Council for Services to Children and Adolescents (CSCA)

The Council for Services to Children and Adolescents (CSCA) was created in 1997 to ensure the needs of infants, children and adolescents and families are met within the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The CSCA reports to the Board of the MUHC. The CSCA’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, monitoring, evaluating and making recommendations concerning orientations, priorities, strategic plan, policies and budgets regarding pediatric and adolescent services.

 

 

VOTING MEMBERS

Dr. Annie Marleau

Role on the CSCA: MCH Council of Physicians, Dentists, and Pharmacists (CPDP) Chair

Member since: 2014

Dr. Annie Marleau has been working at the Montreal Children’s Hospital since 1992. She became Chief of the Division of Dentistry in 2012 and Chair of the Council of Physicians, Dentists, and Pharmacists (CPDP) – MCH in 2016. She is particularly interested in treating children with special needs and medically-compromised patients.

Heather Davies

Role on the CSCA: Council of Nurses

Member since: 2018

Heather Davies has worked at the McGill University Health Centre since 1988. After graduating from McGill University, she began her nursing career at the Montreal General Hospital before moving over to the Montreal Children’s Hospital in 1993. Since then Heather has worked as an Advance Practice Nurse in pediatric neurology. She has a particular interest in the transition from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents who have a cognitive impairment and for adolescents who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

 

Matthew Park

Role on the CSCA: Multidisciplinary Council Representative (interim)

Member since: 2018

 

Dr. Annette Majnemer

Role on the CSCA: McGill Representative

Member since: 2018

Dr. Annette Majnemer is an occupational therapist with doctoral training in the neurosciences. She is a professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, with cross appointments in the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Pediatrics. She is currently Vice Dean – Education for the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, and is a member of Pediatrics’ Departmental Educational Leadership Committee. Dr. Majnemer is a member of the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and is a senior scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (since 1990) where she leads CHILD-BRIGHT, a national patient-oriented research network.

 

Melissa Sonberg

Role on the CSCA: McGill Representative

Member since: 2018

Melissa Sonberg has enjoyed over three decades of international leadership success across a wide range of enterprises, always playing key roles at the heart of transformative change. Throughout her career and as a member of the C-suite, she has developed significant expertise in balancing excellence in operational execution with effective governance, amid multiple and complex stakeholder demands. Following her most recent corporate role, Ms. Sonberg’s focus is now on Board-level engagements and influencing the development of the next generation of leadership through her appointment as Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University.

Dr.  Michael  Shevell  

Role on the CSCA: Chief Department of Pediatrics

Member since: 2011

Dr. Michael Shevell is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Pediatrician-in-Chief at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), since 2011. He was also been appointed as the Inaugural Harvey Guyda Chair in Pediatrics in 2012. Dr. Shevell has an active clinical research program focusing on issues related to neonatal neurology and children with, or at-risk for neurodevelopmental sequelae, in particular cerebral palsy and global developmental delay. Dr. Shevell was the 2014 recipient of the Hower Award from the Child Neurology Society (CNS) and was inducted into the prestigious Canadian Academy of Health Sciences as a Fellow.

 

Dr. Jean-Pierre Farmer

Role on the CSCA: Surgeon-in-Chief, MCH-MUHC

Member since: 2007

Dr. Jean-Pierre Farmer has been a full professor in the Department of Neurology/Neurosurgery, Surgery and Oncology at McGill University since 2002. In 2007, Dr. Jean-Pierre Farmer was appointed Chief of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Center, Professor in the Department of Surgery and inaugural chair holder of the Dorothy Williams Chair in Pediatric Surgery. In 2011, the Department of Pediatric Surgery became a University department and Dr. Farmer, the inaugural Chairman of this Department. In the last 28 years, Dr. Farmer has operated over 4000 children for brain or spinal cord disorders.

 

Dr. Samuel Benaroya

Role on the CSCA: McGill University, Faculty of Medicine

Member since: 2007

Dr. Samuel Benaroya is Associate Vice-Principal and Vice-Dean of Health Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. He previously held the position of Associate Dean of Inter-hospital Affairs from 1998 to October 2015. Dr. Benaroya has held various senior positions including serving as Associate Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Director of Medical Clinics and Associate Physician-in-Chief at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Director of the McGill Residency Training Program for Internal Medicine. In addition, he is the Coordinator of the Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé (RUIS) McGill since its inception in 2004.

Dr. Bruce Mazer

Role on the CSCA: MUHC Research Institute

Member since: 2015

Dr. Bruce Mazer is a professor of pediatrics and the Interim Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). After completing a fellowship in allergy and immunology at the National Jewish Health Center in Denver, CO, Dr. Mazer returned to the Montreal Children’s Hospital in 1991 and since then has remained a member of the Division of Allergy and Immunology. He has been director of the largest pediatric allergy and immunology academic practice in Canada at the MUHC and a research director at the Meakins Christie Laboratories, McGill’s pulmonary research institute. Most recently, he was the Head of the Divisions of Allergy, Immunology and Dermatology at the MCH-MUHC.

Sylvia Morin

Role on the CSCA: Chairperson and independent member

Member since: 2013

Sylvia Morin is a consultant and former business executive with three decades of experience in areas of corporate affairs, business strategy and transformative restructurings. Whether working for large national public corporations such as Molson Coors and BCE or smaller more local organizations such as BIXI Montréal, her understanding of issues that are strategically critical to organizational sustainability and to reputation management, have helped drive operational excellence and success. Fluently bilingual and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors, she has a B.A. (Public Relations, Economics and Public Administration) from Laval University and has pursued graduate studies in Public Relations at Boston University.  

Hélène Livernois

Role on the CSCA: Vice-Chair and Independent Member

Member since: 2016

Hélène Livernois obtained her law degree from Université Laval in 1985. She has held various positions in the National Assembly of Quebec, within Sûreté du Québec's executive management team, as well as in the private sector. In both the public and private sectors, Ms. Livernois helped attain objectives, managed sensitive and complex files and assisted in preventing and resolving contentious situations. She also has a special attachment to the Children's where her daughter had the privilege of being cared for.

 

Jill K. Hugessen

Role on the CSCA: Independent Member

Member since: 2004

Jill Hugessen is a lawyer and certified professional coach. In 2010, she founded Hugessen Coaching, offering executive coaching and professional development services to lawyers, law firms and business executives. She is a past chair and continues to serve as a director of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. She currently chairs the Governance Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. She also serves on the Board of Chez Doris, a Montreal area women’s shelter and as a member of McGill University’s Law Faculty Advisory Board. She obtained a B.A. (psychology) in 1981 and a BCL/LLB (law) from McGill University in 1985.

 

Graham Bagnall

Role on the CSCA: Independent Member

Member since: 1986

Graham Bagnall is a retired Bell/BCE executive. He is also a former MUHC Board member and a member of the Board and Audit Committee of the MUHC Research Institute. Mr. Bagnall is a former Chair of the Board of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and former Chair of the Dawson College Foundation. He was Chair of the CSCA from 2003 to 2006.

 

François Laurin

Role on the CSCA: Independent Member

Member since: 2007

François Laurin joined the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2011. He has extensive experience as a board member of private and public companies and not-for-profit organizations. François Laurin has been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Laurentian Bank since August 2015. He is responsible for the Bank's activities in the areas of finance, accounting, treasury, taxation, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, and internal audit. François Laurin is a Fellow of the College of Chartered Accountants (FCPA, FCA) and CFA. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration from McGill University.

 

Valérie Gagnon

Role on the CSCA: Independent Member

Member since: 2018

Valérie Gagnon has held significant leadership roles in both corporate and public sectors as a seasoned human resources and administrative executive. She graduated from Université de Montréal in 1982 with a degree in Industrial Relations and was recognized by the university as a Graduée d’honneur in 2013 and Médaillée d’honneur Faculté des Arts et Sciences in 2014.  She has served many complex organizations by helping them achieve their corporate goals by implementing pertinent, consistent HR, administrative goals, programs and action plans. Ms. Gagnon has also been a member of the HR committee of the MCH Foundation since 2015.

 

Robert Bloom

Role on the CSCA: Family Advisory Forum Representative

Member since: 2012

Amy Ma

Role on the CSCA: Family Advisory Forum Representative

Member since: 2015

 Jonathan Amiel

Role on the CSCA: MCH Foundation

Member since: 2015

Jonathan Amiel joined the Board of Directors of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation in November 2011 and is currently serving as Chair of the Board and Interim Chair of the Human Resources Committee. He is President and CEO of Maroline Distributing Inc., the Canadian wholesale distributor of Sub-Zero and Wolf luxury kitchen appliances. Prior to joining the MCH Foundation’s Board, he served on the Best Care for Children capital campaign cabinet, which raised critical funds for the new MCH at the Glen site. Mr. Amiel attended the Faculty of Law at McGill University from which he graduated in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations.

 

Katrin Nakashima

Role on the CSCA: MCH Foundation

Member since: 2016

Katrin Nakashima joined the Board of Directors of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2001. She is currently serving as Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Board, as well as Co-Chair of the Investment Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Committee, the Governance Committee, the Nomination Committee and the Young Leaders’ Circle Advisory Board. From May to October 2017, she acted as Interim President. Ms. Nakashima has been an attorney since 1982 and has extensive experience in governance, business law, and investment administration which provides valuable perspective to Boards. She worked as a senior executive for Imasco Limited from 1991 to 2000.

 

NON VOTING MEMBERS

Martine Alfonso

Role on the CSCA: Associate Executive Director – MUHC

Member since: 2013

Martine Alfonso worked as a physiotherapist for 14 years before becoming a member of the management team of the Montreal Gingras-Lindsay Rehabilitation Institute in 2003. In 2009, she joined the ranks of the MUHC as Administrative Director of the Neurosciences Mission, which included overseeing clinical activities at the Neuro and the Montreal General Hospital, as well as related ambulatory services. In January 2013, Ms. Alfonso was named Associate Director General of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. In June 2016, she was appointed Associate President and Executive Director of the MUHC, and from October 2016 to June 2018, Ms. Alfonso served the MUHC as Interim President and Executive Director. 

Dr. Pierre Gfeller

Role on the CSCA: MUHC President and Executive Director 

Member since: 2018

Dr. Pierre Gfeller is the President and Executive Director of the McGill University Health Centre. A family physician by training and Master in Business Administration, Dr. Gfeller has been dedicated to hospital administration for the past 20 years.  Before joining the MUHC, Dr. Gfeller served in the same capacity at the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, where he oversaw the successful integration of hospitals, specialized clinics, CHSLDs and CLSCs and the recruitment of a strong and diverse management team, while balancing the budget. Previously, Dr. Gfeller had also held the role of Executive Director at Sacré-Coeur Hospital. 

Peter Kruyt

Role on the CSCA: Chairman – MUHC Board

Member since: 2018

Mr. Peter Kruyt has been Vice-President of Power Corporation since 1996. He is Chairman of Power Pacific Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of Power Corporation and of Sagard China, one of the Corporation’s equity investment funds. He is Vice-Chairman of Power Energy Corporation and Potentia Renewables Inc. and also serves as a director of Potentia Solar Inc. and Eagle Creek Renewable Energy Inc. He has been Chairman of the Canada China Business Council since 2003 and became a member of the board of directors of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in 2016. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of the McGill University Health Centre in 2017.

 

Renée Vézina

Role on the CSCA: President, MCH Foundation

Member since: 2018

Renée Vézina has more than 30 years of legal expertise in the Canadian and Quebec commercial real estate industry in terms of negotiation, leasing, management, acquisitions, dispositions, construction and financing. In 2001, she founded the Montreal Real Estate Foundation for Kids. The organization has had a unifying effect in the real estate community as owners, managers, suppliers, professionals, and brokers have been getting together to help young Montrealers in need. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Pro Bono Award by the Canadian Bar Association, given to an attorney who has made an exceptional contribution to the community.