Senior Management Team

Ron Gagnon   Ron Gagnon, President & 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. Ron brings experience in public service and competitive industry in both administrative and operational leadership capacities. 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 Board member of the Innovation Centre and Sault College.
Max Liedke   Max Liedke, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer- Max is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Business Administration. He began working at SAH in 2009. Max is a member of the Senior Management Team and is responsible for finance, information management, information and communication technology, supply services, legal services, insurance, decision support and performance improvement as well as being the executive lead overseeing the new hospital project. Max brings over twenty years of experience to SAH. Most recently, he held the role of Chief Financial Officer at Sault College for over six years. He was also the acting President at Sault College for over eighteen months. Max volunteers on several boards with a primary focus on enhancing children's services within the community.
Ila Watson - VP   Ila Watson, Vice President of Transformation & Chief Human Resource Officer - Ila has a Bachelor of Arts, Industrial Relations degree from McGill University. She came to SAH in 2009 and brings with her, twenty years of experience with the Ontario Public Service in various leadership roles in Human Resources, including Director Enterprise Recruitment, Ontario Ministry of Government Services and Director Human Resources, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Ila has been credited with significant achievements during the transformation of human resources service delivery in the Ontario Public Service, and has been a participant and past instructor in Executive Programs, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. An avid equestrian, Ila is a member of the Board of Directors of Theraputic Ride Algoma. Ila and her husband Ben enjoy sailing in the North Channel.

Elizabeth 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. 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 also 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.


Dr. Andrew Webb



Dr. Andrew Webb, Vice President Medical Affairs - Dr. Webb qualified in medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1981, received his doctorate in 1993 and has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians since 1997. In August 2016 he joined the executive team at Sault Area Hospital as Vice President, Medical Affairs. He is a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of British Columbia. Prior to his current role, he was VP Medicine for Fraser Health Authority in BC from 2009 and Executive and Medical Director for UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK from 2001. He has held expert medical advisory roles with the Irish and Welsh Governments, providing consultation on health system reform. As a Consultant Physician in Critical Care Medicine, he was part of a successful team as clinical researcher, educator and consultant physician helping to develop one of the strongest Critical Care groups in the world. In 2010, he was awarded honorary membership of the Intensive Care society in the UK. His research interests have focused on preventing critical illness and fluid management. He has authored or co-authored 78 papers and reviews, 10 textbooks, 27 book chapters and 8 monographs in the field of critical care medicine. 

* Photographs by Neil MacEwan