Champlain LHIN Welcomes Newest Board Members

NEWS - July 4, 2017 - The Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is pleased to announce five recent appointments to its Board of Directors. Abebe Engdasaw, Barbara Foulds, Anne MacDonald, Mindy McHardy, and Gregory Taylor have joined the Champlain LHIN board for the next three years.

The new directors bring outstanding leadership, professional skills and experience to the board. Their participation is instrumental to the LHIN’s strategic decision-making on local health care issues, including the LHIN’s recently expanded mandate of delivering home and community care.

Specifically, their collective expertise deepens the board’s strong capacity in areas like clinical care, home and community care, education and health care management. In addition, they provide valuable expertise in other areas of the health care sector such as health law, health care information privacy, multicultural and public health, and patient-experience advocacy.

Abebe Engdasaw, BSc, MPH

AEngdasawAbebe Engdasaw is a respected leader in Ottawa and the local immigrant community, with experience 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 director at the former Champlain Community Care Access Centre.

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

Barbara Foulds, RN, MEd, PhD

BFouldsBarbara Foulds is a nursing and education leader who is currently the Steering Committee Chair for 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 numerous senior 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 director at 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.

Anne MacDonald, RN, LLB, LLM

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

Anne strongly believes in patient-centered care, as evidenced by her former role 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.

Mindy McHardy, BA

MMcHardyMindy 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 as chair and member of family advisory committees at Roger Neilson House, 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.

Dr. Gregory Taylor, MD, CCFP, FRCPC

GTaylorDr. 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 concentrated on cardiovascular disease. He was also involved in 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.

Dr. Taylor 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 to the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, and as a member of the Canadian Population Health Initiative.


"The LHIN’s mandate has grown - from planning, integrating and funding health care - to also delivering home and community care for a large and diverse region of 1.3 million people. Our Board has been structured to include individuals who bring outstanding credentials not only in health care management but also its clinical delivery.

I’m delighted to have Abebe, Barbara, Anne, Mindy and Gregory join our Board. Their expertise complements and increases the Board’s existing knowledge, skills and competencies to ensure we are successful in our expanded mandate of delivering home and community care in the Champlain region.

We would also like to once again thank outgoing LHIN board directors, Marie Biron and Elaine Ashfield, for their insight, efforts and commitment that hallmarked their terms.

As a board, we look forward to continuing to support LHIN staff, clinicians, health service providers and other partners to build a more integrated, accessible, sustainable and person-centred regional health system.”

- Jean-Pierre Boisclair, Board Chair, Champlain LHIN

Quick Facts

  • The role of the Board of Directors is to oversee, advise on, and govern the LHIN’s strategic directions and priorities.
  • Directors are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council through a process administered by the Public Appointments Secretariat for a term of up to three years, and may be re-appointed for an additional term (or terms) to a maximum of six years.
  • The LHIN board has 12 positions. Its chair and directors are appointed based on their expertise, experience, leadership skills, and the needs of the LHIN. For a list of all board directors, their board committee appointments, and a summary of their industry and functional expertise, please see the Profile of the Champlain LHIN Board.
  • Board directors are accountable, through the chair, to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the LHIN’s use of public funds, and its results in the local health system.

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