Senior Leadership Team 

Denise Hardenne, President and CEO

An accomplished veteran health executive, Denise Hardenne has held progressively more senior roles at Halton Healthcare for almost two decades, culminating in her current position as President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, she served in several senior capacities in the Saskatchewan health system. For over 20 years, Denise has been a surveyor with Accreditation Canada since 1998, helping peer organizations enhance their performance and effectiveness; she was also a consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, advising on hospital operations.

During her tenure at Halton Healthcare, Denise has overseen the organization’s growth to over 6,500 staff, physicians and volunteers, receiving approximately a half billion dollars in annual funding and its transformation, becoming an organization with a strong focus on delivering exemplary patient experiences, always. Denise has also delivered three major capital projects with a total value of $3.36 billion at Halton Healthcare, including the new 1.6 million square foot Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, the modernized Georgetown Hospital and the expanded Milton District Hospital. Her expertise in planning and operational readiness has ensured not only on-time and on-budget delivery of these projects but also the smooth opening of the new facilities.

Denise holds an MBA from Queen’s University and an MCED and BSN from the University of Saskatchewan. She has also been a Management for Chief Nursing Executives Fellow at the Wharton School of Business and completed the Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials program at the Rotman School of Business. Denise has published and presented extensively on many aspects of hospital operations.

Bill Bailey, Senior Vice President, Redevelopment & Facilities

Bill Bailey is recognized in Ontario as one of the most experienced leaders in healthcare infrastructure planning and project delivery. With more than 25 years of project experience in Ontario, including new/greenfield public sector development, Bill brings an extensive knowledge of hospital facility planning to his position at Halton Healthcare. As Senior Vice President, Redevelopment and Facilities at Halton Healthcare, Bill provides corporate leadership for the development of enterprise-wide, and long range strategic capital plans. In this capacity, he was the Executive Lead responsible for the planning and delivery of the new Oakville Hospital Project; a new 1.6 million square foot facility which opened in December, 2015 with a total project cost of $2.7 billion. Bill also led the delivery of the Milton District Hospital Expansion project, a $512 million 330,000 square foot addition to the existing campus which opened on time on October 1st 2017. With these two successful projects behind him, Bill is leading the planning for the next major redevelopment at the Halton Healthcare’s Georgetown Hospital site.

Prior to joining Halton Healthcare in 2006, Bill was the Director of the Health Capital Strategies Branch at the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) where he was responsible for planning and managing the Ontario health capital investment portfolio which included the first two Ontario P3 pilot projects – the Brampton Civic Hospital and the Royal Ottawa Health Centre.

Judy Linton, Senior Vice-President Clinical Programs & Chief Nursing Executive

Judy began her career as a registered nurse in critical care. She has held progressively more responsible positions in the management and leadership of clinical care, most recently as the VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. Previously Judy held strategic, provincial level roles at Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Renal Network and numerous clinical operational and consulting roles at The Hospital for Sick Children, PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Toronto.

While at Cancer Care Ontario, Judy worked with the 14 regional cancer programs and helped design the quality reporting system. She also led the development of the fourth Ontario Cancer Plan and the first Ontario Renal Plan. Her focus is on the provision of high quality care and the best possible patient and family experience. Judy works collaboratively with physicians and hospital staff to design, implement and evaluate innovative, safe care for patients. She brings experience from multiple clinical settings and from the system perspective through her leadership role in provincial cancer and renal care. Judy recently provided leadership in the planning and implementation of a new information system, designed to facilitate the provision of safer and more efficient care.
 

Dr. David McConachie, Chief of Staff

Since joining Halton Healthcare in 1993, Dr. McConachie has held several critical medical leadership roles and maintained a busy clinical practice. Dr. McConachie has been instrumental in shaping the current OTMH medical model of care, has led transformational changes in many programs and departments and most recently was a key lead in the Cancer Clinic review and medical manpower expansion He has extensive credentialing and physician performance management experience, has mentored several medical professionals, and has been an active member on a number of internal and external committees including Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Intensive Care and Mississauga Halton LHIN-CV Steering Committee. Dr. McConachie will continue his clinical practice as a Cardiologist and Intensivist, bringing his expertise to all three hospitals. Dr. McConachie is dedicated to exemplary patient and family focused care, the growth of our collaborative culture and the on-going development of an inclusive medical staff team across all of our hospitals and community locations.

Cindy McDonell, Chief Operating Officer & Program Director, Georgetown Hospital

Cindy McDonell joined in 1986 as the Director of Education and Quality Management and later assumed the role of Assistant Executive Director of Patient Services. In 1998, following the amalgamation of the Milton District Hospital and the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Cindy was appointed as the Program Leader of the newly established Milton Family Practice Program and Chief Operating Officer of the Milton District Hospital. In January 2006, with the addition of Georgetown Hospital to Halton healthcare, she assumed her current position as the Georgetown Family Practice Program Leader and Chief Operating Officer of Georgetown Hospital. Cindy brings over 30 years of clinical, education and administrative experience to her role.

Carole Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Carole Moore was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) in 2016. She joined Halton Healthcare in 2015, serving as Chief Operating Officer; OTMH Transitions responsible for overseeing the operational readiness work needed to prepare for the opening of the new hospital, including equipment procurement, IT implementation, risk mitigation and move logistics. Previously, Carole was Vice-President, Quality, Risk and Organizational Effectiveness at Markham-Stouffville Hospital, responsible for infection prevention and control; human resources; patient relations; quality and risk management. Carole’s clinical experience includes surgical services, neuroscience, paediatric emergency, ambulatory care, hemodialysis and homecare. A nurse by profession, Carole holds a BScN (Lakehead University) and an MBA (Wilfred Laurier University).

Sharon Norris, Vice President, Human Resources Planning & Organizational Development

Sharon Norris, a seasoned Human Resources and Labour Relations professional, joined Halton Healthcare in April 2013 bringing extensive knowledge and practical experience. Sharon has successfully led initiatives designed to improve employee engagement, has developed leadership programs and has worked on large scale and complex projects. Prior to joining us Sharon was VP HR, Discount Division at Loblaw Companies Limited and has held HR leadership roles at both Canadian Tire Corporation Limited and Ford Motor Company. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Labour Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, has obtained the Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation, and is an Oakville native and resident. As Vice President, Human Resources Planning and Organizational Development Sharon leads the organization wide People Strategy, with an emphasis on engagement and safety as Halton Healthcare continues to position itself as a work and volunteer place of choice.

Hilary Rodrigues, Vice President, Corporate Services & CFO

Hilary Rodrigues joined Halton Healthcare on September 18, 2017 as Vice President, Corporate Services and CFO. Previous to this role, Hilary held the position of VP Corporate Services and CFO for the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and was responsible for overseeing Finance, Environmental Services, Food Services as well as other corporate functions. During his healthcare career Hilary successfully led several programs and initiatives designed to improve financial performance, integrate policy development and positively improve patient experiences across complex clinical and administrative environments. Hilary is a strategic and proven systems approach leader with a high commitment to supporting hospital operations, government partnerships and Board governance.

With a progressive career spanning over 25 years Hilary has held leadership and planning roles at Trillium Health Centre, the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MHLHIN), Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, University Health Network and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Hilary holds a Masters in Health Management (MHM) from McMaster University, Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree from the University of Toronto, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Sandy Saggar, Chief Information Officer

Sandy Saggar joined Halton Healthcare in 2014 as Chief Information Officer. Sandy came to Halton Healthcare with a diverse background including both private and public sector experience. He has held previous leadership positions across many industries including the financial, automotive, retail, government and healthcare sectors. Sandy oversees Information Communications and Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Information Services/Health Records, Registration and Admitting, and the Emergency Preparedness program.

One of his main areas of focus at Halton Healthcare is evolving the Information and Communications Technology Strategy to enable the organization’s vision. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration. Sandy has been recognized for his Healthcare Information Technology and Information Management achievements through numerous awards such as the prestigious 3M Healthcare Quality Team award through the Canadian College of Health Leaders, Large Public Sector Ingenious award through the Information Technology Association of Canada, Project Team Innovation and Care Delivery award and Innovation in the adoption of Health Informatics award through Digital Health Canada.

Janet Skupsky, Chief Operating Office & Program Director, Milton District Hospital

Janet Skupsky transferred to the Milton District Hospital in 2009 in the role of Program Director Milton Family Practice, and as of April 2012, she also assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), Milton District Hospital. Janet has a very long history with Halton Healthcare, holding the position of Program Director Emergency/Ambulatory Care at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for over twenty years prior to her transfer to Milton District Hospital. Janet has developed an incredible reputation as a highly skilled and extremely hard working leader of some of our most critically important services at both the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Milton District Hospitals.

Mark Walton, Vice-President, Strategy, Partnerships & Performance

Mark Walton was appointed Vice-President, Strategy, Partnerships and Performance in September 2014. In this role, he provides leadership on Strategy, Clinical Service Planning, Brand, Partnerships, Stakeholder Relations and Performance. For the past 25 years, Mark has worked with and in the Canadian healthcare sector. Mark is best known for his passion and expertise in strategy and has lead strategic planning and deployment initiatives for a wide variety of industries and organizations across Canada.

Before joining Halton Healthcare, Mark was the Founding Partner at Mark Walton & Associates. Prior to this, Mark was a Partner with KPMG's Canada’s Advisory Practice where he led the healthcare strategy services line. He also led the business consulting group of Philips Medical Systems Canada, a group focused on assisting hospital clients to more effectively assess, select and implement technologies in complex clinical environments. Mark has previously worked with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the University Health Network (UHN) where he focused on the development and assessment of clinical and operation performance metrics.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Health Services Administration (MHSA) from the University of Alberta.