Hospital/CCAC Financial Leadership Group


  • The HCFL Work Group provides expert content-knowledge, directional leadership and expertise in financial management within a collaborative forum in accordance with Central East Local Health Integration Network (CE LHIN) priorities and strategies (e.g. IHSP).
  • Members identify and examine current emerging issues and/or anticipated future items.  Based on this assessment, efforts are focused on the development and implementation of innovative solutions addressing the perceived opportunities for the integration/coordination of more streamlined and efficient healthcare services.  


The activities of the HCFL Group are results-oriented and evidenced-based. The members:

  • Work collaboratively with CE LHIN and other participating Hospitals and the CECCAC to identify issues and advise on specific options / solutions.
  • Provide informational reports (quantitative and qualitative) to better direct focus on key areas of interest
  • Address emerging local health care needs and future health care system priorities within the context of prudent fiscal management (i.e. balanced budgets), and
  • Explore opportunities for improved efficiencies, cost effectiveness and adoption of best practise across the continuum of care.


The following individuals are members of the Hospital/CCAC Financial Leadership Group:

John Aldis

John Aldis is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years experience in the healthcare industry.  He has a passion for organizational improvement and the application of information systems to improve the quality and reduce the cost of delivering healthcare.  Mr. Aldis has developed and successfully implemented a range of business and process improvement strategies in his career.  He has done so in various operational roles as a program manager and also as an external consultant with organizations in the healthcare, broader public and private sectors.  Mr Aldis began his career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), initially in the firm’s Audit & Taxation Practice leading external audits of companies primarily in the manufacturing, services, healthcare, and construction sectors.  He moved to the firm’s Consulting Practice in 1992, providing business restructuring services to large corporate clients and advising secured creditors of companies in severe financial difficulty.  Mr. Aldis joined The Hospital for Sick Children in 1994 as Director, Financial Planning.  In this new role he recruited and led a team that redesigned the hospital’s financial planning and budgeting processes to a highly decentralized model with enabling technology to support the new processes.  He then assumed the role of Applications Director, with overall responsibility for all clinical and business information systems for the hospital.  Mr. Aldis was a key player in several innovative information technology projects including the development and implementation of the electronic Child Health Network (eCHN) across dozens of hospital and non-hospital providers throughout Ontario. He also directed large enterprise projects including a comprehensive PeopleSoft ERP implementation.  During his tenure at Sick Kids, he also served a one-year secondment at the Ontario Ministry of Health, Institutional Health Group, in a financial advisory role to the Assistant Deputy Minister related to Health Services Restructuring Commission directions to Ontario hospitals.  Mr Aldis joined IBM’s business consulting practice in 2005 leading strategy and change consulting engagements for clients in the Canadian healthcare sector, with a particular focus on e-Health strategy development.  Mr. Aldis moved to the Rouge Valley Health System in 2007.  In his current role as Vice President Corporate Services and CFO, he oversees Finance, Decision Support, Information Systems, Health Records, Supply Chain Management and Logistics for this large, two site community hospital.  He has driven the development of a comprehensive financial recovery plan and is now helping to lead the operational and cultural transformation of this organization using Lean methods.   Mr. Aldis lives in Aurora with his wife and their three children.

Ralph Anstey

Ralph Anstey is a Certified General Accountant with 30 years experience in the Ontario health care field.  Since 1999, Ralph has been the Vice President & CFO at  The Scarborough Hospital and has responsibility for Financial and Support Services.  Prior to this appointment Ralph held the same position with The Salvation Army  Scarborough Grace Hospital and played a significant role in the planning and construction of this new facility in the mid 1980s.   Ralph has extensive experience in developing and implementing hospital strategic plans, participating in hospital shared service arrangements and was a key player in leading a merger of two large community hospitals in 1999.  Ralph currently serves on the Board of Directors of Plexxus and the Shared Hospital Laboratory Inc, both providers of shared services to the health care sector.

Leo Boyle

Leo Boyle currently serves as Vice President, Resources for Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario.  Originally recruited in November 1990, Leo has served the hospital in various senior positions over the past 19 years, including that of Assistant Executive Director, Financial Services and Vice President, Finance and Information.  Appointed to his current position in July 2006, Leo is responsible for all aspects of the hospital’s financial and human resource services, along with related policy development.  The financial portfolio includes accounting, budget, payroll, investments, banking, and insurance.  The human resources portfolio includes administrative responsibility for labour relations, compensation and benefits, occupational health and safety, recruitment and retention, and wellness initiatives.  Prior to his employment at Ross Memorial Hospital, Leo honed his skills during four years of service spent as Assistant Executive Director, Financial and Information Services at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Peterborough as well as two years as Assistant Administrator, Financial Services at Trenton Memorial Hospital. As a fellow of the Society of Management Accounts of Canada, Leo holds the professional accounting designation of FCMA.  He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

John Chen

John Chen brings over 15 years of experience in financial planning, management and accountancy, including over ten years in the healthcare sector. He is currently the Chief Financial Office at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.  He is accountable for ensuring financial health and integrity of the hospital.  In addition, he provides strategic leadership to the Finance and Information Services teams.  He also held the position of the Director of Finance and Information Services at Ontario Shores.  In this position, his role included leading and establishing an Information Services Department and the selection and implementation of systems solutions for the hospital. He is currently the Chair of the Local Data Management Partnership for Central East LHIN, a member of the Finance/Statistics Information Management Advisory Committee, and a member of the CE LHIN eHealth Steering Committee. His previous position was with another specialty psychiatric hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as Director of Finance, Procurement and Distribution. He has also held several positions at the University Health Network from Senior Business Analyst to Director of Finance. Prior to joining the healthcare sector, John worked in public accounting in various roles and was promoted to Manager of Assurance Services at Grant Thornton LLP. John Chen is a chartered accountant and holds a Masters in Accountancy and Honours Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy.

Laura Freeman

Laura Freeman joined the Peterborough Regional Health Centre as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective December 2010.
Laura most recently held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Executive at Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Barrie where she provided leadership and strategic direction for Corporate Services.  Laura was integral to RVH securing approval for the Phase 1 Expansion Project and oversaw its financial progress of the $450 million redevelopment.  Laura has also served in a variety of positions external including being a Board member of both the Central Ontario Hospital Procurement Alliance (COPHA) and Royal ProResp. Laura’s senior leadership extends to both the public and private sector in a series of progressive roles.  Prior to joining RVH she was the CFO for a private international corporate group and she held senior positions at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre, and has been the CEO of a Long Term Care Facility and Home Care Program.  As well she has extensive Public Accounting experience. Her dynamic financial insight and experience working with multi-disciplinary teams has resulted in a proven track record of success. Laura is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant and holds an Honours Bachelors of Commerce degree.  She has also completed the Advance Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and the Financial Executives International. 

Brad Hilker

Brad is currently the Interim Chief Financial Officer at Campbellford Memorial Hospital. This role is responsible for Finance, Information Systems, and Materials Management.  A graduate of the York University’s Masters of Business Administration program and the University of Guelph’s Bachelor of Arts program, Brad has spent most of his career in health care settings.  In 1997, Brad completed the Professional Program of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) through the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario.   In 2005, Brad received a Fellowship Designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario in recognition of service to the Society, to the profession and to the community.  Prior to coming to Campbellford Memorial Hospital, Brad held the position of Vice-President and CFO at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, He has also held the position of Manager Case Costing/Payroll at North Bay General Hospital and the positions of Supervisor, Financial Planning and Reporting, Senior Budget Analyst and Financial Analyst at the University Health Network (formerly the Toronto Hospital). Brad was a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario for the last six years. He is currently a Board member of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough and a Scout leader for 4th Westdale Beavers.

Natalie Hovey

Ms. Hovey is a Certified Management Accountant with experience in the private and health care sectors.  Most recently she has relocated from Halifax Nova Scotia to assume the role of Vice President Finance and Information Management  with Lakeridge Health, one of the largest hospital networks in Ontario.  Ms. Hovey  spent 12 years with Nova Scotia’s Capital District Health Authority (CDHA) in various roles. CDHA is an integrated academic health district employing over 10,000 staff and an operating budget in excess of  $700 million.  Ms Hovey has served as a trustee of the NSHAO LTD plan and the Province of Nova Scotia LTD plan and the Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations Protective Association (NSHOPA).

Karim Mamdani

Karim Mamdani is the Chief Operating Officer at Ontario Shores, Centre for Mental Health Science and has responsibility for the Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Data Integration, Project Management Office and Support Services functions in the organization. Karim has previously worked at a number of academic health science centres including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University Health Network and the Hospital for Sick Children.  Karim has spent his entire 20 year career in health care including a period of time with Price Waterhouse in it’s consulting practice.  Karim’s system contribution includes leadership on a number of HR-related committees of the OHA, the former Joint Policy and Planning Committee and mental health and medical services funding working groups.  His areas of focus include Labour Relations and employee engagement, financial and operational management, fostering an accountability climate, land and building development, funding systems, and operationalizing strategic planning. Karim has an MBA from McMaster University and is a certified Management Accountant.

Cathy Outram

Cathy Outram it the Chief Financial Officer for HHHS.  She is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has an Honours Bachelor of Economics, Accounting Major from the University of Waterloo.  Cathy started working with the Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) in the fall of 1994 when it was a satellite of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Peterborough.  HHHS was incorporated in February 1996 and Cathy became the first CFO of HHHS in January 2001.  Cathy is responsible for all internal and external matters related to finance, all external reporting to the LHIN and MOHLTC and other government bodies, and all internal reporting to the Board and its committees.  She is also responsible for the annual audit and issued Financial Statements.  Two areas report to Cathy  – Finance and Facilities & Projects. 

David Stringer

David has held the position of Senior Director, Corporate Services at the Central East CCAC since January 1, 2007 and is responsible for Finance, Information Systems, Records Management, Decision Support and Facilities & Purchasing. Prior to that time, David served as the Director, Corporate Services at Durham Access To Care from June 1998 responsible for the Finance, Information Systems and Human Resources functions. 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 CCAC. David is also the CECCAC privacy officer and leads the provincial CCAC Privacy Officer Team.

Cheryl Turk

Cheryl Turk is the Vice President Finance and Information Services, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for Northumberland Hills Hospital located in Cobourg, Ontario.  She has been a member of the Northumberland Hills Hospital management team for 12 years, joining in June 1997 as the Director of Finance.  In her current role, Cheryl is responsible for the planning, organization and coordination of the following administrative services: financial management, information management and decision support, and privacy oversight. In addition, the portfolio includes responsibilities relating to supply chain activities and food services. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours degree from the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business and Economics and a Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Prior to joining Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cheryl was a senior manager at a local accounting firm, primarily responsible for the audits of several not-for-profit organizations.