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Michael Woelcke
General Manager Regional Services,
VIA Rail Canada

Michael is Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Executive Committee.

His strengths are strong communication skills, board experience including chair of various boards, faith based perspective and a community perspective.

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Sherry Sukkau
Director of Advancement & Recruitment, Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute

Sherry is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Faith and Ethics Committee and Member of the Executive Committee.

She is also a member of the Research Ethics Committee in addition to being a member of the General Board. 

Sherry brings frontline healthcare experience, coupled with experience in pharmaceutical sales and sales management and most recently, experience in non-profit independent education sector.


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David Hodge
Senior Vice-President & Chief Information Officer, The Great-West Life Assurance Company

David is a General Board Member, Member of the Finance and Stewardship Committee, Member of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee.

He brings over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, with a focus on strategic planning, operations and risk management. David is very active as a volunteer in the community, including having served as Chair of the United Way of Winnipeg, and is currently Vice-Chair of Council, First Mennonite Church.


Viola Labun
Chair of the Finance and Stewardship Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Viola has extensive senior management experience in healthcare organizations most recently as the former Chief Operating Officer for Diagnostics Services Manitoba.


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Gary J. Ledoux
CEO, Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home.

Gary is a Concordia Hospital Board Member and Chair of Concordia Place Advisory Committee.

The strengths he brings to the Board are executive level competencies in strategic planning, policy analysis and development and public health organizational management.


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David Penner
Self employed - Penner Certified Auto Service

David is the Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

David is not from a health care background so he looks at issues from the outside - in, with a business and Mennonite Faith based perspective.

He is a member of a supporting Mennonite Church, and is known as a common sense type of person and thoughtful in his approach on matters.


Ingrid Peters-Fransen
Ingrid has experience in business administration, accounting and has taught at several universities. Ingrid has Master’s degrees in Economics (Toronto), in Peace Studies (Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries), and in Business Administration (Manitoba). She has served on the Mennonite Foundation of Canada Board and on the Financial Planning and Audit Committee of Mennonite Church Canada. She is a member of Elim Mennonite Church.

Ingrid’s family has roots in the history of Concordia Hospital. Her vision is that Concordia Hospital will be a Christian presence within the WRHA structure.

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Fred Loewen
Partner, Waterford Global Inc.

Fred is the Chair of the Nominating Committee and the Board’s representative on the Board of the Mennonite Benevolent Society.

He brings skills and experience in executive search and the strategic acquisition of leadership talent, including extensive work with Boards and Board search/selection committees.  Fred has also served in various leadership and other capacities at his congregation, Douglas Mennonite Church. 


Bernie Regehr
Owner/Partner,  Woodland Supply and Manufacturing Ltd.

Bernie is a general Board Member and a member of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement  Committee.

Bernie has been involved in the family business for more than 35 years and has experience in many sides of the business.

He resides in North Kildonan and has a vested interest in the neighbourhood, including the healthcare community.

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Susan W. Wenzel; MA, PACCP
Susan is a Sex-therapist, relationship expert, a clinical sexologist and psychotherapist.

Susan has years of experience working with individuals and couples. As a private practitioner, Susan has also conducted seminars and workshops in Manitoba with youth, parents and various organizations.

As a therapist, Susan is warm and easy to talk to. She confers unconditional positive regard to her clients, making them feel comfortable, accepted and understood during the counselling process. Susan believes a positive therapeutic relationship with her clients is vital to healing, change and personal growth.

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Philip Pauls
Senior Lawyer/Department Manager,
Cargill Limited

Phil is a general Board Member and a member of the Board Nominations and Concordia Place Advisory Committees.

He brings over 25 years of legal and corporate governance experience in a wide range of settings and industries, both for profit and nonprofit.


Michele A. Augert
CEO, Dakota Community Centre Inc./Jonathan Toews Sportsplex

Michele brings nearly 25 years of experience in healthcare senior management, communications and public affairs from her previous leadership roles with HSC Winnipeg and the WRHA.

While her current focus is on the promotion of physical literacy to foster health & wellness, Michele remains committed to sharing her wealth of knowledge towards improving access to care and services and, supporting those who commit their lives to providing them.

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Bradley Klassen
Tax Partner, KPMG LLP

Bradley is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Executive Committee and the WRHA Board Representative

Bradley brings accounting and finance experience. Bradley has also served in various leadership capacities in his Church, McIvor Avenue Mennonite Brethren, and on many community boards.