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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

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



Dino Chiesa - Chair and Director

Dino Chiesa Mr. Chiesa served as the immediate past chair of CMHC, one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, and is principal of Chiesa Group, a commercial real estate developer. Mr. Chiesa has also 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, since June 2004 following its merger with Residential Equities Real Estate Investment Trust (“Res REIT”). Mr. Chiesa served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Res REIT from 1999 until its merger with CAP REIT in 2004. Prior to that, 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 is a member of the Board of Trustees of Morguard North American Residential REIT. He is a former Director of Dynacare Laboratories, Inc., was a member of the Board of Trustees of Sunrise Senior Living Real Estate Investment Trust and has served on the board of two public hospitals. Mr. Chiesa sits on the advisory board for the Shulich School of Business at York University and is a member of the Expert Advisory Committee on Real Estate Development at Ryerson University. Additionally, Mr. Chiesa has been active in the charitable sector, including 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 August 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 March 1996, Ms. Graham held senior positions at a Canadian chartered bank and its affiliated investment bank for 15 years specializing in corporate finance and corporate lending to real estate and other companies.

Ms. Graham is a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit Committee of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust, a publicly-traded Canadian real estate investment trust and a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit Committee of Automotive Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, a publicly-traded Canadian real estate investment trust. Ms. Graham is a former member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, a corporation without share capital and a former member of the Board of Directors and member of the Audit Committee of Altus Group Limited, a publicly-traded Canadian company and a former member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit and Special Committees of Partners Real Estate Investment Trust (formerly, Charter Real  Estate  Investment  Trust), a  publicly-traded  Canadian  real  estate  investment  trust. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees and member of the Audit Committee of IPC US Real Estate Investment Trust, a publicly-traded Canadian real estate investment trust and a former member of the Board of Directors and member of the Audit Committee of Crystal River Capital, Inc., a public Maryland corporation.

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 owner and President of Lakebridge Investments Inc., a privately held investment company with interests in both seniors housing and real estate. She joined our Board of Directors in February 2014, following Leisureworld’s 2013 acquisition of a portfolio of Specialty Care properties as well as its management business. Ms. Jourdain Coleman previously served as Chair and CEO of Specialty Care Inc., where she led its transformation from four small rural homes into a vibrant organization with fourteen long-term care and retirement communities, as well as an active consulting practice and management business. She has over thirty years’ experience in long-term care management, facility development, government relations, and financial management. Ms. Jourdain Coleman currently serves on the Board of Directors of George Brown College Foundation and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. She previously served on the board of directors of St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre 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 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, he worked with MDS Health Group as President, Communicare Division (1991 – 1996); with Marriott Corporation as President of its Canadian Management Services Division (1984 – 1991); and with Clearwater Sea Foods Corp. as Vice-President, Sales & Retail Operations (1980 – 1984).

Mr. MacDonald is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Micco Companies, a privately held company operating in Nova Scotia. Mr. MacDonald’s previous board roles include Honourary Chair, Toronto Zoo Campaign – “Wild for Life”; Chair, Canadian Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame; member of the Province of Ontario Investment and Trade Advisory Council; Chair, Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research; Chair, 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 and has completed three years at Acadia University towards a B.Sc. in mathematics and engineering. In 2007, Mr. MacDonald was given an Honourary Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Humber College. He has also successfully completed the Institute of Corporate Directors programme at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.


John McLaughlin - Director

John Mc Laughlin Mr. McLaughlin is President of Tall Oak Management Inc., a privately held management consulting and investment Company. From 2004 to 2012 Mr. McLaughlin served on the Board of Directors of Futuremed Healthcare Products Corporation serving as Chairman from 2006 to March 2012. From 2008 to 2011 he served on the Board of Directors of Aim Health Group where he was Chair of the Audit Committee. Currently, he is a Director of Medical Pharmacies Group Inc., a privately held institutional and retail pharmacy company and a Director of the Darling Home for Kids, a respite facility for children with complex medical needs. Previously, Mr. McLaughlin worked in various positions with Extendicare Inc. including Managing Director of Extendicare (UK) Ltd., President of Extendicare (Canada) Inc., and President of Extendicare Health Care Services Inc., Extendicare’s US operations. Prior to joining Extendicare Mr. McLaughlin was Chief Executive Officer of a number of Canadian hospitals. He has served on the Board of the Ontario Long Term Care Association in several posts including Chair. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s University and of the University of Western Ontario’s Executive Development Program.


Stephen Sender - Director

Stephen Sender Mr. Sender served as an investment banker for over thirty 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. He holds a B.Comm. (Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a C.A. (S.A.) in 1984.


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

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