Susan Plewes
Susan PlewesSusan Plewes, 1st Vice-Chair

Susan was appointed to the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care Board in May 2016 and named 1st Vice-Chair in June 2017. She is a member of Joint-Conference and Ethics Committees. She is also currently a member of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Simcoe County Branch Board of Directors. For the past 25 years Susan has provided governance leadership as President, International Certification Board of Infection Prevention and Control, as a Director of the Joint Ontario Medical Association (OMA)/Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Community Telephone Health Management Corporation, and executive team support to the OHA Board, OHA Inc. Board, North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Central East LHIN Boards. 

Susan is a committed and visionary leader and advocate for the design and delivery of a contemporary, quality-driven health care system with particular interest in enhancing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care.  As an accomplished and strategically focused senior health care executive and practicing nurse, Susan has experienced an in-depth understanding of health care systems across Canada and abroad. She has proven experience in 'person and family centred system' re-design and implementation of governance, administration and clinical leadership, senior policy and program development across community, regional and academic health care settings. This experience informs and drives her passion for development of authentic collaborative governance opportunities.  

In addition to more than 20 years of nursing education and many health care related courses, Susan completed the OHA Governance Centre of Excellence Advanced Certificate in Board Governance, Queens University Smith School of Business (QUSSB) Executive Development Program, and QUSSB Governance for Executives and Board Members in Government and Not-for-Profit Sectors, and Innovation and Design Thinking: Rapid Prototyping for Innovation. Susan is now working towards certification as a Professional Facilitator. 

Currently Susan is in independent practice as a Health System Transformation Consultant.