François Hastir Appointed to North West LHIN Board of Directors


 Francois Hastir

Thunder Bay, ON, October 24, 2017 - The Lieutenant Governor in Council has issued an Order-in-Council for the appointment of François Hastir to the North West Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors.

Appointed on August 31 for a three-year term, François brings with him a wealth of experience in both governance and management.

Francois Hastir first became involved in governance in 2010, when he took on the role of Secretary of the Board to his local consumer co-operative and soon thereafter was appointed President. As a result, François became involved in governance at the provincial level taking on the positions of Vice-president, then President, of the Fédération québécoise des coopératives en milieu scolaire (F.Q.C.M.S.), a member-driven federation of 60 consumer co-operatives across Quebec and Ontario worth more than $135M in the retail and food sectors.

During his mandate, François prioritized the development of programs for youth directors involved with the co-operative and mutualist sector, as well as developing a sense of belonging among youth within the sector.

An up-and-coming professional, François Hastir has sat on a variety of local, provincial and national boards, for a variety of organizations, including private sector businesses and non-profit organizations. Previous governance positions held include: Treasurer for the Fondation pour l’éducation à la cooperation et à la mutualité; Director for the Board of Fides Publishing; Director at the Sudbury Workers’ Education and Advocacy Centre (SWEAC); and Director for the Sudbury Funeral Co-operative.

François Hastir holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications and Political Science, and is in his third year of studies at law school. François now works as the Community and Learner Support Coordinator at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). François is the current Chairperson for the Centre franco-ontarien de Folklore (CFOF), and Director at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.


“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Hastir to the North West LHIN Board of Directors. François brings a unique skillset and experience to the Board, and the people of Northwestern Ontario will benefit from his perspectives, particularly on language and culture."

~ Gil Labine, Chair, North West LHIN Board of Directors

“As part of the francophone community in Northwestern Ontario, and as an employee of NOSM, I am aware of the numerous challenges and opportunities facing our region’s health care system. I believe my experience and expertise will bring value to the Board and I look forward to working with such a distinguished team of Directors. It is my sincere hope that our Board will have a positive and lasting impact to improve access to health care in our region, particularly with regard to cultural and linguistic accommodation.”

~ François Hastir, North West LHIN Board of Directors



  • Currently, the Board of Directors comprises: Gil Labine (Thunder Bay), Cathy Farrell (Thunder Bay), Tina Copenace (Kenora), Darryl Allan (Fort Frances), Tim Berube (Thunder Bay), Herb ZoBell (Thunder Bay), Carol Neff (Thunder Bay), Beatrice Metzler (Thunder Bay), Dorothy Piccinin (Thunder Bay), Cindy Jarvela (Thunder Bay) and François Hastir (Thunder Bay).
  • The role of the LHIN Board of Directors is to oversee, advise on and govern the strategic direction and priorities of the LHIN.
  • Directors are appointed by an Order-In-Council, through a process administered by the Public Appointments Secretariat, for a term of up to three years, and may be appointed for additional terms up to a six-year maximum.
  • The Chair and the Directors are appointed based on their expertise, experience, leadership skills and the needs of the LHIN and are accountable, through the Chair, to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the LHIN’s use of public funds and for its results in the local health system.
  • The North West LHIN is responsible for planning, funding and integrating local health services as well as delivering home and community care services. The North West LHIN holds accountability agreements with hospitals, long-term care homes, community health centres, mental health and addictions agencies, and other community support services.
  • The North West LHIN and its Board of Directors are responsible for more than $650 million of health care services delivered in Northwestern Ontario.


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