The Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) Board of Directors’ role is to represent the community served by HGH and to ensure that its mission, ends and strategic directions are achieved. The Board is responsible for the hospital’s performance and must ensure that healthcare services comply with established quality standards.
2017-18 Elected Members
Mr. François BertrandChair
With 31 years of experience, François Bertrand is a recognized expert in financial management in the education sector. Prior to his retirement in 2013, he was Superintendent of Business and Treasurer at Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien. A chartered accountant, he also served as Director of Finance and Accounting as well as Controller and Auditor.
Mr. Bertrand has an excellent knowledge of policies based governance.
I joined the Board of HGH hoping to put my years of experience gained in the education sector to use for the continuous improvement of health services provided to our communities.
In 2011, Mr. Bertrand received a merit award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the Franco-Ontarian education during his career. He lives in Hawkesbury.
Ms. Jo-anne LavioletteVice-Chair
Jo-anne Laviolette pursued a career in education with the Eastern Ontario’s French and English, Catholic and Public school boards. She taught at the elementary and secondary levels, before becoming school principal and finally Director of Students Services. She was also responsible for programs for students with special needs and was in charge of specialized staff including psychologists, speech therapists and social workers.
Ms. Laviolette has served on numerous advisory committees on childcare, special education, autism and mental health.
In education, we make decisions in the best interest of children and their development. The same principle applies to healthcare. Patients and their well-being are central to our concerns and decisions. For the advancement of our hospital, we must focus on our primary goal of meeting our patients’ needs and delivering quality care.
Ms. Laviolette lives in Casselman. Now retired, she carries on her work as a consultant in education.
Mr. Daniel GatienTreasurer
Daniel Gatien is the Village of Casselman Chief Administrative Officer and has over 35 years of experience in municipal management. During his career, he served as chief executive officer, director of economic development, clerk and treasurer for several Ontario municipalities, including Russell Township and the City of Clarence-Rockland. A municipal expert recognized by his peers, he chaired and served on the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario for over 10 years.
Mr. Gatien joined HGH Board of Directors in June 2015. Actively engaged in his community, he previously served on the boards of Prescott-Russell Services for Children and Adults Foundation and Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation.
Our hospital provides outstanding services that everyone in Prescott-Russell should be aware of. I joined the Board to contribute to HGH’s outreach efforts throughout the region.
Mr. Gatien holds a diploma in Municipal Administration from Algonquin College and is accredited by A.M.C.T. He also studied Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management at Queen’s University. Furthermore, he completed an Arts Degree with double concentration in Political Sciences, Law and Justice at Laurentian University. He lives in Rockland.
Ms. Nicole DelandMember
Nicole Deland has been working in human resources and labour relations sector for over 30 years. Director of Human Resources at Alexandria Moulding since 2005, she also held human resources management positions in health and education sectors.
Building a new hospital is an important and very exciting event for a community, and I wanted to contribute to this major redevelopment project.
Ms. Deland holds a graduate degree in business, a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations and a certificate in law and multi-ethnic intervention.
She is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario and Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec . Ms. Deland lives in North Lancaster.
Ms. Nicole Lafrenière-DavisMember
Prior to her retirement in 2014, Nicole-Lafrenière Davis was Senior Director at Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). During her career, she has held senior management positions and acted as a consultant in the areas of health and social services at the regional, provincial and federal levels. She holds a Masters in Social Work and has extensive expertise in policy development as well as planning and management of programs and projects.
Ms. Lafrenière-Davis served on several regional and provincial boards such as Société santé en français and Comité consultatif des services de santé en français.
After a long and fulfilling career, I wanted to get involved locally. In healthcare, the voice of patients, their families and the community is essential. My role as an HGH Board Member is to ensure that their voice is heard.
During her career, Ms. Lafrenière-Davis has also worked abroad. She has worked in community development in the Caribbean, where she forged strong ties with a family that she still supports today. She lives in L’Orignal.
Mr. Marco LalondeMember
Marco Lalonde is a manager with over 30 years of leadership experience in small and large municipalities, both in Ontario and Québec. He has served as Director of Public Works Department at Ville de Gatineau since 2008. He also held managerial positions at the City of Ottawa and the former City of Gloucester. Furthermore, he played a leadership role in the amalgamation of 12 municipalities that led to the creation of the new City of Ottawa.
Mr. Lalonde promotes an approach focused on teamwork and staff commitment; mutually beneficial labour relations, and results-based management. With this approach, he successfully led large-scale organizational transformations. A life-long volunteer, he sat on the Boards of Directors of Centraide Prescott-Russell, Alfred Swim Club and Caisse populaire d’Alfred.
I fully share HGH values of compassion, innovation and excellence. In particular, I have a special interest in the health and care provided to our aging population. I will apply my experience to help with the major transformations that the hospital will go through between now and 2018.
Mr. Lalonde holds a Civil Engineering Technology diploma from Algonquin College. He also earned the LEAN Master title from Mouvement québécois de la qualité and received a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University. He lives in Plantagenet.
Ms. Judith Anne LaRocqueMember
Retired since 2015, Judith Anne LaRocque had a 35-year career with the Canadian government and federal public service. She started in the House of Commons and was the Executive Assistant for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada before her appointment as Chief of Staff to the Government Leader in the Senate and the Minister of State for Federal-Provincial Relations. She was also Secretary to three consecutive Governor Generals.
Ms. LaRocque was Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage from 2000 to 2010 and responsible for several programs, among which Official Languages, Cultural Industries and Copyright. In 2010, she received the Public Service Award of Excellence for her outstanding contribution to public service and for the coordination of the federal government role in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler. From 2011 to 2015, she was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France.
After a career in Ottawa and abroad, my spouse and I have chosen to return to our hometown, here in Hawkesbury. The hospital redevelopment project will provide essential services for our residents. I look forward to contributing to this important institution for our community.
Ms. LaRocque holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Political Science from Carleton University. Since 2015, she has been serving on the Board of Directors of Banff Centre in Alberta. She lives in Hawkesbury.
Ms. Sylvette LerouxMember
Sylvette Leroux operates a family poultry farm in St-Isidore. For almost 40 years, she has been working on the farm, managing daily operations and doing bookkeeping. Animal welfare, quality consumer products and food safety are at the forefront of her concerns. She ensures that their farm meets the standards set by Egg Farmers of Canada and Egg Farmers of Ontario.
Ms. Leroux is actively engaged in community, business and agricultural organizations. She was Vice-Chair of Association des parents et enseignants de l’Ontario for four years. She also chaired the school council at École élémentaire de St-Isidore for four years where she led a fundraising campaign for the schoolyard improvement project. She was a member of the Board of Directors of St-Isidore and Vankleek Hill figure skating clubs. She is also a member of ESTIC Chamber of Commerce and Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens.
Our hospital is going through major changes. Knowing that our families and aging population will have access to a broad range of services at the New HGH is very comforting. People will have access to specialty healthcare services close to home and will not have to travel to the city anymore. Through my involvement, I want to contribute to the promotion of our hospital’s services within our communities.
Ms. Leroux lives in L’Orignal. She loves nature and enjoys the outdoors. She also has a keen interest in performing arts and politics.
Mr. Neil LevacMember
Neil Levac is a civil engineer with over 45 years of experience in the field. Founder of the engineering firm Levac Robichaud Leclerc and Associates, numerous Eastern Ontario buildings bear his signature. During his career, he designed, supervised and managed several residential, commercial, institutional and industrial construction projects. He also engineered municipal infrastructure and road rehabilitation projects. He carried out work in Burkina Faso and Peru for the Canadian International Development Agency.
Actively engaged in the community, Mr. Levac served as a municipal councillor and Mayor of West-Hawkesbury Township and also served as chairman of Chambre économique de l’Ontario. For several years, along with his spouse, he organized the Ski-a-Thon, a fundraising event for cancer research.
I appreciate the opportunity to promote HGH’s excellence and to provide the best service for our patients, while getting a better understanding about healthcare services.
Mr. Levac is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. He holds a B.A. in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He lives in L’Orignal.
Mr. Sylvain LevacMember
Sylvain Levac is an accountant and has been with the firm BDO Canada since 1989. He is a Partner associated with the Embrun and Hawkesbury offices. Mr. Levac has significant experience in dealing with private businesses and public institutions such as credit unions, non-profit organizations, municipalities, retail companies and professional services. As an associate, he is responsible for conducting and supervising audits, review engagements, compilations, as well as business and tax planning.
With an aging population, the healthcare sector is constantly growing. Institutions must do more, while staying within budget. The hospital redevelopment project will bring considerable benefits to the communities of Prescott-Russell and surrounding areas. I wish to bring my expertise to the board and help to promote our hospital throughout the region.
Mr. Levac holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Ottawa and the title CPA, CA. He practises in Ontario and Québec, and lives in Casselman.
Mr. Laurent SoulignyMember
Laurent Souligny is a well-known figure in the agricultural community. Chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada for 11 years, he has represented industry members across the country and abroad. With his family, he operates a cash crop and poultry farm in St-Isidore. He recently contributed to the creation of a research chair in the economics of egg production at Laval University.
Mr. Souligny has always been involved in his community. He served as municipal councillor and on the County of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Council. He also served on the boards of two homes for seniors, a corporation of affordable housing and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, to name a few.
Access to healthcare is very important in rural areas. I joined the HGH Board because I want to make known the services of our hospital to the entire Prescott-Russell region.
In 2011, Mr. Souligny was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame for his contribution to the development of agriculture in Canada. In 2015, Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens awarded him the Pierre-Bercier Excellence in Agriculture Award.
Mr. Marc LeBoutillier, CEO and Secretary
Dr. Julie Maranda, Chief of Staff
Mrs. Denise Picard-Stencer, Vice-President, Acute Care and Chief Nursing Officer
Dr. Michel Thibodeau, President of Medical Staff
Mr. Sébastien Racine, President of HGH Foundation
Mrs. Suzanne Sauvé, Manager, Board Operations
HGH Board of Directors has adopted a policy governance model that includes these elements:
- Global governance commitment
- Governing style
- Board members’ Code of conduct
- Board job products
- Role of the Chief Governance Officer
- Board committee principles
- Cost of governance