THPF Welcomes New Board Members

Mississauga, On – Trillium Health Partners (THP) Foundation welcomed new members to our Board of Directors on June 7. Collectively they bring a wealth of experience from a variety of sectors including health care, shipping and logistics, financial services, hospitality and confectionary. We are thrilled to have this diverse group of health care professionals, CEOs and executives at the helm of our organization, lending their expertise to Trillium Health Partners Foundation. Together with existing board members, they share the goal of building a new kind of health care for a healthier community. We are excited to be leveraging their skills and networks, working together to raise the critical funds required to deliver on the vision of creating a more complete, inclusive and efficient health care system for our rapidly growing community.

Meet the new additions to our Board of Directors below:


John Ferguson

John Ferguson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Purolator, leading a team of more than 13,000 employees across North America. In the course of his 30-year career, John’s experience has spanned all logistics and transportation modes. His positions have encompassed leading businesses in transportation and logistics and high-value supply chain solutions.



Houssam “Sam” Chehabeddine

Houssam “Sam” Chehabeddine is the VP & GM of Hershey Canada, with a wealth of global business experience. Prior to his current role, he held the same senior leadership position at Hershey Mexico and joined the company as the General Manager of Europe, Middle East & Africa and is excited to be bringing his strategic thinking and business acumen to the THP Foundation table.



Veni Iozzo

Veni Iozzo is Executive Vice-President of Enterprise Real Estate and Workplace Transformation at CIBC. With over 30 years in the financial services industry, her experience at the senior executive level spans a variety of disciplines including marketing, sales leadership, product development, strategy, communications, public affairs and culture transformation.



Norton Kothari

Norton Kothari is the Chairman of The Kothari Group, a privately-held and diversified company with investments in mortgage financing, equipment leasing, real estate development and hotel management. Norton Kothari and his family are proud contributors to many charitable and cultural organizations in Canada and India, including Trillium Health Partners – a hospital close to his heart.



Dr. Sameena Uddin

Dr. Sameena Uddin is the Program Chief and Program Medical Director of the Oncology Program at Trillium Health Partners. A steadfast supporter of THP Foundation, she has served as the medical co-chair for the Trillium Diwali Gala. As a team member both in clinical and administrative capacities, she has a unique understanding of the key role community can play in supporting THP.


This past year THP has been at the forefront of the battle against the global pandemic in one of the most heavily impacted regions in Canada. Despite the challenges, our hospital staff has continued to provide exceptional care to our community thanks to the generous support of individuals, organizations and companies across our region who stepped up to donate a historic $75 million, as well as send messages and gifts of thanks to our frontline workers.

That sum is almost double the annual total from 2019/20, thanks to a 76 per cent increase in the total number of donations from more than 32,000 individuals – including 9 gifts of over $1 million – an extraordinary show of support for THP in a time of remarkable need.

We are grateful to our Board of Directors for their dedication, expertise and commitment to helping our organization raise funds for THP and excitement for this next chapter.

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