Leadership Team


Catherine Butler

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Catherine Butler has a wealth of senior leadership experience in health care, with extensive knowledge and experience in home and 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 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

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.

SKennedySherry Kennedy

Vice-President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer

Sherry Kennedy is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in health care. She has extensive hospital experience, worked as a health care consultant, and participated in numerous provincial committees and initiatives with the Ministry of Health.

As of July 2019, the position of Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer is shared between the Champlain and South East LHINs. In fact, Sherry has held the same position at the South East LHIN since January 2006. In her years there, Sherry has informed and influenced the development of the LHIN model in Ontario.

Sherry has also been a keen contributor to the development and evolution of new funding models, and the revision of government policies and procedures.

Prior to her career in health care, Sherry practiced with KPMG Chartered Accountants. In addition to her CPA (CA) designation, Sherry holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce, and a master’s degree in business administration.

PSandsPenny Sands

Acting Vice-President, Home and Community Care

Penny Sands is a senior leader with extensive experience in health care. For many years before joining the former Champlain Community Care Access Centre in 2003, she was a frontline nurse and manager in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and community settings.

In her 16 years with this organization, Penny has held senior management roles in service-provider contract accountability, quality and risk management, facilities management, and most recently in home and community care.

Penny develops and maintains strong relationships with home and community care stakeholders across the region and province. She is recognized as a champion of change, having led many quality-improvement initiatives to improve patient and caregiver experiences, and enhance staff’s work experience.

Penny completed her nursing education at St Lawrence College.

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 LHIN 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 LHIN 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.