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Company Name Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Industry Health
City Whitby
Province/State Ontario [ON]
Country Canada [CA]
Start Date 6/25/2012
Title Board Members - Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Job ID 494Board-OntarioShores

Formerly Whitby Mental Health Centre (WMHC), Ontario Shores is an accredited, specialty hospital providing tertiary level mental health services to citizens of Ontario since 1919 that was divested by the Government of Ontario and became a standalone public hospital on March 27th, 2006.

Ontario Shores employs 1200 staff and has an annual operating budget of $107 million. It operates 325 inpatient beds, residences for treatment in Stouffville and Oshawa, and supports residents in privately operated Homes for Special Care. Specialized outpatient clinics/treatment satellites are being planned for Durham, York, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, and Peterborough Regions (2009/10). Ontario Shores has about 50 FT and PT physicians on staff, the majority of whom are employees that receive a salary plus benefits; the majority of physicians are RCPSC certified as psychiatry specialists. Inpatient services are primarily provided by salaried physicians; outpatient services are provided by physicians receiving a mix of salary, fee for service and sessional compensation methods.

Other providers in the region of mental health services include psychiatric services and emergency departments in general hospitals, generalist and specialist health professionals in private offices and agencies, and community-based services.

Ontario Shores has identified Adolescent and Young Adult, Forensic, Geriatric, and Urgent Care and Acute services as priority areas for growth and future development as a response to identified needs.


The Board of Directors

Ontario Shores is governed by a community-based Board of Directors consisting of twelve elected directors plus certain ex officio members from management and the Medical Staff. It is focused on the effective and efficient delivery of mental health for a population of 2.8 million residents in an area extending from the northeast and east of the City of Toronto (formerly East York, Scarborough and North York east of Yonge Street), to the York and Durham Regions and to the City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly Victoria County). The Board's composition is skill based although it does assure that members are recruited from all areas in the Region. The Board complete Bylaws are on web site and can be accessed using the following link:

The Board has the following roles:

  • Policy formulation – establish policies to provide guidance to those empowered with the
    responsibility to manage the Centre's operations

  • Decision-making – choose from alternatives which are consistent with Board policies and
    that advance the goals of the Centre

  • Oversight – monitor and assess Centre processes and outcomes

The Board has the following responsibilities:

  • Formulating the Centre's strategic direction (ends) including vision, mission and key goals

  • Ensuring high levels of executive management performance

  • Ensuring the quality of clinical and operational performance

  • Ensuring the Centre's financial viability and meeting its obligations in Accountability
    Agreements with the Central East Local Health Integration Network and the Minister of
    Health and long-Term Care

  • Ensuring the Board's own effectiveness and efficiency

  • Building relationships
    The Role of Individual Board Members

The responsibilities of individual members include:

  • Accountable for actions and fiduciary duties

  • Exercise of authority

  • Avoid conflicts of interest

  • Team work

  • Board solidarity and confidentiality in decision-making

  • Participation and regular attendance

  • Serve on Board committees


Board Recruitment 2012

Qualities sought in Board members include:

  • Commitment to mission, vision and values;

  • Experience in and understanding of governance including the roles and responsibilities of
    the Board and individual Directors and the difference between governance and management;

  • Enthusiasm for the role and its demands;

  • Personal integrity, wisdom and judgment;

  • An ability to work and communicate effectively as a member of the team with other
    members of the Board and management;

  • A talent for strategic thinking;

  • An ability to participate assertively in deliberation and group processes;

  • An ability and willingness to commit the necessary time to participate in Board/Committee
    meetings, meeting preparation, Board orientation, continuing education, retreats and events;

  • A commitment to comply with conflict of interest policies;

  • Ability and willingness to represent as required;

  • An ability to work positively, co-operatively and respectfully with others; and

  • A commitment to ethical standards and behavior

We seek Directors who have prior governance experience with complex organizations and who bring a background, expertise and credentials in

  • Mental health services delivery

  • Community leadership and engagement

  • Strategic planning

  • Senior level business management

  • Finance, accounting and audit

  • Quality, risk management and performance measurement

  • Government, public and community relations

  • Human resource management

  • Knowledge of integrated health care systems

  • Law, policing

  • Marketing and communications

  • Construction design/management, architecture, urban planning

  • Information management and technology

Ontario Shores is currently seeking expressions of interest from highly qualified individuals with a passion for mental health and prior governance experience for future Director positions which fall vacant. Legacy Executive Search Partners has been retained by the Centre's Governance Committee to identify and engage interest from potential candidates. The Centre's priorities this year are to engage interest from candidates with expertise in:

  • Law and mental health;

  • Academic health sciences, health professional education and mental health research; or

  • Expertise in government relations and politics, business, financial management, or risk

Summary Text If you are interested in serving on the Board of Ontario Shores and believe your background and experience align with this position profile, please send your resume and a Cover Letter outlining the basis for your interest, a summary of qualifications and experience, and what you can contribute uniquely to the Governance role of the Board by email to Tony will then arrange an initial discussion to explore your interest further and discuss with Ontario Shores how they wish to proceed with your application if there is agreement to move forward with an interview at that stage.
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