About the Ontario Medical Foundation
The Ontario Medical Foundation is the charitable arm of the OMA.
Established in 1967, the foundation was created to engage in charitable activities in the field of medicine.
Through the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund, the OMF had been largely focused on providing bursaries to Ontario’s medical students in need over the past 20 years.
With the significant transformation of the OMA and the medical profession, the foundation undertook to re-align and re-focus.
With a newly approved mandate and strategic plan, the foundation will advance its transformation to become a modern, well-managed and successful philanthropic organization. Learn more about the transformation.
We engage and mobilize Ontario’s doctors to improve the lives of Ontarians through direct service, research and advocacy.
Physicians helping Ontarians.
Financial aid where it's needed most. Fairness. Responsibility. Innovation and excellence. Funded by Ontario’s physicians, corporations and sponsors.
OMF Board of Directors
Alykhan Abdulla, MD
Alykhan Abdulla, MD
Dr. Alykhan Abdulla is a comprehensive family doctor and a palliative, sports, cosmetic and travel medicine consultant. He is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine and an Academic Consultant - Level 1 in the Faculty of Nursing. He mentors health sciences students, medical students and family medicine residents and organizes educational events for doctors.
Dr. Abdulla was awarded the Family Physician of the Year for Eastern Ontario in 2008 by the Ontario College of Family Physicians, He was also the recipient of the Faculty of Medicine Professionalism Award by the University of Ottawa in 2020, the OMA Advocate for Students and Residents Award in 2020, and the United Way Community Builder Award in 2009. He also received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
Dr. Abdulla is past chair of the OMA Section of General and Family Physicians and OMA District 8 and past president of the Academy of Medicine Ottawa. He holds a master’s certificate in leadership from the Schulich Business School and a Canadian Certified Physician Executive in Health Care designation from the CMA. He completed NFP governance training at the Rotman School of Management and has an ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP) designation from the Rotman Business School/Institute of Corporate Directors.
He is a board director at the Bruyere Foundation and has served on boards at the Eastern Ontario Regional Lab Association, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Physician Services Incorporated, eHealth Connecting Ontario for Eastern Ontario, the Shepherds of Good Hope, Make A Wish Foundation, Carleton University Migration and Immigration Studies, and the ESO-OHT Primary Care Table.
Dr. Abdulla is an expert in strategy, complexity science and disruptive innovations. He strives to achieve quintuple aim (better health, better experience for patients and caregivers, lower costs, improved work-life for staff and equity) in all disciplines and empower those around him. Dr. Abdulla provides interviews to the media and had a show on Rogers TV called Med Talks. He enjoys travel, badminton, ballroom dancing, public speaking and is a published poet.
Sarah Bryson, MD
Sarah Bryson, MD
Dr. Sarah Bryson is originally from Halifax and resides in Toronto. She is a proud graduate of Dalhousie Medical School. Prior to medicine, she completed a master of science in global health at McMaster University and continues to have an interest in supporting vulnerable populations.
Dr. Bryson completed her residency training in family medicine from McMaster University and is now practicing in Toronto. Outside of medicine, she is a fitness enthusiast and avid cook.
Dr. Bryson looks forward to contributing to the fantastic work of the Ontario Medical Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
Collie and his wife live in Glen Williams. They have two daughters, both of whom are Ontario-based physicians.
Janet Lambert has been a health-care leader in the charitable sector as national director at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, in trade associations as CEO at BIOTECanada and in the not-for-profit sector as COO at Canadian Executive Service Organization. She started her career with progressive private sector experience in the pharmaceutical industry at GSK, Roche and Pfizer. Lambert’s board experience includes the Ontario Science Centre, the Canadian American Business Council, Queen’s University Council, Life Sciences Ontario and many local charitable organizations. She has board and advisory expertise in strategic planning, governance, government relations, fundraising, health research, and Indigenous relations. Lambert received undergraduate degrees in biology and kinesiology from Queen’s University, an MBA from Ivey Business School and completed the ICD.D. designation from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Lambert is bilingual in English and French.
Lisa Lefebvre, MD
Lisa Lefebvre, MD
Dr. Lisa Lefebvre practices addiction medicine across Ontario and is an associate medical director in the Ontario Medical Association’s Physician Health Program. She holds the rank of assistant professor in the departments of family and community medicine and psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lefebvre completed her medical degree at McGill University and her residency and master of public health degree at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Lefebvre has a long-standing passion for giving back to her community, previously serving as a delegate to both the Ontario Medical Association Council as well as that of the Canadian Medical Association. In her role as president of the Medical Staff Association, she acted as a board director at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as well as for the Village Family Health Team in Toronto.
Dr. Lefebvre has been involved in medical education throughout her career, previously holding the position of program director for the University of Toronto’s addiction medicine fellowship and continuing to teach fellowship-level trainees. Dr. Lefebvre is the immediate past chair of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine’s Education Committee and is co-chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ Practising Well Program.
Outside of work and volunteering, Dr. Lefebvre is an avid hiker, snowboarder and needlecrafter who enjoys spending time outside the big city with her husband and two children near Georgian Bay.
Gilles LeVasseur is a university professor in business and law at the University of Ottawa. Over the past 30 years, he chaired several national organizations, including the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Ottawa Chamberfest, the Coop Movement in Ontario and the federal Court Challenges Program. He also has extensive experience in the world of foundations and fundraising, chairing and serving on four provincial foundations. For 25 years, LeVasseur served as a federal senior civil servant responsible for strategic policies, legal prosecutions and enforcement, including managing several complex projects and initiatives as well as the drafting of legislation and regulations.
LeVasseur has published 14 books on law (Canadian Business and Constitutional Law), business (Leadership and Governance, Entrepreneurship) and social issues (Battle of Vimy, The Ottawa Senators: The Triumph of Determination). He was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve on professional corporations involved in accounting, governmental regulatory bodies and enforcement of legislation. As a public representative of the Crown, he provided governance and legal perspective in the merger of three professional accounting professions in Ontario and transformed the Board of Funeral Services into a new provincial public body. He also was appointed to the Human Rights Legal Support Centre Board and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario Board.
LeVasseur received several awards for his contribution to Canadian society and leadership, including a Senate 150th Anniversary Medal, the Order of Ontario, the Order of Ottawa, the Queen’s Jubilee medal, the 50th and 60th Ordre de la Pléiade (Officier & Compagnon), the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Heritage and Trust, and the Law Society Medal. Other awards are from professional regulatory bodies in Canada and the United States, including the Canadian Forces’ Decoration and the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Neil Maharaj, MD
Neil Maharaj, MD
Dr. Neil Maharaj is a respirologist who currently practices in Niagara Falls. He received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa and obtained his subspecialty training in respirology at the University of Saskatchewan. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of medicine at McMaster University, Niagara Regional Campus, where he is also an active staff member at St. Catharine’s General Hospital at Niagara Health Systems. He maintains a very active respirology practice where he cares for patients with a wide variety of diseases of the chest such as asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and tuberculosis.
Dr. Maharaj is a strong advocate and serves as the chair of the Section on Respiratory Disease for the Ontario Medical Association. In this capacity, he is active in representing Ontario’s more than 300 respirologists in advancing improvements towards better patient care for patients with respiratory diseases.
Throughout his 12 years of experience, Dr. Maharaj has worked in many different locales in Canada, ranging from northern Ontario to Saskatchewan to Nunavut. These diverse experiences have instilled a very strong sense of community and commitment towards better equity in health care for Canadians.
Dr. Maharaj is committed to promoting and advancing the many strengths of greater equity, diversity and inclusion within the medical profession and society at large. Together, with the Ontario Medical Foundation, he looks forward to advancing these goals.
Albert Ng, MD
Albert Ng, MD
Dr. Albert Ng was a department chair at Windsor Regional Hospital for 14 years and is currently a medical director at two long-term care facilities. He is a past president of the Essex County Medical Society.
Regionally, he has served on the board of the Ontario Medical Association from 2013-2017 and again from 2019-2021. At the OMA, he has served on almost all of the committees over the years.
Dr. Ng has served on the board of the Canadian Medical Association from 2016-2019. Also at the national level, he has served on the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools since 2018, and has chaired it since 2019.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Ng has served as the president and chair of the board of a charity organization, the Essex County Chinese Canadian Association, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Essex Golf & Country Club in Windsor.
To supplement his experience in leadership and administration, Dr. Ng obtained a master’s certificate focused on physician leadership from York University - Schulich School of Business in 2015, and has completed the Rotman School of Management, Governance for Not-For-Profit Organizations (2013) and Board Oversight of Strategy (2021) programs. He is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management/Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program and received his ICD.D designation in 2018.
Dr. Ng’s areas of passion include understanding strategy and innovation, especially disruptive innovation, complexity science, and the development of social networks in health care. His vision is focused on the intersection of social responsibility and maximizing impact through innovation. His mission is to improve the lives of those around him.
Jo-Ann Sobie is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a bachelor of applied sciences. She has dedicated her career to improving the health and wellness of Ontarians, through her many roles in the not-for-profit sector — as change agent, advocate, spokesperson, fundraiser and chief motivation officer.
Sobie has provided leadership to organizations focusing on a broad spectrum of health-care issues, including arthritis, asthma, muscular dystrophy, hemophilia and spinal cord injury. She has partnered with health-care professionals, researchers, patients and donors.
Sobie was executive director of the RTOERO Foundation prior to her retirement in 2020. Working with the board of directors and partnering with the RTOERO and its membership of retired educators, she led the young foundation through a process of strategic partnership development and revenue growth that transitioned it into a more impactful partner and funder of aging-related research.
Sobie looks forward to being a new member of the Ontario Medical Foundation Board of Directors, applying her experience in organizational development — along with a depth and breadth of knowledge in strategic planning, board development, financial planning, donor-centred fundraising and operational effectiveness — to support the new strategic direction of the foundation.
Sobie currently lives mid-town Toronto with her husband, daughter and their two dogs. During her career, Sobie spent some time working in the field of global security, which has resulted, now that she is retired, in her becoming a fervent student and follower of global geopolitics.