Meet Our Board

CPDMH is governed by a volunteer, knowledge-based Board of Directors comprised of seven elected and seven ex-officio voting directors and six ex-officio non-voting directors.  All of the directors live and/or work in the communities served by AGH/CPDMH. Under the terms of the Mississippi River Health Alliance, these same volunteers also serve on the AGH Board.


The Board of Directors plays an important leadership role in establishing and supporting the Mississippi River Health Alliance's strategic goals and directions, monitoring quality and overseeing financial resources while ensuring that the hospital continues to meet the needs of our communities.


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


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Lyman Gardiner has over 35 years experience engaged as a public accountant, providing assurance and income tax services to private enterprises. Lyman is a Licenced Public Accountant and holds Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designations. He is an active volunteer in his profession and community. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Mississippi River Power Corporation and Pakenham Curling Club. Lyman and his wife, Doris, live alongside the Mississippi river in Pakenham where they have raised their two children. Lyman was appointed to the AGH Board of Directors in December 2018.  Lyman was elected the first Treasurer of the Allied Boards of Directors in June 2022

 Vice Chair







John Fournier was elected to the Board 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.  John was elected to the Allied Boards of Directors in June 2022.



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Michel G. Vermette has spent nearly 40 years working for Canadians, of which 20 were as an executive in the Canadian Federal Public Service. Michel holds Bachelor and Master of Science (Biology) degrees from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Business Administration from Western University. He was a Parliamentary Intern in 1987-1988.  From 2015 to June 2019, Michel was Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada. APEX is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the professional needs of its members, the senior leadership of the federal public service.  Michel also worked in the Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, other federal organizations, the Canadian Blood Agency and Canadian Blood Services.  Currently he lends his assistance to charities and not-for-profits (and sometimes for-profits) when he is not tending to his farm and was appointed to the AGH Board of Directors in June 2019. Michel was elected to the Allied Boards of Directors in June 2022.


Elected Directors

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Alex Bennett is a chartered accountant (CA) with over 15 years of financial experience in the Defense sector.  She is currently the Senior Director of Finance, at Leonardo DRS, Canada.  Prior to joining DRS Alex worked for 10 year in various Internal Audit and External Audit roles. it was through this experience Alex gained a strong appreciation for controls and process.  Alex was first elected to the Allied Boards in June 2023.


Luciano Bernes

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Cheri Crosby

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Kent Kitkpatrick

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Bonnie Lowry Bagshaw has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Child Studies) at the University of Guelph, as well as a Master of Science (Occupational Therapy) from McMaster University. She has worked for 16 years as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings including community, hospital, private, and rehabilitation. Her primary employment has been with the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre which is now known at CHEO. During her career, she has sat on many committees targeting improvement to service delivery, accreditation, infection and prevention control, and until recently a representative at the Lanark Leeds and Grenville Special Needs Strategy planning table. Over the past year, Bonnie has chaired the Patient Family Advisory Committee at the AGH / FVM.  Additionally, she has volunteered and participated in many local groups and charities. Bonnie lives in Almonte with her husband and 3 children. Bonnie was appointed to the AGH Board of Directors in 2018. Bonnie was elected to the Allied Boards of Directors in June 2022.


Michael Maidment

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Colonel Steven D.  Pirie has spent nearly 30 years in the Royal Canadian Medical Service working in the field of healthcare. He had worked as a clinician, staff officer, instructor, and leader from the tactical to the strategic level both domestically and overseas during this service to Canada.


Steven holds Master of Science and Master of Defence Studies degrees as well being a Registered Nurse (General Class) and a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He frequently teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels on the topic of disaster planning and leading in crisis. His academic interests include CBRN medicine, infectious diseases, prehospital care, combat casualty management, emergency and disaster medicine.


Steven was elected to the Allied Boards of Directors in June 2023 and lives in Carleton Place with his family.








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. Rob was elected to the Allied Boards of Directors in June 2022.








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.  Greg was elected to the Allied Boards of Directors in June 2022.


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Susan Snow

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Bruce Young P.Eng graduated from Queen’s University in 1975 and has lived near Pakenham with his family the majority of time since then. He has extensive experience in managing national impact assessment programs, public reviews, intergovernmental relations/negotiations, Indigenous consultations and leading skilled professional teams. He has directed and chaired community consultations, meetings, hearings and public sessions all over Canada. He has represented the federal government in consultations with Indigenous groups and communities and presented papers and talks to national and international conferences. Following his retirement from the federal government, he established a consulting practice that provided impact assessment policy and guidance to several federal departments, agencies and northern Indigenous environmental impact review boards. Bruce is a registered engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario and has served on the Board of Directors with the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment. He was appointed to the AGH Board of Directors in June 2019. Bruce was elected to the Allied Boards of Directors in June 2022.


Ex-Officio Non-Voting Directors

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Brad Harrington, President & CEO - Secretary


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Lianne Learmonth, Integrated Vice President, 
Patient and Resident Care and Chief Nursing Executive 


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Dr. Allyson Champagne, CPDMH Chief of Staff  



Dr. Maria Bastin-Millar, CPDMH President of Medical Staff 

Dr. Melanie Fortune, AGH Chief of Staff  


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Dr. Brandon Harvey, AGH President of Medical Staff