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Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team

Arden Krystal

President and CEO

Arden Krystal is the President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario. Southlake serves a population of almost 1.5 million people in York Region and Simcoe county, with regional cancer and cardiac programs and a full slate of services from surgery to mental health to children’s and women’s care.

Prior to her arrival at Southlake, Arden held senior executive operations roles at two of the largest health authorities in British Columbia – the Fraser Health Authority and the Provincial Health Services Authority, with responsibilities spanning the full continuum of care, including public health, acute community, tertiary and quaternary research and academic organizations. Her portfolios also included responsibility for non-clinical services, such as quality, risk and human resources; and she has overseen, as clinical executive sponsor, major public-private partnership (P3) capital projects in the hospital sector.

Arden started her career as a registered nurse in medical and surgical oncology. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (hon) and a Master of Health Administration, both from the University of British Columbia, and completed the Managing Health Delivery certificate program at Harvard University.

Barbara Steed

Executive Vice President, Clinical Services

Regional Vice President, Cancer Program

Barb Steed is the Executive Vice President, Clinical Services at Southlake Regional Health Centre and Regional Vice President, Cancer Services, Central Regional Cancer Program, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario).

Barb most recently held the role of Executive Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Practice Officer at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Barb began her career as an Emergency Department nurse and since then has held a number of progressive leadership roles within the health care system covering a diverse range of hospital clinical services including Oncology, Medicine, Surgery, Maternal Child, Complex Continuing Care, Brain Health, Regional Child Development and Intensive Care. Her experience also includes Quality, Risk, Patient Safety, Pharmacy, Laboratory Services and Diagnostic Imaging.

Barb is a Registered Nurse who holds a Master of Health Studies from Athabasca University and has a Certified Health Executive certification with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She has completed the Advanced Healthcare Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is a values based leader whose accomplishments focus on innovative approaches to patient centred care, patient experience and quality.

Dr. Charmaine van Schaik

Chief of Staff

Dr. Charmaine van Schaik trained in Paediatrics at McMaster University, after completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology and Master’s of Science in Kinesiology. Since joining Southlake in 2004, Charmaine has acted as a Physician Leader at Southlake in multiple capacities, as well as the previous Chief of Paediatrics and Medical Director of the Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Satellite Clinic when it launched at Southlake in 2009.  More recently, Charmaine served on the Southlake’s COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Panel (CCAP) and is the Co-Medical Lead for Southlake’s COVID-19 Vaccination Committee, where she was instrumental in promoting community awareness through regular appearances in local media.

Dr. van Schaik advises Ontario’s Ministry of Health on pediatric cancer care as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at POGO and is a Lecturer with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto.

Charmaine is also a very proud mother of five children.

Rob Bull

Vice President, Finance, Technology and Innovation

Chief Financial Officer

Rob Bull joined Southlake in June 2014 and is accountable for the hospital’s finance, technology, innovation and procurement portfolios. During his time at Southlake Rob has led the hospital’s strategy for working capital improvement, partnered with two other hospitals to create the “SHINE” tri-hospital health information system cluster, and helped to establish Southlake as a national leader in innovation and value-based procurement.

Rob has 20 years of experience delivering diverse and complex financial advisory, assurance, and risk management services to the public sector. Rob has held progressively senior roles in the Government of the United Kingdom, PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK and Canada) and the Ontario health system.

Rob is a proven systems leader with a high commitment to supporting hospital operations through strategic and innovative partnerships. In addition to his role at Southlake, Rob sits on several Ministry of Health and Ontario Hospital Association advisory committees and is a sought-after speaker and advisor on topics as diverse as health system funding reform, value-based procurement and digital health initiatives.

Rob is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Glamorgan. Rob is an active volunteer with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario with a focus on students and skilled newcomers to Canada.

Chris Cecchini

Vice President, Employee Experience

Chief Human Resources Officer

Chris has a broad suite of human resources expertise, including labour relations, pay equity, recruitment and retention, legal compliance, compensation administration, and mediation.

Prior to joining Southlake Chris held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Director at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and Vice President of Human Resources at Sun Country Health Region in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, where he was responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources portfolio, including labour relations, occupational health and safety, compensation and benefits, recruitment, payroll, and scheduling across 28 healthcare facilities.

Chris holds the Certified Human Resources Executive designation (CHRE), the highest designation for a Human Resources professional, a Master of Arts in Work and Society and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Labour Studies and Sociology.

He is a part-time professor in business and management, teaching at Georgian College in Barrie.

Tyler Chalk

Vice President, Strategy, Analytics and Communications

Prior to joining Southlake in 2018, Tyler was Director, Strategy and Optimization at SickKids. He has also served as Senior Manager, Quality and Performance at Mount Sinai Hospital and in a number of roles at the Ontario Ministry of Health.

He has an undergraduate degree in economics from McMaster University and did his masters at the London School of Economics in the UK. He has completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and the IDEAS Advanced Learning Program in quality improvement.

He has contributed to published research on the impact of hospital funding reform in Ontario and has spoken at national and international conferences on data-driven outcomes improvement, healthcare strategy, and the shift to value-based care.

Elizabeth Ferguson

Vice President, Clinical Transformation, Patient Experience and Chief Nursing Executive

Liz is a nurse executive with expertise in strategic change initiatives in acute care hospitals and a passion for patient and family centred care. Prior to joining Southlake, Liz was the Vice-President, Patient Programs, Flow and Chief Nursing Executive at Royal Victoria Health Centre and Vice-President Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Executive at Sault Area Hospital. Liz also served as Director, Clinical Programs, Centre for Brain and Mental Health at SickKids where she also started her nursing career as a pediatric intensive care nurse.

Liz is a Registered Nurse who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto and Master of Science in Nursing from D’Youville College. She has completed the Advanced Healthcare Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Liz has recently chaired regional clinical steering committees in multi-site projects for the  implementation of Meditech Expanse in both Northern Ontario and Central North and served as a key influencer in the Provincial Epilepsy Strategy in 2016. Liz is a visionary, value-based leader and advocate for the design and delivery of an innovative, quality-driven health care system.

John Marshman

Vice President, Capital, Facilities and Business Development

John Marshman is the Vice President, Capital, Facilities and Business Development at Southlake Regional Health Centre where he oversees facilities operations while leading the planning and execution of Southlake’s extensive redevelopment agenda.

Prior to joining Southlake, John served as Associate Vice President of Facilities Operations for the William Osler Health System where he was accountable for Building Engineering and Maintenance, Environmental Services, Parking, Food Services, Materials Management and Public Safety for three healthcare campuses.  John also supported the planning and execution of Osler’s multiple redevelopment projects.

After studies in engineering and music, John pursued parallel careers in consulting engineering as well as a performing Cellist. Drawn by the complexities of healthcare systems, John focused his consulting work on the design and implementation of hospital construction and renovation projects. In 2012, John joined the Brant Community Healthcare System where he served as Director of Facilities, Planning and Redevelopment before moving to William Osler in 2013.

John keeps active in the broader healthcare facilities community serving as the Vice Chair of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (Ontario) and is a sought after speaker on topics from facilities operations and planning to procurement models. John has been the recipient of multiple awards including the 2020 ASHRAE Technology Award for Health Care Facilities.