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PRHC Senior Team

Dr. Peter McLaughlin
President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Peter McLaughlin was appointed to the position of President & CEO on May 24, 2016 after serving as Interim President & CEO for the previous nineteen months. In his time with Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Dr. McLaughlin has served on the hospital’s senior leadership team as Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Staff, Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and Vice President.

Dr. McLaughlin is formerly a Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, and a staff cardiologist at the University Health Network. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. McLaughlin graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1970, and undertook post-graduate training at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Stanford University Medical Centre in California.

Dr. McLaughlin has had a long interest in investigation and treatment of the adult patient with congenital heart disease. He has published over 120 original articles, 175 abstracts, one book, and has lectured and given demonstrations in his area of interest in the United States, Canada, Europe and China. He has completed terms as a Governor of the American College of Cardiology, President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Academy, and Director, Division of Cardiology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Lynn Mikula
Chief of Staff & Vice President, Chief Medical Executive & Chief Medical Information Officer

Dr. Mikula joined the surgical team at PRHC in 2011 as a staff general surgeon. She was appointed Chief of Surgery on July 1, 2015 and took on the role of Chief of Staff in July 2017, while continuing her work as a practicing surgeon with the Health Centre.

Dr. Mikula joined the surgical team at PRHC in 2011 as a staff general surgeon. She was appointed Chief of Surgery on July 1, 2015, took on the role of Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, in July 2017, and her latest role as Chief of Staff in fall 2019,  while continuing as a practicing surgeon with the Health Centre.

Dr. Mikula received her undergraduate and medical degrees from McGill University and completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Toronto, during which time she earned her MSc in cancer genetics. She then undertook a fellowship in general surgery, including training in advanced minimally invasive techniques, at Toronto East General Hospital.

Kate Farnell
Vice President Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer

Kate took on the position of Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) in March 2018. She previously held the role of Associate Vice President & CFO with PRHC, and prior to that served as Director, Finance and Controller with the Health Centre.

A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) since 2007, Kate has a strong history of professional experience in financial management, including prior roles with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and BMO Capital Markets. Kate completed a Bachelor of Science at Queen’s University before going on to earn a Master’s of Management and Professional Accounting at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Matt Snyder
Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Matt joined PRHC as Director, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in 2015, following five years with SickKids hospital, where he held the role of Director, HR Operations and Talent Management. He took on his current role as Vice President & CHRO with PRHC in September 2017.

Prior to his work in the healthcare environment, Matt held various Human Resources management and consultant roles within a number of provincial government ministries. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a post-graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management, Matt has pursued additional training and certification in his field, including Partnerships in Leadership training at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, and the two-year LEADS leadership and development program.

Brenda Weir
Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive 

Brenda Weir took on the position of Vice President with PRHC in September 2013. Prior to this, Brenda served as director of PRHC’s Emergency Department, Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging and Pharmacy.

Brenda is a Registered Nurse and an experienced leader with more than 30 years in healthcare. In addition to her nursing experience in Medicine, Emergency and Intensive Care, Brenda held progessively senior leadership positions at hospitals in Northern Ontario and Northumberland prior to joining PRHC. She was also a member of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Critical Care Expert Panel that developed and oversaw the implementation of the Provincial Critical Care Strategic Plan.

In addition to her clinical training, Brenda obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1993 and her Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2000. She has a proven track record of driving transformational change at the organizational, community, regional and provincial levels. She has completed the Canadian College of Health Leaders Program and holds the Canadian Health Executive (CHE) designation.

Cheryl Coombes
Vice President 

Sean Martin
Associate Vice President