Member Biographies

All board members have significant governance and Ontario health-system knowledge and expertise.

Profile of the Board of Directors


Jean-Pierre Boisclair, FCPA, FCA


Jean-Pierre 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.

Reappointed March 4, 2018 for a second three-year term.

Randy Reid

Randy Reid, CPA


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.

Nick Busing

Nick Busing, MD, CCFP, FCFP

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, BSc, MPH

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 former 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.


Barbara Foulds, RN, MEd, PhD

Barbara Foulds is a nursing and education leader who is currently the Steering Committee Chair to Algonquin College's Healthy Living Education project.

Barbara started her career at Algonquin College in 1992 as a professor in the faculty of Nursing. She has held positions including Coordinator of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, Chair of Nursing Studies, Associate Dean of Health, and Dean of the Faculty of Health, Public Safety & Community Studies.

She also led the creation of the leading edge Health Sciences Simulation Centre, and is a pioneer in the use of simulation-based education in health programs. In recognition of her work in this area, she is the recipient of the Colleges Ontario Innovation Award.

From 2015 to 2017, Barbara was also a board member of the former Champlain Community Care Access Centre.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Dalhousie University, a Master's in Education from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in Education from McGill University.

Appointed April 5, 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 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 4, 2015 for a three-year term.

Diane Hupé

Diane Hupé, RN, MPA

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

After beginning her career as a surgical nurse at 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, former 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.


Anne MacDonald, RN, LLM, LLB

Anne MacDonald’s lengthy career has focused primarily on the health care sector. As a registered nurse and lawyer, she worked at health care institutions in a variety of leadership roles, including clinical, management, legal services, and health privacy.

Anne strongly believes in patient-centered care, as evidenced by her former roles as Director of Patient Advocacy at a teaching hospital. Her previous work as General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at a national home care and community health organization solidified her appreciation for care close to home.

Her passion for health care led her to attain her Masters in Health Law in 2011.

Anne volunteers as a member of the Citizens’ Panel of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. She also has enjoyed volunteering with her children’s local hockey associations.

Appointed June 2, 2017 for a three-year term.


Mindy McHardy

Mindy McHardy brings to the LHIN board the vital voice of family and patient in the health system. Mindy’s nearly 20-year career with the federal government focused on research, data and analysis in support of Indigenous policy.

In 2004, Mindy’s focus and passion changed when her son, Connor, was born. Connor had highly complex health needs that were addressed across dozens of health providers and settings. Raising him inspired her to become an advocate for increasing integration and reducing barriers among health providers to achieve health and wellness for individuals and families in our region – especially across acute, home and palliative care settings.

Since 2011, Mindy has gained extensive experience in health care governance and held many advisory roles, including Chair and member of family advisory committees at Roger Neilson House, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre. She was also a family representative on the Ontario Special Needs Strategy Co-ordinated Service Planning Implementation Steering Committee.

Appointed June 14, 2017 for a three-year term.

Wendy Nicklin

Wendy Nicklin, RN, BN, MSc(A)

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 5, 2016 for a three-year term.


Gregory Taylor, MD, CCFP, FRCPC

Dr. Gregory Taylor is the former Chief Public Health Officer of Canada where he focused on strengthening the country's ability to respond to public health threats, outbreaks and emergencies, and improving public health.

Earlier in his career, after several years in active primary care in Ontario, Dr. Taylor joined Health Canada's Laboratory Centre for Disease Control where he initially focused on cardiovascular disease. He was also involved with a wide range of federal activities on chronic disease.

He joined the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Office of Public Health Practice in 2007, and became the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer in 2012.

He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. His community involvement includes serving as the Federal Co-Chair of the Public Health Network Council, federal representative Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, and as a member of the Canadian Population Health Initiative.

Appointed April 12, 2017 for a 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, 2018 to and including December 31, 2018.