Chief Executive Officer
Steven Finlay was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Surrey Place Centre in 2012. Prior to this appointment Steven served for seventeen (17) years as Executive Director of Community Living, Oshawa-Clarington, a large unionized organization supporting people with developmental disabilities.
He is also the past Co-Chair (2008-2013) of the Developmental Services Human Resource Strategy Steering Committee, which is leading a province-wide transformation of human resource strategies and practices within the Developmental Services (DS) Sector. Comprised of over 300 transfer payment agencies, this is a collaborative initiative between the Provincial Network on Developmental Services and the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Steven has worked in a management capacity for the past 25 years within both the Developmental Services and the Children’s Mental Health sectors. He is also the Chair of the Provincial Network Human Resources Committee, as well as, being active in government relations.
Steven possesses a Master degree in Social Work. Steven is a Teaching Fellow with the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University and is currently a candidate in the Professional Coaching Program at the Adler Institute as well as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada.
Vice President Finance & Administration
Alain is accountable for the organization’s Finance, Information Communication Technology, Building Facilities, Medical Records and Foundation.He has over 20 years related experience in both the non-profit and for profit sectors including Goodwill Industries, March of Dimes Canada, Corus Entertainment, Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before joining Surrey Place Centre Alain was employed with Springboard Services where he served as Chief Administrative Officer following 5 years as their Chief Financial Officer. Alain is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA United Kingdom) and has completed a Social Development Certificate in Psychology at Ryerson University and Proejct Management at Queen’s University. He is an active volunteer in the community as a founding life member of Join the Dance (Canada), the Board Treasurer of Cota and a recipient of the 2014 Minsitry of Children and Youth Services Pinnacle Award in the category of partnerships. Alain is also a guest lecturer for community health programs at Ryerson University and George Brown College.
Vice President, Human Resources and Communications
Bruce joined Surrey Place Centre in 2007 and is accountable for the organization’s Human Resources and Communications strategies. Bruce has over 20 years of experience in human resources in both the public and private sectors and with both union and non-union workforces.
Most recently he was the Manager, Human Resources, Ontario and Quebec for LifeLabs (formerly MDS Diagnostic Services). Bruce has also held H.R. roles with Bridgepoint Health, LOFT Community Services and The Canadian Hearing Society.Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) degree from the University of Guelph, a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Humber College and has completed the Advanced Program in Human Resource Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is currently a candidate in the Executive Certificate in Conflict Management through the University of Windsor Law School. Bruce is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with the Human Resources Professionals Association.
Executive Vice President, Clinical Programs
Elizabeth joined Surrey Place Centre in 2003 and is accountable for the organization’s Clinical Programs. Elizabeth has 28 years of experience working in health care and social services. Her past 10 years of work have been at Surrey Place Centre.
Currently as the Executive Vice President, Clinical Programs she provides leadership to Autism Spectrum Disorder services in the Toronto Region including the Toronto Partnership for Autism Services, the School Support Program, Toronto Autism ABA Services as well the SPC Developmental Disability Programs including the Infancy and Early Childhood Program, the Children and Youth Program and the Adult Program.
Elizabeth worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (previously the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry) and held various senior positions from 1990 – 1999. She’s also worked at Bridgepoint Community Rehab and St. Michael’s Hospital.
Elizabeth co-chaired the provincial “Collaborative Service Delivery Models for Students with ASD” project, a joint Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and Ministry of Education initiative. The project team received the prestigious Ontario Public Service “Amethyst Award” and was recognized by Premier Dalton McGuinty for its development of the “Connections for Students” program model.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto, Post Graduate Certificates in Conflict Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Toronto as well as a Post Graduate Certificate from Queen’s University Advanced Leadership Program.
Dr. Terri Hewitt
Vice President, Developmental Services
Terri has worked at Surrey Place Centre 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. Currently, Terri is the Vice President of Developmental Services. She has previous experience working in psychology at various school boards, the Autism Clinic at CAMH as well as private practice.
The Developmental Services portfolio includes responsibility for all Clinical Developmental Programs including Adults, Children and Youth and Infants. It also includes; Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region (DSO TR); the MMW Video Conferencing Program providing clinical services to Northwestern Ontario; the Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program; the Augmentative Communication and Writing Aids service and lead for the Toronto Network of Specialized Care. Currently she is responsible for leading the Toronto regional planning and development for the Community Networks of Specialized Care and the Coordinated Service Planning system.
Terri 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 a Community Health Centre and a developmental service agency.