Ottawa -- The Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Munter as its new president and chief executive officer (CEO).
Munter brings to the role more than 20 years of leadership in health and social services, and an incredible passion for helping families in our community.
Most recently, Munter served as CEO of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) – the provincial government agency responsible for planning, integrating and funding health services in the region. Previously, Munter was executive director of the Youth Services Bureau (YSB), one of Ontario’s largest providers of mental health services to children and youth. He also served as a city and regional councillor until 2003, when he headed council committees responsible for Ottawa's $550 million health and social services budget.
“When you recruit a new CEO for an organization like CHEO, you feel a huge responsibility – a responsibility to both the families of this community and the hospital employees who work so hard to support them,” said Johanne Levesque, chair of the CHEO Board of Trustees.
“Alex has a proven track record of managing large budgets in complex organizations and getting results. But he really stood out to us, among a very strong candidate pool, because he absolutely typifies the values that are at the core of CHEO – compassion, leadership, integrity. He will fight for the children and families of this community. He will work tirelessly to ensure they have the very best possible care.”
Munter will assume the role as CHEO CEO on November 7, replacing Michel Bilodeau who, in April of this year, announced his plans to retire after 31 years in hospital leadership. Bilodeau will remain in an advisory role until the end of November, to help ensure a smooth and effective transition.
“I went into public service because, when it comes down to it, I want to make a difference in this community,” said Munter. “I can’t imagine a position in which I’d have a bigger opportunity to do that then as the CEO of CHEO. Over the years I’ve worked closely with CHEO physicians, nurses and other clinicians, researchers, staff and volunteers. They are a highly-skilled and committed group. I am humbled to have been chosen for this role.”
Munter has extensive experience in health planning through roles on the former Ottawa-Carleton District Health Council (1994-1997), Co-Chair of the Regional Task Force on Health Care (1998-99), member of the Ontario Public Health Capacity Review Committee and chair of its governance panel (2005-2006). He has won numerous awards from a wide range of organizations, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Institute for Child Health, United Way/Centraide Ottawa, the Federal Business Development Bank and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
“As current CEO, I know what the job takes,” said Michel Bilodeau, current CHEO president and CEO. “I believe that Alex is the right person to take the reins. He has a solid understanding of our complex health system, strong relationships with other health service providers, and a passion which matches that I’ve had the chance to witness and respect in CHEO’s staff and physicians.”
"Having worked closely with Alex, I have been impressed with his knowledge of our community, his understanding of the health care system and his operational know-how," said Dr.
Wilbert Keon, chair of the Board of Directors of the Champlain LHIN, and founder and former CEO of the Ottawa Heart Institute. "This is a big win for health care in the Champlain region because it means one of our key organizations will be assured of solid and dynamic leadership
for the years ahead."
“As a member of the selection committee, I was very impressed with Alex’s understanding and insight of our complex provincial healthcare system,” said Dr. Carrol Pitters, chief of staff, CHEO. “I’m confident in not only his ability to help us continue our mission to help the children and youth of our community, but also to help us realize our vision of extending our expertise outside our walls to help deliver care closer to home.”
For more information, please contact Ann Fuller, Director of Communications, 613-737-7600 ext 2658.