Board of Directors


Chair - Louis F. O'Brien (Peterborough)

Louis F. O'Brien is currently on the Audit Committee for Canada Border Services Agency, which collects over $25 billion for Canada. Louis is also on the Advisory Board of CertiRx, a North Carolina start-up in the document certification space.  Until recently, he was Vice Chair of Waste Diversion Ontario, and the Chair of the Stewardship and Audit Committee at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of the SCO Health Services (now the Bruyère Continuing Care group).

Louis led the move to focus 150 year old Canada Post Corporation (CPC) on better knowing its customers, as Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer from 2009 – 2011. In this role, Louis was responsible for Customer Service, the Call Centers,, Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Management.

He dramatically transformed the parcels business, improving margins, service quality, and customer delight, as CPC’s SVP and President of the Parcels Division from 2006 - 2009.  As Vice President of Business Transformation and Sourcing Management from 2003 - 2005, he led the SAP-based transformation of CPC’s HR and Payroll processes, the tracking system for Parcels, and the Learning and Development systems. Louis began his career at CPC by acquiring Purolator in 1992, as the Corporate Manager of Corporate Development (M&A), and has served as Corporate Manager of Commercial Operations Finance (covering Marketing, Sales, and Retail), Corporate Comptroller, and Vice President and Controller.

He previously served as VP Corporate Planning for a group of Irving companies based in Moncton, including Midland Transport/Courier, Cavendish Farms and Majesta Tissues. As Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Fleck Manufacturing, a multinational wire, cable and wiring harness manufacturer for 8 years, he co-led acquisitions and enabled rapid international growth in revenues from $25 million to $150 million. Louis started his finance development with 5 years of rapidly increasing responsibilities with Procter & Gamble in Toronto and Belleville.

Louis was on the Board of SCI Logistics from 2001 - 2011, serving as Chair since 2006. He was a Director at Purolator Courier Ltd. from 2005 – 2008 and 2010 - 2011.

Louis holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree, an MBA from Queen’s University, and the ICD.D accreditation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Fluently bilingual, he is married and has 2 wonderful children.

 Margaret Risk

Vice Chair – Margaret Risk (Haliburton)

Ms. Risk served as Executive Director of the College of Nurses of Ontario from 1982 to 2000 and joined the LHIN Board effective May 17, 2011. Currently a member of the Haliburton County Development Corporation Board and formerly Chair of the Research Committee for the Ontario Stroke Network, Ms. Risk, a Haliburton resident, also served as a member and then Chair of the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Board of Directors from 2001 to 2008 and 2008 to 2010 respectively. With a strong background in community health nursing and education, Ms. Risk has also taught at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, sharing her knowledge with nurses in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Aileen Ashman

Member - Aileen Ashman (Oshawa)

Ms. Aileen Ashman joined the LHIN Board on May 18, 2016.  A member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ms. Ashman started her professional career as a frontline nurse in general duty in British Columbia and Ontario, including significant experience in critical care units and emergency departments.  Later she moved into a hospital administration supervisory role in British Columbia, before returning to Ontario to take on fulltime studies at law school.  With extensive experience in labour relations, Ms. Ashman has worked for the Ontario Nurses Association, the Durham District School Board, the Simcoe County District School Board, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Toronto Police Service, and most recently York University where she was the Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources, retiring in 2015.  With over 25 years of serving in the broader public sector, Ms. Ashman’s knowledge in all aspects of law pertaining to the health care sector, education, labour and employment will be invaluable as the LHIN Board continues to lead the advancement of an integrated sustainable health care system.  

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Member - S. Gopikrishna (Scarborough)

Mr. S. (Gopi) Gopikrishna, currently the Executive Director of the Scarborough Housing Help Centre (SHHC), joined the LHIN Board on October 22, 2014 for a three-year term. With a background in Engineering, Mr. Gopikrishna has a wealth of governance experience from his service on a number of Boards and Committees and has also served as the Co-ordinator of the Scarborough Homelessness Committee for the Social Planning Council of Toronto and as the Programs Manager for South Asian Support Services. His extensive work over the past fourteen years in the social services sector, especially with immigrant and vulnerable populations, brings another interesting perspective to the table as the Board continues to lead the system to be better integrated, accessible and sustainable.

Joanne Hough

Member - Joanne Hough (Lindsay)

Mrs. Hough, who joined the board in May 2011, is currently Past-President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation and has held leadership roles in local and provincial boards and associations for the past 35 years.  She recently completed her term of membership on the Youth Justice Committee for Kawartha Lakes. With a background in education, Mrs. Hough served as principal for a number of schools in the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board and most recently was a Superintendent of Schools during which she was responsible for System Human Resources, System Computer Systems, administering elementary and secondary schools in Kawartha Lakes and implementing the Student Success Initiatives for grade 7- 12 students. A Lindsay resident, Mrs. Hough has continued to share her background in education, serving as an Auditor with Council of Ontario Directors of Education and an Assessor with the Government of Canada and the “Understanding the Early Years Initiative.”

 Glenn Rogers

Member - Glenn Rogers (Peterborough)

Mr. Rogers, a Peterborough resident, is a longtime community volunteer and retiree from IBM Canada with 37 years of service in a variety of Canadian and North American Sales and Marketing roles and was appointed to the LHIN Board on May 30, 2016.  Mr. Rogers  recently completed a seven year term with Board of the Central East Community Care Access Centre (CECCAC), where he served in a variety of roles including Vice Chair, Chair of the CECCAC Governance Committee, developing and implementing a workplan on Board and committee evaluations and as a member of the CECCAC’s Performance, Quality and Effectiveness Committee.  A past Corporate Member of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Mr. Rogers is currently a member of the Peterborough Council on Aging (PCOA) and Co-Chair of the PCOA Marketing Committee.

Member – Amorell Saunders N’Daw (Scarborough)

Ms. Saunders N’Daw, a Scarborough resident, has been very involved in her community, serving on a number of Boards and Committees including as a Member, Board of Directors, Rouge Valley Health System; Member, Board of Directors, Accessible Career Counselling & Employment Services (ACCES); Member, Board of Directors, Human Services of Scarborough and Member, Pickering Advisory Committee on Multiculturalism and Race Relations.  Appointed to the LHIN Board on April 2, 2014, Ms. Saunders N'Daw is a seasoned organizational leader with broad experience in senior management, organizational transformation, corporate communications and governance. With a Master of Education from the University of Toronto and a Journalism degree from Ryerson University, she has held management roles for government ministries, broader public sector organizations and public relations agencies. She is the Director of Governance at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and Assistant Secretary of The Governing Council for the University of Toronto (U of T).


Member - Bonnie St. George (Whitby)

Ms. St. George is currently a professor in the School of Justice & Emergency Services at Durham College in Oshawa, one of a number of positions she has held since joining the College in 2001.  Prior to joining Durham College, she worked for several senior government leaders federally, provincially and municipally, providing policy advice, issues management and strategic support.

Ms. St. George has considerable experience in health care governance, having served on the Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees from 2008 – 2014, including two years as Board Chair.  During her time on the board, she chaired several board committees including Governance, Resources and Quality.  Ms. St. George was also a member of the Lakeridge Health Foundation Board from 2012-2014.  She has an undergraduate degree in History and Politics, and Masters of Arts in Politics, a Bachelor of Education and recently obtained a Masters of Business Administration.

Born and raised in Campbellford, Ontario, Ms. St. George now resides with her family in Whitby where she enjoys volunteering at Chris Hadfield Public School and participating in the Whitby Terry Fox run.