Board of Directors
About the QHC Board of Directors:
Quinte Health Care is governed by a 17-person Board of Directors, made up of 12 volunteer elected Directors and five ex-officio Directors. This team of skilled, experienced and committed members of our community provide essential leadership, stewardship and oversight to Quinte Health Care.
The Board's role includes setting the plan for our four interdependent hospitals, monitoring QHC's ongoing financial health, performance and patient care, and ensuring an effective two-way flow of communication with the public QHC serves. The QHC Board meets six times per board year.
There is also a 54-member Advisory Council of QHC that serves as an advisory group for the Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team and provide periodic advice on planning and priority setting. Members receive regular updates on hospital activities and can also apply for appointment to Board Committees. Read more about the Advisory Council of QHC.
- Board Meetings (includes summaries of past meetings)
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Advisory Council of QHC
- 2016/17 QHC Corporate By-Laws
- 2016/17 Board of Directors Policies
- Board of Directors' attendance
The QHC Board of Directors for 2016/17:
- Karen Baker
- Mary Clare Egberts*, President and CEO
- Patrick Johnston
- Douglas McGregor, Chair
- David MacKinnon, Treasurer
- Greg Parker
- Carol Smith Romeril
- Stuart Wright, Vice Chair
- Lynda Mungall
- Brenda Peregrantes
- Dr. Dick Zoutman*, Chief of Staff
Vacant non-voting positions: President and Vice-President of the Professional Staff Association
*ex-officio (non-voting) Board Member
Ms. Baker is an Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Accounting Program, School of Business and Management Studies, Loyalist College. She is also the President of Briar Ridge Limited, which owns a group of companies in the commercial and multi-tenant residential real estate sector. Ms. Baker is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University and a Master of Arts (Education) from Central Michigan University. An active community volunteer, Ms. Baker has served on the Boards of the Belleville General Hospital Foundation; Rotary Foundation and Rotary Club of Belleville; the United Way of Quinte; and was previously an Advisory Member of Quinte Health Care. Ms. Baker lives in Belleville.
Mr. Johnston is the Principal and Founder of Borealis Advisors. He has extensive experience with charitable and non-profit organizations, having served as Chief Executive of a range of organizations including the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, the Canadian Centre of Philanthropy (now ImagineCanada) and the National Anti-Poverty Organization. Mr. Johnston was previously a senior policy advisor to a provincial Premier as well as a federal Cabinet Minister. His governance experience includes numerous non-profit Boards of Directors including United Way/Centraide Canada, Canada World Youth and CanadaHelps. In December 2014, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston. Mr. Johnston lives in Tyendinaga Township.
Mr. MacKinnon has extensive health care governance experience, including Chair of West Park Healthcare Centre; member of the governing council of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons; Director of the Standards Council of Canada; and Director of the Canadian Standards Association. Mr. MacKinnon served as President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association from 1996 to 2003 and was previously President of Ortech Corporation, a contract research organization, and President and CEO of Ontario Development Corporation. Mr. MacKinnon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours economics) from Dalhousie University and an MBA from York University. Mr. MacKinnon and his wife Betsy live in Wellington, Prince Edward County.
Mr. McGregor has 24 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including senior level positions for telecommunications companies in Canada, Europe and the United States. Mr. McGregor holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McMasterUniversity and is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was previously on the Advisory Council of QHC and a member of the Quality of Patient Care Committee of the QHC Board. Mr. McGregor also currently serves as Secretary and Executive Member of the Milford Fair Association Board. He currently resides in PrinceEdwardCounty.
After working in the telecommunications industry, both domestically and internationally for some 33 years, Mr. Wright retired in 2002 to move to the Quinte area. Mr. Wright has served as a Governor of Loyalist College for the past five years, three of those years as Board Chair. Mr. Wright served as the Chair of the Loyalist; Finance, Corporate Service and Governance Standing Committee and as a leader on the Loyalist Capital Campaign and also serves as a Director on the Board of the Loyalist Foundation. His other community activities include roles as a Director on the Board of the National Air Force Museum of Canada and as a trustee for the Foundation of the National Air Force Museum of Canada and a former director of the Rotary Club of Trenton. Mr. Wright's interest is helping to ensure that the health service provided by QHC meets the needs of the community. He currently resides in Trenton.
Ms. Mungall founded the Mungall Consulting Group in 1994, consulting to private, public and broader public sector employers in the areas of employee reward systems, performance management and organizational effectiveness. Prior to forming her own company, Lynda was a Partner at Ernst and Young in Toronto, and a Vice President with Sedgewick Consulting Group. Lynda is a former Board member and vice-chair of the Board of the Warden Woods Community Centre, a not-for-profit agency in southwest Scarborough. In 2008, she joined the Board of Rouge Valley Health System, a large community hospital serving residents in east Scarborough and west Durham. During her time at Rouge Valley, Lynda sat on every Board Committee, chairing the Quality and Risk and the Human Resources Committees. She served on the Rouge Valley Board until 2015 when she moved permanently to Prince Edward County.
Greg is a Business and Real Estate Lawyer at Baldwin Law in Belleville, ON. Business has been a major part of Greg’s background since his student days of participating in investment clubs and stock market competitions. He has also worked with local businesses on a range of matters from corporate sponsorships and negotiating contracts to analyzing market conditions with respect to supporting public funding strategies. While attending school in the US, he worked with the Prosecutors Office in Camden, New Jersey and as litigation support for a law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Upon his return to Ontario, he was a student with two regional law firms before joining the team at Baldwin Law. Greg is a member of Kiwanis Club of Trenton. In 2006, he visited Haiti to participate in a “Partners in Health” project, and backpacked through the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and UK in 2010.
Ms. Pergantes has over 20 years’ experience in corporate/public affairs, marketing and public relations. She is the founder, President & CEO of PRCommunications - a marketing and corporate communications firm providing senior counsel, advice and programs nationally, in both official languages, to publicly traded and not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Pergantes possesses vast governance experience, which includes her current role as Chair of the United Way (Hastings Prince Edward) Board and also serves as a director on the Three Oaks Foundation Board. Brenda was a founding member of the Belleville Quinte West Community Health Centre Board of Directors and has also served on the Toronto Rehab Institute and Ontario Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario Chapter) Boards. In addition, Brenda was a founding member of the national not-for-profit industry association for the Women’s Automotive Association of Canada.
Testimonials from Board Directors:
"I serve on the board because I believe strongly in the mission of hospitals and also to serve our local communities. The Quinte board is a high functioning board. It demonstrates diligence, commitment and collaboration in everything it does and I enjoy being a part of a team with these qualities." – David Mackinnon
"I joined the board to help the healthcare system plot its way through the clear challenges of financial constraints and changing population needs. In doing so, I have been rewarded by seeing how the heart and soul of both healthcare providers and the volunteers who support them, are committed to the cause of making their fellow human beings lives better. It is a privilege to be directly involved in the company of great, committed people. – Doug McGregor
I decided to apply to serve on the QHC Board as I have a deep interest in the quality and accessibility of health care available to the citizens of this region. The role of the Board is critical at ensuring management is appropriately using the funds allocated to QHC towards ensuring the best health care possible for our communities. I believe the public needs to be confident it has meaningful representation on the Board of QHC in order to have the comfort that its hospitals are well run and meeting the health goals set out for them. - Stuart Wright
I was seeking both an opportunity to contribute to my community as well as a personal challenge when I first applied for a position on the QHC Board almost three years ago - I have not been disappointed. There is no question that serving on the Board is demanding and entails a significant commitment of time. It is as personally rewarding as it is challenging, however, and provides a great opportunity to work with others, both Board and staff members, who are equally committed to strengthening the quality of health care in all of the communities served by QHC. – Patrick Johnston