Julie McBrien, Interim President & Chief Executive Officer

The Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie McBrien, current MHA Vice President (VP) Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) to the interim role of President and Chief Executive Officer for Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital (SMGH) and Four Counties Health Services (FCHS), effective June 18, 2022.  

With the departure of Todd Stepanuik from the President and CEO role on June 17, 2022, the Board’s search committee realized the need to appoint an interim leader while the recruitment process for a permanent President & CEO unfolds.

Julie joined MHA last August as the Vice President (VP) Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and in that time has proven herself as an effective and approachable leader and advocate for our two hospital sites.  Julie is a Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) degree from the University of Toronto.  She is also a Certified Health Executive (CHE) through the Canadian College of Health Leaders and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside the Board, Senior Leadership, regional/community partners, and our MHA staff and physician leaders to continue the important work that is currently underway, on an interim basis ” stated Julie McBrien (she/they).

Julie will continue to serve in her capacity as Vice President (VP) Clinical Services during this time, with support from the MHA Leadership team.

Dr. Ian Ferguson, Chief of Staff

Dr. Ian Ferguson has held privileges at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital (SMGH) since November of 1990. He graduated from Western University medical school in 1984 and completed his internship and residency in Urology at Western.

Dr Ferguson has practiced at the Strathroy Medical Clinic and at SMGH for 30 years. He was Chief of Surgery for many years, a member of the Strathroy Hospital Foundation Board for 4 years and is currently Chief of Staff. His term as Chief of Staff began in July of 2018.


Alasdair Smith, VP Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Alasdair Smith joined the MHA in March, 2015.

Alasdair oversees a broad portfolio of Corporate and Administrative services at the Hospital. He has leadership responsibility for: Finance, Information Systems and Telecommunications, Diagnostic Imaging, Diagnostic Laboratories, Health Records/Patient Registration/Privacy, Materials Management, Physical Plant and Maintenance, Nutrition and Food Services, and Housekeeping.

He has been involved extensively with our partnering activities to ensure the MHA is well represented at the regional level. He co-chairs the Regional HIS Operations Committee for the Cerner regional EMR and also represents MHA at the Regional HIS Cabinet. He co-chairs the Regional Cancer Program’s EQUIP Committee for endoscopy.

Alasdair’s background includes leadership roles in different parts of the Ontario healthcare sector for over 25 years. He also has Canadian and International consulting experience.

Julie McBrien, VP Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Julie McBrien was appointed to the position of Vice President (VP) Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), effective August 9, 2021.

Julie is a Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) degree from the University of Toronto. She is also a Certified Health Executive (CHE) through the Canadian College of Health Leaders and holds a green belt in LEAN.

Julie has been in the healthcare sector for almost 25 years. She has overseen diverse clinical portfolios, including perioperative, surgical, ambulatory, critical care, and women & children’s health. Most recently she was with Halton Healthcare where she led the Implementation of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) as one of the first hospital sites in Ontario to successfully do so.

Julie has worked in leadership roles at Joseph Brant Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children. Throughout her career, Julie has demonstrated her commitment to patient and family-centred care; her engagement in building partnerships; her focus on supporting and inspiring teams; and her effective advancement of innovation, best practice and service excellence. She brings a record of leading change and engaging with partners as well as the promotion of a positive team environment and a culture of excellence. Her proven experience providing inspiring leadership to large, diverse teams will make her a great leader and supporter for our dedicated teams.

Julie has been involved in several volunteer activities, including  previous executive member of the Rainbow Nursing Interest Group that supports the 2SLGBTQi+ community.   She has also  been an Auxiliary Constable with the Halton Regional Police Service.

Steph Ouellet, VP Strategic Partnerships

Steph Ouellet is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Middlesex Hospital Alliance. He is an experienced leader with over 20 years of experience in areas of strategic planning, project/change management, financial/HR operations, communications & social media, and governance. Through increasingly challenging leadership roles in financial services, healthcare, and information technology sectors, he has built a reputation of delivering results and building trust.

Steph holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours in Management Information Systems from the University of Ottawa, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Steph has also been involved in numerous volunteer/board activities, more recently as board chair of the London Regional Children’s Museum and a regional cabinet member of the Elgin-Middlesex United Way.

Tracy Wintermute, Director Human Resources & People

Tracy joined the MHA family in 2018. She is a certified human resources executive and brings extensive educational and practical leadership experience in areas such as compensation, organization development, recruitment, training, and labor relations. She is very outgoing with a focus on our people and their wellbeing.

Tracy actively participates on non-profit boards and is very community and family oriented.

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