Past Lunch & Learn Panelists

Jodi Butts

Executive Director, Rise Asset Development

Jodi Butts is the Executive Director of Rise Asset Development, a charity that provides small business loans, training and mentorship to individuals with a history of mental health and addictions challenges. She holds a Master’s degree in Canadian History (University of Toronto) and is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. She was called to the Bar in 2000. Following her articles, she was one of three lawyers who founded the boutique litigation firm, Brannan Meiklejohn Butts LLP. Her practice primarily focused on assisting clients who suffered from health conditions that impacted their relationships with disability insurance carriers, employers and/or health care providers. Jodi left private practice to join Mount Sinai Hospital, where she served for more than eight years in multiple progressively more senior roles, her final being Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Operations. In that role, Jodi had responsibility for the Hospital’s capital infrastructure, governance, legal and ethical affairs, as well as corporate and hospitality services. She is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Governance Committee of the Wellesley Institute, a research and policy institute established to advance urban health, with a special focus on the social determinants of health, and is a member of the Board of Governors and Audit Committee of the University of Windsor.

Gina Di Giulio

PhD, C. Psych, LLM, Director, Psychology, Medcan

Dr. Di Giulio is a clinical psychologist who obtained her PhD at the University of Ottawa. She also completed a L.L.M. Masters Degree in Law (Health Specialization) from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Her past professional appointments include Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program; Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Stress and Anxiety Clinical Research Unit; Adjunct Clinical Faculty and Lecturer, Queen’s University, Department of Psychiatry; Clinical Psychologist at Markham Stouffville Hospital, Outpatient Mental Health Program and Practicum Supervisor of graduate students, York University, Faculty of Health. Dr. Di Giulio has been an active member of various committees in hospital settings. She has been involved with teaching, clinical research, published in peer reviewed journals and presented at conferences. She currently has an active clinical practice focusing on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) therapy, individual adult therapy and evidence based treatment strategies for weight management/behaviour modification. Her practice covers a wide range of conditions including depression, bipolar, panic disorder, health anxiety, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, social anxiety and adjustment disorders.

Sarah Lindsay

Mental health advocate & student at Rotman’s Rise Asset Development program at UofT

Sarah Lindsay began her work in mental health advocacy with a spot as the first writer in the Healthy Minds Canada Supportive Minds blog series in 2014. Since that time, Sarah has become a sought after speaker at mental health events around Toronto, including fundraising gala dinners, industry panel discussions, and on college campuses. Diagnosed with a Mood Disorder in 2005 at the age of sixteen, she has been involved the Canadian mental health system for over a decade, and knows intimately what it means to be chronically ill and still find success at both school and work. Following a serious episode of illness in 2015 which highlighted the need for more proactive wellness policies in Corporate Canada, Sarah attended Rise Asset Development’s Entrepreneurship program at the Rotman School of Management to build a plan for a workplace wellness business. In 2016 Sarah is launching Polar Wellness Consulting, which will offer workshops and training sessions to companies looking to refresh their approach to mental health in the workplace.

Janet Ozembloski

Vice-President, Legal Counsel, Privacy Officer, Medcan

As the in-house counsel and privacy officer at Medcan, Janet advises on all legal matters in the corporate and medico-legal context. As privacy officer, Janet assists in policy and protocol development and the management of patient privacy at Medcan. Janet provides guidance to Medcan’s Human Resources department in all aspects of employment law. Janet also works closely with Medcan’s doctors, health practitioners, nurses, and psychologists, and has gained first-hand experience in the day-to-day management of a health clinic. Prior to joining Medcan, Janet’s practice focused on the fields of employment law, insurance, and litigation.

Dr. Jon Kelly

Chief Executive Officer,
Responsible Gambling Council

Dr. Jon Kelly is a leading expert on player safeguards and problem gambling prevention. Since 1997 he has been CEO of the Responsible Gambling Council.

The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to problem gambling prevention and with a reputation for high-quality research. Founded in 1983, RGC has established an internationally acclaimed record of achievement in research and analysis, evaluation/program review, standards development and program design. The RGC has now accredited over 70 venues and on-line gaming sites through the RG Check program designed to be the gold standard for responsible gambling.

Jon has been invited to present on responsible gambling issues at conferences and seminars around the world including New Zealand, Norway, Australia, Italy, the United States, Singapore, Macau, Panama, the United Kingdom and Canada. Since 2011 Dr. Kelly has been a Member of Singapore’s International Advisory Panel on gambling safeguards.

Jon is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. He has an extensive background in public services and the non-profit sector. In the past, Jon has held several Policy Advisor positions in the Ontario government. He has held positions as Director of Services for Disabled Persons and the first Director of the Ontario’s Provincial Anti-Drug Secretariat.

Paul Pellizzari

Executive Director, Policy & Social Responsibility, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)

Paul Pellizzari is Executive Director of Policy & Social Responsibility at Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), where he leads the responsible gambling (RG) and environmental sustainability programs. He is also Chair of Canada’s Interprovincial Responsible Gambling Group. In 2014, OLG’s Responsible Gambling program received the World Lottery Association’s award as the top RG program of its kind in the world.

Prior to joining OLG, Mr. Pellizzari worked in public policy for the Province of Ontario, and in the private sector he has been a research director at EthicScan Canada and a communications professional at J. Walter Thompson and Noranda Inc. He is the author of two books and many articles on corporate social responsibility, and is adjunct faculty at the Queen’s University Smith School of Business.

Throughout his career he has worked with all orders of government, the United Nations and with international, national, and local not-for-profit organizations. In 2015, the World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Day Summit in Mumbai, India named Paul as one of the “Top 50 CSR Talents in the World.”

Mr. Pellizzari’s volunteer work has included serving as a director on the boards of not-for-profit organizations, leading efforts to improve neighborhood conditions, and support for the homeless.

Mr. Pellizzari holds a Master of Arts (l’Université de Montréal), an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Toronto/Queen’s) and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Queen’s).

Jason Applebaum

Jason Applebaum, owner of Responsible Gambling Services, has worked in the gaming industry for 12 years in progressive roles from Table Games Dealer to Manager. During his career, he became a problem gambler and decided to leave the industry to focus on his recovery and well-being. Since his departure, he has graduated with High Honours from the Social Service Worker Program at Seneca College and worked with Ontario Lottery and Gaming as a member of the Social Responsibility and Responsible Gambling Team. Hoping to educate and create awareness about problem gambling, he speaks about his experiences, his subsequent recovery and the lessons learned through his incredible journey.

Steve Chiasson

Steve Chiasson, CPGC, Lead, Problem Gambling Services Program, has provided addiction related counselling services at Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health for 23 years and has specialized in the treatment of gambling problems for 19 years. He has facilitated workshops on many addiction–related topics and has developed a comprehensive model and manual for the treatment of problem gambling. Steve is also the co-author of two treatment manuals for substance users.

Doug Hood

Doug is the Director of Strategic Policy and Planning at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). In his role, Doug provides strategic advice to the Chief Strategy Officer, Executive Committee, and AGCO Board on a wide range of complex initiatives, and leads the Policy and Planning Branch within the Strategy and Policy Division. The Branch coordinates the AGCO’s strategic planning, policy development, business (regulatory) intelligence and performance measurement functions. Doug also helps to manage relationships with policy branches of other regulators and with external social responsibility groups. Since joining the AGCO, Doug has served in a number of diverse roles including in Communications and Corporate Affairs, Legal Services, and Operations. Doug has and continues to play a key role in the AGCO’s ongoing transition towards risk-based, outcomes-based, and compliance-focused regulation, including with the introduction of the Standards-Based Approach (gaming).