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Our Leadership Team


At Chartwell, we are proud to employ a truly dedicated team of employees who have each embraced our priorities of care, service and respect.

We are fortunate to have assembled the best leadership team in the industry who together bring decades of experience in managing and operating seniors housing communities.


Vlad Volodarski

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed Chartwell’s Chief Executive Officer effective March 16, 2020, Vlad has held progressive roles within Chartwell since 2003, when he joined the company as Vice President Finance. In 2005, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and in 2011 he also assumed the duties of Chief Investment Officer. Prior to joining Chartwell, Vlad was a Senior Manager with KPMG LLP serving clients in Real Estate, Construction and the Seniors Housing sectors. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer in Ukraine, Vlad is a Certified Public Accountant (CA), holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Karen Sullivan

President and Chief Operating Officer

With over 33 years of experience in seniors housing, Karen was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Chartwell on March 16, 2020. Karen is responsible for operations and sales for all of Chartwell’s over 200 retirement and LTC homes across Canada. Karen originally joined Chartwell in 2008 as the Executive Vice President, People, with oversight for the human resources and labour relations teams. In 2012 she was appointed Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Chartwell, Karen held progressive positions over a 21 year career at the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) including six years as their Executive Director. Karen is also a former VP Government Relations on the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care (CALTC).

Jonathan Boulakia

Chief Investment Officer and Chief Legal Officer

Jonathan is responsible for Chartwell's real estate portfolio, including acquisitions, development and real estate financing. He is also responsible for all legal and governance matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and corporate finance transactions, as well as legal issues arising out of Chartwell’s operations. Jonathan is also Chartwell's Corporate Secretary and has oversight of Chartwell’s Privacy Office, insurance program and Internal Audit and Compliance department. Prior to joining Chartwell in 2008, Jonathan practiced corporate law at Torys LLP, focusing on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Jonathan attended McGill University for undergraduate studies in Science, has an LL.B from the University of Ottawa Common Law Program, has completed the Canadian Securities Course and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Jonathan is on the board of the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority and is on the Board and chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He is fluent in English and French.

Sheri Harris

Chief Financial Officer

Sheri joined Chartwell Retirement Residences as the Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration in September 2007, was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer in 2013 and Chief Financial Officer in 2020. She has more than 20 years of industry experience, including seven years in senior finance roles with Retirement Residences REIT. Sheri volunteered for the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) from 2005 to 2013, sitting on the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2013 and chairing the Financial Liaison Committee. She received her CA designation in 1996 while working for KPMG as a Senior Accountant, holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.