Leadership Team


Sharon Lee Smith
Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

Sharon Lee Smith has over 20 years of federal and provincial public sector experience at the executive level. Prior to serving as Mississauga Halton LHIN interim CEO she was the Associate Deputy Minister, Policy and Transformation with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Her portfolio included ministry responsibility for strategic policy and planning, including mental health and addictions, health capital, long-term care and public health.

Ms. Smith has held a number of senior leadership roles in public service. She was Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Health in Saskatchewan, and federal Assistant Deputy Minister for the Saskatchewan Region of Western Economic Diversification Canada. In this role, she received the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal Award of Excellence for Public Administration in 2013.

Previously, as Director General at Environment Canada, she was responsible for post-Kyoto negotiations on climate change and other international environmental files. Sharon Lee also worked for Privy Council Office in the areas of environmental and fisheries and with Health Canada as the Regional Director for Northern health and Executive Director for the Aboriginal Health Secretariat. She has also held various positions with the Government of Ontario, including in Cabinet Office and Finance.

Ms. Smith has extensive experience in Indigenous health and led the Indigenous Health file for Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She previously led the delivery of federal First Nations and Inuit health programming in Canada’s three Northern territories, and helped to negotiate the Kelowna Accord on Indigenous Health. She has also provided leadership to the Government of Ontario in the areas of citizenship and human rights, finance and justice.


Mira Backo-Shannon

Dr. Mira Backo-Shannon
Vice President Clinical

Dr. Mira Backo-Shannon, a Queen’s Medical School graduate, has worked in the Mississauga Halton region for 17 years. In her initial role as a physician hospitalist at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Mira held several leadership positions, including President of the Professional Staff Association and Director of the Hospital Medicine Program. She later moved into community family practice, co-founding the OakMed Family Health Team where she served as Physician Lead and Medical Director. Recently served as Program Chief and Medical Director of Primary Care, Seniors Care, Palliative Care, Rehab and Complex Continuing Care at Trillium Health Partners.

Mira joined the Mississauga Halton LHIN in 2013 as the Primary Care Physician Lead, where she concurrently served as Chair of the Primary Care Network and the Primary Care Steering Committee.

Dr. Backo-Shannon works at the medical schools of the University of Toronto as a Lecturer and McMaster University as an Associate Clinical Professor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Toronto, and the Advanced Health Leadership Program from the Rotman School of Management.

Mira is known to be a transformational change leader. Creation of new models of care, building partnerships and promoting engagement across sectors has produced successful results in both hospital and primary health care initiatives. Her collaborative leadership style, which embraces innovation, design thinking and research-informed decision, accounts for her recent successes in the new Integrated Primary Care Centre model, and cross sector functional model of palliative care in primary care.

Dr. Backo-Shannon has been invited speak and write about various health system topics including physician engagement, leadership and primary care integration. She has and remains actively involved in the community through volunteer work.

Angie Burden

Angela Burden
Interim Special Advisor to CEO on Health System Transformation

‚ÄčAngela Burden is a mental health professional, and dedicated health care leader who brings her experience in leading complex cross-functional strategic initiatives in both the United States and Canada to her role in the Mississauga Halton LHIN. 

Formerly Vice President, Health System Strategy, Integration and Planning, Angela provided executive leadership to Strategy, Communications and Engagement, and Governance functions at the LHIN, and French Language Services and Indigenous Health. A consistent champion of patient engagement, Angela served as executive lead for the CCAC/LHIN transition and subsequently led the development of Strategy 2025, a system-level, multi-year collaborative planning initiative for the renewed LHIN.  Angela previously worked as Vice President, Regional Programming and Strategic Development at the Mississauga Halton CCAC and had oversight of palliative home care operations, primary care integration, Health Links and strategy management.

As Director of Innovative Practice at Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), she oversaw community and youth development programs, research and evaluation, initiated the Trillium Foundation grant that led to Halton Families for Families grass-roots family engagement initiative, and provided instrumental early leadership to the development and implementation of the Caroline Family Health Team Wraparound model (awarded a 2018 AFHTO Bright Lights award).  Angela was seconded to the provincial system transition team for Ontario’s Moving on Mental Health child and youth mental health reform. She previously led a regional System of Care transformation in New York State, bringing together child welfare, mental health, education, social service and youth justice sectors. Also for Orange County Government, she served as Director of Grants, pioneering the county’s inter-governmental grants unit, the second in New York State, and tripling the county’s discretionary funding for needed projects and programs in communities.

Angela holds an MBA in International Health Management from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and a Masters of Social Work from the State University at Albany, New York.  Passionate about patient engagement and community partnerships, she is excited to participate in Ontario’s health care transformation. 

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Liane Fernandes
Vice President Regional Programs

Liane Fernandes has served as the Vice President, Regional Programs for the past two years at the Mississauga Halton LHIN, with strategic and operational oversight for key regional programs including mental health and addictions, long term care, palliative care, acute and rehabilitative care services.  Through focused planning and investments in health capital and capacity planning, Liane has driven positive results in addressing provincial priorities including ALC, ED avoidance and wait time reductions.  Prior to this role, Liane was the Chief Strategy Officer for the Mississauga Halton LHIN where through engagement with over 75 health service providers and 400 plus community and key stakeholder consultations, she led the development and implementation of two strategic health system plans and successfully drove priority system integration activities that received provincial recognition within primary care, seniors/dementia planning, mental health and addiction peer supports and health equity, including a focus on priority populations, Indigenous and Francophone health.

With over 20 years of health care experience, Liane has held a number of executive positions in the hospital and government sectors, relentlessly focused on improving patient experiences and building a strong, sustainable, quality health care system. Liane is a collaborative leader, skilled in experience based co-design, change management, leading teams through organizational redesign and building solid cross-sectoral relationships to foster collective impact and achieve results. Seeing health care from both the provider and administrative perspectives gives Liane a clear understanding of the complexities of transforming the health care system. Her passion to work with patients, caregivers and health system partners to effectively lead and realize health system transformation has yielded positive results, leading digital health innovative approaches for coordinated access/central intake, system navigation and telemedicine.

Liane holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Therapy and is a graduate of the Advanced Health Leadership Program from the Rotman School of Business. In 2009, she achieved her Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and was recognized with the Robert Wood Johnson Award as the student most likely to make a noteworthy contribution in the field of health services administration. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment with the University of Toronto and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Liane serves on numerous Boards including Victim Services of Peel with Peel Regional Police, and has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Brampton, volunteer dance instructor and youth soccer coach.

Priti Patel
Acting Vice President Home and Community Care

Priti Patel is a strategic, result-oriented leader with a solid foundation in business. She has over 15 years of experience in healthcare in progressively senior roles and is committed to patient excellence and quality care.Prior to joining the Mississauga Halton LHIN, Priti worked as the clinical manager for seniors’ services and primary care at Trillium Health Partners where she was responsible for operationalizing and managing specialized geriatric services including regional services.  She has served on the Board of Directors for Alzheimer Society Peel and Rexdale Community Health Centre.

Priti holds a Master of Business Administration with a minor in Health Services Management and Human Resources and an Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University.


Andrew Hussain
Regional Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Central Ontario LHINs

Andrew Hussain, Regional Chief Information Officer for the Central Ontario LHINs, is highly recognized for his work in Information Management and Technology Services. Andrew is well regarded in the industry and has over 17 years of extensive experience in Information Management and Technology Services both in Canada and the US. Andrew’s strategy work was recognized at the 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Awards and was the recipient of the 2005 TELUS Award for Innovation.

Prior to joining the Mississauga Halton LHIN, Andrew was with the Work Place Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB) and Trillium Health Centre. His diverse background in both private and public sectors in a variety of business verticals including health care has complemented his role as the Regional CIO for the LHINs.

Dale McGregor 

Dale McGregor
CFO & Vice President Finance, Performance & Corporate Services

Dale McGregor is a seasoned financial and operations executive with broad experience in the health care system. Dale has extensive senior management experience within complex teaching and research hospital environments. He has an excellent track record of leading and contributing to organizational success through a broad range of strategic, tactical and operational initiatives.

Prior to joining the Mississauga Halton LHIN in June 2015, Dale held the position of Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, a large community teaching hospital in Toronto. He spent 14 of his 15 years at the hospital as Chief Financial Officer with a broad range of accountabilities that varied over his time there. In addition, Dale worked at the Hospital for Sick Children for over ten years holding various progressive positions including the Director of Business Development. 

Drawing on over 25 years of industry experience, Dale’s strength as a leader in the allocation of scarce resources and in the effective and efficient use of these resources has directly contributed to very strong financial positions for his organizations. Dale has a demonstrated track record of building and leading strong teams and establishing collaborative relationships with stakeholders to facilitate optimal outcomes for patients, customers and the health system.

Dale is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), a Certified Health Executive (CHE), and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Waterloo.

Dale has served on the Board of Directors of Plexxus and HealthPro. He has also been involved in his local community in various volunteer capacities within hockey and lacrosse organizations. 

Jutta Schafler Argao

Jutta Schafler Argao
Vice President Quality and People

Jutta Schafler Argao, Vice President, Quality and People.   Jutta is an experienced executive whose career in health care spans 25 years in a variety of settings and two provinces (British Columbia and Ontario).  She has been accountable for a broad range of organizational functions including quality, patient safety and risk management, patient relations, human resources and organizational development, strategy management, decision support, service provider relationships and contract management, ethics, privacy, patient relations and research.

Jutta has brought her passion for creating vibrant work environments to her work in regional, acute care and community care organizations.  She believes it is on those environments that people can excel at what calls them to health care: delivering compassionate, meaningful, outcomes-focused patient care and support services. Under her leadership, Jutta’s teams have developed innovative and people-centred programs, recognized through Mississauga Halton CCAC’s award of Exemplary Accreditation Status through Accreditation Canada and the Ontario Hospital Association’s Quality Healthcare Workplace Gold Award.

As a quality champion, Jutta helped to establish the Community Quality Network, a network of community based health system partners in the Mississauga Halton and Central West LHIN regions.  Through their Shared Scorecard, members have been able to standardize approaches to measuring key indicators as a platform for collaborative quality improvement.  Jutta also initiated the Mississauga Halton LHIN People Strategy Advisory Council, as a collaborative, cross-sectoral forum that will provide advice on how through joy in work and effective talent management practices, local partners can align the health care workforce towards integrated delivery. 

Jutta holds a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa, has completed University of Toronto’s Advanced Health Leadership Program through Rotman School of Management and is a Certified Health Executive through the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders. 

Jutta lives in Mississauga with her husband and their three children.