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.
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.
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).
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 the Conference Assistant for AFHTO 2015 and is now the Program Assistant for AFHTO’s improvement programs. In this role, she provides project-management, communications, and customer-service support for the Quality Improvement Decision Support and Government & Leadership programs.
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.
Jamie comes to AFHTO with significant project management, change management and stakeholder engagement experience, along with excellent communication, positive relationship-building and dynamic leadership skills. Prior to joining AFHTO Jamie worked on some of the largest and most successful eHealth projects in the province. During this time, he has developed a passion for enabling primary care to leverage technology and data in order to excel at providing care to the people of this province.