Board of Directors

Chair – Kirsten Parker (Barrie)

Term: June 9, 2017 - June 8, 2020 (1st Term)

Kirsten Parker Kirsten Parker is a resident of Barrie and past Chair of the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.  Prior to joining the RVH Board in September 2009 she was Director of Student Success for the Ministry of Education and Co-Chair of the Learning Ministries' Diversity Strategy.  Kirsten is a former Superintendent of Education, Principal and Teacher with the Simcoe County District School Board. Dr. Parker is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (B.A.) and McMaster University (M.Sc.) and received her Ed.D from the University of Toronto in 1998.  She recently completed her Governance Essentials for Directors from the Rotman School of Management. As a resident of Barrie for more than forty years, Kirsten has played a vital role in many community organizations including the Gryphon Theatre Guild, of which she was President and Board Member; Midland Rotary Club member; Ambassador for the City of Barrie; president of the University Women's Club; fundraiser for the YM/YWCA, Cancer Society and Heart and Stroke Foundation; and founding co-chair of the Barrie Montessori School. Kirsten and her husband Bruce are the parents of three very global children and five grandchildren.

Vice-Chair - Barbara Dickson (Orillia)

Term: April 15, 2015 - April 14, 2018 (1st Term)

Barbara DicksonBarbara works with a number of leading Canadian organizations to source executive caliber educators, coaches, case writers and program managers to design and deliver programming which produces results that are sustainable. Prior to establishing ROI Human Capital Development, Barbara was the Managing Director of Executive Education at Queen’s School of Business and had responsibility for developing strategic alliances and partnerships to position the Business School as a leading provider of learning services. Barbara also led Training and Development at Ivey Business School as Director of Custom Programs and at Centennial College as Director of Corporate Training and Distance Learning, working with a wide variety of organizations both domestically and abroad. Barbara has worked with a diverse group of health providers to develop the leadership strength of their teams. A banker by background, Barbara enjoyed a long career across multiple disciplines and businesses at Royal Bank Financial Group, including branch, area and head office as well as corporate banking. Barbara has held a variety of board positions and currently sits on the board of the Orillia Public Library, and the Orillia Commemorative Awards Committee. She holds an MBA and is a fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB).

Member – Jacques Boulet (Orillia)

Term: April 5, 2017 - April 4, 2020 (1st Term)  

Jacques Boulet works as a Financial Coach to individuals and families providing investment, financial, and risk management advice. Jacques also provides corporate director and advisory board services to private and public companies.  Since 2006 Jacques has been a director at Stone Investment Group, an asset management firm in Toronto. Jacques' business background includes banking with Bank of Nova Scotia, manufacturing with FG Bradley Inc., and financial management positions with Cardinal Meat Specialists Limited. A shift in career to the financial advisory services industry in 1988 first as a financial advisor with Sutherland Investment Group Inc., then as partner and CEO, growing the business and subsequently selling it to Investment Planning Counsel of Canada in 2000 has led to today where Jacques is able to offer his business and financial experience to help people and organizations build a better future. Previous community volunteer activities include 15 years as Chair, Sutherland MAGIC Golf Tournament in support of ALS, board member of ALS Society of Canada, and more recently, board member of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital including Audit Chair and member of the Quality and Safety Committee, Resources Committee, and Orillia and Area Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee. Jacques is also on the board of the Gale and Rick Stone Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to providing opportunities for adolescents to acquire life skills. As an avid motorcycle enthusiast Jacques has been participating in the Motorcycle Ride For Dad for prostate cancer since 2007 raising over $40,000 in pledges earning him Double Diamond status and ranking 28th in pledges in Canada. Jacques is a CPA/CGA, ICD.D, lives in Warminster, has a son, 3 daughters, a stepdaughter, and 5 young grandchildren. 
Member - Andrea Butcher-Milne (Barrie)

Term:  May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2020 (1st Term)

Andrea Butcher-MilneAndrea Butcher-Milne has been a patient advocate and volunteer in the health care sector for 20 years.  Andrea's journey started with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She wanted to take control of her health and found herself accessing the health care she needed through multiple sources.  At this point she felt she needed a voice at the health care table and started to advocate for improvements in accessibility within the system.  Over the years Andrea has been involved as the Chairperson of Simcoe Muskoka MS Society Chapter, MS Ambassador with the MS Society of Canada, North Simcoe Muskoka CCAC Board of directors and as Chairperson of the Barrie Community Health Centre.  Andrea has had many opportunities to be a part of the larger patient voice in national initiatives including the Canadian Patient Summit in 2010 and as a patient representative for the Neurological Health Charities of Canada. She is looking forward to this opportunity of bringing the patient voice to the NSM LHIN.

Member – Ewelina Chwilkowska (Orillia)

Term: November 2, 2016 - November 1, 2019 (1st Term)  

Ewelina ChwilkoskaEwelina Chwilkowska is a lawyer who began her career with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, Family Responsibility Office. Following that, she worked in private practice where she was responsible for both private and public clients. Her practice focused on civil litigation, including cases that contained complex medical issues.  Ewelina graduated from McGill University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and History. Subsequently, she attended the University of Ottawa where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.). Ewelina is a mom of three young children, and enjoys volunteering with the Mariposa Folk Festival.  
Member - Colleen Geiger (Oro-Medonte)

Term: May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2020 (1st Term)

Colleen GeigerColleen Geiger has worked in health management for over 25 years and brings leadership experience in strategic planning, performance management and risk management to the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Board.  Colleen has previously served on a number of volunteer boards and has earned the Advanced Certificate in Board Governance, the Certificate in Leading Board Committees from the Ontario Hospital Association’s Centre of Governance Excellence, and the Institute of Corporate Directors Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials Program Certificate from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Colleen has held leadership positions in both the public and private sector in Ontario in academic health science settings, community hospitals, Local Health Integration Networks and in public health.  She has also been involved in international healthcare management consulting.  Colleen is a member of the senior management team at Public Health Ontario, where her portfolio includes strategic, business and operational planning, performance, external relations and enterprise risk management. 

Member – Ellen Mary Mills (Collingwood)

Term: September 8, 2014 - September 7, 2017 (1st Term) 

Ellen Mary MillsEllen Mary is an accomplished senior executive whose career has encompassed leadership, as well as specialist roles in policy development, public affairs, government relations, and program and project management. Over a period of twenty five years, she held various senior positions with the Ontario Government including: Senior Analyst, Management Board of Cabinet; Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Women’s Directorate; Director Finance and Administration, Ministry of Tourism & Recreation; and Director, Family Support Plan, Ontario Attorney General before moving to TVO as Director of Government Relations. Ellen Mary was also seconded to Xerox Canada in 1990 and led a team responsible for implementing GST for the company nationwide. Upon leaving government in 1995, Ellen Mary served as the founding Vice President, Policy & Public Affairs, Canadian Association of Chain Drugstores, followed by Executive Director positions with the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund.  Before joining the Insurance Bureau of Canada, where she is currently Director of External Relations, Ellen Mary was Director of Policy Development, Food and Consumer Products Canada. Ellen Mary has been active in community organizations as a member of the Board including the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and Big Sisters of Toronto. Ellen Mary is a graduate of Queen's and holds an Honours B.A., Political Science, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Member – Andreas Ott (Tay Township)

Term: March 1, 2017 - February 28, 2020 (1st Term)
Andreas OttAndy has been a resident of Tay Township since January 1997. Andy offers over 37 years experience in the financial services industry - during this career he has held various senior management positions until his recent retirement as Manager with RBC Royal Bank. Andy is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Martyrs’ Shrine and Tay Committee of Adjustments and a volunteer with Junior Achievement . Andy has also been a Director of the Newmarket / Tay Hydro Group of Companies since 2000. Previous volunteer support has included: local Chamber of Commerce, Community Development Corp, local Economic Development Committee and Hospital Foundation. 

Member – Larry Saunders (Huntsville)

Term: February 10, 2016 - February 9, 2019 (1st Term) 

Larry SaundersA career banker by background, Larry was employed by the Bank of Montreal and Chase Manhattan Bank of Canada, working in branch, area, regional, and head office roles. These positions provided extensive experience in human resources, personal and commercial account management, marketing, credit, training, national mortgage operations and Ontario operations backroom processing centre.  Operations positions provided exposure to end to end processing analysis resulting in efficiency improvements and change management implementation.  Previous volunteer leadership positions were held with the Richmond Hill Hockey Association, Appeals Committee of Ontario Hockey Federation, York Central Hospital Foundation, Beta Theta Pi Foundation of Canada, and most recently Chair of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare. Larry graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Social Sciences – Economics.

Member – Ernest Vaillancourt (Minesing)

Term: December 9, 2015 - December 8, 2018 (1st Term) 

Ernest VaillancourtErnest Vaillancourt brings a history of governance experience in both the public and private sectors to the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Board. He served as a Simcoe County Separate School Board trustee; founding board chair of Centre de santé communautaire Chigamik Community Health Centre; founding member and chair of La Clé d’la Baie (Francophone community cultural centre); and, an inaugural board member of College des Grands Lacs (the first Francophone community college in south central Ontario).  Ernie has extensive knowledge of local and provincial Francophone communities and their agencies and from 1989 to 2010, served as the Simcoe County French Language Services Coordinator with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Prior to retirement in 2014, Ernie was the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN’s French Language Services Coordinator and Aboriginal Liaison. Ernie continues to be an active volunteer in the Francophone community. 
Member - Tim Withey (Huntsville)

Term: March 1, 2017 - February 28, 2020 (1st Term)
Tim WitheyTim has extensive experience serving on a variety of healthcare boards.  First elected to the Huntsville Hospital Board in 1993 he has served virtually uninterrupted except for a term elected to Huntsville Town Council where he was appointed Chair of Community Services. Other health related boards Tim served on include Algonquin Health Services, Huntsville Hospice, Fairvern Nursing Home and as Vice-chair Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare. Tim also served a 6 year term on the Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound and Timiskaming District Health Council.  Other board involvement includes Muskoka Crimestoppers and the Huntsville Lake of bays Chamber of Commerce. He also coached minor hockey for many years. Tim has a degree in Environmental Studies and Business administration from Trent University and currently owns an Insurance Brokerage in Huntsville where he resides with his family.  

Member – Ewelina Chwilkowska (Orillia)

Term: November 2, 2016 - November 1, 2019 (1st Term)  

Member – Ewelina Chwilkowska (Orillia)

Term: November 2, 2016 - November 1, 2019 (1st Term)