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Board of Directors

Photograph of the Board of Directors

Back Row L to R:
Dr. Elaine Blau (President, Medical Staff – Rural), Dr. Neil Lamont (President, Medical Staff – Urban), Bill Van Wyck, Mark Ostland (Chair), Lance Thurston (President & CEO), Harry Marshall, Lori Ledingham, Paul Sinclair, Patsy Taylor

Front Row L to R:
Sue Carruthers, Ron Goldsmith (Officer-at-Large), Brenda Kearney (Vice Chair), Gail Robinson (Officer-at-Large), Dr. Mike Marriott (Chief of Staff), Judy Shearer (VP, Patient Care & Quality, Chief Nursing Executive).

Board of Directors

Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which is a mix of elected, appointed, and ex-officio members, and cross-board appointees.

Elected members (12)
Six members are elected from the geographic communities where GBHS offers care and six members are elected as members at large from the GBHS catchment area.

Appointed members (2)
One appointee is a representative from one of the GBHS Foundations, and one appointee is a representative of the Hospital Auxiliaries.

Ex-offico members (5)
Two Co-Presidents of the Medical Staff, the Chief of Staff, the President and CEO; and the Chief Nursing Executive.

Cross-board appointments (2)
One member shall be a Director from the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, and one shall be from the South West Community Care Access Centre.

GBHS also has Board members who sit on both of the above Community Boards.

Grey Bruce Health Services Board of Directors Accountability Statement

How to Become an Elected Board Member

GBHS has a skills-based Board of Directors, and recruits based on required skills.  In April of each year any vacancies are advertised in local newspapers and on this area of the website.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application form. If you have any questions about the application process, please email

Application form in PDF

Application form in Word

Board Members are:

  • Elected for an initial 3 year term. Members may be re-elected for 2 further 3 year terms, to a maximum of 9 years of service
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must reside in the geographical area for which a vacancy occurs
  • Must not be a member of GBHS staff, spouse of staff or professional staff
  • Must be willing to commit an average of 15 hours a month to the responsibilities of the Board
  • Be willing and able to travel to each of the GBHS hospitals as the Board rotates the location of the meeting on a monthly basis

Process for Election:

  • We advertise annually to fill vacancies based on the skill set required
  • Applicants are screened by a Committee of the Board according to the criteria set out in hospital by-laws
  • Areas of specific expertise are examined and matched against current needs
  • Applicants are interviewed by the Committee and elections take place in June

Contact Us

To contact Board
members please address
correspondence to:

Grey Bruce Health Services
1800 8th St. E
Owen Sound, Ont.
N4K 6M9

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