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Appointee Biographies

Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario


Joan Fisk is former Chair of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, where she served from 2011 to 2017. She is additionally the former Director of Gore Mutual Insurance and former Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. Her community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Advisory Council for the School of Business and Economics with the University of Guelph. Ms. Fisk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph.


Linda Robbins is a former account receivable/payable and payrolls for Northwood Development, and a former business analyst/advisor for Bell Canada. Her community involvement includes serving as a coordinator for PROBUS, and a hostess for Canadian Blood Service.


Jose Cordeiro recently retired as a Senior Office for the Portuguese Consulate General in Toronto. As the official representative of the Portuguese government, Mr. Cordeiro served Portuguese citizens living in Ontario and Manitoba. For the past 30 years, Mr. Cordeiro has been actively serving the community. He was a former Director at Macao Club, founder of Amigu di Macau Arts & Culture (ADM) and presently holding the position of President of the same organization. At about 10 years ago, through the success of Mr. Cordeiro, ADM became a member of Alliance of Portuguese Clubs and Associations of Ontario (ACAPO) and, in this organization, he also served 2 terms of office as member of Audit Committee. In addition to speaking English and Portuguese, Mr. Cordeiro speaks Cantonese.


Joseph Paul Malette was General Counsel and Regional Director for the Tax Law Services Division of the Department of Justice of Canada and the Ontario Regional Office, before retiring in 2017. In these roles, Mr. Malette was involved in mediation and grievance hearings as well as dealing with personnel issues. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Mr. Malette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and he attended Osgoode Hall Law School.


Murthy Ghandikota has served as a Member of Metropolitan Toronto and Toronto public Library Boards. Murthy has experience in the Health Regulatory field in the Province of Ontario including Six years as a public Council Member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and Four Years as a public Council Member of the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario. For over Fifteen years, he served as a Public Member of both Federal and Provincial Administrative Tribunals such as the Assessment Review Board, Board of Inquiry (Ontario Human Rights Commission), Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Review Tribunals for the Canada Pension Plan(CPP) and Old Age Security(oAS). Murthy's extensive community service includes working with several diverse and Ethnocultural-Cultural community groups for a period of over Twenty Years as a volunteer. Served as a Citizen Member of the City of North York World City Committee City of North York Recreation Grants Advisory Panel.


Shannon Weber is a leadership and governance consultant with over 20 years of experience working in the public and not-for-profit sectors. In addition, to her consulting practice, Shannon is a faculty member in the School of Business at Conestoga College. Shannon is proud to call Waterloo Region home and has been involved in the community in a variety of capacities. Most recently she has served as a member of the City of Kitchener Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Smart Waterloo Region Advisory Board and as a mentor in the Launchpad program at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. Shannon holds an MBA from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics and a BA (Economics) from the University of Waterloo.


Rob Payne is currently a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones. He is a strategic, active listener with a passion for improving the financial lives of Canadians. He is also a former Municipal Councillor for King Township and active member of the community.


Julia Goyal is an Affiliate at the Global Labour Research Center and Member of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. She has a strong interest in mental health and public health outcomes both professionally and personally. Ms. Goyal is a member of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Board of Directors. She also sits on the Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo-Wellington Board Governance Committee. In terms of past community leadership and board memberships, she has served as Chair of University of Waterloo Graduate Studies Endowment Fund, Senator on the University of Waterloo Senate and Governor on the University of Waterloo Board of Governors. In terms of education, Ms. Goyal holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology from McMaster University and a Master of Science in Public Health and Health Systems from the University of Waterloo.


Lucy Becker is Vice-President of Public Affairs and Policy at the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority. In addition, she serves as a Public Member on the Governing Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and as a Director on the Board of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario. Previously, she was employed as the VP of Public Affairs and Member Education Services for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) for almost 10 years before retiring in 2022. She has been and continues to be a champion for the protection of consumers – especially seniors – and for equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. With an extensive regulatory background, Ms. Becker also served as an executive with the Law Society of Upper Canada (now Ontario), was a dedicated Ontario public servant and worked in the investment and brewing sectors. Ms. Becker believes strongly in community and public service and over the years has led various fundraising activities, notably for juvenile diabetes. She is also an elected Volunteer Director with the Don Valley Community Legal Services.


Fred Sherman is principal of Hill Solutions Public Affairs which deploys core strategic communications, leadership and change management competencies to help political, public, and business stakeholders achieve targeted goals. He has counseled leaders, trained Canadian teachers and military Public Affairs Officers in strategic communications capability; and helped steer national scale Government of Canada change initiatives at National Defence, Health Canada, the Public Service Commission, Treasury Board, and the Parliament of Canada. His previous board service includes the University of Windsor, the United Way, Leadership Ottawa, and the Social Planning Council of Ottawa. A graduate of the University of Windsor (Political Science/Public Administration), Fred Sherman was also a founding steward of a University of Ottawa Law Faculty Endowment Fund for disadvantaged students.


Peter Pielsticker retired in 2011 at which time he commenced his own financial consulting practice. Previously, he held a variety of senior financial positions with both private and public companies primarily in the service and construction industries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University and is a CPA, CA with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.


I am married with two children. I was born in Sudbury, Ontario. I have lived in Montreal and Aylmer, Quebec. I have also lived in Nepean, Ajax and Woodbridge, Ontario. I currently reside in Oakville, Ontario. For over 25 years I have been an investment, financial and real estate professional. I am currently a real estate salesperson. I have been a coach, leader and mentor with various sports associations. I am currently a youth soccer coach with the Oakville Soccer Club.


is Associate Professor at the University of Windsor. She is a former Assistant Provost at the University of Windsor and a former Director of the Alberta Initiative with the Fraser Institute. Ms. Miljan’s community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Advisory Committee of Kingsville Municipal Heritage. She is a member of the Canadian Political Science Association.


Mr Faiq Bilal holds a PhD in Microbiology from King’s College, University of London, United Kingdom. He has made significant contributions to the development of science and technology in various countries around the world. After completing his education, Mr. Bilal began his career as a lecturer and later worked on various science advisory positions. In 1998, he joined the international organization ICESCO as Director of Science. He assisted ICESCO member states in formulating national science and technology policies, building capacities in science and technology, and mobilizing scientific research for sustainable development Dr. Bilal's has remained a member of various international committees and boards in science and medical fields. Apart from his professional achievements, Dr. Bilal volunteers his free time for community services and is currently a founding President of a non-for-profit organization that engages and empowers seniors to improve their quality of life.