Board of Directors

Learn about the OMA Board of Directors.

The OMA Board has the legal and fiduciary responsibility to manage the affairs of the corporation with a view to the best interests of the membership. The board of directors is responsible for managing the corporate affairs of the association and for making decisions that affect members in their professional capacity between General Assembly meetings.

Chair and vice-chair of the board

The directors will elect the board chair and vice-chair at the board meeting that will be held on June 17, 2021.

Vote in the Chair election

Vote in the Vice-Chair election

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Zainab Abdurrahman, MD

Mississauga

Zainab Abdurrahman, MD

Mississauga

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Dr. Zainab Abdurrahman (she/her) is an allergist and clinical immunologist practicing in the Greater Toronto Area mainly in Mississauga and works at McMaster Children’s hospital in Hamilton. Dr. Zainab Abdurrahman is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School and completed both her pediatrics training and her subspecialty training in clinical immunology and allergy at McMaster University. Dr. Abdurrahman is an assistant clinical professor adj. of pediatrics and a staff member on the Clinical Immunology and Allergy Subspecialty Residency Training Committee at McMaster University. She is also a physician peer leader with OntarioMD. Dr. Abdurrahman is a member of the Black Scientists Taskforce on COVID-19 Vaccination Equity, the Black Health & Vaccine Initiative in association with BPAO (Black Physicians of Ontario) as well as a member of the OMA Civility, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. She was a collaborator with BPAO in drafting the position statement on Black Health & the COVID 19 vaccines. She has also been part of the OMA Joint Governance Transformation Task Force (GT20), and the OMA Council Governance and Steering Committee. Dr. Abdurrahman was elected as the chair and delegate for the OMA Allergy and Clinical Immunology Section in 2018 and continued in these roles until she officially joined the board of directors. Dr. Abdurrahman is a member of the OntarioMD Educational Taskforce and is a Fellow in Training (FIT) curriculum supervisor with the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI). Dr. Abdurrahman is appointed for a two-year term.

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Sanjay Acharya, MD

Ottawa

Sanjay Acharya, MD

Ottawa

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Dr. Sanjay Acharya (ICD.D), based in Ottawa, Ontario, is an addictions physician with the Recovery Care Addiction Clinic and staff physician with St. Vincent Hospital’s complex continuing care. Dr. Acharya is also a staff physician with the QCH Pain Clinic and staff anesthesiologist with Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). Dr. Acharya is a board director for OMA Insurance. In 2020-2021 he served as the chair of the OMA Council, and as the elected local delegate to the OMA Council for the Academy of Medicine. Dr. Acharya is also chair of the local AFP Governance Committee. Dr. Acharya is appointed for a one-year term.

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Denise Carpenter

Toronto

Denise Carpenter

Toronto

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Ms. Denise Carpenter is an experienced c-suite executive, business strategist, board director and executive coach with broad experience in several business sectors. She has spent her career advocating for companies and governments on issues that matter most to Canadians and acting as a trusted confidant to senior executives and governments. Ms. Carpenter has worked within a variety of complicated business and governance structures and has led numerous efforts to create critical alignment with executives, board directors, management and other stakeholders. Through her ability to ask the right questions, respect diversity of thought, foster dialogue, and build consensus, Ms. Carpenter brings a diverse background and broad experience to the table. She is an early leader, SME and advocates for ESG. She established her formal coaching practice to enable leaders to grow and lead with clarity of purpose. Her business experience and coaching style enable executives to analyze issues, generate and test different courses of action, identify obstacles and move toward successful implementation. Recently building and delivering customized team optimization workshops and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion facilitated team discussions. Ms. Carpenter is currently a board member of Cashco Financial Inc, vice-chair of the board at Ronald McDonald House Charities, chair of the board EnerFORGE, chair of the board, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation, vice-chair and chair of the Audit Committee of Synergy North and chair of the board, Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, a social enterprise. She has served as a guest lecturer and executive in residence at the University of Alberta’s MBA program and guest lecturer at the Fellows Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. She has written and lectured widely on diversity of thought, governance as a business enabler and stakeholder relations. She is an active and accredited member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, The International Coach Federation and the International Women’s Forum. She has been honoured by Global TV as a Woman of Vision; by the YWCA as a Woman of Distinction. Her passion is exploring the world, its people and its cultures. She lives in Toronto and continues to travel widely. Ms. Carpenter is appointed for a two-year term. 

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David Collie

Glen Williams

David Collie

Glen Williams

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Mr. David Collie is the president and CEO of the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario. During his tenure, the ESA has been recognized as a leader in harm reduction outcomes, stakeholder and government collaboration and regulatory excellence. Mr. Collie holds an MBA, is a chartered professional accountant (an awarded “fellow”) and chartered director. He is a faculty member and the Energy Executive in Residence of the Directors College of Canada. He has written several articles and published two books on good governance and regulatory practices as well as presented at numerous conferences. He is also guest faculty at the Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies executive program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Collie has chaired the CPA’s National Certification Committee, the Electricity Distributors Association of Ontario, the United Way of Burlington-Hamilton and Plug ‘N Drive. He is currently the chair of the Governance Committee at Hamilton Health Sciences and a public member of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities of Canada. He has served on Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care working groups, conducted workshops for boards of health-care authorities and presented at numerous national and international conferences focused on health-care oversight. Mr. Collie and his wife live in Glen Williams and have two daughters who are both Ontario-based physicians. Mr. Collie is appointed for a two-year term. 

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Paul Conte, MD

Kitchener

Paul Conte, MD

Kitchener

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Dr. Paul Conte, based in Kitchener, Ontario, is the owner of the Laurentian Walk-in Clinic. Dr. Conte has served on the OMA Board in various capacities including chair and member of the OMA’s Governance and Nominating Committee. Dr. Conte is also a member of the OMA’s Governance Transformation Implementation Steering Committee. In the past, Dr. Conte has contributed to the development of the OMA through his membership of various task forces such as the Joint Governance Transformation Task Force (GT20), OMA Mission Vision and Values Task Force and the Board Charter and Workplan Task Force. Dr. Conte is appointed for a one-year term. 

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Cathy Faulds, MD

London

Cathy Faulds, MD

London

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Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Faulds, based in London, Ontario, is a staff physician with the Parkwood Palliative Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital and provides consultant palliative care in the London Middlesex community. Dr. Faulds is a member of the Provincial Primary Care Advisory Committee with the Ministry of Health and an investigations and resolutions assessor with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. A lecturer/physician champion, Dr. Faulds is an adjunct scientist and professor with the Lawson Health Research Institute and the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Medicine, and a peer reviewer for a variety of articles and stories. Dr. Faulds brings a wealth of governance experience from past roles such as serving on the board of the OCFP and CFPC, on the Negotiations Committee at the OMA and on the Technical Board at Accreditation Canada. Dr. Faulds is appointed for a two-year term. 

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Audrey Karlinsky, MD

Toronto

Audrey Karlinsky, MD

Toronto

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Dr. Audrey Karlinsky, based in Toronto, Ontario, is a founding partner of the Bellair Family Practice as well as assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, with the University of Toronto. Dr. Karlinsky has served on the OMA Board in various capacities including as the OMA director representing District 11, vice-chair of the OMA Finance and Audit Committee, member of the OMA Strategy and Transformation Committee, and member of the OMA Advantages Retirement Program Investment Committee. Dr. Karlinsky is also part-time staff with the Mount Sinai Family Practice and courtesy staff with Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Karlinsky sits on the board of governors of the Ontario Medical Foundation. Dr. Karlinsky is appointed for a one-year term. 

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Adam Kassam, MD

President and Officer of the Board, Toronto

Adam Kassam, MD

President and Officer of the Board, Toronto

2021-2022

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Dr. Adam Kassam works as a physiatrist and clinical associate at Runnymede Healthcare Centre and Athlete’s Care in Toronto. His clinical practice focuses on musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation, and he also serves as a faculty lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Born and raised in Toronto, the son of a Kenyan mother and Tanzanian father, Dr. Kassam was the first in his immediate family to graduate from university and become a doctor. Dr. Kassam is the youngest person ever to be elected as president of the Ontario Medical Association and is the first Ismaili Muslim and first physiatrist in this role. Dr. Kassam has a passion for bringing people together, engaging in meaningful discussions and making a difference. Dr. Kassam is proud and honoured to represent and advocate for his colleagues as the voice of physicians with health-care partners, elected officials and in the media. Dr. Kassam lives in Toronto with his wife, Naila, and their rescue dog, Lucy.

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Carmen Rossiter

Toronto

Carmen Rossiter

Toronto

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Ms. Carmen Rossiter (ICD.D), based in Toronto, Ontario, is currently focused on board and professional advisory work and is program director at the Centre for Governance, Risk Management & Control Excellence with the Schulich Executive Education Centre. She is a member of the Senior Advisory Panel to the Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, and is a member of the Audit and Conference Advisory Committees for CPA Canada. In the past, Ms. Rossiter has served on the audit committees of various public sector organizations such as Statistics Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and National Defence. She has also served on the Board of the Deposit and Insurance Corporation of Ontario where she was chair of the Audit & Finance Committee and member of the Risk Oversight Committee. In the health-care sector, Ms. Rossiter has served on the Board of Governors of the North York General Hospital, including serving as vice-chair. Ms. Rossiter is appointed for a one-year term. 

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Cynthia Walsh, MD

Ottawa

Cynthia Walsh, MD

Ottawa

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Dr. Cynthia Walsh is a Radiologist working at The Ottawa Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a residency in medical imaging at the University of Ottawa and a fellowship in abdominal imaging at Stanford Hospital. She has been on staff at the Ottawa Hospital as an Abdominal Radiologist since 2006. Her experience in the OMA includes two years as a board director, chair of the Diagnostic Assembly, and a D8 delegate. She is honoured to be re-elected for another term as a board director and pledges to work tirelessly to advocate for all Ontario physicians. Dr. Walsh is appointed for a two-year term. 

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Hirotaka Yamashiro, MD

Toronto

Hirotaka Yamashiro, MD

Toronto

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Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro, based in Toronto, Ontario, is a community pediatrician with a special interest in pediatric respiratory medicine. He is medical director of the Yamashiro Pediatric Clinic and is assistant professor and clinical adjunct lecturer with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto, as well as adjunct professor with the Division of Family Medicine at Queen’s University. Dr. Yamashiro has served previously in many OMA leadership positions, including Section chair of the Pediatrics Section from 2004-2014 and 2020-21, executive member of the Academic Medicine Forum, and a member of the Education and Prevention Committee. He is also a pediatrics peer reviewer for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Dr. Yamashiro is appointed for a two-year term. 

Officers of the board

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Samantha Hill, MD

Past President, Toronto

Samantha Hill, MD

Past President, Toronto

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Dr. Samantha Hill is the immediate past president of the OMA. Dr. Hill works as a cardiac surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Services. Prior to becoming president, she held several positions within the OMA, most recently as chair of the Surgical Assembly and MRAC Committee. A single mother of two, Dr. Hill is committed to caring for the world for all future generations through mentoring younger colleagues and active environmentalism. She continues to advocate for, and personally work on, advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Post-presidency, Dr. Hill looks forward to re-immersion in academia and clinical care, while continuing to use lessons learned through her OMA Board experience to help advocate for physicians and improve health care in Ontario.

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Rose Zacharias, MD

President-Elect, Oro-Medonte

Rose Zacharias, MD

President-Elect, Oro-Medonte

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Dr. Rose Zacharias, based in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, is a medical hospitalist and physician wellness officer with Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. Dr. Zacharias served as board director for the Ontario Medical Association from 2020-2021 and has served as a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee. She also is an emergency physician with 17 years of experience at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and currently working in Midland, Ontario at the Georgian Bay General Hospital.