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The Ontario Dental Association was founded in 1867. As of 2017, there have been 144 Presidents. We are often asked why the ODA has had 144 Presidents, but has been an association for 150 years. We turned to ODA Librarian and resident ODA historian, Catherine Morana, for an explanation. Here’s what she told us:

“You won’t find a President for every year between 1867 and 2017, because there is no existing record of an ODA President between 1880 and 1888. Also, some Presidents served more than one term: Dr. H. R. Abbott served three terms; Dr. G. C. Davis served two terms. Therefore, 144 individuals have been elected ODA President over the course of 147 sittings/terms of an ODA Presidency.”

Election of Board Members and Executives
As a matter of procedure, at the General Council Meeting held in the spring, ODA General Councillors select ODA Board members. The Board, in turn, elects the Vice-President from among its members.

The Vice-President succeeds to the office of President-Elect in the year following their election. The President-Elect succeeds to the office of President. The President succeeds to the office of immediate Past-President.

The President and President-Elect, along with the Past-President, will be among the spokespeople on important topics for the ODA.


ODA Board of Directors, 2018-2019:

Dr. Stevenson photo Dr. David Stevenson, President

Dr. Stevenson lives and practises in Carleton Place, Ontario. After graduating from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry in 1986, he was a dentist in the Canadian Forces for four years. Dr. Stevenson has served on numerous ODA committees and task forces, including chairing the Economics Committee. He currently sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee. Dr. Stevenson is also a Political Contact Dentist. In 2011, his contributions were recognized with the ODA’s Service Award.

Dr. Stevenson has been a Board member since 2011.

Dr Kim Hansen BW Dr. Kim Hansen, President-Elect

Dr. Hansen has been a general practitioner in Prescott, Ont. since 1985. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1981 with an Honours degree in Microbiology and Immunology, he was accepted into Western's School of Dentistry, from which he graduated in 1985. Dr. Hansen served as President of the Brockville Dental Association from 1993 to 2013, and from 2000 to 2013 chaired its Mediations Committee. He represented his component society as Councillor from 2010 to 2013 (and served as an alternate under the previous ODA Board of Governors). At the ODA, he served on the Fluoride Task Force and the Prioritization of Programs, Services and Products Working Group, and chaired the Information Technology Sub-Committee. He was a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and currently chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee. Dr. Hansen is also a Political Contact Dentist for the Eastern Region.

Dr. Hansen has been a Board member since 2013.

Dr. Lesli Hapak photo Dr. Lesli Hapak, Vice-President

Dr. Lesli Hapak lives and practises in Windsor, Ont. After graduating from the School of Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., Dr. Hapak attained a diploma in Periodontics from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. She joined the Essex County Dental Society in 1991, and represented the component society at General Council between 2006 and 2012. Dr. Hapak served as President of the Ontario Society of Periodontics in 2006. She has served on the ODA Education Committee and recently chaired the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. She currently sits on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Dr. Hapak has operated a private practice in periodontology since 1994.

Dr. Hapak has been a Board member since 2013.

Dr. Visconti photo Dr. LouAnn Visconti, Immediate Past-President

Dr. Visconti lives in Timmins, Ont., where she has a practice that specializes in orthodontics. She is a member and former Vice President of the Timmins and District Dental Society, where she also served as Secretary/Treasurer from 1999 to 2007. Dr. Visconti has sat on the ODA’s Education Committee, the Membership Programs and Services Committee and the Sponsorship Task Force. She has also chaired the Dentists at Risk Committee and was part of the Oral Health Strategy Advisory Panel. Since joining the Board of Directors, she served on the Fluoride Task Force and the Audit Finance and Risk Committee, and chaired the Articles and By-Laws Sub-Committee, the Governance and Nominating Committee, and the Information Technology Sub-Committee. She currently sits on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Dr. Visconti received the ODA Service Award in 2011.

Dr. Visconti has been a Board member since 2012.

Bentley bw Dr. Lisa Bentley

Dr. Lisa Bentley is an active member of the Halton-Peel Dental Association, where she served as President in 2012. A 1991 graduate of the University of Western Ontario, she is currently in private practice in Mississauga. At the ODA, Dr. Bentley was Chair of the Economic Committee from 2011 to 2015 and was a member of the Sponsorship Task Force in 2012. She was Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and currently sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee. She is also a Political Contact Dentist. She is also a Political Contact Dentist. Dr. Bentley received the ODA’s Award of Merit in 2010.

Dr. Bentley has been a Board member since 2015.

ODA board Bios dr Brown Dr. David Brown

Dr. Brown is an alumnus of The University of Western Ontario and has been in private practice as an orthodontist in Newmarket and Maple since 1989. He has been active in organized dentistry since graduation, serving in all executive positions for the York Region Dental Society (YRDS), including President in 1996-1997. He also represented the YRDS at General Council for two six-year terms. At the ODA, he was a member of the Annual Spring Meeting (ASM) Committee for more than 10 years, chairing it in 1992 and 1995. In 1996, Dr. Brown received an ODA Service Award for his contributions to the profession. Most recently, he participated in the Sustainable and Equitable Funding Advisory Committee and the Advocacy Coordination Task Force. Dr. Brown has been a member of the Political Action Committee since 2013 and was its Chair from 2015 to 2018; he is also a Political Contact Dentist. He currently sits on the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

This is Dr. Brown’s first year on the ODA Board of Directors.

Dr. Charles Frank Dr. Charles Frank

Dr. Charles Frank lives in Tecumseh and is a general practitioner in Windsor, Ont. He is also on staff at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science, Dr. Frank was accepted into the Faculty of Dentistry at Western and graduated in 1985. Dr. Frank is a Past-President of the Essex Country Dental Society and received the ODA Community Service Award in 2005. At the ODA, Dr. Frank served on the Membership Services and Programs Committee, the Economics Committee and the Corportization Task Force. He previously served on the Governance and Nominating Committee and currently sits on the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Dr. Frank has acted as a Political Contact Dentist for the Southwestern Ontario region since 1992.

Dr. Frank has been a Board member since 2014.

DrGlennyBW Dr. John Glenny, Jr.

Dr. John Glenny, Jr. has been a general practitioner in Toronto since 1998. In 1992, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics. He then traveled south of the border to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Glenny, Jr. first held a mentored position with the ODA’s Education Core Committee in 2012-2013, the same year he was President of the West Toronto Dental Society. Since then, he has sat on the Membership Services and Programs Advisory Committee; the Insurance Committee; the Student Services Committee; and the ODA 150th Anniversary Implementation Committee. He currently sits on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Dr. Glenny has been a Political Contact Dentist for the Etobicoke Centre and Etobicoke-Lakeshore ridings since 2012.

Dr. Young has been a Board member since 2017.

drhawrysh 98x120 Dr. William Hawrysh

Dr. Hawrysh is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. He was a member of the West Toronto Dental Society until 1994, when he moved his practice to Mississauga, Ont. He was a long-serving member of the Executive Committee of the Halton-Peel Dental Association (HPDA), serving as its President in 2000. He also sat on the HPDA’s Mediations Committee and the Seniors Dentistry Committee, and represented the component society at General Council for two six-year terms. At the ODA, Dr. Hawrysh was Chair of the Education Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2016 (and was a member of its precursor, the Professional Development Committee, from 1982 to 1986). He also served on the Oral Healthy Strategy Advisory Committee and the 150th Anniversary Implementation Committee. He was a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and currently sits on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Dr. Hawrysh’s contributions to the profession were recognized twice, with an ODA Award of Merit in 2009 and a Community Service Recognition Award (Professional) in 2014.

Dr. Hawrysh has been a Board member since 2016.

dr Jain photo Dr. Maneesh Jain

Dr. Jain is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and is a general practitioner in Guelph, Ont. He served on the Executive of the Waterloo-Wellington Dental Society from 2000 to 2006, was President in 2005 and represented the society on General Council for three terms. At the ODA, Dr. Jain was a member of the Component Society Committee from 2009 to 2015 and was a Political Contact Dentist for the Southwestern Region. He served on the Governance and Nominating Committee and now sits on the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Dr. Jain was awarded the ODA Award of Merit in 2012.

Dr. Jain has been a Board member since 2016.

Dr. Lee photo Dr. Grace Lee

Dr. Lee’s involvement in organized dentistry began in 2002 when she sat on the Education Committee of the Ottawa Dental Society, later serving as its Secretary and Treasurer and eventually becoming President for the 2009-2010 term. She also represented Ottawa as a General Councillor for six years before her election to the Board of Directors in 2010, on which she served for four years. Dr. Lee was the Chair of the ODA’s Health Policy and Government Relations Core Committee and the Cone Beam Technology Working Group. She was a member of the Human Resource Compensation Review Task Force and is currently Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. She received the ODA Merit Award in 2015. Dr. Lee lives and practises general dentistry in Ottawa.

Dr. Lee has been a Board member since 2016. She previously served on the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014.

Milligan bw Dr. Melissa Milligan

Dr. Melissa Milligan is an orthodontist in Toronto. She graduated from the DMD Program at the University of British Columbia in 2012, where she received the American College of Dentists Award in Ethics and Professionalism, and received her Masters in Orthodontics at the University of Toronto in 2016. Dr. Milligan is a member of the West Toronto Dental Society; she represented her component society at General Council since from 2013 to 2015 and chaired its Oral Health Month Committee. She was Chair of the ODA’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee and currently sits on its Governance and Nominating Committee.

Dr. Milligan has been a Board member since 2015.

ODA board Bios dr Nicolucci Dr. Brock Nicolucci

Dr. Brock Nicolucci graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences. He was then accepted into the class of 2005 School of Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. He served on the executive of the University of Western Ontario Dental Alumni Society since his graduation becoming its president from 2010 to 2014. Dr. Nicolucci has also been active in the London & District Dental Society, serving on its Constitution Committee and chairing the Mediations Committee. He also served as an ODA councilor from 2015 to 2017. At the ODA, Dr. Nicolucci served on the Economics Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2018 and currently sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee.

This is Dr. Nicolucci’s first year on the ODA Board of Directors.

Dr. St-Aubin photo Dr. Roch St-Aubin

Dr. Roch St-Aubin graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.Sc. in Biology and then completed his DDS in 1986. He is a general practitioner in Sudbury and has been an active officer in the Sudbury and District Dental Society since 1989, where he also served as President. Dr. St-Aubin was President of the Northern Ontario Dental Association in 1993. He was involved with the ODA’s Political Action Committee since 2004, and chaired it from 2013 to 2015. He has also been a Political Contact Dentist for the Northern Region since 1994. Dr. St-Aubin recently served on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and currently sits on the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Dr. St-Aubin has been a Board member since 2015.

Dr.Yong photo Dr. Don Young

Dr. Don Young graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a DDS degree in 1985. Since that time, he has been a general practitioner primarily in Thunder Bay and was the Chief of Dentistry at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre from 2009 to 2016. Dr. Young has been active with the ODA since 1992, when he first served on the Hospital Dental Services Committee. He chaired the Health Policy and Government Relations Advisory Committee and the Ethics and Professionalism Task Force. He has also served on the Oral Health Strategy Committee, Student Mentorship Committee and Political Action Committee. Dr. Young has also been active as a Political Contact Dentist for the Northern region of the province for the past five years. He currently chairs the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Dr. Young has been a Board member since 2017.

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