Meet our Executive Committee

The Launchpad Executive Committee is made up of ten to twelve young leaders who are inspired to improve health care in Durham Region through fun and exciting events and activities. Members enjoy the following benefits:

  • The chance to work with an awesome group of people who want to make a difference!
  • Networking events
  • Access to health care experts/hospital tours
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Opportunity to meet and network with LHF Board of Directors and other foundation committees
  • Advance invitations to LHF signature events
  • Recognition on the Launchpad website
  • Support a great cause

Interested in making a difference? We're looking for a few more Executive Committee members! Contact one of our staff liaisons below to learn more or submit your application for becoming a member.

Current Members:

 Adam Hare | Chair
 Adam is a passionate, creative leader whose professional career has spanned from clothing line to Universal Music, and more recently the insurance industry. He’s making waves in a 90-year-old family business with an award-winning digital division.
  Michelle Bell | Vice-Chair 
Michelle Bell is a Marketing and Business Development professional whose work is focused on building strategies, revenue growth and managing BD initiatives. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys cooking. Photography and spending time with her family.
  Steve Conaby | Past Chair
Steve is the President of Conpute, a family run technology services company. When not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, playing guitar and wandering around the golf course.

 Matt Douglas 
Matt is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for CRCS DKI where his role covers everything from marketing to community involvement. The former competitive mountain biker also manages a professional mountain bike team.
 Samantha Mackie
Samantha is a teacher with a passion to educate and inspire children. She believes it is her responsibility to demonstrate enthusiasm for life-long learning. She is committed to the Oshawa community and proud to say she teaches in her hometown. 

 Brandon Burtnik
 Brandon isn't one for rest. When he's not balancing his busy schedule as Senior Manager at Lipton LLP Chartered Accountants, this adventurous accountant is exploring new countries. If that doesn't keep him occupied, you can find him with friends at the rink, diamond, golf course - playing any sport at pretty much any sports facility.
 Ben Shelley
 Ben is the President & CEO of Paradisaic Building Group, a company he founded at just 18 years old. When he's not creating HGTV-worthy projects, Ben's spending time with his special needs son - a major reason he's also dedicated to building better health care.
 Krum Dochev
 Krum is a local lawyer known for his family, criminal and civil litigation skills. In his spare time, Krum advocates for small businesses and provides Pro Bono legal services for a non-for-profit organization. But he's not all business, for fun he enjoys travel, the great outdoors, and fiction. 

 Niko Anastassakis
 is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) practicing as a partner at MNP Oshawa. He is active in the local business community serving as treasurer of Parkwood Estate and is a board member of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of commerce. Niko grew up in Courtice, where he currently lives with his wife and two young children.