Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) announced its new Board of Directors. This is the final step in the move to a new hospital corporation governing both the Chatham and Wallaceburg hospital sites with a single Board of Directors.

The selection of the new Board of Directors is the culmination of a robust and professional search process. Using an executive search firm, potential candidates were sought from across the region. A Nominations and Selection Committee guided the process. This committee was comprised of three inaugural Board members, Greg Aarssen, Dan Miskokomon and Sharon Pfaff along with Lori Marshall, Dr. Pervez Faruqi, Dr. Allison Morand and Ron Thomson from the Rural Health Advisory Committee.

The following individuals are the new board of CKHA:

Greg Aarssen
Greg, born and raised in Wallaceburg, is an entrepreneur, investor and farmer. Greg enjoyed over 30 years in the oil and gas industry. He worked corporately with AltaGas Ltd., a TSX 100 corporation, serving in various executive capacities, including Vice President Corporate Affairs and Co-President, Gas. Greg holds a Bachelor Science (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA and Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Windsor. Greg retired from the energy industry in 2012. He continues to provide consulting and management advice to the energy sector.

Kathryn Biondi
Kathryn is a resident of rural Chatham-Kent. She is past Chair of the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre, past Board member of Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres and Chatham-Kent Community Strategic Planning Committee. Presently, she sits on the Essex-Kent-Lambton Grant Review Team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation and is a Board member for the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board. Kathryn has extensive work experience in senior roles in the Ontario Public Service and University of Guelph.

Robert Dye
Robert is a resident of Ridgetown. Prior to his retirement he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and Chair of the Chatham-Kent Strategic Priority Advisory Committee. He is past Board member and Treasurer for the Board of the Directors of the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre. Robert was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree (LLD) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1999 for his contribution to management education in Ontario Universities.

Brian Glover
Brian was born and raised in Wallaceburg. He graduated from the University of Waterloo and is currently employed with the National Bank Financial as an Investment Advisor. Previous to this Brian was the CEO for the Chatham-Kent Family YMCA. He has served as board member for several organizations including YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario where he currently chairs the Audit Committee. He has been a Board member for Entegrus Powerlines, Chatham-Kent Family YMCA and Chatham-Kent Safety Village.

Deborah Hook
Deborah is the Executive Director for Community Living Wallaceburg. A graduate from Université Laval with a Bachelor of Law degree, she also holds a certificate in Corporate Governance. Deb is fully bilingual in English and French and is a member of the Québec Bar. She has more than a decade of experience in health care and community leadership in Southwestern Ontario and Ottawa. She is currently a Director with the YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario and is Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Rita Mezei
Rita has over 20 years of progressive career experience working in a diversity of roles including operations, policy, project management and administration in healthcare and public safety. She lives in Chatham with her family and is the Executive Director for the Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities since 2013. She has a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Political Science from McMaster University.

Dan Miskokomon
Dan is currently serving his second term as Chief for Bkejwanong Territory/Walpole Island First Nation (WIFN). Previously he held the roles of First Nation Manager for WIFN & Delaware Nation – Moravian of the Thames, Co-Manager for Munsee-Delaware Nation and Economic Development Programs Planner for WIFN. He is also the former Owner and CEO of DRSKOKE: Technical, Financial and Management Consultant Services. Dan holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University (received Outstanding Native American Alumni Award) and received Mechanical Drafting Technician from St. Clair College, Windsor (recipient of the Alumni of Distinction Award).

Geetu Pathak
Geetu is an area business owner and executive. She serves as CEO of Milo-FAIS and is Vice Chair of Ekagrata Inc. She has considerable experience in turn around management, business building and strategy consulting. Geetu has extensive governance experience and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Toronto International Film Festival, where she Chairs the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ryerson University. Recently, Geetu completed her term as a member of the Board of TV Ontario where she was Chair of the Audit Committee. Geetu has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahemadabad and a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Sharon Pfaff
Sharon, a resident of Erieau, has held senior roles at Cancer Care Ontario with direct accountability for the Information Programs of Prevention & Screening, Cancer, Chronic Disease Management which included Cardiac Care Network, Ontario Renal Network and Access to Care. Sharon was the Chief Executive Officer for Consolidated Health Information Services (CHIS). Since retiring in 2012, Sharon has fulfilled the community board member role for the Chatham-Kent Board of Health. Sharon was the Chair of the Lester B. Pearson Board of Directors and former Director for the Chatham-Kent Children’s Services’ Board.

April Rietdyk
April is a long time resident of the region and is currently the General Manager, Community Human Services/CEO for Chatham-Kent Public Health. She has her PhD in Public Health, a Masters of Health Studies, Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a member of Advantage Ontario, Ontario Municipal Social Services Association, Canadian Public Health Association, and the Ontario Public Health Association.

Betty Schepens
Betty lives in Wallaceburg and is a Registered Nurse. Betty worked at the CKHA Wallaceburg Site for several years before joining the Public Health Unit with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, where she is currently a Program Manager. Her Board experience includes time as the Municipal representative to the Essex-Kent-Lambton District Health Council, including roles as Vice-Chair and Chairperson Elect. Betty also led development and implementation of the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre as a founding board member.

Alan G. Wildeman
Alan was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan and has spent more than 30 years in Southwestern Ontario. He recently retired from his post as President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Windsor. He also served as Vice-President of Research, University of Guelph, and enjoyed many years in academia with roles in teaching and research including a NATO Fellowship allowing him to work in Strasbourg, France. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Guelph.  Alan has extensive experience serving on provincial and national advisory committees and continually works to create stronger ties between communities and businesses. 

This final step follows the approval of a single corporation for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care effective February 1, 2018.

The new board members will participate in an extensive orientation program later this month as they transition to taking over the governance role beginning on April 1, the start of the next fiscal year for the Organization.

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Board Documents

Board Manual
CKHA Bylaws

Board Meeting Meeting Dates 


November 29, 2018


January 24, 2019
March 28, 2019
May 30, 2019
June 27, 2019 – Annual General Meeting

**Please note Open Board Meeting Minutes will be posted after they are approved at the next meeting. 

Board Meeting Minutes

May 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
September 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
November 2016
October 2016

May 2018

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Final Report of Supervisor Robert Devitt

December 2017

News Release – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Begins Recruitment Process for New Board of Directors
Board Member Recruitment Advertisement

November 2017

Nominations for Election to the Board
Corporate Objects in the Letter Patent
Corporate Structure Frequently Asked Questions
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Board Candidate Profile Matrix Introduction
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Board Candidate Profile Matrix
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance – Corporate and Governance Structure Backgrounder
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Governance Manual
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Hospital By-Law
Discussion paper on Governance Structures and Practices in Ontario
Media Release – New Corporate Structure
Role of a Member of the Board of Directors
The Role of an Ontario Hospital Board of Director – Summary

September 2017

Annual Report 2016-2017

August 2017

CKHA – 1 Year Later

April 2017


Click Here for the Quality Improvement Plan
Click Here for the Quality Improvement Plan Goals and Performance


Click Here for the Quality Improvement Plan
Click Here for the Quality Improvement Plan Goals and Performance

March 2017

Internal Control Framework Assessment – Executive Summary
Internal Control Review Management Plan Executive Summary

February 2017

To cultivate accessible, transparent and open communication with our community members, CKHA Leadership will be hosting a series of Community Engagement events across Chatham-Kent. These events will give citizens the opportunity to learn more about CKHA’s corporate transformation, financial plan, governance, services and programs, as well the chance to engage with local healthcare leaders one-on-one.

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January 2017

The Role of an Ontario Hospital Board of Director – Summary
Role of a Member of the Board of Directors
Quality Improvement Plan Goals and Performance