CEO & Board Members

Susan Bisaillon | CEO

Susan Bisaillon is Chief Executive Officer of The Safehaven Project for Community Living. She joined the Safehaven team in 2016, bringing with her over three decades of frontline and leadership experience in the healthcare sector. A nurse by training, Susan has displayed a lifelong passion for delivering exceptional care during her time with the University Health Network, Trillium Health Partners, and Halton Healthcare Services. In addition, she has over a decade of experience as a surveyor with Accreditation Canada. Susan oversees daily operations and strategic planning across all of Safehaven’s locations.

Susan holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland, certification in Critical Care Nursing from Ryerson University, and a Registered Nursing Diploma from Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Board of Directors

Noela Fowler | President

Elected to Board: October 2014

Noela Fowler is an Associate Partner at Deloitte Canada. Noela has over thirty years of consulting experience in corporate strategy development, business planning, corporate development and program management, and has been in leadership positions with Deloitte’s Global Consulting practice for the past nineteen years. In her role as President of the Safehaven Board, she is excited to play a part in helping to navigate Safehaven’s future direction. Noela has two adult children, one with disabilities.

Mary Peterson | Vice President

Elected to Board: October 2014

Mary Peterson is Vice President, Enterprise Business Division, for Samsung Canada, where she shapes the strategic vision for the company’s B2B business in Canada. Throughout her more than twenty-year career in the technology industry, Mary has created successful business divisions within the Canadian operations of some of the world’s most respected technology companies. She is the mother of a son with developmental disabilities who was a long-time Safehaven respite user until he aged out of children’s programming. Since that time, Mary has been a passionate advocate for transitional and adult programming within the community and is also a member of the Board of Directors for Reach for the Rainbow.

Eric Clarke | Treasurer

Elected to Board: October 2017

Eric Clarke is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and specializes in the energy and utilities sector with a focus on listed companies and multinational engagements. He has a wide range of international experience leading complex audit assignments for clients in Canada, the United States, Latin America and Europe. Eric is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor in Commerce, and is a regular instructor at the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Business. Eric and his wife Jennifer have two children, Michael who is thirteen years-old and Hanna who is eleven.

Connie Lombardi | Secretary

Elected to Board: September 2011

Connie is the owner of Marcon Kitchen and Bath Studio with over 32 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry, working with architects, designers, contractors, builders and home owners. Connie is co-founder and president of Angels from Heaven Youth Foundation, a non-profit, fundraising and granting charitable organization. Angels is dedicated to working with organizations to develop and promote integration programs for children and young adults with disabilities; and to further educate and heighten awareness within communities as to the abilities and contributions of the disabled.

Khalil Alfar

Elected to Board: March 2019

Khalil Alfar leads Microsoft Canada’s Azure Cloud Business. Khalil has been with Microsoft Canada for 15 years and held  various consulting, customer support management and marketing roles during this tenure. Prior to Microsoft, Khalil held various consulting and senior management roles in Banking, Insurance, Public Sector and Healthcare. He is technology veteran with over 25 years of experience in connecting technology to organizational success. Khalil is passionate about the potential that technology brings to enable everyone to realize their full potential and active in championing Canadian innovation. He is dedicated to lifelong learning and a graduate of the Applied Science and Engineering program at the University of Toronto.

Sacha Kennedy

Elected to Board: November 2017

Sacha is a strategic communications professional with over seventeen years of experience in the health sector working with health care providers, pharmaceuticals, researchers and non-profit organizations. She and her husband Chris are parents to two young children and recently relocated to Toronto from Vancouver.

Judy Litwack-Goldman

Elected to Board: October 2017

Judy Litwack-Goldman is an independent consultant. She is well respected for her extensive experience in fundraising and philanthropy, and helping charities, non-profit organizations, corporations and family foundations find their focus and adapt to change. She has a B.A. in Commerce, and an MHSc in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. Since 1990, she has worked with dozens of clients in the health, arts, social service, education, and private sectors, including Safehaven.

Ana Cristina Marques

Elected to Board: October 2014

Ana Cristina Marques has been providing adjudication and mediation services for the Environment and Land Tribunals of Ontario since 2005. She has served on a variety of municipal and federal boards including the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, and the City of Toronto Committee of Adjustments. Ana Cristina currently serves as director for the Luso Canadian Charitable Society.

Gaurav Singh

Elected to Board: September 2016

Gaurav Singh works at Tangerine and is currently serving as the Chief Strategy Officer, where he works with a terrific group of people in strategic planning, business analytics, client experience, and product management. Gaurav has also served as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Planning as well as the Vice President of Integrated Marketing. Gaurav obtained his MBA from the Ivey School of Business and completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of Toronto. He lives with his wife and son in Toronto and has an avid interest in local arts, culture and sporting activities.

Sandra Smith

Elected to Board: October 2018

Sandra is a Healthcare Executive with over 24 years’ experience in the Ontario Health System. She is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) who also brings a nursing background to her practice. Sandra’s known as a values based leader with a focus on culture, leadership and engagement.Sandra has had the opportunity to be involved in a number of provincial committees and supports partnering to develop systems solutions. Prior to joining Women’s College Hospital as their Chief Human Resources Officer, Sandra has worked at Southlake Regional Health Centre, North York General Hospital and Trillium Health Centre.

Kim Stelmacovich

Elected to Board: October 2017

Kim Stelmacovich is a health care executive with over thirty years of experience in direct care delivery, clinical coordination of Occupational Therapy services, and leadership in quality, safety and risk at the provincial and national level. Kim is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, as well as a tutor for the Master of Health Informatics Program. She holds an M.H.Sc from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc.O.T from the University of Western Ontario.

Tony Zingaro

Elected to Board: October 2013

Tony Zingaro has been a long-time volunteer with Safehaven. He has extensive business experience and expertise in real estate, law, and construction. Tony is also a professional mediator with extensive experience in family and construction mediation. Tony is the founder and chair of the Safehaven Gala as well as a committee member of Italian Car Day. He is one of the founders of the Community Inclusion Project, an organization aiming to bridge the gap that exists between children and young adults with disabilities and the world around them.