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.


Vice Chair – 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, corporate governance and equity and diversity. 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. Most recently, she worked at KPMG. She also provided award-winning, administrative leadership during a 12-year period to the University of Toronto. Currently, she serves as Principal of the management consulting firm Amorell & Co.

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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 - David E. Barlow (Scarborough)

Mr. Barlow, a Scarborough resident, is a former member of the Board of Directors of Rouge Valley Health System, where he served in various capacities from 2008-16, including as Chair of the Quality & Risk and the Governance & Nominating Committees, as well as a multi-year member of the Executive, Quality & Risk, Finance and Audit Committees. In April 2015, Mr. Barlow was elected for a two-year term to the Board of Directors of Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada ("HIROC"), a national organization providing insurance and risk management services and solutions to hospitals and healthcare organizations across Canada. Over this period, he served on the HIROC Governance, Claims & Risk Management and Finance Committees.

Mr. Barlow is a retired Senior Vice President of CIBC. His career at CIBC spanned 40 years during which he held a number of senior line management positions including as Manager, Main Branch - Winnipeg, Vice-President and Regional General Manager, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario and Senior Vice-President, Metropolitan Toronto West. During the 1990s and up to his retirement, he served as a senior Head Office executive, with responsibilities in administration and in leadership of major global initiatives in the areas of risk management, governance and control, corporate responsibility and corporate security. He retired as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Risk & Insurance, Risk Management. Mr. Barlow holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba, as well as professional accreditations from the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB) and the Insurance Institute of Canada (CRM).


Member - Debbie Doherty (Port Hope)

Ms. Debbie Doherty, a registered nurse, joined the LHIN Board on February 2, 2017. Ms. Doherty has held several senior executive positions within the retirement home and long-term care sectors (both for profit and not-for-profit), most recently as an Executive Vice President Operations with Sienna Senior Living (formerly Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation) from 2013 to 2015 and as Chief Operating Officer for Specialty Care Inc. from 2003 to 2013.   Recognized for her expertise in Retirement Homes Act compliance and operational issues impacting occupancy and client satisfaction, Ms. Doherty was instrumental in the development of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) standards and program while serving as the Chair of the ORCA Standards Committee (1997 -2000) before serving as President of ORCA from 2000 to 2003. Ms. Doherty has also volunteered as a surveyor for retirement homes seeking ORCA accreditation and was an active participant during the development of the government’s retirement home regulation consultations.  Ms. Doherty was also the former Chair of the RHRA (Retirement Home Regulatory Authority) Stakeholder Advisory Council, having served in the role from December, 2012 to December, 2017. She is passionate about health system issues that impact seniors and identifies strongly with the strategic goals that the Central East LHIN has set for the next three years.


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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.

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Member - Michael Nettleton (Scarborough)

Michael Nettleton recently completed nine years with the Board of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, where he served as Chair, Chair of the Finance and Quality Committee, convener of the Board’s Land and Building Task Group, and member of all standing Board committees.  He also served three years on the Board of the Ontario Shores Foundation.

On the Board of Knox College within the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology, Michael currently chairs the Academic Committee and serves on the Executive, Governance and Investment committees.

A long-term community leader and volunteer, Michael has served several other agency and advisory boards and associated committees.  He also is a social networking pioneer, including experience building and enabling a global online peer support community serving bereaved parents.

Michael is a Certified Management Consultant improving effectiveness through mobilizing and managing change, process innovation and information technology.  Over some 30 years he has consulted with Stevenson Kellogg, KPMG and AT Kearney and brings experience from public and not-for-profit organizations in Ontario, particularly in the health, social service, education and municipal sectors, as well as manufacturing industries.  In addition to sharing his career experience in governance roles, Michael co-teaches a certificate course in strategic enterprise solutions at York University’s Schulich Executive Education Centre.

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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 - Bonnie St. George (Whitby)

Ms. St. George is currently the associate dean with the School of Business, IT & Management 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. 

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Member - Patrick Connolly (Oshawa)

Patrick has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting, finance and consulting field within the Bank of Montreal group of companies. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

A resident of Oshawa, Patrick is currently a part-time instructor with the University of Toronto in their Continuing Education department instructing their Advance Management Accounting, Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance. He is also an instructor/moderator for CPA and CMC in their professional programs. Prior to joining the Central East LHIN, Patrick was the Board Member and Treasurer for Central East CCAC.


Member - Elaine Aimone (Scarborough) 

Ms. Aimone comes to the Central East LHIN Board of Directors with many years of experience in health care delivery and management. With degrees in Physiotherapy and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Toronto, she worked in many settings including acute care, rehabilitation, long-term care and home care. As a practicing physiotherapist, her focus was on evidence-based approaches to illness prevention, spinal cord injury, seniors’ health and quality improvement. As the Director of Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Risk Management at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, she helped the hospital to learn from accreditation surveys and led the implementation of an internal quality reporting system for the hospital and Board.

Ms. Aimone enjoys teamwork and working with others to improve provider and patient experiences at a local level. A resident of Scarborough, she has been a member of joint Toronto hospital committees for Emergency Responses, Marginalized Populations, and publicly reported indicators for non-acute care hospitals. In 2012, she played a key role in coordinating the development of a new Master of Science degree in Quality and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Ms. Aimone is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Momiji Health Care Society in Scarborough, where she chaired the Quality Committee and helped the organization build its focus on helping seniors to live a quality life as they age in place.