Leadership Team

 Sharon Lee Smith

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 currently leads 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 15 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.

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. She remains Program Chief and Medical Director of Primary Care, Seniors Care, Palliative Care, Rehab and Complex Continuing Care at Trillium Health Partners.

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. 

Angie Burden

Angela Burden
Vice President Health System Strategy, Integration & Planning

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

Prior to joining the LHIN, Angela worked as Vice President, Regional Programming and Strategic Development at the Mississauga Halton CCAC and as Director of Innovative Practice at Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) where she was responsible for system transformation efforts, research and evaluation, and strategic partnerships. She was instrumental in providing leadership to the development and implementation of the Caroline Family Health Team functional integration care coordination model. Angela has worked in various levels of government in Ontario and New York State, and brings a client-centred and community development lens to her work.

Angela holds a Masters of Social Work and is committed to building strong relationships and collaborative programs to ensure a health care system that is focused on quality outcomes for all patients.

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Liane Fernandes
Vice President Regional Programs

Liane Fernandes is a strategic, visionary leader who serves as the Vice President, Regional Programs for the Mississauga Halton LHIN. With over 20 years of health care experience, Liane has held a number of progressive leadership 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 who believes in the power of teamwork and relationship building to foster growth and achieve results. She views health care as a vocation, and is passionate to work with patients, caregivers and health system partners to effectively lead and realize health system transformation.

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.

A life-long volunteer, Liane serves actively on numerous Boards supporting the local community. In 2014 she founded a women’s group, YMC+, focused on building awareness and supporting local charities and community events, demonstrating her motto that “It is in giving that you receive.” 

David Fry

David Fry
Vice President Home and Community Care

David Fry brings more than 18 years of health care leadership experience to his role as Vice President Home and Community Care at the Mississauga Halton LHIN. He has worked in clinical and leadership positions in hospital, and home and community care settings with particular interest in the area of mental health care delivery. He also held the role of Director of Client Services, Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres and most recently, Vice-President of Patient Care at the Mississauga Halton CCAC.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Master of Health Science in health administration from the University of Toronto.


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

Prior to joining the Mississauga Halton LHIN as Vice President, Quality & People, Jutta Schafler Argao served as Vice President of various portfolios with the Mississauga Halton CCAC. She is an experienced executive whose career in health care spans 25 years, multiple sectors and accountabilities, as well as two provinces (British Columbia and Ontario). Jutta has been accountable for a broad range of organizational functions including quality, patient safety and risk management, human resources and organizational development, strategy management, decision support, service provider relationships and contract management, ethics, privacy, patient relations and research.

Through her experiences in regional, acute care and community care organizations, Jutta has developed a passion for, and honed her expertise in, creating vibrant work environments in which people can excel at providing 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 has worked to help establish Synergy GTA West Community Quality Network, a network of health system partners working to advance quality in the Mississauga Halton and Central West LHIN regions. In partnership with Mississauga Halton CCAC’s contracted service provider organizations, Jutta also initiated the Human Resources and Organizational Development Community of Practice, whose purpose it is to enable the evolution of neighbourhood based models of care through highly skilled, integrated care teams.

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.