After earning a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, Wayne began his career with Ernst & Young, a leading professional services firm where he provided audit, tax, and advisory services to a broad range of clients. This is when Wayne received his Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
At Rogers Communications, Wayne held senior management roles in finance as Vice President of Finance – U.S. Operations, Vice President and Senior Controller, and culminating in the Vice President Risk Management position over a twenty-year period. During this time, he participated in the company’s massive expansion from a cable company to a communications giant.
Wayne was the VP Finance and CFO for the financial and information technology functions of Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), a provider of electrical inspections. ESA was an offshoot from Ontario Hydro. Wayne executed a risk strategy including integration into the overall business plan. This led to significant risk mitigation in areas such as IT, business continuance and reputational issues. In addition to turning around the financial fortunes of the company, Wayne regained control over escalating costs, improving profitability and capitalizing on corporate value.
Wayne has been engaged in contract assignments for CEOs and Boards as well as being an active board member with several organizations helping to establish governance practices, financial direction and improved quality of reporting and risk management practices.
Steve is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (B.Comm.) from the University of Toronto.
Steve’s extensive finance and administration career has spanned over 35 years and a variety of businesses, including construction materials with St. Lawrence Cement (Holcim), a major retailer with Kmart, as well as a major global supplier of integrated automated supply chain technology and software with Dematic (Siemens and KION).
During his 21-year career with Dematic, Steve held the position of Chief Financial Officer & Vice President Finance, and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian organization. As CFO, he was responsible for a variety of areas including Financial Reporting, Human Resources, Project Accounting, Treasury, Legal Agreements, IT, Taxation, and Audits. Steve also served as a member of KION’s Global Compliance Committee.
Steve enjoys being active in the community, and has volunteered with the Mississauga Hockey League, Peel Crime Stoppers, as well as the Mississauga Older Adult Expo and Ontario 55+ Senior Games.
Raymond Applebaum graduated from the Ryerson School of Social Work. Raymond has worked in the Health & Community Support Service sector for over 40 years, primarily with seniors and persons with a physical disability. Prior to serving in his current role as CEO with Peel Senior Link since 1998, Raymond was a business owner of an independent consulting firm, and managed several local, provincial and national non-profit charitable organizations in the development and delivery of human services. Raymond was a Gerontology Professor with Humber College, and taught at Seneca College, and serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, Health Promotion & Policy. He has won several awards over the years including the OCSA 25th Anniversary Leadership Award, Canadian Healthcare Association, 2008 Award for Distinguished Service; 3M Health Quality Team Award 2011; and Ontario Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality & Safety 2013, for the Supports for Daily Living Program. Raymond continues his career developing effective partnerships and integrated care services, innovative programs, system enhancements, and collaborates to best serve the needs of the community.
Raymond lives in Kitchener with his wife. He enjoys playing golf, travelling, reading and spending time with family. He has 5 children, and 13 grandchildren ranging in age from 3 to 25 years.
Cathy has over 30 years of experience in developing strategies and plans to support regulatory reviews and to advance public awareness initiatives. She offers experience in research, stakeholder engagement, program development, public relations and performance assessment to advance the mandates of government agencies. She has been recognized for influencing change in public behavior in the delivery of high-impact provincial and national safety campaigns. Cathy is dedicated to using her skills and experience as a volunteer to support not-for-profit agencies in advancing the delivery of important community services. In addition to Peel Senior Link, Cathy volunteers at Extendicare Mississauga and Chaired the Riverwood Conservancy Marketing Committee from 2012 to 2018 introducing an integrated marketing planning approach to strengthen the community’s connection with nature and the rich heritage of Mississauga.
A caregiver for a Mother with advanced Dementia, Cathy works to understand the impact this illness has on individuals and participates on the Family Council at her Mother’s residence.
Gail Walker graduated in Therapeutic Recreation from Guelph/Humber and obtained a post diploma in Gerontology. Gail holds a Long Term Care Administrators Certificate, is trained in Montessori and is an Eden Associate (Models of care in Dementia). Gail is a strong advocate of “Emotional Centred Care” and continues pursue and develop her passion for gerontology by researching and implementing models of care for Seniors.
Gail is the Director of Retirement at Belmont House in Toronto. As a member of the Senior Management team, Gail uses her expertise and experience to develop strategic directions for the future by focusing on advancing Senior care and innovation.
Prior to working at Belmont House, Gail was the Administrator of a Long Term Care Home with Chartwell Seniors Housing. Gail has also worked as a Program Manager at the Alzheimer’s Society of Peel, Manager of Therapeutic Programs and Health and Safety at the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre and Professional Practice Leader at the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre.
Gail is a passionate advocate for senior’s rights; she is a member of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) and is an Executive member of AdvantAge Ontario, Region 5, serving as their Chair. Gail also chairs a Retirement Home Networking group in Toronto and is a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee for the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA).
Rohit possess over 18 years of experience in Project and Program Management in public, Private, Govt. and non-profitable sectors. He works with Manulife as Global Program Director, overseeing global programs and implementations across 15 countries. He is a strong believer in continuing education and learning and holds 1 master’s degree, 2 bachelor’s degrees, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Six-Sigma Green Belt and Microsoft certified Software Engineer (MCSE).
Rohit’s extensive experience in areas such as health care, finance, governance and risk management enabled him to succeed in global roles. Prior to Manulife, he worked with University Health Network, Aon and SAP.
Rohit lives in Richmond Hill with his wife and 2 kids. He enjoys playing tennis, golf, hiking, traveling and spending quality time with his family.
Larry Swartz is a lawyer and CFA Charterholder, with several financial designations. He is the Chair of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Elder Law Section and Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Elder Law Section. He has served as Chair of both the OBA and CBA Pensions and Benefits Law Sections, awarded CBA’s Award of Excellence while he was the Chair. He is a Past President of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) Ontario Chapter, and a recipient of its Award of Excellence, and other awards for his work.
Larry is a graduate of, and an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. He serves as counsel to or as a member or chair of several boards, commissions, investment committees, insurance trusts, and adjudicative tribunals. He has worked for some of the world’s largest law firms, professional services firms, insurers, and pensions and retirement savings plan managers and administrators.
Neville Madan is a visionary leader with over 25 years of international career in finance and supply chain. He has an impressive career portfolio with a multitude of successes leading corporations to exceed their revenue potential with strategic planning accompanied with outcome-based implementation.
Neville led multiple profitable joint ventures from concept to implementation by capitalizing on his extensive network of contacts and global market experience to initiate and negotiate with international partners in UK, USA, Italy, and China. For the past 8 years Neville is working for the Government of Ontario.
Neville’s has dual degrees in Commerce and Law. He is also a Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) and Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM).
Neville is a member of the Board appointed Finance and Audit Committee of the Supply Chain Canada, Ontario Institute and an instructor for their Supply Chain Management Program. He has been a guest speaker at Humber College and Conestoga College in Supply Chain programs.
Medha Saraiya is a dedicated Registered Practical Nurse with a decade of successful experiences in healthcare settings within hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes and the broader community (Home Healthcare). Medha has evolved progressively within leading management roles, while currently launching ConnexHealth Inc., as the founder and CEO. A strong believer in the power of effective connections, Medha has a vision of a better health delivery system.