Board of Directors

The South East Grey Community Health Centre Board of Directors is a community-based volunteer board, which provides governance and strategic direction to the Community Health Centre. The Board of Directors consists of community leaders, professionals and other representatives from across the geographic area served.

The South East Grey Community Health Centre 2020-2021 Board of Directors:


Allan Madden, Chief Executive Officer

Allan has been with the Community Health Centre since its inception – he was our first employee. Prior to joining the CHC, Al was the Executive Director of the LHIN Shared Services Office and prior to that, the Vice President of People and Corporate Services and the Chief Financial Officer at the Central West Community Care Access Centre. Before entering healthcare, Al ran a Management Consulting business where he focused on leveraging human capital to create high performing organizations.

In a former life, Al was a licenced Millwright and Machinist at General Motors and a CAW union activist.

Al has an MBA from the Western Business School and a Certificate in Labour Studies from the Labour College of Canada.

 Al is a resident of Caledon and has a son, Will who attends university.


Alex Hector, Executive Director

Alex Hector serves as Executive Director of both SEGCHC and Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce. Alex is a retired banking executive, having spent much of his career in senior commercial banking positions with the Bank of Montreal. His roots in the region began in the late 1990’s when he worked as regional manager for BMO personal and commercial banking in Grey-Bruce. His advancement into the executive ranks took him to most regions of Canada with accountabilities from the Maritimes to British Columbia. A part time Meaford resident since 1998 and full time since his recent retirement in 2014, Alex is active in the community previously as a Board member of the Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce, as well as a Board Member of the recently formed Catapult Grey Bruce.

Alex has an MBA from Dalhousie University and has a valuable inventory of executive skills in the area of leadership, HR development, strategic planning and development, communication, as well as mentoring and coaching.


Jane De Jong, Board Chairperson

Appointed to the Board in October 2012.

Jane is a career communications consultant specializing in healthcare. She is a long-term resident of the area and lives on a farm near Walters Falls with her husband Robert. Her commitment to volunteering as a board member stems from a belief in improving health equity and health status for residents of this community. Her responsibilities include ensuring that the SEGCHC delivers its promise of excellent health care in a financially responsible way. She sees a critical role for the board in positioning the CHC through strategic planning and adequate resources to meet the increasing responsibilities for health and well-being of the local residents in partnership with other providers.


Larry Mann, Vice Chair

Appointed to the Board in March 2017.

Prior to moving to Eugenia full time in 2001 Larry lived in Oakville where he and his wife Lyn raised their family. In the twenty five years living there he taught from grades 1 through to graduate school and was school Principal. He was rehired by the Peel District School Board as an educational consultant upon his retirement. Now his time in Grey Highlands is taken up volunteering in the community by leading activity groups for the local PROBUS, serving as President, Vice President, Activity Convenor and Speaker’s Chair.  He and Lyn also initiated Pickleball in the community and volunteer with this SEGCHC activity. An  interest in the outdoors led Larry to volunteer as Trail Captain for the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Conservancy.  Fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and  assisting with the establishment of a new fundraising endeavour for this organization in our area also keeps him busy.


Jim Harrold

Appointed to the board in June 2016.

Jim Harrold lives on a farm near Flesherton Ontario and has served on volunteer boards in his community and provincially with community development, library and health organizations. He leads a pan-Canadian strategy and management consulting firm. During his 25+ years of consulting, various engagements have led to Jim being appointed to executive leadership positions in municipal, education and health care organizations. Jim previously served as a vice-president with a major Canadian bank, held faculty appointments at Ontario universities and was elected as a councillor (3 yrs.) and head of council (6 yrs.) in his local community. Jim earned a BA (hons.) and MA from York University, his PhD from the University of Victoria and mediation certification from Harvard University.


Gord Lawson

Appointed to the Board in November 2016. 

Gord began his working career at Dufferin Ready Mix in Toronto, where he worked for 11 years. Gord’s next position was with a Japanese multi-international bearing company with head office in Osaka, Japan where he began on the Sales Order desk and was promoted to Distribution Manager and then to Operations Manager. Gord held this position for the majority of the remaining 24 years with this company.

Upon retirement in July 2000, he and his wife moved from Georgetown to Glenelg Township to a house they had been building during the previous 8 years. Completing the house left time to get involved in community work and service clubs. Gord joined the Masons and became the master of the Markdale Lodge for 2 years; served on the Board of Elders at Annesley United Church as chair of the Property Committee for 4 years. He is currently a member of the Markdale Rotary Club and over the past 10 years held the president’s position for 6 non-consecutive years. For the past 13 years, during the summer months, he has been a greens-keeper at the Ferns Golf course.

Gord and his wife, Dianne, have 2 sons and 5 grandchildren, 4 boys and 1 girl.   


Janet Pounder

Appointed to the Board in June 2019.

Janet is a lawyer who worked for the provincial government for 34 years -from Bill Davis on. She moved with her husband John, from Toronto where they raised their two children. They, with their dog Smuggs call a rural property in Township of Chatsworth home. 

Within weeks of the move Janet participated in yoga, pilates and pickleball, all programs offered by SEGCHC. She was hooked on the organization and is proud to join the Board. Janet hopes her legal and strategic policy experience coupled with her commitment to community service will assist the SEGCHC meet future challenges. 


Rick Byers, Treasurer

Appointed to the Board in June 2019. 

Rick Byers is a community volunteer and board member, having completed a thirty-three career in infrastructure investment, public sector investment banking, government, and accounting. From 2008 to 2015, Rick was Executive Vice-President of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure arm of the OMERS Pension Plan (a major owner of Bruce Power), where he was co-head of the transaction and asset management team and led global capital raising efforts. From 1991 to 2007, Rick was Managing Director with BMO Capital Markets where he led transaction and advisory mandates for transportation and energy infrastructure investments. Prior to that he served in the Office of Canada’s Minister of Finance Michael Wilson and he started his career in accounting with Thorne Riddell (now KPMG). Rick currently sits on the Boards of the South East Grey Community Health Centre, the True Patriot Love Foundation, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 333 Flesherton, Markdale, Metrolinx, and InstarAGF Asset Management Inc. Rick is married to Margot (33 years) and they live on Grey Road 30 near Kimberley. Rick and Margot have 3 boys Adrian (Teresa), Peter, and Cameron.


Aakash Desai

Appointed to the Board in June 2019.

Aakash spent his formative years at a boarding school in India. He has been a resident of Grey Highlands since 2007 when his family took over the operations of the motel and restaurant in Flesherton. As part of working for his family business, Aakash took an interest in local groups and served on the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce in various positions from 2011 – 2017. Following the completion of his post-secondary education, Aakash observed a lack of opportunities for young professionals in Grey Highlands. This motivated him to run for a seat on the Grey Highlands council in 2014. Following his success in 2014, he successfully ran to be elected as Deputy Mayor in 2018. Outside of politics, Aakash volunteers with the Rotaract Highlanders, a group of young professionals volunteering to build a better community, as well as the Flesherton Kinsmen. His love for soccer also led him to volunteer for three seasons as a coach for Markdale Minor Soccer and one season as a referee.



John Woodbury 

Appointed to the Board in June 2018.


Captain Harpreet Bal

Appointed to the Board in June 2020.




SEGCHC Board of Director Recruitment
Attention: Lindsay Boyd, Office Administrator

P.O. Box 360

Markdale, ON N0C 1H0