Extendicare

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 has a wealth of experience as a senior executive across a variety of industries, ranging from environmental services, logistics, renewable energy and telecommunications. Prior to joining Extendicare, he served as the Executive Vice President, CFO of GFL Environmental Inc. With 30 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.

David is a CPA, CA with a BA from the University of Western Ontario and MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and holds the ICD.D designation.

Steve Paraskevopoulos Senior Vice President ParaMed and Chief Technology Officer

Steve has a broad leadership career spent in the senior living, life science, and telecom industries. Utilizing more than 25 years of deep technology and operations experience, he brings a progressive approach to the business. Steve has led large-scale transformations that are anchored in a strong focus on the customer while achieving business results. He is well known for building organizations with a positive team-oriented culture and a strong sense of partnership that is systems enabled.

Prior to joining Extendicare, Steve was the Chief Technology Officer at Revera where he used innovative technology to drive value for both customers and employees. While at MDS Inc., Steve led product development and acquisitions to drive significant growth and transformation. Steve has a BSc (Hons) in Physics from McMaster University.

Leslie Sarauer Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Leslie is a key member of the senior leadership team responsible for our people and culture strategy. Leslie is a seasoned executive who has diverse experience from her time leading HR for large organizations and HR consulting. She leads Extendicare’s Human Resources team to enhance the services we provide to all of our operating divisions. In particular, Leslie will play a crucial role in helping Extendicare attract, develop, retain and deploy the talent we need to achieve our strategic objectives. Leslie completed a law degree and a BA in economics at Queens University.

John Toffoletto Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

A lawyer by training, John is an industry recognized business executive who has held a variety of strategic and operational roles focused on delivering quality and driving growth; he was most recently the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Enercare Inc. John has managed diverse portfolios, including Human Resources and Labour Relations, Government Relations and divisional operations, in addition to the legal function. John holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Toronto. In his role at Extendicare, John works with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board to improve processes and drive growth. He brings the full breadth of his experience to support management and to advance priority initiatives across the organization.

Bruce Wienberg Senior Vice President, Resident Care Operations

In his capacity as Senior Vice President of Resident Care, Bruce Wienberg provides leadership and strategic direction to the Extendicare long-term care division, the Extendicare Assist management and consulting services business and the Silver Group Purchasing services.

Bruce brings a unique and creative hospitality perspective to the seniors' care sector. He is passionate about driving improvements to the customer experience and building organizational processes that drive brand, loyalty and growth.

Prior to joining Extendicare, Bruce was the Vice President of Operations for Best Western® Hotels & Resorts, which he joined in 2003. He served in various roles including the Director of International Quality Assurance and Managing Director of Customer Care & Quality. In those roles, Bruce enhanced global brand standards, quality and guest satisfaction through assessment audits, quality assurance, brand identity and operational training for international Best Western hotels in more than 100 countries. He also managed the Customer Relations Department call centre and was responsible for quality assurance and consulting for all 2000 North American properties. In addition, Bruce led the company’s education and training efforts, guest satisfaction and social media feedback programs, district managers, global brand identity departments and the creation of the SureStay franchise brand which won the JD Power #1 ranking for guest satisfaction in 2020.

Previously, Bruce spent more than a decade in the hospitality industry in British Columbia, in a variety of roles including hotel general manager. His time was spent at properties that varied from branded full service hotels to boutique-style properties and condo/timeshares operations.

Originally from Kelowna, B.C., Bruce earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto and has been a Certified Hotel Administrator since 1998 and earned a six sigma green belt in 2008.

Dr. Matthew Morgan Chief Medical Officer

Matthew joined Extendicare in 2020 as its first Chief Medical Officer. He is focused on developing clinical strategies and coordinating their implementation organization-wide. Matthew works closely with our operations and quality leadership to implement standard operating procedures and clinical protocols that result in better outcomes for residents, clients and their families. Matthew manages our relationships with Medical Directors in Long-term care and works with the clinical team to strengthen medication management organization-wide.

Matthew has a proven track record of engaging physicians and front-line care teams in the design, delivery and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of clinical information systems used by clinicians to enhance the quality of care.

Matthew completed his medical training at Dalhousie University and University of Toronto and completed his Masters in Clinical Epidemiology with a focus on the evaluation of clinical decision support systems at the University of Toronto. Matthew is a Fellow of both the Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and the American College of Physicians.

Matthew has extensive experience as a health systems leader with a strong background in performance management, quality improvement and digital health. Matt was most recently the Vice President, Clinical for the Toronto Region of Ontario Health, and previously led the Office of Patient Experience and Outcomes at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Kathryn Bradley Vice President, Strategy and Performance

Working closely with the Executive Leadership Team, Kathryn facilitates the annual strategic planning process and helps ensure enterprise performance objectives, projects and budgets are in line with the corporate strategy. Prior to joining Extendicare, Kathryn was a Director in KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice where she provided strategic advice to clients engaged in M&A transactions. Kathryn is a Chartered Professional Accountant and she has an MBA from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster and a Bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University.

Lisa Pearson Vice President, Public Affairs

Throughout her career, Lisa has applied her broad private, public and not-for-profit sector experience to address complex public affairs challenges, understanding that success is often grounded in authentic stakeholder engagement. An innovative strategist and persuasive communicator, Lisa implements comprehensive communications strategies that are built through robust internal engagement, informed by rigorous review and research and guided by a compassionate, people-centric philosophy.

Lisa is an experienced leader and a trusted advisor to boards of directors, CEOs and executive teams. As a Managing Principal at Navigator, a leading strategic advisory and communications consulting firm, she developed and implemented successful public affairs strategies for many of the country’s largest companies. Previously in her career, Lisa held senior policy advisor and communications roles for the Government of Ontario and the Independent Electricity System Operator.

Currently, Lisa serves on the board of the National Ballet of Canada. She is a past board member and Chair of the Communications Committee for the Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation. Lisa holds an MA, Ontario Public Policy Analysis and Canadian Politics from McMaster University and a BA, Political Science and French from Bishop’s University.

Rhonda Chou Vice President, Long-Term Care Operations - Extendicare Assist

Rhonda is a passionate leader who has dedicated more than 25 years to transforming health care. Her career spans hospital operations management, finance, strategic consulting, business transformation and health care technology. Rhonda enjoys driving strategy execution to achieve results, and excels at building collaborative relationships and high performing teams. She will draw on her extensive experience in business development and providing superior customer service as she leads the Extendicare Assist division.

Prior to joining Extendicare, Rhonda was Managing Principal, Business Operations with TELUS Health where she focused on providing electronic medical record services and home health monitoring solutions to clinicians across Canada. She was a founder and partner with Courtyard Group, a health care consultancy with operations in Canada, the US and UK, and served on the Board of the Mississauga Halton Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).

Rhonda holds an MBA with a specialization in Health Services Management from McMaster University, a BScH in Life Sciences from Queen’s University, and is a Certified Management Consultant.

Maura Dyer Vice President, Talent Acquisition

A seasoned leader in the HR and talent management field, Maura has a wide range of experience as a senior leader in talent acquisition across various industries ranging from healthcare to telecoms and finance. Her areas of expertise include implementing employment branding, sourcing strategies, volume recruitment processes and recruitment in competitive industries. Maura holds a BA from York University and is an Associate Certified Coach. Maura also sits on the Boards of two not for profit organizations that provide services for children and people with disabilities.

Elaine Everson Vice President, Corporate Development

Elaine has had significant involvement in Extendicare’s development of seniors’ facilities in Canada and in the acquisition that expanded Extendicare’s Canadian home healthcare business. Elaine graduated from the 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).

Jillian Fountain Vice President, Investor Relations

Jillian has a long history at Extendicare 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).

Michael Harris Vice President, Long-Term Care Operations - West

Michael 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 has served as an Accreditation Surveyor with Accreditation Canada, and an Educational Consultant with the Canadian Healthcare Association. He also previously served on the Board of the Alberta Continuing Care Association. 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.

Lavernne Hudson Vice President, Property Development and Construction

Lavernne is a seniors housing industry specialist with over 30 years of experience in property development and construction management. Lavernne started her career at Extendicare. Following her time with us, she spent several years with Chartwell as Vice President, Assets and Project Management and she was most recently Vice President, Construction at Amica Senior Lifestyles. Lavernne rejoined us and currently leads our construction projects from design to completion, as well supporting the engineering team managing the homes maintenance and capital programs.

Katie LeMoyne Vice President, Information Technology

Katie is responsible for the IT strategy, enterprise architecture and applications, IT operations, and infrastructure to support Extendicare. Prior to moving into this role, Katie led the Transformation Program for ParaMed. Katie has held a number of health IT leadership roles in various sectors. She was a Principal at TELUS Health leading large-scale health system integration initiatives. Katie also spent several years in healthcare consulting in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. She has a BSc. in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ali Mir Vice President, 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.

Norman Quesnel Vice President, Labour & Employee Relations

Norm is responsible for leadership of Extendicare's Labour Relations strategy as well as oversight of all labour relations activities, including collective bargaining within Extendicare. Bringing nearly 25 years of broad human resources and labour relations leadership, Norm has a diverse background in multiple unionized sectors including manufacturing, retail and construction. Norm holds a certificate in collective bargaining from Harvard University, a labour arbitration certificate from Queen’s University and is also a certified executive coach.

Samer Abou-Sweid Vice President, Long-Term Care Operations, Ontario

Samer brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in academic and community health care, home and community care, and within private sector. Most recently, he served as the Vice President - Operations at Bluewater Health and has held senior roles at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital. He brings experience and a proven track record transforming culture and achieving exceptional performance through system-thinking, collaboration and leader empowerment.

Samer holds a BESc – Mechanical from the University of Western Ontario and a MHSc in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. He is also a Certified Health Executive and has a Green Belt in LEAN Six Sigma and a Black Belt in Six Sigma.

Samer is an active community volunteer and serves on regional and national boards focusing on primary care, community service, social justice, and youth empowerment.

Mark Trenholm Vice President, Finance

Mark has more than 20 years of experience, most recently as Director of Financial Reporting at a global TSX- listed company and prior to that, he served a variety of private and public company clients as a Senior Manager in the Assurance practice of PwC. Mark has extensive knowledge in all aspects of public company reporting, investor relations, tax, treasury as well as debt financings and insurance. Mark is responsible for our external and internal financial reporting, business unit management reporting, cash management and treasury functions.

Mark is a CPA, CA with a BA from the University of Windsor.

Rebecca Scott-Rawn Sr. Director Stakeholder Relations & Advocacy

Before joining Extendicare in 2008, Rebecca worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with a focus on seniors and long-term care. In her current role at Extendicare, Rebecca focuses on advocacy and government relations – specifically with regards to the redevelopment of our long-term care homes.