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Board of Directors Announce New CEO for Region

Following an extensive national search, Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority’s (RHA) board of directors has announced the appointment of David Matear as the new chief executive officer (CEO) for the RHA effective February 8, 2021. Matear replaces Ron Van Denakker who retired in October 2020.

David Matear

David Matear, BDS, BMSc, DDPH, MSc, PhD, MCMI, MIHM, FRSPH, FACHE, holds extensive educational credentials including a PhD in health-care administration, a BDS in dentistry, certification in health-care management and change management, and he has more than 30 years of Canadian and international experience in health care. He brings to Interlake-Eastern RHA a unique combination of senior leadership experience in policy, project management, change management, clinical, consulting, university, military and community involvement settings in Canada, England, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

In a former position as executive director, hospitals and community integrated services for Interior Health (IH) West in British Columbia, Matear planned and introduced a collaborative leadership team and strategic planning process that involved a broad representation of internal and external stakeholders including Indigenous communities and patient voices. As senior operating director in Fort McMurray, AB, he was the incident commander for Alberta Health Services during the fire that swept through that community. It was the largest natural disaster in Alberta’s history. Matear successfully lead the evacuation of patients and staff and then mobilized a field hospital including an operating room, air and ground medivacs, urgent care centre, primary care medical clinic, mental health services, public health services and home care services. This was then followed by the repatriation of these services at the conclusion of the disaster.

Matear is currently leading California’s public health technical assistance teams in support of health-care systems and serves on the state health and human services COVID planning team, two major initiatives in the COVID response for the state of California.

According to Interlake-Eastern RHA’s chair of the board of directors, Glen West, Matear’s integrity and extensive knowledge and experience in health care, coupled with his proven skills in team building, strategic planning, community engagement, and ability to achieve results will be very valuable assets to the region.

“As a board, we feel very fortunate that David will be leading our region as our CEO. The board of directors is looking forward to working with him in his new role,” West said. He extended thanks to acting CEO, Ron Janzen, for his leadership over the last several months in an unprecedented time in health care while the board conducted their CEO search.

Matear is looking forward to becoming a part of Interlake-Eastern RHA’s health-care team.

“My passion is population health management and the accessibility, safety, effectiveness and quality of health-care services delivered to meet community needs. I am committed to building on the foundational work of my predecessor in engaging external and internal stakeholders in the strategic planning and delivery of health-care services. Important components of my approach will be the development of collaboration and partnerships, innovation and empowerment,” Matear said.

Interlake-Eastern RHA has 3,200 staff members that focus on the values of collaboration, accessibility, respect, excellence, innovation and quality customer service while serving the approximately 132,000 people in the region’s area that represents one-tenth that of Manitoba.

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