The Board of Directors (Board) governs the Brockville General Hospital (BGH) through the direction and supervision of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with its by- laws, vision, mission and values, governance policies, applicable laws and regulations and articles of incorporation. The Board adheres to a model of good governance through which it provides strategic leadership and direction to BGH by establishing policies, making governance decisions and monitoring performance related to the key dimensions of the BGH’s mission and mandate, as well as its own effectiveness. The Board acts at all times in the best interests of BGH, having regard for its accountabilities to its patients and the community served, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Ministry) and the Southeast Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The Board understands the best interests of BGH includes the organization’s place within the health system and the benefit to patients and the community of an improved continuum of care arising from collaboration and integration with other health service providers. The Board maintains a culture based on the values as approved by the Board and strives for a consensual approach to decision-making, based on evidence and best practice, while respecting and valuing dissenting views. The Board maintains at all times a clear distinction between the governance and operation of BGH, while recognizing the interdependencies between them.

BGH Board members bring a diverse range of skills and experience to their leadership roles, ranging from governement, to legal, to business services.  These volunteer members are representatives from within Leeds Grenville.

To contact the BGH Board, please email or call 613-345-5649, Ext. 1103. 

September 22, 2017 - Announcing BGH's Board of Directors for 2017/2018. Front row, Nick Vlacholias, President and CEO; Bob Snelgrove, Director; Denise Kall, Director; and Sara Piracha, Director.  Back row, Kevin Empey, Hospital Supervisor and Board Co-Chair; Jim Cooper, Co-Chair; Tom Bingham, Director; David Beatty, Director and Michael Adamcryck, Director. Unable to attend were James Eastwood, Director; Catherine Macdonald, Director; Dave Publow, Director; and Larry Vander Baaren, Director. 

Kevin Empey

S. Kevin Empey is currently the Supervisor of Brockville General Hospital.  Prior to this he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeridge Health for 8 years.  Kevin is a Chartered Professional Accountant CPA (CA) who is also a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
Kevin has worked in the Hospital sector since 1990, with senior roles at University Health Network, Peel Memorial Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital. Prior to his hospital career he was with Northern Telecom. He currently is a guest lecturer at University of Toronto and York University.  In 2012 he was appointed Adjunct Professor at UOIT. 
Kevin is on the Boards of two charities; The Abilities Centre and the Toronto Wildlife Centre.  He has been very involved with the government on funding models for hospitals and regarding the creation of shared services.  He is currently Chairing a Panel for the Government of Ontario to make recommendations regarding improving Supply Chain in Healthcare.

Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper is the President of Brockville manufacturer, Canarm Ltd.  He began with the organization in 1978, and took over as President in 2007.  Since then, Canarm has become a national leader within its industry. In 2012, Canarm was named one of Canada’s Best Managed companies by CIBC and Deloitte professional services. 
Jim is well known for his support of community services.  In June 2017, Jim received an honorary diploma from St. Lawrence College.  In 2013, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce, which recognized the extensive volunteer work he has done within Brockville and surrounding areas. Since 2006, Jim has served on the Brockville YMCA Board from 2005 to 2012 and as Board Chair from 2010 to 2012.  Jim currently sits as chairman of the Student Advisory Council for Loyalist College's Business Sales and Marketing program in Belleville.
Jim is a longtime supporter of BGH. Since 2003, he has co-chaired the palliative care annual fundraising golf tournament.  Over $3 million dollars has been raised by this single-day event. From 2015 to 2017, he sat as a Director on the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s board.

Michael Adamcryck

Michael Adamcryck is a dynamic banking professional. A private investor through his company, Adamcryck & Associates Inc., Michael focuses on investing, financing and providing advice regarding, growth, expansion, acquisitions and succession planning to small and medium sized enterprises within Leeds Grenville.  In his past, Michael was Regional Vice President at Royal Bank of Canada, leading a team of 250 people across the retail branch network in Eastern Ontario.  Prior to banking Michael had ownership interests in light manufacturing, Home Hardware Building Centre and retail operations focused on the outdoor industry. 
Michael is currently sits as the Chair of St. Lawrence College, Chair College Employer Council of Ontario, Chair City of Brockville Economic Development Advisory Committee, Board Member 1000 Islands Masters Swim Club and Advisory Board Member Homeward Bound.
Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University along with a Graduate Degree in Management and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University.  Michael lives in Brockville with his wife Amanda and son Burke.

David Beatty

David Beatty is the chief executive officer and chairman of Brockville manufacture, Canarm Ltd.

For the last three decades David has affiliated himself with countless community organizations. He was a member of the Brockville Kiwanis Club from 1974-2008, served as a distinguished past president from 1979-1980 and received the Mel Osborne Fellow in 1999. He was president of the Brockville and Area YMCA from 1982-1984, and is a founding director of the newly established Brockville YMCA Foundation. David continues to play an active role with the YMCA in both fundraising campaigns and advisory committees. David was governor of the Brockville General Hospital from 1990-2000 (chairman from 1995-1997), and a trustee of the Brockville General Hospital Foundation from 1995-2004 (chairman 1997-1999). From 1999-2005 Beatty served as director of Grenville Christian College. He has been deeply involved with St. Lawrence College as governor from 2000-2006 (chairman from 2003-2005), and with the St. Lawrence College Foundation from 2003-2009 (chairman 2005-2007).

David was an original inductee of the BCI Hall of Excellence in 2003, named Brockville Citizen of the Year in 2004, and received an honorary diploma from St. Lawrence College for community leadership.

Tom Bingham

Tom Bingham founded Bingham & Bingham Consulting and Design Services Inc. in February of 1998 and directed operations of its Health Care Division until his retirement in 2015. During that time Tom was involved, as the Principal consultant, on numerous multi-hospital service consolidation, capital development and restructuring projects including a four year engagement as a Hospital consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Health.
In 1994 Tom was appointed to the position of Vice President of Corporate Services at Queensway-Carleton Hospital.  Through this role, Tom was involved in providing support to the Ottawa Valley Hospital Alliance and its numerous multi-site service integration projects.  Tom originally joined the Queensway-Carleton Hospital as Director of Laboratory Services and was responsible for developing the Valley Laboratory Program, the first fully integrated laboratory service delivery system in the Province of Ontario.
He has been an active participant on numerous Government and Hospital Association committees and task groups where his knowledge and leadership in the field of laboratory reform was universally acknowledged.

James Eastwood

 James Eastwood is the senior lawyer at Eastwood Law Offices.  A lawyer since 1991, he previously practiced law for 21 years at Stewart, Corbett Law Offices, in Brockville.  
James obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (With Distinction) from Carleton University. His law practice is focused on Family Law, and Employment Law, where he has represented clients in multiple levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal.  James has also appeared before a number of administrative tribunals.
Throughout his career, James has provided legal services for a variety of Boards of Directors.

Denise Kall

Denise Kall has been a faculty member at St. Lawrence College in the School of Baccalaureate Nursing since 2012. She teaches primarily in third year, specializing in community health nursing. Denise holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Public Health (Nursing Specialization) from Lakehead University. She recently earned the Certified Canadian Nurse Educator designation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).
Prior to joining the College, Denise spent over 20 years working in public health as a program leader in Reproductive Health, a project leader in Early Child Development, the coordinator of a Safe Communities Coalition, as well as various portfolios in Health Promotion. Earlier in her career, she led the transition from separate postpartum/nursery units to a combined mother/baby unit at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and held clinical instructor positions in obstetrics at both the University of Ottawa and University of New Brunswick. She started her nursing career in Labour & Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care. Outside of teaching and nursing, her interests include canoeing and camping. 

Catherine Macdonald

Catherine Macdonald was the President of a food and nutrition product manufacturing company for 17 years. She spent her career forging relationships with many of the largest food companies across North America and in Europe. She has over 30 years in the food and service industries, gaining expertise in sales, marketing and operations in distribution and manufacturing businesses. 
Catherine has been a director of the board of one of Canada’s largest safety supply companies and an international mining supply company for 10 years.  She serves on a committee supporting fundraising efforts to launch broadcasting hubs across the province and provide internship positions for students in journalism and political science programs for TVO, Ontario’s educational broadcaster.
She has a degree in Political Science from McMaster University and completed the ICD Board Governance Program for SME at the Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto.
Catherine divides her time between Aurora and Mallorytown, and is involved in community events in the 1000 Islands, including the committee for the 1000 Island Playhouse Moonlit Gala. 
Catherine is married with three children, all of whom are pursuing their education in Ottawa.

Sara Piracha

Sara Piracha has gathered over 20 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors. She is highly skilled in strategic and operational planning, project and program leadership, policy and governance development, marketing, public relations and revenue generation (fundraising, sponsorship, public sector support). Currently, Sara provides consulting services to a variety of non-profit organizations and municipal governments.  
Her expertise in fund raising, institutional leadership, advocacy, strategic planning, policy development and governance has been strengthened by her community and civic activities. She proudly served as part of Canada's United Nations Delegation to the World Summit on Social Development and the World Summit for Children. As an active volunteer, Sara has served as a member on various boards and committees including the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, the Canada 125 Corporation, the Aga Khan Foundation, The United Nations Rights of the Child Caucus, The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival Society, the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club, and the Maritime Discovery Centre Communications Committee. As Past Chair of the YMCA of Brockville and Area Board of Directors, she continues to support the Association as a Committee Volunteer and the Federation as an Adhoc Committee Member to YMCA Canada. She serves as member of Parent Council at Academie Catholique Ange-Gabriel and is a volunteer member of the Palliative Care Team at Brockville General Hospital.

Dave Publow

David Publow worked for the Ontario Ministry of Finance – Assessment Division, beginning in 1968, and ending his career as the Property Assessment Commissioner for Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties in 1999. David moved to Brockville in 1970 and has been an active part of the community since that time. He and his wife Judy have two adult children and are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.
David has served on many Boards and Committees over the past 45 years.  He served on the Board of Providence Care Hospital in Kingston for 10 years, ending his tenure in 2012.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Brockville & District Hospital Foundation for many years, and continues to Co-Chair the Friends of Palliative Care Golf Tournament Committee – a fund-raiser for BDHF Palliative Care. He was named Brockville’s Citizen of the Year in 2009.
David is the former Chair of the Marguerita Residence Corporation – an affordable Seniors’ Housing Organization and is currently the Chair of the Development Committee for Wall Street Village Project – part of the Marguerita Residence Corporation.

Bob Snelgrove

W. Robert (Bob) Snelgrove is the President and CEO of GerrAudio Distribution, a company he founded in 1979 while studying at the University of Waterloo. GerrAudio caters to the technical needs of major performing arts centres and international touring musical artists. His career in audio design and sound reinforcement has fostered a dedication to the arts reflected in his charitable work with local and regional theatre groups, including the Brockville Arts Centre. He is a longstanding member of the Audio Engineering Society, the Canadian Acoustical Society, and the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology.
Bob joins the team with 6 years’ experience on the Board of Governors for St. Lawrence College, the latter portion of which he acted as Vice Chair. During his tenure with St. Lawrence College, Bob worked with the Chair on the recruitment of a new College President and CEO. He now looks forward to serving his community in the health sector as a member of the hospital board.

Larry Vander Baaren

Larry Vander Baaren is currently CEO of Russell Hendrix Foodservice Equipment, the largest national distributor of foodservice equipment in Canada with locations in all major markets across the country.
Larry was co-founder and President of Hendrix Foodservice Equipment which started operations in Brockville, Ontario in 1981.  His current role was assumed in 2016 when Hendrix was acquired and consolidated with Russell Food Equipment. 
Larry was born and raised in Brockville and entered the foodservice supply industry after graduating from Ryerson in 1975 with a diploma in Foodservice and Hospitality.  

Ruth Lockett
Brockville and District Hospital Foundation

Ruth Lockett represents the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation. She has been an active Foundation Board Member since 2009. Ruth was the Foundation’s Board Chair from 2014 to 2016 and now serves as Past Chair.

Ruth has lived in the Prescott area all of her life. She and her husband Steve have co-owned and managed a thriving Tim Horton’s in Prescott for over 20 years with their son Shawn.

Ruth is very community minded; in the past, she has served on the Alzheimer’s Society of Leeds and Grenville, as well as the habitat for Humanity Prescott Branch. Ruth is the Past-President of the Brockville Women’s Network.

When time allows, Ruth enjoys travelling and boating, but her first priority is spending time with family.

Karen Matte
Brockville General Volunteer Association

Karen Matte has worked for over 40 years in healthcare, mainly in nursing leadership.  Karen was a past Chief Nursing Officer at Brockville General Hospital.  She has sat on the Board for Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Advisory Board at St. Lawrence College.
Karen supports the BGH Board as the President of Brockville General Volunteer Association.  The Association boasts over 300 volunteers who support patients through care support and fundraising efforts. An advocate for healthcare in Leeds Grenville, Karen is passionate about the many fundraising activities offered through the Association.  Money raised through the Association supports equipment purchases and community funded programs at the Hospital.
Karen loves visiting her son and his family in California, including her three granddaughters.