Our Team

Since its inception, the NWHA mission has been to facilitate collaboration among health service
providers in order to improve the delivery of health care for patients in Northwestern Ontario.
The NWHA Team

Creating a Collaborative Healthcare Network

The members of the Northwest Health Alliance are like any other corporate entity in that they elect a Board of Directors and receive reports on the operations of the corporation. Collectively, the members “own” the corporation. Members pay a small annual fee to support the administration of the Alliance including audit and insurance costs, etc.

Staff Directory

David Murray
Executive Director

Summary: Dave has had a long and distinguished career in healthcare administration spanning many years and multiple organizations and sectors.  Before joining the NWHA in 2016 as Executive Director, Dave was the CEO of Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre for seven years.  Dave has also served as the CEO of the Waterloo Wellington Community Care […]

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Lawrence Badanai
Privacy & Communications Officer

Summary: Lawrence Badanai studied Arts Administration and Multimedia Production at Confederation College, and is a Certified Social Media Professional (CSMP) from Splash Media University. He is also a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is currently studying Canadian Privacy for the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/C). […]

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Jacalyn Cop-Rasmussen
Project Manager

Summary: Jacalyn Cop-Rasmussen graduated with a Master of Arts Degree, Communication Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology Major, from the University of Minnesota following receipt of a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology, from Lakehead University. Jacalyn returns to the NWHA as a Project Manager after a brief hiatus, and brings with her a unique skill-set attained through her […]

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Emil Engler
Project Manager

Emil Engler graduated with a Computer Science diploma from Confederation College. Emil is completing the Project Manager Professional designation from the Project Management Institute. Emil has worked a variety of roles, most recently as Transition Manager at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre and previous to that as the IT manager at Abitibi Consolidated. […]

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Anne Harrison
Project Manager

Summary: Anne Harrison graduated with a Business Administration and Commercial Studies degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2007.  Anne also received her CAPM designation from the Project Management Institute in 2015.  Anne has record of successfully developing and launching community programs and initiatives in healthcare, children’s services and education.  Throughout her career Anne […]

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Julie MacCoy
Administrative Assistant

Summary: Julie MacCoy studied Graphic Design at Sault College before moving to Thunder Bay to attend Confederation College to study Business Marketing with a focus on Advertising and Project Communications. Although new to health care, Julie has held positions in marketing and administration for many years. Her range of business experience previously landed her positions […]

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Heidi Smith
Business & Change Management Coordinator

Summary: Heidi Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Administration from Lakehead University Heidi has held management positions in finance and administration for private and not-for-profit organizations and has extensive project management expertise within municipal, provincial and federal programs. Her broad range of business experience includes co-owning and managing a group of companies operating in both […]

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Krista Willson
Project Manager

Summary: Krista Willson graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University in 2008. Krista has worked within the Healthcare sector for over six years beginning with the First Nations Inuit Health Branch at Health Canada and most recently working in procurement within the Northwest Supply Chain at St. Joseph’s Care Group. Krista […]

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About the NWHA

The members of the Northwest Health Alliance are like any other corporate entity in that they elect a Board of Directors and receive reports on the operations of the corporation.