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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. Sonny Monzavi, 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 Chair of the Board of Directors for 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.

Mr. Adriaan Korstanje, Vice-Chair

Mr. Adriaan Korstanje is the current Treasurer of the JBG, and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton. Adriaan is General Manager, Human Resources at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC).  Adriaan Korstanje joined TMMC in 1990, after gaining Corporate Communications and Government Relations experience with a range of companies and institutions including Stelco, Canada Trust, Canada Post and DuPont.  He is also a member of the Mechanical Engineering Systems Program Advisory Committee at Conestoga College.

Ms. Lynn McNeil, Treasurer

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.

Ms. Melissa Farrell, SJHH President

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.

Dr. David Tonin

Dr. Laura Harrington

Dr. Jonathan Bramson

Dr. Margaret McKinnon, Research Lead (Mental Health & Addiction)

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.

Dr. Martin Kolb, Research Lead (Lungs & Chest)

Dr. James Douketis, Research Lead (FSORC)

Dr. Rick Austin, Research Lead (Kidney)

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. Anil Kapoor, Research Lead (Genitourinary)