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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is currently under provincial supervision. On August 31, 2016, the Lieutenant Governor in Council confirmed the appointment of Mr. Robert Devitt as Supervisor for CKHA. Rob assumed his role effective immediately.

According to the Order in Council and pursuant to subsection 9(5) of the Public Hospitals Act, the supervisor’s role is to exercise all the powers of the Boards and of the Public General (PGH), St. Joseph’s(SJH) and Sydenham District (SDH) Hospital Corporations, its officers, and its members in governing PGH, SJH and SDH in accordance with the Public Hospitals Act, its regulations and all other applicable legislation.

In addition to the Supervisor and in accordance with legislation, ex-officio members include :

  • Lori Marshall, President & CEO
  • Jerome Quenneville, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer
  • Lisa Northcott, Vice President,  Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Professional Practice
  • Dr. Pervez Faruqi, Chief of Medical Staff
  • Dr. Alison Morand, President, Medical Staff Association


Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) announced its new Board of Directors. This is the final step in the move to a new hospital corporation governing both the Chatham and Wallaceburg hospital sites with a single Board of Directors.

The selection of the new Board of Directors is the culmination of a robust and professional search process. Using an executive search firm, potential candidates were sought from across the region. A Nominations and Selection Committee guided the process. This committee was comprised of three inaugural Board members, Greg Aarssen, Dan Miskokomon and Sharon Pfaff along with Lori Marshall, Dr. Pervez Faruqi, Dr. Allison Morand and Ron Thomson from the Rural Health Advisory Committee.

The following individuals are the new board of CKHA:

Greg Aarssen
Greg, born and raised in Wallaceburg, is an entrepreneur, investor, and farmer. Greg enjoyed over 30 years in the oil and gas industry. He worked corporately with AltaGas Ltd., a TSX 100 corporation, serving in various executive capacities, including Vice President Corporate Affairs and Co-President, Gas. Greg holds a Bachelor Science (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA and Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Windsor. Greg retired from the energy industry in 2012. He continues to provide consulting and management advice to the energy sector.

Kathryn Biondi
Kathryn is a resident of rural Chatham-Kent. She is past Chair of the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre, past Board member of Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres and Chatham-Kent Community Strategic Planning Committee. Presently, she sits on the Essex-Kent-Lambton Grant Review Team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation and is a Board member for the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board. Kathryn has extensive work experience in senior roles in the Ontario Public Service and University of Guelph.

Robert Dye
Robert is a resident of Ridgetown. Prior to his retirement he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and Chair of the Chatham-Kent Strategic Priority Advisory Committee. He is past Board member and Treasurer for the Board of the Directors of the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre. Robert was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree (LLD) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1999 for his contribution to management education in Ontario Universities.

Brian Glover
Brian was born and raised in Wallaceburg. He graduated from the University of Waterloo and is currently employed with the National Bank Financial as an Investment Advisor. Previous to this Brian was the CEO for the Chatham-Kent Family YMCA. He has served as board member for several organizations including YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario where he currently chairs the Audit Committee. He has been a Board member for Entegrus Powerlines, Chatham-Kent Family YMCA and Chatham-Kent Safety Village.

Deborah Hook
Deborah is the Executive Director for Community Living Wallaceburg. A graduate from Université Laval with a Bachelor of Law degree, she also holds a certificate in Corporate Governance. Deb is fully bilingual in English and French and is a member of the Québec Bar. She has more than a decade of experience in health care and community leadership in Southwestern Ontario and Ottawa. She is currently a Director with the YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario and is Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Rita Mezei
Rita has over 20 years of progressive career experience working in a diversity of roles including operations, policy, project management and administration in healthcare and public safety. She lives in Chatham with her family and is the Executive Director for the Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities since 2013. She has a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Political Science from McMaster University.

Dan Miskokomon
Dan is currently serving his second term as Chief for Bkejwanong Territory/Walpole Island First Nation (WIFN). Previously he held the roles of First Nation Manager for WIFN & Delaware Nation - Moravian of the Thames, Co-Manager for Munsee-Delaware Nation and Economic Development Programs Planner for WIFN. He is also the former Owner and CEO of DRSKOKE: Technical, Financial and Management Consultant Services. Dan holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University (received Outstanding Native American Alumni Award) and received Mechanical Drafting Technician from St. Clair College, Windsor (recipient of the Alumni of Distinction Award).

Geetu Pathak
Geetu is an area business owner and executive. She serves as CEO of Milo-FAIS and is Vice Chair of Ekagrata Inc. She has considerable experience in turn around management, business building and strategy consulting. Geetu has extensive governance experience and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Toronto International Film Festival, where she Chairs the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ryerson University. Recently, Geetu completed her term as a member of the Board of TV Ontario where she was Chair of the Audit Committee. Geetu has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahemadabad and a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Sharon Pfaff
Sharon, a resident of Erieau, has held senior roles at Cancer Care Ontario with direct accountability for the Information Programs of Prevention & Screening, Cancer, Chronic Disease Management which included Cardiac Care Network, Ontario Renal Network and Access to Care. Sharon was the Chief Executive Officer for Consolidated Health Information Services (CHIS). Since retiring in 2012, Sharon has fulfilled the community board member role for the Chatham-Kent Board of Health. Sharon was the Chair of the Lester B. Pearson Board of Directors and former Director for the Chatham-Kent Children’s Services’ Board.

April Rietdyk
April is a long time resident of the region and is currently the General Manager, Community Human Services/CEO for Chatham-Kent Public Health. She has her PhD in Public Health, a Masters of Health Studies, Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a member of Advantage Ontario, Ontario Municipal Social Services Association, Canadian Public Health Association, and the Ontario Public Health Association.

Betty Schepens
Betty lives in Wallaceburg and is a Registered Nurse. Betty worked at the CKHA Wallaceburg Site for several years before joining the Public Health Unit with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, where she is currently a Program Manager. Her Board experience includes time as the Municipal representative to the Essex-Kent-Lambton District Health Council, including roles as Vice-Chair and Chairperson Elect. Betty also led development and implementation of the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre as a founding board member.

This final step follows the approval of a single corporation for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care effective February 1, 2018.

The new board members will participate in an extensive orientation program later this month as they transition to taking over the governance role beginning on April 1, the start of the next fiscal year for the Organization.

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Our Team

Board of Directors

Rob Devitt

Rob Devitt 

As CKHA’s Hospital Supervisor, Robert Devitt reports directly to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. According to the Order in Council and pursuant to subsection 9(5) of the Public Hospitals Act, in his role as Supervisor, Robert exercises all the powers of the Boards and of the PGH, SJH and SDH Hospital Corporations, its officers, and its members in governing PGH, SJH and SDH in accordance with the Public Hospitals Act, its regulations and all other applicable legislation. Rob holds accountability and responsibility for quality, risk and financial oversight of the Alliance.

Robert has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at Toronto East General Hospital, the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and the Queensway-Carleton Hospital. He also has transformational leadership experience as the former Supervisor of the Scarborough Hospital. Robert is a Certified Health Executive at the Canadian College of Health Leaders and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University.

Ex-officio Members

Lori Marshall

Lori Marshall
President & CEO
lmarshall [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca 
519.352.6401 x 6006

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Lori brings to the organization over 15 years of progressive leadership experience in Ontario’s acute and community care sectors, and a reputation as a patient-centred strategist with a track record of addressing complex issues through a shared vision and knowledge of the community and region. This is Lori’s third appointment as CEO, the first being in 2005 for Nipigon District Memorial Hospital and in 2014 for the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre. She has served as Vice President at two hospitals including Oshawa General Hospital and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, where she held the positions of VP Patient Care before being promoted to Executive Vice President, Strategy, Performance and Aboriginal Health.

Lori is a Registered Pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She holds a Health Leadership Certificate from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. Lori has a rich history of community service and has been active on many boards and committees at the provincial and local levels.

Jerome Quenneville
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer
jquenneville [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 6035

As Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer, Jerome brings to the organization many years of senior administrative leadership experience. He has most recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Wellington Health Care Alliance for nine years, as well as previously serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for sixteen years. 

Jerome is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA) along with a Bachelor of Business/Commerce degree from the University of Windsor and received his Masters of Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management from Regis University.

In his role, his goals include championing health care needs of the community, while achieving corporate goals as defined at the board level. Jerome also believes in empowering people by helping to define success and providing the tools to attain that success.

Lisa Northcott

Lisa Northcott
Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Professional Practice
lnorthcott [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca
519.352.6401 x 5118

As Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Professional Practice, Lisa is responsible for Emergency Services, Intensive & Progressive Care, Medicine, Rehabilitation, Complex Continuing Care, Surgery, Women & Children’s, Mission, Quality, Inter-professional Practice and Infection Prevention & Control. Lisa brings to this position a solid knowledge of CKHA having worked here for 29 years, a successful track record of working in partnership and teamwork with physicians and other professional staff and, above all, a deep and profound commitment to staff and the provision of multi-disciplinary quality care.

Lisa is a Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in Nursing and has held numerous positions in the organization including staff nurse, professional practice leader, nursing unit manager, and most recently Director of Quality, Effectiveness and Inter-professional Practice. Lisa is passionate about building a workplace culture that promotes engagement and a true partnership between staff and physicians that fosters a shared ownership for the organization’s success. 

Dr Pervez Faruqi

Dr. Pervez Faruqi - Chief of Medical Staff

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Faruqi’s top priorities are to improve the quality of medical care and patient experience at CKHA. He brings to the role significant leadership and professional experience and a strong desire to support quality of care, improved patient experiences and works with the administration to strengthen the organization.

Dr. Faruqi has been a consultant Paediatrician at CKHA since 2010 and has held the role of Chief of Paediatrics since 2013. Prior to that he practiced medicine in Nova Scotia for five years at the Guysborough, Antigonish and Strait Health Authority (GASHA), where he chaired the Quality Review Committee. Before moving to Canada, Dr. Faruqi practiced medicine in the United States for seven years where in addition to several recognitions for teaching he won America’s Top Pediatrician, 2004-2005.

Since 2010, Dr. Faruqi has also been an Adjunct Professor of Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to learning and education, including having been a lead preceptor and supervisor for both medical and nursing students. 

Dr Allison Morand

Dr. Allison Morand - President, Medical Staff Association

In her role as Medical Staff Organization President, Dr. Morand is accountable to the Medical Staff Organization and is the advocate for fair process in the treatment of individual members of the Medical Staff.  Dr. Morand is also responsible to support and promote the values and strategic plan of the Alliance and report to the Medical Advisory Committee and the Boards on any issues raised by the Medical Staff.  This is Dr. Morand’s second year as Medical Staff Organization President. In addition to being MSO President, Dr. Morand is also the President of the Kent County Medical Society and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. Dr. Morand graduated from the University of Toronto and then went on to do her residency in both Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine in London, Ontario.  Dr. Morand is part of the Chatham-Kent Family Health Team and also works part-time in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Contact & Locations

Committees and Board Meetings

The accountability and responsibility of the Boards and their respective corporations now fall to the Supervisor. To exercise their responsibilities and duties in relation to quality, risk and financial oversight, the Supervisor must re-establish standard processes including reconstituting regular committee and board meetings. Regardless if the board is one or 15 people, it’s important to maintain the rigor and discipline of governance oversight. On a monthly basis, CKHA is once again holding Mission & Quality Committee, Finance Committee and Board meetings.

Board Meeting Minutes

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