SHN welcomes new chair of the board

We are pleased to introduce Matt Ainley as the new chair of Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Board of Directors. The announcement came following the hospital’s 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held virtually on Thursday evening, June 3.

“We’re excited to welcome Matt as the new chair of the Board of Directors,” says Maureen Adamson, who has completed her four-year term as chair and will be leaving the SHN Board of Directors to pursue new opportunities. “Matt brings to this leadership role, not only familiarity with SHN due to his time on the board, but also has recognized experience in leadership roles,” Adamson adds.

Ainley says, “The board thanks Maureen for her outstanding leadership and contributions to shaping care in Scarborough  — guiding SHN as we initially came together as one connected network and more recently as we faced the challenge of a global pandemic.”

Ainley adds, “Maureen has worked hard as board chair to create a culture of accountability, quality and dedication to patient care, and in the effective use of taxpayers’ dollars throughout our network. I’m looking forward to working with the board, the senior leadership team, our physicians, professional leaders and all staff to build on this legacy.”

About Board Chair Matt Ainley

Matt Ainley has over 40 years of experience in the Canadian construction industry, retiring in 2017 having held senior leadership positions with Bird, Carillion and Vanbots Construction. He began his career as a superintendent and has held positions as a project manager, chief estimator, Executive Vice President and President and Chief Operating Officer. Matt is currently Chair of the General Contractors Alliance of Canada and is a past Chair of the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) in 2006/07. He was the recipient of the 2011 Chairman’s Award of Recognition from the OGCA, which honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the general contracting industry in Ontario and the 2018 Giffin Award from the Toronto Construction Association, which recognizes leadership and major contributions to the construction industry.

Matt graduated from Centennial College as an Architectural Building Technologist. He completed the Executive Master of Business Administration Program at Queen’s University and the Directors Education Program.

SHN’s 2021-22 Board of Directors

The AGM, which was open to the public, also saw the addition of three new members to the hospital’s Board of Directors, plus the re-appointment of Gabriel Granatstein, Michele Goddard, Ome Jamal, Lianne Jeffs, Jay Kaufman, Gale Rubenstein, Krishan Suntharalingam, Karen Webb — who has assumed the Vice-Chair role, and Ruth Woods.

SHN recognizes and thanks its outgoing board members Maureen Adamson, Yazdi Bharucha, Graeme McKay and Richard Wong for the dedicated service to the hospital and community.

New board members

SHN is pleased to introduce the following new Board Members:

Al Keil

As Senior Partner and Executive with Lifeworks (formerly Morneau Shepell), Al has extensive experience and expertise advising Board committees in healthcare and financial institutions on risk management, governance, strategy, financial and policy matters regarding pension, investments, and employee benefits.

Al has been a resident of Scarborough for more than 45 years, and also volunteers with the Association of Canadian Pension Management and the Knights of Columbus.


Joseph Lo

As Partner, Value Creation – Private Equity with PwC, Joseph is a seasoned board director and business executive. He works with investors and portfolio companies through all stages of the deal lifecycle, applying an operator’s lens to creating long term value. He has led transformative growth, turnaround and value creation initiatives in public and private company contexts as a CEO, an executive and a consultant.

Active in the community, he serves on the boards of the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto and Canadian Club Toronto, and is a member of Young Presidents Organization. Previously he served on the corporate boards of Bell Technical Solutions and Movati Athletic.


Abhimanyu Verma

As Partner, KPMG Canada Financial Institutions Audit Practice, Abhi applies his financial, business and governance acumen to his passion for the community. From his role as a coach and mentor for new immigrants through Toronto Region Immigrant Employment council (TRIEC), to his board member positions on Community Mircoskills and the Toronto Rehab Foundation, Abhi brings learnings from years of experience in corporate board rooms and working on boards of not-for-profit entities, to his role as a director at Scarborough Health Network.


Al, Joseph and Abhimanyu will be joining their re-appointed colleagues, each bringing their own unique professional experience and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the community. To view the bios of all 2021-2022 Board of Directors, please visit: www.shn.ca/board-of-directors.