Ornge's Board of Directors

Ornge's volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated leaders from across Ontario.  They are committed to ensuring Ornge delivers world class air and land ambulance services for all Ontarians. 

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Dr. Andrew Smith

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Dr. Andrew Smith

Dr. Smith is President and the Chief Medical Executive of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (effective July 1, 2017). In addition, he is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. With experience both here in Ontario and in New York, Dr. Smith has established himself as a leader in the management of colorectal cancer. He has served as Head of the Division of General Surgery at Sunnybrook, Chair of the Division of General Surgery at the University of Toronto and Chief of the Odette Cancer Program and Regional Vice President for Cancer Care Ontario.

He has been involved for many years in quality improvement initiatives in Ontario and is passionately interested in healthcare leadership and the evolution of the healthcare system in Canada.

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Ian W. Delaney

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Ian W. Delaney

Ian Delaney brings a stellar reputation, decades of experience and a strong portfolio of corporate leadership and governance. He was previously Chairman of the Board for Sherritt International Corporation and retired as Chief Executive Officer in December, 2011. Ian has served as President and CEO for Viridian Inc. (formerly Sherritt Inc.) and the Horsham Corporation. He has also been the President and COO of Merrill Lynch Canada Inc, and Vice President and Director for McLeod, Young, Weir (now Scotia McLeod). Mr. Delaney currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Westaim Corporation and Cenovus Energy Inc. He is also an airplane and helicopter pilot.

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Maneesh Mehta

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Maneesh Mehta

Maneesh Mehta co-founded The Black Box Institute, following a 19 year career at Deloitte, one of the largest professional services organizations in the world.

Maneesh has held a wide range of responsibilities, including providing advisory services related to M&A strategy and commercial due diligence to private equity firms and strategic buyers. At Deloitte he served in many senior level management positions including Deputy Managing Partner of Clients & Markets, Chief Marketing Officer, and Deputy Managing Partner of the Global Emerging Strategic Clients (ESC) program, which focused on growth organizations.

Maneesh started his career with Deloitte in the Consulting division and was a founding member of the Toronto Braxton Associates strategy practice. His expertise covers a range of functional areas, including strategy, marketing, and business operations. Maneesh has extensive experience in strategic analysis, market assessment, financial analysis, demand forecasting, and general business planning. He worked with clients such as Tomkins, Bell Canada, and IFC as well as various government agencies and regulators.

Maneesh has completed his ICD DEP certification and sits on the boards of several not for profit organizations. He has also published numerous articles including ‘Growth by Design: How Good Design Drives Company Growth’ (Ivey Business Journal, Jan/Feb 2006) and Future Signals: How Successful Growing Companies Stay on Course (Ivey Business Journal, Nov/Dec 2005).

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Patricia Lang

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Patricia Lang

Patricia (Pat) Lang is a nationally recognized post-secondary education leader who has worked in progressively responsible positions for forty years at five colleges in Quebec and Ontario. She is a creative, innovative and visionary leader who is committed to student success, academic quality and integrity. She has a strong track record of building community capacity and deepening an understanding of Canadian/Aboriginal relationships. She has expertise in policy governance, strategic planning and advocacy. Pat retired in 2011 after eleven years as President of Confederation College.

In 1998, Pat won the Dean’s award at Central Michigan University for outstanding achievement and contributions to community college education in Ontario. She was named an Influential Woman of Northwestern Ontario for 2004. She was recognized as one of Canada’s top 25 Canadians in 2009 by the Canadian Association of Retired Persons for making a difference in the lives of Canadians as they age. In 2011, she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Minister of Training Colleges and Universities and a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

Pat holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University and an Honourary Doctor of Letters from the University of New Brunswick. She is an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy.

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Annelind Wakegijig ,
M.D., C.C.F.P.

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Annelind Wakegijig

Dr. Annelind Wakegijig is a Family Physician and currently Lead Physician at the Baawaating Family Health Team on the Batchewana First Nation, Ontario. Dr. Wakegijig has worked exclusively across northern Ontario providing primary care through office, hospital and emergency department settings. She is keenly aware of the challenges of working in rural and remote communities.

Presently, Dr. Wakegijig is an Investigating Coroner with the Office of the Chief Coroner, the Aboriginal Cancer Lead for Northeastern Ontario through Cancer Care Ontario and a Faculty member with the Northeastern Ontario School of Medicine.

Dr. Wakegijig obtained her Medical Doctorate at the University of Alberta in 1997, and went on to complete her Residency in Family Medicine in Sudbury, Ontario. Throughout her career, Dr. Wakegijig, has maintained a very strong connection to her cultural heritage and is often willing to share the teachings of the Medicine Wheel with colleagues and learners.

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Charles A. Harnick ,
Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LSM.

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Charles A. Harnick

Charles A. Harnick, Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LSM. was called to the Bar in 1977. He practised Personal injury and Insurance litigation with the firm of Feigman and Chernos and the firm of Malach and Fidler. He was certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 1991; he was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1992 and in 2005 he was awarded the Law Society Medal.

Mr. Harnick was an elected member of the Ontario Legislature from 1990 to 1999 and he served as Attorney General of Ontario and Minister Responsible for Native affairs from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Harnick was responsible for the creation of the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program and Legal Aid Ontario.

Mr. Harnick spent several years as a land claim negotiator and he is a trained and accomplished mediator. He is a Former Director of Goldstone Resources (GRC). He was instrumental in bringing the major legal organizations in Ontario together with paralegal organizations, culminating in legislation that has made the Law Society of Upper Canada the regulator of paralegal activities.

Charles A. Harnick is a principal in Counsel Public Affairs, one of Ontario's pre-eminent government relations practices; he is a former board member and Vice Chairman of St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital and he is an Ex-Officio Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is the Senior Adjudicative Officer of the General Insurance OmbudService, an independent service that adjudicates disputes between consumers and member insurance companies.

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Patricia (Trish) Volker ,
BSc., CPA, CA, CMA

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Patricia (Trish) Volker

Patricia (Trish) Volker, BSc., CPA, CA, CMA is a Chartered Professional Accountant whose experience includes in excess of ten years at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the self-regulating body for Ontario’s Chartered Accountants, including the role of Director of Standards Enforcement. Ms Volker also chairs the Audit Committee at Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation. She acquired financial institution experience at the Bank of Montreal where she worked with the first group to operationally liaise with their wholly owned US subsidiary, Harris Bank. She then became a line banker and left Bank of Montreal with the responsibility for the personal and commercial operations of a number of branches and related personnel in Toronto’s west end. She obtained her CA while at Ernst & Young where she provided advice to primarily publicly traded clients and senior personnel on a variety of accounting, assurance and regulatory issues.

She is a strong supporter of her professional and personal communities and was a member of the CICA's Task Force on the Appropriate Disclosed Basis of Accounting. She is also an aviation enthusiast, a pilot and Past President of the Canadian International Air Show ("CIAS") where she was a Board member for ten years.

Ms. Volker graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc. (Pharmacology and Physiology) prior to receiving her CA designation.

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David Murray

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David Murray

Mr. Murray is an experienced health care leader with a broad system perspective, having been the CEO of two CCACs and a LHIN. In his previous role, as President of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, he oversaw an acute care hospital and extended care facility that serves the local Sioux Lookout area and the 30 First nations communities north of Sioux Lookout. Intimately familiar with the challenges of providing health care in the north, he is known across the system for his commitment to building partnerships and to introducing changes that improve health system performance.

An image of Ornge Board member Dr. Andrew Smith

Dr. Andrew Smith

Dr. Smith is President and the Chief Medical Executive of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (effective July 1, 2017). In addition, he is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. With experience both here in Ontario and in New York, Dr. Smith has established himself as a leader in the management of colorectal cancer. He has served as Head of the Division of General Surgery at Sunnybrook, Chair of the Division of General Surgery at the University of Toronto and Chief of the Odette Cancer Program and Regional Vice President for Cancer Care Ontario.

He has been involved for many years in quality improvement initiatives in Ontario and is passionately interested in healthcare leadership and the evolution of the healthcare system in Canada.

An image of Ornge Board member Ian W. Delaney

Ian W. Delaney

Ian Delaney brings a stellar reputation, decades of experience and a strong portfolio of corporate leadership and governance. He was previously Chairman of the Board for Sherritt International Corporation and retired as Chief Executive Officer in December, 2011. Ian has served as President and CEO for Viridian Inc. (formerly Sherritt Inc.) and the Horsham Corporation. He has also been the President and COO of Merrill Lynch Canada Inc, and Vice President and Director for McLeod, Young, Weir (now Scotia McLeod). Mr. Delaney currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Westaim Corporation and Cenovus Energy Inc. He is also an airplane and helicopter pilot.

An image of Ornge Board member Maneesh Mehta

Maneesh Mehta

Maneesh Mehta co-founded The Black Box Institute, following a 19 year career at Deloitte, one of the largest professional services organizations in the world.

Maneesh has held a wide range of responsibilities, including providing advisory services related to M&A strategy and commercial due diligence to private equity firms and strategic buyers. At Deloitte he served in many senior level management positions including Deputy Managing Partner of Clients & Markets, Chief Marketing Officer, and Deputy Managing Partner of the Global Emerging Strategic Clients (ESC) program, which focused on growth organizations.

Maneesh started his career with Deloitte in the Consulting division and was a founding member of the Toronto Braxton Associates strategy practice. His expertise covers a range of functional areas, including strategy, marketing, and business operations. Maneesh has extensive experience in strategic analysis, market assessment, financial analysis, demand forecasting, and general business planning. He worked with clients such as Tomkins, Bell Canada, and IFC as well as various government agencies and regulators.

Maneesh has completed his ICD DEP certification and sits on the boards of several not for profit organizations. He has also published numerous articles including ‘Growth by Design: How Good Design Drives Company Growth’ (Ivey Business Journal, Jan/Feb 2006) and Future Signals: How Successful Growing Companies Stay on Course (Ivey Business Journal, Nov/Dec 2005).

An image of Ornge Board member Patricia Lang

Patricia Lang

Patricia (Pat) Lang is a nationally recognized post-secondary education leader who has worked in progressively responsible positions for forty years at five colleges in Quebec and Ontario. She is a creative, innovative and visionary leader who is committed to student success, academic quality and integrity. She has a strong track record of building community capacity and deepening an understanding of Canadian/Aboriginal relationships. She has expertise in policy governance, strategic planning and advocacy. Pat retired in 2011 after eleven years as President of Confederation College.

In 1998, Pat won the Dean’s award at Central Michigan University for outstanding achievement and contributions to community college education in Ontario. She was named an Influential Woman of Northwestern Ontario for 2004. She was recognized as one of Canada’s top 25 Canadians in 2009 by the Canadian Association of Retired Persons for making a difference in the lives of Canadians as they age. In 2011, she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Minister of Training Colleges and Universities and a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

Pat holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University and an Honourary Doctor of Letters from the University of New Brunswick. She is an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy.

An image of Ornge Board member Annelind Wakegijig

Annelind Wakegijig,
M.D., C.C.F.P.

Dr. Annelind Wakegijig is a Family Physician and currently Lead Physician at the Baawaating Family Health Team on the Batchewana First Nation, Ontario. Dr. Wakegijig has worked exclusively across northern Ontario providing primary care through office, hospital and emergency department settings. She is keenly aware of the challenges of working in rural and remote communities.

Presently, Dr. Wakegijig is an Investigating Coroner with the Office of the Chief Coroner, the Aboriginal Cancer Lead for Northeastern Ontario through Cancer Care Ontario and a Faculty member with the Northeastern Ontario School of Medicine.

Dr. Wakegijig obtained her Medical Doctorate at the University of Alberta in 1997, and went on to complete her Residency in Family Medicine in Sudbury, Ontario. Throughout her career, Dr. Wakegijig, has maintained a very strong connection to her cultural heritage and is often willing to share the teachings of the Medicine Wheel with colleagues and learners.

An image of Ornge Board member Charles A. Harnick

Charles A. Harnick,
Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LSM.

Charles A. Harnick, Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LSM. was called to the Bar in 1977. He practised Personal injury and Insurance litigation with the firm of Feigman and Chernos and the firm of Malach and Fidler. He was certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 1991; he was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1992 and in 2005 he was awarded the Law Society Medal.

Mr. Harnick was an elected member of the Ontario Legislature from 1990 to 1999 and he served as Attorney General of Ontario and Minister Responsible for Native affairs from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Harnick was responsible for the creation of the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program and Legal Aid Ontario.

Mr. Harnick spent several years as a land claim negotiator and he is a trained and accomplished mediator. He is a Former Director of Goldstone Resources (GRC). He was instrumental in bringing the major legal organizations in Ontario together with paralegal organizations, culminating in legislation that has made the Law Society of Upper Canada the regulator of paralegal activities.

Charles A. Harnick is a principal in Counsel Public Affairs, one of Ontario's pre-eminent government relations practices; he is a former board member and Vice Chairman of St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital and he is an Ex-Officio Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is the Senior Adjudicative Officer of the General Insurance OmbudService, an independent service that adjudicates disputes between consumers and member insurance companies.

An image of Ornge Board member Patricia (Trish) Volker

Patricia (Trish) Volker,
BSc., CPA, CA, CMA

Patricia (Trish) Volker, BSc., CPA, CA, CMA is a Chartered Professional Accountant whose experience includes in excess of ten years at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the self-regulating body for Ontario’s Chartered Accountants, including the role of Director of Standards Enforcement. Ms Volker also chairs the Audit Committee at Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation. She acquired financial institution experience at the Bank of Montreal where she worked with the first group to operationally liaise with their wholly owned US subsidiary, Harris Bank. She then became a line banker and left Bank of Montreal with the responsibility for the personal and commercial operations of a number of branches and related personnel in Toronto’s west end. She obtained her CA while at Ernst & Young where she provided advice to primarily publicly traded clients and senior personnel on a variety of accounting, assurance and regulatory issues.

She is a strong supporter of her professional and personal communities and was a member of the CICA's Task Force on the Appropriate Disclosed Basis of Accounting. She is also an aviation enthusiast, a pilot and Past President of the Canadian International Air Show ("CIAS") where she was a Board member for ten years.

Ms. Volker graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc. (Pharmacology and Physiology) prior to receiving her CA designation.

An image of Ornge Board member David Murray

David Murray

Mr. Murray is an experienced health care leader with a broad system perspective, having been the CEO of two CCACs and a LHIN. In his previous role, as President of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, he oversaw an acute care hospital and extended care facility that serves the local Sioux Lookout area and the 30 First nations communities north of Sioux Lookout. Intimately familiar with the challenges of providing health care in the north, he is known across the system for his commitment to building partnerships and to introducing changes that improve health system performance.