Meet Our Team

 

Alt=''Bruce Lauckner, MPA CHE

Chief Executive Officer

Bruce is an energetic and visionary leader with a passion for people and community health and wellness. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN in 2011. In that role, he brings 15 years of health care leadership and consulting experience, in addition to 10 years of leadership experience in municipal government and financial services.

Bruce started his career in municipal services as an administrator for two southwestern Ontario municipalities. He has also held leadership roles in the financial services and consulting industries, focused on helping organizations bring innovative ideas to life through strategic planning, human resources, IT, business management, integration and most importantly by building passionate and effective teams.

Bruce is known for his “all of community” approach to the complex challenges facing health care today. He is a devoted dad, soccer coach, and kayak fisherman, who loves to spend his free time by the water or on the turf.  

 

Alt=''Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia

Chief Clinical Information Officer, Digital Health and Innovation

Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia is a family physician at the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team (CFFM FHT) and the Chief Clinical Information Officer Digital Health & Innovation at the WWLHIN in Waterloo. His vision for health informatics led to the establishment of the eHealth Centre of Excellence in 2014, and it has since become an organization dedicated to enhancing the use of information technologies in health care through project management, education, and research.

Dr. Alarakhia has received a number of awards for his involvement in health informatics and information systems, including two Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario’s Bright Lights Awards, and the inaugural John Snow Cup for Excellence in Family Medicine Research at McMaster University, of which he was a co-recipient. Dr. Alarakhia also serves as the Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN), and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo.

The father of four daughters, Mohamed loves spending time with his family, especially if it involves a game of soccer. 

 

Alt=''Zeynep Danis, CPA, CMA, MBA

Vice President, Finance & Corporate Services

Zeynep is a committed and focused leader with a broad background in strategic financial management and business administration. Prior to joining the WWLHIN she worked in national commercial banking and securities, as well as for Legal Aid Ontario where she supported a team responsible for central programming and innovation.

At the WWLHIN, she leverages the functional expertise of a diverse team to provide overall health system leadership and oversight to ensure the most efficient and effective use of the $1.1 billion annual local health system budget. Zeynep is known for her ability to see the big picture, creatively utilizing resources to achieve the best possible care for local residents.

Zeynep is a mom of two, balancing her role with the needs of a young family. She is community-focused and passionate about making our community a better place for families to thrive. 

 

Alt=''Andrew Davidson, CHRL

Vice President, People Culture & Organizational Development

Andrew is a people-focused leader with a wealth of experience and expertise in strategic human resources management and organizational development in the health care sector.

Andrew was previously the Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Joseph Brant Hospital, as well as the Director of Human Resources, Occupational Health and Safety, and Community Volunteer Resources at William Osler Health System. He has also led human resources and labour relations in a number of seniors care organizations including at Chartwell, Revera, and Leisureworld. Andrew is known for his passionate belief in the connection between delivering a positive staff experience for employees and a positive patient experience for local residents.

Andrew is an avid traveller who enjoys spending his free time at the cottage, exploring new places, and spending time with his four-legged best friend. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alt=''Elliot Fung

Executive Lead, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships

Elliot Fung doesn’t want you to innovate, in fact he wants you to disrupt.  It is with this philosophy combined with a passion for the power that effective community leadership can accomplish, that Elliot has followed through his career in the private and public sectors around Waterloo Region. Elliot spent seven years at BlackBerry where he held various strategic positions helping to adopt and commercialize cutting edge enterprise-level technology to some of BlackBerry’s largest global partners.

Elliot has also served two terms on municipal council in the Township of Wilmot and also served one term as the Vice Chairperson of the Waterloo Regional School Board. Currently, Elliot is the Executive Lead, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, where he brokers relationships between health service providers and the robust tech and social innovation communities in Waterloo, evangelizing new health technologies, processes and social innovations and helping health service providers adopt and pilot new innovations. 

Elliot studied Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and lives in Baden, Ontario with his four young children. 

 

Alt=''Dr. Steven Harrison

Vice President, Health System Design, Integration and Population Health

As the VP of Health System Design, Integration and Population Health, Dr. Steven Harrison holds an extensive portfolio that encompasses performance, quality and a view to overarching population health and systems of care. Leading an enthusiastic team charged with building better systems of care in Waterloo Wellington, Steven also participates in broad provincial and national strategies in primary care, mental health and addictions, community services and supports, and the acute care setting. With a PhD in Medical Anthropology and Community Health, Steven brings over two decades of experience and knowledge of broad-based healthcare systems and structures.

Steven has had a diverse healthcare background in Ontario and Canada, supporting the Physicians of Ontario while working at the OMA, as well as having led several community based healthcare organisations as their executive lead: a CHC, Home Care Service provider, CMHA, and Developmental Services Agency as well.

Steven has also worked in the academic health sciences arena, providing operational leadership to a medical school in Saskatchewan. 

 

Alt=''Karyn Lumsden, MBA, M.Cl.Sc

Vice President, Home and Community Care

Karyn is a health care leader who is passionate about the creation of innovative, patient centred service delivery systems which stand the test of time. She is deeply committed to working with system partners to improve the experience of patients and families across the continuum of care.

Karyn started out her career as a Speech Language Pathologist and practiced for approximately 20 years, while simultaneously assuming progressively more senior leadership roles in acute and community care. She has overseen a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based clinical programs and services and during her final three years in acute care, she held the position of Corporate Director, Professional Practice. From there she moved on to the Central West CCAC where as Vice President, Patient Care, Quality and Safety, Karyn had the privilege to lead the implementation of the provincial Mental Health and Addictions Nurses programs, co-chair the expert panel in Post-Acute Stroke Care, and recently sat on the Ministry appointed Expert panel for Levels of Care.

Karyn loves being mom to a very active daughter and in her rare spare time enjoys any activity that takes her on or near the water. She also loves attending events in music, theatre, dance and art. 

 

Alt=''Connie MacDonald

Executive Lead, Patient Experience, Communications and Community Engagement

As a member of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Executive team, Connie MacDonald leads the development and execution of both an overarching communications and community engagement strategy and a patient engagement strategy aimed at driving the strategic objectives for the organization. Her portfolio includes strategic oversight on corporate communications, issues management, graphic & multimedia design, community engagement, marketing and brand strategy/execution, media, government, and patient relations. Connie also provides tactical communications advice and expertise to WWLHIN staff to help achieve the organization’s mission, vision, and core values.

With over a decade of strategic political communications experience, Connie is well versed in media relations, community relations, constituent concerns escalation, speechwriting, acting as a spokesperson, and liaising between community agencies and the provincial government. With a B.A. from Ryerson University in Public Administration and Governance and post-graduate diplomas in both public relations and journalism print and broadcast, Connie helps lead the newly expanded WWLHIN by providing thoughtful and strategic insight aimed at driving the strategic directions and improving the patient experience.

A huge advocate of work/life balance, Connie loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, and their dog Tiki, at their home in Kitchener. 

 

Alt=''Dr. Kunuk Rhee

Vice President, Clinical

Dr. Rhee is currently the Vice President, Clinical at the WWLHIN. He is a family physician with extensive experience as a hospitalist, having served as Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at MacKenzie Health, Medical Director of the Hospitalist Division at Humber River Regional Hospital, and as corporate Physician Lead of the Hospitalist division at William Osler Health Centre.

He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at McMaster University and an Adjunct Clinical Instructor and Lecturer at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rhee has also served as Chair and Past-Chair of the Ontario Medical Association and has received the Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine’s Excellence in Leadership Award. Excited about the opportunity to make a difference at the regional level, Dr. Rhee understands that building connections between providers helps build the circle of care around a patient and exponentially improves the quality of their experience. A valued member of the executive team at the WWLHIN, Dr. Kunuk Rhee provides strategic consultation to the organization to help improve the overall patient experience and the health of the communities in Waterloo Wellington.

A big movie buff, Dr. Rhee also enjoys playing the violin with his 11-year-old daughter.