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Board Members:


Myra Cridland Anthony Dale Stacey Daub Jeanette Despatie
Kevin Empey Derek Graham Brad Holman Gillian Kernaghan
Johanne Levesque Karim Mamdani Jamie G. McCracken Kwame McKenzie
Barry McLellan Pierre Noel Wade Petranik Mark Rizzo
Donald Sanderson Altaf Stationwala

Eric Vandewall

Marianne Walker

Gay Wrye



Board Officers:


Pierre Noel, Chair Jamie G. McCracken, Vice Chair Barry McLellan, 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



 Pierre Noel, Chair


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.

Pierre is a past chair of the OHA's Small, Rural and Northern Leadership Council and a past Vice‐Chair of the OHA's Medium‐Sized Hospital Leadership Council. He is currently the Chair of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.

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

James G. McCracken, Vice Chair


Mr. 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; Director, Board of Directors, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Hospital Association; Past Chair, Board of Directors, United Way Ottawa.

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


Dr. Barry McLellan, Vice Chair


Dr. Barry McLellan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In this role, Dr. McLellan provides leadership for one of Canada's largest academic health sciences centres with 10,000 staff and physicians, 1300 beds, and an annual budget of more than $950 million.

Each year, the hospital conducts more than $120 million in research, provides educational opportunities for 4000 students and cares for over one million patients. The Hospital 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.

Prior to his position as President and CEO at Sunnybrook, he was the Chief Coroner for Ontario.

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 the Director of the Trauma Program and Vice President of Specialty Services at Sunnybrook. He was also the Director of the hospital's Emergency Department, Base Hospital Program (paramedic program) and Trauma Research.

Dr. McLellan is 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.

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

  Anthony Dale, Secretary


Anthony Dale is President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association (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 and 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.

   Myra Cridland, Board Member


Myra Cridland is the Senior Vice‐President of Private Client Group Headquarters, BMO Financial Group. She is responsible for leading this centre of excellence through a number of key functions from across the global wealth services lines of business, including: Strategy and Performance Transformation, Business Operations, Project Management, Wealth Planning, Retail Sales and Client Experience.

Myra joined BMO as a Customer Service Representative while attending school. Upon graduation from university, she served as Branch Manager in various locations throughout Toronto. For the next several years, Myra held a variety of progressive positions in Personal & Commercial Headquarters. Upon completion of her MBA, she joined Corporate Finance and later joined the Private Client Group. Myra has an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Dalhousie University, and recently received a Masters Certificate in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo.

In addition to being a member of the Creative Works Studio, a community arts and outreach program steering committee, Myra is also a member of the Board of Directors for the William Osler Health System, as well as Chair of the Health Services Committee for Osler.


Myra Cridland was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2013.


 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 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 20 years, in a variety of progressive roles, Stacey is currently the CEO of the Toronto Central 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, 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 received the Change Foundation’s 20 Faces of Change Award for her leadership in healthcare innovation.


A lifelong learner, Stacey has Master’s degree 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 Ontario Hospital Association and the Change Foundation. 


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


  Jeanette Despatie, Board Member

Jeanette Despatie has more than 28 years of combined Acute, Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Long Term healthcare management experience. She is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornwall Community Hospital, an acute care facility operating in the city of Cornwall.


With an operating budget of over $118 million, a staff of 1100 employees and 75 medical staff, Cornwall Community Hospital serves acute, in-patient, out-patient and community based clients. Cornwall Community Hospital was incorporated in 2004 with the amalgamation of the Cornwall General Hospital and the acute care services of the Hotel Dieu Hospital.


At this time Jeanette is the Board Chair at the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Children’s Aid Society (CAS). Previous governance experience includes the Ontario Association of Non Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS); St Lawrence College; the Marie de la Ferre Housing Corporation; and, Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA).

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

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


Kevin Empey, Board Member


S. Kevin Empey is Chief Executive Officer of Lakeridge Health. He has been at Lakeridge since July 2008. Kevin is a

Chartered Accountant who is also a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.


Kevin has worked in the Hospital sector since 1990, with senior roles at University Health Network, Peel Memorial Hospital, and St. Michael’s Hospital. He currently is a guest lecturer at University of Toronto, UOIT and York University. In 2012 he was appointed Adjunct Professor at UOIT.


Kevin has been heavily involved in transforming hospital services through the creation of shared clinical and support services and private public partnerships. Kevin was a key contributor behind the development of Plexxus. 

He is also on the Board of The Abilities Centre and on many provincial Committees.


Kevin 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 multi-site, rural hospital which delivers care to the Manitoulin Island region of North-Eastern Ontario), a position he has held since 2007.


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 has enjoyed 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, leading to Derek’s current CEO tenure.

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 North-Eastern Region. 


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.


 Brad Holman, Board Member


Brad Holman is a retired Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP with 36 years federal government experience at national and international levels.


Upon retiring from the RCMP in 2005, Mr. Holman 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. Mr. Holman 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.

Mr. Holman has been an elected Trustee of the Hanover & District Hospital Board since 2007 and is currently the Past Chair having served a three year term as Chair. He also sits on the OHA Small, Rural & Northern Leadership Council.


Mr. Holman was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2014.


 Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, Board Member


Dr. Kernaghan was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health Care, London in 2010. St. Joseph’s is a multi-sited academic health care organization serving London and 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 (LHSC) as a family physician. She completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1984 upon graduation from University of Western Ontario and was awarded her Fellowship in 2000. She is an Associate Professor at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and an adjunct professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University. Gillian currently serves on the OHA Board and the CAHO Council. Gillian was the President of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives from 2010-2012 and a past Board Member of CaRMS. She is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet). She has served on numerous provincial and national committees.  She is also a faculty member of the Physician Manager Institute of Canadian Medical Association.


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


  Johanne Levesque, Board Member


Johanne Levesque has more than 25 years of experience in health care, specifically in mental health, public health, community health and health administration. Visionary, entrepreneurial and innovative, she is recognized for her commitment to excellence, her ability to secure buy-in from diverse stakeholders and delivering results that build organizational effectiveness, community capacity and provide value for money. 


Johanne is currently a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation where she is accountable for leading, developing and providing excellence in Cancer Coaching, a new, innovative health service, designed to empower cancer survivors, helping them become active participants in their health and well-being. 


Johanne has a long history of volunteering and serving on boards of directors of major organizations. She became a trustee of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in 2004 and is currently Past Chair, having served four years as Chairman of the Board. She is also a past member of the Board of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and was a member of the Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network where she served as the Chair of the Expert Panel on Policy and the Environment. Along with her volunteer activities at CHEO, she continues to serve as a member of the Province of Ontario’s Firefighter Bravery Advisory Council, and was the inaugural Chair of the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health Steering Committee. Her most recent appointment is as a member of the Youth Services Bureau’s Board of Directors.

Johanne holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science from Ottawa University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Queen’s University.  


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


  Karim Mamdani, Board Member


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.


Mr. Mamdani’s areas of focus include labour relations, employee engagement, financial and operational management, land and building development, collective bargaining, funding systems and strategic operations planning.  Mr. Mamdani 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 and operating funding matters, as well as mental health and medical services funding working groups. 

Mr. Mamdani serves as the Chair of the Board of Addiction and Mental Health Ontario, a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Geriatric Program Toronto and on an operations committee in support of multi-generational housing. Mr. Mamdani holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a CPA-Certified Management Accountant. 

Mr. Mamdani was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2014.


 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 four books.


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.


In addition to joining the Wellesley Institute as CEO in March, 2014, Dr. McKenzie is Medical Director responsible for Dual Diagnosis, Child Youth and Family and Geriatric services and Director Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). 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 is President of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto, sits on the Board of the United Way Toronto and had a key role in the development of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada.


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


 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 is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dryden Regional Health Centre since 2005, and a health care executive for the past 24 years. In his recent role as Chair of the OHA Small, Rural, and Northern Hospital Leadership Council, Wade recently co-chaired the Provincial Multi-Sector Health Hub Advisory Committee. He is also Chair of the North West Health Alliance, a shared service corporation of the 13 hospitals in Northwestern Ontario. Wade is 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 a Vice President, Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy in Hamilton. Mark provides investment advisory services to both institutional and private clients, specializing in credit unions, religious orders and private foundations.


Over the last twenty five years, Mark has worked with many organizations in establishing sound investment principles that allow his clients to meet their investment objectives.

He is a graduate of McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and has completed numerous professional investment programs and currently holds the designation of Chartered Director through The Director's College, McMaster University DeGroote School of Business/Conference Board of Canada Governance programme. Prior to entering the securities industry, Mark worked for a major Canadian Trust Company in providing investment and trust
advisory services through their Trust division.


He is a former Chair and current board member of Board of Hamilton Health Sciences, former Chair of The Hamilton Club, St. Peter's Health System, St. Peter's Long Term Care Centres and the Royal Botanical Gardens, and a former board member of the board of Art Gallery of Hamilton and the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington. As a volunteer, Mark has taken lead roles in Capital Development Campaigns for numerous charitable organizations within the Greater Bay Area.

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

 Donald Sanderson, Board Member


Donald Sanderson is proud to be the Chief Executive Officer to the West Parry Sound Health Centre (WPSHC) & Lakeland Long Term Care in Parry Sound, Ontario. 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.


Donald’s career in health administration spans more than 25years. Previous to his current role, Donald was the CEO of the Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll and prior to that, 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’s in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. He is a member and Past Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association’s (OHA) Small, Rural & Northern Hospitals Leadership Council.

Donald was first elected to the OHA Board in 2013 and most recently served as the Chair of the Board’s Governance & Nominating Committee.  Donald is a member of the Board of Directors of the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Canadore College, North Bay. Donald is a Paul Harris Fellow, Past President and member of the Rotary Club of Parry Sound.


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


  Altaf Stationwala, Board Member


Altaf Stationwala was appointed President and CEO of Mackenzie Health in November 2010. Prior to joining Mackenzie Health, Altaf held the position of Senior Vice‐President and Chief Operations Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital. Before joining Mount Sinai Hospital, he was Site Executive – Brampton Civic Hospital and Vice‐President, Patient Services at the William Osler Health Centre.


In 2007, Altaf was presented with the Canadian College of Health Leaders Canada's Outstanding Young Health Executive of the Year Award. He has a diverse educational background with undergraduate degrees in Economics, Geography and Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. Altaf is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and is also a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

Altaf Stationwala 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, Joseph Brant Hospital 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; and, Director, Health Promotion Branch, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He has held several other senior positions at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care over an 11 year period.

Eric is a Director on a number of Boards, including the Ontario Hospital Association, Mohawk Shared Services, and the Hospital Insurance Reciprocal of Canada.


Eric is a graduate of Queen’s University and holds a master’s degree in 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 Vandewall was elected to the Board of the OHA in November 2013.


 Marianne Walker, Board Member


Marianne Walker has over 20 years of senior executive leadership experience. She is the President and CEO at the Guelph General Hospital.  Previously, she was the President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health Centre, Guelph and Senior Vice-President of Elder Care for St. Joseph's Health System, Hamilton.


Marianne has provided leadership provincially as a member of the provincial ALC Action Team working with Dr. Walker, member of the ALC Resource Matching and Referral (RM&R) Provincial Steering Committee, and chair of the Rehabilitation Care Alliance Capacity Planning/System Evaluation Task Group. Marianne has successfully led several Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network regional programs such as Complex Continuing Care, integrated Rehabilitation Care and Stroke care, Behavioural Support Ontario, Telemedicine, and Specialized Geriatric Services. These initiatives resulted in improved patient outcomes.


She has co-authored several research studies including: Satisfaction with Care among Residents and Families in a Long-Term and Complex Continuing Care Organization; an Assessment of Institutional Relocation Qualitative Perceptions and Patient Outcomes; and The character of behavioural symptoms on admission to three Canadian long-term care homes.

Marianne holds a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and Nursing Diploma from Conestoga College. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and was the Past Chair, Hamilton and Area. She has been a member of the Ontario Hospital Association Board for the past 5 years and also a Board member for the Change Foundation. Marianne has been a

surveyor with Accreditation Canada for over 12 years.


 Gay Wrye, Board Member


Gay Wrye has been a member of the Board of Directors of Windsor Regional Hospital in Windsor Ontario since 2005 and served as Chair of the Board from 2012 until 2014. During her tenure on the Board, she has 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 (W.R.H.) and Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital. As a result of this realignment, W.R.H. is now responsible for all acute care services in Windsor and is one of the largest community hospitals in Ontario. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the Capital Planning phase for a proposed new acute care Hospital.

Mrs. Wrye 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.


She is married and has one daughter.

Mrs. Wrye 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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