Senior Team

Deborah Hammons

Deborah Hammons – Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Hammons was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Central East Local Health Network (Central East LHIN) in 2007. In this role, Deborah leads an organization with a mandate to plan, fund and integrate local health services to improve the patient experience, address health inequities, improve access to primary care and specialist care and support the delivery of innovative models of care and digital solutions.

Each year the Central East LHIN allocates more than $2.2. billion to over 120 local health service providers – including hospitals, community-based agencies and long-term care homes – so that local residents have timely access to high quality services and can live healthier at home.  Deborah is accountable for continually strengthening the local health system by leading the implementation of the Central East LHIN’s Integrated Health Services Plan, 2016-2019 which focuses on four Strategic Aims: Seniors, Palliative Care, Mental Health and Addictions and Vascular Health.

Deborah has more than 30 years of experience in health care.  She began her career as a nurse and has held senior positions in health care organizations throughout Canada including Vancouver General Hospital, The Ottawa Civic Hospital, the Toronto General/Western Hospitals and the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.  As CEO of Fairhaven, a 256 bed long-term care home, she added to her list of professional accomplishments by overseeing the development of a new $25.5 million facility, leading the organization in achieving their first 3-year CCHSA Accreditation, and implementing a state-of-the-art computerized environment.

Deborah is a results-oriented leader and strategic planner with the capacity to engage stakeholders, including patients and caregivers, and build consensus across the broader health care sector.  She is passionate about improving the health of the citizens within the Central East LHIN geography.


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Stewart Sutley - Vice President, Health System Strategy, Integration Planning and Performance (HSSIPP)

Stewart Sutley provides strategic leadership, direction and oversight of the development, implementation and evaluation of health system strategies and plans, frameworks (integration, performance, accountability and quality improvement frameworks), and sub-region alignment to the Central East LHIN.

Prior to his current position, Stewart served as the Senior Director, System Finance and Performance Management, providing strategic advice and financial and performance management leadership to the Central East LHIN.

Stewart previously served the Waterloo Wellington LHIN in several key roles, including the Senior Director of Performance and Accountability and the Senior Director of Planning, Integration and Community Engagement. In these roles, Stewart led the implementation of the first required integration of clinical services under Ontario’s Local Health System Integration Act and helped drive all area hospitals into a sustained, balanced financial position.

Stewart has a long history with the Government of Ontario, where he has worked with the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care, Finance, Management Board Secretariat, Children and Youth Services, and Education.  Following his support for Management Board of Cabinet as a member of the Health Team in Management Board Secretariat and, later, the Ministry of Finance, Stewart held the positions of Senior Manager, Primary Health Care Policy and Design, and Coordinator, Physician Services, in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Stewart completed his undergraduate degree and graduate degrees in Political Science at the University of Calgary, McGill University, and the University of Alberta. Stewart has taught and researched in the areas of his academic expertise at three Canadian universities, published in five countries, and traveled extensively in Asia, Oceania, and Europe. 


 Dr. Guppy Dr. Barry Guppy - Vice-President, Clinical

Dr. Barry Guppy joined the Central East LHIN as Vice-President, Clinical on June 5, 2017. In this new role, Dr. Guppy is accountable for leading a team of LHIN sub-region clinical leaders and LHIN specialty clinical leaders to improve clinical integration, achieve sub-region strategic objectives, performance metrics and quality goals.

Dr. Guppy came to the LHIN from Lakeridge Health after serving over four years as Vice-President for Medical & Academic Affairs, a role that included broad accountability for several clinical and clinical support programs at the hospital. Dr. Guppy also served as the Interim Regional Vice-President for the Central East Regional Cancer Program, a joint appointment between Lakeridge Health and Cancer Care Ontario, where he worked with physicians and other health care professionals, hospitals, cancer service providers, patients and community groups to plan and implement improvements to cancer services

Dr. Guppy has held leadership positions in other organizations prior to joining Lakeridge Health. He has previously supported the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) as a Medical Advisor providing medical expertise on issues related to health policy and physician services and programs. Dr. Guppy is recognized for the leadership he has provided on numerous MOHLTC and Ontario Hospital Association committees.

Dr. Guppy earned his Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University and his Clinical Residency in Neurology and Clinical Fellowship in Neuromuscular Disease & Electromyography from the University of Ottawa. He more recently attained his Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University

Dr. Guppy is a neurologist and he will continue to practice along with his new role at the Central East LHIN. He also holds academic appointments at both Queen's University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 


 Lisa Burden Lisa Burden - Vice President, Home and Community Care

Lisa Burden is the Vice President, Home and Community Care at the Central East LHIN where she is accountable for the development, implementation and evaluation of home and community care programs and services currently delivered to over 42,000 Central East LHIN residents on a daily basis.

With over 30 years of experience in various health care settings including hospital, long term care homes, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the community, Lisa was previously the Senior Director, Patient Services at the Central East Community Care Access Centre where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Patient Services. 

Prior to the Senior Director role, Lisa had held the role of Program Director for Chronic Disease Management in Patient Services where she was responsible for the ongoing planning, development and evaluation of community patients’ services including Placement Services for the assessment and admission into the Central East region’s 68 Long-Term Care Homes. She had also managed Patient Services operations for the Whitby and Port Hope branches, overseeing the Community and Placement Management Teams.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Laurentian University.  Throughout her career she has been involved with several committees, projects and working groups across the Central East region, including Complex Diabetes Management, Vascular Health, Geriatric Services, Stroke Network, the Renal Program and many other Central East Local Health Integration Network initiatives. 


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David Stringer – Interim Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services

David Stringer is the interim-VP, Finance and Corporate Services for the Central East LHIN, responsible for Finance, Facilities Management, Information Management and Technology. 

David previously worked as the Senior Director, Corporate Services at the Central East CCAC and was responsible for Finance, Information Systems, Records Management, Facilities and Purchasing. Prior to that time David served as the Director, Corporate Services at Durham Access To Care responsible for the Finance, Information Systems and Human Resources functions.

David has more than 20 years of experience in the health care field.  David was Treasurer on the founding Board of Directors for Durham Access To Care in 1996/97. He brings extensive project management, system integration and organizational change experience to the Central East LHIN. David was also the Central East CCAC privacy officer and a member of the provincial CCAC Privacy Officers Team.


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Marco Aguila -Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development (HROD)

Marco Aguila leads the HROD division at the Central East LHIN and is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of all human capital and organizational development strategies.

Previously the LHIN’s Director, Corporate Services/Controller, Marco is an experienced leader and has managed and administered Finance, Human Resources, Administration and Information Technology services in the LHIN, Community Health Centres and Supportive Housing Organizations.

Marco began serving the public early in his career, first working with marginalized populations as an administrator in the non-profit Supportive Housing Sector in downtown Toronto. He then moved into the healthcare sector as a Director of the Parkdale Community Health Centre and later at the Central Toronto Community Health Centre.  At both organizations he was responsible for the organizations’ financial and human resources accountabilities.   His time at both Community Health Centres enabled him to blend both his leadership and managerial skills as he ensured that the mission, vision, values of the organizations were being met through the daily planning, controlling and organizing of the operations.  

Recognized as a collaborative facilitator by his LHIN peers, Marco has supported the development and implementation of a number of provincial projects and programs including the Provincial LHINs’ Payroll and Human Resources Information System; the Provincial LHINs’ Human Resources Leadership Committee; and, the Provincial LHINs Archives and Recordkeeping Act Working Group which resulted in  a compliance policy and program for implementation of the Archives and Recordkeeping Action – Section 335.07 – for all LHINs.

Marco holds a professional degree from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, Advanced Human Resources Program and Business Administration Diploma from George Brown College of Applied Arts & Technology. He is also a Certified Human Resources Leader, Professional and working towards an Executive designation.


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Katie Cronin-Wood -Director, Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations

Katie Cronin-Wood is a veteran communications professional with over 30 years of experience supporting and leading corporate, government and public sector communications and stakeholder engagement activities for private and public sector organizations including the Rouge Valley Health System, Aetna Canada  and the City of Mississauga. 

Katie joined the Central East LHIN in March 2006 and has become a respected health care communications leader at the provincial and local level, accountable for the development, co-ordination and implementation of shared communication and stakeholder engagement plans across diverse teams to effectively and strategically reinforce the LHINs’ vision, mission and values and improve the patient experience.  Katie is also a recognized expert in developing and leading team-based solutions to assess and respond to local and provincial emergency management communications and issues management.

As the Director, Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Katie will now be accountable for the development, implementation and evaluation of system and Home and Community Care communications strategies and plans, community and stakeholder engagement strategies and communications services and products as the LHIN takes on its expanded mandate.

A journalism graduate from Carleton University, Katie is a lifelong learner, storyteller, facilitator and educator and obtained a Bachelor of Education (Adult Education) from Brock University in 2016.