Senior Management

Lynn Foster
President & Chief Executive Officer

Lynn was appointed to the role of President and CEO of Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) in October 2018.


She has close to 37 years of leadership experience. After a rewarding career serving Canada as a military officer, she focused her attention to the business world where she earned her Chartered Accountant designation and later was awarded a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction, specializing in Leadership.


Lynn’s career includes various progressive leadership roles within both the private and public sector. She has served Manitoulin Health Centre for close to 14 years. Most recently as Vice President Corporate Support Services and Chief Financial Officer where she led some of MHC’s most significant projects.


Lynn and her family feel blessed to live on Manitoulin Island and especially enjoy their summers on the North Channel aboard Joie de Vivre.

Tim Vine
Vice President Corporate Support Services & Chief Financial Officer

Tim joined the Manitoulin Health Centre team in September 2018 and is serving as its Vice President Corporate Support Services and Chief Financial Officer.

He has held progressive leadership roles directing financial reporting, analysis, and research for highly diversified public and private sector organizations. He is a strong finance professional with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, both from The University of Western Ontario. Tim is currently undertaking his Master of Business Administration and Certified Professional Accountant designation.

After living and working throughout Ontario, Tim and his wife are very excited to have finally arrived in Northern Ontario and specifically, Manitoulin Island. They live in Little Current and enjoy being active within the community.

Paula Fields
Vice President Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Paula assumed the role of Vice President Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer in early March 2019. 


She is a seasoned healthcare professional with experience in acute care, home care, long-term care, public health and has served many of the indigenous communities on Manitoulin Island. She has a long history with MHC going back 27 years, starting as a nursing student, then a Registered Nurse on the nursing units for 3 years. When she returned to MHC, she further developed her career as the Occupational Health & Infection Control Nurse, transitioning to a management role as the Nurse Manager of the Inpatient Units, Obstetrics and Pharmacy. Paula led many critical initiatives in her senior management role of Director of Clinical Innovation and Partnerships. 


She takes great pride in her contribution to the quality improvement work and shared collaborations with Partners across the Manitoulin region. She especially enjoys engaging with Indigenous Partners in the provision of culturally safe care at MHC.


Paula holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Laurentian University, a Masters of Health Management from McMaster University, and also a certificate of Health Management with the Ontario Hospital Association.


In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children on their Manitoulin waterfront property. 

Samantha Smockum
Director of Human Resources



Samantha joined the Manitoulin Health Centre team in March 2020 and is serving as its Director of Human Resources.


She is a seasoned human resources professional with over 10 years’ experience, has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Laurentian University, a graduate certificate from Cambrian College in Human Resources Management and her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation. She has spent a number of years gaining experience in multi-unionized environments with a focus on labour and employee relations and is committed to creating collaborative workplace environments that empower and support its employees.


As a certified health and life coach, Samantha is passionate about wellness, both personally and professionally. Her spare time is spent with her family enjoying her lakefront home on Manitoulin Island and exploring all the exciting activities the island has to offer.