Message from Alex Munter

Our Mission

Making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families

Our Vision

CHEO’s long-term vision includes two distinct, yet intertwined components:
a fully integrated system of care for children and youth in our community – extending our expertise far outside our walls and into the large geographic area we serve, and the further development of research and teaching to ensure a better future for children and youth.

Our Legacy of Care

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario opened its doors in 1974 with a mandate to provide care to children and youth from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. More than three decades later, CHEO has become a world-class academic health sciences centre providing leading-edge treatment, diagnostic and laboratory services for children and youth aged 0 to 18 years. CHEO houses the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, the Ontario Newborn Screening Program and BORN the Better Outcomes Registry and Network Ontario. CHEO is an active partner in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, providing leadership in all aspects of pediatric health and wellbeing.

Our Clinical Mandate

CHEO provides a full spectrum of pediatric services, anchored in a family-centred model of care. As the regional provider of pediatric care, CHEO is striving to provide an increased range of services, resources and expertise so that our mission of care extends beyond our hospital walls.

Our Research Mandate

Adjacent to the hospital, CHEO’s Research Institute takes a proactive approach to the development and dissemination of new knowledge to ensure the best treatments for children and youth. Research at CHEO spans many diverse areas, including cancer, obesity, emergency and critical care medicine, bone health, mental health and eHealth. The CHEO RI currently employs 225 research personnel with over $17M of annual research funding.

Our Academic Mandate

CHEO is an academic institution, affiliated with the University of Ottawa and others, and provides a pediatric training ground to medical interns, residents and fellows, as well as students from all health care disciplines. CHEO is committed to this mandate and understands the importance of providing training for tomorrow’s health care providers.

Board of Trustees Membership 2011-2012


Johanne Levesque, Board Chair
Pamela Mountenay Cain, Vice-Chair
David Egan, Past Chair
David Betts, Treasurer
Alex Munter, Secretary
Erin Crowe, 2nd Vice-Chair

Elected and appointed Trustees:

Dr. Jacques Bradwejn
Chantal Courchesne
Chris Froggatt
Don Hewson
Dr. Anna McCormick
Dr. Carrol Pitters
Dr. Gail Ryan
Jason Shinder
Christian Tacit

Honourary Trustees:

Rabbi Reuven Bulka
Garth Hampson
Wayne Rostad
Robert Thomas

CHEO Executive Team

Alex Munter (Chair) - President & Chief Executive Officer
Dennise Albrecht - Director, Partnerships & Advocacy
Nick Vlacholias - Senior Vice-President, Corporate Services & CFO
Ginette Champagne - Vice-President, Human Resources
Dr. Simon Davidson - Chief, Department of Psychiatry
Pat Elliott-Miller - Vice-President, Patient Services & CNE
Ann Fuller - Director, Public Relations
Dr. Carrol Pitters - Chief of Staff
Dr. Martin Osmond - Vice-President, Research
Dr. Ciarán Duffy - Chief, Department of Pediatrics
Susan Richardson - Vice-President, Professional Services
Tyson Roffey - Chief Information Officer
Dr. Baxter Willis - Chief, Department of Surgery
Tracy Wrong - Director, Quality Management