporting the community with keeping quality healthcare at the forefront.

Ron Carscadden

Ron retired in the fall of 2016 after a 17-year career as a Territory Manager with Janssen Inc., Canadian Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.  He enjoyed a successful career with Janssen as a sales representative in Northern Ontario since 1999, winning numerous sales awards.  Ron managed a large geographic territory (from Cookstown, ON to the Manitoba border), building strong relationships with customers in the health care sector including family physicians, specialists, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals. Ron completed his B.Sc. in the Honours Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo in 1991, and has a well-rounded work history, including the public sector (Laurentian Hospital, Workers’ Compensation Board, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers), and small business (as Owner/Operator of Ergo-North, a private ergonomics consulting company).

Ron has strong ties to the Sudbury community, as he grew up in Lively. After working and studying in other locales in Ontario and Quebec, he returned ”home” to Lively in 1996, where he currently lives with his wife Natalie and their three children. Ron was a past Foundation board member from February 2013 to December 2014. Along with his volunteer work with the Foundation board, Ron also stepped in to assume the volunteer role of manager of the concession at the Lively Ski Hill in January 2017 when there were no others willing to step forward. His focus for board activities is increasing public awareness of the great work that the Foundation staff is directly involved with by leveraging his creativity for sales and marketing ideas to generate excitement within our community about supporting the Foundation in its work to improve health care for all citizens in our community.

Mary Dawson-Cole

Mary Dawson-Cole joined the Sudbury Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Directors in 2011. Currently employed with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Mary is a lifelong resident of Sudbury and was raised in Onaping Falls. She obtained her BA in 1995 from Laurentian University where she served as the Vice President of Campus Ministry and President of the Political Science Association. In 1999 she was appointed to the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Grant Review Team for the District of Sudbury, Manitoulin and Algoma. Since fulfilling this role, she has volunteered with CIBC's Run for the Cure and numerous other worthy causes in the Sudbury area. Today, she is focused on building on her past experience to meet the goals of the Foundation.

Jason Ersser

Jason grew up in Waterdown, Ontario and recently moved to Sudbury from Vancouver, British Columbia in 2015. 

Jason is currently a Canadian Tire dealer in Sudbury.  He has been a dealer since 2006 and has owned businesses in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. Prior to becoming a Canadian Tire Dealer, Jason held several positions in engineering, manufacturing and production management in the automotive industry.  Jason holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Wilfred Laurier University.  He is also a licensed Professional Engineer.  He brings experience in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, Manufacturing and Engineering.

Jason and his wife Catherine are the proud parents of two boys, Sam and Ethan. 

Pauline Fortin

Jacob Gauthier 

Jacob Gauthier is a bilingual lawyer with the Sudbury Law Firm Toffoli Gauthier LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (Criminology Program) as well as the Faculty of Law (Français) and was called to the Bar in 2006. He is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth Fry Society Sudbury Branch as well as a Member of the Board of Directors for the N'swakamok Native Friendship Centre. 

Geoff Phillips

Robert Poulin

Rob Poulin is currently the Manager of Laboratory Operations with LifeLabs in Sudbury. Following his graduation from the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Cambrian College, Rob received his advanced certification (A.R.T.) specialization in Hematology. In addition to having more than 30 years’ experience in health care, Rob is Six Sigma Green Belt certified and holds a certificate in Business Administration.

As a proud father of daughter Madeleine and his two sons David and Steven, Rob has been actively involved in coaching both minor hockey and soccer. Rob is looking forward to utilizing his balanced operational experience in helping HSN Foundation continue to support high quality health care in Northeast Ontario.  

Patricia Sevean

Pat Sevean moved to Sudbury in 2016 with her husband Lyn to be closer to their multi-generational family. Pat is a retired Professor Emeritus from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Pat spent 40 years in health care as a registered nurse, educator and researcher. Pat has served on several boards including the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (2013-2016). In 2014, both Pat and her husband survived kidney cancer.  Since then, Pat has joined the Board of Kidney Cancer Canada and volunteers as a Patient and Family Advisor for Cancer Care Ontario. Pat recognizes the importance of community support to ensure patients in northern Ontario receive the best possible care.

Mike Scott

Mike is a Staff Representative with the United Steelworkers Union. He represents over 2000 members in Sudbury, Timmins, Kirkland Lake and New Liskeard. Mike is proud to represent Labour on the Board and looks forward to being a part of the good work of the Health Sciences North Foundation.

Terry Waltenbury

Terry Waltenbury is a lawyer with the Sudbury Law Firm of Paquette & Paquette.  He is a graduate of Laurentian University (Psychology and Law & Justice).  He received his law degree from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, in 1999, and was called to the bar in 2001.

Jim Corless, Life Member

A Chartered Accountant and a Partner at KPMG, Mr. Corless retired in 2006. Jim is presently doing contract work with the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. A long-time resident of Sudbury, Jim grew up in Copper Cliff. He graduated from Concordia University in 1968 and received his CA in 1973 and his FCA in 1988. He has served on a number of committees for the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. An avid boater, in the summer Jim can be found in the port at Little Current living on his boat "The Boatfather". He is currently the Commodore of the Little Current Yacht Club and a Committee Member of the MacMan International Yacht Race. 

Joe Drago, Life Member

A retired educator, Mr. Drago is from Sudbury and served in the North his entire career. Joe spent 33 years in education, serving as a secondary school principal for 25 of them. During that time he served on many committees and task forces for the Board of Education, both locally and provincially. He was appointed Vice-Chair at Large of Hockey Canada in 2011.

Joe served in a number of capacities at the previous Sudbury Memorial Hospital, including a term as Chair of the Board of Directors. Joe was also the founding Chair of the Sudbury Regional Hospital Foundation and served in this capacity from 1998 until 2010. Joe was Co-Chair of the Heart & Soul Campaign, the largest successful fundraising campaign ever attempted in the North.

In 2003 Joe was chosen as the first person in the North to win the OMA Centennial Award, awarded to a non-physician in recognition of achievements in serving the health and welfare of the people of Ontario, through lengthy service and/or distinguished acts. In June 2010, Joe was named the Foundation's first Life Member, "the highest honour that is bestowed upon past and/or current Directors and a testament to their devotion." A fund has been named in Joe's honour and focuses on cardiac equipment.

Dr. Hervé Boissonnault, Honorary Director

Dr. Boissonnault was the first to be named an Honorary Director of the Foundation in recognition of his many years of exemplary service. A dentist by profession, he has been a member of the Club Richelieu de Sudbury et Timmins for more than 30 years. Dr. Boissonnault is a member of the Board of Directors of Le Voyageur, and is a strong advocate for our francophone community.

Dominic Giroux, ex-officio

Dominic Giroux joined HSN and HSNRI on October 2nd, 2017. With 4,250 employees in 24 locations in Greater Sudbury and across Northeastern Ontario, 500 physicians, 2,100 learners, 700 volunteers and 446 beds, HSN is one of Northern Ontario’s largest employers, its largest hospital and ranks among Canada’s Top 40 research hospitals. 

A 2011 recipient of one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” awards, Mr. Giroux has 19 years of senior executive experience in the public sector and health policy setting. He was one of four members of the 2012 Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services that made over 100 health-related recommendations. He chaired the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and co-chaired the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS). He is a regular keynote speaker on strategic planning, leadership,
organizational development and governance.

Prior to joining HSN and HSNRI, Mr. Giroux was Laurentian University’s longest-serving President and Vice-Chancellor from 2009 to 2017 and vice-chair and chair-elect of Universities Canada. Under his leadership, Laurentian initiated the construction of five buildings and renovations totalling $206 million, secured $80 million in private gifts and $64 million in federal and provincial infrastructure investments. Enrolment reached a record level while increasing the average entry grade. National research funding more than doubled as did the number of Indigenous faculty. Laurentian rose to Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities on Maclean’s rankings, up from #18 in 2009. Mr. Giroux delivered a
balanced budget for seven consecutive years.

Mary Lou Hussak, ex-officio

Mary Lou is the President and CEO of Health Sciences North Foundation.