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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 centraleast@lhins.on.ca or by phone at 1-866-804-5446.  

Board Boot Camp – Everything You Need to Know about Good Governance - updated September 20, 2013

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 five 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 , is pleased to offer 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 will cover the essentials of strong board leadership and good governance through an interactive and dynamic workshop that will provide governors with the tools and information needed to be an effective and knowledgeable Board Member.

By the end of the session participants will:

  • 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 the earlier sessions held this year 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

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.  Based on the success of the previous sessions, the Central East LHIN will be running an additional session on the following date: 

  • November 1st, 2013 – Scarborough Room, Central East LHIN office, 314 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax - registration closes October 18th

Space is limited but a minimum of 15 participants are required to hold the workshop. To secure a space at one of the sessions, please send a return email to jennifer.persaud@lhins.on.ca  with the names of the board members who would like to attend either session along with any dietary restrictions.  Payment is made in advance by cheque or Visa to the United Way, or can be paid in full by cheque or cash on the day of the workshop.  There will be no refunds issued.  If you are not able to attend, your registration can be applied to a future session.  If you have questions about the workshop itself or project management, please contact Barry Hyde, Lead, Project Management Office, bhyde@tsh.to.   

Board Governance Forum - September 28, 2010 - posted September 29, 2010  

On September 28, 2010, the LHIN hosted a Board Governance Forum.  The purpose of the Forum was to share vital information with all Central East LHIN health service provider boards and included discussions of Provincial and CE LHIN priorities, as well as integration expectations and opportunities. An expected outcome of this important event was the introduction of the Goverance Advisory Councils, a model that will move the board to board engagement dialogue forward and ultimately help us achieve a sustainable health care system in the Central East LHIN.

Each Central East LHIN health service provider was asked to send their Board Chair (or designate) and their CEO/Executive Director (or designate) to this event.  Information presented at this event can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Central East LHIN Governance Forum Powerpoint Presentation - (Please note: Governors were asked share this presentation with their full boards.) 


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