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Board Members:


Roger Boyer II Janet Cosier Anthony Dale Stacey Daub
Jeanette Despatie Derek Graham Philip Griffin Brad Holman
Gillian Kernaghan Neil MacLean Karim Mamdani Jamie G. McCracken
Kwame McKenzie Barry McLellan Pierre Noel Wade Petranik
Mark Rizzo Donald Sanderson

Altaf Stationwala

Eric Vandewall

Gay Wrye



Board Officers:


Jamie G. McCracken, Chair Barry McLellan, Vice Chair Brad Holman, Vice Chair Anthony Dale, Secretary


External members of Board Standing Committees 


Giles Meikle, Audit Committee Lori Higgs, Finance Committee
Richard "Dick" Mannisto, Finance Committee Dan Coghlan, Finance Committee


James G. McCracken, Board Chair


James McCracken retired as director of education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board after a 34-year career in education. 

Currently, he is Chair, Board of Governors, The Ottawa Hospital. James has been a teacher, department head, vice principal, principal, supervisory officer, associate director and director of education.  He has also lectured in the principal and supervisory officer graduate courses at the University of Ottawa and Queens University.


James has also been an active member on the board of directors of a number of organizations in the Ottawa community including:  Campaign Chairperson, United Way of Ottawa; Chairperson, United Way Board of Directors; Chairperson, Success by Six;   President, Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa; director, Shepherds of Good Hope; and director, University of Ottawa Heart Institute.


Honours include:

  • The Benemerenti Medal conferred by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for distinguished service to the Catholic Church and Community;
  • The Distinguished Civic Award for Humanitarianism awarded by the City of Ottawa;
  • The Distinguished Leadership Award conferred by The Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers Association;
  • The EXL Award for exemplary leadership presented by The Canadian Association of School System Administrators;
  • Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Catholic Trustees Association;  and
  • Community Builder/ Volunteer of the Year Award from United Way Ottawa.

May 20, 2010 was proclaimed as James G. McCracken Day in the City of Ottawa in recognition of his contributions to education and community service.


James holds a B.A. (Hons) Carleton University; B.Ed. University of Toronto; M.Ed. University of Ottawa.

James was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2011.


 Barry A. McLellan MD FRCPC, Vice Chair 

Dr. Barry McLellan is the President and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Sunnybrook) in Toronto, Ontario.  In this role, Dr. McLellan provides leadership for one of Canada's largest academic health sciences centres with over  10,000 staff and physicians, 1,300 beds and an annual budget of more than 950 million. Each year, Sunnybrook conducts more than $120 million in research, provides educational opportunities for 4,000 students and has over one million patient visits.  Sunnybrook provides a broad range of tertiary regional programs and services including specialities in cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, high-risk obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions, trauma and critical care, rehabilitation, and community care.  In addition, Sunnybrook is Canada's largest facility caring for the country's war veterans.


Dr. McLellan is also currently a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He has published more than 70 scientific papers, written a textbook on trauma care and lectured extensively, including international presentations in the fields of trauma care and forensic investigation.


Prior to his position as President and CEO at Sunnybrook, he was the Chief Coroner for Ontario.Dr. McLellan was also the Director of the Trauma Program and Vice President of Specialty Services at Sunnybrook, and Director of the hospital's Emergency Department, Base Hospital Program (paramedic program) and Trauma Research.


Dr. McLellan graduated from the University of Toronto with a Medical Doctorate in 1981 and subsequently trained in emergency medicine, receiving a Fellowship in 1985 (Specialist in Emergency Medicine). 


Dr. McLellan was appointed to the Board of the OHA in February 2014.


Brad Holman, Vice Chair

Brad Holman is a retired Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP with 36 years of federal government experience at national and international levels. He is also Past Chair of the Hanover & District Hospital Board of Directors, having served in this role for three years, and has been an elected Governor since 2007. Brad also sits on the OHA's Small, Rural & Northern Provincial Leadership Council.


Upon retiring from the RCMP in 2005, Brad was appointed Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Indian & Northern Affairs Canada and was responsible for emergency management public policy development for the Ministry nationally. Additionally, he conducted emergency management planning for the 43 First Nation communities located within the Olympic Theatre during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Brad was also the Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer for a large security consulting firm in Ontario, where he worked until full retirement in 2012.


Brad was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2014.


Karim Mamdani, Treasurer


Karim Mamdani is President and CEO of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), a public specialty hospital that provides specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Ontario Shores is a teaching hospital and engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.


Karim also serves as the Chair of the Board of Addiction and Mental Health Ontario, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Geriatric Program in Toronto. His areas of focus include labour relations, employee engagement, financial and operational management, strategic planning, land and building development, and funding systems. Karim has worked at a number of academic health science centres including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University Health Network and the Hospital for Sick Children.


With more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare, including some time at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its consulting practice, his system contributions include leadership on a number of human resources related committees as an expert advisor on funding methodologies, operating funding matters and information technology, as well as mental health services planning groups.


Karim holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a CPA-Certified Management Accountant.


Karim was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2014.


  Anthony Dale, Secretary


Anthony Dale is President and CEO of the OHA. Appointed to this role in 2013, he is dedicated to an agenda of policy innovation and thought leadership, relationship-building and high standards of member engagement and service.  He has been at the OHA since 2004, most recently as Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs.  Previously, he served as an aide to the Premier of Ontario and to the Ministers of Health & Long Term Care and Labour in progressively more senior staff advisory roles. He has also worked as a consultant at a leading public affairs consulting firm.


He is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, and is a Board Member of The Change Foundation, a Toronto-based health care think tank. He previously served as a federal government appointee on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, and also sits on numerous advisory groups and panels within Ontario's health care system.


Anthony holds a Master of Public Administration (1995) and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in political studies (1992), both from Queen's University. He has also completed the Accelerated Development Program (ADP) in General Management at London Business School in the United Kingdom.  


Roger Boyer II, Board Member


Roger is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the North Shore Health Network.  As a member of the Mississauga First Nation community, Roger is an advocate for health system change – a journey which began in 2004 through his work with Alberta's Provincial Co-Management Suicide Reduction Committee. Since October 2011, Roger has worked within the N'Mninoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre as the Primary Health Care Manager providing "air support" to the primary health care providers within the eight First Nations/Partner Sites from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury.  As a manager, he is a certified Improvement Advisor from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement in Boston, MA.   For the past nine years, Roger has been under the guidance of elders listening to and participating in Anishinabek ceremonies and culture.

In 2009, he returned to his home where he served as the Health and Social Service Director for the Mississauga First Nation. In his role, Roger supported a model of health and wellness which tried to honor both Anishinabek and Western thought. He views healthcare as a microsystem which surrounds the client to improve their wellness.


Roger has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry, as well as a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies. Throughout his academic career, Roger received scholarships and awards in recognition of academic excellence.


Roger was elected to the Board of the OHA in September 2016.


Janet Cosier, Board Member


Janet Cosier is currently a member of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Board of Directors, and also chairs two international central banking seminars in strategic planning and risk management held in the United Kingdom. While her background is in finance, Janet has had considerable experience in non-for-profit health care governance having served on several health-related boards including the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center, the South East Local Health Integration Network and the Pinecrest-Queensway Health and Community Services. She has also served on several finance-related Boards.


Janet is a professional accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (FCPA, FCMA). In 2013, she retired from the Bank of Canada after a 30-year career where she held senior executive-level positions including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Internal Auditor, and Chief Risk Officer. Janet was also the Adviser to the Governor responsible for leading the Strategic Planning and Risk Management functions at the Bank of Canada.


Janet was elected to the Board of the OHA in September 2016.

 Stacey Daub, Board Member


“Human dignity and compassion are the North Star for rebuilding our health care system.”


Inspired by the early pioneers of the independent living movement, Stacey Daub has passionately championed the advancement of health care services, and a health care system, that sees fundamental respect for humanity at its core.  A mission-driven, values-based leader who knows it’s not what you say you do, but the everyday experience of the people you serve and lead that defines a leader’s success.  


Working in health care for over 25 years, in a variety of leadership roles, Stacey is currently the CEO of the Toronto Community Care Access Centre (TC CCAC) where she is driving a revolution in the way home and community care is delivered in Toronto.  Under her leadership, the TC CCAC has been honored for its ground-breaking work, including the 2014 Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety for its Palliative Care Program and the 2014 inaugural Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders.  Stacey also has been recognized as one of Canadas Top 100 Women by the WXN and received the Change Foundation’s 20 Faces of Change Award for her leadership in healthcare innovation.


A lifelong learner, Stacey has a Master in Gerontology/Health Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.  Learning for Stacey is the key to discovery and she believes she has much to learn from the wisdom of others, particularly the clients and community she serves. 


Stacey lives in the heart of the city of Toronto with her young family and is currently a Board Member at the OHA and the Change Foundation.  

Stacey was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2012.


  Jeanette Despatie, Board Member

Jeanette Despatie is currently President and CEO of Cornwall Community Hospital, an acute care facility operating in the city of Cornwall. She has more than 28 years of combined acute, rehabilitation, mental health and long-term health care management experience. 

Jeanette’s professional affiliations include the Children's Treatment Centre (founding Board Member); the Ontario Association of Non Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (Board Member from 1992-1995); St. Lawrence College (Board Member/Vice Chairperson from 2001-2007); the Children's Aid Society of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (Board Member from 2008-present and Board Chair from 2013-present); the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (Board Member from 2013-2015); the OHA Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Death (member from 2015- present); the OHA Physician Provincial Leadership Council (member from 2015-present);  HSFR Communication, Education/Knowledge Translations Sub-Group (member from 2016-present).

Jeanette has a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours degree from Queen’s University and an Executive Leadership certification from Queen’s University and McGill University.


Jeanette was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2014.


 Derek Graham, Board Member


Derek Graham is President and CEO of Manitoulin Health Centre, a position he has held since 2007. The Manitoulin Health Centre is a multi-site, rural hospital which delivers care to the Manitoulin Island region of northeastern Ontario. Derek is passionate about building patient-centered health care capacity through collaborative ventures, and is involved in many cooperative initiatives across Manitoulin Island and the broader northeastern region.


Derek has a health care career spanning more than 35 years, with experience at the front-line care level, as a registered laboratory technologist in Ottawa, followed by management positions within laboratory services, senior leadership for diagnostic services in the USA and Northern Ontario, which led to his current CEO tenure.


Derek holds a Master of Business Administration in Health Care from the California College for Health Sciences, as well as diplomas in Health Care Administration (OHA) and Medical Laboratory Technology (Algonquin College).

Derek enjoys a rural lifestyle, including boating and fishing from his home on Lake Manitou.

Derek was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2010.


Philip Griffin, Board Member


Philip Griffin is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Health Care, London.  He is one of three partners in a regional Chartered Public Accounting (CPA) firm, serving owner-managed business clients and not-for-profit organizations in London and the surrounding area. He is also Treasurer of the London Knights Alumni Foundation.


Philip has more than 35-years of experience in his field, and has managed his own CA practice since 1990. For six years, he held senior financial management roles in a corporate setting.  He is also a past President of Ronald McDonald House London and has been a member of the organizing committee of the Ronald McDonald House Golf Classic for the past 29 years. Philip has helped organize the KW Lemon Golf Classic for Foundation Western and is past Secretary of the Irish Benevolent Society of London and Middlesex.


Philip has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.


Philip was elected to the Board of the OHA in September 2016.


 Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, Board Member


Dr. Kernaghan was appointed the President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health Care, London, in 2010.  St. Joseph's is a multi-site, academic health care organization serving London and the surrounding region.  Prior to assuming this role, she served for 17 years as the Vice President, Medical for various hospitals in London. In 1984, Gillian joined the medical staff of St. Joseph's, Parkwood Hospital and London Health Sciences Centre as a family physician. 


She is also an Associate Professor at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and an Adjunct Professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University. Dr. Kernaghan currently serves on the OHA Board, the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) Council, and is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet). She is also a faculty member of the Physician Leadership Institute of Canadian Medical Association and is a Canadian Certified Physician Executive. Gillian was the President of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives from 2010-2012 and is a past Board Member of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Over her career, Dr. Kernaghan has served on numerous provincial and national committees.


In May 2015, Dr. Kernaghan received the YMCA Women of Excellence Award in the Health, Science and Technology. 

Dr. Kernaghan completed her residency at St. Joseph's Hospital in 1984 upon graduating from University of Western Ontario and was awarded her Fellowship in 2000.    


Dr. Kernaghan was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2014.


Neil MacLean, Board Member


Neil MacLean is currently Vice Chair of the Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) Board of Directors and Chair of the Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management Committee of the Board. MHA is a multi-site organization consisting of a community and a small/rural hospital which is among the most efficient hospitals in southwestern Ontario.


Neil is also a senior executive in MNP's National Healthcare Advisory Practice where he supports innovative health system leaders in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors on strategy development, organizational transformation and performance management initiatives. He is also a Board Director for medicBySky, a healthcare start-up.


Neil was elected to the Board of the OHA in September 2016.


 Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Board Member


Dr. Kwame McKenzie is an international expert on the social causes of mental illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. As a physician, psychiatrist, researcher and policy advisor, Dr. McKenzie has worked to identify the causes of mental illness and in cross-cultural health for over two decades. He is an active, funded researcher of social, community, clinical and policy issues and has nearly 200 academic publications including five books.


In addition to joining the Wellesley Institute as CEO in March 2014, Dr. McKenzie is Medical Director responsible for Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is a full Professor and the Co-Director of the Division of Equity Gender and Population in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. Dr. McKenzie sits on the Board of the United Way Toronto.


Dr. McKenzie has set up award winning services. He sees patients and trains clinicians and researchers as well as developing health policy for governments. He has international experience in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and United States.

After completing his medical training at the University of Southampton, Dr. McKenzie undertook psychiatric training at the Maudlsey Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, UK and Harvard University, US.

Dr. McKenzie was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2014.


Pierre Noel, Board Member


Pierre Noel assumed the position of President and CEO of the Pembroke Regional Hospital in the fall of 2006. Born and raised in Pembroke, he was delighted to return to his home town to play a leadership role in a hospital which has played such an important role in his own life and the life of his family.

Before assuming this role, Pierre was the CEO of the Wellington Health Care Alliance, a tri-hospital alliance between Groves Memorial Community Hospital and the North Wellington Health Care Corporation. Prior to this, Pierre held a number of senior positions in both the public and private health care sectors including a role as special consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as part of its Health Reform Implementation Team, Vice-President of Corporate Development at Aetna Health Management, Vice-President of Business Development at Columbia Health Care, Director of the Children’s Program at Laurentian Hospital in Sudbury, and Director of Administrative Services at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.

He is currently the Past Chair of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario and the Past Chair of the OHA.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Pierre was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2011.


 Wade Petranik, Board Member


Wade Petranik is a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Service Leaders (CHE) and professional accountant (CPA, CMA). He has been the President and CEO of the Dryden Regional Health Centre since 2005, and a health care executive for the past 25 years. In his recent role as Chair of the OHA's Small, Rural, and Northern Hospital Provincial Leadership Council, Wade recently co-chaired the Provincial Multi-Sector Health Hub Advisory Committee. He is past Chair of the North West Health Alliance, a shared service corporation of the 13 hospitals in Northwestern Ontario. Wade is also a member of the North West LHIN’s Integration Leadership Council.


Wade was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2015.

  Mark Rizzo, Board Member


Mark Rizzo is Vice President, Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy in Hamilton.  Mark provides investment advice to both institutional and private clients, specializing in credit unions, religious orders and private foundations. Over the last 25 years, Mark has worked with many organizations to establish sound investment principles that allow his clients to meet their investment objectives. Prior to entering the securities industry, Mark worked for a major Canadian Trust Company. His volunteer work within the healthcare sector has spanned long-term care, complex continuing care, academic teaching hospitals and the OHA.


He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from McMaster University and has completed numerous professional investment programs. Mark currently holds the designation of Chartered Director through The Director's College, McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business/Conference Board of Canada Governance programme.


Mark was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2013 and as Treasurer in November 2014.

 Donald Sanderson, Board Member


Donald Sanderson is the Chief Executive Officer for the West Parry Sound Health Centre (WPSHC) & Lakeland Long Term Care.  WPSHC is an integrated health facility with responsibility for acute care, long-term care, pre-hospital emergency care and six primary care nursing stations located throughout the Region of Parry Sound. He is a member and Past Chair of the OHA's Small, Rural & Northern Hospitals Provincial Leadership Council, and also serves on the OHA Board’s Governance & Nominating Committee. Donald is a member of the Board of Directors of the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation and The Festival of the Sound.


Donald’s career in health administration spans more than 25 years.  His previous roles include CEO of the Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll and Director of the Cardiac Program at the London Health Sciences Centre (formerly Victoria Hospital, London).


Donald is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He is a graduate of Humber College, Western University and holds a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. 


Donald was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2012.


  Altaf Stationwala, Board Member


Altaf has been President and CEO of Mackenzie Health since November 2010. He is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and a surveyor with Accreditation Canada. Prior to joining Mackenzie Health, Altaf was Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital where he was responsible for a number of portfolios including Capital Redevelopment, Corporate Services, Support Services and Diagnostic Services. Altaf was also Site Executive at Brampton Civic Hospital and Vice President, Patient Services at the William Osler Health Centre.


In 2007, he was presented with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives Canada’s Outstanding Young Health Executive of the Year Award.


Altaf has a diverse educational background with undergraduate degrees in Economics, Geography and Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Master in Health Administration from the University of Toronto.


Altaf was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2013.


  Eric Vandewall, Board Member


Eric Vandewall is President and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) in Burlington, a position he assumed in 2009. Under Eric’s leadership, several major accomplishments have been realized at JBH. An ongoing focus to continue to improve quality care, safe care, and service excellence is evident throughout the hospital. In April 2014, JBH received Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada.  In addition, JBH is embarking upon the largest redevelopment and capital expansion project in the history of the hospital. Phase 1, the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre and new parking structure, was completed in the fall of 2014. Phase 2, the redevelopment and expansion of the hospital, is underway and will be completed in 2017/2018.

Prior to joining JBH, Eric served as the Senior Vice President, Trillium Health Centre, and Vice President of Planning and Corporate Services at Trillium Health Centre. Eric has held a number of other senior management positions including Director, Health Outcomes at Glaxo Wellcome; Director, Health Reform Implementation Team, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Ministry); and, Director, Health Promotion Branch at the Ministry. He has held several other senior positions at the Ministry  over an 11-year period.

Eric is a graduate of Queen’s University and holds a Master of Public Administration, Health Policy. He also has an undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Architectural Sciences and he holds a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, McMaster University.

Eric was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2013.  


 Gay Wrye, Board Member


Gay Wrye was a member of the Board of Directors of Windsor Regional Hospital from 2005 until 2016 and served from 2012 to 2014. During her tenure on the Board, she chaired many committees, including the Executive Committee; Governance, Nominating and Strategic Planning; Quality of Care; Advocacy and Family Mental Health and Addictions. In 2013, Mrs. Wrye led the Board of Directors in a major initiative to approve the voluntary realignment of services between Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) and Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital. As a result of this realignment, WRH is now responsible for all acute care services in Windsor and is one of the largest community hospitals in Ontario. She also served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Capital Planning phase for a proposed new acute care hospital.


Currently, Gay is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Windsor Family Health Team and the Alzheimers Society of Windsor and Essex County.


She is a graduate of Victoria Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Windsor Law School. Prior to her retirement in 2003, she practiced in the areas of Disability and Administrative Law. She also served as a Chair and Medical member for the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal from 2000 to 2006.


Gay is married and has one daughter.


Gay was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2014.


Giles Meikle, Audit Committee


Giles R. Meikle,FCPA, FCA, is retired after a distinguished career of 40 years with Deloitte & Touche (now Deloitte), including eight yars as Chairman and CEO and two years as Chairman, and for several years as Deputy Chairman of Deloitte International.  Subsequent to retirement Giles served as Chairman of Scott’s Hospitality, Inc, Chairman of ABN-AMRO Canada (now Royal Bank of Scotland) and on the Boards of Canadian Airlines Ltd and several other companies.  His career has also included terms as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, President of the Canadian Opera Company, Vice Chair of The Sony Centre in Toronto and several other Boards.  He is currently Chair of the Director’s Advisory Group of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants(CICA), and a member of The Risk Oversight & Governance Board and Not For Profit Taskforce of CICA.

In the healthcare field, Giles has served on the Boards of Riverdale Hospital (now Bridgepoint), Wellesley Central (vice-chair) and as Chair of Toronto East General Hospital for over 3 years following the restructuring of the hospital’s governance in 2003.  He was also Chair of the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) in 2009/10,serves on the Board of Salus Global, Inc and is a past-chair of Hiroc Insurance Services Ltd.  He currently serves on the Board of the Harold & Grace Baker Centre, a retirement and long-term care home.  Giles is also a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Working Funds Deficit of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.

Lori Higgs, Finance Committee


Lori has been the Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer for St. Joseph’s Health Care London since April 2011 and has over thirteen years of progressive leadership experience in the healthcare industry.  Her responsibilities include providing leadership in the areas of finance, inventory and logistics, procurement and contract management, security, transportation, fire prevention, parking, mail services and retail food.  Lori has accountability for oversight of the hospital’s resource allocation and budget planning processes as well as all financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders.


Lori initially joined St. Joseph’s in September 2007 as the Director of Finance and also held a one-year interim role as Executive Associate for the shared President and CEO of St. Joseph’s and London Health Sciences Centre.  In 2009 Lori was a recipient of the Aspiring Leader Award, one of the President’s Awards for Leadership and in 2013 was named one of Business London Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 in recognition of business achievements, industry innovation and community involvement.


Lori has a BA in Administrative & Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario, a Diploma in Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University, and received her Chartered Accountant designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2002.

In addition to her professional experience, Lori participated on a national Task Force with the Public Sector Accounting Board from 2007 to 2010, which provided her with the opportunity to influence and shape the future direction of accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations. As well, Lori has served in a volunteer capacity with Foundation Western, Big Sisters of London, Brescia College, and has recently joined the London Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Fanshawe College Board of Governors. 


Richard "Dick" Mannisto, Finance Committee


Mr. Mannisto was born and raised in north western Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto with a BScF in 1969. He spent the next 30 years working for Kimberly Clark Forest Products in supervisory and senior management positions culminating in seven years as Vice President of the Woodlands operation until he retired in 1999.


Throughout his working life and since retirement, Mr. Mannisto has been involved with local, regional, and provincial boards to further the life experience, education, and health care interests/needs of the people of Ontario with a particular focus on Northern and rural communities. He is currrently completing 12 years on the Geraldton District Hospital board and was recently elected to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre board (June 2012).


Mr. Mannisto served one three-year term on the OHA Board with Finance and Audit Committee experience, and was the Chair of the Region 1 Regional Council Executive Committee for two years. He also is one of three trustees of the Greystone Health Trust.


Dan Coghlan, Finance Committee


Dan Coghlan, CGA, MBA, FCIS joined Providence Care in 2008 as the Vice-President Finance, Information Management & Chief Financial Officer. In June 2012 he assumed the role of Vice-President Operations & Chief Financial Officer.
In this role, Dan provides strategic leadership to various corporate and support services for the hospital including financial services, information management and technology, decision support services, hospital archives, and the clinical support functions of patient registration, clinical records, privacy office and hospitality services of food and nutrition services, housekeeping, maintenance, physical plant operations, and security.


Dan holds a Certified General Accountant’s accreditation, a Master’s Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. With over 25 years of health care experience, Dan has driven a strong track record of results, execution excellence, and improved operational efficiency while supporting patient care needs and the values of the organization. Prior to his career in healthcare, Dan spent 10 years in the oil industry primarily in treasury, finance, and operations administration.


Dan is currently the Co-Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association’s Institute of Financial Managers of Ontario, the Vice-Chair of 3SO (the joint purchasing organization for the hospitals of southeastern Ontario), a member of the Kingston Regional Hospital Laundry board of directors, and a member of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Health Based Allocation Model - Mental Health Technical Working Group. He has also served as chair and member of multiple Joint Policy Practice Committee and Ontario Hospital Association special task forces focused on complex continuing care and rehabilitation healthcare services.

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