Sharon Kirkpatrick | Board Chair
Sharon worked in healthcare for over 20 years in various clinical and teaching roles, as well as several senior leadership roles.
Prior to her retirement from SAH in 2007, she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She has experience in clinical and non-clinical operations and various aspects of the healthcare system.
Sharon has also served on the Board of the Victorian Order of Nurses and the Board of the Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie Area. She has lead fundraisers for various organizations and participated in public awareness campaigns such as the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign. Sharon joined the SAH Board in 2014.
Lisa Bell-Murray | Vice Chair
Lisa, a CPA, CMA, is a Senior finance executive with over 30 years of gaming and lottery experience in the public sector, recently retiring from her role as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. In that role, Lisa was responsible for the company’s overall financial management and for multiple corporate functions including financial planning, controllership, procurement, finance strategy, systems and programs and corporate facility management.
She has experience in providing stewardship and advice to executives and other business partners, influencing corporate decisions and processes that support an accountability framework and regulatory legislation compliance. Lisa was the past Audit Committee Chair of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation; the previous Chair of the Group Health Centre Audit Committee and held various Board roles with Algoma University.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and joined the SAH Board in 2015.
Brent Rankin | Vice Chair
Brent was born and raised in Thessalon, where he returned after university to work in his family’s small business there.
He has served five terms on municipal council, four as mayor, and is currently in his fourth term as Trustee on the Algoma District School Board, now vice-chair. Brent was an inaugural member of the first SAH corporate Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) and has previously served a three-year term on the SAH Board of Directors.
He is a former chair of the Algoma Manor Home for the Aged, and is currently chair of the F. J. Davey Home Board of Directors and sits on the Algoma Public Health Board. He has experience on a number of other Boards, as well, including public housing and local and regional economic development.
Ila Watson | President and Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining Sault Area Hospital, Ila had a successful 20-year career in various leadership roles in the Ontario Public Service in Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto.
Ila’s Ontario Public Service experience comprised leadership roles, including Director Enterprise Recruitment, Ontario Ministry of Government Services and Director Human Resources, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Ila joined SAH in 2009 as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Ila’s portfolio included leadership of Strategic Planning, Communications, Transformation, Enterprise Risk and Volunteer Resources. Throughout her time at SAH, Ila has been a valuable member of a number of initiatives, including the team responsible for the development of the new hospital and the executive lead for strategic planning and building SAH’s iCcare way.
Some accomplishments she is most proud of include SAH’s new vision – Trusted Partner. Outstanding Care. and ensuring SAH’s commitment to involving Patient and Family Advisors in key hospital decisions.
Dedicated to service, Ila has been a member of various boards, including the Superior Family Health Team and the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. Ila currently serves on both PUC Inc. and PUC Services boards. Ila is the Co-Chair of the Canadian College of Health Leaders’ Chapter Advisor Council and Chair of its NEON Lights Chapter. Ila holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Industrial Relations.
Dr. Silvana Spadafora | Chief of Staff
Dr. Spadafora is a Medical Oncologist and the Medical Director for the Algoma District Cancer Program (ADCP). She is a member of the Executive and Quality and Services Board Committees. She is an Assistant Professor for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Regional Quality Lead.
She has been described by patients as someone who works tirelessly to ensure that they receive the best care during their difficult journey. Dr. Spadafora has a great ability to communicate with her patients and their families. She is a mentor for students, an inspiration to her colleagues and a positive influence for her patients and their families. Dr. Spadafora is an admirable physician leader and there is great harmony in the ADCP largely due to her integrity and genuineness.
She is a role model and both physicians and staff have great respect for her as a leader and a colleague. She leads by example and has inspired her staff to do the same. The ADCP, with the strong support and leadership of Dr. Spadafora, established the inaugural Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at Sault Area Hospital. It has been a great success and has led to the establishment of more Councils.
In addition, Dr. Spadafora has been very instrumental in implementing innovative practices, pursuing staff development opportunities and assisting with physician recruitment at Sault Area Hospital.
Sue Roger | Vice President Clinical Operations & Chief Nursing Executive
Sue began at SAH in August 2016 as the Director, Clinical Programs, Rehabilitation, Complex Continuing Care and Geriatrics. She has been the operational lead for such corporate initiatives as Senior Friendly, Trillium Gift of Life and ALC.
In 2018, as Senior Director of Clinical Program Development, Sue’s responsibilities expanded to include working with leaders to accelerate our progress on program goals and to advance operational plans. At that time, the Critical Care and Cardiology portfolios were added to Sue’s responsibilities. Sue is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Quality Assurance from the University of Leeds, England; past President of the Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario (NLN.ON); and has held an appointment with the College of Nurses Discipline Committee.
With a background built on operational planning, health care innovation and patient-centred approaches to change, Sue has developed over 25 years’ experience improving the quality of care and service for patients and quality of work-life for her teams.
Antoinette Blunt is the President of Ironside Consulting Services Inc. (ICS Inc.), a company specializing in providing a variety of human resources, labour relations and management services for employers primarily in Northern Ontario, since 2000.
Antoinette Blunt is a licenced Private Investigator with extensive experience in undertaking workplace investigations related to allegations of violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Bullying, Harassment and Violence in the Workplace) and the Human Rights Code.
In 2018, Antoinette was appointed Integrity Commissioner for the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie; and is responsible for investigating complaints and alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct of Council and Elected Boards. Antoinette serves as an advisor to Council and an educator for City Council, City Administration, and the Public. Since 2018, Antoinette has been appointed Integrity Commissioner for nine additional municipalities.
Antoinette’s educational background includes a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration, B.A. and BScN. Antoinette has over 20 years of experience providing consultative services to employers and over 20 years of experience in management in the health care industry.
Antoinette is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Research Institute, a national not-for-profit organization focused on human resources research and educational scholarships and is also a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). While serving on this Board, Antoinette also chaired several committees, including the Appeals Committee, Government Relations Committee. She represented the provincial association on a national level serving as Chair of the Professional Standards Committee. In 2016 and 2017, Antoinette served as a member of the Standards Council of Canada concerning international human resources standards development.
In 2013, Antoinette was awarded the Fellow Designation by the Human Resources Professionals Association. At the same time, Antoinette was also awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the Human Resources Professionals Association “Recognizing Extraordinary Volunteer and Leadership Contributions at HRPA.”
In 2005, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce presented Antoinette with the Athena Award, an internationally recognized award honouring exceptional women leaders who inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.
Dr. Christa Cassalman | President Medical Staff Association
Originally from Bancroft Ontario, Dr. Cassalman has been practicing general pathology in the pathology and laboratory medicine department at SAH for the last 5 years.
She received her honours bachelor of science degree from the University of Toronto in 2000 and her medical degree from the Medical University of Lodz in Poland in 2010. Dr. Cassalman is American Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology having completed a residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts. She received her subspecialty fellowship in Cytopathology from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center also in Boston.
Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Cassalman worked as a medical laboratory technologist in the cytology department at Lifelabs in Toronto for 4 years.
Armand is BDO Canada LLP’s National Accounting Standards Partner. He provides leadership to BDO on all matters related to accounting standards and financial reporting and leads BDO’s Accounting Advisory practice. In his role, Armand is also the Chair of BDO International’s IFRS Policy Committee.
Armand is actively involved in accounting standard-setting. He is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) and former chair of the AcSB’s Private Enterprise Advisory Committee. Armand is also a past member of the AcSB’s IFRS Discussion Group and the Public Sector Accounting Board’s Public Section Accounting Discussion Group.
Armand’s community involvement includes being a Former Member of the Board of Directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Mia practices law as an Associate Lawyer at Wishart Law Firm LLP. Mia’s practice focuses mainly on municipal law and litigation as well as other areas. In addition to her law degree, Mia holds an Honours Degree in Sociology, a Certificate in Human Resources Practices and a Certificate of Training in Facilitative Mediation.
In law school, Mia was a member of Amnesty International where she was involved in bringing awareness to human rights. She was also a member of the Italian Law Society where she was able to enjoy the celebration of her culture and continues to do so today by being a member of the Elettra Marconi Society.
In addition, Mia gives back to her community in a variety of ways including becoming a Member of the Board of Directors for the Algoma District Law Association. Prior to becoming a Director with the Sault Area Hospital Board of Directors, Mia was a Community Member with the Board and spent time on both the Quality and Services and Resource Committees.
Mark is a lawyer practicing with Laidlaw Paciocco Dumanski Spadafora & Johnson LLP in Sault Ste. Marie. His practice focuses on advising individual and institutional clients in areas of commercial law, municipal law, real estate and estate planning and administration.
Mark holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies from the University of Western Ontario.
He enjoys being an active member of the community through his experiences with many non-profit organizations. Mark is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie, as well as a member and Past President of the Algoma District Law Association. Mark is also a member of the Board of Directors of Thrive Child Development Centre and currently serves as President of the Art Gallery of Algoma.
Johanne joined our hospital team in 1978. She has forty years of experience in the health care field working in various clinical and management roles, which include: Registered Nurse, Teaching Master of the Sault College Diploma Nursing Program, Manager and Director of various SAH departments and culminating in her role as the SAH Chief Nursing Officer.
Johanne went on to gain additional experience in another health care sector as the Administrator of a Long Term Care Facility from which she retired. Her academic preparation includes a Nursing Diploma, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, a Masters in Education, a Masters in Business Administration, a certificate in Catholic Leadership. Johanne is a Certified Health Executive and is very active on the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) including serving as Chair of the Canadian CCHL Quality Committee.
Johanne is bilingual, has been involved with several local and provincial organizations and has published one article on the Dynamics of Long Term Care.
Trevor is the Vice President, Sales and Distribution at Wawanesa Life Company. He brings over 20 years experience in senior leadership within the financial and insurance industry, leading large teams across multiple jurisdictions. Trevor is a seasoned strategic executive with a passion for creating legendary employee and customer experience’s, business transformations and developing talent. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University and an MBA from the University of Windsor. Trevor lives in Echo Bay with his wife, Kristy and his two sons, Noah and Evan.
Kevin joined the SAH Board of Directors in 2019 and brings a deep interest in statistics and a broad skill set in digital communications, digital ecosystem planning, information technology, and customer experience improvement. He has worked with leading organizations across industries, including Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Meridian Credit Union, ASAPP Financial Technology, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, and Northern Credit Union. Kevin’s company DIG – The Digital Intelligence Group is a leader in the fintech consulting space which has parallels to the healthcare industry.
Joe Santa Maria
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Joe is very proud to have worked at the Algoma District School Board for the past 25 years and for the past 12 years as the Executive Superintendent of Business and Operations. He has supported the vision of the Board of Trustees and the organization as a whole through many continuous risk management and corporate governance strategies.
Joe is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and has his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Ottawa. His portfolio has led to strategic leadership experiences in many organizational responsibilities in Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Information Technology, Plant and Corporate Services. Joe also enjoyed serving on the Board of the John Howard Society for 8 years and coaching minor hockey for over 13 years.
He prides himself on the many personal and professional relationships he has been fortunate to be a part of and learn from over the years. Joe looks forward to working with the SAH Board and Senior team to give back by contributing where he can and continuing to learn.
Peggy retired from Sault College as their Chief Information Officer after 30+ years of employment where she was responsible for the leadership of the college’s information technology to support the college’s learning and management environments. Peggy enjoys her volunteer work with the hospital as a Way-finder, Emergency Department volunteer and Patient and Family Advisor. Peggy is the Past Chair of the Volunteer Association, is a member of its Fundraising Committee and fulfills the role of Communications Officer. Peggy also enjoys her volunteer work as Treasurer and Database Administrator for Special Olympics Sault Ste. Marie. Peggy looks forward to her role on the SAH Board of Directors as the Volunteer Associations’ ex-Officio Director to the SAH Board of Directors.
Mario is the retired Director of Education from the Algoma District School Board where he served as an educator for 42 years. Over his last 22 years, he spent 9 years as Director of Education, 7 years as Superintendent of Human Resources and 6 years as Superintendent of Secondary Education.
Prior to that, he held positions as Secondary Principal, Vice-Principal, Department Head and teacher of mathematics. He has a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Administration and remains a lifelong learner. Mario is highly regarded and respected for his experience, interpersonal skills and positive outlook. He has been described as visionary and has a proven track record as a motivational leader, possessing strong problem-solving and organizational abilities. He is also skilled in leadership development, recruitment & succession, interpersonal relations, governance and management.
In retirement, Mario mentors and coaches leaders and aspiring leaders. He enjoys travelling with his wife Susan and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Mario joined the Board in 2015.
Community members are an integral voice on the committees of the Board and they are our future members of the Board of Directors:
Diana, a CPA, CA joined as a Community Member in June 2020 and holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Algoma University. Diana has over 20 years of experience in various accounting and finance roles within the community of Sault Ste Marie. Diana is currently Vice President, Controller at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation where she is accountable for oversight of such finance areas as Accounting, Taxation, Accounts Payable, Treasury and External Reporting. Diana previously was Treasurer for Women in Crisis (Algoma) and Youth Hope for Schools.
Anna Foat is an industry expert on sales, marketing and alliances, She joined BlackBerry in 1999 pre-300 employees and grew with the company executing deals with IBM, Visa and Mastercard in her tenure. In 2011 when Blackberry had grown to 16,000 employees she left to join IBM as the Worldwide Managing Editor of MobileFirst Platform leading content digital marketing strategy.
In 2016 she was invited as the Executive in Residence for the first cohort of the Fierce Founders Accelerator at Communitech. She today works at Sunlife in the Digital Transformation Office blending tech, health and innovation in her day to day.
In healthcare her advocacy around opiates garnered her a seat at Dr. Devlin’s innovation Committee to End Hallway Medicine, as well as on the executive committee of the Ontario Health Team in London Ontario. She helped implement a population health navigator tool at the start of Covid to manage the logic around access to Covid testing. She’s thrilled to continue to contribute to health in Ontario at SAH.
She earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Waterloo. She’s a best-selling author on the topic of Design Thinking and was named BetaKits top 30 women to watch in tech.
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Jason Naccarato is a project manager who specializes in leveraging opportunities and managing initiatives related to finance, engineering, stakeholder engagement, and market development activities. Jason utilizes his experience to assist his team in the areas of economic development and strategy.
He is a focused and driven individual who is results-orientated. Prior to starting Northstar Consulting, Jason was the Vice President of Development at the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) where he focused on economic development in the city of Sault Ste. Marie. During his tenure at SSMIC, he was also the CEO of Algoma Games for Health. Jason is also the CEO of Northern Advancement Capital which is a real estate development firm. He currently owns and manages 50 residential units and over 85,000 square feet of commercial real estate space in Sault Ste. Marie.
In the past, Jason has held positions with Magna International as an Advanced Purchasing and Business Development team leader, Nissan North America as a Senior Program Controller in Cost Economics, Nissan Technical Centre North America as a Development Engineer, and with Siemens VDO as Test Engineer.
Jason was awarded an Honors Bachelor of Engineering Science in Mechanical/Materials Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. He holds an MBA from Wayne State University and was awarded his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Jason has also taught project management at Sault College.
Jason has also served as a Director and/or Executive on numerous community-based Boards and Committees including: Vice Chair, Sault College Board of Governors, Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Alliance (OSEA), and Past President, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Giacomo (Jake) Pastore
Jake started off his long, successful public career back in 1984 with the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce. Over the past 30 years, Jake has held many senior positions in the public service between the City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).
Jake is currently the Director of Municipal and Community Relations – Corporate Affairs with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Over his long public-sector career, he has been involved in almost every aspect and level of municipal government from local elections, planning and execution of multi-million dollar casino developments, Enterprise Management, Council meeting presentations, consensus building in communities and economic development. He served as the Senior Economic Development Officer in Sault Ste. Marie for over 13 years.
Over the last 18 years, Jake has been employed with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. In his current capacity, Jake is involved in communication, liaison, and the execution of all OLG projects at the local level of 28 gaming sites in the Province and acts as the key liaison person between the host municipal government and OLG and liaison responsibilities with the Ministry of Finance. Jake has also held key positions in Project Management, Enterprise Management, Government Relations and Responsible Gambling during his tenure at OLG.
Jake holds an Honours degree in Public Administration from the University of Windsor and post-graduate certificates in Economic Development, Communication and Executive Planning from the University of Waterloo and Rothmans School of Business – University of Toronto. Jake also studied Public Administration in Pescara, Italy and speaks and writes Italian. Jake holds many memberships within professional development associations and is a member of many Chambers of Commerce organizations across Ontario.
Jake is married to his wife of 30 years, Paula and has two children Joshua 25 and Francesca 20.