25-Nov-2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
4100 Yonge Street, Suite 200
KPMG North York
Toronto, Ontario M2P 2H3

Greater Toronto Area Chapter
Paying It Forward: The Mentorship Continuum

November 25, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
KPMG North York Office
4100 Yonge St. Suite 200


Building professional capacity is the most effective way to ensure that Canadian health leaders change their own organizations and, ultimately, the health system. Mentorship is one way that the College supports its members to continue life-long learning and skill development.

Please join us to hear our panel of leaders share their mentorship experiences and insights into the many benefits of mentor/mentee relationships.  The CCHL National Mentorship Program will also be showcased.


  • Ms. Safia Ahmed, Executive Director, Rexdale Community Health Centre
  • Ms. Patricia (Trish) Barbato, Senior VP, Home Health & Business Development, Revera Inc.
  • Mr. Scott McLeod, CEO, Central West Local Health Integration Network
  • Mr. Altaf Stationwala , President and CEO, Mackenzie Health

Presenter and Moderator:

  • Ms. Sue Owen, Senior Manager, KPMG and Vice-Chair, CCHL Board of Directors

Taxes included
CCHL Member
Student Member
EHL Member *


*Note: Only paid EHL Toronto members are entitled to this rate. For more information about EHL Toronto membership, visit ehltoronto.ca/2014-membership/become-a-member

Safia Ahmed - In the last 20 years Safia Ahmed held various positions in the public and not-for-profit sectors, with the last 15 years in leadership roles.  Safia continues to work within the Toronto Community Health Centres leading inter-disciplinary teams offering clinical services, health promotion, capacity building and community development initiatives and Pathways to Education program.  She is currently the Executive Director of Rexdale Community Health Centre.

Prior to 2008, Safia was the Director of Primary Health Care at Parkdale Community Health Centre, District Officer with Ombudsman Ontario and Manager of Finance at Nellie’s Shelter for Women and Children. Safia also worked with The United Nations Development Programme as a Programme Officer.  Safia continued to volunteer with Nellie’s as the Board Treasurer for two years and as the Chair of the Board of Directors for three years.  She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Rexdale Community Hub and sits on the City of Toronto Social & Health Supports Subcommittee.  Safia earned a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C.  She has a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Humber College and is currently working on a Masters in Public Health at the University of Alberta. 

Trish Barbato is Senior Vice President, Home Health and Business Development for Revera Inc. In her role, she is responsible for the operations and growth of Revera’s home care and retirement division and leading business development initiatives. Previously, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of COTA Health, a leading community care provider specializing in mental health and rehabilitation services.  Ms. Barbato was also Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer of Providence Healthcare and Managing Director of Bayshore Healthcare.

Ms. Barbato is author of the book Inspire Your Career: Strategies for Success in Your First Years at Work and a frequent speaker on career related topics. Ms. Barbato is a Chartered Accountant, Certified General Accountant and holds an Economics degree from the University of Waterloo. She recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for 25 years of service to Big Brothers Big Sisters and admitted as a CGA Fellow.

Scott McLeod has over 25 years of health care management and planning experience in a variety of heath-care settings, including hospitals and regional health authorities in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Scott is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) one of 14 LHINs in the Province of Ontario. As CEO, Scott is responsible for providing strategic leadership to a professional team to plan, fund and integrate health services within the Central West LHIN. The Central West LHIN funds 53 Health Service Providers with a total transfer payment of approximately $900 million.

Prior to his current role, Scott was the Vice President of Strategy and Business Transformation at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga. As a member of the Senior Team, he was accountable for the overall results and performance of a portfolio of departments including Strategy and Program Planning, Strategy Management Office, Emergency Preparedness, Research and Evaluation, Redevelopment, Communications and Marketing and Regional Ethics Program.  Scott has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.

Altaf Stationwala was appointed President and CEO of Mackenzie Health in November 2010. Prior to joining Mackenzie Health, Altaf held the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital.   Before joining Mount Sinai Hospital, he was Site Executive – Brampton Civic Hospital and Vice-President, Patient Services at the William Osler Health Centre. 

In 2007, Altaf was presented with the Canadian College of Health Leaders Canada's Outstanding Young Health Executive of the Year Award. He has a diverse educational background with undergraduate degrees in Economics, Geography and Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. Altaf is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and is also a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to  1.25 Category I  credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.