Health Professionals Advisory Committee (HPAC) 

Introduction

Across Ontario, LHINs have established Health Professionals Advisory Committees.  These committees are responsible for assisting the LHIN in carrying out its responsibilities by providing advice on how to achieve patient-centred health care.

Recruitment

To apply to become a member of this important volunteer commitee, please submit an expression of interest and a copy of your CV to the Mississauga Halton LHIN via email, fax or direct mail. 

Mandate

Reporting directly to the LHIN CEO, this Committee provides the LHIN with advice on key questions raised by the LHIN related to strategic initiatives including the development and implementation of the Integrated Health Services Plan.  Among the variety of areas of interest, the committee will specifically consider the following:

  • Health status of demographic segments of the population specified by the Network
  • Innovative approaches to health service delivery
  • Utilization of human resources for health care 
  • Health promotion and wellness 
  • Other matters the committee determines and that are consistent with the objectives of the network 
  • Other areas the LHIN considers appropriate and specifies to the committee

Current HPAC Member

To view membership bios of current HPAC members, please click here: 

  • Keith Adamson; Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers 
  • Dr. Sandeep Aggarwall; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario 
  • Jauher Ahmad; Ontario College of Pharmacists
  • Pat Bedford; College of Nurses of Ontario 
  • Dr. Alan Brown; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario 
  • Debra Carson; College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario 
  • Dr. Patricia Cheston; College of Psychologists of Ontario 
  • Sylvia Daniel; College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
  • Remi Ejiwunmi; College of Midwives of Ontario
  • Dilshad Kasam Lalani; College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Judi Montgomery; College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Veronica Okpomor; College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Dr. Dybesh Regmi; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Helen Simpson; College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • Dr. Devesh Varma; College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Committee Composition

The Ontario Regulation made under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 states that each committee shall have at least the following 12 members: 

  • Four members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
    • One who is authorized to practice in the area of family medicine and who practices in the community
    • One who is authorized to practice in a specialty of medicine that is not family medicine and who provides care to in-patients in a hospital
    • Two additional members
  • Four members of the College of Nurses of Ontario 
  • At least one from each of the following sectors: hospital, community and long-term care and at least one of whom holds a certificate of registration for registered practical nurses
  • One member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario who is from the hospital, long-term care or community sector
  • One member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario or the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario 
  • One member of the Ontario College of Pharmacists who is from the hospital long-term care or community sector 
  • One member of the College of Psychologists or Ontario or the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers who is from the community, long-term care or mental health sector

The committee may also have three additional members who meet the membership criteria (below), but none of whom shall be a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario or the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Membership

The Ontario Regulation made under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 establishes the following guidelines regarding membership: 

To qualify as a member of the committee you must practice or reside in the geographic area of the LHIN and be one of the following: 

  • A member within the meaning of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991,
  • Registered as a drugless practitioner under Drugless Practitioners Act, or
  • A member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers who holds a certificate of registration for social

You may not be appointed a member of the committee if any of the following apply to you: 

  • You are a member of the board or an officer of a corporation or entity that represents the interests of persons who are part of the health sector and whose main purpose is advocacy for the interest of those persons
  • You receive compensation to represent the interests of a corporation or entity described above, whether or not you are an employee of the corporation or entity
  • You are a president, vice-president, chair, vice-chair, treasurer, secretary, chief executive officer or executive director of a local, provincial, national or international trade union or perform functions for a trade union similar to those normally performed by a person holding any of those titles
  • You receive compensation to represent the interests of a trade union, except if you are an employee of the trade union
  • You have been the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in Ontario or any other jurisdiction and the finding has not been set aside on appeal or judicial review, as the case may be

For more information about the Health Professionals Advisory Committees as defined under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006, please click here. 

Frequency of Meetings and Other Important Information

  • Members are appointed for a two year term
  • The committee will meet with the Mississauga Halton LHIN at least twice per year
  • This is a volunteer opportunity; however, members will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation
  • The committee is responsible directly to the CEO of the Mississauga Halton LHIN