Agency Title: Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

Position Title: Board Chair - Part-Time

Location: The Board Meetings of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN are usually held at the office of the LHIN located in Kitchener, Ontario, with occasional travel to various locations in the Waterloo Wellington LHIN region.

Posting Date: February 24, 2017

PAS File #: PAS-1722


The Ontario Government is seeking local citizens interested in, and qualified for, service on the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors for the position of Chair, available in 2017.

LHINs make Ontario’s health care system more patient-centered and responsive to local health care needs by planning, coordinating, integrating and funding the delivery of health services in each of the fourteen LHIN geographic areas.

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN plans, integrates (connects and improves), and funds health services to improve the health and well-being of approximately 775,000 residents in Waterloo Region, Wellington County, the City of Guelph, and the southern part of Grey County. This covers approximately 4,800 square kilometers where 90% of the geography is rural, and 90% of the residents live in urban areas. 11.7% of Waterloo Wellington residents are visible minorities, approximately 1.2% self-identify as Aboriginal, 2% are Francophone and 87% are under the age of 65 years.

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN works in partnership with residents, health service providers, governors and community leaders to transform the health system into one that is integrated, equitable, sustainable and meets the unique needs of our communities – all to ensure better health and a better future for the residents of Waterloo Wellington.

This is a time of great opportunity for positive change at the LHIN. Under the Patients First Act, 2016, LHINs have expanded responsibilities such as home care (Community Care Access Centre will transition to the LHIN) and primary care planning so that it will be integrated with the rest of Ontario’s health care system. The Patients First Act, 2016, will strengthen the LHINs’ accountability for local health service planning and performance as well as support the goal of providing care that is more integrated and responsive to local needs.


As the Chair of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board of Directors, you will be responsible for directing its affairs in accordance with applicable legislation, approved strategic and business plans, the accountability agreement with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and the directions and policies established by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

In consideration of applications for the position of Board Chair, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN will be seeking individuals with previous board experience. A Board Chair is the spokesperson for the LHIN. The following qualifications are preferred:

  • be an experienced leader with a comprehensive understanding of the context in which the LHIN operates, as well as an understanding of the government’s objectives or the ability to acquire such understanding;
  • ability to clearly articulate and implement a strategic vision and oversee the implementation of plans and strategies to deliver efficient, effective and high quality services;
  • possess superior group facilitation skills, consensual decision-making skills and experience in running meetings in an explorative, respectful manner; 

  • possess an understanding of government values and a commitment to working within government values and accountability structures;

  • substantive practical knowledge of accepted norms for duty of care required of the Board;

  • have an understanding of sound financial and operational business processes and practices;

  • experience with crown agency governance; 

  • knowledge of the health care sector will be considered a key asset;

  • understanding of sound governance practices with oversight for hospital  and other health care providers will be considered a key asset;

  • bilingualism will be considered an asset.

  • Board and community experience at the Board Chair level.

Serving on a LHIN board is a part-time appointment, involving a significant commitment, often involving meetings and/or teleconferences during and outside normal business hours. Candidates should consider their ability to make such a commitment as part of their decision to express their interest in serving on the LHIN board.

Members of the public who represent the linguistic, cultural and geographic diversity of the LHIN region, including representatives from the Francophone and Indigenous communities, are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. 


The Board Chair is appointed by Order-In-Council for a term of up to three years, subject to renewal. 

Time Commitment:

This is a part-time position involving significant time commitment to attend meetings and/or teleconferences, requiring flexibility on behalf of the applicant to be available to attend special events which may occur during the business day, evening or weekend.


A LHIN Board Chair will receive a per diem rate of $350.00. To fulfill the board’s mandate, board members often travel to attend off-site meetings with residents and providers, to meet ministry officials, and to participate in working groups and educational sessions. Appointees will receive reimbursement for reasonable expenses in accordance with the Management Board of Cabinet’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive and LHIN Board Per Diem and Expense Guidelines. Following direction from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, all expenses for members of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board of Directors will be posted on Waterloo Wellington LHIN’s public website.

More Information:

To learn more about the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network please click here.

Closing Date: March 24, 2017

Government appointees reflect the diversity of the people of Ontario and deliver services and decisions in a professional, ethical and competent manner with a commitment to the principles and values of public service.

If appointed you will be subject to the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 and Conflict of Interest rules. Information is available on the Conflict of Interest Commissioner’s website: You may also be subject to other statutes, regulations, rules or directives that currently exist or may be established which are applicable to agencies, boards or commissions. 

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN is an equal opportunity organization. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

All applications must quote the file number PAS - 1722 and be received by the closing date. If not applying online, applications must be signed and received by email, fax, mail or hand delivery no later than March 24, 2017 (application deadline).

We thank all interested applicants but only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All application forms quoting file number must be addressed to:

Public Appointments Secretariat
Room 2440, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley St. West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W4

Fax: (416) 327- 2633

Downloadable application form is available at 

Alternatively you can APPLY ONLINE