Leadership team

Canada Leadership Team

Tony Vahedian

Tony Vahedian

President, Cardinal Health, Canada

Tony Vahedian serves as President, Cardinal Health, Canada.

He holds over 20 years of experience in both consumer products and business-to-business service management across domestic and international markets.

Prior to leading the Canada business, Tony was the global senior vice president and general manager for the General Medical Products global business at Cardinal Health. In this role, he had responsibility for the General Medical and Surgical Products portfolio—consisting of high volume consumable products, to clinical preferred and differentiated products.

During his decade-long tenure at Cardinal Health, Tony has served in a wide range of leadership positions, including management of OptiFreight® Logistics, Wavemark , Distribution Services and Healthcare IQ offerings, along with Services Marketing.

Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Tony held marketing and strategic planning roles of increasing responsibility at Scotts Miracle-Gro.

Tony earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from James Madison University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Chantal Blanchard, CPA

Chantal Blanchard, CPA

VP Sales, Acute

Chantal serves as the Vice President, Acute Sales at Cardinal Health Canada. In her role, she leads six national sales teams focused on maximizing acute market potential for both the Cardinal brands portfolio as well as our vast distributed product portfolio.

Before joining Cardinal Health, Chantal worked for 10 years at Medtronic where she held roles of increasing responsibility—managing the Medical, Respiratory and Renal business units. Her prior experience also includes 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry in various Finance and Marketing management roles.

Chantal holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Université du Québec à Montréal and received her CPA designation.

Frank Fortino

Frank Fortino

VP IT & Customer Care

Frank Fortino is the Vice-President of Technology and Customer Care at Cardinal Health Canada. In this role, Frank leads four national teams: Technology, Customer Care, PMO and Business Intelligence.

Throughout his 23-year career, Frank has led Technology, Lean Six Sigma, Lean Agile Development and Customer Care teams with a proven track record of success, creating great corporate cultures, maximizing team potential and realizing real business value. Prior to joining Cardinal Health Canada, Frank was responsible for leading the execution of the corporate and product strategy at Workopolis, where he led Product Development, IT Operations, the PMO and the National Customer Support Centre. For four consecutive years at Workopolis, he attained a team engagement score of over 85%.

Frank’s prior experience also includes Vice-President designations at PdMAIN, a leading ERP and TMS software provider; Basis 100 Inc., a SaS provider in the financial services industry; as well as various leadership roles at General Electric Co., including North American e-Commerce Leader and Black Belt.

Frank holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. He is married and has three children, which he will say, top any professional accomplishments he has ever attained. He enjoys hockey, movies, karaoke and anything Star Wars (the original trilogy).

Sharene Herdman

Sharene Herdman

VP Human Resources

Sharene is the Vice President of Human Resources at Cardinal Health Canada, whose responsibility includes the development, implementation and maintenance of a corporate human resource strategy within the highest level of the organisation that aligns vision and long-term business objectives.

Sharene joined Cardinal Health in March 2017, bringing over 20 years of progressive leadership experience across multiple HR disciplines, with a focus on change leadership skills and business talent strategy along with her experience leading several acquisitions and divestitures.

Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Sharene held several senior HR roles in the Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical and Consumer Packaged Goods industries, most notably at Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.

Sharene holds Business Administration and Management & Operations certificates in Executive Leadership Development from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Business Administration and Management certificate in Executive Development from Harvard University, a Post Graduate degree in Human Resources from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

Sharene is passionate about social and health related causes and along with her daughters, donates her time to supporting numerous charitable organizations.

Marnie McCormick

Marnie McCormick

Vice President, Marketing & Non-Acute Sales

Marnie McCormick joined Cardinal Health Canada in October 2016 and serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Non-Acute Sales. She is a transparent and energetic leader with almost two decades of experience across both the Pharmaceutical & Medical Device industries, in Canada as well as internationally. Marnie has a reputation of building great teams and consistently delivering results.

Prior to joining Cardinal Health Canada, Marnie was the Head of Commercial Excellence & Corporate Strategy at Baxter, where she was instrumental in establishing and leading the launch of multiple commercial processes that contributed to company-wide growth. During this time, she designed and implemented this new function and led a highly engaged team that had wide reaching impact.

Marnie also spent fourteen years in the Pharmaceutical industry at AstraZeneca where she held progressively senior roles across both sales and marketing. She led brands in both primary care and specialty markets across the entire product lifecycle including the pre-launch and launch of well-known primary care brands in the area of Cardiovascular and Diabetes.

Victoria Miller

Victoria Miller

Director, Communications

Victoria Miller serves as the Director, Communications where she is responsible for leading both our internal and external communication strategies in alignment with business goals and priorities. She is also the communications business partner to the President.

Victoria joined Cardinal Health Canada in 2017, with over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Cardinal Health Canada, she held positions of increasing responsibility in Communications at Stryker—first in the Canada business and most recently at the corporate headquarters in Michigan. Victoria has consistently demonstrated the ability to partner effectively with the business and to use communications to enable the achievement of strategic priorities and business results.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from McMaster University.

Victoria resides in Dundas, Ontario with her husband and their family. When she is not in the office, Victoria and her family enjoy outdoor activities as well as cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays.

Nicole Ouellet

Nicole Ouellet

Director RAQA

Nicole serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Cardinal Health Canada where she has the responsibility of leading regulatory, compliance and quality strategies in alignment with business priorities.

Nicole joined the organization in August 2017, bringing with her over 15 years of Regulatory and Quality experience at various Global Medtech organizations including Boston Scientific, Medtronic and most recently Abbott.

In these progressive leadership roles, she has established the regulatory and quality functions as a competitive advantage by developing and executing on key strategies. She has successfully lead organizations through various acquisitions and integrations. She fosters a mindset of being a solutions provider which enables her to support the business effectively.

Nicole holds an Honours Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Toxicology from the University of Guelph.

Nicole resides in Nobleton with her twins and enjoys outdoor activities and athletics.

Fernando Pica

Fernando Pica

VP Finance & CFO

Fernando Pica serves as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for Cardinal Health Canada.

Prior to joining Cardinal Health Canada, Fernando was Vice-President of Finance, Supply Chain and Laboratory Operations at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where he was responsible for executing strategies in a portfolio to improve patient care, flow and operational effectiveness under the Province’s Health System Funding Reform, as well as championing the hospital’s pursuit of Molecular Genetic capabilities. He previously held positions of increasing responsibility within the Sports Nutrition and Life Sciences industries, where he led corporate legal entity restructurings, implementations of finance shared service centres in Europe and ERP implementation throughout the world, corporate refinancing plans as well as several CRA and IRS defenses.

Fernando is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has served as a guest speaker at the University of Toronto and within the United States on Canadian Health Care finances, shared service centres and budgeting and forecasting.

Fernando holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.

Originally from Argentina, Fernando holds a deep passion for soccer (football) as both a player and coach.

Muslim Rizvi

Muslim Rizvi

Senior Director, PMO

Muslim Rizvi (preferred name “Rizvi”) is the Senior Director of the Project Management Office (PMO) and e-Commerce (interim) for Cardinal Health Canada. In this role, Rizvi has responsibility for establishing and managing the PMO and leading product development for the e-Commerce site.

Rizvi has 20+ years of varied experience in establishing and managing PMOs, strategy execution, information technology management, Agile product development, developing and implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and managing software application development (e-Commerce) in manufacturing, services, transportation, logistics and distribution companies.

Prior to joining Cardinal Health Canada in 2016, Rizvi held several senior level positions in project management and information technology; he was Director of the PMO at D+H, and, prior to that, at Workopolis, where he was responsible for strategic management, product development of their website, including e-Commerce, PMO, ERP system and Customer Service. Rizvi also served as Director, Operations at PdMAIN Corp.

Rizvi earned his MBA in International Business from the Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan. In his personal life, he has a passion for theatre. He is a playwright, actor and director. Currently, he is occupied with his two little productions; a pre-teen son and a daughter.

Gilles Thériault

Gilles Thériault

VP Operations

Gilles Thériault is the Vice-President of Operations for Cardinal Health Canada. Gilles has more than 20 years of logistics and supply chain leadership experience, including 10+ years of experience in health care. He joins us from Medtronic, where he led Canadian supply chain operations for the combined Medtronic/Covidien organization.

Throughout his career, Gilles has built and led strong, customer-focused operations teams and consistently delivered on financial commitments. In addition, he is certified in project management, six sigma and lean manufacturing. Prior to his career in the private sector, Gilles received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Royal Military College, and served in leadership roles in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Gilles resides in the Montreal area with his wife and their two children. His passion is sports; he plays tennis, hockey and golf, and loves to go skiing with the whole family in the winter months. Gilles is based in our Dorval office.