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 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
- 2017/18 QHC Corporate By-Laws
- 2017/18 Board of Directors Policies
The QHC Board of Directors for 2018/19:
- Karen Baker, Treasurer
- Mary Clare Egberts*, President and CEO
- Patrick Johnston
- Stuart Wright, Chair
- David MacKinnon, Vice-Chair
- Greg Parker
- Carol Smith Romeril
- Lynda Mungall
- Brenda Pergantes
- Peggy Payne
- Peter Dudding
- Kimberly Woodhouse
- Lisa (Graham) O'Toole
- John Kearns
- Dr. Colin MacPherson*, Interim 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.
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.
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.
Mr. Dudding is a well-recognized leader in health and social services who has worked across Canada and internationally. 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.
Dr. Kimberly A. Woodhouse is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University. In addition, for the past 10 years, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University. 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. 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.
Lisa (Graham) O’Toole
Lisa O’Toole (nee Graham) was born and raised in Belleville and has returned to the Quinte area after a successful 32 year executive career in financial services while living in Toronto and Calgary. Over the years, she has gained considerable leadership experience in strategic development, change leadership, financial management and risk assessment/management and has developed expertise in the securities and wealth management industries. Ms. O’Toole is an experienced Board member having served two charitable organizations over 12 years. She is passionate about health care and believes that a strong network of hospitals and of professionals who run them is critical to the overall wellness of our community and the strength and prosperity of the Quinte Region in general. Lisa and her husband Gerry reside in Prince Edward County.
John Kearns is a retired partner with Ernst & Young (EY). His practice involved financial audits of private sector and not-for-profit organizations and later focused on IT risk management, providing assistance to organizations in internal controls, information privacy and information security. In recognition of distinguished service, Mr. Kearns was elected as a Fellow (FCA) of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. Upon retirement, he was engaged for several years as a senior advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Mr. Kearns lives in Prince Edward County.
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 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