Janet Davidson, O.C.
President & CEO
Trillium Health Centre

Janet Davidson is President & CEO of Trillium Health Centre. She is a nurse and has a BScN from the University of Windsor and a MHSA from the University of Alberta. With over 30 years health care management experience in the voluntary, hospital and government sectors in Alberta, BC and Ontario, Janet is also a strong supporter of volunteerism and has spent over 30 years as a volunteer with the Red Cross/Red Crescent, including 10 years on the Boards of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.

She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Windsor. In 2009 and 2010 she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Janet serves on the Boards of ECHO: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario, the Health Insurance Reciprocal of Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. She is also incoming Chair of the Board of the Ontario Hospital Association.

Michelle DiEmanuele

Michelle DiEmanuele is President and CEO of the Credit Valley Hospital (CVH), a 427-bed community hospital providing quality patient care to the people of Mississauga and the surrounding region. CVH is known for its innovative, can-do spirit and provides regional leadership in the areas of clinical genetics, renal, maternal child care and oncology.

Prior to her hospital appointment, Michelle was Associate Secretary of Cabinet and Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) for the Government of Ontario from 2004 to 2008. During her tenure with the Ontario government, she held numerous senior leadership positions including Secretary to Management Board, Chair of the Public Service Commission, Deputy Minister of several Ministries and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, Centre for Leadership and Human Resource Management, Cabinet Office. Michelle led the renewal of public services through “Service Ontario” including the introduction of the first ever “Money Back Guarantee” for government services in North America.

In April 2007, Michelle served as Interim CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), where she initiated significant change focused on public accountability and the reduction of lottery fraud. Michelle led a renewal agenda that included the implementation of 177 recommendations contained in the provincial Ombudsman’s report on the OLG. This included the rollout of Ticket Checkers and the “sign your ticket” campaign. Prior to her 2004 appointment to the public service, Michelle was the Vice President of Branch and Small Business Banking, Retail Markets/Human Resources for CIBC. In this role she oversaw Branch banking and led the practice group that integrates several channels. In 2001 she was appointed to the position of Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Brookfield Properties Ltd, Canada’s largest commercial property management company. She was also responsible for the quality service and internal communication activities for Brookfield.

In 2006, 2007 and 2010, Michelle was recognized as one of Canada’s 100 most Powerful Women. Michelle was also recognized in 1999 as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40, and in 2005 was recognized as the most influential Top 40 under 40 in the past decade. Michelle was also the 2002 recipient of the Father Norm Choat Award, given annually to a distinguished graduate of the University of St. Jerome’s College for outstanding leadership in their professional and community endeavors. Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Waterloo in 1987 and her Masters of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1994 and has been accepted into the Harvard Executive Leadership Program for 2011/12.

Michelle is currently a board member on the Conference Board of Canada, Ontario Hospital Association and serves as Chair of the Advisory Council Ted Rogers School of Business Management Advisory Council at Ryerson University. She is on the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Civic Action group. She is also a member of the Advisory Council to the President of the University of Toronto Mississauga and the OHA Physician Provincial Leadership Council. Michelle served for six years a member of the Board of Trustees for the Greater Toronto United Way, as well as sitting on the 2010 Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Peel Region. She has previously served as a Director on the Toronto Port Authority, Casey House and The MS Society for Toronto and Ontario. She is a past member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council of Human Resource Executives, The Board of Trade Waterfront Task Force and a variety of other health and social service activities including participation in the 2002 Toronto City Summit and activities related to a “New Deal for Cities”. In 2002 she was a member of the Task Force on Community Space which released the report “Opening Doors” directed at increasing access to community space in Toronto.

Michelle has extensive experience in driving higher levels of financial and service performance through effective change leadership. She has expertise in human resources management, information technology, business process reengineering, stakeholder management, strategy development, government relations and operations. Her breadth of public sector experience has provided an excellent foundation for understanding regulatory environments and how the private sector can work effectively with government to achieve better outcomes.

Wong, Joseph Y. K.

Dr. Wong began his community work in 1979 when he was moved by the plight of the Vietnamese Boat People. He set up an organization to help Indochinese refugees get settled in Metro Toronto. In the same year, he led the Chinese Canadian community’s protest against a CTV program that portrayed Canadian students of Chinese descent as foreigners who took university places away from Canadians. CTV later apologized and Dr. Wong founded the Chinese Canadian National Council, a human rights group that promoted equality among all Canadians, which now has 29 chapters in different cities from coast-to-coast.

Since 1979, Dr. Wong has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for refugee relief, medical research, social services and geriatric care facilities in Canada. Answering to the appeal of the Canadian Red Cross, he has helped raise over one and a half million dollars for flood relief in China in 1981 and 1991, as well as in various famine relief for Ethiopia and Somalia in the early 1990’s. He led a campaign to help North Korean famine relief in 1997 and 1998, raising half a million dollars, and together with the matching funds from the federal government, shipped 8,000 metric tons of food grains to North Korea in May 1998. In 2001, Dr. Wong organized fundraising efforts in coordination with CFMT-TV and the Canadian Red Cross for the victims of the Indian earthquake.

Since 1982, Dr. Wong has been a key member in the multicultural transformation of the United Way to reflect the society. He served as Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Greater Toronto from 1990 to 1992 and Honorary Chair since 1994.

In February 1987, Dr. Wong launched a campaign to build a geriatric care centre offering culturally and linguistically appropriate service for the Chinese community. The 4.2 acre centre at the junction of Midland and McNicoll Avenues in Scarborough opened in October 1994. By November 2004, three other centres were built in Markham, Mississauga and Toronto, with a portion of the beds for other ethnic groups.

In June 1994, Dr. Wong helped found the National Movement for Harmony in Canada to promote mutual understanding and harmony amongst all Canadians. An important area of the organization’s work is to promote the concept of harmony in schools.

Dr. Wong co-founded an organization in 1997 called Canada ALPHA (Association for Learning and Preserving the History of WW II in Asia), working with 25 – 30 other groups in the world to fight for justice for victims of crimes against humanity during WW II in Asia.

Dr. Wong was born in Hong Kong in 1948. He came to Canada 20 years later and enrolled at Montreal’s McGill University, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. He went to New York to study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and opened his family practice in Toronto in 1982 after finished his post-doctoral training at the University of Toronto teaching hospitals from 1976 to 1981. Dr. Wong is married to Christine, a childhood friend, and has two sons, Steven and Michael.

Recognized for his humanitarian work, not only for the Chinese Community, but also for Canadians across the GTA, Dr. Wong has received the City of Toronto's highest honour, the Award of Merit, in 1986; and the Order of Canada in 1993.