South West LHIN Welcomes new Board Member

January 16, 2018

London, ON – Andrew Chunilall, Acting Board Chair of the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Sheppard to the Board of Directors. The three-year Order in Council (OIC) appointment was made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on January 8, 2018.

Jim comes to the South West LHIN with an extensive career and background in Human Resources leadership in both the Health and Education fields. His Board experience includes a membership position with OPSOA, the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association representing over three hundred Superintendents and Directors of Education from the thirty-one English language Public Boards of Ontario. He has also served as Board Chair for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Jim is a past school teacher and was also an Instructor in OPSOA’s Supervisory Officer Training Program.

His formal education includes an Ontario Teachers Certificate, a Bachelors of Arts and two Masters Degrees. Additionally he is a trained and experienced mediator having assisted in solving conflict situations throughout his career. His work experience includes supervisory and leadership positions with increasing responsibilities for Brant County Board of Education, Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board, Avon Maitland District School Board, Homewood Health Centre, Pictou County Health Authority and South Bruce Grey Health Centre.

Jim has valuable leadership and hands on experience in conflict resolution and leading mediation sessions to resolve workplace issues. As a Chief Spokesperson he was very skilled and successful in establishing effective working relationships with Union leadership and other stakeholders by improving communications. He has actively led change and contributed to the advancement of the organizations where he worked. Jim retired in 2015, and is looking forward to joining the South West LHIN team.



“I’m pleased to be joining the South West LHIN Board, and to be working with the broader South West LHIN team to continue to make positive changes to our health care system. As the South West LHIN organizational transformation continues in the weeks, months and years ahead I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make an active contribution. Being able to put my experience to work for this organization is very personally rewarding for me. “

-Jim Sheppard, South West LHIN Board Member

“We welcome Jim, and know his experience and leadership will be a valuable addition to our board. His extensive Human Resources experience and his background in healthcare will be an immense resource.”

-Andrew Chunilall, Acting Board 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 an 11 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 assessed and selected based on their skills, abilities, and the needs of the LHIN Board. Directors must possess relevant expertise, experience, and 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.

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