A highly seasoned board
The leadership and experience to open the doors of Eli’s Place.
David L. Cooper
David is a business owner with extensive corporate and non-profit experience. Founder of STUFF Canada, a non-profit created in 1999 to reduce homelessness and poverty in Toronto, David was the 2004 recipient of the New Spirit of Community Award, Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, and the Peter F. Drucker Award for NFP Innovation in 2003. David is the co-author of Bridge over the River Why, a guide for parents who have lost children to suicide, and is currently a volunteer grief facilitator for the Toronto Distress Center
BA, MSW, RSW, RP — chair
Carol is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, and a passionate advocate for excellence in healthcare. Her investment in community is reflected in her work on the numerous Boards on which she has served: Past President of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), Past Chair and Honorary Member of the Board at Women’s College Hospital, Past Chair and Member of the Advisory Board of the Child Development Institute, Chair of the Advisory Council of Women’s College Hospital Foundation, an elected trustee of the Holland Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital (Children) and a worker bee invested in making a difference.
BFA, MA, JD — Vice-Chair
Susan is a passionate business leader and lawyer, with broad-based experience across diverse industries in the private sector. Susan also has extensive board leadership roles in the public sector, specifically in the areas of post-secondary education and child welfare.
Dr. Howard Hamer
MD, FCFP, MSc(A), FCBOM — Secretary & Communications Committee Chair
Howard is a Family & Occupational Physician; now semi-retired, he works part-time as an industry consultant in worker health and safety. Past leadership roles include: Board Member of the Humber Memorial Hospital (now Humber River Hospital), past president of the Occupational & Environmental Medicine Association of Canada and the Medical Director of the Function & Pain program at Altum Health, a division of the University Health Network.
CA, CPA - BOARD MEMBER & FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Erin is a CA, CPA with over 12 years of experience in both Corporate and Operational finance roles, with the majority of her experience in corporate controllership roles at George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited. Erin is currently the finance lead for Loblaw Digital.
BA, CHRL - board memberB
Olivia is a dynamic human resources professional with experience across a broad range of industries. Currently the Director of Human Resources at JCM Power, Olivia has expertise in culture, strategic planning and training and development. She has a proven record in building business partnerships and managing projects and programs from concept to completion.
BA, MBA — BOARD MEMBER
Shannon is a career marketer who has worked with leading brands and large high-tech disruptors including LEGO, FedEx, WIND Mobile, Kobo and eSight Eyewear. In 2013, Shannon fulfilled a long-time desire to work in the charitable sector joining CanadaHelps where she is currently the Chief Marketing Officer.
BA, B.ED - BOARD MEMBER
Kate is a retired secondary school teacher with the York Region District School Board. Her leadership experience includes many years as a department head of the library learning commons, leadership roles at the regional level with the teacher-librarian’s association, and committee roles with the Ontario Library Association. She is currently a facilitator with Book Clubs for Inmates at E Fry, Toronto.
MA - Board Member
Zuzana brings more than 15 years of experience in finance, analysis, risk, and control management to Eli’s Place. Zuzana’s past leadership experience includes 5 years as a corporate team captain for the Princess Margaret Foundation’s One Walk. She is currently the Field Service Finance Controller at Schneider Electric Canada.
Dr. Joel Shapiro
MD, FRPC - Board Member
An outpatient psychiatrist with the Medical Clinic for Person-Centred Psychotherapy in Toronto, Joel has a special interest in long-term psychotherapy and educating physicians about mental health. His interest in psychotherapy motivated Joel to complete specialized training and supervision in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Dr. Deanne Simms
PHD, C.PSYCH - Board Member
As a clinical psychologist, Deanne has a wealth of experience in both public and private mental healthcare delivery. As the Clinical Director of CMHA – York South Central, Deanne’s expertise in digital health tools is evidenced in her oversight of two Provincial Mental Health resources – Bounce Back Ontario, and the Bibliotherapy Centre of Excellence. In this role she also manages a number of community health management programs. In private practice, Deanne is the President and CEO of TriveSpace Health and Wellness.
BScN, RN — Board Member Emeritus
A community volunteer and advocate for over 45 years, Deborah worked professionally as a bookkeeper. Earlier in her career Deborah worked as a Toronto Public Health Nurse & Nurse Educator at Seneca College with a special interest in maternal and child health. Deborah is the co-author of Bridge over the River Why, a guide for parents who have lost children to suicide. A suicide loss survivor, Deborah is a Founding Board Member of Eli’s Place.
BA, MES — Ex-Officio Board Member
Lorne is an experienced healthcare executive and consultant with national, provincial, regional, and community health and mental health organizations. Lorne retired as CEO at CMHA – Ontario Division, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University.