Bluewater Health Annual General Meeting Highlights

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 9:29am

SARNIA & PETROLIA – June 24, 2021 – At yesterday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) President and CEO Mike Lapaine reported on a number of the 2020-2021 fiscal year’s achievements. Highlights include the successful wrap-up of the 2016-2021 strategic plan, the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reductions in hospital transition and wait times. 

“I’m inspired by all we’ve accomplished this past year, in these extraordinary circumstances,” noted Lapaine. “The pandemic allowed, and indeed demanded, a whole new level of collaboration and innovation and Bluewater Health rose to the challenge. Our staff and Professional Staff were the backbone of our pandemic response.”

The virtual Annual General Meeting was open to the public.

Board Chair Brian Knott praised the organization’s preparation for and adaptation to the challenges posed by COVID-19. “Pandemic planning underway since SARS, and the comprehensive policies and procedures laid the groundwork for the response which continuously adapted to the changing conditions and expectations. Staff took on new roles and technology adeptly, constantly stepping up to support the community and each other with diplomacy, courage and grace.” 

Reports were also provided by Chief of Staff Dr. Michel Haddad, Board Treasurer Louis Guimond, foundations and auxiliaries. The professional accounting firm BDO Canada LLP was appointed as auditors for 2021-2022. 

Board of Directors Appointed
Bluewater Health’s 2021-2022 Board of Directors was named at the AGM. The board is made up of volunteers who give of their time, knowledge and skill to oversee hospital governance. Their work includes strategic planning, quality and performance monitoring, financial and management oversight, risk identification and oversight, stakeholder communication, engagement and accountability, and legislative compliance. 

The 2021-2022 Board of Directors comprises Brian Knott (Chair), Margaret Dragan (Vice-Chair), Louis Guimond (Treasurer), Bill Gillam, Jenny Greensmith, Beverley Hand, Anthony Iafrate, Katherine Mantha, Bob McKinley, Rachael Simon, Paul Wiersma and Kirk Wilson. Non-Director Committee Members appointed to the Board’s standing committees are Tabindah Barlas, Art Mahmoudi, Carol Moore, Maria Moore, Marcie Myers, Barry Riedy and Giovanni Sottosanti.

The Board includes ex-officio, non-voting members: Mike Lapaine, President and CEO; Dr. Michel Haddad, Chief of Professional Staff; Shannon Landry, Chief Nursing Executive; Dr. Dhiraj Dhanjani, Professional Staff Association (PSA) President; Dr. Andre Rudovics, PSA Vice-President, Sarnia; and 
Dr. Lincoln Lam, PSA Vice-President, Rural Health.

Annual Report Available
Bluewater Health’s 2020-2021 Annual Report to the community is now publicly available. The report includes messages from the Board Chair, President & CEO and Chief of Staff; year-end financial statements; and brief highlights of achievements related to its commitment to quality care, outstanding performance, inspired people and exceptional relationships. The Annual Report can be viewed by clicking here and is available on the Bluewater Health website.  

Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. 

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