South West LHIN Welcomes new Board Chair

April 25, 2017

London, ON – The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Van Opstal as Board Chair of the South West LHIN Board of Directors. The three-year appointment was made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and endorsed by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins on April 12, 2017.

Lori was appointed to the South West LHIN in November 2013 and appointed Vice-Chair in December 2015. Lori was then appointed Interim Chair February 6, 2017. In addition to sitting on the LHIN’s Board of Directors for the last four years, Lori also brings a wealth of governance experience, having served with nine different organizations. These organizations include the Tillsonburg District Hospital Foundation,  Chair of Making Room Inc. (now the Cambridge Shelter Corporation), Cambridge Kiwanis Village Non-Profit Housing, the Economic Development Advisory Committee (Cambridge), Canada’s Technology Triangle’s Ambassador Task Force, and Fleet Safety Council Conference.

Lori lives in Tillsonburg and is a recently retired business owner who was featured 12 consecutive times on Profit Magazine’s list of Top 100 Canadian Women Business Owners.


“I want to thank Lori Van Opstal for taking on this new and important role with the South West LHIN. I look forward to working with the South West LHIN on the transformation of Ontario’s health care system into one that is more accessible, integrated and patient-focused.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“As Chair of the South West LHIN, I am committed to furthering the work our Board has done to achieve better health outcomes and provide better care for all people across our geography. Patients, clients and residents belong at the heart of the health care system. It is up to the LHIN and its health system governors to focus on achieving the outcomes we know are needed for the people in our communities.”

– Lori Van Opstal, Chair, South West LHIN Board of Directors


Directors are appointed by Order-in-Council for a term of one to three years, subject to additional terms, up to a six-year maximum.

Board directors, including the Chair, are assessed and selected based on their skills, abilities, and the needs of the LHIN Board. Directors must possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills and have an understanding of local health issues and priorities.

Board directors represent the entire LHIN geography, however, they must also bring sound knowledge of the needs in their specific communities.

The Chair is accountable to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the LHIN’s use of public funds and for its results in terms of goals and performance of the local health system.

More information about the South West LHIN, including a complete listing of Board Members and a schedule of future board meetings, can be found at Find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.


For more information:

Ashley Jackson
Director, Communications and Community Engagement