Members of the Board of Health

The Board of Health includes 11 members -

Six City Council representatives

Five public members

Public members of the Board of Health

Dr. Atul Kapur

Dr. Atul Kapur is an Emergency Physician at the Ottawa Hospital and a highly respected advocate in tobacco control who has been involved with initiatives at the local, provincial, national, and international levels. These efforts led to his current position as President of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada. A former Vice-Chair of the Canadian Medical Association's Council on Health Care and Promotion, he currently serves on its Ethics Committee and also sits on the Ontario Medical Association’s negotiations, budget and health policy committees. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a Collaborating Investigator with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, where his research interests include the interface between public health and emergency medicine.


Dr. Lewis Leikin

Dr. Lewis Leikin is a psychologist specializing in mental health and chronic illness. Over the past three decades, Dr. Leikin has worked with children, youth and their families at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and consulted to a variety of community, national and governmental organizations regarding the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. As a Clinical Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Leikin supervises resident and intern training in child psychotherapy, and he has conducted published research in the areas of health psychology, emergency room utilization, and childhood psychopharmacology. Long active in the community, Dr Leikin has served on the Boards of the Ontario Psychological Association, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, and on Advisory Panels for the Canadian Psychological Association, the Learning Disability Association of Ottawa, and other organizations. In addition to a very busy professional life, Dr Leikin is an active outdoors enthusiast, a proud father of two, and grandfather of three young adventurers.  


Suzanne Pinel

Suzanne Pinel has had a remarkable career as a nurse educator, singer-songwriter and counselor, pouring her energy into the well-being of children. A graduate of the University of Ottawa in science (nursing) and social hygiene, she taught pediatrics and child development at the Ottawa General Hospital’s School of Nursing and music therapy at Algonquin College. In addition, she has organized and spoken at many conferences and workshops on how music impacts child development. She developed and directed music programs on behalf of organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Outaouais school board, and the faculties of education at the University of Ottawa and Laurentian University. From 1998 to 2012, she was a Canadian citizenship judge.

Ms. Pinel is also known for her work in television and the arts. As the creator of the award-winning children’s TV show “Marie-Soleil,” she released several albums and videos, including educational materials for learning French as a second language.

Ms. Pinel has sat on several boards of directors, including charities: the CHEO Foundation, La Cité collégiale, the Canadian Institute of Child Health, the Hôpital Montfort Association, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Montfort Long-Term Care Centre, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, United Way Ottawa, Kids Help Phone, the Easter Seals, Canadian Blood Services, the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, the Say No to Drugs campaign and the Children’s Vaccination Awareness Program, to name a few.

Ms. Pinel has received several awards for her community service, including the President’s Prize from the Ontario Medical Association for her work to improve population health. In 1991, she received Canada’s highest honour when she became a Member of the Order of Canada. In June 2003, the University of Ottawa awarded her an honorary doctorate, and in 2012 Ms. Pinel received the Order of Ontario.

Ms. Pinel is an Ottawa native, a mother of three and a grandmother of four.


Jo-Anne Poirier (Vice-Chair)

Jo-Anne Poirier joined VON Canada in 2014 as President and Chief Executive Officer. From 2008 until 2014, Jo-Anne was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. Under her leadership, Ottawa Community Housing received several awards for excellence including the 2011 Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award’s Non-Profit Organization of the Year. Jo Anne was previously Vice-President, Resource Development and Chief Executive Officer of the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign for United Way Ottawa, First Vice-President, Business Development for MBNA Canada Bank, and Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services with the City of Gloucester. She has worked over 35 years in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Jo-Anne is also actively involved in the community and on several Boards of Directors. She is currently the Second Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Vice-Chair of the City of Ottawa Board of Health. She was a founding LHIN Board member from 2005-2010. Jo-Anne has received several awards for her work in the community, including most recently the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the 2012 Dirigeante de l'année, Secteur Communautaire (2012 CEO of the year - Non-Profit sector) Award from the Regroupement des gens d'affaires de la capitale nationale.


Peter Tilley

Peter Tilley has been the Executive Director of the Ottawa Mission since June 2013. The Ottawa Mission is one of Ottawa’s oldest yet most progressive downtown shelters for the homeless, providing a full range of services to the less fortunate in our community.

Before taking over at the helm of the Ottawa Mission, Peter served for 14 years as the Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank, leading that organization to become recognized as one of Canada’s most visible and most respected food banks.

A graduate of the Business Administration Program at Algonquin College (1984), Peter has also worked as a manager in the recruitment industry and as a senior manager in the hotel industry.

Peter now teaches the Introduction to Non Profit Management course at Algonquin College on weekends.

Peter was a 2012 Ontario Premier Award nominee and was recently recognized as Algonquin College’s Alumnus of the Year.

He is the proud father of a 19 year old daughter, Samantha, whom he has raised as a single father since she was five. 


Janet Cosier (alternate member)

These members were appointed to the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit, all terms to be effective on the date of proclamation of the amendments to the City of Ottawa Act, 1999 and to expire with the term of Council.