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Board Members

The Board of Directors welcomes input from members of the public. Individuals who have questions about the board or wish to communicate with the board should contact Julia Oosterman, Chief of Communications and Public Affairs, at 519-464-4452 or by email at joosterman@bluewaterhealth.ca.  Individuals who wish to contact Wayne Pease, Board Chair, directly can do so by email at wpease@bluewaterhealth.ca.  
 
General correspondence for the board may be sent to:
Administration
Bluewater Health
 
Melissa Rondinelli
Senior Executive Assistant Administration Bluewater Health
89 Norman Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 6S3
Email: mrondinelli@bluewaterhealth.ca
Telephone: 519-464- 4400 Ext 5675
Fax: 519-464-4407
 
Bluewater Health Board of Directors Membership
 




Wayne Pease

Chair

Wayne became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of Directors when he was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee in 2009. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2010 and as Chair in June 2016. He is currently a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. He also served as Chair of Resource Utilization and Audit Committee and a member of the Quality Committee.
 
Wayne recently retired from his position as a Financial Planner for the Royal Bank of Canada, and has joined Signed Post Realty Ltd, his
wife’s Brokerage, as a Sales Representative.

 
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a Business Administration Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University.
 
Wayne was born in Wingham, Ontario and raised in Yuma, Arizona. Wayne and his wife, Carol Burkhart, have four children and one grandchild.  In his leisure time, he enjoys his vegetable garden, fruit trees, and his latest venture, bee keeping!  He also enjoys biking on the Howard Watson Nature Trail, and observing the natural beauty found in Lambton County. 

Paul Wiersma

Vice-Chair and Chair of Quality Committee

Paul became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of Directors when he was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Quality Committee in September 2012. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2014 and as Vice-Chair in June 2016.  He is currently Chair of the Quality Committee and a member of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee.
 
Paul works for the Lambton Kent District School Board and is currently the principal of Great Lakes Secondary School. Previously, he has held leadership positions at St. Clair Secondary School, Lambton Central Collegiate and Vocational Institute and Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School.  Paul’s academic background includes a M.Ed. (Toronto) in curriculum studies, a B.Ed. (Western) in education, and an Honours B.Sc. (McMaster) in mathematics and physics.
 
He has been a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society for fifteen years.
Paul and his wife, Beth Ann, a professor at Lambton College, have lived in Sarnia for eighteen years, and have two children.
Marg Dragan
Treasurer and Chair of Resource Utilization and Audit Committee

Marg became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of Directors when she was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee in June 2013. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2015 and as Treasurer in June 2016. She is currently Chair of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee.
 
Marg has been a Sarnia resident since 1978. Her early career was in the petrochemical industry locally where she held successively more senior positions in Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources. Marg joined Lambton College in 1996 where she currently serves as Vice-President Finance & Administration.
 
Over the years Marg has volunteered with numerous charitable organizations, serving on the Boards of the United Way, Family Counselling Centre, Big Sisters, Canadian Cancer Society, Huron House Boys’ Home Foundation, and the YMCA of Sarnia/Lambton where she served as President.
 
Marg is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CA) and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. She and her husband Ed have two daughters and three grandchildren.  

Brian Knott

Director, Chair of Governance and Nominating Committee
 
Brian was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2014. He is currently Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Quality Committee. He also serves as the Bluewater Health Board representative on the Bluewater Health Foundation Board.
 
Brian recently retired as City Solicitor and City Clerk for the City of Sarnia, a position he held since 2003. Brian has also acted in the capacity of Acting City Manager and served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Municipal Insurance Exchange (OMEX), a municipal insurance reciprocal.
 
Brian has been active in local community groups sitting on the Board and Executive of the Inn of the Good Shepherd and the Family Counselling Centre Board for a number of years.
 
Brian is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts, and the University of Windsor holding a Juris Doctor Degree.

Prior to moving to Sarnia, Brian held the position of Solicitor/Clerk for the City of Chatham and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for 18 years. During that time he held community leadership roles as President of the Kiwanis Club and Mental Health Kent.
 
Brian and his wife Beth live in Bright’s Grove where they enjoy the nearby golf course, the nature trail, and beautiful Lake Huron. They have two adult children who live in Toronto.



Louis Guimond
Director


Louis was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2016 and he is currently a member of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee.
 
Louis is the Managing Director at Sagittaire, a firm specializing in business valuation and estate settlement. Prior to his current responsibilities, he was Director of Studies at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia. As head of the institution’s Academic Council, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s training standards, as well as their adherence. He also was a member of Cape Breton University Academic Senate and remains involved as a Director for the College’s Alumni Association.
 
During his 35 years with the Canadian Coast Guard, Louis sailed the three oceans bordering Canada aboard numerous Coast Guard vessels and held a number of marine management and national security positions in Ontario, the Maritimes and Ottawa. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal and a Commissioner Commendation for the Merit.
 
Louis studied Marine Engineering at the Canadian Coast Guard College, holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Management, and an Honours Bachelor in Commerce. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountant of Ontario.
 
Louis and his family have been residing in Sarnia since 2000. They strongly believe in community service and in respecting the uniqueness and dignity of individuals. 
 
 
Anthony Iafrate
Director

Anthony became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of Directors when he was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Quality Committee in June 2013. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2015 and he is currently a member of the Quality Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee.
 
Anthony is a Sociology Professor and Social Researcher at Lambton College. He has been instrumental in increasing Lambton College’s social science research portfolio and outreach to community partners.  His past positions include Social Science Research Liaison and Chair of the Research Ethics Board.
 
A strong advocate for community-based research, Anthony constantly strives to give back to the community through his teaching and research efforts. In his research efforts, he has worked with organizations such as YMCA, Rebound, Lambton College and the County of Lambton.  Anthony is also the President of the Dante Club where he assists in preserving and promoting the Italian culture and heritage in Sarnia-Lambton.
 
Anthony earned his Doctorate Degree and Master’s Degrees in Sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He also holds a Graduate Degree in Survey Methodology from the Institute of Social Research at University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
 
Anthony was born and raised in Sarnia, and is happily married to his wife Melissa.
Bill Gillam
Director 

Bill was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2017 and is currently a member of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee.
Bill has a proven track record as an IT executive, having held progressive roles with Hewlett-Packard Canada,Compaq Canada, and Digital Equipment of Canada. He possesses a diploma in Systems Design and Analysis from Seneca College.
 
In his current role as Regional Vice President for Oracle Canada, Bill is responsible for all of Oracle’s Canadian Public Sector Infrastructure Business which includes publicly-funded healthcare organizations, ministries and agencies across Canada.
 
Bill is focused on applying his IT experience and access to industry resources to assist Bluewater Health in meeting Sarnia-Lambton’s hospitals’ priorities and needs.

Bill is a lifelong resident of 
Lambton County, having grown up in Forest and living in Errol Village for more than 25 years. Bill is married with two adult children.
 
 
Dr. Guy Kohlmeier
Director

Guy was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2015 and he is currently a member of the Quality Committee.
 
He has a keen interest in maintaining the quality of healthcare provided to the residents of Sarnia-Lambton through Bluewater Health. 
 
Guy has been a lifelong resident of Sarnia and has been practising dentistry here for over 30 years. His interests include golf, travel and maintaining an active lifestyle.
 
Guy's past volunteer experience includes: Past President of the Lambton County Dental Society, founding Board Member of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, and past Board Member of Canon Davis Memorial Church. He is also Chairman of the "For the Cure" golf day which over the past 23 years has raised close to one million dollars with proceeds benefiting Bluewater Health and London Regional Cancer Centre.
 
Guy obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph and his D.D.S. from the University of Toronto in 1985.

Guy and his wife Julie have four grown children, two daughters and two sons, who keep life interesting for them.
 
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Jenny Greensmith

Director

Jenny was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2016 and she is currently a member of the Quality Committee.
 
Jenny's career in healthcare began when she and her family moved to Sarnia-Lambton in 1988 and she was a speech-language pathologist with the Lambton County hospitals. Since 1999 she has worked in leadership roles at Pathways Health Centre for Children and has been the Executive Director since 2004.
 
Jenny grew up in England and met her husband Chris while studying in Scotland. They have four children who all live and work in the Greater Toronto area and are also proud grandparents.
 
Jenny holds master’s degrees in Classics with Ancient History (St. Andrews, Scotland), Anthropology specializing in Linguistics (University of Manitoba) and Communication Disorders (Minot State University, North Dakota). In 2014 she completed the Rotman Institute on Executive Leadership and Management for Ontario Public Sector Department Directors and Agency Heads.
 
Jenny is a member of the Rotary Club of Sarnia. She is currently vice chair of the Board of the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS).

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Katherine Mantha

Director

Katherine became involved with the Bluewater Health Board of
Directors when she was appointed as a non-director committee member on the Quality Committee in June 2015. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2016 and she is currently a member of the Quality Committee.
 
After completing her Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Doctorate in Molecular Biology at Western University in London, Katherine returned to her hometown of Sarnia. Presently, she is a Biology Professor at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, and a Principal Investigator at Lambton College's Western Research Park.
 
Katherine has a variety of interests including community service,  travel, martial arts, and spending time with her husband, Ryan, their twin boys, and dog, Zeus.   
 

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Bob McKinley
Director
Bob was reappointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2017 after previously serving on the Board from 2006-2016. He is currently a member of the Quality Committee, having served as a Non-Director Committee Member on the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee for the past year.
 
Bob is retired following a 31-year career in education, as a teacher and administrator with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. He received an Honours Business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Education from Western University and a Masters of Education from University of Windsor.
 
In addition to his service on the Board of Directors, Bob’s volunteer contributions to Bluewater Health include membership on the Volunteer Sewing Group.
 
Bob was recently honoured for his volunteer service at Bluewater Health’s annual Recognition Ceremony in 2017, as the volunteer recipient of the Bridging Excellence Award in the Values Category.  
 
Bob brings a strong focus on business and management to the Board, as well as extensive experience in healthcare governance, quality and performance, transformation and relationship building. His other community endeavors have included serving on the Board of Directors of Lake Huron Yachts, and co-founder of St. Patrick’s High School’s Irish Miracle and Cyclone Aid. Bob is currently the Returning Officer for Elections Ontario in Sarnia-Lambton.
 

 
Fred Vanderheide
Director

Fred was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2015. He is currently a member of the Resource Utilization and Audit Committee.
 
Fred was born and raised in Dresden and later Chatham. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Steeves & Rozema Group. Prior to moving back to the Sarnia area in 2008, Fred held a number of finance and accounting positions in the Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) area after a number of years as a high school mathematics teacher in Sarnia and KW.
 
Fred has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity Christian College, Illinois and a Diploma in Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University.
 
He has enjoyed being on the Boards of a number of churches, private schools and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
 
Fred and his wife Joleen have three adult children and reside in Bright’s Grove.


Ex-Officio Directors


Michael Lapaine

Mike Lapaine
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
Mike is a Certified Professional Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration and a degree in English literature. He has also completed the Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program from the University of Toronto.

Since joining Bluewater Health in 2008 as Vice-President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Mike's responsibilities have included directing and overseeing various clinical and support services.

Mike has a proven track record from his years of service at Bluewater Health in addition to healthcare leadership elsewhere in Ontario. He is committed, compassionate, known and trusted locally and beyond the Erie St. Clair region, and has strong communication and relationship building skills. He is acutely aware of the organization, its people and the challenges and opportunities ahead to move Bluewater Health forward in an ever-changing healthcare system.

He serves on the Board of Governors at Lambton College.
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Dr. Michel Haddad
Chief of Professional Staff
 
Originally from London, Ontario, Dr. Haddad completed his medical school and surgical training at the University of Ottawa, with extra fellowship training in both heart failure surgery at the University of Maryland and Critical Care Medicine at Western University. Additionally he holds a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa.

He joined the professional staff at Bluewater Health in 2010 as the Medical Director of Critical Care before becoming the Medical Director of Medicine Programs, then Chief of Professional Staff in 2016.

Prior to joining Bluewater Health, he was practicing as a Cardiac Surgeon and Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Haddad also serves as the academic lead for Western University in Sarnia-Lambton. Dr. Haddad has a long track record in research including multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters in the fields of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Transplantation and Critical Care Medicine.

During his six year career at Bluewater Health, he has held several medical directorship positions and is well-respected for leading quality care initiatives, collaboration and innovation.

Shannon Landry
Chief Nursing Executive

As Chief Nursing Executive, Shannon contributes to the overall strategic direction and operational oversight of the nursing and clinical practice for the delivery of excellent patient and family-centred care.

She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her increasingly complex roles at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, and William Osler Health System in Brampton. She joins Bluewater Health from Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, where she was Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President Paramedical and Clinical Patient Services.

Shannon has been the executive lead for many community partnerships and integrated models focused on equitable access to care, including Health Links. She has a Masters in Nursing with a focus on nursing administration, and a passion for exceptional patient and family-centred care, patient and staff engagement, cultural sensitivity, and highest quality outcomes. Shannon brings volunteer governance experience from two boards of directors on which she served.