Board to Board Engagement

Governance Advisory Councils

In June 2008, the Central East LHIN Board of Directors initiated a new phase of its community engagement framework that focused on creating a culture of cooperation at the governance level within the LHIN.  Known as the Board-to-Board Engagement Strategy, the Central East LHIN established three Governance Advisory Councils – in the Scarborough cluster, the Durham cluster and the North East cluster (Haliburton, Kawartha, Northumberland, Peterborough)  – that aimed to foster the following:

  • A culture of cooperation in which each health service provider understands the other’s contribution to the overall health system and its performance
  • A forum for joint strategic planning and the identification of integration opportunities and
  • The sharing of best practices and tools to raise the bar of health care governance

Governors from Central East LHIN funded health service providers are encouraged to review the Terms of Reference for the Governance Advisory Councils and consider submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) form to join one of the LHIN Governance Advisory Councils.  The three (3) cluster-based GACs hold their meetings on a quarterly basis.      

Terms of Reference updated November 24, 2010  

Expression of Interest (EOI) Form 

Schedule of Meetingsupdated April 8, 2013

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Central East LHIN via email at or by phone at 1-866-804-5446.  

Board Governance Forum - May 1, 2014 - posted April 28, 2014 

On May 1st, the Central East LHIN and its Governance Advisory Councils are hosting a "Governance Forum on Quality" for Board Members from all LHIN-funded health service providers from across the Central East LHIN region.  The event, which is being held in Oshawa, includes a presentation by Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and CEO, Health Quality Ontario entitled "Quality: the Cornerstone of Patient Care" and will provide board members with an overview of the provincial quality framework, the Health Quality Ontario's Strategic Plan, Quality-Based Procedures and the Role of Health Service Providers.  Board members who have not yet registered can contact Jennifer Persaud, Corporate Governance Coordinator at 

Board Boot Camp – Everything You Need to Know about Good Governance - updated April 28, 2014

The Central East LHIN recognizes the challenges of providing governance during these times of change in the health care sector.  Clients, community members, funders and donors are requiring more from the health care system with constrained resources.  

Based on years of successfully offering project management workshops to health service provider staff from across the LHIN, the Central East LHIN in partnership with the United Way of Peterborough and District , has been offering a one-day workshop entitled “Board Boot Camp – Everything You Need to Know about Good Governance”, to all of our health service provider governors.  This session covers the essentials of strong board leadership and good governance through an interactive and dynamic workshop provides governors with the tools and information needed to be an effective and knowledgeable Board Member.

By the end of the session participants:

  • Understand the role and impact of the non-profit sector
  • Recognize the roles and responsibilities of the Board
  • Analyze your Board’s effectiveness in the five key areas of board responsibilities
  • Clearly identify the separation between duties of the Board and duties of staff
  • Understand the role and function of committees; and
  • Run effective and concise Board meetings

The feedback from earlier sessions has been very positive:

Very informative. Wonderful “big picture” learning experience. Valuable insights.
Great overview of the governance roles and responsibilities for Board members. This workshop should be required for all Board members.
Excellent – came away with a few ideas to discuss with my Chairperson.  Excellent material. Well presented.  
Good clear understanding of the responsibilities of Board members. Time well invested. Informative and refreshing!! An excellent overview of the responsibilities and challenges of fulfilling role of non-profit Director. You should take this course if you are on a Board or thinking of becoming a Board member.
Professional seminar. Professional presenter. Good value. Cheap price for valuable information. Well worth the money and time spent

In the past, the cost of the session including refreshments and lunch is $100 and is open to any board member of a Central East LHIN funded health service provider.  If you have questions about these workshops, please contact Jennifer Persaud, Corporate Governance Coordinator at


The Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announces the release of the Local Health Integration Network/Health Service Provider Governance Resource and Toolkit for Voluntary Integration Initiatives.  The toolkit was developed through a joint initiative of five Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), associations representing the health service providers funded through the LHINs, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The project was initiated in November 2007, in response to early consultations between the LHINs and health service providers regarding the provisions for voluntary integration in the Local Health Systems Integration Act, 2006.  LEARN MORE