Leadership Team

Chantale LeClerc

Chantale LeClerc, RN, MSc

Chief Executive Officer

Chantale LeClerc has dedicated her nearly 25-year career to the field of health care, working in various sectors and in roles related to clinical care, research, education, professional practice and senior administration.

She pursued her nursing studies at McGill University in Montreal. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and graduated from the Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives.

As CEO of the Champlain LHIN since 2011, she has been leading the charge to improve the region’s ability to meet the health needs of its residents, significantly reducing wait times for many services, increasing access, and changing the way care is delivered. Chantale has done this by reaching out to communities and individuals, educating the public about the health system and by creating new and important partnerships. Chantale is also active on the provincial scene, providing input to policy development as a member of several advisory tables.

Chantale is passionate about supporting the next generation of health care leaders. She is a guest lecturer at several academic institutions, is an invited speaker at many events, and she donates her time as a mentor, providing practical guidance to students and newcomers seeking to advance their careers.

Chantale has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and books, and has received several awards, including an Award of Excellence from the Ontario Hospital Association and an honorary degree from Algonquin College.


Catherine Butler

Vice-President, Home and Community Care

Catherine Butler has a wealth of senior leadership experience in health care, with extensive knowledge and experience in community care. Prior to joining the LHIN, Catherine was Vice-President, Clinical Care, at the former Champlain Community Care Access Centre.

Earlier in her career, she held leadership roles with VON Canada, Capital District Health Authority in Nova Scotia and the Fraser Health Authority in BC, where she was Executive Director, Home Health, End of Life and Patient Assessment to Home (PATH) programs. In this capacity, Catherine led a multi-disciplinary team of 1,800+ health professionals serving a population of over 1.6 million.

Experienced in leading quality improvement initiatives with multiple stakeholders, Catherine is also a passionate advocate for client / family-centred care. She has written and contributed to numerous research papers and conferences, and has received several awards for her leadership and contributions to patient care.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science (Sociology), Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and Master of Health Administration from Dalhousie University. Catherine also has a Certificate in International Health Systems from Uppsala Universitet in Sweden.


Patrice Connolly

Vice-President, Human Resources and Organizational Development

Patrice Connolly has extensive senior leadership experience in health care organizations in Ontario and Quebec. She has held numerous portfolios in hospitals, rehabilitation, home care and community care.

Patrice joins the LHIN from the former Champlain CCAC, where most recently, she was the Vice-President, People and Stakeholder Engagement for 10 years. During her time there, she led the highly-effective Patient and Caregiver Council and Patient Advisor Program, and earned the agency regional and provincial workplace awards as a preferred employer through leading-edge workplace health and human resource practices.

She is recognized for establishing innovative and leading practice programs in the areas of patient and family engagement, workplace health, talent management, healthcare leadership, autism, social integration of persons with disabilities, mental health and dual diagnosis. She has presented on these topics at numerous conferences and workshops.

Patrice holds a Master's of Science (Health Administration) from the Université de Montreal and both Bachelor and Masters (Social Work) degrees from McGill University. She has been a faculty lecturer at McGill University and a guest lecturer at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa.


Wendy Grimshaw

Vice-President, Performance, Accountability, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

Wendy brings to the LHIN 25 years of leadership experience from the public and not-for-profit sectors, with a focus on health-care transformation, performance management, and financial sustainability.

Most recently, Wendy was Executive Director of the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre, where she successfully built and operated an innovative health-care delivery model with community stakeholders and the Centre’s leadership team.

Wendy has a successful track record of shaping forward-looking organizations, and leading agencies through significant transformation. She has done this with an emphasis on building mission-driven teams with a strong client orientation, and on creating a professional and collaborative culture.

Wendy has served on several Board of Directors, including the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program, Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, Pembroke Regional Hospital, West Champlain Healthy Community Corporation, and Mothercraft Ottawa.

Wendy is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from University of Western Ontario.

Cal Martell

Cal Martell

Vice-President, Integration

Cal Martell joined the LHIN in April 2014, bringing decades of experience in health service delivery and planning regionally and provincially. His experience includes leadership roles in health administration, and primary care and community-services development.

Most recently, Cal was a principal consultant on initiatives that included the development of a culturally competent primary-care model for urban Inuit, regional governance models for geriatrics, strategic planning, senior-friendly hospital planning, elder-abuse prevention, community and caregiver support, and a range of regional and provincial dementia initiatives.

Prior to being a consultant, he was director of the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario, where he provided strategic planning and administrative leadership for an organized delivery system of specialized geriatric services for 10,000 patients across 9 hospitals, spanning services from hospital to home. Earlier in his career, Cal worked at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as a Community Development Coordinator.

Through the years, Cal has served on variety of regional, provincial and national boards and committees, with a focus on geriatric and community services.

Cal completed his undergraduate degree at Carleton University.


Elaine Medline

Vice-President, Communications and Engagement

Elaine Medline joined the LHIN in 2006, and has contributed to a number of key LHIN initiatives in the areas of communications, mental health and addictions, and lung health. She became a member of the LHIN’s Senior Management Team in 2011.

In addition to communications and community engagement, Elaine currently focuses on improving health services for immigrants and refugees, as well as Francophone communities. She is currently co-chair of the Health and Well-Being Sector Table of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership. In addition, Elaine is now working with Indigenous partners on a number of health initiatives.

From 1999 - 2006, she worked at Ottawa Public Health, developing policies and programs related to tobacco control, environmental health, youth programs, harm reduction and health-care emergencies.

Elaine has degrees in biology and medicine from McGill University, and a journalism degree from Carleton University. She began her journalism career in 1991 as a reporter at the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper in Prince Edward Island, followed by a five-year stint covering health policy and medical innovations for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper from 1992 - 97.