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.
As Chair of the Board, 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.
Charles A. Harnick, K.C., LSM. was called to the Bar in 1977. He practiced 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 – 1999 and he served as Attorney General of Ontario and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs from 1995 -1999. Mr. Harnick was responsible for the establishment of Legal Aid Ontario and for the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program. As a trained mediator 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 Ontario the regulator of paralegal activities.
Mr. Harnick spent several years as a federal land claims negotiator and has been actively involved as a mediator. He is a former director of Goldstone Resources, has served as a director and vice chairperson of the St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital and was the Chair of Legal Aid Ontario from 2019 -2022. He is a board member of Ornge.
Mr. Harnick is a founding partner in Counsel Public Affairs, one of Canada’s pre-eminent government relations practices where he continues to be actively involved. He is the Senior Adjudicative Officer of the General Insurance OmbudService and he is a mediator, arbitrator and investigator at ADR Chambers.
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.
Maneesh co-founded The Black Box Institute in 2008, following a 19-year career at one of the largest global professional services organizations. The Black Box Institute (TBBI) is a boutique advisory firm and think-tank that provides advice to senior management and boards of organizations that are facing complex organizational, business, transactional or leadership challenges.
Under his leadership, TBBI draws on problem-solving techniques that incorporate a blend of traditional strategy and financial advisory capabilities with the creative design thinking essential in the 21st Century.
Maneesh’s expertise covers a range of functional areas, including strategy, growth, market entry, and business operations. Maneesh has extensive experience in strategic analysis, market assessment, financial analysis and modeling, demand forecasting and governance.
In addition to serving on the Ornge Board (where he is Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee), Maneesh also sits on the Board of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Previously, he has served on the boards of Markham Stouffville Hospital and the Central LHIN.
Maneesh has earned M.A.Sc. and B.A.Sc. degrees from the University of Waterloo. He has also completed executive training programs at IMD and Harvard. He 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).
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.
Dr. Smith is President and the Chief Executive Officer 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.
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.
Dr. Annelind Wakegijig is a Family Physician and currently Lead Physician at the Baawaating Family Health Team on the Batchewana First Nation, Ontario. Dr. Wakegig 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 a Board member at Anishnawbe Health Toronto and is actively involved in preserving and promoting Traditional Indigenous Healing.
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.