Board of Directors 2023-2024
John Hoyles, Chair
Erin Crowe, Vice-Chair
Guy Chartrand, Secretary
Geoff Publow, Treasurer
Dr. Alykhan Abdulla
Dr. Christopher Barnes
Dr. Alan Chaput
Dr. Shaun McGuire
Jenn Thornhill Verma
Mr. Hoyles joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in June 2014. He was appointed Chair of the Bruyère Board of Directors in June 2021.
In November 2017, John Hoyles took on the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Community Information Centre of Ottawa/211 East, a non-profit organization which provides information and referral services to individuals in need of community, social and health services across the eastern Ontario region and is part of the 211 Ontario network. John Hoyles continues as Chief Executive Officer of Relationships are Everything, Inc. a company dedicated to informing and educating executives and others about the importance of relationships in achieving success.
John served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bar Association for 20 years and stepped down in December 2016. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the National Capital Commission. Before that he was head of the GST Consumer Information Office. John practiced law for a number of years in New Liskeard in northeastern Ontario before moving to Ottawa. He is the past president of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives and currently the Honorary Secretary General. John is currently the Honorary Colonel of the Legal Branch of the Department of National Defense (JAG). He is also Past Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE).
His past charitable volunteer experiences have included chairing the Board of the Temiskaming Hospital, chairing the Red Shield Appeal for the Salvation Army and actively supporting fundraising for the University of Ottawa. For several years John chaired the Association Sector of the United Appeal in Ottawa. John was a member of the board and vice-chair of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation from 2005 to 2011.
In 2016 John received from the CBA Wellness Forum, the annual Wellness Award recognizing his contribution to promoting mental wellness for the legal profession over a number of years. In 2006 John received the Pinnacle Award, which is the highest award given by CSAE to an individual exhibiting exemplary association executive leadership. Originally from Val d'Or, Québec, John Hoyles completed an English degree at the University of Ottawa and attended Osgoode Hall Law School.
Dr. Alykhan Abdulla
Dr. Abdulla joined the Bruyère Board of
Directors in 2023 and is a member of the Audit and Resource Management
Dr. Abdulla is a comprehensive family doctor, palliative, sports,
cosmetic and travel medicine consultant. He is assistant professor Department
of Family Medicine and Academic Consultant Level 1 Faculty of Nursing at
University of Ottawa. He was awarded the OCFFP Family Physician of the Year for
Eastern Ontario in 2008, Award of Excellence in 2022, Faculty Professionalism
Award from the University of Ottawa in 2020. He mentors health sciences,
medical students and family medicine residents. He was awarded the OMA Advocate
for Students and Residents in 2020, Department of Family Medicine Mentorship
Award in 2023.
is past Chair of the Section of General and Family Physicians, past President
of the Academy of Medicine Ottawa and District 8 Chair. He has earned a Masters
Certificate in Leadership from the Schulich Business School, the Canadian
Certified Physician Executive in Health Care designation from the CMA, and the
ICD.D Directors Education Program designation from the Rotman Business School.
He is serving on the boards of the Ontario Medical Association Section of
General and Family Physicians Executive Committee, Beechwood Cemetery
Foundation, College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Bruyère Continuing
Care. He has served on the Boards of the Eastern Ontario Regional Lab
Association, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Physician Services
Incorporated, eHealth Connecting Ontario for Eastern Ontario, the Shepherds of
Good Hope, Carleton University Migration and Immigration Studies, Ontario
Medical Foundation, and the Bruere Foundation. He was awarded the United Way
Community Builder Award in 2009.
is the Director for Leadership Curriculum at University of Ottawa Faculty of
Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education. He is involved in organizing educational
events for doctors, providing interviews to radio, newspaper and TV. He is a
published poet. He had a long running TV show on Roger’s community TV called
Med Talks. He was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
Personally, he enjoys travel,
pickleball, badminton, ballroom dancing, and public speaking. Dr. Abdulla’s
expertise lies in complexity science, resilience training, disruptive
innovations, quintuple aim in all disciplines, and empowering those around him.
Dr. Christopher Barnes
Barnes joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in 2023. He is currently the President of the Medical
Staff Association at Bruyère and a member of the Audit and Resource Management
Dr. Christopher Barnes is an Assistant Professor in the
Division of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, at the University of
Dr. Barnes received his undergraduate degree in Health
Sciences from McMaster University and completed medical training at Queen’s
University. His residencies in Family Medicine
and Palliative Care were completed at the University of Ottawa in 2011.
Dr. Barnes was the Director of the Palliative Medicine
Residency and Fellowship training programs at the University of Ottawa from
2012 to 2023. He maintains a strong
interest in medical education and has recently added a career focus in
planetary health. Since 2012, his
clinical practice has been on the Bruyere Palliative Care Unit.
Christina joined the Bruyère Board of
Directors in June 2023 and is a member of the Board Quality Committee.
She is the
Director of Member Engagement and Advocacy at the Canadian
Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP). As the national voice of
emergency medicine (EM), CAEP provides continuing medical education, advocates
on behalf of emergency physicians and their patients, supports research and
strengthens the EM community. Christina has over 25 years’ experience in
member, patient and donor relations in the health care industry having working at
the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and North York General Hospital in
Toronto. Her passion for healthcare has lead her to her biggest project thus
far as the Head Office lead for the EM:POWER
Taskforce on the Future of Emergency Care in Canada.
an Honours Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology from Laurentian University
along with a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Algonquin College
and a Management Certificate from Carleton University Sprott School of
strongly believes in community service and has served on the Board of Directors
at Volunteer Ottawa and the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa.
she is the mother of two active Irish dancing and hockey playing daughters
Sophie and Valerie along with a rather small 95-pound German Sheppard named
Fergus. In her spare time she enjoys daily yoga classes and occasional spin
David Brook joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in 2022 and is the Chair of the Bruyère Research Institute Board of Directors.
David is the founder and principal at DBk Consulting Inc., a policy and innovation consulting firm focused on Innovation, Climate Change and Global Health policy. David also has deep expertise in developing, shaping, analyzing and implementing domestic and international public policy more broadly.
David is a creative problem solver and critical thinker with over twenty years of experience in supporting corporate, not-for-profit and government entities to:
• Develop and execute on compelling strategy,
• Identify and mitigate risk, and
• Measure and optimize impact.
David has developed and implemented strategies that have secured more than $850M in public funding for Canadian organizations and companies.
Until June 2023, David was the Chief Strategy Officer for Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), a not-for-profit organization primarily funded by the Government of Canada and a range of other partners that is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of the most vulnerable. Beginning in 2008, David played a significant role in building and launching this leading global innovation organization as an external consultant and, starting in 2012, as part of Grand Challenges Canada’s senior management team.
David has a Master’s Degree in Political Economy from Carleton University, an Honours Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (International Development) and a Graduate Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement from Fielding Graduate University.
David serves as Chair for the Board of Directors of the Bruyere Research Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors for Bruyere Continuing Care. He enjoys mentoring young leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and working with visionary leaders to fully realize the impact of their work.
Dr. Alan Chaput
Dr. Chaput joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in June 2023 as a representative from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Board Quality Committee.
Dr. Chaput boasts an illustrious career grounded in both clinical and academic medicine. After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in pharmacy, Dr. Chaput then completed his MD degree followed by residency training in anesthesiology, both at the University of Toronto. His dedication to advancing medical education and improving patient outcomes through research saw him undertake a Master's degree in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University which he completed during his residency training.
Since completion of his specialty training in 2006, Dr. Chaput has since been a dedicated anesthesiologist at The Ottawa Hospital. His clinical acumen is complemented by administrative leadership and scholarship; he previously served as the Medical Director of the Pre-Admission Unit, was a member of the acute pain service for many years and made significant contributions to research concerning perioperative delirium. For several years, he was the Vice-Chair of Education in the Department of Anesthesiology where he oversaw medical student, resident, fellow and faculty education.
Dr. Chaput's commitment to postgraduate education was evident during his tenure from 2012 to 2022 as the Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education in Ottawa. Under his stewardship, the institution oversaw the training of 850 residents across a remarkable 65 specialties, as well as 200 local and international fellows. He spearheaded the implementation of competency-based education in over 45 residency training program and oversaw the approval and implementation of five area of focused competence diploma programs. His educational influence further expanded in 2023 when he was appointed as the Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education, overseeing Canada's largest bilingual MD training program. Dr. Chaput is also a client advisor for Royal College International. In that role, he has played a crucial role in facilitating the institutional level accreditation as well as accreditation for several residency programs for a major medical training institution in the Middle East.
With a blend of clinical expertise, research prowess, and a distinguished track record in educational leadership, Dr. Chaput's appointment to the Board of Directors is poised to further the hospital's commitment to excellence in patient care and education.
Erin Crowe joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in 2019 and was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Board in June 2021. She is a member of the Governance, Nominating and Mission Effectiveness Committee.
Erin returned to her role as Ottawa Senators’ executive vice-president and chief financial officer in early February, 2022. Since rejoining, she has played a key role in the team’s sale process and has led the club’s downtown arena development initiatives.
Erin has more than 25 years’ experience in various CFO and senior finance roles. Prior to rejoining the Senators, she spent four years with Martello Technologies Group, a TSXV-listed software company in the digital experience monitoring space. While at Martello, she played a critical role in the company's public listing, in its acquisitions and divestitures, and led all aspects of financial reporting and planning.
Prior to her tenure at Martello, she held various CFO and chief operating officer roles, including having served as CFO of a global leader in water ride innovation and design, was the COO and CFO of a real estate developer and manager, in addition to having previously occupied her current role of executive vice-president and chief financial officer with Senators Sports & Entertainment.
The recipient of many accolades, including the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal’s 2022 CFO of the Year, Ottawa Women’s Business Network 2009 Corporate Businesswoman of the Year and having been among the Ottawa Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2010, Erin holds a degree in Commerce from Queen’s University, as well as FCPA and FCA designations. She is committed to the Ottawa community through her roles as Vice-Chair of the board of trustees of Bruyère Continuing Care, and as director for the Bruyère Research Foundation and the Senators Community Foundation boards.
Guy Chartrand, Secretary
Mr. Chartrand is the President and CEO of Bruyère. In this capacity, he acts as Secretary of the Board of Directors and is an ex-officio member of all committees of the board. He is also an ex-officio member of the Bruyère Foundation board and a director on the Bruyère Research Institute board.
Throughout his career, Mr. Chartrand has held a number of senior positions in hospital, long-term care and community care environments, including president and CEO of Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH), and president and CEO of the Mattawa General Hospital and the Mattawa Senior’s Living organization.
He is a strong advocate for local health system integration to ensure positive care transitions. Mr. Chartrand is known for his leadership in the redevelopment of CGMH and for the amalgamation of the Mattawa Hospital and Algonquin Nursing Home. While at Collingwood, he led a sub-region transformation journey of integration through designing a shared accountability and balanced scorecard amongst all service delivery partners.
In addition to obtaining an MBA and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University, Mr. Chartrand taught in the School of Business for 13 years as a part-time MBA and undergrad professor. A life-long learner himself, he is currently pursuing his PhD through Pécs University in Hungary. His thesis, Leading Teams, aligns perfectly with his professional mandate to “infuse life into organizational design”.
Mr. Chartrand is a family man who enjoys a number of outdoor activities such as skiing, boating, hiking and biking.
Janet joined the Bruyère Board in 2021 and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board Quality Committee in in 2023.
Janet is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA/FCMA). After a successful 30 year career, Janet retired from the Bank of Canada where she held executive-level positions leading the strategic planning and enterprise risk management portfolios. She also held the positions of the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Internal Auditor. Since retiring, Janet has been actively involved in leading two international central banking training courses in strategic planning and risk management.
Janet has considerable Board governance experience, having served on several not-for-profit Boards of Directors including the Canadian Payments Association, the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center. Presently, Janet is a board member of the Ontario Hospital Association, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Rideau Community Health Services. Janet has a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and computer science from York University, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor. Janet and her husband Tony are avid naturalists and enjoy hiking and canoeing in the Rideau River system.
Ms. Paula Doering is Senior Vice-President of Clinical Programs, Chief Nursing Executive and Chief of other Health Professionals. She is a member of the Bruyère Board of Directors and a member of the Board Quality Committee and the Audit and Resource Management Committee.
Ms. Doering received her Diploma in Nursing from Algonquin College in 1982, completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Post RN Program) in 1988 and an Executive MBA from the University of Ottawa in 1995. Ms. Doering has over 35 years of experience as a health care leader. She has worked at The Ottawa Hospital as Vice-President of Clinical Programs and Diagnostics. She was also the Regional Vice-President at Cancer Care Ontario for the Champlain Regional Cancer Program responsible for the quality, standards and advancement of cancer care for the region.
In her current position, she is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and evaluating patient care delivery. Ms. Doering has been involved at the local, regional, provincial, national and international levels in supporting excellence in nursing practice and patient care. She is passionate about ensuring patients receive the highest, safest quality care.
Daniel Fernandes is Chair of the Bruyère Foundation Board of Directors and represents the Foundation on the Bruyère Board of Directors. He joined the Bruyère Board in November 2017, and is a member of the Audit and Resource Management Committee.
Mr. Fernandes is a lawyer practising with his own firm named Daniel C. Fernandes Law Office with 4 clerks and an articling student, specializing primarily in commercial real estate, leasing, commercial mortgage financing and land development. Prior to becoming a sole practitioner in 2001, he worked for and helped establish a small boutique real estate law firm (Hebert McKinley Ramonat) and started his career at Goldberg, Shinder, Gardner and Kronick.
He was called to the Ontario bar in 1994. He holds both a B.S.Sc. in Economics and Political Science and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. He is the founding member of ELCRO (Luso-Canadian Entrepreneurs of Ottawa) since 1997 and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, County of Carleton Law Association (“CCLA”). He was a board member of the JDRF Ride Campaign for eight years. He is a board member of the CCLA Real Estate Lawyers Committee and has been for the last nine years. He has given numerous seminars to financial institutions, lawyers and to groups of entrepreneurs and trades in the areas of commercial real estate and corporate law.
Daniel enjoys skiing, golf and traveling. He was born, raised and educated in Ottawa and loves the city. He is a first generation Portuguese with his father being one of the first Portuguese to settle in the city in 1956.
Catherine Frederick joined the Board in 2018 and was appointed the Chair of the Governance, Nominating and Mission Effectiveness Committee in 2020.
Cathy is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with extensive experience providing senior corporate leadership in complex multi-union organizations undergoing business transformation with a focus on the employee and client experience. She has expertise in the design and implementation of integrated talent management and employee engagement strategies and programs, organizational development, business transformation, strategic workforce planning, risk management, governance, and performance measurement.
She has worked in both the public and private sector in multiple areas including nuclear engineering, policing, management consulting, municipalities, health care and postsecondary education. She was Vice-President Human Resources at Algonquin College and held senior management positions at City of Ottawa, Deloitte Consulting, Ottawa Police and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
Most recently, Cathy was Vice-Chair and Member of the Board of Directors at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. She is a graduate of Carleton University.
Deborah Lehmann joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in June 2023 and is a member of the Governance, Nominating and Mission Effectiveness Committee.
Deborah Lehmann is an executive leader, passionate advocate and professional coach with 17 years’ experience in the social services sector. In 2022, she was named by Influence Digest as one of Ottawa’s Top 15 Coaches.
In July 2023, she became President & CEO of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and is committed to expanding the reach of the organization, enhance services to support individuals living with or affected by cancer and those who support them.
Deborah guides organizational transformation through a human-centric approach and has experience working with dynamic and diverse Boards. She is highly skilled in strategic planning, program monitoring and evaluation, staff performance management, and stakeholder and donor stewardship. She participates on numerous advisory committees and is an engaging public speaker on topics such as authentic leadership, collaborative coaching, parenting support, and changing family dynamics.
From 2015-2028, Deborah served as Executive Director of the Parent Resource Centre (PRC) and has a passion for the organization’s vital mission and a strong understanding of the community’s need for the services it provides. With a focus on child development, mental health and parenting support, the PRC helps build confident, resilient families. Deborah’s vision for the organization is to create communities where all children discover and develop skills to live the best life possible. She encourages a culture of creativity and innovation and ensures PRC continues to provide best practices to support each child’s unique processes and circumstances.
Before joining PRC, Deborah spent 10 years focused on end-of-life services in British Columbia. As Executive Director of the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS), she led an innovative partnership involving AHS and two provincial charities (Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and Matthew’s House) to provide hospice, respite and health services in one location. The result was an integrated campus of care with a range of services and support networks for children, youth, adults, and families.
In a volunteer capacity, Deborah was a Rotarian and member on the Abbotsford Police Board and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Of particular interest to Deborah was her involvement with the Social Development Advisory Committee that provided advice to City Council on social issues, to help guide the City’s social planning, including its most vulnerable and marginalized citizens. More recently, she served as a member of the Adoption Council of Canada’s Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity’s Family Partnering Committee and Circle of Caring Advisory Committee Hospice Care Ottawa. Deborah also served on the Ottawa Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors.
Dr. Shaun McGuire
Dr. McGuire is Chief of Staff at Bruyère and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Committee, and the Board Quality Committee.
Dr. McGuire is the former medical director of medical affairs at The Ottawa Hospital, a staff physician with the Riverside Family Health Team and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Prior to becoming medical director, Dr. McGuire was head of the Department of Family Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital for 10 years. Over the past three years, Dr. McGuire has played a pivotal role in the development of The Ottawa Hospital physician engagement strategy.
Dr. McGuire holds a master of business administration degree and a bachelor of science degree. He completed his medical degree at the University of Ottawa, and a post-graduate residency at the Bruyère Family Medicine Centre. Dr. McGuire has practiced in the University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine for over 20 years and has held a number of administrative positions at the Ottawa Hospital including acting vice-president, medical affairs; vice-chair, medical advisory committee; and chair of continuing medical education to name a few.
Dr. McGuire brings a strong background and personal commitment to patient quality and safety initiatives, which is so critical in the care of Bruyère’s population.
Geoff Publow joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in 2020. He is Treasurer and Chair of the organization’s Audit and Resource Management Committee.
He is the CFO and VP of Real Estate Development of the Myers Automotive Group, overseeing the strategic finance and real estate portfolio with a specific focus on new development and investment initiatives. Myers is Eastern Ontario’s largest vehicle dealer group with 14 Dealerships and 3 CARSTAR Collision Centres representing 7 OEM’s and 14 brands. Prior to joining Myers, Geoff held various senior executive positions with Senators Sports & Entertainment over 19 years, including six years as Vice President of Strategic Development. While with the Senators, Geoff led the organization’s real estate development initiatives including the downtown arena project, development of the Sensplex community arenas through private-public partnerships with the City of Ottawa, the management, operation and major renovations to the Canadian Tire Centre. Geoff has extensive experience in development, capital financing, reporting, treasury and risk management.
Community involvement is a passion for Geoff, including 15 years of coaching minor hockey. Geoff is the past chair of a number of community boards, including Ottawa Tourism, the Tourism Development Council and Ottawa Community Ice Partners.
Mr. Renaud joined Bruyère’s Board of Directors in September 2016. He erved as Treasurer for three years and was appointed Chair of the Board Quality Committee in 2023.
Mr. Renaud is a CPA, CA with approximately 20 years of experience in providing assurance and advisory services to a wide range of organizations. Since 2008, Mr. Renaud is a partner with the firm of Marcil Lavallée, a leading independent firm of Chartered Professional Accountants in the National Capital Region. He offers his clients a wide range of services, from risk assessment and assurance services to tax and financial consultations. In his role as external auditor, he has also been involved with numerous boards of directors and committees of various organizations.
Mr. Renaud is president of the firm’s Board of Partners since 2011 and is in charge of the firm’s professional practice since 2009. In this capacity, he presides over the Professional Practice Committee and is responsible for overseeing the firm’s compliance with the CPA professional standards. Mr. Renaud has also been involved as a board member of an early childhood centre.
Jenn Thornhill Verma
Jenn Thornhill Verma joined the Board as a Community Representative in 2019 and was appointed as a voting director in June 2021. She is the CHSO designate and a member of the Governance, Nominating and Mission Effectiveness Committee.
Jenn has worked in the non-profit sector for over fifteen years. She’s the executive lead of the Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges at the McMaster Health Forum at McMaster University and has previously worked as a Senior Director with (what is now) Healthcare Excellence Canada. Jenn also serves on the boards of the University of King’s College (also serving as the Alumni Association’s vice-president), Bruyère Continuing Care, Nourish Leadership and the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation.
Jenn has master’s degrees of Fine Arts (Creative Nonfiction, University of King’s College) and Science (Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland), is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and an alumna of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network.
Jenn is an accomplished freelance journalist and visual artist too with her work recognized at the 2023 Canadian Association of Journalists awards (best data journalism nominee), 2023 Digital Publishing Awards (best science and technology storytelling nominee), 2021 Atlantic Book Awards (historical writing nominee), 2019 National Magazine Awards (best new magazine writer nominee), and the Atlantic Journalism Awards (winning gold for best magazine cover for her landscape art; and a thrice silver winner for best profile article).
Carmen joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in 2021 and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Audit and Resource Management Committee in 2023.
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Carmen received a Bachelor of Commerce honours degree from Laurentian University in 1981. She is a Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario and certified internal auditor.
Carmen has considerable leadership experience in financial management and reporting, strategic planning and financial, operational and information technology assurance and advisory services in the public and private sectors in Canada and internationally.
In 2020, Carmen retired from the Bank of Canada where she held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accountant and Managing Director of the Financial Services department from 2014 to 2020 and prior to that, Chief Internal Auditor. She had internal audit senior strategic leadership roles at the United Nations and the University of Ottawa. She worked as a public accountant in Ottawa, Guelph and Calgary, and taught French in Helsinki. She is currently engaged by International Monetary Fund to provide expert technical assistance to selected central banks.
Carmen is actively involved in her community and has served on several boards, mostly recently, Financial Executives International (National Capital Region Chapter 2015-2021) and United Way Centraide Canada (2017-2020). Other board contributions include University of Ottawa (2004-2012) and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (2002-2007).
Lee Wagner joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in 2017 and is a member of the Audit and Resource Management Committee.
Lee has been a CPA, CMA for over 20 years in a broad range of industries and has vast experience in operations, finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, labour relations and risk management.
Lee is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Real Strategy Commercial Real Estate Solutions where he oversees the financial strategies of the commercial brokerage, the property management portfolio, and all real estate acquisition and development opportunities.
Lee started his career in hospitality. After graduating from Georgian College, he spent 5 years at the Banff Springs Hotel where he became a Sommelier and worked in a number of restaurants, including the CAA 5 Diamond-awarded Rob Roy. Lee moved back to Ottawa to work as Outlets Manager at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, then helping to open Restaurant Eighteen, winning awards for service and wine lists at both places.
In 2001, Lee decided to go back to school to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Ottawa. After receiving his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation, Lee became the Controller at Newcap Radio, responsible for accounting teams in Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. With Newcap, he was also fortunate to lead a successful $7 million Ottawa band initiative called the LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot.
After Newcap Radio, Lee went back into hospitality as the owner of Steak & Sushi in the ByWard Market, then moving over to the Sheraton Hotel as the Food & Beverage Director where he oversaw the rejuvenation of the hotel’s food and beverage offering through major renovations to Banquets as well as a new Restaurant/Bar project.
In addition to his fulfilling work with Bruyère, Lee has also volunteered his time as the Marketing Chair for the ByWard Market BIA, the Entertainment Chair for HOPE Volleyball Summerfest and the Pension Committee Chair for Newcap Radio.
Paul joined the Board as a community representative in 2022 and is a member of the Board Quality Committee.
Paul is a seasoned bilingual professional executive with over 40 years’ experience as a leader, executive administrator, trainer, professor, and coach. He is recognized across the Canadian HealthCare industry as a Subject Matter Expert and Operational Advisor on retirement community management, health care environmental services (EVS), hygiene, and other non-clinical support services. Paul derives genuine pleasure from transforming high-potential staff into outstanding leaders demonstrating the creativity critical to financial and operational success. He is focused on creating cultures of high performance and excellence.