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Board of directors

OMA Insurance is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ontario Medical Association. The corporate governance practices of the OMAI are aligned with its parent company, the OMA. The OMAI Board of Directors consists of both OMA members and industry experts.

Role of the board

The board is responsible for guiding the company’s strategic direction, driving its performance and overseeing the activities of management and the operation of the company, for the long-term success of the OMA and its members.

Susan Armstrong

Board chair

Susan Armstrong

Board chair

FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Susan Armstrong joined the OMAI Board of Directors in September 2020.

Prior to this, Armstrong was the president and CEO of CDSPI, an organization that offers insurance and investment products, services and advice to the Canadian dental community. She served as the senior vice-president at Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada, where she led the finance, information technology and compliance functions. Her previous roles also include the senior vice-president and chief financial officer at CIBC Insurance, and vice-president and chief financial officer at Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company.

She brings a wealth of corporate director experience in the insurance and health-care sectors. She is currently vice-chair of the board of LAWPRO (Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company) and chair of the Audit and Conduct Review Committee of Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company and Canadian Premier General Insurance Company. Armstrong also serves on the board of trustees of CAMH and on the board of West Park Healthcare Centre.

Past roles include serving as chair of the board of Michael Garron Hospital and serving on the boards of McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, The George Hull Centre for Children and Families, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Armstrong has a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Toronto. She is a fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Allan O’Dette

Allan O’Dette

MBA, ICD.D

Allan O’Dette is a results-oriented leader with more than 30 years of experience in public, private, not-for-profit and volunteer sectors, where he has a proven track record of success in leading change and organizational renewal. O’Dette is the CEO of the OMA, where he is driving transformation and modernization in the 140-year-old organization. Previously, O’Dette was appointed the first chief investment officer for the Province of Ontario, in which he led the creation of a customer-focused, cross-functional enterprise, generating billions of dollars in new attraction and retention investment to the province.

As president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for more than five years, O’Dette led the revitalization of Ontario’s most influential business organization, which has 60,000 members in more than 135 communities. O’Dette is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in progressive leadership roles in the bio-pharmaceutical sector. Passionate in support of Canadian business and his community, O’Dette has served on numerous private and not-for-profit boards and committees, including serving as vice-chair of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Board of Directors. O’Dette was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to his community and his philanthropic activities.

Anthony Knight

Anthony Knight

MBA

Anthony Knight is the CEO of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS), where he is responsible for leading the implementation of its strategic plan and managing the operations of the society. Since joining the society as CEO in 2010, he has led various initiatives to modernize the NBMS and health care in New Brunswick, including launching Family Medicine New Brunswick, a provincial electronic medical records program and an enhanced physician wellness service.

Knight holds a master’s degree in business and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of New Brunswick. He was recognized as Canadian Executive of the Year in 2008 while serving as CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce. In the community, Knight serves on the board of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick and the Law Society of New Brunswick’s discipline committee.

Dr. Deepa Soni

Dr. Deepa Soni

Dr. Deepa Soni is an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also a staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Trillium Health Partners, Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga. Dr. Soni currently serves as the branch society president for OMA District 5. She has served on various hospital committees and was the communications chair for Canadian Women in Medicine from 2018 to 2019. Dr. Soni holds a medical degree from Queen’s University and completed her residency in family medicine followed by extra training in emergency medicine. She also serves as a guest speaker and parent liaison at the Halton District School Board.

Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham

MBA, ICD.D

Gordon Graham joined the OMAI Board in September 2020, bringing more than 20 years of financial sector and board experience with him. Graham is the CEO of asrTrust, an employee life and health trust providing benefits for auto sector retirees. In the past, he held leadership positions at AccertaClaim Servicorp Inc. and e-route Inc. as president and CEO. He was the vice-president of market regulation and provincial affairs at Canadian Life & Health Insurance Association.

Graham is the board chair at Stelco Retiree Health Care. He has also served on other boards, including Hospice Toronto and Advocis Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and politics and an  MBA, both from Queen’s University. Graham has a law degree (LLB) from University of Windsor and is called to the Ontario Bar. He also holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Dr. Audrey Karlinsky

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Dr. Audrey Karlinsky

Dr. Audrey Karlinsky is a founding partner of the Bellair Family Practice as well as assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, with the University of Toronto. Dr. Karlinsky has served on the OMA Board in various capacities including as the OMA director representing District 11, vice-chair of the OMA Finance and Audit Committee, member of the OMA Strategy and Transformation Committee, member of the Board of Governors of the Ontario Medical Foundation and member of the OMA Advantages Retirement Program Investment Committee. Dr. Karlinsky is also part-time staff with the Mount Sinai Family Practice and courtesy staff with Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Karlinsky is the current vice-chair of the OMA Board of Directors.

Robert J. Ritchie

Robert J. Ritchie

MBA

Robert Ritchie brings more than 35 years of experience in the insurance, pension and financial services industry to the OMAI Board. He is currently the CEO of Halifax Regional Municipality Pension Plan. Ritchie has held various roles in the insurance industry, including executive vice-president, wealth management at Great-West Life Canada, chief investment officer at Canada Life U.K. and president of London Capital Management Ltd. He has served on a number of boards and is currently a director of the Ontario Pension Board and a trustee of the Merrymount Foundation. Ritchie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sanjay Acharya

Dr. Sanjay Acharya

ICD.D

Dr. Sanjay Acharya is the medical director of the Chronic Vent Ward at St. Vincent’s Hospital, a retired provincial coroner and chair of the AFP governance committee. He currently practices in Ottawa at the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) and Bruyere Continuing Care. He was the president of the medical staff at QCH for 10 years and was also the chief of staff. He served on the hospital board and is also a past president of the OMA Ottawa Branch Society. Dr. Acharya has served as vice-chair of OMA council for several years and was elected chair in 2018. He was a Canadian Armed Forces medical officer who served as a primary care physician in Petawawa and overseas as an anesthesiologist. He graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland before completing his postgraduate training in anaesthesia at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Acharya holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.