Who we are - Staff




CHief executive officer 

Leslie Sorensen

| leslie.sorensen@afhto.ca

Leslie brings experience and a passion for high quality Comprehensive Primary Care and team-based models of care. She has extensive knowledge and experience in developing strategic, business and operational plans for Family Health Teams across the province, and working collaboratively with administrators, physicians, interprofessional teams and partners in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic and operating plans that align with the organization’s vision, mission and strategic directions. As an advocate for quality team-based patient and family-centred care, focused on enhancing patient, family and care provider experience, Leslie has had great success developing, implementing and evaluating high quality programs collaboratively with a range of partners.
Leslie has held executive positions with various health care partners and has worked with government and partners to develop policies, facilitate change and manage multi-million-dollar budgets. She has led initiatives focused on system performance, organizational accountability, and quality improvement in complex health care environments. 

Leslie acquired a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy that is complemented by a Master of Health Science in Health Administration and holds a Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.  She serves as a Director on a number of Boards including the Rekai Centres, the Community Ethics Network and Spectrum Health Care’s Foundation.
















Veronica Jiang


After graduating from the University of Windsor, Veronica worked in both not-for-profit and financial service industries. She gained experience in reporting and compliance requirements for not-for-profit organizations in the Association of Ontario Midwives and Junior Achievement of Canada. Also, she takes pride in providing the best fund valuation, investment information reporting, and revenue governance services to institutional investors through her employment at CIBCMellon. Over the years, Veronica expanded her expertise to the areas of corporate finance, budgeting and forecasting, financial investment instruments, and data management. She is a lifelong learner and her career ambition is to eliminate redundancy and manual input with the most cost-efficient technology.


Paula Myers


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.



Executive assistant and programs coordinator

Taryn Jacquard


Taryn joins the AFHTO team as the executive assistant and programs coordinator ensuring that the CEO, Board, and Director of Governance and Integration are well supported in their roles.  
She brings with her over ten years of experience working in not for profit, providing support to executives, boards, and national associations.  She has deep family connections to health care and is incredibly passionate about the well-being and availability of care to those in Ontario.  
Prior to joining AFHTO, Taryn ran her own business, offering administrative support to businesses and associations. 



Operations and Office Administrator

Alexander Christy

| alexander.christy@afhto.ca

Originally from British Columbia, Alex is a dedicated  health policy professional with an Honours Degree in Health Studies. Bringing experience in IT, project management and program coordination to the table, Alex has led various high impact projects. These projects include governance initiatives, building the resource library, and maintaining the ED mentorship program that AFHTO has started. Eager to bring his skills to a new challenge coupled with his passion for high-quality service delivery, Alex is confident in his ability to contribute meaningful change to AFHTO.

Connor Kemp

Project Manager and KTE Specialist

Connor Kemp


Connor began his professional career in the hospital sector at PRHC in decision support. His desire to work in primary care landed him in a QIDSS position in the Kingston area. He has been engaged in several primary care research initiatives, including a clinic efficiency and burnout pilot project. Connor’s interest in primary care research led him to pursue an adjunct position with Queen’s University, where he has spent the past year supervising students in a primary care placement. He is also collaborating with colleagues to design experiments for testing biometric wearables to aid the decision-making process for primary care providers. He wishes to expand this data-driven decision-making research in PC. Connor has a background in mechanical/materials engineering and spent much of his graduate time at McGill developing automated screening processes for biomaterials.