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Board of Directors’ Message

As a health service and housing support provider, we are dedicated to addressing the increased demands reflected by ever-growing numbers on our wait lists. In March of 2018, the SHIP Board of Directors, CEO and Executive team identified the three key objectives that will move this organization forward to 2021. With support from all levels, our organization remains united in its client-centric approach. Priorities for the next three years were clearly identified and we are now working toward meeting and exceeding these goals.

  • Laurie Ridler - CEO
  • John Williamson - President
  • Louise Kindree - Vice Chair
  • Randy Beyers - Treasurer
  • Keith Ward - Director
  • Geoff Topping - Director
  • Moyra Vande Vooren - Director
  • Brian E. Scott - Director
  • Peter Beck - Director

CEO

Laurie Ridler

Laurie Ridler draws upon more than 30 years of expertise in identifying and addressing industry gaps in health services provision and housing, with a specific focus on mental health and vulnerable populations.

Her ability to understand and work with a variety of professional disciplines and roles informs her direction and maximizes the effectiveness of her executive leadership.
She has substantially increased availability of services and housing through significant increases in funding, creation of strong partnerships and collaborations with other community-based agencies. Her exceptional fiscal management skills and client-focused approach to leadership form the basis of multiple partnership agreements with community healthcare agencies.

Responsible for an operational budget of $35M+, capital projects of $70M and revenues in excess of $3M, Laurie Ridler maintains a healthy respect for the bottom line by viewing expenditures through a lens of business accountability. Her introduction of the social purpose enterprise model to SHIP was designed as a financially self-sustaining initiative that provides a supportive training ground for client reintegration into the workforce.

Laurie Ridler utilizes vision and strategic thinking to answer current needs and to anticipate and prepare for future trends in the healthcare landscape. She initiated organizational realignment to strengthen the infrastructure at SHIP and provides executive leadership, direction and support to 400+ staff and managers in providing housing and mental health services to more than 4,000+ clients annually. She also introduced team building measures and change management protocols to reinforce a culture of respect and commitment.

President

John Williamson

John Williamson is the founding partner for “drive for life” an innovative driver training program that utilizes state of the art simulation technology to deliver training in reducing collision incidents amongst experienced drivers. This training has the ability to modify driving behaviours and improve an individual’s decision making; thus, creating thinking drivers who are more engaged in their driving environment.

Prior to founding “drive for life” John Williamson was co-founder of Futurus Management Inc a Toronto based consulting practice. Previous to Futurus, John was a Partner and National Director at Deloitte & Touche. Beyond his management responsibilities with the firm, John has experience in the High Tech sector and with fast growing companies. John has been an advisor to The Board of Innovator’s Alliance (an alliance of CEO’s of Ontario’s fastest growing companies) and was a key contributor to their business plan.

Prior to joining Deloitte & Touche in 1997, John spent 16 years at Procter & Gamble. With a proven track record of exceeding business expectations, he developed a reputation as an empowering leader who built strong, results-oriented organizations. Leadership roles at Procter & Gamble included General Manager in Canada of the Health & Beauty Care and Food & Beverage Divisions; Category Manager for Laundry Detergents Eastern Europe; and Marketing Director Czech and Slovak Republics.

John has Board experience with various industry associations and charity organizations. He has been recognized by Big Brothers of Metropolitan Toronto as an outstanding contributor and is also a member of the Board of Directors of SHIP.

Vice Chair

Louise Kindree

Louise Kindree is a Board Member from Caledon. Before retiring, Louise worked for the Federal Government in Human Resources (recruitment and values and ethics) for Health Canada and Environment Canada. Upon her retirement, she began volunteering at Headwaters Health Care Centre (2000-present). She Chaired the community-based Physician Recruitment Committee (2005-16), supporting the recruitment of 15 family physicians.

Her experience in health care governance is substantial: Louise was elected to the Headwaters Hospital’s Board of Directors (2005-12), becoming Chair in 2010. She was re-elected to the Board (2014-present), becoming Chair for the second time in 2016. Louise cares passionately about improving mental health care services and Chaired the Board of Directors of Peace Ranch (2014-17), leading its amalgamation with SHIP in April 2017. Louise is also a member of the Board of Directors of SHIP.

Treasurer

Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers has more than 25 years of finance, accounting and auditing experience in the consulting, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sectors. As Manager, Sales Tax Recovery for Ryan ULC, Randy Beyers audits, analyzes and reports for the largest transaction tax service practice in North America.

Adaptable and results oriented, Randy Beyers offers a broad range of experience in risk management and is recognized for his exceptional ability to improve internal controls and increase data integrity. While Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Dufferin Games Ltd, he championed their general ledgers consolidation, resulting in a $250,000 reduction in annual overhead.

Randy Beyers has a Bachelor of Administration Degree from Lakehead University and a CPA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

A member of CPA of Ontario and CMA Canada, he is a past Level 1 Coach with the Canadian Hockey Association and has volunteered as a coach for Orangeville Minor Hockey and Orangeville Minor Soccer and is Treasurer of SHIP’s Board of Directors.

Director

Keith Ward

After 32 years of outstanding contributions to the fields of social housing and human services, Keith Ward retired from his position as Commissioner of Human Services and General Manager of Peel Living in 2009 and has since been involved mostly in volunteer endeavours

Throughout his long and successful career, Keith Ward`s professional achievements have been a testament to his leadership and vision. In the early 1990s, Peel Living sustained the highest volume of non-profit housing construction in Ontario. His team developed integrated special needs projects and oversaw the transfer of social housing administration from the Province to the Region.

During his tenure, Keith Ward concentrated his formidable strengths in management to prioritize addressing gaps in the needs of the most vulnerable citizens and improving customer service. He was a key initiator in the establishment of shelters for the homeless in Peel.

Keith Ward has an Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto. Even in retirement, he continues to actively contribute to the community. He is the past Chair of the Social Housing Services Corporation Financial Inc, Past President of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and volunteers with three community boards, including the Vice Chair, Board of Directors of SHIP.

Director

Geoff Topping

Geoff Topping has been in the Trucking Industry for over 25 years and has held many roles in that time. Geoff started his career as a Driver and has since held positions in Operations, Sales, Recruiting and Human Resources. Currently, Geoff is Vice President of Human Resources including Safety, Recruiting and Risk Management for Challenger. Geoff has also served Industry associations such as the Truck Training Schools of Ontario where he acted as the Chair of the Carrier committee and is currently the co-chair of the Recruiting, Retention and HR committee at TCA. In 2018 Geoff was awarded the Trucking HR Canada HR Leader of the Year Award and in 2017 was recognized with the HR innovator Award.

Director

Moyra Vande Vooren

Moyra Vande Vooren is a retired Certified Health Executive whose career included senior leadership positions spanning acute, primary, complex and long-term care. As a registered nurse, she held staff positions at the former Peel Memorial Hospital, later becoming Director of Medicine. From there she was Executive Director at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and then worked as a hospital consultant with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

In the latter part of her career, Moyra assumed interim leadership roles with organizations in times of transition to provide stability and support. These included Interim Executive Director at Baycrest and Interim Director of Urban Health at Sherbourne Health Centre (twice!)

Moyra completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Health Policy from Queen’s University. In addition she has a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Waterloo, and designation as a Patient Safety Officer from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute; Moyra also has certification as a Long-Term Care Administrator in Ontario.

Volunteering has been a central pursuit. Moyra served on the Peel District Health Council for a six year term by Order in Council (OIC), Central West Community Access Centre followed by an OIC appointment to the Central West LHIN. With a passion for quality health care services, Moyra was a surveyor with Accreditation Canada for ten years. She is a lifelong member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and is an active member of the Human Spirit Awards selection committee.

As a long term resident of Brampton, Moyra raised her three sons here and continues to be active in her community. A former gold test skater and judge, Moyra actively pursues all things figure skating.

Director

Brian E. Scott

Brian Scott is a resident of the town of Mono. He has led strategic initiatives for over 30 years in the areas of communications, marketing, human resources, technology development, and strategic planning. Brian has held leadership positions within the Ontario Public Service and the University of Toronto, and has served on the board of directors of the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, Lbs/sq” Dance Company, Inner City Angels and the Arts Foundation of Toronto.

Brian is committed to service leadership and is passionate about building a vibrant and sustainable workplace culture. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a Technology Diploma from the Information Technology Institute.

Director

Peter Beck

Peter Beck has a long history on Bay Street and Wall Street, with over 25 years’ of experience as an institutional sales and liability trader for CIBC, Scotia Bank, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in New York. Peter holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.