Board & Governance 

The Mississauga Halton LHIN is governed by an independent, nine member community Board. Board members are selected based on their specific skills and expertise and are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor Order-in-Council.

The LHIN Board is responsible for identifying local issues and defining goals for tangible improvements to health care in the communities within Mississauga Halton.

The Board provides leadership and sets strategic priorities implemented by a small team of professional staff.

Mississauga Halton LHIN Board meetings are open to the public and take place at the Mississauga Halton LHIN office in Oakville. The schedule is posted on the Calendar of Events page.

There are three standing committees of the Board: Audit and Finance Committee, Governance & Community Nominations Committee, and the Quality Committee.

Board of Directors Biographies 

 Picture of Neil Skelding

Neil Skelding - Chair (Oakville)

As President & CEO of RBC Insurance, Neil Skelding has global responsibility for RBC’s insurance businesses and solutions, including life, health, wealth, group, business, travel, home and auto, as well as international reinsurance.

Mr. Skelding joined RBC Insurance in January 2003 as Executive Vice-President, Life Operations, and also served as President and CEO of RBC Life Insurance Company. He was appointed to his current position in September 2004. In 2013, Mr. Skelding also became Chair of RBC's Pension Plan Management Committee, where he is responsible for leading a cross-functional team overseeing RBC's primary pension plans globally.  Prior to working for RBC Insurance, Mr. Skelding held a number of senior positions in the Canadian insurance industry with Transamerica Life Canada and Zurich Canada.

Mr. Skelding has a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Finance. Mr. Skelding holds several industry related roles as past Chair of the Standing Committee on Marketplace relations for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA), where he was also a two term director. He is past chair of the Canadian Association of Financial Institutions in Insurance (CAFII) and the Industry Advisory Committee of Assuris. Mr. Skelding is also a member of the World President’s Organization (WPO).

Mr. Skelding is active in the community as a member of the Board of Governors of McMaster University and as a member of the investment committee. He is a past member of the Pension Committee and served on McMaster University’s Campaign Cabinet. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors of Credit Valley Hospital and led the voluntary merger with the Mississauga and Queensway hospitals. He served as Treasurer and as Vice Chair of the Trillium Health Partners. Mr. Skelding was on the Principal’s Advisory Council for the University of Toronto (Mississauga campus) for which he received a 2011 Arbor award for his service. Mr. Skelding was honored to receive the Wayne C. Fox Distinguished Alumni Award from McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business in 2009.

Mr. Skelding has also served as a director, treasurer and President of the Alpine Ski Club north of Toronto.

Mr. Skelding is married and has three daughters. In his spare time, he’s an avid skier, cyclist and golfer.

 Mary Davies

Mary Davies - Vice Chair (Milton)

Prior to becoming a certified professional coach (iPEC), Mary had a variety of work experiences in the health care field. This included the establishment of her own health and social services consulting practice which focused on assisting agencies and associations to strive for excellence through continuous quality improvement initiatives. Mary was appointed to the Mississauga Halton LHIN Board of Directors in 2014.

For eleven years, Mary served on the Board of Directors of Halton Healthcare Services including the role of Chair. Mary received her BScN and MScN from the University of Toronto.

Mary, and her husband Anton, enjoy living in Milton and spending time with their grandchildren.  

Louis Girard

Louis Girard - Member (Mississauga)

Appointed as a member of the Mississauga Halton LHIN Board of Directors in June 2016, Louis Girard has held diverse senior leadership positions throughout a career spanning over 20 years.

As an inspirational leader and CEO for UTi Canada for over eight years, Louis takes pride in success achieved through the motivation and alignment of people to create added value for customers. Louis has also brought his strong business acumen to the Credit Valley Hospital Board as Vice Chair as well as the Workplace Safety Insurance Board as a Director.

Currently Louis teaches supply chain logistics at Humber College imparting his real life experience to help shape future leaders.

Louis has business diplomas from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, and a B.A. from the University of Guelph. He is a certified director (ICD.D) of the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management.

Fully bilingual and Innue Essispit, Louis brings a unique Francophone and Aboriginal perspective to the Mississauga Halton LHIN Board.

Louis and his wife Virginia live in Mississauga and have two adult children. He has a passion for hockey, spending time at the cottage and helping people enjoy life.

Patrick Hop Hing 2014

Patrick Hop Hing – Member (Mississauga)

Patrick Hop Hing, CPA, CA is Director, Corporate Services and Treasurer at Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), the marketing board for the largest agricultural sector in Ontario. He was appointed to the Mississauga Halton LHIN Board of Directors in February 2014.

Prior to joining DFO, Patrick held the positions of Chief Financial Officer at the Toronto Board of Trade and Director, Corporate Services at the College of Nurses of Ontario. Patrick qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and worked in London, England prior to being transferred to PricewaterhouseCoopers in Mississauga. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and also obtained his CPA designation through Massachusetts, USA.

Patrick has served on the Board of the Mississauga Hospital and the Trillium Health Centre after the amalgamation of the Mississauga and Queensway hospitals. He served as Chair, Building and Facilities Committee at Trillium Health Centre and as a member of the Finance and Audit, Governance and Resources Committees.

Patrick, his wife Karen and two daughters Megan and Lauren live in Mississauga.

 Rick Johnson Rick Johnson - Member (Georgetown)

Appointed as a member of the Mississauga Halton LHIN Board of Directors in June 2016, Rick’s long held passion for health care began when he joined the board of Georgetown Hospital in 1992. He became Board Chair in 1996 and was appointed to the amalgamation task force to merge Georgetown*, Peel Memorial and Etobicoke hospitals in 1998-1999.

Following the successful merger, Rick was appointed as the first Board Chair of the new William Osler Health System. Rick has also served as a Board member for the Georgetown and William Osler Hospital Foundations. Most recently in 2016, he completed his final term on Halton Healthcare’s Board of Directors after 10 years of distinguished service highlighted with the opening of the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in December 2015.

A recently retired executive with many years of senior leadership experience in the private club, recreation and health service industries, Rick remains committed to growing and fostering healthy communities. 

Rick and his wife Moya have lived in Halton Hills for 40 years and together have contributed widely to community projects as volunteers and fundraisers. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

*In 2005, Georgetown Hospital became a part of Halton Healthcare.

Kimbalin Kelly  Kimbalin Kelly - Member (Oakville)

Kimbalin is Director, Member Programs & Operations at the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA), which represents the professional interests of more than 3,400 Ontario chiropractors.

She is a graduate from York University, holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics, and has broad experience in leading organizations through cultural change. Kimbalin has been very involved in her community, serving on a number of Boards including Chair of both the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Halton Region and Cultural Advisory Committee -Town of Oakville, and Board Director, Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada. 

Kimbalin, her husband Don, and two daughters reside in Oakville. 

Gulzar Ladhani  Gulzar Ladhani - Member (Oakville)

Gulzar holds a Master of Laws, specializing in Alternate Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her past law practice experience included corporate tax planning, personal tax planning, and estates and wills.

Within the community, Gulzar has been on the Board of Directors of the Oakville Children’s Choir since 2011, and has served on the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Ontario. She has also served as the Chairperson of Oakville Ice Expression. For over fifteen years, Gulzar was a speaker at the Alzheimer Information Series for the Halton Victorian Order of Nurses. Gulzar is a recipient of the 2014 Ontario Volunteer Service Award.

Gulzar, her husband Mahebub, and their three children, Salima, Malik and Aleeza live in Oakville and love to travel. 

 Rhonda Lawson

Rhonda Lawson - Member (Oakville)

Appointed to the Mississauga Halton LHIN Board of Directors in March 2017, Rhonda brings over thirty years of executive leadership and acumen through experience in global financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical and consulting engineering.

Rhonda has previously served on the boards of: Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, the Mississauga Halton CCAC – where she chaired the Governance Committee – Rouge Valley Healthcare and DST Engineering. As a certified director, she holds her ICD.D designation and is an active participant in advancing good governance through board and director development. She is a member of the Board for the Institute of Corporate Directors GTA West Chapter. Rhonda was named one of the 2014 top “50” diverse board ready candidates in Canada by the Canadian Board Diversity Council.

A long career as an executive in both the insurance (Genworth Canada, Aviva Canada, INTACT/ING Canada, Allianz Canada) and pharmaceutical industries (Teva/Novopharm), Rhonda has led and improved performance in large organizations. She has also led and been part of local and global teams active in due diligence and implementation of mergers and acquisitions and has a keen sense of how to drive engagement and high performing teams through times of change.

Rhonda currently runs her own consulting firm providing coaching, strategic planning, human resources strategy and corporate governance direction to her clients. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Centennial College, she has taken courses to further her education at Queens, Rotman School of Business and the University of Windsor.

Rhonda and her husband Doug live in Oakville, have two adult children and two grandchildren. She enjoys the outdoors, curling and cottage life.

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