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Senior Team

Jennifer Klotz-Ritter

President & CEO

Jennifer Klotz-Ritter is the President & CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation in Newmarket, Ontario. She brings her vast legal and business experience to the Southlake Foundation, specifically in strategic and business planning, cultivating corporate alliances, individual philanthropy, and government funding.

Prior to her arrival at Southlake Foundation, Jennifer was President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Canada (MAWC) for over ten years, where she led collaborative strategic visioning and planning initiatives that created transformative growth within the foundation. In addition to her work with MAWC, Jennifer has previously served as executive director of two holocaust and human rights education organizations.

Jennifer started her career as a practicing lawyer in Toronto, Calgary, and Ottawa, focusing on employment and labour law. She has a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Western University. Additionally, she holds executive leadership and management certificates from both the Ivey Business School at Western University and Harvard Business School.

Lesley Ring

Vice President, Major Gifts and Campaign

Barbara Bellissimo

Chair of the Board


David Greenwood

Vice Chair

Stephen Elmer

Treasurer | Chair, Audit and Finance Committee

Brian Bigras


Deputy Chief, York Regional Police

Susan Bishop, FCPA, FCA


Partner, Ernst & Young, National Leader SR&ED, Business Tax

Geoff Dawe


Public Policy & Government Relations

Janice Dawes

Director | Chair, Development Committee

Executive Consultant

Diane Gajewczyk

Director | Chair, Governance & HR Committee

VP, Scientific & Medical Affairs, Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Kelly Harbridge


VP, People, & Associate General Counsel, Magna International

Tatiana Hermanns


Licensed Real Estate Broker, RE/MAX Hallmark York Group Realty Ltd.

Ajit Khanna



Diane Mason


Partner, Affinity

Dr. Sara Temple

Director | Chair, Physician’s Council

Peter van Schaik

Director | Co-Chair, Philanthropy Cabinet
Ex officio:

Marilee Harris

Chair, Southlake Regional Health Centre Board of Directors

Arden Krystal

President & CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre

Jennifer Klotz-Ritter

President & CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation

Working together with their community networks, the Philanthropy Cabinet is a group of ambassadors committed to helping Southlake improve the health of our communities and keep pace with advancements in technology so the patients we serve can trust they will receive the best possible care at our hospital, when they need it most.

Steve Hinder

Director Community and Government Relations
The Stronach Group

Peter van Schaik

Chairman Van-Rob Realty

Paul Bailey

President, Bazil Developments Inc.

Joanne Barnett

Vice President, Planning and Development Kerbel Group Inc.

Brian Bigras

Deputy Chief, York Region Police (retired)

Michael Croxon

President and CEO, NewRoads Automotive

Jonathan Goodyear

Director, Food and Beverage, Magna Golf Club

Tatiana Hermanns

Real Estate Broker at RE/MAX Hallmark York Group Realty Ltd.

Johnathan Hostick

Portfolio Manager, BMO Nesbitt Burns

Eric Jolliffe

York Region Chief of Police (Retired)

Nima Khadem-Mohtaram

CEO and Co-Founder at Trillium Meditec

Keith Loo

Founder and CEO, Skinopathy

Louanne McGrory

President, Shiseido (Canada)

Kyle Peterson

Partner, Affleck Greene McMurtry, LLP

Chris Pfaff

CEO, Pfaff Automotive Partners

Richard Reininger

Lead Volunteer, Men’s Health Initiative

Cliff Sifton

Owner, Armadale Company Limited

Neil Stratton

Director and Portfolio Manager, Scotia Wealth Management

Our Physicians’ Council is a group of Southlake’s medical staff who generously volunteer their time to offer valuable insight into our hospital’s needs, challenges, opportunities and impact on health care in our communities. Providing first-hand accounts of the impact that directly affects them and their colleagues every day, these ambassadors and advocates are instrumental in inspiring our donors to invest in the future of Southlake.


Dr. Sara Temple

Chair, Physicians Council,

Chief of Surgery and Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Charmaine van Schaik

Chief of Staff

Dr. David Makary

Vice President, Medical Affairs, Executive Office


Maternal Child

Dr. Anne Fortier


Dr.Matthew Laskin


Dr. Peter Watt

Interim, Physician Lead Maternal Child Program



Dr. John Randle

Physician Leader Surgical Program,

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Julius Toth

Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Steven Beatty

Plastic Surgeon & Surgical Assistant

Dr. Jerome Green

Division Head, Urology

Dr. Omodele Ayeni

Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Lucasz Boba

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Dr. Mark Nyland

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Morrie Liquornik


Dr. Crystal Kavanagh

Division Head, Thoracic Surgery , Thoracic Surgeon



Dr. Eddie Chan

President, Medical Staff Association,
Physician Leader, Emergency Medicine Program



Dr. Peter Anglin

Physician Leader, Regional Cancer Program

Dr. Tatiana Conrad

Secretary-Treasurer, Medical Staff Association,
Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Alisha Kassam

Co-Medical Director, Paediatric Oncology
Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Shaqil Kassam

Medical Oncologist



Dr. Zaev Wulffhart

Director of Medical Education, Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist

Dr. Manu Prabhakar

Medical Director, Structural Heart

Dr. Charles Peniston

Physician Leader, Regional Cardiac Program,
Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Yaariv Khaykin

Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Dr. Molly Thangaroopan

Medical Director Non-Invasive, Outpatient Cardiology



Dr. Chris Coutinho

Chief of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Farah Manji

Cardiac Anesthesiologist

Dr. Kira Tone

Vice President, Medical Staff Association,


Mental Health

Dr. Mahdi Memarpour

Chief of Psychiatry,
Medical Director, Adult Psychiatric Emergency

Dr. Gaurav Mehta

Deputy Chief of Psychiatry,
Medical Director of Adult Inpatient Ward



Dr. Lucas Djelic

Department of Medicine



Dr. Hisham Al-Shikarchy

Cardiac Radiology Lead

Dr. Vik Agarwal

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist