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Board of Directors, Governance and Policies

With a well-rounded, independent Board of Directors and a robust set of policies we call “the Code,” Sienna Senior Living adheres to the highest standards of governance.

 
Meet Our Board of Directors
Board Committees

BOARD OF DIRECTORS GOVERNANCE & GOVERNANCE POLICIES
Charter of the Audit Committee
Board Mandate
Charter of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee (CGNC)
Charter of the Board of Directors
Code of Ethics

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Disclosure & Insider Trading Policy
Majority Voting Policy
Whistle Blower Policy
Position Description – Chair of the Board
Articles for Sienna

 

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Dino Chiesa - Chair and Director

Dino Chiesa Mr. Chiesa is the principal of Chiesa Group, a commercial real estate developer and investor founded by Mr. Chiesa in 1990, and the past chair of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, one of Canada’s largest financial institutions.

Mr. Chiesa is a current member of the Board of Trustees of Morguard North American Residential REIT and the Board of Directors of GFL Environmental Inc. From 2004 to 2010, he served as Trustee and Vice‑Chair of Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAP REIT), a TSX‑listed Canadian residential real estate investment trust. From 1999 to 2004, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Residential Equities Real Estate Investment Trust, prior to its merger with CAP REIT. Mr. Chiesa is also a former director of Dynacare Laboratories Inc., former member of the Board of Trustees of Sunrise Senior Living Real Estate Investment Trust, and formerly served on the board of two public hospitals. From 1989 to 1999, Mr. Chiesa held several positions within the Government of Ontario, including Assistant Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs and Housing and Chief Executive Officer of each of Ontario Housing Corporation and Ontario Mortgage Corporation.

Mr. Chiesa sits on the advisory board for the Schulich School of Business at York University. Mr. Chiesa is the Chair of the Board of CreateTO (formerly Toronto Realty Agency). Additionally, he is active in the charitable sector, including in his role as Chair at Villa Charities.

Mr. Chiesa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McMaster University.

 

Lois Cormack - Director

Lois Cormack Ms. Cormack was appointed our President and CEO in April 2013. She has a history of leadership in long-term care, retirement living and health care services, driven by a lifelong passion that was first ignited when she worked in a long-term care home as a teenager.
 
Prior to joining the organization, Ms. Cormack was the President of Specialty Care Inc., and held senior leadership roles in the health care and seniors living sectors, as well as operating her own independent consulting firm. She is currently leading our transformation and growth strategy, including a rebranding to Sienna Senior Living; and is fostering a culture of employee engagement focused on improving the resident experience.   Ms. Cormack and the executive team are also focused on providing Sienna’s investors with a strong return and leading the company’s organic and external growth strategy.
 
Ms. Cormack has extensive experience and relationships in the health care and seniors care sectors, including the regulatory and policy environment of Ontario, and in developing, leasing and operating long-term care and retirement homes. A highly respected voice in our sector, Lois has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Long-Term Care Association and is a member of the Board of Governors at Seneca College.
 
Ms. Cormack was recently named as one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs in Profit/Canadian Business’s W100 for 2014. She holds a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto; is a graduate of the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University; and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

 

Janet Graham - Director

Janet Graham Ms. Graham has been a Managing Director of IQ Alliance Incorporated, a Toronto based real estate advisory services firm, since 2002. Prior to joining IQ Alliance Incorporated, Ms. Graham was an independent consultant for a number of years, delivering real estate related financial advisory services to major corporate clients. Prior to 1996, Ms. Graham held several senior positions at a Canadian chartered bank and its affiliated investment bank for 15 years, specializing in corporate finance and lending to real estate and other companies.

Ms. Graham is a former member of the Boards of a number of public companies and trusts, including the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit Committee of each of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust and Automotive Properties Real Estate Investment Trust.

Ms. Graham holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Guelph University, a Master of Business Administration from York University and holds a CPA, CA designation.

 

Paula Jourdain Coleman - Director

Paula Jourdain Coleman Ms. Jourdain Coleman is the founder and owner of Lakebridge Investments Inc., a privately‑held investment company with interests in both seniors housing and real estate, and has been serving as its President since 1998. She has over 30 years’ experience in long-term care management, facility development, government relations and financial management. Ms. Jourdain Coleman previously served in various roles at Specialty Care Inc. from 1981 to 2014, including as Chair and CEO from 1998 to 2014, where she led its transformation from four small rural homes into a vibrant organization with fourteen long-term care and retirement communities, an active consulting practice and management business. She became a Board member in February 2014 in connection with the Company’s 2013 acquisition of a portfolio of Specialty Care properties and management business.

Ms. Jourdain Coleman currently serves on the Board of Directors of and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. She previously served on the Board of Directors of each of St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre and George Brown College Foundation, and is also a past President of the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) and the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA).

Ms. Jourdain Coleman holds a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters of Business Administration from York University.

 

Jack C. MacDonald - Director

Jack Mac Donald Mr. MacDonald has been serving as the Chair of the Advisory Board of Micco Companies, a privately held company operating in Nova Scotia, since 2015. Until September 2012, Mr. MacDonald served as Chair of Compass Group Canada & ESS North America. Prior to this role, he was Chief Executive Officer of the company for the period 1996 to 2010. Compass Group Canada is a $1.6 billion subsidiary of Compass Group PLC, a public company traded on the FTSE 100. Compass Group provides food and facilities management services in a number of sectors including healthcare, business & industry, education, leisure & recreation and remote sites. Mr. MacDonald had been an officer of Compass Group North America from June 1997 until his retirement in 2012. Prior to Compass, Mr. MacDonald was President, Communicare Division of MDS Health Group from 1991 to 1996; President, Canadian Management Services Division of Marriott Corporation from 1984 to 1991; and Vice‑President, Sales & Retail Operations of Clearwater Seafoods Limited. from 1980 to 1984.

Mr. MacDonald’s previous board roles include Honourary Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto Zoo Campaign — “Wild for Life”, Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame, member of the Province of Ontario Investment and Trade Advisory Council, Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, Chair of the Board of Directors of President’s Advisory Council for Humber College, Director of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative Foundation and Director of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Mr. MacDonald was educated in Nova Scotia, completing three years at Acadia University towards a B.Sc. in mathematics and engineering. In 2007, Mr. MacDonald received a Honourary Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Humber College. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

 

Stephen Sender - Director

Stephen Sender Mr. Sender served as an investment banker for over 30 years in Canada and abroad and was Managing Director, Industry Head — Real Estate in Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets division, representing the bank’s capital markets activities in the Canadian real estate industry.

Since the early 1990s, Mr. Sender specialized in the Canadian real estate sector, providing investment banking advice to numerous public entities with respect to capital markets activities. He has been directly involved in raising equity and debt capital in a large number of transactions and has provided financial advice in numerous large transactions including mergers, takeovers and related party transactions. Mr. Sender is a trustee of H&R Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Sender has been a frequent moderator/speaker at conferences in Canada focusing on capital markets developments in the real estate sector.

Mr. Sender holds a B.Comm. (Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a C.A. (S.A.) in 1984.

 

BOARD COMMITTEES
 
Audit Committee
Janet Graham, Committee Chair
Dino Chiesa
Paula Jourdain Coleman
Jack MacDonald
Stephen Sender
 
Compensation Committee
Stephen Sender, Committee Chair
Dino Chiesa
Paula Jourdain Coleman
Janet Graham
Jack MacDonald


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