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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. 

Advisory Council: 

There is also a 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.

More Information:

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 Pergantes 
  • Jessica Anderson
  • Peggy Payne
  • Peter Dudding
  • Kimberly Woodhouse
  • 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

Karen Baker 

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.

Patrick Johnston

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.

David MacKinnon

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.

Douglas McGregor

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 McMaster University 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 Prince Edward County.

Stuart Wright

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. 

Lynda Mungall

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 Parker

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.

Brenda Pergantes

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.  

Jessica Anderson

Ms. Anderson is the Executive Director of North Hastings Children’s Services (NHCS). As the central provider of licensed educational, social, family and childcare services to 7 municipalities, NHCS partners with over 20 agencies to enhance the wellbeing of children and families. Ms. Anderson has a professional background in corporate, government and non-profit agencies, and a proven track-record in organizational change, program integrity, operational effectiveness, finance, legislative compliance, regulations, policies and reporting. She is also a key member of several health and family advisory boards, including: the Bancroft Family Health Team Board, Quinte Health Care Advisory Council; Loyalist College Early Childhood Education Advisory Board; Hastings and Prince Edward (HPE) Children and Youth Services Network Planning Table; HPE Community Indicators and Measures Committee; and HPE Indigenous Children and Youth Services Planning Table. 

Peggy Payne

Peggy Payne has 33 years’ experience in education, mainly with the Toronto District School Board but also in England and Australia. She has worked as a teacher, a Special Education Consultant, Vice Principal and Principal. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. Her governance experience includes 5 years with the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, serving as President and Past President and 2 years on the Board of the PECMH Foundation. Peggy and her husband live in Picton and are involved in volunteer work in the county. 

Peter Dudding

Peter is a well-recognized leader in health and social services who has worked across Canada and internationally. During the past five years he has been working in Nunavut and Northwest Territories. His extensive experience includes senior management, board leadership and consulting with governments and community based organizations across Canada.

Peter is a tireless rights advocate and passionately promotes the equity of opportunity in society to ensure that rights of excluded and vulnerable people are respected and upheld. Throughout his career he has championed legislation, policy and services that ensure health and well-being.

He is the proud recipient of two Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee medals (2002 and 2012) for recognition of his service to children, youth and families.  Peter resides in Picton, Prince Edward County since October 2015 with his wife Janine. He has Master of Social Work (1975) and Master of Management (2002) degrees.

Kimberly Woodhouse

Dr. Kimberly A. Woodhouse, B.Eng. (Chemical Engineering), McGill University and Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), McMaster University, joined Queen’s University in 2007 and is a Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

In addition to her role as a Professor, for the past 10 years Dr. Woodhouse served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University.  Prior to joining Queen’s, she held several positions at the University of Toronto, including a Professorship in Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and as the Associate Director of the Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, a multi-institutional centre to bring basic scientists, engineers and clinicians together to develop novel constructs for soft tissue engineering.  Dr. Woodhouse is a Professional Engineer and has extensive international experience in management and educational consulting, she holds several patents, and co-founded a biotechnology company.  In addition to her academic background, Dr. Woodhouse has almost ten years of experience in private sector manufacturing.

Dr. Woodhouse currently serves on the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board.  She has received a number of awards, including the Medal for Excellence in Engineering Education from Engineers Canada, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award and the Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Medal, “in recognition of valuable contributions made while furthering the technical advancement of the engineering profession in Ontario and its application to the public welfare”.  In May 2008, Dr. Woodhouse was named a Fellow of the Society of Biomaterials and in June 2008, a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Engineering.  

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