Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Don McDermott – Chair

Phil Nightingale – Treasurer

Craig Robinson

Harpreet South

Dr. Dorothy Bakker – Vice Chair

Randalin Ellery

Joel Best

David Hong – Secretary

Wayne Martin

Chris Merchant


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.

Vice Chair:

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.


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).


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.


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).

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.

Craig Robinson is a registered Social Services Worker that started out his career working at Seaton House in Toronto. From there, Craig became very interested in harm reduction, substance use and viral management. Craig was invited to work at the Public Health Agency of Canada for numerous years and consulted for the region of Ontario on hepatitis C (HCV) community-based funding. This experience led Craig to work overseas in Nigeria and China where he continued to provide HIV and HCV coinfection technical consultation with local organizations and Centres for Disease Control (CDC). Recently, Craig has graduated from the Master of Health Evaluation program at the University of Waterloo and joined Thresholds Homes and Supports as the Extraordinary Needs Program Manager.

Harpreet South is currently the Vice President of Quality, Security, Health & Safety and Environment with a Fortune Global 500 company, with 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and supply-chain industries. Passionate about advocacy, Harpreet was previously on the Board of Directors of a non-profit anti-violence organization providing shelter and counselling for women. Harpreet is currently the executive sponsor of women’s professional leadership program, supporting women in achieving professional and personal success through development opportunities, networking connections and mentorship.

Upcoming AGM: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:00-8:00 pm. To be held virtually. Contact bbaker@guelphchc.ca for information.

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