Project Management Office

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.
PMO Services

Regionally there is a need for Project Management expertise, as time and resources are limited. The Regional Project Management Office provides a scalable, cost-effective model to ensure Project Management expertise is available to all hospitals within Northwestern Ontario. We provide project management and change management expertise by certified Project Managers. We work closely with the North West Local Health Integration Network to support the Health Services Blueprint, Health Links and Small Hospital Transformation Initiatives.

Our end-to-end project support also includes professional management of integrations, information technology and eHealth initiatives. The Regional PMO improves the likelihood of project successes, by ensuring projects consistently adhere to Project Management Institute standards and processes. We have developed a customized set of tools, templates and processes for use on all of our projects and make these resources available to our customers. In addition, our projects are all managed using an Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software.

Project Management Office Staff

Nelson Sidorski
Project Management Office Lead

Summary: Nelson Sidorski holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree, Master of Public Health degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. Nelson is a Project Management Professional and a healthcare leader having worked in the healthcare sector over the past 10 years. Nelson worked as a Planning & Development Consultant at the North West LHIN […]

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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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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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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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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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Julie Stachiw
Clinical Change Management & Engagement Coordinator

Summary: Julie Stachiw is a Registered Dietitian who graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 2011, at which point she undertook a dietetic internship with the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program. She obtained her Master of Public Health degree at Lakehead University in 2017. Julie has worked in health […]

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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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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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