Labine Appointed and Levesque Reappointed to North West LHIN Board of Directors

December 16, 2014

The Public Appointments Secretariat of the Province of Ontario, through Order-in-Council, has appointed Gilbert Labine to the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Board of Directors in November 2014. In April 2014, the Public Appointments Secretariat of the Province of Ontario has also reappointed Dan Levesque to the North West LHIN Board of Directors. Both appointments are for a three-year term.

Mr. Labine, a resident of Thunder Bay, is a lawyer conducting a general practice in the fields of criminal, family, and civil law as a partner in the firm Atwood Labine Shaw. Called to the Bar in 1977, Mr. Labine is a member of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors, as well as a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association, Thunder Bay Law Association, and the Advocates’ Society. Mr. Labine brings a vast amount of knowledge through past roles including President and Director of William Creighton Youth Services, Director with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and member of the Board of Directors of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

“The North West LHIN Board of Directors, in partnership with health service providers and other organizations, has made significant progress in transforming the health care system, and I am honoured to serve the people of Northwestern Ontario as we make healthy, sustainable change,” said Mr. Labine of his recent appointment.

Mr. Levesque, a resident of Greenstone, brings a community perspective along with the insights gained over his 31 years of service with the Ontario Provincial Police. His dedication to the community is evident through his work as the Chairperson of the Board for both Greenstone Victim Services and the Superior Greenstone Association for Community Living.

The extension of his term is a welcome opportunity, according to Mr. Levesque. “I am pleased to continue to work alongside such a motivated group of Directors, as well as the dedicated staff and health service providers.” Representing the local voice is important to Mr. Levesque: “Championing the needs of the residents of Northwestern Ontario is at the core of planning as we reshape, strengthen, and sustain an integrated health care system that provides care in the right place, at the right time as close to home as possible.”

Joy Warkentin, Chair of the North West LHIN Board of Directors, is pleased with the recent appointments. “Dan Levesque is a seasoned voice whose commitment to this region is unparalleled. His reappointment, along with Gil Labine’s wealth of knowledge and significant experience in the fields of health care and social service, add to the diverse strength of the North West LHIN Board of Directors as we transform health care right here in the region that we serve.”


  • Currently, the Board of Directors is comprised of: Cathy Farrell (Thunder Bay), Tina Copenace (Kenora), Dennis Gushulak (Ear Falls), Dan Levesque (Geraldton), and Joy Warkentin (Thunder Bay).
  • 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 results in terms of goals and performance of the local health system.
  • Board members possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills, and have an understanding of local health issues, needs and priorities.
  • Directors are appointed by Order-In-Council for a term of one to three years, subject to a six-year maximum.


For more information on the North West LHIN and to view full biographies of the Board of Directors, please visit our website:

The North West LHIN is responsible for planning, integrating and funding local health services – hospitals, long term care facilities, the Community Care Access Centre, community health centres, community support services and mental health and addictions agencies. The North West LHIN and its Board of Directors are responsible for more than $600 million of health care services delivered in Northwestern Ontario.

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