Governance & Board
The Huntsville Hospital Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of leading citizens and professionals who both live here year-round or who cottage here at their seasonal properties. This balanced approach to the Board composition provides bias-free governance and reflects the genuine interests of the broader community.
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Huntsville Hospital Foundation annually in the Spring or with unexpected Director vacancies, seek new board members as positions become available who have an interest in advancing the mission and vision.
All qualified candidates committed to the mission and values of the Foundation will be given priority in keeping with our commitment to diversity. The Board seeks to balance representation in terms of experience and background.
Application process is now closed for 2023.
2023-2024 Board of Directors
Mike Harrower, Chair
Michael Harrower resides in Muskoka with his wife Fiona and has three children. A multiple scholarship recipient, he was educated in Canada, Switzerland and England and is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario (H.B.A.) and the University of Reading, England (M.Sc. Urban Land Appraisal). As President of Harrower Properties Inc., and a director and officer of a group of related companies, Mike has been engaged in property development and management for over 35 years. He has developed, redeveloped, and managed residential, retail, office, storage and industrial properties. His current portfolio includes office and industrial properties as well as retail and residential lands. Harrower Properties has acted as a third party property manager for national clients such as The National Bank, Standard Life and C.M.H.C. and for a variety of private clients. He is also a Certified Shopping Centre Manager accredited by The International Council of Shopping Centres. In the late 1980’s Mike took a sabbatical from his own group of companies and joined The Imax Corporation as Vice President of Corporate Development. Reporting directly to the Chairman, and, as a member of the Management Committee, he led the company’s worldwide initiative to develop entertainment Imax theatres. Over the years Mike has been active in several community and charitable organizations and is a student of world religions. He stays active skiing, waterskiing, playing basketball and trekking.
Shelly McLean, Vice-Chair
Shelly is a retired senior executive from a Canadian Financial Institution. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph, a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University and the Chartered Director designation. She has been a community volunteer for the Muskoka Stay at Home Gala and the Hamilton Health Sciences Integrated Research Ethics Board. She is an avid golfer, curler and snowshoer. Shelly and her husband are permanent residents of Muskoka
Andrew Buwalda, Treasurer
Andrew Buwalda is currently the General Manager of Deerhurst Resort, a historic full-service resort property located in the town of Huntsville, Ontario in the beautiful region of Muskoka. Andrew oversees all aspects of the resort’s operation which includes several hundred accommodation units, two golf courses, 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space, multiple restaurants and hundreds of year-round and seasonal employees.
Prior to his role as GM, Andrew has held various senior finance and operational roles for several organizations including Regional Director of Finance & Analysis for Skyline Investments, VP of Finance & Operations for the Hotel Association of Canada, and Regional Director of Finance for Freed Hotels & Resorts (the current owners of Deerhurst Resort).
Andrew has served on several boards and is currently involved in the following organizations in addition to his duties with the Huntsville Hospital Foundation: Co-chair of the Niagara College Professional Advisory Committee; Global Director with the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals Association; Director with the Huntsville Municipal Accommodation Tax Association.
Andrew has been a resident of Huntsville for over ten years and spent his childhood growing up just outside of Bracebridge on Lake Muskoka. Andrew is thrilled to be supporting the mission and vision of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation during such a critical time in the organization’s history.
In his free time, Andrew enjoys spending time on the water and exploring Muskoka with his wife and son. Some of his favourite places include Limberlost, Port Carling and Huntsville’s historic downtown.
Christine Cook, Secretary
Christine is a chartered accountant, tax specialist, and graduate of the Ivey Business School at Western University. Christine has more than 25 years of experience in senior finance roles in broadcasting, production, print and online media. She was the Senior Director of Finance at CBC, SVP of Finance at Bell Globemedia, SVP of Finance at Canwest Media, and most recently The CFO of The Globe and Mail.
Christine has experience with media mergers, acquisitions, systems integrations, organization efficiencies, regulatory policy, and privacy oversight. In addition, Christine has been a member of various pension committee’s, audit committees, and board of directors for subsidiary companies of Bell Globe Media, Canwest Media and The Globe and Mail.
Christine and her family have been avid cottagers on Kawagama Lake for 50 years. Since retiring from full time work, she and her husband live here 6 to 8 months per year and are keen to give back to the community. Christine has three children and has volunteered on non-profit boards in support of their various sporting activities (swimming, soccer, volleyball). Christine’s own hobbies include golf, tennis, and she is an avid equestrian.
Pat is a registered Professional Engineer and graduated with Honours from Lakehead University. Owner of Greystone Project Management, a Huntsville based general contracting and development firm established in 1995. Primarily involved in the design and construction of commercial buildings ranging in size and complexity located throughout central and northern Ontario. Pat is an accomplished developer with land holdings and development projects including multi-residential condominium projects in Muskoka, Parry Sound, Haliburton and the Kawartha Lakes District. He is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario with Certificate of Authorization from the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Pat enjoys spending downtime with his family as a dedicated father of four, is an avid skier, and a fitness enthusiast.
John and his wife Jane are “refugees” from Lake Rosseau. They moved to beautiful Lake Vernon in 2016 when he retired from the investment industry. He has a B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario and MBA from Queen’s. John has been active in many fund raising activities and anticipates transferring that experience to the Hospital Foundation.
The MacLennan have four adult children all of whom have abandoned Ontario (which gives John and Jane some great travel destinations). Florida is a winter destination but time there is interspersed with family ski trips and various winter activities.
Retired audit partner KPMG (1969-2010) providing support to a broad range of public and private companies, specializing in the transportation sector. A frequent presenter and author with industry associations. Very active in the Not For Profit sector throughout his career having served on the Board of several companies and twice Chair of AboutFace, a national charity providing support to individuals with facial differences and their families. Successful in both soliciting support for and participating in fund raising activities. Awarded a Fellowship as a distinguished member of his profession.
Dr. Shervin Rowshani
Dr. Rowshani lived in Toronto while attending University of Toronto for his Honours Bachelor of Science and his Dentistry degree. Upon graduation as a dentist, he worked in small towns across Ontario and eventually moved to Huntsville in 2013. He has lived and worked in Muskoka as a full-time dentist since then. He is an avid volunteer and has been involved in not-for-profit initiatives in the community. He participates in variety of causes both as a donor and volunteer. Health care causes, animal causes and feeding the ones in need are close to his heart. In 2017, he went back to university to obtain his Executive MBA degree at Rotman School of management, University of Toronto. In summer of 2020, in response to PPE shortages early on the pandemic, he launched PPE Supply Inc, a PPE manufacturing company, in Huntsville. They produce medical grade surgical masks and face-shields for health care professionals across Canada. He has been a supporter of HHF as a business care partner and joined the board in 2017. He enjoys the beautiful outdoors in our county while biking and running. And he recently ventured out to learn bass guitar, a childhood dream of his.
Geoff has been a lifelong seasonal resident of the Huntsville and Lake of Bays area. His family and forefathers share a long history in the Town of Huntsville and the Lake of Bays. Geoff is a partner at the firm of Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP where his practice focuses on commercial litigation specializing in franchise law. He is described in Who’s Who Legal as the “go to guy” for class action defence. He is a frequent author for various industry publications and a regular speaker at international and domestic franchise law conferences. Geoff is recognized as a leading lawyer by the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border, Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal, and he was named a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times in 2014 and 2015. Geoff graduated from Queens Law School in 1984 after completing 3 years of Commerce and Finance at the University of Toronto. Geoff received his Masters in Law specializing in ADR from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2011. Geoff has two sons aged 21 and 24 both of whom have spent every summer of their lives at the Lake of Bays. He and his spouse, Pascale, are seasonal residents of Dwight and look forward to spending more and more time in the Region.
Cheryl Harrison, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare President & CEO
A Registered Nurse by background, Cheryl Harrison has been the President and Chief Executive Officer at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare since May 2022. She holds a Masters degree in Health Policy, Evaluation & Management from the University of Toronto, in addition to the Certified Health Executive designation.
Cheryl has served in the healthcare sector with distinction as an experienced senior executive with a progressive track record of roles in health care in large- and medium-sized community hospitals.
Most recently, Cheryl served as the Executive Vice-President of Patient Programs & People Strategy at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital where she led a variety of regional programs and services in North Simcoe Muskoka, and was a key member of the hospital’s pandemic response command team. Cheryl and her husband live in Severn Bridge at their cottage turned home where they enjoy family time with their three daughters and three delightful grandchildren.
Susan Love, Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary, President
Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario I am the oldest and only girl of six children. I have been a resident of Muskoka since 1984 and live with my husband Ray. Collectively we have three children two of whom live in Muskoka and the oldest in Vancouver BC. I am the proud grandparent of Henry, born September 11, 2022.
I graduated in Physical and Health Education from University of Western Ontario and became a certified teacher through Althouse College. I have worked in education, in Muskoka, since 1984 and retired in 2009. I have my Primary Education Specialist and Special Education certificate, and was a Principal for over eight years at Glen Orchard and Gravenhurst PS.
Upon my retirement I joined the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer. I have been actively involved with this organization for over 10 years. I am currently the President of the Auxiliary and chair of the 50/50 Lottery committee.
Throughout my retirement I worked part-time at Windermere Garden Centre and at Fabricland. I have a passion for gardening and quilting hence my reasons for working at the above. Cross-country skiing, swimming, physical fitness classes and cycling are also important activities that I actively participate in.