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Board of Directors


St. Joseph's Home Care Board of Directors

Ms. Lynn McNeil  (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.

Ms. Barbara Beaudoin (Vice Chair, JBG)

Ms. Barbara Beaudoin was an Automobile Dealer in the Southwest Ontario and Niagara Region for 31 years and is a member of the JBG. Ms. Beaudoin has served in various capacities on numerous Boards and Foundations in the Hamilton area for over 20 years, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and a recent graduate of the ICD.D program at Rotman School of Management.

Mr. Leo Perri* (Treasurer, JBG)

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.

Dr. Naresh Agarwal

Dr. Naresh Agarwal is Professor Emeritus of Human Resources at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. During his long career at McMaster, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses, supervised PhD students, and published research papers in leading academic journals in his field. He also held several administrative positions including Area Chair, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Chair of Faculty Grievance Panel, Chair of Senate-Board for Student Appeals, and Commissioner for Disclosure of Information and Protection of Privacy. Dr. Agarwal has been involved in many different professional and community activities. He has offered consulting services and management development programs to numerous private, public, and not-for-profit sector organizations. He has also served as Chair of Ontario Public Service Grievance Board and Board of Inquiry under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Dr. Agarwal was Chair of Board of Trustees of Hindu Samaj of Hamilton, Vice-President of India-Canada Society of Hamilton, and Vice-President of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Currently, he serves on Public Trust Committee of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada, Public Accounting Licensing Board of CPA Ontario, and Board of Examiners of Human Resources Professionals Association.

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.

Ms. Rose Vespa

Rose is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Previously, she held the position as Director of Library Services for the Mississauga Library System for 5 years and Rose was the Chief Executive Officer of the Brantford Public Library for almost 10 years.  Rose began her career as a children’s librarian; however, her twenty-seven-year professional career has encompassed work in a variety of public library settings throughout southern Ontario.

She earned her Honours B.A. in English/History and a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1991.Rose recently completed a Master of Public Administration from the University of Liverpool in the UK in December 2018.

Today she is focused on lending her expertise to public sector and not for profit organizations in the areas of governance, strategic planning and staff development.

Rose lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband and their twelve-year-old daughter and chocolate Labrador Retriever, Coco.

Mr. Toks Olaoluwa

Toks Olaoluwa is the Chief Privacy Officer & Director, Partner Strategy at Messagepoint Corporation. He is also responsible for the company’s global data privacy program. Being a software company with regulated tier 1 customers across Financial services, Insurance and Banking sectors, He has oversight for the compliance functions as it relates to the collection, use and disclosure of data. In his other portfolio, he leads the company’s effort for generating indirect revenue through the global channel partner ecosystem.

Toks is a Governor at Tyndale University, the Chair, Strategic Committee at The Didi Society. He is also a Board Advisor to technology companies such as Huckleberry and HealthSmart AI. In the past, he served as Chair, Community Mission Council at the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto with a focus on Innovation, Law and Technology, Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB), and Governance, Risk & Compliance Professional (GRCP) certifications

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.