Board of Directors
35 years TD Bank.
1970 and 80’s: Marketing to Retail/Commercial/Corporate customers in GTA Branches in Canada & U.S on Wall St and Chicago.
1990’s: Head of Global Cash Management and internet Products for Business.
Senior Vice-President of Commercial and Small Business Banking.
2,000’s: Managing Director Global Trade Finance, responsibilities: TD’s country risk management and marketing international risk mitigation products.
BA in Business Administration Bishop’s University.
PMD Harvard Business School.
John brings to the Meaford Hospital Foundation a solid educational background earning his BA in Business Administration from Bishop’s University and his PMD from Harvard Business School.
Directorships/Clubs/Interests (past and present):
- President Harvard Business School Club
- Director First Nations Bank
- Director Rutter Inc (TSX listed)
- Deputy Warden St Georges Anglican Church Thornbury
- President Town of Blue Mountains Ratepayers Assoc.
- Vice President/Director Meaford Hospital Foundation
- Director Simcoe Grey CPC Riding Assoc.
- Skiing Golf Curling
On A Personal Note: John and Ulla (deceased) have 2 adult children David and Alana. The Leckies built their house in Thornbury 2010. The Children have spent considerable time in Thornbury during Covid. They love the geography and sense of community. Meaford was a wonderful resource during Ulla’s illness.
Vince and his wife Kimberley are proud to call Meaford their home and have enjoyed 10 plus years being part of this amazing community.
Vince brings combined experiences of ownership and management of several logistics companies. As a former CEO and COO, Vince is known for his driving brand growth, maximizing operational excellence, leadership strategies and delivering financial performance – growing sales from 10 million to over 80 million in revenue.
Vince has a passion for community service — he has served on numerous not-for-profit organizations at the Board level and believes volunteerism is a key component for a healthy thriving community. He continues to volunteer with The Children’s Foundation, Imagine Meaford and Hope House.
Vince and his family enjoy life in Grey County from motorcycling throughout the Beaver Valley to taking hikes with his children and grandchildren on the Tom Thomson trail. Meaford is home!
After completing his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario, Brian also attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed a course in Science Museum Management.
Brian worked for the Government of Ontario for 20 years and enjoyed a range of positions including as Executive Director of Corporate Services at the Ontario Science Centre where he was responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Security, Food Service and Fund Raising.
Brian has always been active in his communities including as:
Board Chair, Supportive Housing in Peel – under his guidance this organization became financially sound in June of 2008 and after being technically bankrupt in November of 2001.
Board Chair, Headwaters Health Care Centre, three years, Treasurer two years and Director 1998-2004
Director, Community Care Access Centre of Peel, (CCAC) Nov. 2003 to August 2005. Local Health Integration Network, Director 2006.
Convenor, Local Steering Committee Central West CCAC –2006.
Town of Caledon Council Volunteer Committees:
Ad hoc Committee on Council Representation, 1993
Code of Conduct Committee, 1996
Vice-President and Coach, Caledon Minor Hockey Association
Coach, Caledon Minor Soccer.
Chair, Mayfield Secondary School Parents Athletic Council. Raised $120,000 during two year term.
Director, Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. Six years.
Chairman, Ontario Sires Stakes Committee for three Years
Director, Inter-provincial Lottery Corporation (1978-1981)
Not surprisingly, Brian was Awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Volunteerism.
In Meaford Brian serves breakfast and purchases the food for the breakfast program two times per week at the local public school with a Church men’s group.
Brian is a Director and Treasurer of the Meaford Hospital Foundation, Chair GBHS Five Foundations Board, a Director of the Grey Bruce Health Services Corporation and Chair of Board Governance Committee and Investment Advisory Committee.
Brian is a member of the Lakeshore Football Officials Association and
referees Minor Football and High School football in Peel and Halton Regions in the summer and fall.
Born and raised in London Ontario, Beth graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in English followed by a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. She started her working career at the Community Information Centre of Metropolitan Toronto managing their database and publications programs for eight years.
As a “stay at home Mom” Beth was anything but, supporting her sons with their participation on competitive sports teams, school and non-profit organization activities. Beth returned to the water for five years with the City of Burlington teaching swimmers of all ages and specializing with Moms & Tots groups and swimmers with physical and developmental challenges.
Beth also enjoyed being an active member of the Rotary Club of Burlington North. Later, Beth joined Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation working on the Marketing and Communications team. Now, having recently retired from Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Beth is pleased to be living full time in Thornbury with her family.
Beth remains an avid skier and gardener and has joined the Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club. Currently learning to golf, Beth hopes to give her husband and their two sons some competition on the golf course in the near future.
Born & raised in Sudbury, Ontario
Education: Graduate of the University of Toronto 1987,
Honours B.A.Languages (French & Italian)
Work Experience: Alzheimer Society of Canada, Toronto – Event Manager, Yearly National Fundraising Event, Save the Children Canada, Toronto –Corporate Fundraiser/Event Co-ordination, Intrawest, Village at Blue, Collingwood – Real Estate Sales Representative
Volunteer Experience: Georgian Triangle Humane Society, Collingwood. Volunteer Fundraiser 2010 – present
Lora Bay Golf Club
Ladies/Member Guest Committee member
Lora Bay Home and Home Charity Events
Co-Chair – 2016-2018
Brian was born and raised in Toronto. He graduated from Queen’s University with a Civil Engineering Degree. He was hired by Air Canada as a pilot in 1973. His flying career spanned 35 years, flying 12 different aircraft types. Brian retired from flying in 2008 as a Boeing 777 Captain.
Shortly after retirement Air Canada Flight Operations requested his continued association with the airline as an aviation consultant and help with Air Canada’s initiative of reducing its carbon footprint. He was asked to take a leadership role and modernize the Canadian Airspace and reduce the carbon footprint associated with commercial jets.
His flying career did not allow much time for active community involvement. After retiring the second time, he joined service clubs and community organizations. He is a past President and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Thornbury-Clarksburg, sits on the Board of the Blue Mountains Ratepayers Association and is presently Chairman and President of the North East Grey Health Clinics, which owns and operates two community sponsored medical health clinics in Meaford (Bumstead Clinic) and Thornbury (The Blue Mountains Community Clinic).
Joelle Adelson is a Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator, and President of the Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals. Before her move to Meaford in 2016, Joelle lived and worked in Oakville, where she raised her two children, ran her law practice and was Chair of the Peel Halton Collaborative Practice Group.
Joelle’s professional experience includes tax and estate planning law, investment advising including financial planner and life insurance designations, Mediation and Collaborative Family Law.
Joelle is proud to be a member of the Board of the Meaford Hospital Foundation. She brings the benefit of experience in numerous community organizations, including Director on the Board of the Halton Children’s Aid Society, Ethics Committee at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and the Planned Giving Committee at United Way of Halton.
Diane Hilliard, who resides in Meaford is a Brand Loyalty and Marketing Specialist representing many of Canada’s largest Sports Organizations and Teams such as the CFL Grey Cup, CFL Toronto Argonauts FC, Pan Am Games and Invictus Games.
Diane is outgoing, friendly and takes a personal approach to maximizing partnerships and strengthening loyalties which was an asset in her 10 year term at the City of Toronto as Council Offices, Chief of Staff. Specializing in donor recognition and stewardship, Diane takes initiative and has a “get things done” attitude that make her a great fit for the Meaford Hospital Board and our Meaford Community.
Rob Howe, from Lora Bay is a seasoned international Financial Services Executive with over 25 years of experience specializing in Senior Level Management Consulting in the Asset Finance Sector and Corporate Turnaround. Throughout his career, Howe has contributed to restructuring or building and managing operations across five continents.
Howe carries Canadian Public Market Director experience where he recently founded and served on the Board of Commerce Acquisitions Corp and completed a 3 year Directorship engagement with Axis Auto Finance. During his tenure at AXIS, the company was taken from private to public.
Between 2011 and 2015, Howe was an active Member of Botza Association and the Verbier Institute – philanthropic organizations focused on formulating and actioning Sustainability initiatives into Communal and Cantonal planning.
Dr. Nathalie Sauriol
Nathalie was born on the South Shore of Montreal to a French Canadian family.
Against a lot of odds including a language barrier, Nathalie persevered in school, successfully completing Under Graduate studies in Cell Biology and Graduate Studies in Molecular Biology at McGill, culminating in her MD degree at Queen’s University in 1996.
She went on to choose the youngest rural family medicine program in Ontario, which was located in Sudbury (previously affiliated with U. of Ottawa, but now having its own name of NOSM) and was Resident Chief.
Nathalie then set up Practice in Thornbury and has served in various functions at Meaford Hospital – since the Fall of 1998. She is currently the Chief of Staff and is involved in the Physician and Nurse Practitioner Council Group and the Grey Bruce OHT Planning Committee.
She enjoys volunteering as Volunteer Physician in local fundraising or sports events when they can occur (pre and during COVID). She very much enjoys walking, hiking, kayaking and spending time with family.
CEO, Meaford Hospital Foundation
Rob Peacock is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with 35 years of fundraising experience.
For the past 15 years, Rob has served as CEO of Peacock Philanthropic Counsel Inc., providing strategic counsel to more than 75 charities in Canada.
Previously, Rob fulfilled a number of senior development and leadership roles within the post-secondary educational sector including, University wide Director at the University of Toronto, and Executive Director of Ryerson University. Within the charitable sector, Rob has also been National VP of Habitat for Humanity Canada, CEO of Junior Achievement of Canada, and VP of Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation.
Rob is Past Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Canada, and served on the Board of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (the largest charitable foundation in Canada).
Rob holds a Masters degree in Philanthropy and is a Faculty member for the Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University, Canada’s first Masters program in Philanthropy, where he also sits on the Advisory Board.
Rob was recently a Visitor in Residence of the Institute for Corporate Directors “Not-For-Profit” Governance Essentials Program at the Rotman School of Management.
He has authored two books:
Face Time: Relationship Philanthropy
Engagement: A Resource for Volunteer Boards
Associate, Meaford Hospital Foundation
From Wasaga Beach, Amelda is a graduate of Humber College’s post graduate Fundraising and Volunteer Management program and brings a wealth of experience to the foundation.
Amelda interned at Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in the role of Development Coordinator, Leadership Giving, and has worked at Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation in Community & Corporate Giving.
She has also held positions fundraising at My Friend’s House in Collingwood, Oxfam and Osler Bluff Ski Club.
GBHS Staff Representative
Theresa was raised in this scenic Georgian Bay community of Meaford. She started working at the Meaford General Hospital in 1982, in the Food Services Department operating under Beaver Foods and later under Grey Bruce Health Services. During the mid 90’s, Theresa earned her diploma in Food Services Management and membership in Canadian Society of Nutrition Management. In 2011 she was the successful candidate for the position as Departmental Supervisor for GBHS Food Services, and while based in Meaford, as part of her position she travels to all GBHS sites.
Manager, Meaford Hospital
Graham was born in Mississauga and moved to Meaford at four years of age. He graduated from Laurentian University with a BScN in nursing in 2003 and worked in critical care for 3 years in Toronto while obtaining a critical care nursing certificate from Seneca College. He returned to Meaford in 2006 and started working at Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) Owen Sound in the Emergency Department.
In 2011, Graham became the Clinical Nurse Educator for GBHS’s six Emergency Departments and also completed a Masters of Health Studies Leadership with a teaching focus from Athabasca University. In 2013 he accepted the interim Manager position for the Owen Sound Emergency department and in 2015 accepted the Manager position for the Owen Sound Emergency and Dialysis departments.
In addition to his current roles, he has been the Manager for the Covid Assessment Center since its inception in March 2020.
In April 2021, Graham accepted the Manager position for the Meaford Hospital.
CEO, Grey Bruce Health Services
Gary Sims, President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services, has over 30 years of healthcare experience. Gary has served as President and CEO for several healthcare organizations including Blanche River Health, Deep River and District Hospital, as well as St. Joseph’s at Fleming, a 200 bed long-term care home in Peterborough. He has experience in various for-profit and not-for-profit settings encompassing acute care (small, medium and large hospitals), rehab, community, CCAC, and LTC environments. Gary started in the industry at the grass-roots level in the dietary department of a large hospital, working his way through the healthcare continuum as an RN, Surgical Manager, Director of Surgical and Women & Child Programs, culminating in his current role as a President and CEO for the last decade.
Gary’s educational background encompasses obtaining his RN, Master’s Degree in Education, Advanced Healthcare Leadership Certificate from the Rotman School of Business, as well as executive training programs at Harvard Law School and, most recently, MIT. Past professional affiliations include teaching at Trent University and York University. Gary has also been a member of the OHA Small Rural Northern Advisory Council (2014-2019) and is an ardent advocate for small, rural and Northern healthcare issues.
Gary is patient focused, committed to the delivery of quality care and has an excellent understanding of the challenges of rural and multi-site healthcare.
Charitable Giving Advisor, 5 Foundations
Willard promotes legacy giving to The Meaford Hospital Foundation and assists donors in planning will bequests and other special gifts in support of Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation and other GBHS hospitals in Centre Grey, Owen Sound, Southampton, and Bruce Peninsula.
He has more than 25 years experience in the charitable sector and in estate and gift planning. Willard has a BA in Business Administration from McMaster University and Redeemer College. He is a long time member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.
If you have been thinking about making a special gift to support your Hospital, Willard is available to help you. Call him at (519)376-2121 ext. 2736.
Email: Willard Vanderploeg, Charitable Gifting Advisor