Meet our leadership team.
Extendicare is fortunate to have one of the best senior leadership teams in the Canadian healthcare sector. Each team member brings unique experience and expertise that, when combined with the background of the other members, create the kind of leadership that inspires excellence throughout the organization and promotes better living for our residents and clients.
Dr. Michael Guerriere President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael was appointed Extendicare’s President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2018. As a member of Extendicare’s Board of Directors, he has a diverse background with over 25 years of experience in hospital operations, health management consulting and technology. He served for ten years as an executive in university teaching hospitals, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the University Health Network. He was a founding partner of Courtyard Group, a healthcare consultancy with operations in Canada, the US and UK. Telus acquired Courtyard Group in 2011, after which Michael was Chief Medical Officer, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Telus Health. Michael holds a degree in Medicine, and specialty training in Internal Medicine from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University.
Coming from a family tradition of dedication to patient care, Michael is passionate about improving our healthcare system and helping people live better lives by delivering quality care to a critical and growing segment of the population – seniors. Extendicare has a proud history of being at the forefront of senior care and he is excited to lead the Extendicare team as it builds on this legacy.
David Bacon Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
David joined Extendicare as Senior Vice President and CFO in April 2019. David has a wealth of experience as a senior executive in a number of industries, ranging from environmental services, logistics, renewable energy and telecommunications. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President, CFO of GFL Environmental Inc. With over 25 years of business experience in public markets, equity and debt financings, and mergers and acquisitions, David will play a key strategic role in driving Extendicare’s growth across the continuum of seniors’ care. David is a CPA, CA with a BA from the University of Western Ontario, MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and holds the ICD.D designation.
Elaine Everson Vice President, Corporate Development
Elaine joined Extendicare in 1985 and as of July 1st, 2015 was promoted to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She has responsibility for Extendicare’s financial matters and, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she plays a key role in Extendicare’s strategy development and execution. Elaine has had significant involvement in Extendicare’s development of seniors’ facilities in Canada and in the recent acquisition that expanded Extendicare’s Canadian home healthcare business. Elaine graduated from University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics. While working for a predecessor firm of KPMG, she obtained her Chartered Accountant designation (CA) and is also certified as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Michael Harris Vice President, Long-Term Care Operations
Michael Harris joined Extendicare in 2014 as Vice-President of LTC Western Operations. He is currently the Vice-President of Long-Term Care Operations. He has served in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario health and social service organizations, including in Provincial Director, Long-Term Care Operations; Regional Manager, Quality Improvement; Director of Educational Services; Director of Quality Management; and Site Executive Director/Administrator roles. Michael is an Accreditation Surveyor with Accreditation Canada, and an Educational Consultant with the Canadian Healthcare Association. He currently serves on the Board of the Ontario Long Term Care Association, and previously served on the Alberta Continuing Care Association Board. In addition to being a Fellow with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), Michael holds degrees from St. Francis Xavier and York universities as well as certificates in specialized quality-improvement programs from University of Manitoba and Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City.
Jillian Fountain Vice President, Investor Relations
Jillian joined Extendicare Inc. in 1988, as a member of the financial reporting department, and from 1999 to 2018 she served as Extendicare’s Corporate Secretary. Jillian graduated with a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. She holds a Chartered Accountant designation (CA) and is also a certified Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Gary Loder Vice President, Extendicare Assist and SGP Purchasing Partner Network
Since joining Extendicare in 1988, Gary has held a variety of positions including Administrator; Assistant Executive Director, Human Resources; Executive Director, Continuing Care; and Regional Director. During his tenure, he has also been part of the Extendicare operational team that commissioned a number of new homes for Extendicare and several new homes for Extendicare and Extendicare partners in Ontario. In 2009 Gary was appointed Director of Redevelopment and Consulting Services, and became Vice President of Extendicare Assist and recently Vice President of SGP Purchasing Partner Network. Extendicare Assist division is designed to focus on the management and consulting side of our business, including business development and redevelopment. SGP Purchasing Partner Network offers unique model that leverages collective national volume, a superior distribution/supplier platform providing value driven prices and cutting edge education/menu technology to achieve the best overall operational results. Prior to his work with Extendicare, Gary was a Labour Relations Consultant with the Newfoundland Hospital and Nursing Home Association, and Director of Human Resources with a long-term care home.
Mark Lugowski Vice President, Esprit Lifestyle Communities
Mark A. Lugowski joined Extendicare in March, 2016, serving as Vice President of Esprit Lifestyle Communities. In his role, Mark oversees all aspects of Operations, Brand Development and Service Delivery to the Esprit portfolio of Communities. Prior to joining Extendicare, Mark held a variety of progressive leadership positions in the Retirement Home Sector. Most recently, Mark served as Vice President of Operations Excellence and Service Innovation, and Vice President of Operations for Amica Mature Lifestyles. Mark has dedicated his career to the retirement living sector. Starting in a frontline position he has moved his way through a variety of roles at both the retirement community and corporate levels gaining valuable experience in retirement community management human resources and regional operations. In addition to his work in retirement community operations Mr. Lugowski has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Retirement Communities Association. Mark holds a B.A. from Dalhousie University, and an MBA from the University of Fredericton.
Ali Mir Vice President, ParaMed Operations
Ali Mir joined Extendicare in May 2019 as the Vice President of ParaMed Operations. A former McKinsey and Co. consultant with a focus on public and private sector transformation and growth strategies, Ali has served as Vice President at eHealth Ontario and was most recently a Managing Principal at TELUS Health where he managed the Health Outcomes, Analytics and Innovation agendas. Ali started his career as a Canadian Foreign Service Officer and served both in Ottawa and as a diplomat at Canadian embassies in Latin America and the Middle East. Ali believes deeply in community service and has served on the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association and currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Cancer Society. Ali holds an M.Phil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A (Hons) Economics from McMaster University.
Christina McKey Vice President
Chris graduated from the University of Western Ontario in the Honours Business program and then worked as an Audit Supervisor at a predecessor of KPMG, where she obtained her designation as a Chartered Accountant (CA). She is also certified as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Chris joined Extendicare in 1984 and held a variety of management positions in the Accounting and Human Resources departments before being appointed Vice-President, Human Resources in 1999. In 2016, Chris transitioned from the Vice-President, Eastern Operations position, which included oversight of all Extendicare owned homes in Ontario, to the Executive lead on Extendicare’s LTC redevelopment efforts in Ontario. Chris is also focused on furthering Extendicare’s relationship with each of the LHIN’s as Extendicare communicates our strategy to provide care and services across the continuum of care and align our services with the evolving seniors’ care market. Chris represents Extendicare on the Ontario Long-Term Care Association (OLTCA) Board and Advocacy Committee to further the interests of both Extendicare and the Long Term Care sector.
Tracey Mulcahy Vice President, Quality, Risk and Innovation
Tracey has been working in long-term care for over 20 years and has held numerous roles including Charge Nurse, Assistant Director of Care, Director of Care, Administrator, Regional Director, National Director of Quality and Director of Operations for Extendicare Assist. In May 2017, she was appointed as the Vice President, Quality, Risk and Innovation. In this role, she has responsibility for ensuring that quality remains a key focus in all of Extendicare’s operating divisions. Tracey has a Registered Nursing certificate from Georgian College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honours from York University. She also completed her Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management at Schulich Management Centre in 2015.
Brandon Parent Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Brandon joined Extendicare in May 2017. In his role, Brandon has overall responsibility for all legal matters affecting the company as well as a key role in strategy development and execution. He is also Extendicare’s Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Extendicare Brandon was a senior legal executive and business strategist helping grow enterprises of different sizes and maturity in a variety of industries, including, as Vice President and General Counsel of Centric Health and as a lead attorney within the corporate headquarters of Direct Energy - the North American arm of British Gas. Brandon began his legal career at Torys LLP after obtaining his law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1998.
Karen Scanlan Vice President, People and Culture
Karen is a seasoned professional, with over 15 years as a leader in Human Resources including extensive experience in a variety of service-based organizations. Starting as a consultant with a global HR firm, Karen has always appreciated the value of an inspired workforce and has devoted her career to building talent and engagement. She has a strong reputation for creating partnerships and is particularly committed to building robust relationships between HR and Operations. In her role as VP People and Culture, she leads our HR strategy with a clear mandate to support the development of an engaged, committed, qualified and cohesive workforce. Karen’s most recent position has been with Right To Play, a global organization that educates and empowers children in the developing world. She holds a BA with a background in adult education, and is finishing her Masters in International HR.