Meet The Leadership Team

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Dr. William E. Reichman, MD

Dr. William E. Reichman is President and CEO of Baycrest, among the world’s premier academic health sciences centres focused on aging and brain function. Dr. Reichman is also professor of psychiatry on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He studied psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute and fellowship training in neurobehavior at the Reed Neurological Research Institute.

Dr. Reichman is a former president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation and has been a consultant to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice on the quality of dementia and mental health-care delivery within nursing homes. Dr. Reichman also recently served as Chair of the Seniors Quality Leap Initiative, a collaborative of prominent eldercare organizations and affiliated universities in North America working together to advance the effectiveness of long-term care across the globe.



Dr. Allison Sekuler
Dr. Allison Sekuler

Dr. Allison Sekuler is the Managing Director of the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI). She is also Vice-President, Research & Sandra Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at Baycrest Health Sciences. She joins Baycrest after a long and distinguished career as a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, where she was the first Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience (2001-2011). The recipient of numerous awards for research, teaching and leadership, Dr. Sekuler has a notable record of scientific achievements in aging and vision science, cognitive neuroscience, learning and neural plasticity, and neuroimaging and neurotechnology, as well as vast experience in senior academic and research leadership roles.




Photo of Bianca SternBianca Stern, BSc.OT, MSc

Bianca Stern is Executive Director, Health Innovation at CABHI. Her career spans over 35 years in health care within private and public sectors; including community, post-acute and long term care. She has also been involved at university and college levels in curriculum design, research, teaching and student mentorship. Bianca has built on her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science, creatively intersecting the art and science of healthcare with innovation, technology, and industry. Bianca is a thought leader in the area of innovation, blending design thinking and arts based tools with an inclusive, participatory user focus, capitalizing on emerging technologies and theoretical knowledge to stimulate innovative solutions for the journey of aging. Bianca currently oversees the innovation team at CABHI including the Design Lab, Seniors Advisory Panel, Innovation Office and project pipeline. She is also actively involved in helping to foster a culture of innovation and knowledge mobilization at Baycrest Health Sciences and across the CABHI network partner sites.




Photo of Mel BarskyMel Barsky, MBA

Mel Barsky is Director, Business Development at CABHI. He is responsible for developing and identifying new commercial opportunities that will expand the continued Canadian and international growth of CABHI, as well as leading the business development, marketing and communications functions of the organization. Mel brings to CABHI more than 25 years of leadership experience in venture capital, healthcare IT, sales, marketing, operations, financial services and information technology. Most recently, Mel was President, Co-Founder, and Chief Operating Officer of INTERVENT Canada, where he directed all facets of the organization delivering evidence-based health programs via online platforms and health coaches in clinical and corporate settings. Mel has also served as Director, Connected Health at Dynacare Medical Laboratories, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Scotia Private Equity, and Director of Strategy & Business Development at American Express. Mel holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration, Finance and International Business from Queen’s University.




Ryan A. Webster, CPA, CA

Ryan A. Webster, CPA, CA, is an experienced finance and healthcare leader with a demonstrated history within hospital, long-term care, community care, research and innovation settings. Ryan currently holds two Director positions within Baycrest, a global leader in aging and brain health with over 100 years of excellence in care and research. He is a Director and founding contributor to the first-of-its-kind Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), Canada’s premier solution accelerator dedicated to driving innovation in the aging and brain health sector – with a targeted focus on dementia. He is also a Director at the Rotman Research Institute (RRI), one of the world’s most acclaimed research centres for the study of human brain function.

 Ryan studied at Nipissing University where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in 2009. Following graduation, he articled with BDO Canada LLP to acquire his letters. In 2012 he became a Chartered Accountant through the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, where he subsequently received a Certificate in Master Controllership. Ryan has also studied Value Based Healthcare Delivery through Harvard’s Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness and Performance Measurement and Management of Nonprofit Organizations through Harvard’s Social Enterprise Initiative.




Dr. Rosanne AleongDr. Rosanne Aleong

Dr. Rosanne Aleong is the Director of Research, Innovation, and Translation at CABHI. She received her MSc and PhD in Neurological Sciences from McGill University, with her research focusing on inflammatory models of neurodegenerative disease; and body image and visual perception among adolescents and young adults. She has 20+ years of experience in neuroscience and brain health research across the lifespan.

In her current role at CABHI, she: (1) manages a support and services hub, enabling healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, not-for-profit organizations, and industry in conducting applied and evaluative research as well as innovation implementation and validation; (2) focuses on CABHI knowledge translation and knowledge mobilization initiatives; and 3) executive produces and co-hosts the CABHI Community of Innovation Podcast.