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Appointee Biographies

Council of the College of Optometrists of Ontario


is a retired business woman and has always had challenging positions in Ontario and Quebec. Her business experience includes working for Chartered Accountants’ firms and a large electronics communication company. She is very involved in her community and has served on various Board.


Howard Kennedy is a former ophthalmic assistant for iCare Surgical and Optical. Howard’s community involvement includes serving an infanteer/infantry Officer/musician for Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserves.


Narendra Shah is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of management and governance experience in diverse health care settings including a research organization, teaching and community hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa. He has also worked in senior management capacity with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and with Mississauga Halton Local Health integration Network where he was the Chief Operating Officer. He has served on several not-for-profit boards including the United Way of peel Region. Currently, he is Chair of Nucleus Independent Living Board, an agency that provides supportive care at home to seniors and adults with disabilities. He received his MHSc in Health Administration from University of Toronto and is a certified health care executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.


Kathryn Biondi has over 35 years experience with the Ontario Public Service, where she held executive positions in OMAFRA and MCSCS ministries. Since retirement, she has volunteered on local boards, including Chatham Kent Health Alliance, Erie St Clair CCAC, Association of CCACs, CK Women United, Chatham Kent Police Services Board and Chatham Kent Community Strategic Planning Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics and a master’s in education and is a graduate of Queen’s University Executive Leadership Program. She is a professional agrologist and has much experience in rural community development.


Bashar Kassir is the owner and director of Palmyra Inc., which represents foreign alcoholic beverage manufacturers wishing to sell their products in Canada, and of the Olique Corporation, an online supplier of olive tree products. He also works as a business consultant. He demonstrates his community involvement by sitting on the board of directors of several community organizations serving children and families. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Aleppo.


Toye Soile is a certified Project Manager and Scrum Master. He is an alumnus of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto Advanced HR Management and has worked in both the private and public sectors. He has been involved in fund raising activities for Federated Health and United Way campaigns.


Lisa Holland is a lawyer in the Province of Ontario and resides in the City of Mississauga. Her legal practice has focused on the area of personal injury litigation and disability claims. She has a medical background with experience working in hospitals. Lisa also serves on the executive board at the Mississauga Potters Guild.