Christine Elliott, Patient Ombudsman
Christine has been an advocate for vulnerable people for many years and has served as a volunteer with many community organizations, including the Grandview Children’s Centre and Durham Mental Health Services, which named one of their homes in her honour. She has also served on the board of directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Christine is the co-founder and a director of the Abilities Centre, a sports, recreation and arts facility for people of all abilities located in Whitby.
Christine lives in Whitby, Ontario with her three sons, John, Galen and Quinn.
Christine Elliott is a graduate of Western University Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980. She practised law as a partner with Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy until 2006, when she was elected as the MPP for Whitby-Ajax in a by-election. She was subsequently re-elected as the MPP for Whitby-Oshawa in 2007, 2011 and 2014. During her years at Queen’s Park Christine brought forward two private member’s bills, which resulted in Select Committees on Mental Health and Addictions and on Developmental Services. In December, 2015, Christine was appointed by the provincial government as the first Patient Ombudsman for the Province of Ontario.
Craig Thompson, Executive Director
Craig received his MHSc. Health Administration from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) and his BASc. Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He received the University of Toronto’s 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Award presented in collaboration with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and the 2016 Kevin J. Leonard Award presented in collaboration with UHN’s Centre for Global eHealth Innovation.
Craig is also a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) with the Professional Engineers of Ontario, associate member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, and member of The Beryl Institute.
Craig Thompson is a healthcare leader with more than 25 years of experience working for public and private organizations in the healthcare, design sciences and communications sectors. Craig is the past Co-chair of the Patient Experience Steering Committee at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), and is the past Chair and current board member of Progress Place – a community mental health organization.
Gabriella Skubincan, Manager, Communications and Engagement
Gabriella Skubincan is a dynamic public affairs professional with a demonstrated track record as a strategic thinker and effective relationship manager. With a diverse background and 20+ years working in progressively challenging roles, most in the health care sector, she brings to the table branding expertise, creativity and extensive experience working collaboratively across many large organizations, making connections and driving results. Gabriella holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s of Arts from the University of Waterloo.