Meet Our Team
Mark Walton, BA, MHSA
Transitional Regional Lead (West and CEO of Erie St. Clair, South West, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant and Waterloo Wellington LHINs) Ontario Health
For the past 30 years, Mark Walton has been a consultant to the Canadian public sector. During this time, Mark has led the Healthcare Services line of Mark Walton & Associates, KPMG LLP, Blackstone Partners and Philips Medical Systems. Recognized by his clients for exceptional interpersonal skills and an inspired commitment to their success, Mark is considered a trusted advisor by many of Canada's most progressive public leaders.
Mark is best known for his passion and expertise in strategy and has led strategic planning and deployment initiatives for a wide variety of industries and organizations types across Canada. While his strength in strategy was initially discovered and developed through his work experience in the health care and provincial government sectors, he has applied his experience and approaches to a variety of other sectors including the pharmaceutical, medical device and law enforcement sector.
As an extension of his strategy experience, Mark has also fostered a deep strength in system evaluation and performance management. He is certified by Kaplan and Norton Institute as a Balanced Scorecard practitioner and this, along with his experience, has enabled Mark to bring a unique and valuable perspective to each of the strategy projects he has undertaken for his clients. Mark has also worked across Canada with some of the country's leading mental health and addictions organizations on both organizational and systemic initiatives.
Most recently, Mark served as Halton Healthcare’s Vice President, Strategy, Partnerships and Performance through which he had responsibility for all aspects of strategy development and execution. This involved working with Halton Healthcare's Board, Senior Leadership Team, Foundations and Volunteer Associations to develop visionary, compelling and executable strategies for all elements of their organizations.
Prior to Halton Healthcare, Mark founded Mark Walton & Associates Inc. and Mark was a Partner with KPMG's Advisory Practice. He also led the healthcare services line for Blackstone Partners, a boutique consulting firm. Mark also led the consulting group of Philips Medical Systems Canada, a group focused on assisting hospital clients to more effectively assess, select and implement technologies in complex clinical environments.
Prior to working in the private sector, Mark worked with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) to develop business continuity plans for its internal business operations in areas such as the Supply and Financial Services (S&FS) and Provincial Laboratories Division. Preceding his government experience, Mark worked as a Senior Project Manager in the Utilization Management department at the University Health Network (UHN) where he focused on the development and assessment of clinical and operation performance metrics.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Health Services Administration (MHSA) from the University of Alberta.
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.
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.
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.