South East LHIN Board of Directors
Hersh Sehdev, Chair (Kingston)
Term 2018 – 2021
Ms. Sehdev joins the South East LHIN with more than 30 years of health care experience. Retiring after 17 years as the Executive Director of Kingston Community Health Centres, Ms. Sehdev was appointed Chair of the South East LHIN Board on January 8, 2018.
She brings an abundance of experience and knowledge with her, having spent many years making a profound impact throughout the community, working tirelessly to help disadvantaged and marginalized citizens. Whether it was supporting the homeless, individuals living with mental health or addiction challenges, or individuals and families living on low income, Ms. Sehdev is guided by her deep sense of compassion and dedicated to helping reduce systemic barriers. She has also participated in study tours conducted in the United Kingdom and Australia to learn about their health care systems.
Prior to leading the multi-site, multi-service organization, she was the Program Director for South Riverdale Community Health Centre for 11 years; the Executive Director of Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre; Associate of Planning
and Government Relations at the United Way of Greater Toronto; and a consultant commissioned by the Ministry of Citizenship to develop the Ontario Government publication Multiculturalism and Health Care - A Training Manual for Health Practitioners.
Ms. Sehdev received an Ontario Medical Association award for Community Services in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, she was the recipient of two Association of Health Centres’ awards – the Joe Leonard Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to community health a local and provincial levels, and Champion of Public Health and Primary Health Care, respectively.
Her community involvement also includes chairing the Mayor’s Committee on Poverty Reduction in Kingston and board member of the Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto and Family Services Association of Metropolitan Toronto.
A graduate of the University of Toronto with a Master of Health Science in Community Health, as well as the university’s Rotman School of Management, Advanced Health Leadership, Ms. Sehdev currently resides in Kingston with her family.
Brian Smith, Vice Chair (Belleville)
Term 2015 - 2018
Mr. Smith brings over 35 years of public service experience to the South East LHIN Board of Directors, many of these directly related to health and long-term care services. Newly retired, Mr. Smith was the director of the County of Lennox and Addington’s Emergency and Long- Term Care Services for nearly 15 years where he built and maintained linkages with a wide range of community groups and agencies, including long-term care homes. Mr. Smith’s career encompassed various administrative and strategic positions for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Trenton Memorial Hospital, Hastings Manor Home for the Aged, and the Township of Ameliasburg.
Reflecting on his strong interest in policy, education and health care, Mr. Smith was, in recent years, the Chair of the board at Quinte Health Care and was appointed as a community member to the Loyalist College Board of Governors which he will continue to chair until June 2015. In previous years, Mr. Smith also acted as a member of Belleville City Council during which he chaired and served on several committees and boards.
Annette Bergeron, Board Member (Napanee)
Term 2017 - 2020
Annette Bergeron, P.Eng. MBA, FEC, formerly president of Professional Engineers Ontario (2014), and president and chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (2005, 2010), currently serves on the boards of Engineers Canada, and the Electrical Safety Authority (of Ontario). After teaching and administrating at Queen's University in the Faculty of Applied Science, and School of Business, she joins the South East LHIN Board with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Twice named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada by Women of Influence Inc, and a Woman of Impact in Canadian Mining and Metallurgy, Annette served on the Board of Directors of Kingston General Hospital for nine years and consulted with Queen's School of Business in health care business research. She’s a graduate of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at Queen's, and also has a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Lois Burrows, Board Member (Kingston)
Term 2012 - 2018
Lois Burrows retired from the Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto. Lois was the Senior Vice-President, Global Risk Management. She has had an extensive career in the financial services industry, including human resources, sales, policy and regulatory frameworks. Lois has lived and worked in Southwestern Ontario, Vancouver and Toronto.
Previously, Lois was a member of the Board of Health for East York prior to amalgamation of the Borough into Toronto, and she has a longstanding interest in health care services. In the past, she has also volunteered in community support services with Community Occupational Therapy Associates (now COTA Health) in Toronto. Lois and her husband now reside in Kingston.
Jean Lord, Board Member (Inverary)
Term 2017 - 2020
Jean Lord is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel who served with the Canadian Forces for 35 years. During his tenure, he was assistant professor at the Royal Military College in the departments of Applied Military Science and of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. In the last nine years, he was the Director for the Language Centre, with 24 Language Teachers and over 600 students.
Now residing in Inverary, Ontario he has shifted his focus over the last few years to helping make positive changes and bring equity in health care. A former member of the Regional Patient Advisory Council (RPAC) to the South East LHIN, he participated in several of the South East LHIN’s Health Care Tomorrow – Hospital Project sessions and subcommittee meetings, and was also involved in a Health Quality Ontario (HQO) plenary session.
In addition to his past involvement with RPAC and HQO, he also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for le Centre Culturel Frontenac in Kingston; President of the Parish Council and vice-president of the Club de l’âge d’or, at St-François d`Assise Church, in Kingston.
Jack Butt, Board Member (Brockville)
Term 2015 - 2018
Mr. Butt brings a wealth of experience in health care governance. For the past six years, he has served as Chair of the Leeds Grenville Lanark District Public Health Board, and was also Chair of Investments for the Brockville General Hospital Foundation. Mr. Butt participated as part of the Minister’s advisory committee on Public Health Funding and has been a member of the Shriners Donor Relations Committee.
Since 2003, Mr. Butt has been a patient advocate at many decision-making tables, and along with others, was influential in the introduction of provincially sponsored colorectal cancer screening programs. Most recently Mr. Butt lent his voice to the South East LHIN’s Regional Patient Advisory Council, which was established in September of 2014 to ensure the patient voice remained an active inclusion to the Health Care Tomorrow – Hospital Services Project.
Before retirement Mr. Butt was a professional engineer, and acted as designer and project manager to international projects in Asia, Africa, and South America.
He was also a charter staff member of St. Lawrence College and Principal of the Brockville campus.
Maribeth Madgett, Board Member (Inverary)
Term 2017 - 2020
Maribeth Madgett is retired from the Ontario public service. Her years of public service provided a range of experience, including direct client support, years of managerial responsibility, and the opportunity to work with organizations to enhance service delivery.
Her early career offered direct patient/client interaction in a mental health setting. Thereafter she worked with services for individuals with developmental limitations and was among those who facilitated the closure of St. Lawrence Regional Centre in Brockville, the first such centre to close in Ontario.
For almost ten years, she worked with long-term care services. Initially, she worked with both long-term care facilities and community service providers; but the focus was almost exclusively on community services in later years. Her experience with long-term care community services included such functions as supporting the establishment of needed services as well as amalgamations and facilitating the formation of new organizations.
Since retiring, she was a caregiver for an elderly friend who chose to die at home and has volunteered with a local agency. She is a long-time resident of the southeast region who resides in a rural setting just north of Kingston, with cows and a donkey as immediate neighbours. She has a long-standing interest in health care and the related support services and very much believes in patient/client-centred service.
David Vigar, Board Member (Prince Edward County)
Term 2017 - 2020
David Vigar is a retired senior health care executive with over 20 plus years as a Chief Executive Officer of small rural, medium and large sized community hospitals. Most recently he served as Chair of the South East CCAC for four years and prior to that was involved with Boards of a Children’s Aid Society and an Association of Community Living organization. He has previous experience with Accreditation Canada as a Fellow surveyor/Facilitator conducting accreditation reviews and providing education to organizations both nationally and internationally.
David resides with his wife in the wonderful rural area of Prince Edward County.
Steve Gauthier, Board Member (Jasper)
Term 2017 - 2020
Steve has worked primarily in the high-tech software industry with large multinational companies, working with teams, clients and partners from many business sectors and global geographies. His experience also includes Human Resources Management, with a focus on training and development, and HR Information Systems with the federal public service. For more than 20 years, Steve has been very closely involved with persons with disabilities, and is also a current Board Member with Ottawa Foyer Partage, a non-profit organization that provides permanent housing and programming for people with multiple disabilities in Ottawa. Prior to joining South East LHIN's Board, Steve was an active member of both the Perth Smiths Falls District Hospital Patient Advisory Committee, as well the Brockville Human Resources Professionals Association serving as President. Raised in Prescott, Steve calls Jasper, Ontario home, and is currently an Executive MBA candidate from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.
Marsha Stephen, Board Member (Amherstview)
Term 2017 - 2020
Marsha joins the South East LHIN Board of Directors with more than 40 years of health care experience. She began her career as a Registered Nurse working in acute care settings and for the past 30 years held senior executive roles in various sectors including community care, primary care and addictions and mental health. Recently retired as the Executive Director of Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre where she demonstrated a strong commitment to system integration and building collaborative partnerships, Marsha brings strong leadership skills as demonstrated through her role in the development of Health Links, both regionally and provincially. She has served on the Association of Ontario Health Centres Board, participated on Health Quality Ontario advisory committees, and also travelled to England and the United States to learn more about how other jurisdictions implemented quality initiatives aimed at improving their health care systems. Currently residing in Amherstview, located just outside of Kingston, she has a keen interest in continuing to explore how system transformation and quality improvement can contribute to improved health outcomes and patient experience.