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Alliance Board Members


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Claudia den Boer: Chair
Claudia den Boer received her B.Sc. in Home Economics from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and I am a graduate of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management Advanced Healthcare Leadership Program. She began her health care career as a health professional in the field of clinical dietetics. She has since held several health care management positions in the area of nutrition, housekeeping, plant maintenance and engineering services. Since 2003 she has held several executive-level positions providing oversight to pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, laboratory and information technology services. Claudia has held a number of integrated executive positions creating alignment leading to regionally integrated programs and services. Prior to coming to CMHA in April of 2015, she served as a Regional Vice President of Cancer Services for the Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Programs.

Liben Gebremikael: Vice-Chair
Executive Director of TAIBU CHC, a mid-sized CHC in Toronto. TAIBU has a mandate to serve the Black community in the GTA. As the leader of the organization for the past ten years, Liben has lead TAIBU to live their commitment to equity, anti-black racism and social determinants of health. Under his leadership, TAIBU has also become a pioneer in engaging racialized and marginalized communities including engaging the Francophone communities that are mostly racialized and new immigrants and the Indigenous communities in Scarborough. Liben sits on various regional and provincial committees including LHIN, Health Quality Ontario and Centre for Addictions and Mental Health.

Constance McKnight: Treasurer
Constance McKnight, a woman of Metis heritage, is the Executive Director of the De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton and Brantford. She is currently a Public Member, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, to the Consent and Capacity Board, is formerly a founding member and past Chair of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and has a substantial history working within the mental health and cross-disability sector nationally. During her tenure in mental health and Cross Disability, she was awarded the Council of Canadians with Disability's 2003 Annual Award recognizing her outstanding contribution to the Canadian disability rights movement.

Clinton Cowan: Secretary
Clinton Cowan has been elected as the Eastern Constituency Director for his first term. Clinton is Board President of the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre. Clinton is a leader in his profession of labour relations.  His ongoing success in dispute resolution and conflict avoidance practices in his independent practice continues to build lasting solutions for complex issues. He was educated at both Carleton University in Public Administration and Communication at the University of Ottawa.

Martha Lowrie
Martha Lowrie is a marketing and communications expert with a proven track record in successfully integrating communications, advertising and public affairs programs locally, nationally and internationally. She has extensive experience in unionized and not -for- profit organizations developing stakeholder relations, volunteer involvement and communications. During her 15 years at Seneca College, her marketing team won more than 30 awards. During her career in the not-for-profit and public sector, she managed a wide range of marketing, public relations and media campaigns, from the grass-roots program for Ontario Drug Awareness Week at the Addiction Research Foundation to the Ontario Travel Information Program at the Ministry of Tourism. She currently serves on the Board of Four Villages Community Health Centre.

Cate Melito
Executive Director of Grand Bend CHC, a mid-sized rural CHC. Cate was previously on the Alliance Board from 2009-2015. She was a significant part of our strategic planning process when we renewed our mission, vision and strategic directions. During this significant change to the Board, Cate will bring history and continuity. As Executive Director for three CHCs, Cate has served rural communities in West Elgin, Oxford County and now the Grand Bend area. She brings a strong commitment to health equity and anti-oppression in rural Ontario by addressing health disparities due to social, economic and environmental barriers.

Cliff Ledwos
Clinical Director at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, a large urban CHC and is the chair of the Alliance’s Rainbow Communities Advisory Committee (formerly the LGBT Working Group). Cliff has a wide range of board experience including on Access Alliance, South Riverdale CHC, Open Studio National Print Gallery and Craft Ontario. He has worked over 27 years in the CHC sector in both primary care and health promotion with diverse populations with a focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations

Dale McMurchy
Board member of Kawartha North FHT, a small rural Community FHT for the past five years and an Alliance Board Liaison. Dale is an independent researcher and consultant who brings extensive experience in primary health care strategy, planning, delivery, research and evaluation across Canada and internationally. Dale has worked and volunteered with Alliance members for many years and has experience on national, provincial and local boards, advisory committees and working groups. While Dale has worked across Canada and abroad, her home is in rural Ontario and she understands its unique challenges. Her breadth of research and evaluation experience with inter-professional primary health care will add value to the board as she brings a provincial perspective to how the Alliance can advance comprehensive primary health care through the model of health and wellbeing.

François Seguin
Board Chair of l'Équipe de santé familiale communautaire de l'Est d'Ottawa, a mid-sized Francophone CFHT in Ottawa and an Alliance Board Liaison. François is also a former staff at the Centre de santé communautaire de l'Estrie. He has worked as a volunteer or employee in centres advocating for comprehensive primary health care for five years. He has a Masters in Health Administration and a Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Mariette Sutherland
Committee member of Noojmowin Teg Health Centre in Manitoulin in Northern Ontario. She is former Executive Director for Noojmowin Teg Health Centre. Mariette is the unanimous recommendation of the Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC), a council of Indigenous primary health care members including the Aboriginal Health Access Centres. Mariette is currently a volunteer on the Manitoulin Anishinabek Research Review Committee lead by the Noojmowin Health Centre board to advise on community research projects. Mariette has worked for over 15 years in Indigenous communities developing health system supports in a culturally safe manner. She is culturally grounded from her lived experience as an Anishnaabe kew living and working in her home community of Whitefish River First Nation. As one of the Elders expressed “she’s a wealth of knowledge, skills and kindness”.

Marc Bisson
Graduate of Laval University in Quebec and the National School of Public Administration in Montreal, Marc Bisson has worked in the community health field for over 20 years. Before moving to Cornwall in 1993, he worked in Mali, Rwanda, Bolivia and Quebec in the community development field. Since June 1993, he has worked for the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE), a non-profit organization which serves the franco ontarian populations of Cornwall, Alexandria, Crysler, Bourget, Embrun and Limoges. Marc has participated on numerous local, regional and provincial committees and Board of Directors. He has advocated tirelessly for the rights of Franco Ontarians so that they may benefit and access high-quality services.