A balanced approach is what Tony Loffreda brings to the board of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal: In addition to providing crucial expertise in risk management, finance and accountancy, he possesses a wealth of experience in community fund-raising and as an active volunteer.
“My goal is to be an advocate for those in need of services,” says Mr. Loffreda, a regional Vice-President at RBC, who is promising vigilance in ensuring that the government maintains a high level of care. “My hope is that the community continues to be well served.”
Having spent more than 30 years in the banking industry, including active involvement on various audit committees, Mr. Loffreda expects that his experience in auditing “will help ensure that risks associated with the network’s board are well mitigated.”
At the same time, he takes great pride in his work in fund-raising, noting that “health care has been RBC’s main concern in this regard. Its vision is to help communities thrive.” He has also extended a hand to the Jewish General Hospital, among other organizations, having co-chaired the JGH Foundation Ball in 2013, as well as the Segal Cancer Centre’s 5th anniversary gala.
Mr. Loffreda’s past and present volunteer activities include serving as a director, chairing fund-raising activities or helping to organize conferences for various organizations, such as chambers of commerce, hospitals, healthcare foundations, CEGEPS and university business schools. In recognition of his contributions, he has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
When it comes to the financial status of an integrated healthcare network, Mr. Loffreda is clear: “Transparency and clarity are never negotiable for users.” While recognizing the difficulty of managing the new structure during a time of austerity, Mr. Loffreda says there are systems in place to make sure those potential problems are overcome. “The key is to make sure the quality of services is maintained at a high level, despite any cost-related challenges.”