Michael Nicin served as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Seniors Affairs, leading the design and launch of the $155 million provincial seniors strategy - the first government led seniors strategy in Canada. He also served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services, where he oversaw the design and launch of the $500 million Ontario Autism Program. Prior to this he also served as the Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for CARP, a 300,000 member based advocacy organization for older Canadians.
DR. SAMIR SINHA
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH
Dr. Samir Sinha is the Director of Health Policy Research and Co-Chair of the NIA. He is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. He currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto. He is a Rhodes scholar, with great breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly. In 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the expert lead of Ontario's Seniors Strategy. He has further consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, Canada, Iceland, the United States and China. In 2014, Toronto Life named him one of Toronto’s Best Doctors while Maclean’s proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SECURITY RESEARCH
Bonnie-Jeanne is the Director of Financial Security Research of the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the resident scholar at Eckler Ltd.
Her research focuses on the retirement and health programs available to Canada's ageing population with the goal of helping older Canadians have better financial security. Bringing together leading industry experts and building on academic best practices coupled with innovative research, her insightful perspectives continue to help advance the retirement security landscape.
DIRECTOR OF POLICY
Ivy Wong is the NIA’s Director of Policy, shaping the policy agenda and recommendations of the Institute. She is also Senior Policy Lead at the Women’s College Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) where she is the Network Director for BeACCoN (Better Access and Care for Complex Needs), a federal initiative funded by CIHR (Canadian Institutes for Health Research) and SPOR (Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research), which connects research and evaluation to policy and practice to improve outcomes, quality and efficiency of care for high needs, high cost patients and their caregivers in the community.
Ivy holds a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics, a Master of Public Affairs from L’Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a BA cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER
Arianne Persaud is an accomplished government relations professional, well-versed in the varied political landscapes throughout Canada. She has extensive experience in legislative and regulatory affairs, stakeholder relations, policy development, political communication, and crisis management.
Prior to joining the NIA, Arianne held key positions at Queen's Park in the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ontario’s Anti- Racism Directorate, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports. While in government, she played a pivotal role in the passing of legislation, serving as a trusted advisor to respected cabinet ministers.
Arianne earned her BA in Political Science and Governance from Ryerson University.
Julie first came to the NIA as a graduate practicum student in January 2017. After receiving her Masters of Public Health with a specialization in Gerontology from Lakehead University, she joined the NIA as a policy analyst. In her role, she has been involved in the background research, stakeholder engagement, and co-authorship of the health policy white papers. Julie has also worked as Network Manager for BeACCoN (Better Access and Care for Complex Needs), a federal initiative funded by CIHR (Canadian Institutes for Health Research) and SPOR (Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research), connecting research and evaluation to policy and practice to improve care for high needs, high-cost patients and their caregivers in the community.
Allan McKee is the Communications Officer for the NIA. In this role, he is responsible for spreading the NIA’s work across a range of platforms and media. He leads the NIA’s social media, marketing, thought leadership and media engagement activities. He has been responsible for shaping the message of the NIA, raising awareness of the NIA’s policy recommendations, and has led the research, production and promotion of policy development as well. Holding a BA in History and an MA in Journalism, he is also a Program Assistant at Sinai Health System’s Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program, where he leads its communications, product development, and knowledge translation initiatives.