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Research / About Us/ Research Institute Governance

Research Institute Governance

Introduction and Welcome from Mr. Peter Tice, Chair, Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to welcome you to the Research Institute of St. Joseph's Hamilton website.. Our organization is guided by the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph who have provided us with the framework to continue their work. Their passion for healing, their dedication to all those we serve and their compassion for the poor and marginalized provide the inspiration for our efforts.

We are dedicated to providing our community with high quality, accessible and safe healthcare and work continuously to improve the results and outcomes for our patients and families. By focusing on the patient’s journey through our health system, from hospital to home or to long-term care, we consistently strive to eliminate barriers and gaps that occur in today’s health care environment.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton caring for the region of Hamilton with milestones, miracles and discoveries! From the first kidney transplant performed by Dr. Knight and Dr. Tsai in 1970, to opening Hamilton's first Youth Wellness Centre this year for youth to receive expert care for mental health and addiction issues, St. Joe's has earned a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments.

I look forward to working with all of our partners to improve the quality of care we provide.

Peter Tice,
Chair, The Research Institute of St. Joseph's Hamilton Board of Directors
Chair, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Joint Boards of Governors

 

 

The Research Institute of St. Joseph's Hamilton Board of Directors

Mr. Peter Tice, Chair

Mr. Peter Tice is the current Chair of the Hamilton Board Committee and the current Chair of the Board of Directors, The Research Institute of St. Joe's Hamilton. Mr. Tice is a lawyer in Hamilton and he has been a Board member (and in some instances the Chair) of many other community organizations, including The St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation, The Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, The United Way of Hamilton & Burlington, the Research Ethics Board for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton East. He is also a member of the Senate of McMaster University and a Director of the University’s Alumni Association.

Mr. Carl Santoni, Past Chair

Mr. Carl Santoni is the Past Chair of the Hamilton Board Committee (HBC), and the Past Chair of the Board of Directors, The Research Institute of St. Joe's Hamilton. Mr. Santoni is a successful entrepreneur in the Canadian software industry. In 2004 he was awarded the Diocese of Hamilton Medal of Honour for his work in his local parish. He has been a member of the St. Joseph’s Board since 1999, holding positions of Treasurer and Vice Chair of the HBC as well as Chair of various committees of the HBC.

Mr. Sonny Monzavi, Vice-Chair

Mr. Sonny Monzavi is the Chief Financial Officer of Pointe Claire Steel Inc., the current Treasurer of the Hamilton Board Committee, and the current Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, The Research Institute of St. Joe's Hamilton.  Mr. Monzavi has served on a number of local Boards including Past Chair, Junior Achievement of Hamilton Wentworth, Past Board member, Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc. (HECFI), Past Board Member and Treasurer, Wesley Community Homes, Past Chair, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member, Rotary Club of Hamilton Mountain. Mr. Monzavi is a Chartered Accountant.

Dr. Jack Gauldie, Scientific Director

Dr. Gauldie is a current member of the Hamilton Board Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors, Research St. Joseph’s – Hamilton, and holds the title of Distinguished University Professor and is Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. He is an internationally renowned scientist involved in studies of immunology and chronic inflammatory and infectious diseases. He serves on a number of national and international advisory boards for both government and industry and is currently Chair of the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board and a member of the Health Canada Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. David Higgins

Dr. David A. Higgins is the President of St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton and current member of the JBG, and sits on the Board of Directors, The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton. Dr. Higgins is also Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, McMaster University and is a Respirologist at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health. Prior to his appointment as President, Dr. Higgins held the positions of Chief, Department of Medicine and Chief of Staff at St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton.

Dr. Stephen Collins

Dr. Stephen Collins is the Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and is a member of the Board of Directors, Research St. Joseph’s  - Hamilton. He is also a member of the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine. As an active CIHR-funded researcher he is also a member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute and his research addresses the influence of intestinal bacteria on gut-brain interactions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Ms. Sera Filice Armenio

Sera Filice-Armenio is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation in Hamilton, Ontario, and is a member of the Board of Directors, Research St. Joseph’s - Hamilton.  In this role, she provides leadership and strategic direction to the Foundation’s diverse fundraising, donor relations and communications portfolio.  She is currently directing the largest fundraising campaign in the history of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton She is a graduate of McMaster University and holds a B.A., M.A. and M.B.A.

Mr. Ray Rocci

Mr. Ray Rocci is the Vice President of Cardi Construction Limited and Chair of the Quality Committee of the Hamilton Board Community, and Board of Director of Research St. Joseph’s - Hamilton. Mr. Rocci also holds the position of Chair of the St. Joseph’s Villa foundation Board. Previously, Mr. Rocci served as the Treasurer of the HBC for two years, as well as a member of the Finance Committee of the St. Joseph’s Villa Board of Trustees for nine years.

Dr. Rick Austin, Research Lead

Dr. Austin received his PhD in Medical Sciences from McMaster University. He also trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Genetics, Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Austin is currently a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He sits on the Board of Directors, The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton. He is also a Career Investigator of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO) and holds the Amgen Canada Research Chair in Nephrology.

Dr. Mark Crowther, Research Lead

Dr. Crowther is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Pathology and Molecular Medicine. He also is the Chief, Laboratory Medicine , St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation; Vice President of Research, St. Joseph's Health System; Scientific Director Research St. Joseph’s – Hamilton; and Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, McMaster University. Dr. Crowther's clinical activities focus on the care of patients with thromboembolic disorders, the management of complications of treatments for thromboembolic disorders and other hematologic conditions.  Dr. Crowther holds a Career Investigator award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Leo Pharma Chair in Thromboembolism Research at McMaster University.

Dr. Margaret McKinnon, Research Lead

Dr. Margaret McKinnon is Associate Co-Chair, Research, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a psychologist in the Mood Disorders Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and a member of the Board of Directors, Research St. Joseph’s - Hamilton.  Her research work, which focuses on patients with mood disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), has received funding from numerous federal agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Institute of Mental Health.