Dr. Pichora serves as President and CEO for the Kingston Health Sciences Centre that integrated Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals April 1, 2017. Dr. Pichora is also co-chair (with the South East LHIN CEO) of SECHEF, the Executive forum of the SE LHIN and is President of the Hotel Dieu Hospital Research Institute. He has been on the medical staff at Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals since 1986.
Dr. Pichora completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Queen’s University and clinical fellowships at the University of Toronto and University of Alabama, Birmingham. He is a professor of surgery and mechanical and materials engineering at Queen’s University. He has served as Divisional Chair of Orthopedic Surgery for Kingston’s academic hospitals and is a founding member, a lead researcher and Board member for the Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) at Queen’s University.
As an internationally recognized leader in orthopaedics and trauma, he was named the Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research in 2015. Dr. Pichora’s presentation will explore the early benefits of the integration of KHSC and outline future opportunities for a more integrated health system for South East Ontario.
Thomas Dymond is the great-grandson of the late Chief Louis Peters of Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia. Mr. Dymond is a proud Mi’kmaq man and strong advocate for Indigenous rights, especially through his past roles with the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students Union. As the 2017 Indspire First Nations Youth Laureate, he was nationally recognized for his achievements and contributions to Indigenous people.
Thomas has spoken nationally about education and identity. He is currently a second year medical student at Queen’s University where he acts as the local officer of Indigenous Health for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. He also sits on the Indigenous Health Interest Group executive. Since coming to Queen’s, Thomas has been a powerful voice for the indigenization of the university’s medical program and aspires to one day see equitable Indigenous representation in the medical field.
Mr. Dymond will speak to the current state of Indigenous mental health and the social determinants to health. He will also touch on larger, systemic, and more colonial issues that have created the current situation for Indigenous youth.
Janeta Kobes, B.Th. is a Certified Spiritual Health Specialist and Registered Psychotherapist. She has been a Spiritual Health Practitioner at Kingston General Hospital for the past seventeen years in Critical Care, Palliative Care and Oncology, serving and companioning people from all walks of life. Her presentation will focus on dying, death and medically assistance in dying (MAID). She emphasizes that, “We are not getting out of here alive! Death is part of the natural order of things.” She will explore considerations for dying well that are purpose focused and meaning making.
Detective Staff Sgt. Rob Henderson has been a member of the OPP since 1999. His work in a variety of areas includes drug enforcement, physical surveillance, the provincial weapons enforcement unit and organized crime enforcement.
Det. Henderson is currently operational case manager of OPP Organized Crime Enforcement. He has extensive investigative experience in covert and organized crime investigations and is qualified to provide expert opinion evidence in court in the field of controlled substances, firearms and drug traffickers.
Det. Henderson’s presentation will explore issues related to the legalization of marijuana.
Gennaro DiSanto, CPA, CA – CEO, CaraCo Group of Companies
Gennaro DiSanto graduated from the University of Toronto in 1988 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He then joined the accounting firm of KPMG and ultimately obtained the designation of Chartered Accountant (now CPA) in 1990.
From 1991 to 1996, Gennaro held positions as Corporate Controller / Vice President of Finance for various companies in manufacturing and distribution. In 1996, Gennaro joined a Toronto based land developer and home builder as Vice President Finance. By late 1997, he acquired an equity position in the company and became President of the organization. Gennaro worked in land development and home building in Greater Toronto Area until 2017 at which time, he joined the CaraCo Group of Companies as CEO.
CaraCo Development Corporation, CJM Property Management, CaraCo Property Management, and CaraCo Storage are the four operating branches of the CaraCo Group of Companies, each with its own specialty encompassing land development, new home building, commercial construction, commercial and residential property portfolios, self-storage and property management operating in the both Kingston, Ontario region in Canada and the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area in the United States.
Gennaro brings with him over twenty-five years’ experience in real estate management, development and finance.