Grand River Hospital’s senior leadership team

Grand River Hospital has a senior leadership team focused on carrying out our mission of advancing exceptional care. Each member of the senior leadership team is responsible for a variety of corporate services or supervising activities within the hospital’s 14 clinical programs and services.

Please click to access an Adobe PDF file on GRH's leadership organizational chart (updated July 2017).

Malcolm Maxwell, President and Chief Executive Officer

Malcolm Maxwell has been president and CEO of Grand River Hospital since May 2007.

Malcolm’s career has included CEO roles in hospitals in Nova Scotia and health authorities in Alberta and British Columbia. He has also held senior health ministry roles in the Yukon Territory and Nova Scotia. Within Waterloo-Wellington, he has participated in inter-organizational work to support integration in the areas of information technology, pharmacy and support services.

Malcolm holds a master's degree in environmental studies as well as a master's of health services administration degree from Dalhousie University. He has held an appointment in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie as adjunct faculty in the School of Health Services Administration. He has served on the boards of the Ontario Hospital Association, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Accreditation Canada, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

You can reach Malcolm for operational items through his assistant Rose McNeilly at 519-749-4300 extension 2201 or for governance related items by contacting Catherine Heal at 519-749-4300 extension 6709.

Barry Cheal, C.P.A., C.A., C. Dir., Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Barry Cheal was appointed chief financial officer for Grand River Hospital in 2009.

Barry supervises the development of GRH’s annual budget and monitors the hospital’s on-going financial position. He provides strategic options for GRH’s pension plan, capital financing, and partnership strategies. Barry also provides strategic leadership to the food, laundry, housekeeping, facilities management, capital planning, purchasing and security services at GRH.

Barry has more than 30 years of public and private sector financial and accounting experience, working with hospitals and health authorities, in private practice and with the Canada Revenue Agency. Barry holds a bachelor of commerce in accounting and management information systems from the University of British Columbia and is a chartered accountant.

You can reach Barry through his assistant Marg Klages at 519-749-4300 extension 2148.

Gary Higgs, Integrated Chief Information Officer

Gary Higgs was appointed integrated chief information officer for Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's General Hospital in 2008.

Gary is responsible for technology and telecommunications strategy and adoption at both hospitals.

Gary is a senior information technology professional with nearly two decades of IT management experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to his work in Kitchener-Waterloo, Gary worked for Bluewater Health in Sarnia where he was chief information officer and interim chief privacy officer. He holds a bachelor of mathematics degree in business administration and information systems and a master of management sciences degree in management of technology from the University of Waterloo. Gary has also served on a number of provincial and local IT and eHealth committees.

You can contact Gary through his assistant Tammie Corrigan at 519-749-4300 extension 3876.

Judy Linton, Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President Clinical Services 

Judy Linton was appointed chief nursing executive and vice president responsible for the Grand River Hospital's clinical services in October 2016. Judy leads the development and delivery of clinical programs and services at GRH and is a key participant in hospital-wide activities promoting a safe, patient-centred care environment. Her portfolio includes childbirth, children's, complex continuing care, critical care, emergency, medicine, mental health and addictions, rehabilitation, stroke, surgery programs as well as infection control, pharmacy and professional practice.

Judy is a health professional with more than 30 years of increasingly senior management postings. She joined GRH in 2013 as vice president cancer, renal and diagnostic services and regional vice president for Cancer Care Ontario (CCO).

Judy has previously held the positions of the Acting Vice President for the Ontario Renal Network, CCO Acting Vice President for Planning and Regional Programs and CCO’s Director of Corporate Projects. Judy also worked for the Hospital for Sick Children as the Director of Critical Care, Psychiatry and Adolescent Medicine, and has held management consulting roles.

Judy is a registered nurse and has held clinical instructor and staff nurse responsibilities. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration, both from the University of Toronto.

You can reach Judy through her assistant Kathy Fogal at 519-749-4300 extension 2506.

Jane Martin Vice President of Diagnostic, Renal and Cancer Services, Grand River Hospital; Regional Vice President, Cancer Services, Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program, Cancer Care Ontario

In June 2017, Jane Martin was appointed vice president of diagnostic, renal and cancer services for Grand River Hospital and regional vice president, cancer services for the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program of Cancer Care Ontario.

Within GRH, Jane leads a team of cancer clinicians and care providers and works collaboratively with regional partners in the Waterloo Wellington LHIN to achieve the regional cancer plan’s goals. She is also the new executive leader for GRH’s renal program as well as laboratory and medical imaging.

As regional vice president for Cancer Care Ontario, Jane is shaping and championing a vision of cancer care across Waterloo Wellington guided by the Ontario Cancer Plan IV. She represents the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program provincially and participates in Cancer Care Ontario’s provincial leadership council.

Jane is a registered pharmacist with more than 25 years of healthcare experience in direct care, project management and leadership. Jane earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Business Administration (honours) from McMaster University. She completed her pharmacy residency at London Health Sciences Centre.

You can contact Jane through her assistant Rosalind Williams at 519-749-4300 ext. 5710. 

Tina Mah, Vice President of Planning, Performance Management and Research

Tina Mah was appointed Grand River Hospital’s vice president of planning, performance management and research in 2008.

Tina is responsible for strategic and operational planning, project management office, quality, decision support, health records/transcription, health information management, IT and research.

Tina completed her PhD in Health Studies in Gerontology at the University of Waterloo, holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Tina has held senior management positions across the care continuum including hospital, home care, community, and private consulting services. Tina's research interest is in the area of the care of the older adult, with a particular interest in patient safety, quality improvement, patient experience with care, and risk management.

You can contact Tina through her assistant Sarah Laferriere at 519-749-4300 extension 2876.

Jennifer O'Brien, Vice President of Human Resources

Jennifer O’Brien was appointed GRH’s Vice President of Human Resources in 2016.

Jennifer is responsible for providing strategic direction for all core human resources functions at the hospital including labour relations, recruitment, compensation and benefits, occupational health and safety, employee health and wellness, organizational development and staff scheduling. Jennifer’s extensive skill set includes the development of human resource services and marketing plans, leading bargaining, workplace health and safety, coaching and mentoring, as well as change management.

Jennifer has a strong background in health care human resources as well as leadership of corporate human resources projects. Prior to her service at GRH, Jennifer was Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Guelph. Jennifer was also the St. Joseph’s Health System’s Integrated Human Resources Lead for the Elder Care Program.

Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Athabasca University. Among her studies, she has also completed the University of Toronto’s Advanced Health Leadership Program, an Organizational Development Certificate from Queen’s University, and many other courses on leadership and negotiations. Jennifer also holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) certification.

You can reach Jennifer by contacting her assistant Donna West at 519-749-4300 extension 3938.

Dr. Peter Potts, Joint Chief of Staff

Dr. Peter Potts was appointed joint chief in 2015 for Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital.

Dr. Potts is responsible for chairing the medical advisory committee between both hospitals, advising the hospitals’ boards on the quality of medical care and recruitment and credentialing for physicians.

Dr. Potts received his medical degree from McMaster University in 1986 and his Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology from UWO in 1991. He has been an active member of the joint medical staff at GRH and SMGH since June 26, 1991. He has served as Chief of Reproductive Medicine from June 1, 2009 to August 31, 2015 and has served as a member of the Credentials Committee, Joint Medical Resource Planning Committee and the Medical Advisory Committee. From June 2014 to August 31, 2015 he served as Deputy Chief of Staff.

You can contact Dr. Potts through his assistant Heather Dowling at 519-749-4300 extension 2507.

Dr. Denise Wren, Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Denise Wren was appointed the vice president of medical affairs in 2014.

Dr. Wren brings more than 30 years of medical practice in Kitchener-Waterloo and a long standing relationship with practitioners to this position. For the past several years she has served as a hospitalist at Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's General Hospital. In her role as vice president of medical affairs, Dr. Wren will lead planning and change activities that will enable clinical program leaders and medical staff to work closely in making improvements in patient care to keep up with pressures facing the health system.

Dr. Wren will provide leadership to the medical directors and the risk management and patient relations team, and will serve as the hospital's medication safety officer.

You can contact Dr. Wren through her assistant Lindsay Caroppo at 519-749-4300 extension 2129.