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Board of Directors

A Message from Mr. Adriaan Korstanje, Chair

On behalf of the St. Joseph's Hamilton Joint Boards of Governors (JBG), I wish to welcome you to the St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton website. Grounded in the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph, we continue to be inspired by the shared values of the Sisters who founded our hospital in 1890. For over 129 years we have continued to build on their legacy - their passion for healing, dedication to the patients and community we serve and their compassion for the poor and marginalized.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is a leading academic and research centre that is supported by a community of donors who are essential to our evolution. We have earned a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. We are leaders in respiratory care, kidney and urinary care, mental health and addictions, surgical services, cancer care surgery and eye care.

The past year has been an exciting year as we shaped our five-year Strategic Plan: Leading, Learning, Building, Caring. We approached building our strategic plan in an innovative way that sought high engagement from our stakeholders: St. Joe’s staff and physicians, the voices of patients, families, the community and input from our healthcare and community partners. We are Committed to Excellence. Dedicated to Discovery. With an enthusiastic launch on November 4th, 2019 we are excited to begin taking bold steps to lead St. Joe’s through the healthcare challenges of today, to build a healthier community for tomorrow.

It was also important that we align our strategic plan to the environment of today, and the changing landscape of tomorrow. As Leaders in Innovation we will serve to lead a movement to transform the patient experience by connecting a community of healthcare providers: one team, one record, one number to call 24/7. As we continue to move forward with the work we are doing with the Hamilton Health Team we will distinguish ourselves through the wide implementation of integrated care by collaborating with our patients and community partners.

We are also passionate about our academic mission to educate healthcare professionals, bring best evidence into practice and support our researchers in the important work of creating new treatments, innovative care delivery and cures for tomorrow. As a University Research Hospital, we are a teaching hospital where life-changing research and innovation benefits patients to create a healthier community.

Working together with our staff of dedicated professionals, the JBG is focused on improving the experiences and outcomes of the people we serve at our locations. We are committed to providing state-of-the-art care, delivered with compassion, dignity and respect, every time.

We are truly entering an exciting time and opportunity and I look forward to working with all of our partners as we continue to improve the quality of care we provide.

- Mr. Adriaan Korstanje, Chair,
  St. Joseph's Hamilton Joint Boards of Governors (JBG)

St. Joseph's Home Care Board of Directors

Mr. Adriaan Korstanje * (Chair, JBG)

Mr. Adriaan Korstanje is the current Chair of the JBG and recently retired as the General Manager, Human Resources at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC).  Adriaan Korstanje joined TMMC in 1990, after gaining Corporate Communications and Government Relations experience with a range of companies and institutions including Stelco, Canada Trust, Canada Post and DuPont.  He is also a member of the Mechanical Engineering Systems Program Advisory Committee at Conestoga College.

Lynn McNeil * (Vice-Chair, JBG)

A senior operations and engineering leader with over 25 years of experience in the high tech and medical device sectors. Ms. Lynn McNeil has held executive positions in Operations, Quality, Information Technology, Strategic Supply Chain and Technology Development. She has led technology development programs from concept to full production, major facility/capital design and build projects and several full cycle transformational ERP implementations. Lynn is currently Chief Operating Officer at ChipCare Corp and sessional lecturer at McMaster University. She holds a B.Eng in Engineering Physics from McMaster and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Mr. David Tonin * (Treasurer, JBG)

Mr. David Tonin is the current treasurer of the JBG and a partner at Deloitte LLP.  Mr. Tonin has served in many capacities in a number of local not-for-profit organizations over the last 25 years, including United Way of Hamilton-Burlington, Junior Achievement of Hamilton Wentworth, Rotary Club of Hamilton Mountain, Hamilton Basketball Association and the CANUSA Games.

Ms. Catherine Olsiak *

Ms. Catherine Olsiak obtained her B.Sc. in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario.  She nursed in three major Toronto hospitals in the cardiology department, trauma intensive care unit, and cardiovascular intensive care unit.  Catherine obtained a Masters of Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from Queen’s University.  She obtained her LL.B. from the University of Windsor and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1998.  Catherine is a partner at the law firm of Simpson Wigle Law LLP practicing in the areas of Wills and Estates, Trusts, Incapacity Planning and Health Law.  Catherine has maintained her nursing registration (non-practicing) with the College of Nurses of Ontario and currently is a legal advisor on the committee for the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario – Legal Assistance Plan.   Catherine has sat on various boards in the Hamilton community and is currently a member the St. Joseph’s Hamilton Joint Boards of Governors.  Catherine is a member of the Hamilton Law Association, Wills and Estates and Health Law subsections of the Canadian Bar Association and Estate Planners’ Council of Hamilton.  Catherine is also a member of the Family Firm Institute, U.S.A, and the International Association of Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises.

Mr. Leo Perri

Mr. Leo Perri is the current Chief Financial Officer of Delta Bingo and Gaming Group of Companies and began his career in public practice accounting working over 15 years predominantly at PwC LLP.  Mr. Perri previously served as the Treasurer and Board Member to the St. Joseph’s Hamilton Hospital Foundation and is a current member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Golf Canada. Leo obtained an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University and is a qualified CPA, CA.  Having been born and raised in the City of Hamilton, Leo and his two brothers are all very proud St. Joseph’s babies.

Mr. Bill Koornstra, FCPA, CA, C. Dir.

Mr. Bill Koornstra has been a partner at RLB Chartered Professional Accountants for over 19 years and has been the managing partner since 2014. In addition to being an active member of JBG, Mr. Koornstra has served as a board member for several local organizations, including The Elliot Community, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc, Envida Community Energy Inc, Cutten Fields, and Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. He obtained a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1994 and graduated from the Chartered Director Program at McMaster University in 2012.

Mr. Peter Szota

Mr. Peter Szota has served in leadership roles for over thirty years, in a wide range of health service organizations.  These have included academic health centres, community hospitals, community mental health, children’s health services and community health centres. He holds a B.Sc. and M.B.A from McMaster.  He has served in volunteer governance roles with agencies in Hamilton, Brantford and provincially including roles as chair and treasurer.  Peter has been a part time university instructor in health studies and enjoys acting as preceptor for students. A lifelong Hamiltonian, you can find him living, hiking and cycling in the Dundas Valley.

Board Meeting Schedule

The St. Joseph's Hamilton Joint Boards of Governors meets on the last Thursday of every month (no meetings in July and August and exceptions noted). Meetings begin at 3:30 pm (Open Session) in the Dofasco Boardroom, Charlton Campus, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

Board Policies and By-Laws

Copies of the JBG Governance Policies and By-Laws are available at: 

St. Joseph's Hamilton Joint Boards of Governors Policies and By-Laws


Public Attendance Process

The JBG conducts its meetings in open, closed and in-camera sessions. The public and staff are welcome to observe the open session of a JBG meeting to:

  • Facilitate the conduct of the JBG’s business in an open and transparent manner
  • Ensure the JBG and member organizations maintain a close relationship with the public, namely: the community, media, stakeholder groups
  • Generate trust, openness, and accountability

Open JBG meetings also provide a forum for members of the public to address the JBG concerning matters relevant to the organization. Individuals wishing to attend shall provide at least 24 hours notice by emailing Mrs. Fadia Voogd, Manager, Administration. The JBG may limit the number of attendees if space is insufficient.