Howard N. Addison

President of Buron Holdings, Ltd. (Canada)
President of Highgate Senior Living (U.S.)

Howard Addison is a recognized business leader and entrepreneur. As founder of the Buron Group of Companies, he has developed numerous housing projects in both Canada and the U.S. After establishing the Buron Group in Canada and completing over 2,000 residential dwelling units, he spearheaded the expansion and re-focus of the business from development/construction to investment in and management of healthcare residences. He then further expanded the company by entering the assisted living industry in the United States, where he currently oversees the operation of eight senior living communities, with several more in development. The continued growth and success of Buron developments since 1981 attest to Mr. Addison’s business acumen and management skills in the housing construction and assisted living industry.

Catherine French, CPA-CA, is the Vice-President of Finance for the Buron Group. Prior to this position, she was the Group’s Controller from 2008 to 2014. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. French worked at The News Group, part of The Jim Pattison Group, as Accounts Payable Manager and then as Manager of Risk Management and Internal Control. Ms. French received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, England. After training at Baker Tilly in London, England, she received her Chartered Accountancy designations from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 2002 and from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 2003. The Canadian Chartered Accountants are now part of CPA Canada (Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada).

Catherine French

Vice President of Finance

Michele Thomson joined Buron Healthcare in January 2020 as Vice President of Operations.

Prior to joining the Buron family, Michele has gained experience and expertise in a variety of practice settings including ICU, acute care, community nursing, and in clinical workforce planning, change management and leadership.

Michele is a Registered Nurse who earned her RN designation in 1994 and Gerontological Nursing Certification in 2010. Since 2006, Michele has been employed by seniors’ care providers as a General Manager. She has a strong commitment to supporting employees to provide safe and person-centred care. Michele’s care philosophy is assisting residents to maintain their individuality, independence and to have a meaningful quality of life.

Michele Thomson

Michele Thomson,
RN, GNC (C)
Vice President of Operations

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