President & Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Innes is a proud member of Moose Cree First Nation and a life-long resident of Moosonee.
She began her career as a Registered Nurse, then attained her master’s degree in Nursing and certification as a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner from Laurentian University. After completing her graduate studies, Ms. Innes returned home to provide care for her community and to raise her three children, Camryn, Carter, and Kiera in their traditional territory.
Recently, Lynne has completed all the requirements and credentialing for the Certified Health Executive designation with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and continues her studies at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
In 2018, Lynne was appointed the Vice President of Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Executive for the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority and assumed the role of President & Chief Executive Officer in June of 2019.
In her spare time, Lynne loves to be on the river, fishing and enjoying spending time with her family at their camp and coaching her kids’ hockey and soccer teams. Most recently, Lynne also serves as a Director on the Ontario Hospital Association board, as a School Board Trustee, and as the Vice Chair of the NAN Task Force Team.
Vice President of People, Performance & Clinical Support
Jack Hutchison spent part of his childhood in Moosonee where his family has been for over forty years, and in 2014, joined WAHA’s Human Resources department.
Jack began his career at WAHA as a Human Resources Generalist, and eventually became Manager of Human Resources. In 2018, Jack was appointed Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development, and in April 2020, he assumed the role of Vice President of People, Performance & Clinical Support. Jack attended Concordia University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration at the Sandermoen School of Business at the University of Fredericton. He is currently a Certified Human Resources Leader with the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.
Jack’s focus has been to develop a people and performance strategy that promotes patient-centered care facilitated by a high-performance workplace culture. His professional goal is rooted in capacity building within the organization and communities to best position WAHA for future patient needs.
In his spare time, Jack loves to spend time with his wife and son, travel, and to be in the outdoors. He currently serves as a municipal councillor for the town of Moosonee.
Dr. Elaine Innes
Chief of Staff
Dr. Elaine Innes is the Chief of Staff at the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority. A member of Moose Cree First Nation, Dr. Innes has been a life-long resident of Moose Factory.
Dr. Innes began her career as a Registered Nurse with the organization in 1990 in Moose Factory. Following working in Attawapiskat, she obtained the certification as a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner in 1996. She then attended the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, graduating in 2013 as a family physician. After graduation, Dr. Innes worked in Timmins and returned home to practice full-time in 2018. Later that year, she was proud to accept the position of Chief of Staff.
Dr. Innes resides in Moose Factory with her husband and son Jacob. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time on the land with her husband, their children, and grand children
Vice President of Clinical and Community Care, & Chief Nursing Executive
Sandra began her nursing career with James Bay General Hospital in Attawapiskat and quickly learned to respect the uniqueness of the expanded clinical role in the remote setting. She met her husband Raymond in Attawapiskat and started a family, settling into the role of Wing Director for several years. Health care delivery in Indigenous communities became the focal point and trajectory for the majority of Sandra’s professional career.
After completing a research-based Master of Science degree at Queen’s University, Sandra and her family relocated to British Columbia where Sandra assumed many leadership positions. She worked in academic settings with a strong background in teaching nursing and community health at both the undergraduate/graduate levels. Within academia, she participated on many small and national research teams over the years. She provided administrative and consultant services to rural and remote First Nations communities throughout BC and Canada’s far north, for a variety of health service organizations.
Sandra joined WAHA in March 2019, as Vice President of Community Services. Additionally, she was the interim Chief Nursing Executive, eventually assuming her current role of Vice President of Clinical and Community Care, & Chief Nursing Executive in 2020.
Sandra strives to reach a true patient centred care approach and to support a continuous quality improvement model of care at WAHA. Her professional and personal goal centers on creating a space to value humility in service and learning through listening.
In her spare time, Sandra enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children, travelling, and building on her commitment to be a life-long learner. In 2018, she completed her Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program and she is presently continuing her education with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Nursing, completing a Hospital and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification.
Vice President of Corporate and Specialty Programs, & Chief Financial Officer
Eric Theriault joined WAHA as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis in 2017, relocating from his home town of Sudbury.
Eric began his career in public accounting, then joined the Health Sciences North Corporate Finance team in 2013. Eric was appointed Director of Finance in late 2017, and in 2019, became the Vice President of Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer. In 2020, Eric assumed the role of Vice President of Corporate and Specialty Programs & Chief Financial Officer. Eric attended Laurentian University where he received an Honours Bachelor’s of Commerce degree specializing in Accounting. He is currently completing a Master’s of Business Administration degree at the Sandermoen School of Business at the University of Fredericton and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
In his spare time, he loves to snowmobile and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.
Dr. Katherine Turner
President, Medical Staff Association
Updated September 29, 2020