New Chair Appointed for Champlain Local Health Integration Network

    OTTAWA, June 28 /CNW/ - The Champlain Local Health Integration Network
(LHIN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marie Fortier as chair of the
board of directors.
    "I am pleased to welcome Ms. Fortier to her new role as Chair of the
Champlain Local Health Integration Network. She brings to this position a
wealth of knowledge in the field of health care policy and administration and
valuable experience in public service that will serve her, and the patients of
the Champlain LHIN, very well," said George Smitherman, Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care.
    Ms. Fortier was appointed by the Ontario Lieutenant Governor in Council
for a three year-term, effective May 30, 2007. She succeeds past chair Michel
Lalonde, who resigned last year for health reasons, and acting chair Wilmer
Matthews of Barry's Bay, who will stay on as vice-chair.
    "Ms. Fortier has proven herself a Canadian leader in the field of health
planning, administration, and governance," said Mr. Matthews. "She will play a
pivotal role in helping to achieve a more coordinated and accountable health
system in this region."
    Ms. Fortier held a number of positions in hospitals and regional health
and social planning organizations in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec before
joining the public service of Canada in 1986. From 1986 to 2001, she played a
variety of roles in Health Canada including those of Assistant Deputy
Minister, Medical Services Branch, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and
Consultation. She also served as Executive Director for the Secretariat of the
National Forum on Health. In 1999, she was appointed Associate Deputy Minister
of Health Canada and in 2001, Associate Deputy Minister in the Department of
Indian and Northern Affairs. She became Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental
Affairs in 2004. She retired from that position and from the public service in
    "I am looking forward to this new opportunity and challenge," said Ms
Fortier. "In particular, I hope to work closely with health service providers
throughout the Champlain region to encourage innovation and improve access to
health-care services to all residents, no matter where they live."
    The Champlain LHIN has a mandate to plan, coordinate and fund health
services for the Champlain region. The area includes the cities of Ottawa and
Cornwall, and stretches to Algonquin Park in the west and to Hawkesbury in the
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For further information: Carole Ouellette, Communications Officer,
Champlain LHIN/RLISS, (613) 747-3238, 1-866-902-5446,

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