Rick Charlebois Joins the Erie St. Clair LHIN Board

Rick Charlebois has been appointed as the newest member of the Erie St. Clair (ESC) LHIN Board of Directors. The official Order-in-Council issued by the Public Appointments Secretariat of the Province of Ontario took effect on April 12, 2017. Rick attended his first Open Board meeting on April 25, 2017, at the ESC LHIN office located at 180 Riverview Drive, Chatham.

Rick Charlebois spent 30 years in the Canadian Forces retiring as a Colonel working in the finance and supply chain area.  He has lived and/or worked in every province and territory in Canada. Rick also spent a year in Syria on a United Nations peacekeeping mission during the 9/11 crisis in 2001.  Following his military career, Rick then worked in the federal government working in three departments.  He was Deputy CFO/Director General of Finance for Health Canada; led a senior level cross federal government integration project resulting in legislative change at the Treasury Board of Canada, and then retired as Assistant Deputy Minister Corporate Services/Chief Financial Officer of the Public Service Commission of Canada responsible for public affairs, communications, procurement, finance, security, facilities, HR, IT/IM, audit, program evaluation, and strategic planning.  

Rick was appointed as Director Corporate Services/Treasurer at the Town of Petrolia in 2013.  Rick is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has his MBA. Rick has been active in the volunteer sector throughout his career.  Recent activities include: Board Member and Board Treasurer for Bluewater Health; Big Brothers in-school mentor; Junior Achievement instructor for school programs; and a billet family for Sarnia Sting and Sarnia Legionnaires hockey players.

Rick resides in the beautiful city of Sarnia with his wife Barb and daughter Beth and a daughter, Brooke lives in Ottawa.  

LHIN Board Members are selected using a skill-based process, with all candidates assessed for the required skills and abilities of the prospective role and the needs of each LHIN Board. Directors are expected to possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills, and have an understanding of local health issues, needs, and priorities. 

The Erie St. Clair LHIN has a total population of approximately 636,020 people. It’s one of 14 LHINs across Ontario mandated to plan, integrate, and fund local health services including hospitals, community care access centres, community health centres, long-term care homes, mental health and addiction programs, and community support services agencies. The Erie St. Clair LHIN and its Board of Directors are responsible for approximately 1.1 billion dollars of health care services delivered in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton, and Windsor/Essex.


“It is with a great amount of pleasure that we are announcing the appointment of Rick Charlebois to our Board of Directors. Along with bringing us the expertise of a Chartered Professional Accountant and MBA, he brings years of experience as a member of the Canadian Armed Services and as a former Board Director on one of our local hospitals. In the latter capacity, he has contributed to the excellent Strategic Plan of that Hospital with its focus on patients and families. We are very fortunate indeed that he has chosen to join the Erie St. Clair LHIN Board of Directors” 
 - Martin Girash, Board Chair, Erie St. Clair LHIN

“I am honoured to have been selected as a Board Member of the Erie St. Clair LHIN.  With the far-reaching and empowering new legislative authorities under the Patients First Act, our LHIN will have a greater role and responsibility to help patients and their families obtain better access to a more local and integrated health care system, and to improve the patient experience and deliver higher-quality health care.  I look forward to working with my fellow Board Members and our LHIN management team to optimize our regional health care system to the maximum extent possible for the benefit of all our patients and families.”
 - Rick Charlebois, Board Director, Erie St. Clair LHIN