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.
Cathy McMurray, Chair
Cathy was honoured to join the Huntsville Hospital Foundation board in 2012. As a member of the board of directors she is part of the team responsible for developing philanthropic and marketing relationships with the corporate sector, fundraising and stewarding both private and corporate donors. Cathy is the co-founder and co-owner of The Hunt House Fine Jewellers and has over 37 years of experience in the diamond and jewellery industry. She has moved progressively through a series of challenging and successful positions with expertise in sales, marketing, high quality product design and cost effectiveness. Cathy led the marketing team at the Canadian Polar Diamond Group and was the marketing liaison to the Government of the Northwest Territories Diamonds Department. Cathy has always been an active community volunteer. Most recently, she has been a part of fundraising initiatives for the Oakville Hospital, the Red Door, the Toronto Hearing Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Basketeers program. She is a past director of her industry’s two national associations- the Canadian Jewellers Association and the Jewellers Vigilance Canada. She is a Gemmological Institute of America Alumni and a member of the Canadian Gemmological Association and the Women’s Jewelers Association.
Carolyn Watson, Vice Chair
Carolyn is a Chartered Accountant in private practice. She has volunteered on several boards including: Bloorview Children’s Hospital, Centennial Infant and Child Centre, Moorelands Community Services, and the Emily Duff Scholarship Foundation.
Margaret Mah, Treasurer
Margaret is a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Rotman School of Management. Margaret is Director, Budget Administration and Institutional Planning at University of Toronto. Prior to this she was in finance and administration at the Hospital for Sick Children. She has been a community volunteer both in Huntsville and Oakville, most recently as an adult tutor with the Burlington Literacy Council. An avid runner and a golfer, Margaret is married with two sons and has been a seasonal resident on Lake Vernon for the past twelve years.
Chantelle Armstrong, Secretary
Chantelle has been a Huntsville resident for the past 10 years, working and playing in a community that has so much to offer. She currently works with Drive Muskoka as the Health and Safety Risk Manager, which is the umbrella corporation for four local automotive dealerships. Chantelle’s event organizer/planner aptitudes and experience began with her days at the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce and continues as an independent Event Planner sought by many local charity organizations and out-of-town corporations to assist with their special occasions. A background comprising extensive legal, municipal and governance environments has aided many not-for-profit organizations when reviewing by-laws and policies, as well as assisting with strategic planning and media/promotional material. Chantelle, along with her husband Jason, and children, Madeleine and Molly, value and cherish the spirit and uniqueness of the area. Creating deep roots in the community for the future growth and potential, their family sponsor and donate to many causes and events. Chantelle volunteers with many organizations including The Table Food Bank, Community Living, All-Abilities Dance Troupe, Huntsville Skating Club, Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournaments and many more that have requested her support and dedication. The Huntsville Hospital has been an important element in Chantelle’s personal and professional life, and she looks forward to helping the Foundation in any way to make the Hospital vibrant and strong for this community.
Paul Thomas, Past Chair
Paul and his wife Penny live full time in Huntsville. Paul is the former President and CIO of Cornerstone Capital Partners. Earlier he was Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Rates Group for Merrill Lynch and after leaving the company he served on the board of Merrill Lynch Canada. Mr. Thomas was selected to the United States Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bond Market Association in New York, and was acting as the Chair of the Government and Federal Agency Division. Mr. Thomas also served as the Chair of the Capital Markets Committee of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and served on the board of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. Mr. Thomas holds a BA, HBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Tom is a recognized senior business leader in Canada and an accomplished sports and entertainment executive. Tom is the current President, Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team. He is former President and CEO of the Ottawa Senators and former President and Chief Operating Officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). Tom originally joined the MLSE in 1996 responsible for the overall development of Air Canada Centre, the critically acclaimed home of the Leafs and Raptors. A passionate leader of people, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and President in 2012 Born and raised in Toronto, Tom received an Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan after graduating from Ryerson University. In 2012, Tom was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame. Tom is also a recognized community leader and is a member of the board of Canada’s Walk of Fame. He led the development of MLSE’s Team Up Foundation, was previously a Vice-Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade and a Board member of KidSport Canada, Molson Indy Foundation, Basketball Canada , Covenant House and a variety of other community initiatives.
Amie first came to Muskoka in 1991 when she worked at Lumina Resort for five summers. She subsequently lived and worked in Europe and the United States. In 1999 she moved here permanently, marrying Ian Colquhoun from Dwight. She has a Hons. BA in English from Queen’s University, and a post-graduate degree in Public Relations. She has worked online since 1997, first for the Premier of Ontario and then for Axiom Audio. Since 2008 she has run her own internet project management company, working with clients and staff from around the world. Her previous volunteer experience includes fundraising for Women in Nomination, the Queen’s University Careers fair, and St. John’s Anglican Church in Dwight. She lives on Lake of Bays.
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.
Karen Girling’s professional background includes corporate marketing and investor relations management and consulting in financial services, healthcare, mining and technology businesses. Her 30+ years of volunteer, board and committee work for consumer protection organizations and educational institutions continues today. Karen resides in Toronto and Lake of Bays and believes strongly in the importance of supporting organizations that improve the lives of people in both communities. She has a BSc (health sciences) from the University of Western Ontario. She and her husband have two grown daughters.
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.
Sharon has a professional background that includes Marketing Communications, Public Relations and Finance for a variety of organizations in the manufacturing, hospitality and sports and entertainment sectors. She is active in supporting community initiatives in both Toronto as well as the Huntsville-Lake of Bays area. In 2014 she joined the board of directors after co-chairing the first annual charity golf tournament at Bigwin Island Golf Club in support of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.
Collin lives in Dorset Ontario and is the volunteer lead for the Dorset Community Partnership – a volunteer group that undertakes a number of community and economic development projects. He is currently working with a team of volunteers on the development of the Dorset Community Health Care Hub. He is on the Board of Directors for the SS Bigwin, the Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Cooperative, the Dorset Community Fund and he is a member of the Lake of Bays Business Advisory Group. He has taught Organizational Behaviour and Development in the Executive MBA program at St. Mary’s University. Collin holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration in Public Policy and Finance from the Kennedy School – Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brock University. He is a consultant in strategic planning, public engagement, management of change and facilitation & training. He specializes in analyzing management processes, tracking changes and developing innovative improvement strategies (including business development, human resource development, marketing, service delivery, and policy development and communication strategies) for his clients. He has worked for the Board of Directors for Muskoka Futures and Muskoka Chautauqua. Collin has worked in the areas of international business development, leadership and Canadian educational institutional development. He has worked for several United Nations Agencies in multiple countries abroad.
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. He recently went back to university to obtain his Executive MBA degree at Rotman School of management, University of Toronto. He has been a supporter of HHF as a business care partner and recently joined the board. 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.
Natalie Bubela, MAHC CEO
Natalie, appointed Chief Executive Officer of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) in January 2011, is a nurse by background and holds a BNSc from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Masters of Science Applied Degree from McGill University in Montreal. She has earned her Certified Health Executive Certification from the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and an Accreditation Canada surveyor. Natalie has served in the healthcare sector with distinction in a variety of roles for over 30 years. Before beginning her management career Natalie was a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cancer at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and also on staff at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing. Since moving into management she has held a number of leadership positions, including serving as the Acting President and CEO of the Rouge Valley Health System for a three month period in 2006 – 2007 as well as the Vice-President of Regional Programs, Program Integration and Chief Nursing Executive for the Rouge Valley Health System in Scarborough, Ontario. Despite all of her accomplishments, Natalie has managed to squeeze in some personal time over the years. Natalie is married with two boys, two dogs – and adores them all. She loves to travel, is an avid golfer and skier – what better place for her to be than Muskoka!
David James, Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary, President
As a volunteer for the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary for many years, Dave is the current President. Dave spent most of youth growing up in Toronto and then moved from there to Barrie, to Bracebridge and finally Huntsville. After living in Muskoka for 35 years, he may actually be considered a Muskokan. Dave is retired after 31 plus years with Ontario Hydro in drafting, property administration, electrical engineering technician. He has spent 17 years at Deerhurst Resort in various positions at the Lakeside and Highlands golf courses. In his spare time, Dave also volunteers for the Huntsville Lions Club, Muskoka Heritage Place, Portage Flyer conductor, Huntsville Train Station Society, Reel Alternatives Huntsville and Huntsville Public Library. His hobbies include woodworking, golfing, fishing and reading.