Gord Glagau, President
John Farrell, Vice-President, Director of Governance
Georgette Gregory, Secretary/Treasurer
Tony Di Pede
Gord Glagau, President
Gord Glagau has over 20 years’ experience in the banking and secure logistics industries, as well as an extensive background in international banking operations, product and marketing strategy, and process integration and outsourcing. Most recently, Mr. Glagau was the Vice-President, Solutions Delivery, and a member of the Executive Steering Committee for Brink’s Canada. Prior to Brink’s, Gord has had success in financial services consulting throughout Canada, the US and Australia. He holds a Master’s of Arts (Economics) degree from McGill University and a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Honours) degree in finance from the University of Ottawa. Gord is also a CFA® charterholder.
John Farrell, Vice-President,
Director of Governance
John has over 25 years experience spanning clinical, consulting and administrative roles within healthcare; including five years within government as a policy advisor and professional leader. He has spent his career focusing on quality, safety and efficiency in the delivery of front line care. He has consistently delivered on strategic and operational objectives including the implementation of national policy and regulatory affairs — leading a number of workforce innovations to ensure that clinical governance and patient safety are at the fore of high quality and sustainable healthcare. He is currently Executive Director at the Centre for Practice Excellence at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto and lecturer in Heath Systems as well as Leadership, Communication and Collaboration. This year, as part of his ongoing commitment to continuous professional development, he completed the Executive Leadership Program at Rotman School of Management.
Georgette Gregory, Secretary/Treasurer
Georgette Gregory is a Nurse Practitioner by profession — having years of experience working with street youth, sex workers and other vulnerable groups. She currently works with the Sisters of St. Joseph as their Health and Medical Support person to aging sisters not living in the Care Centre. Georgette has been on the board of Wellesley Central Residences Inc. since 2011, having worked previously with the Wellesley Cooperation and acting as Chair of the Community Advisory Panel for their Health Bus — where she has been an on bus volunteer since 1977. She has participated on numerous boards over the years, including the Community Advisory Panel for St. Michael’s Hospital and COPA (Community Organization for People with Addictions) as well as various nursing associations. Georgette is a graduate of St. Michael University and McMaster University.
Dennis William Magill PH.D. (founding chair of WCRI) is Professor Emeritus University of Toronto, as well as past Director of the Department of Sociology's undergraduate programme and University College's health studies programme. He has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including: Sherbourne Health Centre, Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (University of Toronto), Community Campus Partnerships for Health and Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. In 1990, Dennis joined the Wellesley Hospital board and was a founding member of the Wellesley Institute, which was committed to transforming the hospital lands into a positive engine of change. After years of dedicated service, he was recognized with a lifetime board position as Chair Emeritus. Toronto City Council has also designated the park on the former Wellesley Hospital site as the "Wellesley-Magill Park" — honouring Mr. Magill and the hospital staff who served the Toronto Southeast community for over 30 years.
Robert Oliver is a retired Coordinator of Provincial schools who has also worked cooperatively with key Ministry agencies to provide assistance to blind, deaf and learning disabled offenders in residential settings. He currently sits on the Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), which deals with crime and engagement with vulnerable youth and adults. A long time resident of the neighbourhood, Robert has served on the Upper Jarvis Neighbourhood Association (UJNA), which focuses on quality of life for all local residents — including those in need of social services and residential support. He also chaired the Land Use Committee when the Wellesley and Princess Margaret Hospitals closed and lands became available for redevelopment. Robert has
a Master’s degree in administration and is a designated fellow of the American Association on Mental Deficiency for outstanding contributions to the field.
A women’s equality advocate experienced in community development, community-based training, education and research, Joanne has managed learning programs in Toronto, while working to incorporate a gender lens into national labour market research and policy development. She also completed a research study tour of worker co-operatives in eastern and southern Africa.
Since 2008, she has been focused on HIV research, recently completing Board terms with the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) and the Board of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). Joanne has a Master’s degree in Community Development/Action Research (Environmental Studies, York University), an Honours BA in Geography (University of Alberta) and works as a Community Investigator with CANOC (Canadian HIV Observational Cohort Collaboration), researching the link between HIV, HPV and cancer risks for HIV+ women.
With over 30 years of experience in the non-profit, charitable sector, Robert Windrum has worked in arts and culture, education, and healthcare. He is currently the Executive Director of Project Sunshine Canada, which provides various programs to children in hospitals and healthcare facilities, while providing wellness support to parents and caregivers. His previous employment includes major gift fundraising for the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation at UHN as well as the General Manager of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. He holds a BFA in visual art from the University of Lethbridge with additional studies at the Banff Centre School of Fine Art and the Freie Kunstschule Hamburg, Germany. His volunteer involvement within the HIV/AIDS community includes the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) as
Co-Chair of SNAP! A Photographic Fundraiser from 2005 – 2007. He is also
a seven-time rider in the Friends for Life Bike Rally (Toronto to Montreal) supporting the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation 2005 – 2015.
Shannon Kinch is a resident of Toronto, currently practicing law in the Region of Peel as an in-house lawyer for the Children’s Aid Society of the Region of Peel. Shannon obtained a Joint Honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and an L.L.B. from the University of Windsor. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010. Shannon is passionate about helping others, both locally and abroad and has volunteered for a number of organizations that are dedicated to providing support to vulnerable members of society.
Tony Di Pede
For over 25 years, Tony Di Pede (past chair of WCRI) has been a tremendous advocate for persons living with AIDS. He has participated on numerous related boards, including The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (TPWAF), Canadian AIDS Society, Ontario AIDS Network, International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO), Fife House, AIDS Action Now!, and was a member of the Ontario Advocacy Commission. As one of the key builders of the TPWAF since its incarnation, he has been Treasurer and served as Co-Chair from 1992 to 1997. Mr. Di Pede also chaired the former Wellesley Hospital HIV Community Advisory Panel — working tirelessly towards the implementation of quality care for those living with HIV/AIDS. Tony was also a board member and Vice Chair of the Drs. Paul and John Rekai Centre (a long term care facility).