Board of Directors

Reg St-Amour


Reg St-Amour, Chair - Reg joined the SAH Board in 2011 and is chair of the SAH Board and chair of both the Executive and Governance Commiittees of the Board. He has worked as a management consultant for since 2001 and has over 25 years of experience in information technology and business leadership. He has a diploma in business and has led many successful projects in the Information Technology sector. Previously, he worked in Information Systems at Laurentian University and has also held the position of Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.


Greg Peres


Gregory Peres, First Vice Chair - Gregory joined the SAH Board in 2011 and is a member of several Board committees including the Executive, Audit, Governance and Quality and Services Committees. He has more than 20 years of managerial experience within the financial services industry. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds two Bachelor degrees - Commerce and Arts, majoring in Economics. Gregory is currently the Chief Financial Officer at McDougall Energy Inc. and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Community First Credit Union Limited. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Corporation and received special recognition for his 15-years contributions to the United Way of Sault Ste. Marie.


Debbie Romani


Debbie Romani, Second Vice Chair - Debbie joined the SAH Board in 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee. She also serves on the Executive, Governance and Resources Committtees. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing and is currently working as a consultant. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Chartered Accountant. She brings a wealth of financial knowledge to Sault Area Hospital’s Board of Directors, having worked as the Vice President of Finance for Symcor Inc. and as an accountant for Coopers and Lybrand. Debbie has been an Elettra Marconi Society member for more than 25 years and is keen to give back to her community.


Ron Gagnon


Ron Gagnon, President and CEO - Ron holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University and is a Certified Management Accountant. He is the Secretary to the Board and is a member of all SAH’s Board committees. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ron joined SAH in April 2001 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer accountable for Finance, Information Technology, Logistics, Clinical Support Services and Environmental Services. He also served as Interim President & CEO in 2004 and 2006. Prior to joining the SAH, he spent six years as a senior executive with the largest water services organization in Canada. Ron is a past member of the Innovation Centre Board of Directors and the Sault College Board of Governors.


Dr. Silvana Spadafora


Dr. Silvana Spadafora, Chief of Staff - Dr. Spadafora is a Medical Oncologist and the Medical Director for the Algoma District Cancer Program (ADCP). She is a member of the Executive and Quality and Services Board Committees. She is an Assistant Professor for Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Regional Quality Lead. She has been described by patients as someone who works tirelessly to ensure that they receive the best care during their difficult journey. Dr. Spadafora has a great ability to communicate with her patients and their families. She is a mentor for students, an inspiration to her colleagues and a positive influence for her patients and their families. Dr. Spadafora is an admirable physician leader and there is great harmony in the ADCP largely due to her integrity and genuineness. She is a role model and both physicians and staff have great respect for her as a leader and a colleague. She leads by example and has inspired her staff to do the same. The ADCP, with the strong support and leadership of Dr. Spadafora established the inaugural Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at Sault Area Hospital. It has been a great success and has led to the establishment of more Councils. In addition, Dr. Spadafora has been very instrumental in implementing innovative practices, pursuing staff development opportunities and assisting with physician recruitment at Sault Area Hospital.


Liz Ferguson



Elizabeth Ferguson, Vice President Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer – Liz is originally from Sault Ste. Marie and holds a Master of Science in Nursing from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto.  Liz joined Sault Area Hospital in May of 2016, from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, where she held a variety of leadership positions during her 26 years with the organization, most recently as the Director of The Centre for Brain and Mental Health, Trauma, Adolescent Medicine, and Inpatient Surgical Specialties. Liz played a key role in developing Child and Youth Mental Health programs over a four year period in Qatar for Sick Kids International and in leading the provincial Epilepsy Strategy in Ontario. Liz is a member of Sault Area Hospital's Senior Management Team and is responsible for all Clinical Program portfolios and Clinical Support Services.


Dr. Anna Rogers


Dr. Anna Rogers, President of Medical Staff Association - Dr. Rogers moved to Sault Ste. Marie as a family practitioner in 1996.  In 2001, she attended the University of Toronto to pursue a psychiatry residency. Dr. Rogers and Dr. Henry Leung initiated a unique partnership between the University of Toronto and Sault Area Hospital to train specialists in the North. This allowed her to complete half of her residency training in Sault Ste. Marie. She has been practicing as a hospital-based psychiatrist since 2005. Dr. Rogers is also the Clinical Director of Education for the Psychiatry Department.


Dr. Stephen Smith





Dr. Stephen Smith, Vice President Medical Staff Association – Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Dr. Smith currently practices in the Emergency Department at SAH. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Laurentian University in 2006 and his medical degree from McMaster University in 2009. Dr. Smith received his Certification in the College of Family Physician (CCFP) from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) in 2011 and then completed his Special Competence in Emergency Medicine in 2015.


Bill Kerr


Bill Kerr, Volunteer Association Representative - Bill joined the Board in 2014.  He is a retired school teacher and currently donates his time and talents as an SAH volunteer. He has served on various boards and committees including the Algoma Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Centre (Breton House), St. Gerard Majella Parish Pastor Council and the Secondary School Teachers Federation. While in education, he served on various committees of the local Board as well as at the provincial level. Bill is an active volunteer in the Day Surgery/Endoscopy department, the SAH Foundation and has also served on various committees as the volunteer representative. Bill’s contributions and respect for SAH values were recognized with the 2013 iCcare Award for Volunteers.


Lisa Bell-Murray


Lisa Bell-Murray - Lisa, a CPA, CMA joined the SAH board in June 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Commence degree.  Lisa has over 25 years of Finance and leadership experience. In her current role as Vice President Controller at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, she is accountable in providing oversight and strategic direction to the controllership functions of internal control risk governance, Finance shared services, Accounting and Financial reporting, Tax/Treasury, Procurement and Contract Management.  Lisa brings experience in providing stewardship and advice to executives and other business partners, influencing corporate decisions and processes that support an accountability framework and regulatory legislation compliance. Lisa also brings business transformation experience, currently leading OLG’s finance divisional transformation initiative. Lisa has experience working in various capacity's on volunteer boards. She served as a member on the Algoma University Board and she established and chaired the Audit Committee of the Group Health Centre Board. Lisa is also a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Gaming Task Force.


Sharon Kirkpatrick


Sharon Kirkpatrick - Trained as a registered nurse, Sharon worked at SAH for 20 years, with the last 10 in various senior leadership positions, culminating in her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, before her retirement in 2007. During her tenure at SAH, Sharon managed or led several departments in the hospital at one time or another and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board. She also served on the Boards of the Victorian Order OF Nurses and Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie, led fundraisers for the adult day program, participated in public awareness events such as the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign and was involved in hands-on service projects for Breton House.  Sharon joined the Board in 2014.


David Orazietti


David Orazietti - David served two terms as a city councillor while also working as a full-time secondary school teacher for 10 years. In 2003, David was elected as Sault Ste. Marie’s Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and served in this capacity until 2016. In January 2017, Orazietti accepted the position of Dean of Aviation, Trades and Technology, Natural Environment and Business at Sault College. During his 13-year tenure as MPP, Orazietti served in several Parliamentary assistant capacities - to Education, Northern Development and Mines, Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs and to the Premier. He also held a number of ministerial posts including Natural Resources, Government and Consumer Services and Community Safety and Correctional Services. Orazietti served on numerous Cabinet committees, such as the Northern policy committee, Education policy committee and Treasury Board, as well as chaired several all-party committees of the Ontario Legislature.


Brent Rankin


Brent Rankin - Brent joined the Sault Area Hospital Board in June 2015, after serving as a charter member of the SAH Patient and Family Advisory Council. A Thessalon native, Brent returned after university to his home community and entered family businesses there, including wholesale fuels, consumer retail, and publishing, where he continues to work today. He has served as deputy mayor of municipal council for three years, has four terms as mayor and is currently serving his third term as a Trustee on the Algoma District School Board. Brent has formerly served on the Algoma District Homes for the Aged Board, the Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association, and a number of local and regional boards in the culture, tourism, health, municipal, and economic development sectors. Brent also recently joined the Board of a non-profit housing corporation, which is a developer for several public housing and senior assisted-living complexes based in North Bay.


Jim Rennie


Jim Rennie - Jim graduated from York University's Schulich School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Organizational Behaviour and Industrial Relations. He also holds the designation of Certified Human Resources Executive with the Human Resources Professional Association.  He started his career in Human Resources at Algoma Steel concentrating on Labour Relations.  He then moved to the Pulp and Paper industry and held progressively more senior roles with E.B. Eddy Forest Products and Domtar, Inc. concluding in the role of Director, Human Resources - Ontario. Jim returned to Algoma Steel in late 2002 and he has held a number of managerial positions within the Human Resources department. In August, 2010 he was promoted to Vice President, Human Resources with accountability to support Essar Steel Algoma's operations and commercial organizations through the integration of human resources strategies and programs with organizational objectives. Previously, Jim has served on a number of local boards and committees, including the United Way and the Sault College Board of Governors.


Pramod Shukla


Pramod Shukla - Pramod joined the Board in 2012 and has been the Chief Operating Officer at Essar Steel Algoma Inc. since 2009. Prior to this, he also worked as the Vice President of Operations for both Essar Steel Algoma and Essar Steel India. Pramod received his formal education training in India and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Among his many accomplishments, Pramod has a wealth of experience in general management with proven success in achieving operational excellence, quality and service improvements and business process re-engineering.


Mario Turco


Mario Turco - Mario joined the SAH Board in June 2015. He retired from the Algoma District School Board as the Director of Education for 9 years and as Superintendent of Education for 13 years with responsibilities for 10,000 students and 1,500 staff. Prior to that, he was a Secondary School Principal, Vice-Principal, Department Head and mathematics teacher. He has been involved with several community organizations, agencies and initiatives. In retirement, Mario has done work with the Ministry of Education and is doing some consulting work with School Boards, other organizations and individuals on educational, leadership, personnel and management matters. Mario and his wife Susan are enjoying retirement spending time with their children, grandchildren family and friends. They enjoy travelling, staying active and playing golf.


Connie Witty


Connie Witty - Connie joined the SAH Board in 2010. With a strong dedication to enhancing health care delivery in the rural setting, Connie has chaired the Matthews Memorial Hospital Association since 1998/99. Connie has served as a volunteer on numerous committees and boards, and most recently was appointed to the Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin and Sudbury Grant Review Team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Connie is currently a member of the Human Resources Team at Cross Country Automotive Services as a Senior Recruiter with corporate responsibility for all customer service representatives hiring at its Sault Ste. Marie Site. Connie currently holds accreditation with the Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada.  


* Photographs by Neil MacEwan