Meet our Board
Health Nexus is governed by a group of eight dynamic volunteers who share our commitment to health promotion and who reflect Canada’s diverse population.
- Joe McReynolds – President
- Dianne Bascombe – Vice-President
- Atif Ansari – Treasurer
- Jean-Pierre Girard
- Vishwath Kumar
- Monique Rocheleau
- Sheryl Feagan
- Wendy Katherine
- Amanda McLaren
- Emre Yurga
- Alex Abboud
Joe McReynolds – President
Joe is a Consultant and an Associate of the firm tng. Both Joe and tng focus on governance, system leadership and strategic planning. For six years until 2011, he was President and Founding Chair of the Board of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Prior to that, he was the CEO of the Ontario Community Support Association – a provincial association of over 500 organizations delivering not-for-profit home and community care in Ontario. Joe held senior executive positions in the Government of Ontario for over 30 years with Community and Social Services, Municipal Affairs and Economic Development and Trade. (Member since 2012)
Dianne Bascombe – Vice-President
Dianne has worked at the national level with a number of different child health organizations including Family Services Canada and the Canadian Childcare Federation. Currently, she works as a consultant for JUMP Math. She was previously a Vice President, Programs and Research, with Pathways to Education Canada. Dianne has worked on a number of boards at the national level and has a good understanding of government issues and governance, as well as strong connections in the education sector. (Member since 2012)
Atif Ansari – Treasurer
Atif is a senior financial executive who has held leadership roles in technology, marketing, communication and event management companies. He is currently the chief financial officer of Kognitive, Canada’s leading direct sales and experiential marketing agency. Prior to Kognitive, Atif held financial leadership roles with StatPro Group plc, DMG World Media and Bowne & Co. His expertise ranges from financial and strategic planning, internal controls, risk management, and measuring and enhancing organizational success.
A professional accountant, Atif holds designations from Canada (CPA, CMA) and the UK (ACMA, CGMA), and is also a member of FEI Canada. (Member since 2015)
As an international consultant in collective entrepreneurship, Jean -Pierre combines this and the academic fields with nearly 30 years of experience. On the ground, he was the first Executive Director of the Quebec Federation of Co-operative Housing and, working with organizations from different backgrounds, cumulated consultation mandates related to a range of expertise. Since 1989, Jean-Pierre has given a variety of university courses relevant to collective entrepreneurship in Quebec and Africa. He has developed an international expertise in public health and social entrepreneurship within health and social services by conducting studies, training stakeholders on the field and organizing missions such as in Japan. He has fulfilled mandates for the United Nations, Doctors Without Borders (Switzerland) and OECD nations. Amongst his directorial roles within several corporations since 1984, he was notably a member of the executive office of the International Health Cooperative Organization from 2001 to 2013. (Member since 2013)
Vishwath is a Consultant with Bain & Company, a top-tier management consulting company. He has also worked for the Heart and Stroke Foundation working closely with the board and senior leadership team to develop the national strategic plan and various strategic initiatives across the foundation on fundraising and mission aspects. He has a strong business background and graduated from The Richard Ivey School of Business and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Vishwath has strategy and business expertise and particular interest in guiding funding diversification. (Member since 2012)
Monique has worked in both health, and social and community service sectors for over 22 years. During this time, she has held several positions: Executive Director with the Timmins Family Counselling Centre Inc.; Senior Health Planner with the Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin and Sudbury District Health Centre; Faculty Consultant for Laurentian University; Hospital Consultant for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Program Supervisor for the Best Start Initiative with the Ministry of Social and Community Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services; and Senior Officer with the North East Local Health Integration Network. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Laurentian University in Sudbury. (Member since 2015)
Sheryl is currently employed as a lawyer with Donnelly Murphy Lawyers PC in Goderich. Her practice focuses on Wills, Estates, Estate Litigation, Family Law and representing children as a panel member with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Sheryl was called to the Bar in 2002. Prior to practising law, Sheryl worked as a Health Promotion Specialist and held senior management positions within the Huron County Health Unit. She brings strong background, practical experience and understanding in health promotion, the determinants of health and public health. Sheryl has held executive positions in provincial health promotion organizations and has served as a member of various boards including the Southwest Local Health Integration Network. Sheryl has a Bachelor degree in Physical and Health Education, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Western University in London. (Member since 2016)
Wendy’s career has been spent improving women’s and children’s health as an advocate, practitioner, policy decision-maker and in the local community. She was one of Ontario’s first regulated midwives and has held several positions with Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care creating and implementing innovative health care programs and strategies. She is currently principal consultant for Phoenix Health Consulting (Member since 2016).
Amanda is a Parliamentary Affairs Advisor for the Senate of Canada and provides strategic and legislative advice on public policy and Parliamentary work. Amanda has over ten years’ experience on Parliament Hill and is currently advising on Bill C-45, which proposes to legalize and strictly regulate cannabis. She is the founding President of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Ottawa and is past Young Vice President of BPW Canada – a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to improve the social, economic and political conditions of working women in Canada. She brings a passion for the rights of women and girls, as well as strategic and public policy expertise to the board of Health Nexus (Board Member since 2018).
Emre has a long term interest in and passion for politics, and public policy, and in integrating these with his professional skills in architecture and community planning. He has worked with many social and not-for-profit organizations in Canada. Currently, Emre is a Strategic Policy Lead for the Government of Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care’s Strategic Policy and Planning Division. In his previous role, as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Community and Social Services, he has developed and implemented ministry wide strategy for establishing guidelines and practices for outcome oriented policy and program development. Emre holds two master’s degrees: a Master in Architecture from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He was a CIHR (Canadian Institute for Health Research) Fellow of Public Health Policy Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a Lupina Fellow of Comparative Program on Health and Society at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (Board Member since 2018).
Alex Abboud operates Abboud Strategies, a consulting firm that works at the intersection of public policy, communications, and strategy. With a focus on the nonprofit and public sectors, Alex works with clients to advance their goals, and to develop new programs and strategies. Previously, Alex spent more than 10 years in leadership roles in the non-profit sector and government, serving as Director, Communications & Fund Development for Homeward Trust Edmonton, a key political staff person at City Hall in Edmonton, and as Executive Director of Students Nova Scotia.
Alex also currently serves on the boards of the Edmonton Heritage Council and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. In his spare time, he writes, is a marathon runner, and a hobby photographer (Board Member since 2018).