Annual General Meeting Update

Read the update from the 2023 Brightshores Annual General Meeting here.

Brightshores Board of Directors 2023-24

Joanne Flewwelling
Board Chair

Joanne Flewweling

Dr. Eric Brown
Medical President, Urban

Dr. Eric Brown

Steven Green
Officer At-Large

Steven Green

Andrew Jeffery
Medical President, Rural

Dr. Andrew Jeffery

Jessica Hill
Board Member

Jessica Hill

Lynn Keays
Board Member

Lynn Keays

Tyler Laitinen
Board Member

Tyler Laitinen

Deborah Pope
Vice Chair

Deborah Pope

Martha Rogers
Board Member

Martha Rogers

Brian Shannon
Board Member

Brian Shannon

Brightshores, President & CEO, Board Secretary

Ann Ford

Paul Sinclair
Past Chair

Paul Sinclair

Brightshores, Chief of Staff

Dr. Cornelius Van Zyl

Board Member

Joss Ann Johnston

Interim VP, Clinical Programs & Quality, CNE

Melissa Thomson

Board Chair

Joanne Flewweling

Joanne Flewwelling is retired senior healthcare executive with a unique blend of both Clinical and “Back Office” experience. She held a number of continuously progressive executive leadership roles over the course of her 32 year career. Driven to deliver operational excellence in support of quality patient care and innovation, Joanne strived to design and lead progressive, system-level strategy to create comprehensive health services including clinical operations, information technology, finance, and performance management in both academic and community hospital settings.

Joanne is a Registered Nurse (RN) with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Health Studies (MHS) from Athabasca University. She also completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management.

Medical President, Urban

Dr. Eric Brown

After medical school at Queen’s University and a residency in Anesthesiology at McGill University, Eric Brown joined the medical staff at Brightshores.  He recently completed a term as Chief of Anesthesiology and is now Urban President of the Medical Staff Association.  Other interests include family, playing the piano, and exercising in order to be able to indulge his love of food.

 

Officer At-Large

Steven Green

Steven Green is a health care leader with extensive experience leading operations, projects and teams combined with a proven track record in guiding cross-functional teams in the design and implementation of innovative health care systems and solutions. Expert leader, negotiator, communicator and businessperson able to forge solid relationships with strategic partners and build consensus across multiple organisational and strategic partnership levels.

Medical President, Rural

Dr. Andrew Jeffery

Board Member

Jessica Hill

Jessica Hill spent 30 years as a senior public servant with the Federal Government (Health Canada) and the Ontario Provincial Government working in the Ministries of Health, Integrated Services for Children, Community and Social Services, Training, Colleges and Universities and Children and Youth Services. She then moved to the non-governmental broader public service as the inaugural CEO of the federally funded Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the CEO of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. She received the CMHA, CM Hincks Award in 1995 for advocacy for mental health when she was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Mental Health. She has been Chair of the Board of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and most recently, of FRAYME, a National Center of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. She has an MSW and a M.Ed. from the University of Toronto. She has two children and three grandchildren who are the apples of her eye.

Board Member

Lynn Keays

With more than 30 years of experience in labour relations, human resources, and leadership in the health care and food service distribution sectors, Lynn Keays currently works as a consultant in corporate social responsibility, sustainability and government relations. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Beaver Valley Outreach, in the Town of the Blue Mountains. Lynn first came to the beautiful southern Georgian Bay area in the late 1980s and has lived here full-time since 2020.

Board Member

Tyler Laitinen

Tyler Laitinen is a multi-talented designated accountant with a passion for numbers. He provides insightful advice to enable organizations to make informed financial, tax and business decisions, that have a meaningful  impact  supporting  the community.

Tyler enjoys helping organizations find efficient solutions to suit their needs. He has worked in public practice as a senior key member of various private organizations. His financial background and experience allows him to easily relate and communicate with clients and stakeholders, while bringing a holistic approach that aligns accounting analysis, risks and controls, internal processes, and tax planning to help organizations meet key strategic objectives.

Vice Chair

Deborah Pope

Deborah Pope is a Director of Service at Bruce Grey Child and Family Services who has spent her career advocating and promoting child safety in her community and province. Most of her career has been with Bruce Grey although she was also a senior leader in Eastern Ontario for 5 years at Family and Children’s Services of Lanark Leeds and Grenville. Deborah has an extensive history working with legislation and in the public sector. She has participated in a number of provincial key work groups to lead change in the areas of adoption, kinship service and foster care improving outcomes for children in the province.

Board Member

Martha Rogers

Dr. Martha Rogers is a retired professor from York University and continues to hold a Senior Scholar position in the Faculty of Health. She has a background in health sciences and spent many years as a senior academic administrator leading large-scale innovation and change. Her interests include global health futures, complexity science, program evaluation and strategic planning. She is a resident of Kimberley and is actively involved with healthy communities initiatives and food security.

Board Member

Brian Shannon

After completing his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario. Brian also attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed a course in Science Museum Management.

Brian worked for the Government of Ontario for 20 years and enjoyed a range of positions including as Executive Director of Corporate Services at the Ontario Science Centre where he was responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Security, Food Service and Fund Raising.

Brian has always been active in his communities including as:
Board Chair, Supportive Housing in Peel – under his guidance this organization became financially sound in June of 2008 and after being technically bankrupt in November of 2001.

Board Chair, Headwaters Health Care Centre, three years, Treasurer two years and Director 1998-2004

Director, Community Care Access Centre of Peel, (CCAC) Nov. 2003 to August 2005. Local Health Integration Network, Director 2006.

Convenor, Local Steering Committee Central West CCAC –2006.
Town of Caledon Council Volunteer Committees:
1. Ad hoc Committee on Council Representation, 1993
2. Code of Conduct Committee, 1996

Vice-President and Coach, Caledon Minor Hockey Association
Coach, Caledon Minor Soccer.
Chair, Mayfield Secondary School Parents Athletic Council. Raised $120,000 during two year term.

Director, Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. Six years.
Chairman, Ontario Sires Stakes Committee for three Years
Director, Inter-provincial Lottery Corporation (1978-1981)

Not surprisingly, Brian was Awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Volunteerism.

In Meaford Brian serves breakfast and purchases the food for the breakfast program two times per week at the local public school with a Church men’s group.

Brian is a Director and Treasurer of the Meaford Hospital Foundation, Chair Brightshores Five Foundations Board, a Director of the Brightshores Health System Corporation and Chair of Board Governance Committee and Investment Advisory Committee.

Brian is a member of the Lakeshore Football Officials Association and
referees Minor Football and High School football in Peel and Halton Regions in the summer and fall.

Brightshores, President & CEO, Board Secretary

Ann Ford

Ann Ford is currently the President & CEO of Brightshores Health System, a large regional health centre that operates six hospitals located in the Grey Bruce region as part of an integrated rural health system.

Ann has spent much of her career in executive healthcare leadership and has experience with large project development and implementation working with provincial, healthcare partners and community stakeholders within both urban and rural communities.  In addition to her BSc. Microbiology, Ann holds a Masters of Health Administration of the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the Advanced Health Care Leadership Program at Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.

Past Chair

Paul Sinclair

Paul Sinclair is a semi-retired consultant working in the health care, clinical research, and association management fields. He spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical sector performing clinical research and thereafter 20 years in the medical association management field. When not consulting, he enjoys time with his family, granddaughter, and grand dog, as well as volunteering and working on his golf game.

Brightshores, Chief of Staff

Dr. Cornelius Van Zyl

Dr. Cornelius Van Zyl is the current Chief of (Medical) Staff at Brightshores Health System and has been a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada since 1999. He completed his education and training in family medicine in South Africa, where he practiced prior to relocating to Saskatchewan in 1993, and subsequently Ontario in 2002. He received his CCFP(EM) in 2005 and was awarded a Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians in 2017.

As an Emergency and Hospitalist physician practicing at our Owen Sound hospital, Dr. Van Zyl has been providing exceptional care to patients at Brightshores since 2003. Dr. Van Zyl previously served several terms as the Chief of Staff at the Canora Union Hospital in Saskatchewan while practicing comprehensive primary care in the town of Canora, SK. During his tenure as Medical Superintendent at Tygerberg Hospital, a major teaching hospital located in Bellville, South Africa, Dr. Van Zyl was the administrative head of the Surgical Departments, Chairman of the Planning and Commissioning Unit, the Intravenous Fluid Committee, and managed the 64 intern posts. 

Dr. Van Zyl previously held the position of Chief of Emergency here at Brightshores and his return to a leadership role as Chief of Staff will allow him to make a remarkable contribution as a member of both the Executive Team and as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.

Board Member

Joss Ann Johnston

Joss Ann Johnston is a Community Legal Worker who has a variety of experience in healthcare, governance and counselling positions. She is well-versed in the promotion of self-advocacy, cultural competency and trauma informed care. Joss Ann continues to bridge access and connection to service Indigenous communities. Joss Ann is a non-practicing Registered Practical Nurse and is a member of Chippewas of Nawash. 

Interim VP, Clinical Programs & Quality, CNE

Melissa Thomson

Melissa Thomson is the Interim VP Clinical Programs & Quality, CNE at Brightshores Health System. She grew up in Owen Sound and has grown her career locally.  Melissa is a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Melissa has also completed the Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) program. Melissa has worked at Brightshores since 2001, starting her career in the Wiarton Emergency Department and Medicine Unit before working in Critical Care at the Owen Sound Hospital. She gained extensive experience as the Manager of Lion’s Head and Wiarton Hospitals as well as the Director of Clinical Integration from 2021 to 2024, prior to stepping into her current role.

Brightshores Seeking New Board Members

Brightshores Health System is seeking individuals to join its Board of Directors. Board membership offers an outstanding opportunity for talented individuals to volunteer their expertise and time in the service of excellent health care across Grey and Bruce Counties.

Our directors are dedicated individuals, engaged in making a positive contribution to the future of our communities and who welcome unparalleled opportunities for learning and personal growth.

Brightshores is a multi-site hospital corporation located in Grey and Bruce Counties. With six hospitals, and an annual budget of approximately $200 million, the corporation is one of the largest in southwestern Ontario and provides a wide range of medical services and programs across an expansive geographical region. Its central facility, the regional hospital in Owen Sound, offers secondary-level services to much of Grey and Bruce while five rural hospitals provide a diverse range of services including 24/7 ER, diagnostic imaging, and ambulatory care. Working together, the six hospitals make Brightshores a leader in integrated rural health. Brightshores is committed to excellence in patient care and to the creation of a seamless health care experience for our patients and communities. This commitment is reflective of Brightshores’s key organizational values: Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence (CARE). Brightshores takes pride in the achievements of a high performing team of 1,700 employees, 200 credentialed staff, and 800 volunteers who deliver quality care to a regional population of 170,000 residents and thousands of seasonal visitors.

Applicants must reside within the catchment areas served by Brightshores Health System, which includes the communities surrounding our hospitals in Lion’s Head, Markdale, Meaford, Owen Sound, Southampton and Wiarton.

Prior governance experience and familiarity with the health care needs of the Grey Bruce area are assets. In addition, applicants will preferably have experience in one or more of the following areas: law, finance, and/or information technology.

Application forms are listed below. If you have any questions, please contact Loni Zuppinger, at lzuppinger@brightshores.ca or 519-376-2121, ext. 2801. Completed applications and resumes will be accepted via mail or e-mail:

Mailing Address
Brightshores Health System
Office of the President and CEO
1800 8th Street East
Owen Sound, ON
N4K 6M9

E-mail
lzuppinger@brightshores.ca

More Information on the Brightshores Board of Directors

Brightshores is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which is a mix of elected and ex-officio members. The Board meets every month alternating between full Board meetings and scheduled Board committee meetings.

Elected members (12)
We operate a skills-based Board at Brightshores.

Patient Advisors (2)
One Patient Advisor is a representative on the Board Quality Committee and another is a representative on all Board Committees and this individual attends all Board Meetings and events.

Ex-officio members (5)
Two Co-Presidents of the Medical Staff, the Chief of Staff, the President and CEO, and the Chief Nursing Executive.

Board Members:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must fulfill a skills-based need on the Board
  • Must not be a member of Brightshores staff, spouse of staff or professional staff
  • Be willing and able to travel to each of the Brightshores campuses as the Board rotates the location of meetings

Process for Election:

We will advertise as needed to fill vacancies based on the skills that are required.  Applicants are screened by a Committee of the Board according to the criteria set out in the Corporate By-Law.