Thank you to the dedicated community members who volunteer their time to support the work of the Foundation.
Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation is seeking volunteer directors to help lead our organization through unprecedented growth. To learn more about the Foundation and our Strategic Priorities, click here.
Are you interested in joining us as a member of the Board of Directors? Learn more about this position and how to apply, using the links on the right side of this page.
Katherine (Kate) Cressman
After a rewarding career teaching grades 7 & 8 for the Waterloo Region District School Board, Kate retired in 2008. She has lived her entire life in North Dumfries Township and has been involved with many community organizations.
Kate has been an active member of Knox United Church in Ayr for more than 50 years. At present, she is Secretary of the Waterloo District Women’s Institute and President of the New Dundee Women’s Institute. Kate is Chair of the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) Plowing Match 1995 & 2012 Grants Committee. She was an Executive member of both these regional events and Chair of the World Plowing Organization Hospitality Committee, when Canada hosted this event in 2003. Kate has also served several years as a Director on the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Board.
Kate co-chaired the WeCareCMH North Dumfries Campaign. This small group of volunteers managed to raise over $2.5 M over a five year commitment. As recognition for this effort, this North Dumfries Team won the Chamber of Commerce Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Award for “Group of the Year” in 2018. During the same year, Kate was also awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Philanthropy Award for the Golden Triangle ‘Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser’.
Kate and her husband Reg have lived on a farm near Ayr for 50 years. They have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Cambridge Memorial Hospital has always been their family hospital.
Kate is now an active Director on the CMHF Board and considers it an honour to be part of this exceptional team.
James Goodram is Director of Economic Development for the City of Cambridge and has worked in public service for over 25 years. James has a degree in Urban Planning and a Masters in Economic Development and holds certifications as a Registered Professional Planner, as well as a Professional Land Economist.
James is dedicated to the community and is enjoying his time on the CMH Foundation Campaign Cabinet Committee so much so that he has decided to join the CMH Foundation Board of Directors. Cambridge Memorial Hospital is a foundational element of what makes Cambridge a great and caring community.
James is married to Jodi and has two daughters Lauryn and Tessa.
Cheryl Hugill CPA, CA
Cheryl Hugill is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Partner with BDO Canada. Cheryl began her career at BDO in 1983, in the Kitchener office. Cheryl’s exceptional business, client service, and management abilities led her to become a partner with BDO in 1991. Through her leadership, Cheryl successfully spearheaded BDO’s leap into the Cambridge market in 2006. Under Cheryl’s guidance, BDO has become the largest accounting firm in Cambridge.
Cheryl focuses on accounting and advisory services for owner-managed businesses, Canadian Tire franchisees, and not-for-profit housing co-ops. Her philosophy is to “know you, know your family, and know your business”. This holistic method, partnered with BDO’s team approach, ensures that Cheryl succeeds at helping her clients succeed.
Gerry Walsh is Human Resources Manager at AOC Resins and Coatings Company. She joined AOC in 2006 and is a member of the Social Committee that raises money for the Food Bank and the Christmas Foster Family Program.
Gerry has a Certificate in Human Resources Management along with a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. She also holds designations as a Certified Human Resources Leader, (CHRL) and a Certified Ergonomic Specialist (CES). Gerry is currently a Board Member with Community Living Guelph-Wellington. Raised in Newfoundland she moved to Ontario in 1986 and has lived in Cambridge since 1993.
Kevin Zimic is Dealer Principal at Ridgehill Ford Sales (1980) Limited in Cambridge for the past 10 years. Prior to this, holding senior roles in Sales and Marketing at Ford Motor Company of Canada . He is a graduate of Brock University School of Business.
Kevin is past Chair of the CMH Foundation Board of Directors and founding Chair the WeCareCMH capital campaign. He also currently serves as Chair of the Ford Dealer National Roundtable and is President of the Ford Dealer Roundtable Association.
A committed philanthropist, Kevin has actively donated time, treasure, and talent to many worthwhile charities including Foundation Board executive positions with St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation and Testicular Cancer Canada. He also served and supported the Oakville Fareshare Food Bank, The United Way of Oakville, St. Catharines Minor Hockey, Hespeler Minor Hockey, Cambridge Minor Hockey, Hespeler Minor baseball, Cambridge YWCA Walk-A-Mile, Autism Ontario, and the City of Cambridge Economic Development Advisory Committee. In 2013, he received the United Way of Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Achievement Award for Small Business Support, and in 2015 he received the Lang’s Farm Village Association Gerald D. Steinman Corporate Award for outstanding contribution to the success of the organization.
Niagara natives now happily transplanted in West Galt for seven years, Kevin and his wife Antonette are proud parents of Alexander and Rachel and love their two Golden doodles Cash and Penny.
Hospital President & CEO
Patrick Gaskin is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Patrick started his health administration career over 25 years ago, first working at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto after completing a Masters in Health Administration. In his career, he has worked in both teaching and community hospitals and also has spent time as a health care consultant and planner.
Seventeen years ago, he and his family moved to Waterloo Region where he worked at Grand River Hospital for nine years in various capacities – as a Vice President, then Executive Vice President & Regional VP for Cancer Services and served as Acting President & CEO at a time when the hospital was under provincial supervision.
For 2 years Patrick worked as a Vice President for London Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Health Care. During that time, Patrick completed a Fellowship with the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, focusing on how to engage hospital leaders in improving performance measurement and management. In 2009, he joined CMH and was appointed President & CEO in 2010.
In his career, Patrick has been asked to support organizations under provincial supervision 5 times. In each of these assignments, Patrick has worked with the senior leaders in improving the hospital’s performance.
Patrick is married to Fiona and they have 3 children.
A native of Cambridge, Janet Huber is a retired healthcare executive who held leadership positions at several Toronto hospitals during her 40-year career. She has extensive experience in leading change, promoting effectiveness, and building and encouraging high-performing clinical and operational teams.
A graduate of Guelph and Queen’s Universities, Janet has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Public Administration and certifications in healthcare management, operations leadership and not-for-profit governance. She is a current member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Janet has extensive volunteer experience and, since returning to Cambridge, served as Vice-chair of the Waterloo- Wellington Community Care Access Centre and is actively involved with the Women’s PROBUS Club, the Canadian Federation of University Women and is a member of the WeCareCMH North Dumfries Campaign, a powerhouse of a team that has raised over $2 million toward the WeCareCMH Campaign.
Angelo is a Chartered Professional Accountant and his current position is the CFO/COO of Magnet Forensics Inc. in Waterloo. Prior to joining Magnet, Angelo held a number of senior and executive positions over 16 years in Finance/Operations at RIM (BlackBerry). Prior to RIM, Angelo worked at KPMG in Waterloo. In addition to obtaining a Honours Bachelor of Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Angelo holds a Chartered Director designation from the DeGroote School of Business from MacMaster University.
Angelo has significant experience as a volunteer with Cambridge Memorial Hospital and first became involved in 2007 as a community member of their Capital Redevelopment Committee. Angelo joined the CMH Board as a director in 2008 where he chaired a number of the Board committees, including the Finance, Governance and Executive Committees. Angelo was Vice Chair of the CMH Board from 2010–2012 and Chair from 2012–2014. Angelo was heavily involved in securing approval for the hospital’s current Capital Redevelopment Project (CRP), which was approved by the Ministry of Health in 2014. Angelo’s interest in the Foundation Board is continuing to see the CRP project through inception, approval, construction and ultimately full financing by donor funding and the Ministry of Health.
Angelo and his family have lived in Cambridge since 1999 and in Waterloo Region for 25+ years. Angelo and his wife Monica have two daughters, Emily and Samantha, who were both born at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and are active with many local charities and community events.
Dr. Glenn Martin
Dr. Martin is from Waterloo Region (Elmira) and graduated from UWO Medicine 1980 and Internal Medicine 1984. Early in his career he worked at Oshawa General and Glazier Medical Center when in the spring of 1991 he came to the Department of Internal Medicine at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Martin served on MAC in 1990’s and mid 2000’s and was also on CMH Board as VP then President of Medical Staff. Prior to Dr. Rhee, Dr. Martin served as the interim Chief of Staff. He continues to enjoy a busy office practice which is restricted to Cardiology and participates in a rotation providing cardiology consultations at CMH.
Trevor McWilliams has spent over 28 years working for the City of Cambridge holding various roles including 16 years in Development Planning and six years as Senior Development Planner. Trevor is currently the Manager of Business Development in the Economic Development Division (INVEST Cambridge) at the City of Cambridge.
Trevor has been part of many projects and has participated as a member, co-Chair or Chair on several committees within our community. He is currently Staff Liaison of the Economic Development Advisory Committee for the City of Cambridge and served for almost seven years as the Secretary-Treasurer to the City of Cambridge Committee of Adjustment. Trevor’s proudest professional achievement has been serving with the INVEST Cambridge Team.
Trevor has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Physical Geography and English. Trevor also holds memberships with Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP). He has been honoured to volunteer as a guest instructor at Conestoga College for Planning Law as well as the University of Waterloo for various planning courses. He has also been honoured to be a Co-operative Leader for students at the Waterloo Regional District and Waterloo Catholic District School Boards.
Nicola Melchers is a partner at SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP and practices in the areas of Business law, Non-Profit and Charitable Corporations, Real Estate and Wills and Estates. Nicola qualified as a Solicitor in the UK in 1994 and worked in both private practice and in-house before moving to Cambridge, Canada in late 2000.
Nicola is a resident of Cambridge and is very active in the Cambridge community; she has previously served on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries and the Board of Directors of the Child Witness Centre. Nicola currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation and Cambridge Rehabilitation Homes Inc.
Nicola and her husband Andrew have two children, Grace and Stanley who are experts at keeping them busy.
Yasmine Mohamed is a leader with over 13 years of experience in the Social Services sector, with a decade of experience combining childhood education, adult learning, leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and building growth and development strategies for NGOs. Yasmine is a proven fundraiser having worked and volunteered with organizations such as Islamic Relief Canada, NISA Women’s Helpline and the Muslim Society of Waterloo Wellington. Yasmine also works as an international speaker, a professional life coach that provides Spiritual Counselling to the greater community across Central and Western Ontario.
A confident coordinator, she also has experience working with local agencies, like the Regional Police Departments and RCMP. Yasmine’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University, where Yasmine is currently working to obtaining her second degree. She is a strong believer in giving back to the community and has dedicated a great deal of time to advancing the education opportunities available to the diverse communities of Waterloo Region. Yasmine is founder of Campus Revival, a group of university and college students, working together to make a difference in peoples’ lives in the community. Yasmine is excited to bring her energy and vision to the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Connie Titizian, a lifelong resident of Cambridge, immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands as an infant. Connie studied in the Canadian Institute of Management program at University of Waterloo, and spent 10 years working senior admin roles in the publishing industry before devoting her skills to volunteer positions while raising her family.
Over the course of those 20 years, Connie applied her administrative and organizational expertise to a wide variety of volunteer positions at Woodland Park Public School and Sue Bottrill Dance Studio. A graduate of Galt Collegiate Institute, she volunteered on the organizing committees for her 25th class reunion, and the school’s 150th reunion in 2002.
Connie has always been passionate about Cambridge and her volunteer work. She is very involved in the local Armenian community, volunteering on the Board of their Saturday Language School, serving as past Chair of the local chapter of the Armenian Relief Society, and has also volunteered with St. Nishan Armenian Apostolic Church and the resettlement program for Syrian-Armenian refugees in the Cambridge area. She is a member of the organizing committee for the Armenian Prelacy Golf Tournament, which has raised funds to benefit the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation since 2009. She believes that a thriving community such as Cambridge requires a full-scale modern hospital to maintain the needs of its residents.
Connie’s husband, Mike, is the President of the Canadian Head Office of an international manufacturing company located in Cambridge. They have been married since 1982, and have 2 adult daughters, Lenna and Talina.
Billie-Anne Arthur takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole and helps others extend their thinking. She is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in financial information that levers the business. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic financing partners, and establishing governance boundaries.
Billie-Anne has worked in the hospitality sector for 40 years, with the past 8 years at The Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre as the Managing Director. Billie-Anne has been instrumental in the growth of The Cambridge Hotel and B Hospitality. The Cambridge Hotel have been proud recipients to Cambridge Chamber Awards, 2019 Spirit of Cambridge Awards, 2018 Outstanding Workplace-Employer of the Year, 2017 New Venture of the Year – B Hospitality. She has managed full service as well as select-service properties in almost every sector of the business. She has hotel opening experience and loves to take care of her guests.
Billie-Anne has several years of experience volunteering with Dutch Boy Drum & Bugle Corps as Vice President and Volunteer Parent as a member of the Waterloo Tourism Marketing Corporation. She has also participated in fundraising for many years with Dutch Boy Drum & Bugle Corps and Princess Margaret Hospital, “Weekend to Conquer Cancer” for many years.
Billie-Anne and her family are lifelong residents of the community and is a proud mom to adult twins, Sarah and Cody. Billie-Anne’s husband, Gary is a business owner of a security company in the community.