Leadership Team

Renato DiscenzaRDiscenza

Transitional Regional Lead
Ontario Health East

Renato Discenza is the Transitional Regional Lead in eastern Ontario (and managing Central East, South East and Champlain). He is acting as the chief executive officer for LHINs in eastern Ontario, and is supporting Ontario Health with transition planning.

Renato is an experienced senior-level executive with over 30 years of successful management and governance leadership in public and private sector enterprises. He has had many senior executive roles at Bell Canada and AT&T Canada, spanning operations, customer service, sales, supply chain, business transformation, and other corporate portfolios. Renato has been the chief executive officer at Invest Toronto, a foreign investment attraction agency, and a senior vice-president at Infrastructure Ontario.

He has a diverse background in health care, serving as executive vice-president of strategy and innovation at Hamilton Health Services, a board member of Credit Valley Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital, the Change Foundation, and Mohawk Medbuy, the shared-services organizations for hospitals.

Renato has sat on many public and private sector boards, including those for Waterfront Toronto, Windsor International Airport, an income trust, Junior Achievement, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and other community-oriented boards.

As a professional engineer with a Master of Business Administration, and a certified director from The Director’s College, Renato is actively engaged in system transformation and lending his skills to help drive more integrated and patient-centric care in Ontario.


Catherine Butler

Vice-President, Home and Community Care, Human Resources and Organizational Development

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

Earlier in her career, Catherine 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 two Bachelors of Science (sociology and nursing), and a master's degree in health administration from Dalhousie University. Catherine also has a Certificate in International Health Systems from Uppsala Universitet in Sweden.

JFaheyJames Fahey

Interim Vice-President, Integration, Accountability, Communications & Engagement
Ontario Health East

Since joining the Champlain LHIN in 2007, James Fahey has worked in various roles in health system planning, funding and performance monitoring, contract negotiation and management. He has led LHIN strategic planning efforts, and the development of several key LHIN initiatives.

Through his work at the LHIN, James has led many large stakeholder engagements on health system transformation. He is passionate about building an integrated, patient-centred system, and redesigning services to maximize quality and efficiency.

Prior to joining the LHIN, James worked for several community health centres in data management, information systems, and privacy. James holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Carleton University, and from the University of Ottawa, a master's degree in health administration.

Indigenous and Francophone Communities

The Champlain LHIN ensures Indigenous and Francophone communities are represented in its executive leadership decision-making and planning processes.

Addressing health and wellness issues, and improving the health-system for Indigenous communities is a priority for the Champlain LHIN. Indigenous engagement efforts are led by Ontario Health East Director, Kevin Barclay and supported internally by staff, and externally with partners, including those in the Indigenous Health Circle Forum. Click here to learn more about our work to improve Indigenous health.

Providing high-quality health services in French is a priority for the Champlain LHIN. Francophone community engagement efforts are led by Ontario Health East Director, Nathalie Gilbert and supported internally by staff, and externally with partners including the French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario. Click here to learn more about our work in improving Francophone health services.