Kavita was the Executive Director of the South East Toronto Family Health Team (SETFHT) for 9 years where she led a number of activities including the development of a new four-storey clinic for the FHT, restructuring the Board of Directors from a physician-sponsored to a mixed Board and serving as the Executive Sponsor for the East Toronto Health Link. Under her leadership, SETFHT was awarded the Ontario College of Family Physicians Family Practice of the Year in 2012 and was the recipient of a 20 Faces of Change in 2015.
Previous to being appointed as AFHTO’s CEO, Kavita served on the Board of Directors for AFHTO since 2009 and was elected as the first non-physician President and Chair of the Board in 2012. Prior to joining SETFHT, Kavita was a Senior Program Consultant at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Primary Health Care Team where she participated in the policy and program development work for family health teams and primary care renewal.
Kavita graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and after working as a Public Health Nurse for 4 years, she returned to McMaster to complete her MBA, with a focus on Health Services Management and Marketing. In 2011 she completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and participated in the inaugural Toronto Central LHIN Rotman Mentorship Program. Kavita is also a Board Member of the Change Foundation, an independent health policy think-tank that works to inform positive change in Ontario’s health care system.
Yulia’s experience as a Program Coordinator at the OakMed Family Health Team has well prepared her for this role. Her involvement with policy drafting, strategic writing, program development, and on-line communication are the skills she is bringing to advance the work of AFHTO. Over the course of her career, Yulia built many productive collaborations with various stakeholders. Yulia worked with all the team members to implement the changes outlined in the Patients First Act. In addition to being a licensed optician, Yulia holds a Master in Health Management and a Bachelor in Health Studies.
Sombo’s role is to ensure the efficient operations of AFHTO and provide executive support to the CEO, Board, Finance and Governance committees. She brings to AFHTO extensive management and administrative experience from the non-profit co-operative housing sector.
Sombo’s career began as a Project Assistant with Tenants Non-Profit Redevelopment Co-operative, after which she worked as a Property Manager for Willow Glen Co-operative Inc. and Ujamaa Housing Co-operative Inc. She also worked as Co-operative Services Officer at the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (Ontario Region), where she provided management and organizational support to member housing co-operatives and collaborated with local federations in serving their members. She has also managed a small-scale accessories design business.
Sombo enjoys contributing her expertise to AFHTO to support our members in their delivery of quality primary care to Ontarians.
Paula has fulfilled diverse roles at AFHTO, from ensuring the smooth delivery of governance workshops across the province to her current position in communications and conference logistics. She has a MSc. in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also has years of experience working and volunteering in a variety of sectors, fulfilling roles from client relations to project coordination and is happy to bring this experience to AFHTO.
Karen is a recent HBSc graduate from the University of Toronto in psychology and health studies with an interdisciplinary focus on mental health both inside and outside of the classroom. Inside the classroom, Karen completed an honours thesis on cognitive biases in the boardroom decision-making context and conducted an independent study on student participation in the open access movement. As a 3M National Student Fellow, she was recognized for co-founding TEDxUTSC—the first campus-wide TEDx event at the University of Toronto—and as the founding editor of Minds Matter Magazine (MMM), U of T’s only interdisciplinary community platform focusing on student perspectives relating to mental health.
Bryn brings over 10 years of health care experience to the AFHTO team, having worked both regionally and provincially with senior level decision makers across all health care sectors. Over the past 5 years she has worked with the Local Health Integration Networks, most recently as a Senior Consultant at the LHIN Collaborative where she led multiple provincial initiatives focusing on primary care system integration, performance management and accountability, quality improvement, strategic planning, governance, implementing provincial strategy and promoting best practices. Prior to joining the LHINs, Bryn worked in a clinical environment providing cancer care and assisted in opening Canada’s first portable Radiation Therapy Treatment Unit. Bryn has a MHSc in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Health Executive (CHE).
Carol comes very well prepared to this role as she has extensive background in teaching and decision support capacity building. In addition to being a trained veterinarian, Carol holds an MSc in Epidemiology and is pursuing a doctorate in Quality improvement Knowledge, Beliefs and Behaviour. She has held senior roles in information management and was most recently the co-lead for the South West Regional Integrated Decision Support strategy.
Greg has 15 years’ experience as a data analyst and KTE specialist in health, policy and clinical settings. He specialize in information synthesis and knowledge sharing and has a proven track record of quality improvement through data and analysis in the health, clinical and financial sectors respectively. Greg came to AFHTO from Ontario HIV Treatment Network where he managed a monitoring and evaluation database accessed by over 120 community-based agencies on behalf MOHLTC – AIDS Bureau and Hepatitis C Secretariat and the Public Health Agency of Canada – AIDS Community Action Plan. Greg also worked as a Business Analyst with the British United Provident Association (BUPA) in London U.K., where he collaborated with physicians to analyze patient working claims, sharing outcomes and reports with health authorities to improve service and lower costs.
Laura has 5 years experience working as a Registered Dietitian within a variety of clinical settings including primary care clinics and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Most recently, Laura was Team Lead of the Nutrition Program at New Vision Family Health Team in Kitchener Ontario. During Laura’s career, she has successfully developed and implemented a variety of nutrition and wellness programs for patients and staff and has led quality initiative projects to improve patient outcomes. Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Human Nutrition and a Master’s degree in Applied Nutrition from the University of Guelph. She has a passion for health and wellness and improving the quality of life and health outcomes of patients.
Catherine has a diverse background in communication and customer service.
Catherine’s introduction to the health sector was with Hospice & Palliative Care Manitoba, where she worked as a communications assistant for two summers. She has also worked as a documentary program host and interviewer with Accessible Media Incorporated, and prior to that as a travel agent. She has considerable volunteer experience with organizations such as Pride Toronto, Luminato, and CultureLink.
Catherine first joined AFHTO as conference assistant in 2015. After this, she supported both the QIDS and Governance & Leadership Programs for two years, first as program assistant and then as program coordinator. She is now working with the QIDS team full time as project coordinator, while continuing to provide communications and customer service support.
Shilpa is an intern with AFHTO, as part of her Master’s in eHealth program at McMaster University. She brings to the team her academic, work and volunteer experience from primary care and hospital settings. Shilpa hopes to learn more and help bring forth quality improvement at the primary care level.