Who we are - Staff

ABOUT AFHTO

STAFF

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Kavita Mehta

kavita.mehta@afhto.ca

Kavita Mehta has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario (AFHTO) since December 2016.  Prior to joining AFHTO, Kavita was the Executive Director of the South East Toronto Family Health Team (SETFHT) and also spent some time at the Ministry of Health as a Senior Program Consultant, where she participated in the policy and program development work for family health teams and primary care renewal.

For five years, Kavita also served on The Change Foundation Board, an independent health policy think-tank that works to inform positive change in Ontario’s health care system. Kavita has an interest in integrated care and ensuring that interprofessional team-based primary care be the foundation of health system reform, with a focus on patient co-design and improving the patient and caregiver experience. 

Kavita graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and after working as a Public Health Nurse for 4 years, she returned to McMaster to complete her MBA, with a focus on Health Services Management and Marketing. She has also completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and participated in the inaugural Toronto Central LHIN Rotman Mentorship Program. 


MANAGER, FINANCE AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS

Sombo Saviye

sombo.saviye@afhto.ca

Sombo’s role is to ensure the efficient operations of AFHTO and provide executive support to the CEO, Board, and the Finance and Audit Committee. She brings to AFHTO extensive management and administrative experience from the non-profit co-operative housing sector.

Sombo’s career began as a Project Assistant with Tenants Non-Profit Redevelopment Co-operative, after which she worked as a Property Manager for Willow Glen Co-operative Inc. and Ujamaa Housing Co-operative Inc. She also worked as Co-operative Services Officer at the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (Ontario Region), where she provided management and organizational support to member housing co-operatives and collaborated with local federations in serving their members. She has also managed a small-scale accessories design business.

Sombo enjoys contributing her expertise to AFHTO to support our members in their delivery of quality primary care to Ontarians.


MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT • MANAGER, MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNICATIONS

Paula Myers

paula.myers@afhto.ca

Paula has fulfilled diverse roles at AFHTO, from ensuring the smooth delivery of governance workshops across the province to her current position in communications and conference logistics. She has a MSc. in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also has years of experience working and volunteering in a variety of sectors, fulfilling roles from client relations to project coordination and is happy to bring this experience to AFHTO.


Beth MacKinnon May 2021

SENIOR ASSOCIATE, POLICY AND ADVOCACY

Beth MacKinnon

beth.mackinnon@afhto.ca

Beth brings 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including eight years in operations and communications in the provincial government. Prior to joining AFHTO, she worked for the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for four years. She was the point of contact in the Minister’s Office for Members of Provincial Parliament and their teams across the province, and she advised MPPs on how to address questions and help with concerns regarding health care, including primary care. In addition, she led communications roll-outs for local announcements and helped MPPs speak to government issues and investments.

Beth has a strong understanding of the health care system and is passionate about good health and strong health care. She is excited to work with AFHTO and with those who deliver and manage primary care, the entry point to the health care system.


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Director, Governance and Integration

Bryn Hamilton

bryn.hamilton@afhto.ca

Bryn brings over 10 years of health care experience to the AFHTO team, having worked both regionally and provincially with senior level decision makers across all health care sectors. Over the past 5 years she has worked with the Local Health Integration Networks, most recently as a Senior Consultant at the LHIN Collaborative where she led multiple provincial initiatives focusing on primary care system integration, performance management and accountability, quality improvement, strategic planning, governance, implementing provincial strategy and promoting best practices. Prior to joining the LHINs, Bryn worked in a clinical environment providing cancer care and assisted in opening Canada’s first portable Radiation Therapy Treatment Unit. Bryn has a MHSc in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Health Executive (CHE).


Ravinder Bahniwal

Quality and Knowledge Exchange Specialist

Raveen Bahniwal

| raveen.bahniwal@afhto.ca

Ravninder completed her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University where she has experience in quantitative research, mainly running randomized controlled trials with the Exercise Metabolism Research Group. She received her master’s in public health from Western University where she worked on a research project within the Department of Family Medicine investigating the connection between artificial intelligence and primary care challenges. During the pandemic, Ravninder has been working as a Community Health Ambassador to provide wraparound COVID-19 supports to high-risk neighbourhoods and support community members in getting vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Raveen developed a passion for working in the quality improvement field during her last role as a practice facilitator where she worked with primary care clinics to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake. Raveen is excited to work with AFHTO and its partners to expand her knowledge about quality improvement and team-based care.


 

Alex Christy

Program and Operations Coordinator

Alexander Christy

| alexander.christy@afhto.ca

Originally from British Columbia, Alex moved to Ontario in 2017 to pursue a career in health policy, administration and promotion. He is familiar with both BC and Ontario's health systems and is passionate about health policy. Alex is excited to join AFHTO where he hopes to expand his knowledge and apply himself to improving and supporting access to quality team-based care.


 

Abisola Otepola

Director of Policy and Stakeholder Relations

Abisola Otepola

| abisola.otepola@afhto.ca

Abisola joins AFHTO from the Ontario Public Service where she worked as a Manager to the Associate Deputy Minister of Health. She also previously worked as a Team Lead with oversight of the funding, policy, and performance of Ontario Health Teams, a population health model designed to end hallway healthcare and build a connected provincial health care system. 

At the Ministry of Health, she led and developed projects from design to scale, including a multi-year plan for scaling bundled care across the province. She brings a strong understanding of integrated care programs and a wealth of experience delivering on complex policy and programs across hospital, community and primary care settings. Abisola graduated from the University of Ottawa with a double major in Economics and Political Science, and completed a master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of York (United Kingdom).

Abisola is passionate about working in healthcare in the evolving funding, policy, and stakeholder climate, and developing programs that are reflective of our diverse community and its needs.