The role of the Board is to provide governance for the organization through specific strategic objectives.
If you wish to connect with one of the Board Directors, please contact the CEO Office at 1-833-77-KERRY (1-833-775-3779) ext 90314.
Mary Lowe, Board Chair
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors as a General Director in September 2012, she also served as its first chair of the quality outcomes subcommittee of the board.
Currently, she is the Head of Communications for Restaurant Brands International, the owner of Tim Hortons. Previously, she was Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs at Unity Health Toronto – a health network including Providence, St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s Hospitals in Toronto. Mary is an experienced executive able to engage stakeholders, build trust, shared accountability and a commitment to change management. In her past role as Executive Vice President with Infrastructure Ontario, she managed the crown agency’s loan program, commercial projects division and communications teams.
Stephanie Ameis, Director
Dr. Stephanie Ameis is a Child Psychiatrist and Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Sick Kids and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She leads the Autism and Mental Health Clinic at CAMH, a clinic dedicated to providing assessment and care for children, youth and emerging adults with autism who struggle with mental health symptoms, including anxiety, depression, inattention, and hyperactivity. Her research focuses on using brain imaging to study the relationships between brain structure/function and behaviour in young persons with autism, and on using brain imaging methods to help develop treatments to improve everyday functioning in persons on the (autism) spectrum.
Stephanie has a passion for improving care, access to high-quality services and resources for young people. She is particularly interested in efforts to support successful transitions into young adulthood for youth. Stephanie is proud to be connected to Kerry’s Place and to bring her clinical care experience and research background to the Board.
Jane Bullbrook, Director
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2016, Jane is a parent of a special needs young adult, living in Oakville. Her law practice focuses on wills, trusts and estate law for the special needs community.
Jane has served on the Board of Directors of STRIDE, a Halton agency helping persons with mental health issues gain employment. She currently sits on the Community Living Burlington board of directors, learning about the challenges social service agencies face. Jane attended governance training through the United Way and the DeGroote school of business. She has sat on committees in the area of governance, risk, ethics, and human resources.
Garry Chan, Director
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2017, Garry brings with him a personal connection to ASD and professional skills in IT, Finance and not-for-profit governance.
Garry is a technology entrepreneur with a passion for building early stage businesses. For over 15 years, Garry was a founding Managing Partners at Procase Consulting Inc., building the IT professional services company from 3 employees to over 80 in Canada, United States and China.
Enza Dininio, Treasurer
Elected to Kerry’s Board of Directors in 2019, Enza has over 20 years of experience in Finance with both public and private sector organizations. Enza is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition to having primary responsibility for managing the hospitals finances and developing financial strategies supporting the achievement of the Hospitals strategic plan, Enza has oversight for Aquatic Services, Centralized Equipment Pool, Procurement and Supply Chain. In her current role, Enza has championed the financial health of the hospital, lead numerous transformational initiatives in Finance, and co-lead accreditation readiness activities supporting leadership. Prior to moving to the health care sector, Enza held finance leadership roles in the financial services sector. Enza holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts specializing in Economics and Business from York University. Enza is a chartered professional accountant (CPA), chartered accountant (CA). Enza hopes to leverage her experience, network and financial expertise to meaningfully impact the lives of persons with ASD and their families.
Elected to Kerry’s Board of Directors in 2020, Phil brings to the Board extensive experience in commercial real estate, fundraising, and large scale business development.
During Phil Dowd’s career, he was a senior executive within the business publishing market, as well as the commercial real estate brokerage business.
Phil is currently retired and along with his wife Diane splits his time caring for his grandkids, playing duplicate bridge, and fitness training.
Vicky McGrath, Director
Elected to the Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in August 2021, Vicky is the owner of Here to Help Home Care Services, serving elderly clients and their families across York Region.
Vicky’s career includes twenty years in policy and program development in the government sector before making the jump to business ownership in 2016. She volunteers extensively and has been Chair of the Advocacy Committee and a Director for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, membership committee for the Stouffville Chamber of Commerce, at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Southlake Hospital. She has volunteered on the Kerry’s Place Adult Advisory Committee and has been an Ambassador for Autism Canada.
Vicky has an undergraduate degree from Trent University and a master’s degree from Cambridge University. She is also a runner and triathlete, having completed several marathons, half marathons and triathlons including several half Ironman distance and full Ironman distance triathlons.
Brian Ritchie, Director
Elected to the Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in August 2021, Brian is the Founder and CEO of an Indigenous Artificial Intelligence company, Kama.AI, the developer of a patented Designed Emotional Intelligence™ AI platform that supports automated, personalized conversational interaction.
Prior to his own company, Brian held VP and Director level business development positions with Ericsson, Oracle and ZTE, focusing on delivering telecom and IT solutions to Canada’s tier 1 and 2 communications and internet service operators.
Brian is a member of the Chapleau Cree First Nation and he is active in his community as a Director of several economic development corporations and a community trust for future generations. He possesses a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA but says that his most valuable education came from hunting, trapping and guiding with his Cree father in the family hunting and fishing business.
Brian is also on the Advisory Council for the Ted Rogers School of Management MBA Program at Ryerson and Lakehead University’s Ingenuity entrepreneurial incubator.
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2017, James is a Director & Portfolio Manager at Westcourt Capital Corporation. His previous role was Vice-President, Client Wealth Management at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, and prior thereto he was a Partner at Picton Mahoney Asset Management.
James holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and is a CFA charterholder. James and his family have had a personal connection to ASD and Kerry’s Place for over 35 years.
Jan Stewart, Director
Elected to the Kerry’s Place Board of Directors as a General Director in February 2018. Jan is a highly regarded expert in executive and Board search and assessment. After 25 years with the leading global executive search firm Egon Zehnder, where she served as Managing Partner of the Toronto Office, she joined the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University from 2016 to 2021 as Graduate Career Coach of the graduate management programs. From 2015 to 2016, she also served as Special Advisor, Executive Programs at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder in 1990, she spent ten years with JP Morgan in New York and Toronto and previously worked in the non-profit sector. Her education includes a BSc with Distinction from Northwestern University, an MA in Deafness Rehabilitation from New York University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University. In addition to her professional career, Jan has extensive governance and advocacy experience in the mental health field. Highlights include nine years on the Board of Trustees at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, serving as both Chair of the Governance Committee and as Vice Chair of the Board. She has also sat on the Advisory Council of ACCESS Open Minds, as well as on the Advisory Board of LIGHTS, a partnership with Community Living Toronto that enables new housing opportunities for the intellectually disabled. Jan is the parent of an autistic son.
Karen Sullivan, Director
Elected to Kerry’s Board of Directors in 2019. With over 34 years of experience in seniors housing, Karen was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Chartwell Retirement Residences on March 15, 2020. Karen is responsible for operations and sales for Chartwell’s 191 retirement and long term care homes across Canada. Karen originally joined Chartwell in 2008 as the Executive Vice President, People, with oversight for the human resources and labour relations teams. Prior to joining Chartwell, Karen held progressive positions over a 21 year career at the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) including six years as their Executive Director. Karen is also a former VP Government Relations on the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care (CALTC). Karen is proud to be part of Kerry’s Place Board of Directors and making a difference in the lives of people with ASD.
Carobeth Zorzos, Director
Carobeth is Director of Launch Behavioural Health, a multidisciplinary clinic providing evidence based services to children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also Quality Assurance Officer at Dalton Associates, one of the largest mental health and wellness practices in Ontario. Carobeth is a Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders since 2001 in a wide variety of settings, including home and centre based applied behaviour analysis (ABA) programs, schools, residential treatment programs, long term care facilities, inpatient mental health settings, children’s aid societies, and rural and remote Indigenous communities. Carobeth has served on the board of directors for the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (2004-2010; 2011-2013), Autism Ontario (2014-2017), and was a member of the Ontario Autism Program Advisory Committee (2016-2018) and Ontario Autism Program Implementation Committee (2019 to 2020).
Robert Hart, Chair Emeritus
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors as General Director in November 2002 then elected Board Chair in October 2008. Founding member of Kerry’s Place Autism Services and Kerry’s Place Residential Services as well as Autism Ontario and Autism Canada. Former board member of Third Canadian General Investment Trust Ltd (a public corporation) from 2004 to 2011 and acting as Chair of the Governance Committee. Served as a board member of Spencer House (not for profit nursing home), recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and retired lawyer admitted as a Barrister and solicitor in Ontario in 1964 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982. Robert’s son has autism.