Supervisor Appointed for the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region
On March 24, 2021, after the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) exercised due diligence, the LHIN Board appointed Mr. Ken Deane, as health service provider supervisor (Supervisor) of the Independent Living Centre- Waterloo Region (ILCWR). The Supervisor’s appointment was made in accordance with subsection 21.2(1) of the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 and was made effective as of March 25, 2021. The Supervisor will exercise all of the powers of the governing body of the ILCWR; including its directors, officers, and members.
The Supervisor has advised the LHIN that there will be continuity of service for clients, that the ILCWR will continue to accept new referrals through the usual process, and that he will seek feedback on opportunities to strengthen the delivery of services. The spirit of the Supervisor ‘s Appointment is rooted in ILCWR’s commitment to the Independent Living philosophy, delivery of compassionate care, and demonstrated value to the clients it serves. The goal is to strengthen ILCWR while respecting its critical purpose, leveraging its strengths, and addressing opportunities for improvement. This will help ensure that ILCWR is well-positioned to fulfill its Mission, grounded on the fundamentals of client engagement, good governance, and strong leadership.
In order to achieve the best outcome for ILCWR, the Supervisor will engage with ILCWR’s clients, staff, and stakeholders so that their collective voices can inform the work of the Supervisor. The Supervisor will be in place for a number of months and will provide a report at the end of his term. The appointment of the Supervisor follows the completion of an independent operational review agreed to by the ILCWR Board.
There are no plans to close ILCWR. Mr. Deane’s focus will be on strengthening ILCWR for a sustainable and successful future, given the growing need for Assisted Living and the organization’s commitment to provide high-quality and compassionate care to its clients.
Regional Lead (Interim), West Region, Ontario Health, and Chief Executive Officer
Erie St. Clair, South West, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant and Waterloo Wellington LHINs
“ILCWR is a key agency with a proud history of service based on the independent living philosophy. As Supervisor my goal is to restore trust and confidence where it has been lost, to strengthen management alignment, and to strengthen engagement with staff and consumers. This will involve the ILCWR community.”
-Ken Deane, Supervisor, ILCWR
“The ILCWR Board welcomes Ken’s leadership to the organization and looks forward to working with and supporting him in his supervisor role”.
-Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region
Kenneth Deane is an experienced health care executive who worked in the health care sector for over 30 years.
He has held executive positions in a number of hospitals and also served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Accountability and Performance Division, in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. During his career, His executive roles include President and CEO, Chief Operating Office, Vice President Finance and CFO and he has worked in academic health science centres and community hospitals.
Mr. Deane was appointed Supervisor of Hotel-Dieu Grace in 2011 after a provincial investigation into surgical and pathology issues. He worked with the Supervisor at Hamilton Health Sciences as Vice President Finance and CFO. In Chatham he worked with the Supervisor at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance as Interim President and CEO. Following supervision, he was appointed as Governance Coach to work with the newly appointed board for two years.
Over the course of his career Mr. Deane has completed special assignments for the Ministry of Health and LHIN’s. Most recently he completed an operational review of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, an operational review of Brentwood Recovery Home in Windsor, and was appointed Inspector at Quinte Health Care in Belleville.
In 2006 he was appointed by the Minister of Health to lead a team from St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto to assist Grand River Hospital in resolving issues in the emergency department. He also worked at Grand River in the late nineties as Executive Vice-President and CFO of Grand River Hospital following a provincial investigation.
Mr. Deane has been involved in several hospital reorganizations and turnarounds. In 2013 as President and CEO of Hotel-Dieu Grace in Windsor he worked with the President and CEO of Windsor Regional to implement a major realignment of services that resulted in Windsor Regional assuming responsibility for all acute care services and Hotel-Dieu assuming responsibility for post-acute services.
Throughout his career, he served on boards of directors in health and social services including boards of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario and Public Health Ontario. Currently, he serves on the Finance Committee of the Diocese of London.