CHLNet Team

Canadian Health Leadership Network is comprised of a small core team of staff, advisors and emeritus positions, and a Secretariat that works in partnership with Network Partner organizations across Canada.  Click here to view the organization structure.

Kelly Grimes

Executive Director

Kelly Grimes is the Executive Director with CHLNet and is responsible for the strategic plan, business plan and budget in consultation with its 40 Network Partners. Through this position, she has participated in various health leadership studies, most recently the Canadian Health Leadership Benchmarking Survey Report and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Leadership and Health System Redesign: Cross-Case Analysis Final Report. In addition to this role, Kelly maintains ongoing consulting projects at the macro, meso and micro levels of the health system including: health technology assessment in Canada; the role of pharmacists in primary health care; strengthening primary health care in Alberta through family care clinics; and return on investment in mental health promotion and mental illness prevention. She was previously Senior Director of the Quality Worklife Quality Healthcare Collaborative and Director of Research at Accreditation Canada.  Kelly has a Masters of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto and Science and Business Degrees from the University of Ottawa.

Melanie Abdelnour

Office Manager

Melanie Abdelnour is the part-time Office Manager for the Canadian Health Leadership Network. Prior to joining CHLNet, Melanie worked as a Project Administrator consultant with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. She has completed her Master’s Certificate in Project Management and holds a BA in Art History, both from Carleton University. Melanie has also completed editorial internships and enjoys working on her blog in her spare time.

Graham Dickson

Senior Policy Advisor

 Graham Dickson is a senior policy advisor to CHLNet and is an academic advisor to the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. He is also a member of the LEADS Collaborative, a not-for-profit start-up dedicated to applying LEADS to enhance leadership capacity in the health sector. Currently he also participates in an international initiative called the World Federation of Medical Managers, devoted to developing a common approach to developing medical leaders in both developed and underdeveloped countries. Prior to leaving Royal Roads University, Graham was the founding Director of the Centre for Health Leadership and Research. Graham led the development of LEADS and helped develop the Master of Arts in Leadership (health specialization) at Royal Roads University.