Meet the Senior Leadership Team

Jody Joseph Levac, President & CEO  Jody Levac, President and CEO

Jody has been the President and CEO of Stevenson Memorial Hospital since January 2014. Jody is recognized for his energetic and transformational leadership style, overseeing the strategic and operational planning of the hospital.

He previously worked at Southlake Regional Health Centre holding numerous leadership positions in Mental Health, and winning the award of Leadership Excellence in 2010. Jody has worked across both private and public sectors, starting his career in Northern Ontario hospitals. He was a recipient of the Northern Bursary after completing his Undergraduate degree from Laurentian University, and then attending the University of Toronto for a Master’s degree. In 2013 he completed a Doctoral Degree in Health Administration. Jody is a member of the College of Social Work, and holds the designation Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE) from the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders.  

He has led Stevenson Memorial Hospital through the redevelopment stages, and under his tenure, the hospital has achieved Accreditation with Exemplary standing. 

Julia Mullen, VP Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Executive  Julia Sek, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive                                        
Julia, a Registered Nurse, joined SMH in 2022, having held positions at Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Michael’s Hospital, West Parry Sound Health Centre and Georgian Bay General Hospital. She has over 30 years of experience providing extensive hands-on clinical, strategic and operational expertise in academic and community hospitals. Julia has been in progressive leadership roles over the past 20 years, which includes working for the Ministry of Health to establish standards and care pathways. She supports and demonstrates that leadership and success is built on strong relationships, embracing and empowering change; while also working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to serve patients, families and communities with quality care. Julia has also participated in not-for-profit Boards (President of the Hemophilia Ontario and was an invited member to the Ontario Blood Advisory Committee –Blood Provincial Coordinating Office). She believes “we are the change we want to see in the world”.

Julia is responsible in providing leadership by establishing and monitoring criteria for clinical excellence and best practice in clinical services. She will contribute to our vision and guide the organization in the creation of a collaborative inter-professional practice environment that maximizes professional scope of practice and shared governance.

Julia has her degree in Health Sciences from Charles Sturt University, Australia, a Leadership Development certificate and a Master’s Certificate in Health Management from York University in Toronto, as well as certification in Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management in Healthcare.  She is also a certified Yoga and Ayurveda practitioner.

Dr. Jaco Scheeres, Chief of Staff  Dr. Jaco Scheeres Chief of Staff

Dr. Jaco Scheeres was born and raised in South Africa and moved to Canada in 1995. He established a busy family practice in Manitoba where he had a large obstetrical patient population.  He completed five years of residency at the University of Manitoba.  Dr. Scheeres developed an interest in Maternal-Fetal medicine and in 2002 was awarded for the best resident research paper in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Manitoba. His work was recognized nationally by the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health.  His research was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada. He is currently practicing in family medicine in Barrie and is a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology at SMH. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University.

Dr. Scheeres joined the SMH Team as an obstetrician in 2015 and became Chief of Obstetrics in 2019. Under the leadership of Dr. Scheeres, with the help of dedicated nurses, midwives, respiratory therapists and physicians, the obstetrics department has continued to provide excellent care to the community and has almost doubled the number of deliveries per year since he joined SMH. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Scheeres will provide medical leadership to SMH’s clinical departments and will be responsible for ensuring the efficient management and high quality medical services that align with the hospital’s strategic plan.

William Bye, VP Corporate Services and Chief Financial & Information Officer William Bye Chief Financial and Information Officer

William has 30 years of extensive professional experience as a senior health care finance and operations professional. William is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a graduate of the Public Sector Leadership and Development Program at Memorial University, has Professional Certificates in Leadership and Strategic Management from Harvard University, a Diploma in Business Administration and is Project Management Certified.

William is a former Director of Finance/Administration and Regional Finance Controller with international and domestic experience in both the public and private sector. William comes to us with experience in all aspects of hospital business operations with strong motivational, communication and collaborative skills.  He also has a wide variety of experience in forensic accounting, law, human resources and informatics.  William’s previous roles included Provincial Manager, Management Information System Standards, and Health Analytics and Evaluations Services for the Province of Newfoundland, Regional Financial Controller of the Government of Manitoba – Burntwood Regional Health Authority where his main focus was to develop and control a budget in excess of $100 million for multiple locations in the northern half of Manitoba.

William has also directed a number of provincial health care sector committees and was a member of the National Financial Standards and Information Technical Working Group at the Canadian Institute for Health Information in Ottawa, a group responsible for providing expert technical advice on the development, maintenance and effective implementation of the national financial and statistical reporting standards for health care organizations in Canada. He also has extensive experience implementing and using large scale electronic health care software and business intelligence programs.

In August 2018, William became The Chief Financial and Information Officer (CFIO) and Vice President of Corporate Services. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the organization as well as Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities, Environment Services, Food Services, Registration, Bookings and Health Information Services.