South West LHIN Welcomes New Board Member

April 26, 2017

London, ON – Lori Van Opstal, Board Chair of the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Cynthia St. John to the 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 Doctor Eric Hoskins on April 12, 2017.

Cynthia is from London and brings to the South West LHIN Board a strong background in executive leadership in the health care field. She has served on the boards of many health care organizations, including most recently for the South West Community Care and Access Centre (CCAC). Since 2014, Cynthia has been instrumental in identifying, developing and implementing strategic priorities for the South West CCAC.  

Cynthia has been the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Elgin St. Thomas Public Health for the last 17 years. Prior to that, she has held CEO and senior level positions in both local and national health care organizations. In 2009, she graduated Royal Roads University with a Masters of Business Administration with a specialty in Leadership.

Cynthia has also held memberships in the Canadian College of Health Leaders, Ontario Public Health Association, Canadian Public Health Association and the Association of Ontario Public Health Business Administrators.

Her volunteer commitments have given Cynthia the opportunity to be a front line volunteer, spearhead fund development initiatives, drive board governance change, and be a spokesperson for important social and political causes.


“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to join the South West LHIN team. The Board already has a great deal of talented and passionate individuals. Together, our goal will be to improve patient care and the patient experience in our region. I believe that my many years of experience in executive leadership and board positions in the health care field, including with the South West CCAC Board, will contribute to the strategic leadership and direction required to improve the quality of health care to residents across the South West LHIN.” 
- Cynthia St. John, South West LHIN Board Member

“We are pleased to have Cynthia appointed to our board. Her passion, governance experience with the South West CCAC and executive leadership and health care experience will be invaluable to the Board. We are fortunate to have Cynthia’s expertise and leadership during this critical time for the healthcare system. I look forward to working with Cynthia to improve the quality and delivery of health care in the South West LHIN.” 
- 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.

The LHIN Board is now governed by a 9 member Board of Directors, with the ability to  expand to up to 12 members under the Patients First Act.

Board directors, including the Chair, are selected 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