NOSM’s Board of Directors is comprised of 19 members who reflect the geographic and demographic diversity of Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario, including Indigenous, Francophone, and rural and remote communities. It is responsible for the corporate and fiscal governance of the School. Membership of the Board of Directors is drawn widely to achieve the balance of skills and expertise required to enable the Board to fulfill its governance responsibilities.
Dr. Robert Haché, Chair
President, Laurentian University, Sudbury
Term as Chair 2019 (July) – 2020 (September)
Dr. Robert Haché has broad experience in leading university research and innovation activities. Prior to joining Laurentian University as President and Vice-Chancellor, he was the Vice-President of Research and Innovation at York University. Prior to York, he served as Associate VicePresident of Research at the University of Calgary and Vice-Dean of Research for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, two U15 universities. Dr. Haché is recognized for his strong and collaborative leadership experience in the Canadian university sector, his successes leading strategic partnerships and initiatives, as well as his proven engagement toward student success.
Of Acadian background, Dr. Haché is fluently bilingual (English and French). He holds a BSc (Biochemistry) from McGill University and a Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from Queen’s University. Dr. Haché has 29 years of experience as an academic, including more than 20 years as an academic leader. As a molecular and cellular biologist and biochemist, Dr. Haché has received numerous research grants and awards from organizations, including the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) and the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for his research projects on steroid hormone action and DNA damaging agents. Dr. Haché has also served as a committee member and chair in various organizations, including the Ontario Council of University Research (OCUR).
Dr. Moira McPherson, Vice Chair
President, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
Term as Vice Chair 2018 (January) – 2020 (September)
Dr. Moira McPherson became Lakehead University’s Interim President & Vice-Chancellor in January 2018.
Dr. McPherson began her career at Lakehead University in 1987 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. She holds a PhD specializing in Applied Biomechanics and is regularly sought out for her scholarly and professional expertise in applied kinematic and biomechanical skill analyses by both national and international organizations.
Following seven successful years as the Director of the School of Kinesiology, Dr. McPherson became the University’s Associate Vice-President (Academic) and then took on the role of Deputy Provost in 2011. Dr. McPherson led the development and implementation of the Academic Plan, the University’s transition to the Institutional Quality Assurance process, efforts to increase student mobility and college transfer pathways, and most recently the development of the University’s Strategic Mandate Agreement proposal.
Dr. Sarita Verma, Dean, President and CEO
As of July 1, 2019 Dr. Sarita Verma will take the position as Dean, President and CEO of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Former Vice President, Education at the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and a Professor Emerita in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Until January 2016, she was the Associate Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions and Special Advisor to the Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Formerly the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2008-2015) and Associate Vice-Provost, Health Professions Education (2010-2015), she is a family physician who originally trained as a lawyer at the University of Ottawa (1981) and later completed her medical degree at McMaster University (1991). She has been a Diplomat in Canada’s Foreign Service and worked with UNHCR in Sudan and Ethiopia for several years. Dr. Verma is the 2006 recipient of the Donald Richards Wilson Award in medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; the 2009 co-recipient of the May Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada and the 2016 recipient of the Charles Mickle Fellowship from the University of Toronto for excellence in medical education. From 2009-2011, she was one of the lead consultants for the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate project. For six years she held the position of Governor at the University of Toronto, has been a board member of several teaching hospitals, the Michener Institute, Associated Medical Services and the Chair of the Canadian Residency Matching Service. From 2011 to 2015, she was the Co-lead for the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC) at the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education and was a key member of the Association of Academic Health Centers International Steering Committee.
A world traveler and leader of national and international projects, Dr. Verma is a recognized scholar in the areas of leadership development, distributed and interprofessional education models, Indigenous health, physician wellness, health human resource and workforce planning, accreditation of health professions education programs, and a superb reviewer and problem-solver of challenging situations. She also excels in the design and establishment of foreign health and education systems, governance and organizational assessments, and in strategic planning and strategic implementation. Uniquely qualified, Dr. Verma brings her skill/strength as an expert in the accreditation of health sciences programs, the rigorous application of social accountability and curricular reform, her outstanding skills in conflict resolution and complex disciplinary issues, and her experience as a diplomat to the resolution of high-risk medical-legal issues and complex collective bargaining.
Dr. Alexandre Anawati
Term 2014-2021 (September)
Dr. Alex Anawati is originally from Sturgeon Falls, is Francophone, a NOSM alumni from the charter class and has lived or worked in every province in Canada except Nunavut and Labrador. Currently working as a full-time ER physician at both Health Sciences North in Sudbury and West Nipissing General Hospital in Sturgeon Falls. Dr. Anawati has been a member of a few national and international organizations that advocate for social accountability in medical education and medicine. Currently, he is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Social Accountability Working Group and the Association of Medical Education of Europe’s ASPIRE for Excellence Social Accountability Panel.
Dr. Michel Bédard
Dean, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
Term 2016 – 2022
Michel Bédard is a trained academic (Ph.D. – University of Waterloo, 2000) whose career includes research, teaching, and administration. Michel was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences in May 2016. He has been a faculty member of Lakehead University since 2001 and of NOSM since its inception in 2005. He is also the Director of the Centre for Research on Safe Driving at Lakehead University and the Scientific Director of the Centre for Applied Health Research at St. Joseph’s Care Group.
Michel is particularly known for his research on older drivers. Support for his research came from the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Aging and Health he held from 2003 to 2013, from a Premier’s Research Excellence Award he received from the Province of Ontario, and from various other funding sources he and his colleagues received (over $12 million so far).
Mme Danielle Bélanger-Corbin
Juris Doctor Candidate – University of Ottawa
Mr. Gary Boissoneau
Self Employed, Garden River, Ontario
Gary Boissoneau is a highly motivated and skilled office administrator knowledgeable in federal government Indian policy and First Nation governance.
Gary has worked as a Utilities Assistant Researcher and a Land Code Coordinator with the Garden River First Nation, where he planned and developed strategies to inform and create momentum on the importance of Indian land management policy and determine power and authority of current jurisdiction of land management as per the First Nation Land Management Act.
Earlier in his career, he was a financial officer with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, where he implemented and maintained program management strategy to enhance working relationships with Regional offices, and First Nations communities in financial management.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Economics from Laurentian University with a major in Economics and a minor in Business and Computer Sciences and is currently completing his Master’s thesis in Community Economic Development (Cape Breton University). He also has certificates in Mediation (University of Western Ontario) and Adjudication (York University – Osgoode Hall) and Canadian Human Rights (York University – Osgoode Hall)
Ms. Lucy Bonanno
Chief Executive Officer, Geraldton District Hospital
Lucy Bonanno is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geraldton District Hospital located in the North West LHIN. She is an accomplished healthcare executive with a 20+ year track record for improving patient care, service excellence, program development and outreach for hospitals, non-profits, and community healthcare organizations at local, provincial, and national levels.
She sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Lymphoma Canada, the Northern Policy Institute (NPI) and the Ontario Hospital Association, Small, Rural and Northern Leadership Council. She served four years as Chair of the West GTA Regional Stroke Steering Committee and sat on the President’s Community Advisory Council with Mackenzie Health (formerly York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill, Ontario) for four years.
Lucy currently writes a regular quarterly column for ‘Airwaves’, a magazine specific to the Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario (RTSO) and is a peer reviewer for the ‘Healthcare Management Forum Journal’ of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Mr. Ken Boshcoff
Adjudicator Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and Tournament Director PGA Tour: Staal Foundation Open, Thunder Bay
Ken has been active in the Northern Ontario community and political areas since his earliest days as a student activist at Lakehead University.
He continued his commitment upon receipt of a Masters in Environmental Studies that took him on a career path through the Provincial and Federal public services. He was elected as a Municipal Councillor, Mayor, and Member of Parliament as well as serving as President of three major municipal organizations (AMO ORGRA and NOMA). He served in these offices for over 35 years.
Ken is well-known for his volunteer work with environmental, disability, sports, crime prevention, anti-racism, literacy, arts and culture, charities, and Indigenous inclusivity.
As a successful business manager, Ken operated his own insurance company as well as serving as a Vice President of Aon Reed Stenhouse.
He was directly involved in the advocacy for a new regional hospital as well as adamantly insisting on a fully equal dual-campus NOSM.
Ken remains active in the Martial Arts and founded the world’s first Martial Arts Council which continues to flourish. His writings on community success were widely published in a series “How to be a Hometown Champ”.
Ken has no plans to retire.
Mme Juliette S. Denis
Retired Health Care Professional and Owner of a small Management Consulting and Translation Firm, Sudbury
Term 2019-2022 (Term will begin September 18, 2019)
Born and raised in the small rural village of River Valley, Ontario, Juliette is the 5th oldest of a family of 16. She is a very proud daughter, sister, spouse, mother of two sons, Meumér of four grandchildren, and auntie to several nieces and nephews.
Juliette is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She honours her mixed heritage and has played a leadership role in her Métis community as member of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Regional Councillor of MNO Region 5, Women’s Representative of the Sudbury Métis Council, and/or in her role as Métis Elder in residence at Sudbury Laurentian University and the McEwen School of Architecture.
A lifelong learner, Juliette is a graduate of the Sudbury Regional School of Nursing where she obtained her Registered Nurse diploma, as well as a graduate of Laurentian University where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Juliette’s career in Health care spans over 35 years. She had the privilege of working in the institutional, community and public health sectors and in various positions such as Registered Nurse Nursing Supervisor/Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Executive Director, Community Development Officer, Coordinator of Communicable Diseases Program, Public Health Researcher, and Teacher at the community college level.
Juliette is a dedicated community volunteer, always striving to bring about positive changes. She is currently a member of the McEwen International Advisory Board and a member of the Ladies Auxiliaries of the Knights of Columbus Council 5005. Previous contributions include University of Sudbury Ad-hoc Language and Culture Committee, Cambrian College Board of Governors, Cambrian College Aboriginal Affairs Committee, Conseil d’éducation autochtone du Collège Boréal, Canadore College Nursing Advisory Committee, The Northeastern Ontario Regional Economic Development Pilot Project Implementation Committee, and Deputy-Reeve of the former municipality of Springer Township, among others.
Ms. Donna Dorrington
Mr. Pierre Dumais
Pierre Dumais graduated from University of Ottawa Law School in 1989 and was called to the Bar in 1991. He has practiced law in a number of small communities along the Highway 11 corridor.
He was residing in the Town of Hearst for the last 8 years and is now a resident of the Town of Kapuskasing. He is a member of the Legal Aid panels for Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation and for Legal Aid Ontario for the Districts of Cochrane and Algoma. He was a Commission Counsel for the Cornwall Public Inquiry from 2005 to 2009. He has conducted prosecutions for the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of the Attorney General on an ad hoc basis. He taught the Law of Business Administration at l’Universite de Hearst for the past 20 years. He was the co-chair of the Justice on Target Committee for Cochrane; he is the co-chair for the Criminal Justice Modernization Committee and he is an active volunteer for le Centre Regional de Loisirs.
Ms. Lori Flinders, Aazhekwe Wiidimok
Director Behavioral Health Services, FF Tribal Area Health Services, Fort Frances
Lori R Flinders is Anishinaabikwe from Couchiching First Nation located in southern Treaty #3. First and foremost, Lori is dedicated to her family. She is a kokum (grandmother) of three, mother of two, auntie, partner, daughter, and sister who values the relationships she has and the roles she carries within her family system.
Lori has worked with Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Service for the past four years as the Director of Behavioural Health Services and received her certification as a First Nations Health Manager with FNHMA in 2015. Lori has been instrumental in helping the Corporation bring to life their Sacred Bundle that includes the Agency staff, drum, and pipes along staff working bundles. In this regard, Lori has been a leader in inductive learning and transformational leadership for the empowerment of Anishinaabe traditional practices in health and wellness.
Lori has a Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier, Honours degree from Carleton University and both a Small Business Managers and Early Childhood Education Diploma from Confederation College. She has also been a life-long learner in Anishinaabe Traditional methodologies of healing and wellness.
Lori’s publications include two short autobiographical chapters in First Lady Nation volume I and IV, a leading practice with Accreditation Canada and several collaborative papers within the Aboriginal Child Welfare sector. Lori has presented her paper on Anishinaabe best practices with Accreditation Canada on both provincially and at the Nation levels.
In July of 2016 Lori ‘picked up’ a medicine bundle; meaning she made a four-year commitment to study at Matootoo Lake with Traditional Medicine Healers/Elders to learn about natural medicines used since time immemorial in the healing ceremonies of the Anishinaabe.
Mr. Mark Hurst
Past President and CEO North Bay RHC, North Bay
Mark began his post-secondary education at Glendon College, York University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History and a minor in French. Following his initial foray into the hospital environment, working as a Human Resources recruitment officer for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto, Mark decided to continue his education in this field at the University of Toronto, receiving a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Administration.
After continuing his exposure to health care management as Director of Human Resources at The Homewood Sanitarium in Guelph, Mark moved to North Bay in 1982 to accept a position as Assistant Executive Director at the North Bay Civic Hospital. In 1990 Mark was promoted to the position of President & CEO of North Bay Civic. In this role, Mark played a significant leadership role in the merger of North Bay Civic Hospital and St. Joseph’s General Hospital in 1995, and became President & CEO of the newly consolidated North Bay General Hospital at that time.
Plans for a new hospital facility had long been in the works for North Bay, and Mark was a key proponent in the eventual fulfillment of that dream with the opening of the North Bay Regional Health Centre on January 30, 2011. Shortly thereafter on April 1, a second voluntary corporate merger was finalized with the Northeast Mental Health Centre, the former North Bay Psychiatric Hospital. This was a milestone achievement resulting in a fully amalgamated and integrated multidisciplinary health facility serving a large catchment area in northeastern Ontario.
From the inception of NOSM, Mark developed a strong working relationship with the medical school, as North Bay became a very popular placement location for NOSM learners. Until his retirement in 2012, Mark was directly and actively involved in the onsite program.
Mark became involved initially with the Board of Directors at NOSM in 2015 when he joined the Governance Committee as a Non-Director member. After enjoying his experiences in and around NOSM, he submitted his application for the 2016 year, welcoming the opportunity to participate at the governance level in helping to ensure continued positive outcomes.
Mrs. Nancy Jacko
Nancy Jacko retired from the North Bay Regional Health Centre in December 2014 where she was Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive. On retirement, she managed a project with the North East LHIN implementing Quality Based Procedures across the region and also has done private consulting. Nancy has had a progressively varied career in health care spanning 43 years including two hospital corporate amalgamations and the planning and moving to a new hospital in 2011. She has led several initiatives to achieve operational and systemic efficiencies and processes for truly patient centered care.
Nancy is a graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing (Hamilton) and the University of Windsor. She worked in Critical Care and Public Health at the beginning of her career in the Hamilton and the Toronto areas. Since 1980, Nancy has been employed in the hospital system in North Bay where she held various management roles. Since 1997 until her retirement, Nancy had been a member of the senior administration team with responsibility for numerous clinical programs and participated in corporate planning and goal setting. She led the inaugural strategic planning process for the newly amalgamated North Bay Regional Health Centre and developed the first corporate score card for the organization.
Nancy has served on many hospital, local, LHIN and provincial Boards and committees such as a Family Health Team, the Ontario Hospital Association, and the Canadian Military. She has presented at various district, regional, provincial, and international conferences on various topics related to health care.
In 2011, Nancy was honoured to receive the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Award for the Public Sector in recognition of her leadership in health care.
Nancy is an active member of the community involved in various volunteer activities. Currently, she is the Chair of the Board of the North Bay Parry Sound District Public Health Unit. She has been a member of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Board since 2016 and also sits on the Governance Committee.
Nancy resides in North Bay with her husband Bill. She is a strong advocate for healthy lifestyles and fitness.
Mr. George Payne
Medical Student, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
George Payne is a third-year undergraduate medical student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine – Lakehead Campus. Prior to studying medicine, George studied at the University of Guelph where he completed a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and an M.Sc. in Human Health and Nutrition. During this time, George rowed for the Guelph Gryphons, which allowed him the opportunity to sit on the Board of Directors of the Guelph Rowing Club. After his formal academic studies in Guelph, George took a foray into commerce. He wrote his CFA Level 1 Exam and co-founded a business in Waterloo which was part of the Wilfrid Laurier Launchpad Program, broadening his perspectives and skills in a non-academic context.
George sat on the NOSM Student Council as the 2021 Lakehead class representative for two years. He voiced the concerns of students on several NOSM committees and engaged with faculty and administration to foster a learner-oriented environment. George is a member of the NOSM Board of Directors and sits on the Finance and Risk Audit Committee. Academically, George collaborated with the St. Joseph’s Care Group to improve access and education surrounding eMental Health Initiatives, and is now undertaking a clinical research project at Sault Area Hospitals in nutrition and wound care.
George is interested in the empowerment of individuals to foster community health. He believes that this approach requires broad thinking, respect for varied perspectives, and an entrepreneurial attitude from all stakeholders. George hopes that NOSM can be a catalyst for Northern Ontario – empowering its community members through health, education and economic opportunity.
Since moving to Thunder Bay, George has taken up Nordic skiing and maintains his futile efforts to keep up with the Lakehead Varsity Nordic team. In between skis, he has taken to learning piano.
Mr. Bruce Sutton, Treasurer NOSM Corporation
Retired Health Care Executive
Bruce Sutton retired in 2013 from a healthcare career of almost 30 years. He spends his time in retirement volunteering for a number of organizations. He served four years on the board of the Northwest Community Health Centres, he volunteers every Friday at Habitat for Humanity, serves meals at a local soup kitchen, and is active in the Knights of Columbus. Most importantly, he is “Grandad” to Luke, Anna, Penny and Jacob.
Bruce’s most recent position was part-time Executive Director of the Northwest Health Alliance, which is a shared service corporation owned by the hospitals in Northwest Ontario. His last full-time position was Executive Vice President for Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC). Prior to that, he held the shared VP and CIO role for TBRHSC, St. Joseph’s Care Group, and was the CEO of the Nipigon District Memorial Hospital.
In terms of education, Bruce obtained his undergraduate degree from Lakehead University and he holds the designations Certified Health Executive, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Professional Accountant. In recognition of his career and contributions to society,
Bruce was honoured in 2007 by being named a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountant of Canada. A lifelong learner, Bruce earned his Masters of Health Studies from Athabasca University in 2010 at the age of 53. Bruce was elected to the Board of NOSM in September 2015 and has served as Treasurer since that time. He was a non-director on the school’s Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee for a year prior.
Mrs. Joy Warkentin
Retired/ Self Employed Consultant
Joy Warkentin is passionate about Leadership and Service. She was educated first as a nurse and then as an educator, holding a degree in Sociology and a MEd in Curriculum Development.
She taught Nursing, became Chair of Health Sciences and then Associate Dean Academic at Confederation College. She then relocated to London, Ontario where she was the Senior Vice President at Fanshawe College from 2000 to 2009. While at Fanshawe, she led the improvement in Graduation Rates, started the first Research Department, led the development of the first Applied Degrees, established Student Success Advisors in every School, and developed the College’s first Academic Plan. For 6 years she co-led a residential Leadership Development Program on behalf of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.
She was awarded an Honorary Degree from Fanshawe in 2008 for her contributions to Applied Learning. She was the 2009 recipient of the Minister’s lifetime Achievement Award from the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities and was awarded the YMCA of London, Women of Excellence Award. The Fanshawe College Board of Governors named her the College’s first Vice President Emeritus in recognition of her 40 years of service to Ontario’s Colleges and Students.
Ms. Gina Kennedy, Secretary
Corporate Secretary, Manager of Policy and Governance Relations (Non-voting)
Since 2006, Gina is responsible in overseeing and directing the activities that support the Board of Directors and Academic Council in meeting their responsibilities and has implemented several initiatives to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the School’s governance system. In 2012 she was awarded the Innovation Award by her peers at NOSM. She continues her membership with the Association of College and University Policy Administrators as well as the Canadian University Board Association.
She is an active committee member and a regular presenter at various conferences and professional development workshops. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the Young Leaders on Board Program with the United Way since 2013 and was awarded the Volunteer Service Award in 2018 for her work with the United Way. Appointed to the Brain Injury Association of Sudbury and District in 2018, where she has demonstrated her governance leadership in leading the development of the Unmasking Brain Injury Initiative in the City of Greater Sudbury. In February 2019 she was appointed Vice Chair of the Accessibility Panel for the Greater City of Sudbury and continues as an active Toastmaster since 2009, in which she has acquired her Distinguish Toastmaster in 2016, awarded Toastmaster of the Year in 2014 and 2015, and has served in various roles as Area and Division Governor, Learning Master and Ambassador for Toastmasters International 2013 to present.
She continues to serve in various capacities for the local organizations such as the Soup Kitchen and Salvation Army, she hopes her advocacy and community involvement will help foster awareness and empower individuals to make change. She lives by the quote by Stella Young “the only disability in life is a bad attitude”.
Community Members on Committees
Ms. Susan Soldan – Community Member – Governance Committee
Susan has recently retired from her position as the Regional Services Manager in the Ministry of Transportation’s Northwestern Region, where she worked since 2007, with responsibility for oversight of financial and administrative matters as part of the regional senior management team.
Her past roles have included Manager of Internal Audit (Ministry of Natural Resources), Manager of Budgets & Planning (City of Thunder Bay), Superintendent of Business & Corporate Services (Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board), Vice President Administration & Finance (Lakehead University) and Finance Officer (Ministry of Education).
Susan holds an Honour Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University, as well as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA) designations. In 2013, she was proud to be elected as a Fellow of the former Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (now CPA Ontario), in recognition of her long and varied history of service to her profession and her community. She currently serves as President (and 2nd soprano) of Lakehead Choral Group and Secretary of her local CPA Ontario chapter, and is Treasurer on the boards of United Way of Thunder Bay, Staal Foundation Open (Thunder Bay Golf Classic) and Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Since March 2018, Susan has been a community member of the Governance Committee and is enjoying the opportunity to learn more about the school while working with a great group of committed people.
Mr. Brent Maranzan – Community Member & Vice Chair Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and Investment Committee
Decision Support Lead
Northwest Health Alliance
Brent Maranzan is a Management Professional with 16 years of progressive experience in the public and private sectors. A graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Program at Wilfrid Laurier in 2002, Brent earned his CPA, CA Designation in 2004. In 2011, he completed a Master of Public Health Degree from Lakehead University and in 2015 he earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.
In his current role as the Decision Support Lead at the Northwest Health Alliance, Brent developed the Regional Decision Support office; an internal consulting resource to serve Hospitals and Community agencies in the North West Local Health Integration Network area. This service helps them work with their data and develop their internal/external reporting processes and also produces reports, proposals and business cases to assist with strategic priorities.
Brent’s past roles have been diverse. He has spent time as an auditor in a public accounting firm and then 6 years at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. For two years he served as the Director of Surgical Services. Notable accomplishments during that time included the creation of the Bariatric Surgery program, the renovation of two operating rooms to facilitate minimally-invasive surgery and the development of a proposal to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for a comprehensive cardiovascular surgical program in Thunder Bay. Brent also spent time at the North West Local Health Integration Network where he was a Senior Planning and Integration Consultant, responsible for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse sectors.
In his spare time, Brent has dutifully given back to the Accounting profession through involvement in the Northwestern Ontario Chartered Professional Accountants Association since 2004, including three years as the local President. He is interested in teaching, and has taught sessional courses in accounting at Lakehead University and MS Excel courses to local groups. He has a beautiful family including three young, rambunctious children and if he has any time left over enjoys travel, photography and competing in triathlon and endurance sports.
Mr. Danny Whalen, President, Federation of Northern Municipalities (FONOM) – Nominations and Community Relations subcommittee
Councillor, City of Temiskaming Shores
President, Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities
I was born and raised here in the area of the Town of New Liskeard now part of the City of Temiskaming Shores.
My wife Suzanne and I raised two daughters, Trina and Tracey and now are enjoying our three grandchildren Mya, Lily and Calvin and our two furry grand dogs Nash and Worthy.
I have just recently been elected to President of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) and look forward to working for the north. Part of those efforts involve a close working relationship with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to ensure a strong reliable health system for our residents.
Ms. Shelby Ch’ng (designate) Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) appointed May 2019 – Nominations and Community Relations subcommittee
Shelby Ch’ng was first elected to city council in 2014. She was re-elected in a landslide victory in 2018. She is a well respected business owner and is a contributor to re-building the South Core of Thunder Bay.
She hold an HBA in Political Science from Lakehead University. She is an advocate for quality infrastructure, community engagement and communication, urban density and attracting and retaining a young workforce to our city. She is an active member of council and sits on many boards and committees.
Mme Monique Rocheleau, Chair, Francophone Reference Group – Nominations and Community Relations subcommittee
Directrice générale adjointe/ Associate Executive Director
Monique est une membre en règle de l’Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des techniciens en travail social de l’Ontario et elle détient une maîtrise en travail social de l’Université Laurentienne. Elle a plus de 20 années d’expérience dans les secteurs de la santé et des services sociaux, ayant été cadre supérieure au RLISS du Nord-Est, superviseuse de programme au ministère des Services sociaux et communautaires et consultante en milieu hospitalier au ministère de la Santé et des Soins de longue durée. Monique est actuellement la directrice générale adjointe du Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario. Monique a fait du bénévolat auprès de divers organismes depuis plusieurs années, notamment le Centre d’accès aux soins communautaires du Nord-Est, le Groupe consultatif francophone de l’École de médecine du Nord de l’Ontario, Nexus santé et Mains Le réseau d’aide aux familles. Monique est aussi une ancienne présidente du conseil d’administration du Collège Boréal.
Monique is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Monique Rocheleauholds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Laurentian University. She has over 20 years’ experience within the health and social service sectors, having worked as a Senior Officer with the North East LHIN, Program Supervisor with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and as a hospital consultant with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Monique is currently the Associate Executive Director with the Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario. Monique has spent several years volunteering with various organizations such as, the North East Community Care Access Centre, Groupe consultatif francophone of the Northern Ontario School of Medecine, Health Nexus and HANDS the Family Help Network. Monique is also a past Chair of the Board of Directors for Collège Boréal.
Deputy Grand Council Chief Edward Wawia, Chair Indigenous Reference Group – Nominations and Community Relations subcommittee
Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief Edward Wawia started his career in the mining industry where he worked for 40 years. He served his home community as Councillor of the Red Rock Indian Band for 10 years before serving as Chief for 2 and a half more. He was elected Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief in June of 2018 as leader of the Northern Superior Region of Anishinabek Nation. In addition, he is Chief of the Lands and Resources and Justice as well as the Health and Justice Portfolios for the Anishinabek Nation. Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief Wawia has served as a representative of the Anishinabek Nation for 5 years on the Forestry Commission and continues to contribute to the modernization of forestry tenure in Ontario as a member of the Oversight Group. He has served on the Board of Directors of the company that manages the Lake Nipigon Forest that has held the Sustainable Forest Licence for said forest for 10 years. He sits on the Board of Directors of Nedaak who manage the Kenogami Forest in Northern Ontario. He is passionate about water conservation and management and is an active member of the management teams of two Fisheries Management Zones in Lake Superior. He has also been involved in water management planning for the Nipigon and Namewanaminican River Watersheds for more than 10 years. Chief Wawia is in his second term on the Board of Directors for the Nipigon District Memorial Hospital. When he can find the time, Ed enjoys watching the Toronto Blue Jays and the Winnipeg Jets.
Mr. Lucas Jewitt, Community Member on the Governance Committee
Lucas is a lawyer and has developed a practice focused on Indigenous Legal Issues including rights and governance, litigation and advocacy, and corporate and commercial law. Prior to practicing law, Lucas feels immensely privileged to have spent nearly a decade working at the community, development corporation, and tribal council level in support of Indigenous peoples in northwestern Ontario. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Thunder Bay Law Association.
As a community representative on the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Governance Committee Lucas draws on diverse experience in the public, private, and not-for profit sectors to support the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities to ensure Board effectiveness. He is a firm supporter of NOSM’s vision, mission, and social accountability mandate, and is honoured to play a small role in supporting the school’s governance.
Lucas and his family live in beautiful Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Ms. Sue Lebeau, Community Member on the Governance Committee
I am the CEO of Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital, nestled amidst sparkling lakes in the remote northwestern Ontario forest. I bring a variety of hospital, community and education sector experience to this role. I have supported regional healthcare planners and home care as the director of Quality and Risk at the North East Local Health Integration Network. I have a dozen years of progressive leadership experience at the North Bay Regional Health Centre, including Director of Surgical, Critical Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Quality, Professional Practice and Education. I also have over 14 years of experience as a University and College course professor in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, and healthcare leadership programs. I have enjoyed my work in various community settings, including Public Health, Community Health Centre, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre, and independent practice as a nurse practitioner. I value volunteerism and have contributed as a Director on two boards, and as long-time member of The Canadian College of Health
Leaders national ethics committee and local chapter executive. I look forward to supporting NOSM as it meets its social accountability mandate and works towards its vision of innovative education and research for our wonderful North!