Board of Directors

The IOP Board of Directors is comprised of individuals devoted to the Mission, Vision and Values of the International Outreach Program. Director members of the Board are responsible for Program oversight, developing the strategic plan, making program recommendations and approving all financial decisions. They ensure that the goals and objectives of the program are met and that the strategic plan is implemented.
The IOP Board composition ensures the experience of each member will have a diverse range of perspectives and expertise in order to l contribute to a Board that functions optimally and effectively.

Karen
Belaire
Chairman, IOP Board of Directors; Director, Chief Executive Officer, SSW

Karen Belaire is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shared Services West, a shared service organization specializing in supply chain optimization in the not-for-profit sector. Karen has held such roles as the Chief Operating Officer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Chief Operating Officer at the London Health Sciences Centre and at St. Joseph's Health Care London, Vice President Administration for McMaster University and Vice President of Finance and Administration for St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton and for Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga.

Karen holds a CPA/CGA designation and an MBA, and she is a Chartered Director (C. Dir.). Her board experience includes: Current: Vineland Research & Innovation Centre (Chair), GS1 Canada, Centre for Surgical Invention & Innovation (CSii), St. Joseph’s Health System (International Outreach Program), and Past: Horizon Utilities, Theatre Aquarius, St. Peter’s Hospital, CIMTEC, Trillium Gift of Life Network, McMaster Innovation Park, Gore District Land Trust, McMaster Museum of Art, HSCN, Kids Health Links Foundation and CAA Southwestern Ontario.

Dr.
Alistair
Ingram
Vice Chairman, IOP Board of Directors; Professor, Division of Nephrology; Chief of Medicine, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario
McMaster University
Dr.
Jean
Chamberlain
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
McMaster University

Karen Belaire is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shared Services West, a shared service organization specializing in supply chain optimization in the not-for-profit sector. Karen has held such roles as the Chief Operating Officer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Chief Operating Officer at the London Health Sciences Centre and at St. Joseph's Health Care London, Vice President Administration for McMaster University and Vice President of Finance and Administration for St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton and for Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga.

Karen holds a CPA/CGA designation and an MBA, and she is a Chartered Director (C. Dir.). Her board experience includes: Current: Vineland Research & Innovation Centre (Chair), GS1 Canada, Centre for Surgical Invention & Innovation (CSii), St. Joseph’s Health System (International Outreach Program), and Past: Horizon Utilities, Theatre Aquarius, St. Peter’s Hospital, CIMTEC, Trillium Gift of Life Network, McMaster Innovation Park, Gore District Land Trust, McMaster Museum of Art, HSCN, Kids Health Links Foundation and CAA Southwestern Ontario.

Rebecca
Repa
Executive Vice President, Clinical Support and Performance
University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
Mr.
Graeme
Matheson
Acting Executive Director, Regional Medical Associates, Hamilton, Ontario; Budget Manager, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario ; Business Manager, Regional Geriatric Program, Hamilton, OntarioBudget Manager, Department of Medicine
McMaster University
Ms.
Mary
Ann
Breitigam
Executive Director, St. Joseph’s Health System International Outreach Program; Member, IOP Academic Advisory Committee; Secretary Treasurer IOP Board of Directors ,

Ms. Breitigam has been a member of the St. Joseph’s Health System team since 1974, in various clinical and support services roles at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton. She is currently the Executive Director of the IOP and is responsible for program oversight, including the operations of the Academic Advisory Committee of the IOP. Her first experience with the work of the IOP was via a trip to Haiti in 2010 in order to aid and educational support after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake

Ms. Breitigam has been a member of the St. Joseph’s Health System team since 1974, in various clinical and support services roles at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton. She is currently the Executive Director of the IOP and is responsible for program oversight, including the operations of the Academic Advisory Committee of the IOP. Her first experience with the work of the IOP was via a trip to Haiti in 2010 in order to aid and educational support after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake

Mr.
Adam
Rambert
Assistant General Counsel, Apotex, Toronto, Canada
Ms.
Kyla
Kumar
Vice President Marketing, Communications, Information Technology & Government Relations YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford
Dr.
Brian
Cameron
Professor Emeritus, Pediatric Surgery Past Director of International Surgery Desk and MacGlObAS. McMaster University
McMaster University