Board of Directors

Josie d’Avernas
, MSc

Josie d’Avernas is Executive Director of the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA). The RIA is an innovative partnership of 18 long-term care and retirement communities, the University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College, with… [ Read full bio ]


David Hales


David Hales was born and raised in Guelph. He graduated from the University of Guelph in History and Political Science. Before his retirement, he was a teacher, went through a Parliamentary Internship Program before entering the insurance industry. He is past President of FNA Financial – North American Life and VP Group Sales for Canada Manulife. He serves on three Boards outside of HRI: Homewood Foundation, the Grand River Conservation Foundation and the Accerta Group Health Claims.


Wilson Lit

Wilson Lit is Chief of Research and Education at Homewood; Assistant Clinical Professor (Part-time), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario; member of Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) Addiction and Mental Health Network Core Action Group and WWLHIN Clinical Optimization Steering… [ Read full bio ]


Kenneth G. Murray
, CM

Ken Murray is a University of Guelph graduate and retired President of J. M. Schneider Inc., Kitchener. Ken has been active in many Boards in the past including J. M. Schneider, Canadian Meat Council, including two terms as president, Boards of Canada Trust and Dominion Life, and Board of Governors… [ Read full bio ]

Jagoda- Headshot- Jan 2015

Jagoda S. Pike

Jagoda Pike is an accomplished senior business leader whose career has spanned the private and public sectors as well community and volunteer activities. Jagoda is the President and CEO of Homewood Health Inc. and the Homewood Health Centre. In her role she has driven significant transformation and renewal… [ Read full bio ]


Ronald Pond
Director & Vice Chair

Ron Pond graduated Medical School at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. After interning at Hamilton General Hospital, he accepted a position with a Family Doctor in Port Colborne. He left family practice to attend a residency program in psychiatry at State University of New York in Buffalo… [ Read full bio ]


Robert (Bob) Rae
, PC, OC, OOnt, QC

Bob Rae is a senior partner at OKT – Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. He works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor, negotiator, and arbitrator. Bob brings decades of experience as a lawyer and public leader at the highest levels of government… [ Read full bio ]


Ronald P. Schlegel
, OC, PhD, LLD
Director & Chair

Ron Schlegel has been described as a social entrepreneur and community builder. He holds an MSc in exercise physiology from the University of Illinois, PhD in social psychology/preventative medicine from Ohio State University, Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Waterloo, and as a faculty member of UW’s Applied Health Sciences, he played a primary role in developing the Department of… [ Read full bio ]

S. Martin Taylor
, PhD

Martin Taylor is Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria, a position he has held since 1998. He is also adjunct professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, and in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo… [ Read full bio ]

Roy Cameron
Roy Cameron
, PhD
Executive Director, Homewood Research Institute

Roy Cameron, Executive Director, has a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo, and did clinical training at Duke University Medical Center… [ Read full bio ]

Kimberly Mirotta


Kim Mirotta is Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, Homewood Health Inc. She received her Bachelor of Arts- Mathematics from the University of Guelph, completed the Executive Program at Queen’s University and received a Diploma in Healthcare Administration from the Ontario Hospital Association…
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Heather Froome

Heather Froome obtained her MSW and diploma in social administration from the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Heather brings a wealth of experience to HRI having worked in community development for Children’s Aid Societies in Haldimand-Norfolk and Guelph… [ Read full bio ]