Board of Directors

LHINs operate as not-for-profit Crown agencies governed by an appointed Board of Directors and are bound by a Ministry-LHIN Performance Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Board members are appointed by an Order-in-Council for a term of one to three years, subject to a maximum of two terms (up to six years).

The role of the LHIN Board of Directors is to oversee, provide advice on and govern the strategic direction and priorities of the LHIN. The Board of Directors is accountable, through the Chair, to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the LHIN’s use of public funds and for its performance results in the local health system.

Central LHIN Board of Directors Biographies

Warren Jestin

Warren Jestin, Chair

Location: Markham

Warren Jestin is an advisor and public speaker on Canadian and international economic issues, meeting with clients and experts from around the globe on economic, political and financial market developments. He is the Economist in Residence at the University of Guelph's College of Management & Economics, and has taught at several Canadian universities. He is formerly the Chief Economist for Scotiabank, where he worked for 37 years, and before that, at the Bank of Canada. He serves on several advisory boards related to economic, health and academic advancement. He is Chair for the Central LHIN Board of Directors and a board member for Seneca College and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. He has served on the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education Board and the Markham Stouffville Hospital Board, was a member of the C. D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council, and worked on Policy Committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade. Mr. Jestin earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Charles Schade Charles Schade, Vice-Chair

Location: Toronto

Charles Schade has valuable governance experience in the home and community care sector, having previously served on the Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) Board of Directors. Mr. Schade chaired the Central CCAC’s Patient Services and Quality Committee and also served on their Board’s Governance and HR Committee. A retired executive in consumer research and services, Mr. Schade has over 30 years of experience in client services, human resources, marketing-communications and risk management. He earned his Bachelor of Business in London, England. He resides in the City of Toronto.

Michael MacEachern

Michael MacEachern, Vice-Chair

Location: Alliston

Michael MacEachern was elected Vice Chair by the Central LHIN Board. He has experience in community development, health care, human resources, and regulatory environments. For over 20 years, he has led an organization that helps employers and job searchers. Previously, he served on Town of New Tecumseth Council, including 11 years as Mayor, and Simcoe County Councillor where he was active on the Performance Management, Governance and Audit Committees. He was also on the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Board, a member of Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Finance and Property Committee, and participant on community committees such as My Sister’s Place – People In Transition, South Simcoe Homeless Committee, and the Banting Homestead Committee.


Stephen Smith 


Stephen Smith, Board Secretary

Location: Markham

Stephen Smith was elected Board Secretary by the Central LHIN Board of Directors. He is a long-time executive in Canada's aviation industry, including roles as President and CEO of Air Ontario and WestJet, as well as the Senior VP, Customer Experience for Air Canada. His expertise spans health care governance along with finance, safety, quality, labour relations, marketing and communications. Previously, he served as Vice Chair of the Board for Wasaya Airlines and the Chair, Vice Chair and Past Chair of the Scarborough Hospital Board. He has a Bachelor of Mathematics (Actuarial Science) from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from McMaster University.


Graham Constantine 


Graham Constantine

Location: Aurora

Mr. Constantine has over 40 years of experience in planning, managing and leading health care organizations and related services. He has been actively involved in acute care hospitals, district health councils and long-term care homes. He has also provided consulting services to many health care providers and served on numerous Boards for organizations and agencies dedicated to providing health and community services, including services for children, seniors and palliative care. Mr. Constantine has a Bachelor of Arts from York University and is a Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.


Tanya Goldberg 


Tanya Goldberg

Location: Toronto

Tanya Goldberg holds a Bachelor of Civil Law, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree from McGill University. Her community involvement includes serving as a peer language tutor at New Circles Community Services and previously as Director of Armour Heights Community Centre Adult Programs. She was formerly a Partner in the Health Law Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, specializing in the areas of class actions, quality of care and medical malpractice. She is also a former Associate of the Commercial Litigation Group at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt. 


David Lai 


David Lai

Location: Richmond Hill

David Lai currently serves as Director of Technology Infrastructure & Operations at McCarthy Tétrault. Mr. Lai has held various IT management and consulting positions in his career, in both private and public sectors. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. Mr. Lai earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. He has served on the Board of York Central Hospital (now known as Mackenzie Health) as a Trustee. He has also served on the Board of the former Central Community Care Access Centre as Director.


Heather Martin 


Heather Martin

Location: Thornhill

Heather Martin, a long-time resident of York Region, has extensive experience in the health and community services sector. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Guelph. She brings over 25 years of experience in developing policies and programs for youth and family health and social services, including mental health services and the establishment of clinical practice standards. Ms. Martin is currently a part-time faculty member in Justice Studies at the Guelph-Humber University. Previously, she has served on Boards for the Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe York, Family Services Canada and Mackenzie Health. 


Elspeth McLean

Location: Bradford

Elspeth McLean is an accomplished finance executive with extensive experience in financial planning and reporting, strategic and business planning, resource allocation, and performance analysis and optimization. As a Certificated Professional Accountant, Elspeth has led the Canadian finance and business operations within several iconic organizations including over 3,000 employees. Throughout her career, she has provided support, advice and leadership to a wide range of sectors including life sciences, pharmaceuticals, consumer health, nutrition and food services. In addition to her accounting accreditations, she has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. Elspeth resides in the Central LHIN’s South Simcoe Sub-region.




Mark Solomon

Location: Innisfil

Mr. Solomon is a professional student services leader at Seneca College for over 10 years. He has developed curriculum for race and ethnicity education, has managed Seneca’s First Peoples @ Seneca, Student Conduct, Life and Development portfolios, and led the Behavioural Intervention Team for students needing mental health care. In addition to serving on the Seneca College Board of Directors, he has experience on a wide variety of other boards and associations, including Chairing the National Aboriginal Student Services Association, serving as a Director for Amnesty International Canada, and he is currently an appointed Director on the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. Mr. Solomon holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music), Bachelor of Arts (Native Studies, Laurentian University), a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity (Brock University), and a Master of Education in Urban Aboriginal Education (York University). Mr. Solomon resides in Innisfil. He is a member of the Henvey Inlet First Nation, which has a population of about 150 on reserve members on reserve and 450 off reserve members.