Board of Directors

Brian Furlong

Brian G. Furlong

Brian Furlong is chief of staff at Homewood Health Centre.  He is an expert in emergency and acute-care psychiatry as well a key executive leader at Homewood with responsibility for directing clinical outcomes, strategies and initiatives… [ Read full bio ]


David Hales

David Hales was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario and has been a leading figure in the community for decades.  A graduate of the University of Guelph, he was part of the iconic Parliamentary Internship Programme and a teacher before establishing his career in the insurance industry.  He is a past president… [ Read full bio ]


Jagoda- Headshot- Jan 2015

Jagoda S. Pike

Jagoda Pike is the president & CEO of Homewood Health Centre and Homewood Health Inc.  Since assuming that role in 2014, she has led the organization through significant transformation and growth.  With an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, Jagoda was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.  Working for more than two… [ Read full bio ]


Ronald Pond

Vice Chair

Ron Pond began his career as a family physician in Port Colborne, Ontario before beginning the residency program in psychiatry at State University of New York at Buffalo.  After completing the residency in child psychiatry at McMaster… [ Read full bio ]


Robert (Bob) Rae

Bob Rae was elected 11 times to the Ontario Legislature or the House of Commons.  He served as Ontario’s Premier from 1990 to 1995 and as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.  In 2011, his colleagues named him… [ Read full bio ]

James Schlegel

James Schlegel

James Schlegel is the chief executive officer of RBJ Schlegel Holdings, the company that oversees Schlegel Health Care, Schlegel Poultry and Schlegel Urban Developments.  James is also president and CEO of Schlegel Health Care, the company that… [ Read full bio ]


Ronald P. Schlegel


Ron Schlegel, chair of the Homewood Research Institute Board of Directors, is also the chair and owner of four family-owned companies: Schlegel Poultry Inc., which operates more than 20 farms; Schlegel Villages, a group of 19 nursing… [ Read full bio ]

S. Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor is executive director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network as well as professor emeritus at the University of Victoria.  He is also an adjunct professor with both the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University… [ Read full bio ]

Roy Cameron
Roy Cameron

Executive Director

Roy Cameron spent most of his academic career in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, where he retains the title of distinguished professor emeritus in the School of Public Health and Health Systems.  As…  [ Read full bio ]

Josie d’Avernas

Officer and Board Liaison

Josie d’Avernas is the executive director of the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) at the University of Waterloo, an innovative partnership of 19 long-term care and retirement communities, the University of Waterloo and Conestoga…  [ Read full bio ]

Heather Froome

Officer and Secretary

As Homewood Research Institute’s business development & organizational director, Heather Froome is the cornerstone of the Institute’s work in developing and implementing its overall strategies, policies and processes; coordinating HRI’s… [ Read full bio ]

Kimberly Mirotta


Kim Mirotta is the executive vice-president, finance and administration with Homewood Health Inc., Homewood Research Institute’s close clinical and scientific partner.  In her more than three decades with the Homewood Health organization… [ Read full bio ]