Board of Directors Biographies

John Nyholt, Chair

John Nyholt was a Partner of PwC LLP in Toronto and retired in 2013 after a 35-year career. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive accounting, finance and deal experience, including mergers, acquisitions, cross-border and global transactions, financings and turnarounds.

He was the National Leader of PwC Canada’s Transaction Services group from 2007-2012. John completed the Director Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation. He serves as Board Chair of two investment funds focused on financing fast growing development stage companies. He has considerable community volunteer experience and currently serves on the Board of various organizations in and around the Oakville area, including ClearView Church, the Christian School Foundation of Canada, and The Compass.

John joined the Board in June 2011 and became Chair in June 2017. In his capacity as Vice Chair and Chair, John has served on every committee of the Board, including as Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and of the Milton District Hospital Capital Planning Advisory Committee


Richard Nunn, Vice-Chair

Richard Nunn is a senior client service partner at Deloitte specializing in the financial services industry. He is the Canadian leader of the Public Company Audit Practice and has over 26 years’ experience in the UK and Canada.

Richard has held multiple management roles within Deloitte, providing audit and risk consulting to many of Canada’s leading businesses. Richard was previously the Managing Partner of the Toronto Audit & Advisory practice from 2008-2011 and is past chairman of the Panel Auditors’ Committee of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization.

Richard is past Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and was Chair of the Finance Committee of the Oakville Hospital Foundation. Richard first began as a member of the Halton Healthcare Board Finance & Audit Committee and in June of 2013 joined the Board as a full Director. He is now Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee.


Laurent Thibault, Treasurer

Laurent Thibault was Chief Economist and then President of the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association where he was a strong advocate for developing a skilled labour force. In 1991 he became the Co-chair of the Canadian Labour Force Development Board and in 1995, Laurent moved to a new career as a Financial Advisor with one of Canada's leading firms. Laurent’s board governance experience is extensive. He has served on the Boards of Skills-Compétences Canada, WorldSkills International, McMaster University, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, William Osler Health Centre, Canadian Association for Business Economics. 

Laurent is also involved with many cultural and community associations locally and sits on several Town of Halton Hills committees. He is Past Chair of the Georgetown Hospital Foundation and was named the Lions Club “Georgetown Citizen of the Year” for 2011.

Laurent joined the Board in June 2012 and is Chair of the Quality & Risk Management Committee.


Denise Hardenne, Board Secretary

Denise Hardenne is President & CEO of Halton Healthcare Services and has corporate-wide responsibility for operational leadership of the clinical programs, quality initiatives and risk management. Denise has gained leadership experience in progressive management positions as Unit Manager, Director of Utilization Management; General Manager of Medicine with Saskatoon District Health; Vice President of Integrated Clinical Services for the Regina Health District.

Denise is also a Health Systems Surveyor for Accreditation Canada and provides external consulting for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and other healthcare organizations. Denise has previously served on the Board of the Y.W.C.A in Saskatoon and is a member of the Shared Services West Board. Denise joined the Board in 2010 and as Secretary of the Board serves on all Board committees.


Pankaj Arora

Pankaj Arora (B.Eng, MBA) comes to Halton Healthcare as a global leader, having worked in the United States, India and Canada, acquiring over 20 years of people management experience.

Pankaj currently holds the title of Vice President of the Business Planning, Analytics and Insights Group at TD. He has previously held leadership roles in other large corporations, such as GE Capital, Dell Canada and the Royal Bank of Canada. Pankaj serves on the Milton Capital Planning Advisory Committee.


Dr. Dalal Aziz

Dr. Dalal Aziz is a general surgeon at Milton District Hospital. After completing her residency in General Surgery, she did research at the Hospital for Sick Children followed by a breast surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Toronto (Sunnybrook and Women’s College campus).

Dr. Aziz is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Aziz joined the Board in 2015 and is Vice President of the Professional Staff Association representing the Milton District Hospital. Dalal serves on the Board Quality & Risk Management Committee.


Sharon Barkley

Sharon Barkley is an entrepreneur with a long history of commitment to her community. She has served as a Town Councillor in the Town of Milton and as Chair of Milton Hydro. Sharon was also the Chair of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)–Halton.

A graduate of Western University, Sharon has furthered her education in the MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, and corporate governance at the Schulich School of Business. Sharon sits on the MDH Capital Planning Advisory Committee and on the Halton Healthcare Board Quality & Risk Committee.


Lorenzo Biondi

Lorenzo Biondi retired in July 2015 as Vice President of Medical and Regulatory Affairs at Hoffmann La-Roche Limited. He is also a licensed pharmacist.  Lorenzo has experience in the integration and alignment of businesses following mergers and acquisitions and has broad based knowledge of regulations, practices and policies that govern the quality of products, drug safety, clinical studies, advertising and industry healthcare professional interactions. Lorenzo holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation. Lorenzo Biondi became Board Chair in June 2015 and has been a Board member since June 2007. In his capacity as Vice Chair and Chair, Lorenzo has sat on every committee of the Board.


Charlotte Burke

Charlotte Burke (BA, MBA) recently joined Microsoft Corporation as the Canadian Leader for Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners. In 2008, Charlotte started her own business, Burke and Stanhope Group, at which she served as President until June of 2016.

Her extensive expertise in leading technology transformation will be of great benefit as the healthcare sector ventures further into the digital world. Charlotte currently sits on Halton Healthcare’s Board Quality & Risk Committee.


Rob Burton

Rob Burton has been Oakville’s Mayor since 2006, with a mandate to control growth, debt and taxes, protect green spaces and the environment and make Oakville Canada’s most livable town. Some of the Mayor’s initiatives encompass Halton’s Natural Heritage Systems, Energy Management and Air Quality.

Mayor Burton also co-founded the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt. Before running for public office, Rob Burton was a director and producer in journalism, film and television, and is best known for starting YTV. Rob serves on several other Halton Boards, such as Community Housing, Children’s Aid Society, Regional Police Services, Oakville Hydro and Tree Canada. Rob avidly supports Oakville’s sports, arts and culture groups and charities. Rob joined the Board in 2007 and serves on the Finance & Audit Committee.


Samantha Horn

Samantha Horn is a partner in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott where she has practised corporate and commercial law for 24 years. Her practice is primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and private equity and venture capital financing. Ms. Horn is a member of the Toronto office's Management Committee and formerly served as co-head of the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Private Equity Group. 

Samantha obtained her law degree at Queen’s University and has received the Women's Executive Network's Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the "KPMG Professionals" category for each of the past 3 years, which recognizes women who play a leadership role within their organization.

Samantha joined the Board in June 2017 and serves on the Board Quality & Risk Management Committee.


Councillor Jon Hurst

Jon Hurst has been a Councillor with the Town of Halton Hills since 2003, representing Ward 1, Acton. He is currently chair of the Halton Hills Accessibility Advisory Committee, serves as Council Liaison to the Hillsview Active Living Centre (Acton Seniors), and is a member of the Community Affairs Committee and the Acton Arena Steering Committee.

Jon is a co-founder and Chair of the Acton Terry Fox Run Committee, a co-founder and member of the organizing committee for the Paul Murr Memorial Golf Tournament for Cancer, and has done extensive volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity Halton. He was Acton Citizen of the Year in 1992, and again in 2014 together with the other cancer tournament committee members.

Jon joined the Board in 2006 as the representative from Halton Hills Council and serves on the Quality & Risk Management and Strategic Planning Committees.


Dr. Hanif Jamal

Hanif Jamal has been a Hospitalist at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital since 2006 and an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University Department of Family Medicine.  He is the Medical Director of Iasis Health Management as well as the Health Innovation Lead and Executive Health Physician at Cleveland Clinic Canada.

Dr. Jamal is a current member of the Oakville Hospital Foundation Board where he also serves on the Governance Committee. Dr. Jamal has been serving on the Professional Staff Association Executive since 2013 and was appointed Vice-President of the Oakville Site in 2017.  He currently serves on the Fiscal Advisory Committee, Continuing Medical Education Committee, Credentialing Committee, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and Medical Advisory Committee at Halton Healthcare. 

Dr. Jamal joined the Halton Healthcare Board in June 2017 and serves on the Board Quality & Risk Management Committee.

Dr. Christopher Lu

Chris Lu is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Georgetown Hospital; Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) McMaster University; and Review Editor for Frontiers in Orthopedic Surgery. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training at the University of Manitoba followed by two fellowships at the University of Toronto. One fellowship in Lower Extremity Reconstruction at Mount Sinai Hospital; and a second fellowship in Foot and Ankle surgery at Toronto Western Hospital /Brampton Civic.



Chris joined the Board in June 2014 and is Vice President of the Professional Staff Association representing the Georgetown Hospital. Chris serves on the Board Quality & Risk Management Committee.


Councillor Cindy Lunau

Cindy Lunau was elected to the Milton Town Council in 1997 representing Ward 3 and serves as Council representative on several committees including; Administration & Planning, Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee, Conservation Halton, Halton Region Development Charges Advisory Committee, as well as being active in a number of community organizations. In addition to her work on Council, Cindy owns a furniture finishing and refinishing business. Previous to election to Council she was a correspondent and freelance writer for a number of local and regional publications.

Cindy Lunau joined the Board in 1998 and serves on the Quality & Risk Management Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.


Dr. Lorne Martin

Dr. Lorne Martin is the Chief of Staff for Halton Healthcare and Medical Director of Emergency Services at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Dr. Martin played a critical role in 1998 in the Health Services Restructuring Commission directed amalgamation of OTMH and Milton District Hospital. He was appointed Halton Healthcare Services’ first Chief of Staff and in that role, he led the amalgamation of two distinct medical staffs.

More recently Dr. Martin chaired a regional committee of Mississauga Halton LHIN hospitals mandated to develop regional credentialing for LHIN medical staff. He is a member of the Ontario Hospital Association’s Leadership Development Institute Planning Committee.

Dr. Martin has served on the Board since his appointment as Chief of Staff in September 2006, a position he previously held from 1994 to 2001. Dr. Martin Chairs the Medical Advisory Committee, Clinical Equipment Priorities Committee, the Credentials Committee, and is active on several other committees.


Ken McDermot

Ken McDermot (BBA) is a proud Milton community business leader and deeply cares about community healthcare. He is the owner and General Manager of PuroClean in Milton, a Regional Director and Advisory Board Member for PuroClean Canada and has been instrumental in growing PuroClean to 35 locations across Canada.

Ken is the past Chair and a current member of the Georgetown Hospital Foundation Board. He has been appointed to the Halton Healthcare Board Quality & Risk Committee.


Chris Montague

Chris Montague was the Executive Vice President & General Counsel at TD Bank Group until October 2011, after which he continued with TD in an advisory role as he transitioned to retirement in the role of EVP and Legal Advisor. In his former role, Chris was responsible for legal and compliance matters at TD Bank Group (TDBG), as well as the corporate secretarial/ corporate governance functions.

Chris previously spent 20 years at the law firm, McCarthy Tètrault where he practised corporate and commercial law. Prior to his departure, Chris was a partner and member of the Management Committee of the Toronto office of the firm. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been active with the United Way of Toronto.

Chris was appointed to the Board in June 2010 and is the Chair of the Capital Planning Advisory Committee for the New Oakville Hospital. He is also a member of the Finance & Audit Committee.


Sylvia Rodgers

Sylvia Rodgers is Senior Vice President, Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Executive at Halton Healthcare providing nursing leadership to approximately 1,100 nurses at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial, Milton District and Georgetown Hospitals. Her career path has taken her from direct practitioner to educator to the regulatory environment of the College of Nurses, first as a Practice Consultant and then as the Manager of Standards and Education. She spent four years as the Professional Practice Leader, Nursing at the Scarborough Hospital before moving to her current role in 2007. Sylvia served on the RNAO Board of Directors as Member at Large Nursing Practice from 2004-2008.

Sylvia joined the Board in 2011 and is a member of the Quality & Risk Management Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.


Jennifer Tindale

Jen Tindale is Vice President and General Counsel of Granite Real Estate Inc., a global real estate operating company listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. Previously, Jennifer was Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary with Biovail Corporation where she directly supported the Board of Directors and Board Committees on both regular and special mandates.  She also chaired Biovail's Disclosure Committee. Jennifer was also a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon, LLP, practising corporate securities law out of the firm's Toronto office.

Jen joined the Board on June 16, 2011, and is Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, a member of the Governance and Nominations Committees and the Milton District Hospital, Capital Planning Advisory Committee.