Leadership & Governance
Our leaders ensure that all business efforts align with our strategic goals and mission
The Surrey Place Foundation is governed by a passionate team of community leaders who make up our Board of Directors. They generously volunteer their time and expertise to shape and support initiatives, collaborations, projects and other efforts that support Surrey Place clients, families and staff.
Michael Waby – President
After practising as a barrister in the UK, Michael moved to Canada in 2001. Following some time spent in private practise he has been employed by the Ministry of the Attorney General as a Crown Attorney for almost 20 years. Following more than a decade as a trial lawyer, Michael has spent the last several years as a senior executive with responsibility for leading and modernization and reform in the criminal justice system in Ontario.
He has extensive experience implementing significant change management and in collaborating with partners across the whole justice sector. Most recently he has been part of the leadership team restoring court operations during the pandemic. He is currently implementing the ministry’s race based data strategy.
Michael Rooke, BBA, CPA, CA, LPA – Vice President
Michael Rooke is an Associate Partner with Tinkham LLP with extensive experience providing assurance, business advisory, tax and financial reporting advice to owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations and registered charities.
Michael provides professional services in areas of financial risk management, budget analysis, board governance and advancement, financial policy development and charity and government reporting and compliance.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Honours from Wilfrid Laurier University, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Licensed Public Accountant.
Michael joined the Board of Directors in 2020.
Andrea Englert-Rygus, B.Comm., CSMP – Treasurer
Andrea Englert-Rygus has extensive business experience from the chemical, retail, healthcare and public sectors. Her career has included roles in finance, sales, customer service, human resources, labour relations, operations and manufacturing. Previously, Andrea held leadership positions with Baxter Healthcare, PepsiCo and DuPont Canada. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and has been actively involved in numerous Boards and associations.
Andrea is currently Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President Customer Relationship Management at Plexxus, a Toronto based healthcare shared services organization with expertise in supply chain management, IT and business transformation. Andrea is also currently a member of the Conference Board of Canada Innovation Procurement Council. Andrea joined the board in October 2016 and was appointed as Treasurer in May 2020.
Helen Wojcinski, P.Eng., FEC, FCAE, MBA, CMC –Director
Helen has served on boards and committees for health care planning, children’s mental health, the engineering profession in Ontario, and the Canadian National Exhibition Association. In addition to an MBA from Western University Ivey School of Business, Helen also holds a B.A.Sc. (Civil) from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Leading Strategic Change from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
She is both a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and a Certified Management Consultant. With almost 30 years of experience as an organizational behaviour expert, Helen Wojcinski has almost 30 years of experience as an organizational behaviour expert, operating her own consulting practice and working with clients in various industries and all three levels of government. Helen joined the Board of Directors in September 2013.
Dr. Terri Hewitt – Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Hewitt has previous experience working as Vice President of Clinical Services, in psychology at various school boards, the Autism Clinic at CAMH as well as in private practice. The Clinical Services portfolio includes Executive leadership and responsibility for all Clinical Programs including Adults, Children and Youth and Infants as well as the specific Autism fee for service offerings. Dr. Hewitt is a registered Clinical-Developmental Psychologist with a specialization in developmental disabilities. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master’s in Developmental Psychology at the University of Manitoba and her Ph.D. in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University. She has volunteered as a Board Member for both developmental and health care providers. Dr. Hewitt has worked at Surrey Place for more than 25 years, starting in the Adult Program as a Psychologist and moving to manager of Adult Programs and Director of Clinical Programs.