The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Leadership Council (Leadership Council) shall direct the affairs of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority and provide advice to the Minister of Health and Social Services on strategic directions and programs.
Government of the Northwest Territories
Department of Health & Social Services
Hospital Insurance and Health and Social Services Administration Act (NWT)
The Leadership Council is composed of a chairperson, the chairpersons from each of the Regional Wellness Councils (RWC), and the chairperson of the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency.
There are no alternate members.
The Act does not provide for the appointment of alternate members to the regional council.
The Chairperson is appointed by the Minister of Health and Social Services.
A Vice-Chairperson will be selected in accordance with the Leadership Council bylaws.
Quorum is a majority of the members appointed.
A member holds office for a term not exceeding three years, as specified in the appointment instrument.
The Act prohibits the appointment of a person for more than six consecutive years, unless the Minister is satisfied that there is no other qualified person available for appointment.
Time and Travel Requirements
The Leadership Council will have an annual general meeting and other meetings as required or authorized by its bylaws.
Members shall receive remuneration according to Executive Council classification and Financial Management Board Secretariat directives.
Category – Regulatory or Complex
Chairperson - up to $400 per day
Member - up to $325 per day
Chair and members – 50% per half-day (i.e., 3.5 hours or less), for work on board business for each day of meetings
People are eligible to serve as the Chairperson on a RWC if they are:
- Residents of the geographic area served by the RWC for at least six months immediately preceding the appointment;
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
- At least 19 years of age;
- Knowledgeable regarding the purpose, roles and responsibilities of the RWC;
- Experienced with a proven track record for participation in regional and territorial organizations or committees;
- Available for and committed to full participation as the Chairperson;
- A role model for healthy living;
- Prepared to sign a statement of ethics and confidentiality related to their duties;
- Able to demonstrate that they are not in a position of conflict with respect to their role as the Chairperson;
- Respected within the region for his or her skills, knowledge and ability;
- Have effective leadership skills, including skills required for effective facilitation and management of meetings;
- Have the ability to understand complex issues and the ability to discuss them with a wide range of interested groups; and
- Understand the legislative framework.
People cannot serve as Chairperson on a RWC if:
- they or their spouse work for or provide services for the health and social services system within the region;
- they are a Member of the Legislative Assembly or a Member of Parliament of Canada;
- they have, within the last three years, been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code and who was sentenced to a term of imprisonment.
|Position||Appointee||Term Start||Term Expiry||Number of Terms||Appointed By||Nominating Authority|
|1. Chair||James Antoine||2016-08-01||2019-07-31||1st term||Minister of Health and Social Services|
(Chair of Beaufort Delta RWC)
|Ethel-Jean Gruben||2018-08-01||2021-07-31||2nd term||Minister of Health and Social Services|
(Chair of Dehcho RWC)
|Ruby Simba||2018-08-01||2021-07-31||2nd term||Minister of Health and Social Services|
(Chair of Fort Smith RWC)
|Patricia Schaefer||2018-08-01||2021-07-31||2nd term||Minister of Health and Social Services|
(Chair of Hay River RWC)
|Michael Maher||2016-08-01||2019-07-31||1st term||Minister of Health and Social Services|
(Chair of Sahtu RWC)
|Gina Dolphus||2016-08-01||2019-07-31||1st term||Minister of Health and Social Services|
(Chair of Yellowknife RWC)
|Elizabeth Biscaye||2016-08-01||2019-07-31||1st term||Minister of Health and Social Services|
(Chair of Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency)
|(Vacant - 2 year term)||Minister of Health and Social Services|