Leadership Team

William MacLeod 2014

Bill MacLeod
Chief Executive Officer

William (Bill) MacLeod joined the Mississauga Halton LHIN in 2007 as Chief Executive Officer.  He has enjoyed a distinguished career as a health service executive in many roles and capacities. The majority of his career has been devoted to a number of hospital CEO roles including developmental roles at one of Canada's largest academic health science centres, Hamilton Health Sciences.

Mr. MacLeod trained at the University of Toronto Health Administration program where he received the Robert Wood Johnson Award as the student most likely to make a noteworthy contribution in the field of Health Services Administration.

In 1985 he was chosen as the CEO of Peel Memorial Hospital in Brampton where he successfully introduced Program Management and Continuous Quality Improvement methodologies to health care.

In 1990 Mr. MacLeod was selected as the CEO to lead Women's College Hospital where he brought about financial health, increased quality and led the Hospital through a strategic planning process which resulted in the creation of the Women's Health Research Institute, a joint institute with the University of Toronto.

In 1997 Mr. MacLeod left Women's College to pursue opportunities in private sector health care services. After a short stint as President of Health Link Communications, he was soon drawn back to hospital care to take on the role of President of Toronto East General Hospital, then as CEO of St. Michael's where he guided St. Michael's through the acquisition of the Wellesley Hospital's resulting in the successful closure of the Wellesley Hospital.

Mr. MacLeod was appointed Supervisor at Hamilton Health Sciences by the Minister of Health and subsequently became President.In 2001, Mr. MacLeod was asked to take responsibility securing MOHLTC approval for the Hospital's new $400 million multi-site redevelopment plan. 

In his activities outside of the hospital, Mr. MacLeod has played leadership roles with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, Canadian Healthcare Association, Ontario Hospital Association, the Ontario Chartered Quality Institute Network, Council of Ontario Research Directors, and the Young Presidents Organization. He has also led the United Way Health Sector Campaign (2 years in Toronto and 2 years in Hamilton).

In his personal time he loves to golf and travel, most preferably with his wife Linda, and to spend time with his three children Andrew, Collin and Magenta.

Mira Backo-Shannon

Dr. Mira Backo-Shannon
Vice President Clinical

Dr. Mira Backo-Shannon, a Queen’s Medical School graduate, has worked in the Mississauga Halton region for 15 years. In her initial role as a physician hospitalist at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Mira held several leadership positions, including President of the Professional Staff Association and Director of the Hospital Medicine Program. She later moved into community family practice, co-founding the OakMed Family Health Team where she served as Physician Lead and Medical Director.

Mira joined the Mississauga Halton LHIN in 2013 as the Primary Care Physician Lead, where she concurrently served as Chair of the Primary Care Network and the Primary Care Steering Committee. She remains Program Chief and Medical Director of Primary Care, Seniors Care, Palliative Care, Rehab and Complex Continuing Care at Trillium Health Partners.

Dr. Backo-Shannon works at the medical schools of the University of Toronto as a Lecturer and McMaster University as an Associate Clinical Professor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Toronto. 

Angie Burden

Angela Burden
Vice President Health System Strategy, Integration & Planning

Angela Burden is a dedicated health care professional, who brings her experience in leading complex cross-functional strategic initiatives in both the United States and Canada to her new role at the Mississauga Halton LHIN.

Prior to joining the LHIN, Angela worked as Vice President, Regional Programming and Strategic Development at the Mississauga Halton CCAC and as Director of Innovative Practice at Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) where she was responsible for system transformation efforts, research and evaluation, and strategic partnerships. She was instrumental in providing leadership to the development and implementation of the Caroline Family Health Team functional integration care coordination model. Angela has worked in various levels of government in Ontario and New York State, and brings a client-centred and community development lens to her work.

Angela holds a Masters of Social Work and is committed to building strong relationships and collaborative programs to ensure a health care system that is focused on quality outcomes for all patients.

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Liane Fernandes
Vice President Regional Programs

Liane Fernandes has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in health care.  Prior to joining the Mississauga Halton LHIN in July 2011, Liane held the position of Interim Senior Director with the LHIN Collaborative (LHINC) in Toronto where she worked closely with senior management and representatives from the various sectors funded by LHINs including Community Care Access Centres, Community Support Services, Mental Health and Addictions, Community Health Centres, Hospitals and Long-Term Care, leading and supporting a number of LHIN provincial projects. Liane collaborated closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, Cancer Care Ontario, the Ontario Medical Association and health system partners in the pursuit of creating a strong, sustainable, quality health system. 

Prior to moving into health care administration, Liane practiced clinically as a registered Physical Therapist in acute care, rehabilitation and the community   She then successfully held a number of leadership positions in the hospital sector, developing expertise in the areas of Professional Practice, Redevelopment, Organizational Training and Development, and Corporate and Strategic Planning. 

Liane has a proven track record of innovative achievements, including an Ontario Hospital Association recognized best practice framework for her work in the hospital sector advancing professional practice.  In 2009, she achieved her Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and was recognized with the Robert Wood Johnson Award as the student most likely to make a noteworthy contribution in the field of Health Services Administration.  

A Certified Health Executive, Liane is excited about the opportunity to work collaboratively with health system partners and effectively lead health system transformation.

An active member of the Brampton community where Liane lives with her husband and three children, she enjoys being a member/Chair of her children’s elementary and secondary school councils, as well as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Brampton.

David Fry

David Fry
Vice President Home and Community Care

David Fry brings more than 18 years of health care leadership experience to his role as Vice President Home and Community Care at the Mississauga Halton LHIN. He has worked in clinical and leadership positions in hospital, and home and community care settings with particular interest in the area of mental health care delivery. He also held the role of Director of Client Services, Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres and most recently, Vice-President of Patient Care at the Mississauga Halton CCAC.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Master of Health Science in health administration from the University of Toronto.

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Andrew Hussain
Regional Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Central Ontario LHINs

Andrew Hussain, Regional Chief Information Officer for the Central Ontario LHINs, is highly recognized for his work in Information Management and Technology Services. Andrew is well regarded in the industry and has over 17 years of extensive experience in Information Management and Technology Services both in Canada and the US. Andrew’s strategy work was recognized at the 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Awards and was the recipient of the 2005 TELUS Award for Innovation.

Prior to joining the Mississauga Halton LHIN, Andrew was with the Work Place Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB) and Trillium Health Centre. His diverse background in both private and public sectors in a variety of business verticals including health care has complemented his role as the Regional CIO for the LHINs.

Dale McGregor 

Dale McGregor
Vice President Finance, Performance & Corporate Services

Dale McGregor is a seasoned financial and operations executive with broad experience in the health care system. Dale has extensive senior management experience within complex teaching and research hospital environments. He has an excellent track record of leading and contributing to organizational success through a broad range of strategic, tactical and operational initiatives.

Prior to joining the Mississauga Halton LHIN in June 2015, Dale held the position of Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, a large community teaching hospital in Toronto. He spent 14 of his 15 years at the hospital as Chief Financial Officer with a broad range of accountabilities that varied over his time there. In addition, Dale worked at the Hospital for Sick Children for over ten years holding various progressive positions including the Director of Business Development. 

Drawing on over 25 years of industry experience, Dale’s strength as a leader in the allocation of scarce resources and in the effective and efficient use of these resources has directly contributed to very strong financial positions for his organizations. Dale has a demonstrated track record of building and leading strong teams and establishing collaborative relationships with stakeholders to facilitate optimal outcomes for patients, customers and the health system.

Dale is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), a Certified Health Executive (CHE), and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Waterloo.

Dale has served on the Board of Directors of Plexxus and HealthPro. He has also been involved in his local community in various volunteer capacities within hockey and lacrosse organizations. 

Jutta Schafler Argao


Jutta Schafler Argao
Vice President Quality and People

Prior to joining the Mississauga Halton LHIN as Vice President, Quality & People, Jutta Schafler Argao served as Vice President of various portfolios with the Mississauga Halton CCAC. She is an experienced executive whose career in health care spans 25 years, multiple sectors and accountabilities, as well as two provinces (British Columbia and Ontario). Jutta has been accountable for a broad range of organizational functions including quality, patient safety and risk management, human resources and organizational development, strategy management, decision support, service provider relationships and contract management, ethics, privacy, patient relations and research.

Through her experiences in regional, acute care and community care organizations, Jutta has developed a passion for, and honed her expertise in, creating vibrant work environments in which people can excel at providing meaningful, outcomes-focused patient care and support services. Under her leadership, Jutta’s teams have developed innovative and people-centred programs, recognized through Mississauga Halton CCAC’s award of Exemplary Accreditation Status through Accreditation Canada and the Ontario Hospital Association’s Quality Healthcare Workplace Gold Award.

As a quality champion, Jutta has worked to help establish Synergy GTA West Community Quality Network, a network of health system partners working to advance quality in the Mississauga Halton and Central West LHIN regions. In partnership with Mississauga Halton CCAC’s contracted service provider organizations, Jutta also initiated the Human Resources and Organizational Development Community of Practice, whose purpose it is to enable the evolution of neighbourhood based models of care through highly skilled, integrated care teams.

Jutta holds a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa, has completed University of Toronto’s Advanced Health Leadership Program through Rotman School of Management and is a Certified Health Executive through the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders.

Jutta lives in Mississauga with her husband and their three children.