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. Heather O'Brien   Dr. Heather O'Brien, Chief of Staff - Dr. O’Brien was appointed Chief of Staff and Medical Affairs in November 2012. Dr. O’Brien received her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Education Degrees from the University of Toronto. While working at SAH on a locum basis from 1997 onward, she practiced Anaesthesia and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.  She moved to Sault Ste. Marie with her family on a full time basis in 2006 to lead the Department of Anaesthesia. Dr. O’Brien has been the recipient of numerous awards. Her academic work has been published and acknowledged in several medical publications. Dr. O’Brien is well known and respected, both at SAH and across the district of Algoma for her clinical work and her physician leadership roles as Vice President and President of the Medical Staff Association and associated memberships on the SAH Board of Directors and the Medical Advisory Committee.  
     

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