Key Goals

After record-breaking consultation, we have launched our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. This plan will lead to an improved healthcare system for the people of Northeastern Ontario, with a purpose to drive high quality health services, support learning and generate research that improves health outcomes for the people of Northeastern Ontario.

The 2019-2024 Strategic Plan is guided by five key goals.
Select a goal below to learn more

About Our Process

The Strategic Planning process for Health Sciences North and the Health Sciences North Research Institute, included four phases – Discovery Phase, Review & Synthesize Phase, Validation Phase and Approval Phase.
The consultation was broader than ever before. More than 3,100 patients, employees, medical staff, learners, volunteers, foundations, community partners, as well as staff from partner hospitals across the region, all offered their thoughts on what the future of health care should look like in Northeastern Ontario. Engagement sessions were held online and in numerous communities across Northeastern Ontario.

There was also a specific interest in hearing from people that were not always consulted in healthcare planning including frail seniors, mental health patients, members of the LGBTQ2S community, injection drug users and HIV patients, and service care providers that work with high-risk youth.


To view the full Strategic Plan Backgrounder download the PDF below.

Collaboration Circle

This “Collaboration Circle” represents the collective, open and iterative process of the Strategic Plan.

The five “individuals” that make up the circle highlight HSN’s blue and orange branding, and HSNRI’s blue and red branding. The blue icons signify collaboration between HSN’s and HSNRI’s clinical, academic and research partners.

Finally, the five individuals also represent the final outcome – five key goals, which was identified through the Strategic Planning process.

Planning Timeframe

  • January 31, 2018

    Expressions of Interest for Steering Committee Due

  • February 15, 2018

    Governance Committee Appoints Steering Committee

  • February 26, 2018

    Steering Committee Kick-off Meeting

  • March 1, 2018 - June 2, 2018

    Internal & External Consultation Phase

  • August 20, 2018

    Synthesis of Input & First Draft Due - Review by Steering Committee

  • September 10, 2018

    Second Draft Due - Review by Steering Committee

  • October 8, 2018 - November 2, 2018

    Validation by Internal & External Focus Groups

  • November 19, 2018

    Revisions and Final Draft to Steering Committee

  • January 2019

    Recommendation to Long Range Planning & Board Executive / Board Approval

  • February 2019

    Strategic Plan Launch

Steering Committee

The 32-member Steering Committee includes physicians, health care and academic stakeholders, Patient and Family Advisory Committee members, members from each of our Foundations, HSN staff, as well as the Chief of Staff, the Board Chair, the Board Chair-Elect, the Strategic Plan Special Advisor, and the President and CEO of HSN and HSNRI.

Group photo of Steering Committee

Group photo of Steering Committee


Dominic Giroux

HSN and HSNRI President & CEO

HSN and HSNRI Chief Executive Officer

Nicole Everest

HSN and HSNRI Board Chair

HSN and HSNRI Board Chair

Floyd Laughren

HSN and HSNRI Board Chair–Elect

HSN and HSNRI Board Chair–Elect

Dr. John Fenton

HSN Chief of Staff

HSN Chief of Staff

Maureen McLelland

Special Advisor-Strategic Planning

Special Advisor-Strategic Planning

Rosella Kinoshameg

Anishinaabe Aadziwin Manager, Noojmowin Teg Health Centre - Little Current

Long Range Planning committee

Dr. Kevin McCormick

President & Vice-Chancellor, Huntington University

Long Range Planning committee

Luisa Valle

Director of Children & Citizen Services, City of Greater Sudbury

Long Range Planning committee

Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek

Associate VP Academic & Indigenous Programs, Laurentian University

HSNRI Board member not on HSN Board

Dr. David McNeil

HSN Senior Vice President, Patient Experience and Digital Transformation

HSN Vice President

Dr. David Boyle

HSN Medical Director, Surgical Program

Department Chief or Medical Director

Stephanie Winn

HSN & Ontario Renal Network Regional Director of Nephrology

HSN Administrative Director or Manager

Gillyan Gravelle

HSN Interim Nurse Clinician, Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)


Jeff Huska

HSN Biomedical Technologist

ONA- paramedical

Cindy Walsh

HSN Registered Practical Nurse, 8 North


Melanie Marion

HSN Ward Clerk, Emergency Department


Noel Devost

Team Leader, Business Intelligence Integration and Development


Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke

HSN Seniors Care Lead, Internist, Clinical Director Northeast Specialized Geriatric Centre


Dr. Peter Zalan

HSN Anaesthetist (retired) Past President, HSN Medical Staff


Dr. Dominique Ansell

HSN Physician, Emergency Department


Jessica Grenier

HSN Patient and Family Advisor

Patient & Family Advisory Council

Paulette Lalancette

HSN Patient and Family Advisor

Patient & Family Advisory Council

Alex Patterson

Past Chair, HSN Foundation

HSN Foundation

Mick Weaver

NEO Kids Foundation Chair, General Manager Larche Communications Inc.

NEO Kids Foundation

Dr. Kristy Coté

Vice Chair, Northern Cancer Foundation; Post-Graduate Education Manager, NOSM

Northern Cancer Research Foundation

Imran Bagha

Youth Strategy Coordinator, Regional Business Centre

HSN Volunteer Association

April Kindrat

NOSM Learner– Undergraduate

Learners from different programs

Sarah Slack

Laurentian University Nursing Student

Learners from different programs

Dr. Mike Conlon

HSNRI Scientist & Site Director ICES North

HSNRI researcher or staff member

Francesca Grosso

Health Policy Consultant and Communications Expert, Grosso McCarthy

External health care expert, Eg. CAHO, OHA, HQO

Jéremy Stevenson

North East LHIN Chief Executive Officer

Regional Senior Exec, LHIN or partner organization

Dr. Pierre Zundel

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor—Laurentian University

Senior Exec from learning institution