The executive team is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and administration of Shared Health. It reports to the board of directors.
Dr. Brock Wright
Chief executive officer and provincial lead of health services
Dr. Brock Wright began his career in the 1980’s working in northern Manitoba as part of the University of Manitoba’s Northern Medical Unit. After completing a fellowship in community medicine in 1990, Dr. Wright began work at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC) where his responsibilities focused on introducing continuous quality improvement and program planning and management. In 1996, he worked with Manitoba’s deputy minister responsible for health to lead a major clinical planning effort in Winnipeg.
Dr. Wright became vice president and chief medical officer at HSC in 1997. From 2000 to 2017, he served as vice president and chief medical officer for thee Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and during the mid-2000’s, served as chief operating officer at HSC.
Dr. Wright became the founding chair of the Provincial Medical Leadership Council in 2012, and worked with his chief medical officer colleagues from other regions to initiate a provincial focus around clinical planning.
Throughout his career, Dr. Wright’s interests have centered on system changes that better enable staff in all disciplines to meet the health-care needs of Manitobans.
Dr. Catherine L. Cook
MD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP, provincial lead, Indigenous health
Dr. Catherine Cook is an Indigenous (Metis) woman and grew up in the northern Interlake. She received her undergraduate and postgraduate medical education at the University of Manitoba (1987, 1989, 2003). Dr. Cook practiced as a family physician in remote northern nursing stations for several years before focusing on public health practice, and more recently health administration and management.
Dr. Cook plays an important role in shaping the nature and scope of Indigenous health care and research in Manitoba. She has a joint role with the University of Manitoba as the vice dean, Indigenous Health, Faculty of Health Sciences and head, Ongomiizwin - Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing. Prior to joining Shared Health, she served as the vice-president of Population and Indigenous Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Dr. Cook has held numerous positions in health and academic administration. She has been actively involved in teaching, research and mentorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Dr. Cook is on several national boards and committee membership throughout her career.
Provincial lead, strategic communications and stakeholder relations
Olivia Baldwin is a seasoned communications professional and policy strategist who leads Shared Health’s internal and external communications activities, including media relations and employee communications. Prior to joining Shared Health, Olivia served as the director of transformation management for the government of Manitoba’s Priorities and Planning Secretariat and as a member of the province’s Transformation Leadership Team (TLT).
An experienced and respected communicator, Olivia has served in a number of high profile roles with various levels of government including as the director of communications and stakeholder relations in Manitoba’s executive council and for nearly a decade as the director of regional affairs in the federal government’s Manitoba cabinet office.
Olivia holds a masters of arts degree from Dalhousie University in 2003 and a bachelor’s degree (honours), in Political Science and Conflict Resolution Studies from the University of Winnipeg.
Dr. Perry Gray
Provincial lead, medical specialist services and chief medical officer
As chief medical officer, Dr. Perry Gray is responsible for all matters relating to physician practice at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC) and within Shared Health.
Dr. Gray’s career at HSC spans more than 25 years, with increased leadership roles and membership in HSC’s executive team since 2001. He is a founding member of the Clinical Program Leadership Team, an interprofessional team that leads and supports all clinical programs at HSC on an operational and strategic level. Perry remains clinically active as a critical care physician in the Intermediate Intensive Care Unit at HSC and is certified in both critical care and general surgery.
Dr. Gray is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s (U of M) Faculty of Medicine, and is currently an associate professor of surgery at the U of M’s Max Rady College of Medicine.
Chief integration officer, health services and chief nursing officer
Prior to joining Shared Health, Lanette Siragusa was program director for surgery with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Her past experience includes working in high-risk labour and delivery, community health, teaching and research. Lanette also has published several articles related to improvements in clinical practice and service delivery.
Lanette holds a graduate degree in nursing administration from - and is an adjunct professor in - the University of Manitoba’s College of Nursing in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. She is currently pursuing a professional doctorate degree in health and social sciences at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Lanette participated as an advisory member in KPMG’s Health Sustainability and Innovation Review and as a member of the leadership team supporting Dr. David Peachey to develop Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan.
Provincial lead, health support services and chief operating officer
Jim Slater began his career as a medical laboratory technologist and completed his advanced certification in transfusion medicine (ART) at Vancouver General Hospital. He furthered his education by completing his bachelor of science and master’s of business administration.
Jim became chief executive officer of Diagnostic Services Manitoba in October 2011 and in his new role continues as the executive sponsor for Choosing Wisely Manitoba and Personalized Medicine Manitoba. He leads a number of national health-care initiatives and serves on the boards of the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada and Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, sits on CancerCare Manitoba’s advisory medical board and volunteers with the board of Food Matters Manitoba.
Provincial lead, administrative support services and chief financial officer
Prior to joining Shared Health, Glenn McLennan was vice-president and chief financial officer at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA). He is a chartered professional accountant and a certified management accountant.
Glenn’s career in the health-care sector spans over 30 years and a wide range of financial and administrative support service expertise related to financial planning and reporting, investments, capital planning, insurance and risk, leasing, strategic planning and board governance. Glenn has also held senior finance positions with Manitoba Health Organizations and at the Simkin Centre.
Glenn is a current member of the HEPP board and former member of the Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) board.
Provincial lead, health workforce
Beth is transitioning to Shared Health from her role with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living where she serves as assistant deputy minister, Health Workforce Secretariat, overseeing health human resources planning, health sector bargaining and the administration of insured benefits under the provincial health services insurance plan.
Beth previously held leadership positions in medical staff and human resources administration as executive director of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s and University of Manitoba’s joint operating division and director of human resources for the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC). She also served as head of the Manitoba Healthcare Providers Network.
A lawyer by profession, Beth began her career in private practice and subsequently served as general counsel with Winnipeg Child and Family Services. She is past co-chair of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Committee on Health Workforce (CHW) and has served as a member of the Physician Resources Planning Advisory Committee and the CHW representative on the Committee on Specialties of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Provincial Lead, digital health and chief information officer
Perry Poulsen’s career in information and communications technology (ICT) began over 30 years ago, and has seen him play a leadership role in the growth of health informatics in the province. Perry has worked with businesses to implement enterprise ICT infrastructures and services, laboratory system automations and digital integration of the electronic medical record (EMR), and has participated in hospital accreditation in multiple Canadian and American jurisdictions.
Perry joined Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg as information technology (IT) director in 2002 and in 2005, became the first IT director of the newly-formed regional eHealth Services. Perry played a major role in developing the roadmap and vision for Manitoba eHealth launched in 2007 and became the organization’s chief information officer in 2015.
Perry is certified in ITIL and PRINCE2® project management. He has attended several colleges, including Sheridan College, Humber College, George Brown College and BCIT, and is a graduate of the Queen’s University Executive Program.
Chief operating officer of emergency response services and chief allied health
Prior to her move to Shared Health, Helen Clark was chief operating officer for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Emergency Response and Patient Transport Services, including Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Patient Transport, Emergency and Continuity Management (ECM) and police liaison.
Helen will lead a provincial team of EMS, Patient Transport, and ECM practitioners, while continuing to work closely with existing partner organizations such as the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, STARS Air Ambulance, Winnipeg Police Service, RCMP, other police services, community health and social service agencies, regional health authorities and the private sector. Helen and her team will focus on clinical service integration, business continuity and enhancing patient and client experiences as they transition between care settings and service providers.
Helen is a registered respiratory therapist, holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Manitoba, and is a fellow of both the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement’s EXTRA Program and the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists. Her experience encompasses clinical and leadership roles in acute, community and long-term care, and in professional education, accreditation and regulation.
Interim chief operating officer of Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg
Ronan Segrave joined Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC) as interim chief operating officer in December 2017. Hailing from Vancouver via Dublin, Ireland, he brings nearly two decades of experience advising health-care organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom in the areas of strategic transformation, personalized medicine, service reconfiguration, care pathway redesign and performance improvement.
Ronan has successfully led major health-care performance improvement and transformation programs in acute and community care settings. He has been a trusted advisor to government departments, public and private health-care organizations and health-care technology companies across Canada, the Middle East and the United Kingdom.
Ronan participated as a lead member of the KPMG team that conducted the recent assessment of Manitoba’s health system.
Ronan is a graduate of the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin and holds a master’s degree in Health Care Policy and Management from the University of Birmingham.
Dr. Denis Fortier
Chair, Manitoba clinical, leadership council
Dr. Denis Fortier is an executive member of Shared Health and is currently the chief medical officer and vice-president of medical services for Southern Health-Santé Sud. Dr. Fortier is also a family physician practicing at the Centre de Santé Notre Dame located in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, where he has lived and worked for over 30 years. Dr. Fortier practices a broad spectrum of rural medicine including emergency care, minor surgery and obstetrics.
Dr. Fortier obtained his medical degree in 1985 and a certification in family medicine in 1987, both from the University of Manitoba. He has been instrumental in the development of Francophone health services both provincially and nationally and participates in several committees to further this work. Dr. Fortier is also an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba.
In his medical leadership role, Dr. Fortier is actively involved in a variety of programs and committees to support health system efficiency as well as promote medical standards. Dr. Fortier holds a Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) associate designation.
Dr. Fortier has received numerous distinctions and awards including the Doctors Manitoba Physician of the Year award 2013, the National Award of Excellence 2012, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012.
Strategic lead, community health, quality and learning
Jeanette Edwards is the strategic lead for community health, quality and learning for Shared Health, a role that will see her lead a team focused on community health to ensure provincial clinical and preventive services planning results in a well-integrated and effective community health system. As well, Jeanette and her team will guide the development of a provincial quality, patient safety and accreditation plan.
Prior to this, Jeanette was regional director of primary health care and chronic disease with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WHRA). In this portfolio, Jeanette addressed broad primary health-care principles and supported public and patient engagement and intersectoral collaboration. Jeanette also led the specialized services for children and youth initiative. Over the last several years, Jeanette served as special advisor to the deputy minister on primary care, providing support for primary care renewal policy development and strategic action planning.
Jeanette is a surveyor with Accreditation Canada. In this capacity, she has assisted in the development of community health standards and the Aboriginal accreditation processes, and in surveying independent organizations and health systems across the country and internationally. Jeanette is currently also co-chairing the Primary Health Care Technical Committee for the Health Service Organization, helping to develop new international standards.
Jeanette is a certified health executive and holds a number of degrees and designations including a masters degree of health care administration from the University of Minnesota.