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Appointee Biographies

Council of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario


Tyrone Skanes is a retired police officer, having served with the Toronto Police Service for thirty years. He has been very active as a community volunteer and hosted an annual charity golf tournament (partnered with the Children's Aid Foundation) for fifteen years. Mr. Skanes is a past recipient of the Toronto Police Service Chief of Police Award. He is a member of the Council of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and the Assessment Review Board and is a former member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.


Jesse Finn is a Toronto-based management consultant who specializes in building high-performing teams. Jesse has served clients in provincial and national associations, the healthcare, mental health, public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Jesse is a skilled facilitator and communicator which he applies to every engagement to ensure succinct, articulate deliverables that are bought into by your key stakeholders. Jesse holds a BA with Distinction from Wilfried Laurier University’s department of history and has continued his education at the University of Toronto, where he has earned certificates in project management, strategic public relations, and integrated marketing communications. Jesse is also a member of the Canadian Forces College Foundation.


Laina Smith is a lawyer at Infrastructure Ontario. Prior to joining IO, Laina was legal counsel at a global engineering company and practiced as a corporate commercial lawyer with a leading Toronto law firm. Laina received an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.


Carole Baxter is a tutoring program and fundraising coordinator for Safetynet Children and Youth Charities, and a former research microbiologist for the University of Toronto. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as a chapter coordinator for Canadian Association for Girls in Science.