Chapter Service Awards

The ACHE Recognition Program celebrates members’ commitment to the healthcare management profession. Recognition is bestowed based on specific volunteer activities that demonstrate leadership and contributions to furthering professional excellence. All active ACHE members are eligible to be recognized.

Points accrue through volunteer activities performed in a convocation year (April–March) and are cumulative from year to year. For more information on award levels, please click here.

Below are the recipients of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE Service Awards.

Leslie Benecki received a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University. She has MBA and MHSA (Master of Health Services and Administration) degrees from the University of Michigan.

Leslie Benecki has spent her career focusing on primary health care and equity seeking populations. Her experience includes progressive managerial roles at Alberta Health, two Community Health Centres, and a health care research centre. She is long-time community volunteer including serving a Board term with the South East Local Health Integration Network.

Leslie is an ACHE Fellow and a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. As a member of the inaugural Board of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE she was the Secretary and chaired the Program Committee. She has been on several Regent Advisory Councils and is a Regent Award recipient. Leslie returned to the Board in 2016 and is currently the Chapter Treasurer and on the Audit Committee.

Leslie resides in Kingston, Ontario with her husband and son.

Dr. Rakesh Calton is an International Medical Graduate with a post-graduate residency training (MD) from India. Besides being a clinician and a medical teacher, Dr. Calton is also an accomplished Healthcare Executive, with an MBA in operations, a Master’s degree in Hospital and Health Systems Management and a Master’s degree in Health Management. Dr. Calton is board certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a Certified Health Executive of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL).

Dr. Calton has led many healthcare organizations and medical schools at a senior executive level. Prior to immigrating to Canada, Dr. Calton was the administrator of a large tertiary level teaching hospital. He was also the Executive Director of a large multi-specialty hospital in South India. Currently, Dr. Calton is working with Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Calton has been associated with the Canadian Chapter of the ACHE for the last 10 years and has served in various leadership positions such as the Director BC, Member and the chair of the Communication Committee, membership and advancement committee, etc. Dr. Calton has been actively participating in the Annual Congress of the ACHE.

Dr. Calton is a champion of quality and is passionate about quality in healthcare, accreditation, Six Sigma, and Lean. Dr. Calton is an active member and volunteer of various professional bodies such as the American Society of Quality, The American College of Healthcare Executives and the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders.

Glenn has over 25 years experience in healthcare in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining his current 14 years ago, Glenn was an Executive Director at the largest Health Authority in New Brunswick, where he served for 10 years. While in this role, he led several process improvement initiatives pioneering Lean Six Sigma process methodology in healthcare. Glenn’s areas of expertise are diagnostic services, healthcare operations, planning, and strategy. His experiences in health operational efficiencies have been valuable to add administrative and clinical context to technology solutions. Glenn’s post-secondary interests focused on earth sciences, engineering technology, Masters of Business Administration, and Executive Leadership programs at Harvard and Boston University.

Glenn is thankful to his partner and soul mate Laurie for all the support she provides both personally and professionally. His daughter, Marissa Sherwood currently earning her fellowship in Radiation Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Toronto.

Glenn joined ACHE in 2008. He has served on the Canadian Chapter Board and has chaired the Program Committee over his years as an active member.

James has worked as a senior healthcare executive for over 18 years, primarily in the areas of Enterprise Risk Management, Insurance, Quality, Safety, Privacy and Planning. Born and raised in Alberta, James has Masters Degrees in: Public Health Care Administration from the University of Alberta, and Health Services Research (specializing in Enterprise Risk Management) from the University of Toronto. James also holds Fellowship Standing with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.

As a senior health care leader, James’ passion is understanding and effectively planning for the myriad of risks faced by public health care. In his current role, James oversees the provincial insurance strategy for the Saskatchewan Health Authority and has recently designed and implemented a comprehensive multi-billion dollar insurance program to ensure the sustainability of health services in Saskatchewan.

James enjoys playing sports (Golf, Hockey, Basketball, and Volleyball) as well as gardening. James is also a big NFL fan, and enjoys watching football games with his wife and young family. Outside of work, James enjoys volunteering his time coaching sports teams, as well as serving on boards of local community organizations.

Raj Sewda is EVP Clinical, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing executive at Runnymede Healthcare Centre, a 206 bed Rehab Hospital in Toronto; Professor of Health Management at Seneca College, King Campus and Board Member of Runnymede Healthcare Centre, Toronto. His area of expertise is cultural transformation and high reliability teams.

Raj is a Certified Health Executive from the CCHL, a board-certified Fellow of ACHE, and a board director certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors (Rotman U of T), Toronto. Raj received his MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Athabasca University. He has a Certificate in Labor Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto.
With over 19 years of diverse experience working in acute care teaching hospital, post-acute care /rehabilitation, home care, and public health. Raj is equally versed with leading clinical operations, hospital operations, Quality Improvement and Risk Management portfolio.

As a certified Lean Black Belt, Raj has a reputation for building high performing teams that provide quality care at lower costs. He also holds board certifications in Healthcare Quality & Infection Control. He has presented at international, national and regional conferences on topics of chronic diseases, mobile healthcare, change management, information privacy, data breaches, high reliability organizations and patient engagement.

Raj’s interests include exploring innovative models of care delivery for chronic disease management including tele-support, e-referrals, and remote patient monitoring. He leads LEAN-based optimizations and Healthcare Kaizen activities for organizations around the world. A surveyor with Accreditation Canada, Raj also dedicates his time to volunteering on provincial and national committees.

With his understanding of the complex nature of healthcare delivery across all sectors, combined with his real-world experience and extensive education Raj is a strong and dedicated healthcare leader and executive.

Todd Stepanuik is the President & CEO of the Middlesex Hospital Alliance, a position he has held since May 2013. He presides over a $46 million operation with a staffing complement in excess of 500. He is a native of Winnipeg Manitoba and is a graduate of Concordia College.

Todd Stepanuik is an experienced and highly regarded Senior Healthcare Executive bringing over 30 years of in-depth CEO experience from various stand alone, multi-site and integrated healthcare organizations across Canada. Todd is a values-based leader who has been recognized for building in-depth relationships with community, Ministry, business and other stakeholder groups with expertise in strategic planning, operational review, fiscal management, talent acquisition, governance and organizational change leadership. Todd provides inspirational leadership to develop high performing cultures. Todd is a passionate advocate for a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to health. As a people-centred leader, Mr. Stepanuik constantly drives change to facilitate healthy work environments characterized by engaged and empowered staff and physicians.

In 2015 Todd also assumed the role as President & CEO at the South Huron Hospital Association (SHHA). Prior to joining the Middlesex Hospital Alliance in May 2013, Todd served as President & CEO of Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital where he was accountable for overseeing the operational and financial management of the two site acute care facility, while guiding the strategic direction of the Hospital, including a $50 million redevelopment project. During his tenure at Perth and Smith Falls District Hospital, patient, staff and physician satisfaction was rated at over 90%. He was also inducted as a honorary member of the Medical Staff at Perth and Smith Falls. During his tenure, 5th Estate rated the PSFDH as an A+ hospital. No other community hospital in Canada received this recognition.

Todd has served on the OHA Board of Directors in addition to various Ministry-lead task forces, and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the American College of Health Care Executives where he is currently the Chair Membership & Advancement Committee as well as President Elect for the Chapter. Todd believes in giving back to the community and is actively involved in the local Catholic Parish (Parish Council) as well as an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also a member of Rotary International where he is immediate past President of the Strathroy Rotary Club. Todd also chaired a capital campaign for his son’s school. He is also on the board of directors as Treasurer of the South West Middlesex Health Center. He is also currently a member of the Economic development council For Strathroy- Caradoc. Todd is passionate about inspiring culture and ethical tone, with relentless focus on excellence and integrity.

Todd lives in Strathroy with his wife Shelley and their son Josef.


Frances began her career in health administration after working in public relations and being part of a team looking at access to care in rural Ontario. She moved to Memphis to complete a Master of Health Administration, and while there, joined the student chapter of ACHE. She was the chapter secretary and then president, before graduating and moving to Chicago, as ACHE’s Stuart A. Wesbury Junior Post-Graduate Fellow, (the only Canadian to hold this post).

After several years with the Illinois State Medical Society in Chicago, Frances returned to Ontario, where she continued her focus on medical affairs and physician relations. She has participated in numerous ACHE committees at the national level, including two terms on the editorial board of Healthcare Executive, two terms on the Programs, Products and Services committee and a term on the Articles of the Year committee. She has served on Regent’s Advisory Councils in Chicago and Ontario and been actively involved in the Canadian Chapter, with three terms on the board as a Director for Ontario and serving in the executive positions of secretary and vice-chair. Frances is currently the chair of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE.

Board Certified in Health Care Management since 2002 and a Fellow of ACHE since 2007, Frances remains active in her commitment to ACHE and lifelong learning. She has completed ACHE’s Executive Program and is a regular contributor to ACHE’s Fund for Innovation.