At the December 3, 2015 Network Partners’ Roundtable, the use of Emeritus positions was approved to honour key individuals who have made a substantial contribution to advancing CHLNet’s vision and mission. Hugh MacLeod (former CHLNet Co-Chair) and Wendy Nicklin (former CHLNet Network Partner Liaison and Chair of the Knowledge Mobilization Working Group) were unanimously approved as our first Emeritus. In May 2016, two more were added to honor our former West (Chris Eagle) and East (Rachel Bard) Champions.
Hugh MacLeod is past Co-Chair of CHLNet and former CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI). Currently Hugh is founder of Global Healthcare Knowledge Exchange, Co-Founder of LEADS-Global and Senior Associate with INSource. Hugh has a work record that demonstrates commitment to systems productivity improvement and a passion for leadership development. His interests lie in the areas of system/integrative thinking, sustainability, and organizational cultures that create high performance. Prior to joining CPSI in 2010, Hugh held senior positions within the Ontario public service. As associate deputy minister and executive lead of the Premier’s Health Results Team, he was responsible for a provincial surgical wait time strategy, a provincial primary care strategy, and the creation of local health integration networks. Hugh is a lecturer, author and holds a number of academic appointments, including adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health.
Wendy Nicklin, a valued active partner in initiatives that focus on improving the quality of health care, is a recognized health care leader across Canada and internationally. Obtaining her nursing and master’s degrees at McGill University, Wendy has extensive experience as a critical care nurse and in progressive leadership positions. She has participated in many provincial and national initiatives, such as the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety, and as a founding Board member on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute Board for 8 years, working to contribute to its establishment and success. She participates on advisory committees at CIHR, U of T and Queen’s University. After over 11 years at the helm, Wendy recently stepped down from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Accreditation Canada. She led a significant renewal of the approach to and value of accreditation. Her global leadership about accreditation and health care quality improvement is well regarded. In fact, after six years on the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), Wendy is now President-elect. She serves on several boards including the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Chris Eagle joined CHLNet as founding West Champion in May 2014 and transitioned into the Emeritus role in May 2016. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Alberta Health Services. He is an acknowledged leader in the field of health care administration and has served as a Board member on a number of health organizations including the Health Quality Council of Alberta and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. He is a retired Professor at the University of Calgary and holds adjunct appointments at the Universities of Alberta and Victoria.
Rachel Bard joined CHLNet as the founding East Champion in September 2014 and transitioned into the Emeritus role in May 2016. Before retiring in December 2013, she served as CEO of the Canadian Nurses Association (2009 to 2013) and held numerous leadership positions with the government of New Brunswick including Deputy Minister of Environment (2007-2008) and Deputy Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training & Labour (2003-2007). Her activities also extend to the international and national scenes. Currently she is on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Bar Law for the Future Fund (LFFF).