Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Don McDermott – Chair

Phil Nightingale – Treasurer

Garry Male – Secretary

Wayne Martin

Randalin Ellery

David Hong

Geetha Van den Daele

Joel Best

Chris Merchant

Dorothy Bakker

Shannon O’Neill (Young Professional Onboard)

2019-2020 Board Member Profiles:


Don McDermott is a former hospital CEO, most recently with St. Joseph’s Health Care, Sarnia. Don is an Executive-in-Residence with Capacity Canada where he provides board and director education, as well as helping executives become directors on not-for-profit boards.  Don and his wife Joan are principal consultants with BoardSupport.ca.


Philip Nightingale is currently Senior Director of Finance at McKeil Marine, a leading marine transportation and project services business.  He was previously Executive Director, M&A Advisory at Deloitte.  He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV).


Garry Male completed thirty years of policing in January of 2018, retiring as an inspector with the Guelph Police Service.  Garry was Co-chair of the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy for six years.  Garry is now the Manager of Campus Community Police at the University of Guelph and proud to have been a CHC board member for the past five years.


Wayne Martin is a retired (2006) veterinary epidemiologist (Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph) and the founding Chair of the Department of Population Medicine within the Ontario Veterinary College. Wayne served as Departmental Chair for 10 years and mentored over 50 MSc/PhD students during his career.  He has consulted nationally and internationally since retiring.  Wayne was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Scientists, in 2006.  More recently, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland (2016); and the Alumnus Achievement Award by his doctorate Alma Mater, the University of California (2019).


Geetha Van den Daele combines her knack for collaboration, research, and evaluation in ways to capture and amplify collective learning and insights. Geetha has over 10 years’ experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods, with a special focus on participatory and community based practices. She is a credentialed evaluator and a professional coach, with extensive experience in designing and conducting surveys, interviews, focus groups, and conversations for local, municipal, provincial, and national initiatives.


David Hong with a passion for understanding people and organizational effective, capacity and capability, David has been working in the HR field for over ten years.  Currently, David is the Vice-President, Customer + Employee Success at OCAS, the main application centre and shared services organization for Ontario public colleges, overseeing Customer + Product functions as well as HR functions.  Prior to OCAS, David worked in the Tech industry at BlackBerry through times of significant change. David is a graduate of the University of Guelph and believes in community well-being as a foundation for a sustainable future.


Randalin Ellery is the Director of Data Impact and Policy at the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. In this role, she is responsible for data infrastructure and visualizations, data and impact analysis, continuous improvement, knowledge exchange, and policy development across the CAEH, including Built for Zero Canada and Training and Technical Assistance. Randalin came to this role after ten years coordinating the Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination. Randalin is guided by a deep commitment to the principles of equity, inclusion, social justice, and using an evidence-informed approach. She lives in Guelph with her two children.


Joel Best currently works as an Information Technology Manager at the University of Guelph. He has extensive experience in the areas of information technology, project management, and business analysis. He joined the GCHC board as part of the Young Professionals on Board program in 2018.


Chris Merchant began his career with Linamar Corporation in October 1999. He has held the position of Vice President, Global Finance since October 2011. He is responsible for the overall finance function of all operational and support service business units within the organization. His role supports financial reporting, strategic planning, strategy execution, talent recruitment and development as well as compliance. He has been at the forefront of the continued growth of Linamar Corporation, having a key role in a variety of acquisition, innovation and growth initiatives.

Mr. Merchant obtained his Honours Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Laurentian University and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.


Dorothy Bakker is a family physician who graduated from McMaster’s Family Medicine Residency in 1992.  She has practiced in a variety of settings including rural family practice, university student health and immigration medical examination. She is an Associate Clinical Professor and the Assistant Dean of McMaster Community & Rural Education and received the OCFP Regional Family Physician of the Year Award in 2015.  Since the death of her son, Stephen, from a fentanyl overdose in 2017 she has advocated to reduce stigma and improve supports for those struggling with addiction.


Shannon O’Neill recently obtained her CPA, CA designation and is currently employed as a manager at RLB LLP. She works mainly with small to medium sized companies who are looking to grow their businesses and spends most of her time specializing in assurance and tax planning. She is joining the GCHC board this year as part of the Young Professionals on Board program.

Upcoming Board meeting: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 6:00-8:30 pm. To be held virtually. Contact bbaker@guelphchc.ca for information.

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