Meet Our Board

CPDMH is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the members of the Hospital Corporation in accordance with the hospital bylaws. The Board governs the affairs of the hospital and is accountable to the community, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


The Board governs the hospital by establishing specific bylaws, policies and procedures that provides the framework within which the Chief Executive Officer manages the day-to-day processes. The Board also establishes the strategic directions that guide hospital planning, decision-making and goal-setting.


Elected members

The CPDMH Board is elected from the geographic communities where CPDMH offers care.


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Carol Anne Esnard is the former Chief Administrative Officer at Genome Canada. Newly retired, she has held a number of executive positions over her career, mostly in the not-for-profit sector. She holds a Masters in Sports Administration and an Honours degree in Biology from the University of Ottawa. She has completed the Directors Education Program from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Carol Anne and her husband and two daughters (who both currently reside in Japan) have lived in Beckwith Township for close to 30 years.

Vice Chair

Richard Chmiel

Richard Chmiel became a CPDMH Board Director in 2013.  He has been a serving member of the Governance Committee, and the Capital Projects Committee, and as of 2018, as a member of the Mississippi River Health Alliance Committee (MRHA).  He has been a member of the Carleton Place community since 2012. Richard has served as a volunteer with the Camp Fortune Ski Club from 2002-2010, and acted as president from 2006-2008.  He received his Level III officials training in 2007 which has allowed him to participate as an official at many FIS (International Ski Federation) ski racing events, and at major international venues including the 2010 Olympic Games Women’s Downhill and the International Paralympic World Cup held in 2009 in Whistler, BC. He has also participated on Boards of Directors including residential condominium boards, and private golf clubs in the region. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree (with distinction) from Carleton University in Ottawa, in 1983, and completed design studies at the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England in 1981. He is the Owner of an award-winning architectural practice firmly committed to client satisfaction and sustainable design practices,  providing effective design leadership and maintaining a positive and collaborative tone in working with broader project teams.  He has been serving his client base for the past 40 years, with his experience encompassing a broad range of architectural disciplines, including master planning, feasibility studies and advocacy services, Building Information Modelling, as well as design and construction project management for large commercial and institutional clients.



Chelsea Snyder 

Chelsea Snyder joined the Board of Directors in 2017, and also serves on the Board's Resource Planning and Utilization Committee. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Criminology and Sociology from Carleton University, Chelsea began a career with RBC Royal Bank, and is currently Branch Manager in Carleton Place. Chelsea grew up in the Mississippi Mills area, and now continues to reside here with her husband and young daughters. She continues to take an active interest and role in the community, and has a passion for the importance of health care and the hospital in our community. 


Atul Bhatt
Atul Bhatt joined the Board of Directors in 2017. He currently leads housing innovation at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. He takes an empathic and a rigorous trans-disciplinary approach to solving complex socio-economic problems, including housing and healthcare. His career as a leader of diverse transformational projects, spanning two and a half decades, three countries and a variety of public and private sector organizations, equips him with a unique perspective to deal with the complex challenges we face today. He lives with his wife and four young children in Kanata.






Russ Cooper joined the Board of Directors in 2017. He is retired from both the Royal Canadian Air Force, Air Canada, and a third career as a Transport Canada Flight Test Pilot delegate. In his military career, he was a decorated CF18 combat pilot and served in several staff positions as a Director of major capital acquisition projects and the overall coordinator of the Air Force Capital Equipment Program. In the civilian aviation sector, he complemented service as an international airliner pilot with national responsibilities in the field of post 9/11 civil aviation security before moving on to the flight test and certification of complex sets of avionics equipment sets. Russ resides in Carleton Place and, apart from his CPDMH Board responsibilities, volunteers as the president and CEO of a national civil liberties advocacy group. The skillsets acquired in these various career streams stand to benefit the Board in the areas of capital acquisition, quality control, and ethics.








John Fournier was newly elected to the Board as of June 2018. Formerly a senior officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he served for almost 25 years as an Aerospace Controller across Canada, with NATO flying as a Mission Crew Commander on board NATO AWACS aircraft, and in Alaska where he was the first Canadian Commander of a US Alaskan NORAD Region Crew. Retiring from the military in 1999, John went on to become a manager and then Director of Business Development for various small and very large international Defence and Information Technology companies within the National Capital region. He retired from industry in 2017 and has since volunteered with Habitat for Humanity builds here in Carleton Place and the greater Ottawa area and works a weekly shift at their ReStore facility in Kanata. An avid motorcyclist and former officer of the Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers riding club, he also volunteers for numerous annual local fundraising activities for a breadth of deserving charities.   John will be sitting as a member of the Board’s Ethics Committee, Quality Committee, and Capital Projects Committee. He lives with his wife Kathleen in Carleton Place.








Toni Moffa joined the Board of Directors in June 2018 and also serves on the Resource Planning and Utilization Committee and the Board Quality Committee. After a 30-year career in many executive leadership roles in the national security and intelligence sector of the federal government, Toni retired in 2016 from the Communications Security Establishment as an Assistant Deputy Minister. She would like her experience in areas such as strategic visioning, business planning, policy development, client services and change management to benefit the hospital during its period of growth and transition. Toni resides in Carleton Place with her husband and daughter. In other community activities, Toni is involved with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 192 in Carleton Place and enjoys assisting backstage with the Mississippi Mudds theatre group.








Rob Probert re-joined the Board in 2016. Rob has a clear understanding of the history of CPDMH and its extended challenges. Rob recognizes and values the incredible volunteer base that supports this organization that is so important to the community. Rob is returning to the Board as a private volunteer after a stint as the Town Council representative from a few years ago. Rob has a long past history in Carleton Place. For the past 30 years, he has owned and operated the Canadian Career Academy, helping match job seekers with skills development and employment opportunities. This organization has very strong links with the local business community. In his community work, Rob was named the Business Person of the Year in 2005 and Carleton Place Citizen of the Year in 2008. He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce for 12 years, Chair of the Canada Day Celebration (13 years) and Chair of the Santa Claus Parade (14 years). He has been an active supporter of local heritage efforts including the Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Museum and the Roy Brown Society (President for 7 years). Of particular help to the hospital will be his experience as a past Carleton Place Town Councillor and as Chair of the Carleton Place Library Board. The challenges facing the hospital are constant. Rob looks forward to working with the other Directors in all-out effort to maintain continuous improvements at our hospital. 








Greg Smith is Founder and President of OrgFitech Inc. as well as President of GHS Enterprise. OrgFitech is a software provider focused on ways of strengthening organizations. He is an Entrepreneur, Educator, Consultant, Advisor, and Coach. He is passionate about helping Individuals continuously learn while discovering ways for Organizations to sustain and prosper. Greg teaches part-time at the University of Ottawa Telfer Business School on the topic of Leadership for the EMBA program. He is also affiliated with the University’s Professional Development Institute and Friesen Kaye and Associates. He has presented key learning and performance issues at major industry events including Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL); Training Magazine’s Annual Conference & Expo; Local Employment Planning Council (Ottawa Hub); and University of Ottawa EMBA Guest Speaker on Leadership Strategies. Greg undertook his post-graduate studies at American University in Washington, D.C., concentrating in Human Resource Development and Organizational Effectiveness.

 Peter Staniforth 

Peter Staniforth joined the Board in 2015 after serving as a community rep on the Resources & Planning Utilization Committee. Peter is originally from Southwestern Ontario. He has 43 years of experience in the Banking industry and has specialized in Agriculture and Agribusiness, serving markets across Ontario. Throughout his career, no matter the place, Peter along with his wife Dawn and their two boys, have always taken an active interest in their communities, to serve it in a personal fashion. Peter has maintained a long time interest in health issues. He was a public member at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for 6.5 years, and has always been keenly aware of the importance of the hospital to the community.


Ex-Officio Members






Mary Wilson Trider, President & CEO


Jason Hann         







Jason Hann, Integrated Vice President, 

Patient and Resident Care and Chief Nursing Executive 







Kimberley Harbord, Integrated Vice President

Finance and Chief Financial Officer







Dr. Jamie Fullerton, Chief of Staff  








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Dr. Gillian Buckley, President of Medical Staff