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Foundations at Health Sciences North welcome new board members

New members already serving on their respective boards since March 31
Health Sciences North.

Health Sciences North (HSN) Foundation, NEO Kids Foundation and the Northern Cancer Foundation have appointed new members to their respective boards of directors. 

“(These) dynamic, highly accomplished industry leaders in our community, who bring years of  experience, strategic thinking and strong commitment to volunteerism for the health of our community, will serve as board members,” said a news release.

The new members will serve on the following foundations effective March 31st, 2021: 

HSN Foundation  

Giulia Langlois, director of operations, Travelway Inn Sudbury 

Giulia is a lifelong resident of Sudbury and holds an honours degree in psychology from Laurentian  University. 

She began her career in the hospitality industry working at the Travelway Inn Sudbury and went on to become the general partner and director of operations of the Argentin Corporation,  responsible for the creation and implementation of all policies and procedures; along with ownership and management of the Travelway Inn Sudbury, Comfort Inn Barrie and Comfort Inn Bonita Springs, Florida.

Having divested of two hotels, Giulia is responsible for the operations of the Travelway Inn Sudbury.  

Giulia’s volunteer work has involved various fundraising efforts. In addition, she was a board member of  the Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury and committee chair of “The Evening with Henry Winkler” event in 2009. She was a committee member and chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee for  the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. As a founding committee member of the Father Daughter Ball, Giulia volunteered for seven years representing the Northern Ontario Families of Children with  Cancer.  

Angie Robson, vice president, Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility, Torex Gold Resources Inc. 

Angie has more than 20 years of corporate affairs, communications, government and community relations experience with a specialized focus in the mining industry. She joined Torex Gold in 2020 after spending 15 years at Vale (formerly Inco) in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently leading corporate affairs, communications and sustainability for the company’s North Atlantic operations and Asian refineries. Through her career, Angie has built a strong proficiency in issues management and is credited with building productive relationships with a broad range of audiences including employees, governments, Indigenous communities and community stakeholders. 

Prior to joining Vale in 2005, Angie  served as the chief communications adviser to the Ontario Minister of Energy and has also worked for  major corporate affairs agencies including Hill & Knowlton Canada and Navigator Limited.  

Angie holds an honours bachelor of arts from Laurentian University and an MBA from McGill University. She has been heavily involved in community boards and committees over the years, and in 2011 was  honoured with a ‘Top 40 Under Forty’ award from Northern Ontario Business for her contributions. 

“As our foundation continues to grow and evolve, we are pleased to welcome Giulia and Angie to our  board of directors,” said Brian Killah, board chair, HSN Foundation. “Their individual experience and expertise will bring a new level of energy and commitment to our team to continue to enhance and support high-quality patient care at HSN. They join our board at an exciting time as we continue to drive  fundraising efforts.” 

NEO Kids Foundation 

Alyson Laking, executive manager, Laking Group of Companies 

Alyson is employed as the executive manager for the Laking Group of Companies. Alyson obtained her H.BSc at the University of Guelph in 2006. After graduating, Alyson returned to Sudbury and began working full time with the Laking Group of companies, all family owned businesses. She has held positions in sales, service, and is currently in a management role. 

In 2011, Alyson attended and graduated from NADA’s Dealer Academy. The academy is the premier management education and training centre in the  U.S. for current and future automobile and truck dealers and managers.  

Alyson acted as a director with the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce from July 2013 until June 2020. She also held the position of treasurer from July 2014 to June 2019. 

Alyson is a current board member of the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival. 

Alyson is married with two young boys and enjoys spending time with friends, travelling and taking advantage of all that Sudbury has to offer. 

Mike Commito, director of Applied Research & Innovation, Cambrian College 

Mike is the director of Applied Research & Innovation at Cambrian College. He holds a PhD in history from McMaster University. 

Outside of his work at Cambrian, Mike writes about hockey and is the author of  two books; Hockey365 series.

He lives in Sudbury with wife, Chantal, and two daughters, Zoe and Sophia. 

Sherri Koren (Sherri K), morning host and program director, The New HOT 93.5 

Sherri is the program director and morning show host at the New HOT 93.5. She is an active member in  the Sudbury community and is passionate about fundraising events. She is eager to bring her fundraising experience to the NEO Kids board. Sherri is finishing her first year in organizational management at Cambrian College. 

“On behalf of the NEO Kids Foundation board of directors and staff, it is a pleasure to welcome Alyson,  Mike and Sherri to our team,” said Richard Spadafora, board chair, NEO Kids Foundation. “Their collective experience will be instrumental for our team as we continue to advance the work we do now while we prepare for the future goals of pediatric care for our NEO Kids and their families at HSN.”  

Northern Cancer Foundation 

Samantha Kuula, chief business officer, Corporate Services Division, SNOLAB 

Samantha is a strategist fueled by curiosity and the desire to build an engaged and science-literate community, working to equip people to understand the changing world. She holds degrees in biology and science communication and is currently completing a Master's of science in technology and innovation management at Wilfrid Laurier University. 

At SNOLAB, Samantha manages the internal and external-facing corporate services including EHS, finance, IT, HR and education and outreach. As part of the  senior leadership team, she also heads large internal projects, manages the user support group that assists all international facility users and has been appointed chair of the equity, diversity, and inclusion task force. 

Samantha sits on two volunteer boards, as well as dedicating time as a pet therapy dog program.

“We are very lucky to welcome Samantha to our board of directors at the Northern Cancer Foundation,” said Dr. Kristy Côté, board chair, Northern Cancer Foundation. “Samantha is a longtime supporter of our  foundation and cancer care across the Northeast. As a strong advocate, we are truly thankful to have her  as part of our team as we move towards fulfilling our strategic goals to better care for those living with cancer.”