Member Biographies

JPBoisclair Jean-Pierre Boisclair


Mr. Boisclair is a Chartered Accountant and former Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at the Conference Board of Canada, where he was responsible for financial and performance management and reporting.

Mr. Boisclair’s 44 years of professional work experience includes serving as president of the Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation (national research and educational organization), CEO of Westhill Industries Limited (a Canadian aerospace manufacturer), and partner of a national public accounting firm.

He was also former chair of the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre board of directors, and former board member of The Ottawa Hospital, where he chaired the Audit Committee, and was a member of its Quality Committee and Executive Committee. As well, he was a board member of eHealth Ontario from 2010 to 2015, where he chaired the Finance and Audit Committee.

With his many years of experience in governance activities in health care, Mr. Boisclair brings to the LHIN the ability to work collaboratively with health care providers to find the most efficient and effective ways of providing quality health services.

Appointed March 04, 2015 for a three-year term.

Marie Biron

Vice Chair

Before being involved in health care, Marie was an elected school board trustee for 12 years, including her roles as chair and vice-chair. She was also vice-chair of the Provincial Association of Francophone Catholic School Boards.

Earlier in her community involvement, Marie was regional director of the Provincial Federation of Francophone Parents, and chair of the Association of Francophone Catholic Parents in Ottawa.

After working in communications for the federal government for over 30 years, Marie was a consultant on school board governance issues. She is chair of the Fondation des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, which provides assistance to students who live in poverty. She is also a member of the  board of directors of Retraite en action, an organization that provides a variety of stimulating activities for the well-being of Francophone retirees.

Marie brings to the LHIN a focus on the well-being of the most vulnerable, including seniors, people with mental health issues and recent immigrants.

Marie studied education and history at the University of Ottawa.

Re-appointed June 01, 2014 for a second three-year term.

Elaine Ashfield

Elaine is a native of Barry’s Bay, and resides in Ottawa and Calabogie. A practicing lawyer for 20 years, she is currently the Assistant General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Canadian Blood Services. She is at the forefront of change in Canada through her work as chair of a provincial / territorial advisory committee to ensure privacy controls are in place for Canadian transplant registries.

She challenges the status quo and believes in continuous improvement, especially in health care. She advocated for change as a Registered Nurse working in critical care units at large urban hospitals, as well as affecting system-wide changes.

Believing LHINs are the key change agents to better care for all, Elaine’s work on the Board includes contributions to many improvements with a focus on delivering patient-centred care.

Re-appointed June 01, 2014 for a second three-year term.

Nick Busing

Nick Busing, MD

Dr. Nick Busing brings more than 40 years of clinical and leadership experience to the Champlain LHIN Board. He has practiced family medicine in Ottawa and Aylmer, Quebec, in a variety of settings, including caring for patients in his office, their homes, and the community.

Dr. Busing has also previously held a number of leadership positions, including President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, and Chair of the Canadian Medical Forum. At the University of Ottawa, he has been Assistant Dean of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Busing recently led two national projects on recommendations for improving medical education, and has presented widely on medical education and health human-resources.

He brings to the LHIN Board an interest in improving the integration between primary care and other health sectors and services.

Appointed June 30, 2016 for a three-year term.


Abebe Engdasaw

Abebe Engdasaw is a respected leader in Ottawa and the local immigrant community, with expertise in health equity and multicultural health.

Abebe’s health care career spans more than 30 years in public health policy, programs and community outreach in locations including Ethiopia, Zambia and Canada. He retired in 2012 from Ottawa Public Health after 17 years as an Equal Access and Diversity Specialist.

His broad community involvement includes being founder and past Co-Chair of the Ottawa Multicultural Health Coalition, founder and past Chair of the Ottawa Ethiopian Orthodox Church Board of Trustees, past Vice-President of the Canadian Council on Multicultural Health, and past Co-Chair of Ontario Public Health Association’s Access and Equity Standing Committee.

Since 2008, Abebe has been a board director at the Christian Children's Fund of Canada. Most recently, he was a board member at the Champlain Community Care Access Centre.

Abebe brings to the LHIN board expertise in equal access to health services that meet needs of our diverse population.

Appointed February 15, 2017 for a three-year term.

Guy Freedman

Guy Freedman (Pizhew)

Originally from Flin Flon, Manitoba and fifth-generation Métis, Guy has been a resident of the Ottawa Valley for more than 30 years. He is a former miner, an entrepreneur, an executive, and an informed leader on contemporary Indigenous issues. Guy is the President and senior partner of the First Peoples Group, and founder of One Nation, an award-winning, full-service new media agency.

Fluent in both English and French, Guy worked as a public servant for 20 years at the provincial and federal levels, including as Special Assistant to Manitoba's Minister of Northern Affairs and Business Development, and Head of Aboriginal Career Development Initiative with the federal government in Ottawa. Most recently, he was a special advisor for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Having successfully undergone cancer treatment three years ago, Guy’s experience with the health system has been personal. He led the establishment of an Indigenous healing room at The Ottawa Hospital to help improve services for patients and show his appreciation for the care he received.

Appointed November 04, 2015 for a three-year term.

Diane Hupé

Diane Hupé

Diane Hupé brings to the Champlain LHIN Board 37 years of extensive health care experience in clinical, administrative, leadership and governance roles.

After beginning her career as a surgical nurse at Ottawa’s Montfort Hospital, she worked as an intensive care nurse at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Cornwall, where she also founded and managed its palliative care program. Diane has been the assistant director of a home care program for the eastern area of Champlain. At Bruyère Continuing Care, she worked in its palliative care program, and became the Senior Vice-President, Patient Care and Chief of Nursing.

Her governance experience includes serving as a board member for the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program, Bruyère Continuing Care, Champlain Community Care Access Centre, where she served as Vice-Chair, French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario, and the Council on Aging of Ottawa.

Diane brings to the LHIN board her interest in advancing patient-centred, integrated health-care delivery for all residents of Champlain.

Appointed June 30, 2016 for a three-year term.

Wendy Nicklin

Wendy Nicklin

Wendy Nicklin is a health leader with extensive health care experience – from clinical care to academic and senior administrative and governance roles. Throughout her career, Wendy has focused on contributing to the improvement of quality of care, including individual to population health.

From 2004 to 2015, Wendy was President and CEO of Accreditation Canada. Her responsibilities included national and international involvement in health service accreditation, extending from home care to highly-specialized technical care, from rural to urban settings, and including First Nations health centres.

From a governance perspective, Wendy has been on the boards of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Algonquin College, Canadian Nurses’ Foundation, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Health Insurance Reciprocal of Canada, and is currently President-Elect (Board Vice-Chair) of the International Society for Quality of Health Care.

During her time on the LHIN board, Wendy looks forward to strengthening the integration and effectiveness of health care for people in our region.

Appointed October 05, 2016 for a three-year term.

Randy Reid

Randy’s career in health care spans nearly 40 years and includes the government, private and public sectors.

Since 2006, Randy has been an independent management consultant, specializing in productivity and performance improvement of services.

From 1992-2006, he was Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He was active in regional initiatives, including his role as the chair of the Eastern Ontario Regional Lab Association.

Earlier in his career, Randy worked for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for nearly 20 years. His career progression there culminated with his role as Assistant Deputy Minister from 1984 to 1988.

Randy brings to the LHIN Board an interest in working with providers across sectors to develop more collaborative initiatives that improve health service delivery to Champlain residents.

He graduated as a Registered Industrial Accountant in 1971.

Re-appointed August 28, 2016 for a second three-year term.

Pierre Tessier

Pierre Tessier

Originally from Hull, Quebec, Pierre has expertise in a range of areas, including organizational and economic development, strategic planning, financial management, and infrastructure projects. He has worked for more than 45 years in education, government, and private sectors.

Pierre gained knowledge of many communities across the region in his roles as Regional Director for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and later, as Superintendent of Business for the French Public School Board of Eastern Ontario.

Previously, Pierre was provincially appointed to the Ottawa Transition Board to supervise the amalgamation of 11 local municipalities and a regional government into what is now the City of Ottawa. He is a former United Way Ottawa volunteer, and Co-Chair of the Prescott-Russell United Way campaign. Pierre continues to be involved as an organizational consultant.

Currently, Pierre is the interim executive director of RDÉE Canada, a non-profit corporation working for the economic development of Francophone and Acadian communities in Canada.

When asked what he aims to achieve at the Champlain LHIN, Pierre said he wants “…to focus on the efficient and effective delivery of services, with an emphasis on the patient experience - we are all caregivers.”

Appointed April 22, 2015 for a three-year term.