Executive Team

Paul Rosebush

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Rosebush has had a broad leadership career in health care and social services. He commenced his career in the Canadian Forces as a Social Work Officer and participated in deployments to Bosnia and Rwanda. Over his twenty year career in the CF Paul was posted to numerous bases across the country where he developed expertise in individual and family counselling as well as expertise in Suicide Prevention, Critical Incident Stress, and PTSD.

Following his career in the CF Paul began a career in the private and non-profit sectors with leadership roles at Durham Family Services, and Community Living Ajax-Pickering and Whitby followed by CEO roles in three hospital corporations including the Hay River Health Authority in the North West Territories and the Haliburton Highlands Health Services in Central Ontario and the South Bruce Grey Health Centre in South Western Ontario.

Paul is adept at providing leadership to complex multi-sited organizations that deliver a variety of health and community services. With a clear focus on client and patient centred care Paul has worked with his teams to build service capacity and to develop services that are highly effective and highly regarded by clients and patients. Paul has supported the development of a strong continuum of health care and social services throughout his career and has a reputation for excellent stakeholder management and forging innovative partnerships that benefit clients and patients. Paul approaches leadership from a servant-leader perspective and supports his teams to be high performing and effective. 

As a fortunate cancer survivor Paul knows how important it is to make a positive impact on the world and for those we engage with while we can. Paul also strongly believes that there is no higher responsibility for society than to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children. He is proud to be a CAST team member and it’s CEO.

After having raised a family of four children with his wife Julia, Paul is now happy to dote on his mini-Dachshunds Dylan and Daisy with Dylan having been named after his deep admiration for Bob Dylan.  Living in the same city as his favourite sports teams is also a dream come true for Paul.

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Keshwer Patel

Chief Financial Officer 

Keshwer is a Chartered Professional Accountant and experienced leader with over 35 years of progressive experience in financial services and operations. Prior to joining Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, she held leadership roles as the Commissioner of Finance at Halton Region and the Commissioner of Corporate Service and Chief Financial Officer at the City of Waterloo.

A strategic thinker, Keshwer is analytical by nature and a strong believer in collaborating with business partners in the organization to deliver on strategic outcomes and vision. She has a strong track record of bringing innovative process improvements to the organizations she works for, while accomplishing goals through teamwork and building on the strengths of others. Keshwer is also experienced working with elected officials and board members. 

Keshwer is a first-generation immigrant to Canada, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bombay University and is a Chartered Accountant certified through The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). 

Keshwer’s leadership philosophy is summarized by the quote “Great leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders.”

Lisa Tomlinson

Chief Operating Officer 

Lisa Tomlinson has over 30 years of combined experience in social work with a specific focus on child welfare, education and mental health working in both English and French. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, over the past 20 years working at CAS Toronto, Lisa has held a range of progressively senior roles beginning as a front line worker to her most recent leadership position as Director of Service. Lisa possesses a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Human Services Management and Leadership, complemented by a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. She is both an Anti-Oppression Practice Facilitator and Equity Trainer and represents CAS Toronto on the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies’ French Language Service Committee.

Lisa is a collaborative leader and strategic thinker with a focus on improving child welfare practice and strengthening community partnerships. She has implemented sector-leading programs and initiatives focused on domestic violence, Anti-Black Racism and equity that have garnered national recognition and led to better outcomes for children, youth and families.

Colin Hill

Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

Colin brings over 30 years of extensive Human Resources, organizational and operations leadership experience to the organization, having worked within various sectors including healthcare, community and social services, hospitality, retail, and manufacturing.

Most recently, Colin was the Interim Director, Human Resources at Oak Valley Health, and Senior Director, Human Resources at the Central LHIN/Ontario Health. In addition, Colin has held previous roles as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Human Resources for Fairhaven Long Term Care, as well as Vice President, Human Resources roles at both Baybridge Senior Living and Community Lifecare Inc.

Colin holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Planning, Development and Management from York University and is a Registered Organization Development Consultant through the International Society for Organization Development and Change, and a Certified Human Resources Professional and Leader (CHRP/CHRL) through the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).

Leading human resources within the public, not-for-profit and private sectors and experience ranging from small start-ups to large multinational corporations, Colin employs a service-focused approach with a record of success at aligning human resources strategy and initiatives with operational requirements to drive breakthrough results.

As a philanthropist, animal rescue volunteer, advocate for the preservation of nature and wildlife, a scuba diver, former Big Brother, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion champion, Colin will wholeheartedly support the Agency's staff, clients and community members and vision for a city where children are safe, families are strong, and communities are supported.