Canadian Hearing Services is governed by a volunteer board of directors, the majority of whom are Deaf or hard of hearing. By law, these directors are accountable for the oversight of the agency. Learn more about the role of the Board of Directors. The current Board of Directors are:
Mark Wafer is a former Tim Hortons restaurant owner from Toronto. During his 25 years as a business owner Mark and his wife Valarie hired almost 200 workers with disabilities in meaningful and competitively paid positions. On average, the Wafers employed 45 workers with disabilities from a workforce of 250 or 17% of their workforce.
Mr. Wafer believes there is a clear and compelling business case for real inclusion.
As a member of the Federal government’s panel on labour market initiatives for Canadians with disabilities he helped to create Canada's national strategy on disability employment. He is the co-founder of Canadian Business SenseAbility and was a member of Ontario's Economic Development partnership council. Mark is an advisor to many levels of government both nationally and around the world and is a sought-after keynote speaker.
Mr. Wafer is a recipient of Canada's Meritorious Service Cross, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship and was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2014.
A prolific connector of people, Mr. Wafer has raised over $45 million in the non-profit sector. In his spare time, he is a Motorsports enthusiast, race car driver and former amateur sports car champion.
Timothy Andradé completed both his B.A. (Honours, Psychology) and M. Ed (Counselling) at the University of Ottawa. His subsequent professional career included 14 years working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor, and then as the Disabilities Awareness Program Coordinator and Trainer at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre for 12 years prior to his retirement. He was a friend of CHS Ottawa for many years and a strong advocate to reduce barriers in health care settings. He was welcomed to the CHS Board in 2012 and then appointed to the role of Board Chair from 2014-2019.
Donna Bain brings experience in planning, leading and evaluating change in health, rehabilitation, and injury management services to the CHS Board. In her former roles as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Health Services at the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, she was recognized as an industry leader in workplace disability management with an unwavering focus on client outcomes. As CEO of Donna Bain & Associates Inc., Donna now provides advisory services to organizations across Canada seeking to enhance their disability management programs.
Dr. Bain is a graduate instructor at OCAD University in Toronto where she teaches inclusive design. Her research publications include topics such as concussion treatment and opioid use policy. In addition to her experience in not for profit governance, she also has personal experience advocating for health and educational resources for children and persons with disabilities. She holds a M.S.W. from the Faculty of Social Work and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
Donald Barnes is a senior executive with domestic and international experience. An accomplished change leader in complex environments, he brings broad executive management experience in the administration and operation of service organizations.
From Memorial University of Newfoundland, Mr. Barnes holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He has occupied various senior executive positions over the last 30 years, notably in the fields of services management, organizational transformation and business strategy.
Marilyn Brophy is a retired senior investment executive and former Managing Director, Head of Equity Research at CIBC Asset Management. Ms. Brophy is an accomplished business leader with substantial experience in multiple disciplines including investment management, equity capital markets, company strategic analysis, risk assessment and the development of organizational capability. Most recently she acted as a builder and leader of one of Canada’s largest buy-side equity research teams. Alongside this role, she co-managed approximately $5 billion of equity assets on behalf of institutional and retail investors. Ms. Brophy holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University, Master of Arts - Economics from McMaster University, Bachelor of Arts - BA, Honours - Economics from Queen’s University, Chartered Director designation from The Directors College, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. She is also a Board Director for ivari Canada and for Park Lawn Corporation (PLC - TSX).
Dr. McLaughlin is the CEO at McLaughlin Educational Consulting Services focusing on specialized education communities. In addition to extensive experience with diverse organizations at local, provincial, national and international levels, he provides leadership development, policy governance and strategic planning.
Dr. McLaughlin is also Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia where he teaches Master of Education courses. He holds a Doctor of Education from Alliant International University-San Francisco Bay; Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology & Education from The University of British Columbia and Bachelor of Arts from Gallaudet University.
In August 2019, Government of Canada (Governor in Council) appointed Dr. McLaughlin as one of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO), a new organization established by the Accessible Canada Act (C-81). Dr. McLaughlin is a native ASL user and his research interests are social justice, Non-Profit organizations development, community consultation, and Deaf Studies.
The Honourable David C. Onley was appointed Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor (2007-2014), the first with a physical disability. He adopted accessibility as the overarching theme of his mandate, defining accessibility as “that which enables people to achieve their full potential”. Prior to his vice-regal appointment, Mr. Onley enjoyed a 22-year career as a television journalist and news anchor for CityTv and CP24 in Toronto.
Mr. Onley has received many awards in recognition for his advocacy, service and commitment to accessibility. He is a member of the Order of Ontario and was recently named to the Order of Canada. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Onley is Guest Lecturer and Distinguished Visitor at the U o T Scarborough where he teaches Senior Seminar courses on the Vice Regal Office in Canada and the Politics of Disability.
Michelle Séguin is a fluently bilingual experienced strategic leader and change management executive that has operated in large multi-stakeholder environments under intense public scrutiny.
Ms. Seguin has over twenty-five years of senior leadership experience in the public sector as Vice President Corporate Affairs and Chief Risk Officer at Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario, Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President for Legal Aid Ontario and as the Director, Finance and Treasurer for the Town of Oakville. She holds an MBA from Queen's University, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and Corporate Directors designation from the DeGroot School of Business, McMaster University.
Fred Speckeen brings decades of experience in music, sound, technology and business building to his role at Canadian Hearing Services. A professional Jazz musician for over 40 years and with over 30 years executive-level experience building businesses spanning recording studio loudspeakers, digital audio signal processors for live musicians, semiconductors for digital audio networking, mobile audio software and big data analytics for ecommerce and digital marketing. Mr. Speckeen brings his skills, experience and passion to the Board as it works to support Canadian Hearing Services and fulfilling the Strategic Plan. He holds a BA (Honours) Music degree from St Francis Xavier University and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business.
For more than 25 years, Ms. Dumanian has been a leader and accomplished executive in the field of healthcare administration and operations. Serving in the public, non-profit and private sectors, she has held CEO and senior executive roles in multiple Canadian organizations.
Recognized nationally as a transformational leader, Ms. Dumanian has a unique ability to maximize the impact of organizations that are built to deliver positive human outcomes and empower lives. She brings a passion and vision to every organization that she touches, and Canadian Hearing Services is no different. Inspired by a world in which all individuals have equal opportunity for participation – she is relentless in her pursuit of providing a barrier-free society for Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians.
Ms. Dumanian has taken the bold steps necessary to set Canadian Hearing Services on a path to become the most comprehensive full-service hearing health care provider in Canada. An innovative and strategic Chief Executive Officer, she has set a five-year evolution that is overflowing with ambition yet grounded in a realistic and measurable blueprint. Her vision for the organization becomes attainable in part through her commitment to meticulous planning, but most importantly through her ability to empower and inspire her people.
Ms. Dumanian is unwavering in her belief in the potential that Canadian Hearing Services has to empower the lives of Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians. Through her commitment to the organization and her unique and unparalleled leadership style, she continues to raise the bar for the communities and people that she serves.