CHLNet Secretariat

The Canadian Health Leadership Network Secretariat ensures that the strategic directions set by the Network Partners are being observed in between semi-annual meetings of the partners. The Secretariat is comprised of two co-chairs (one each from a national and a provincial/regional partner), up to three liaison members appointed by the Network Partners’ Roundtable, chairs of CHLNet’s working groups, CHLNet senior policy advisor, representative from Emerging Health Leaders, two founding co-chairs, founding executive director and the CEO of the host organization (currently the Canadian College of Health Leaders). The Executive Director of CHLNet sits ex-officio on the secretariat. To view our organizational chart, click here.

CHLNet Secretariat
Chris Power and Kathy MacNeil (CHLNet Co-Chairs)
Emily Gruenwoldt, Col. Scott Malcolm, and Maria Judd (CHLNet Network Partner Liaisons)
Wendy Nicklin (CHLNet Working Group Chair)
Graham Dickson (CHLNet Senior Research Advisor)
Bill Tholl (CHLNet Senior Policy Advisor)
Doran Walker (Emerging Health Leaders)
Alain Doucet, Canadian College of Health Leaders (Host Secretariat)
Kelly Grimes, CHLNet Executive Director (ex officio)

Chris Power

CHLNet Co-Chair

    Chris Power’s journey in healthcare began at the bedside as a front-line nurse. Since then, she has grown into one of the preeminent healthcare executives in Canada. Her experiences, her success, and her values have led her to the position of CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

    Previously, Chris served for eight years as president and CEO of Capital Health, Nova Scotia. Under Chris’s leadership Capital Health achieved Accreditation with Exemplary Status in 2014 with recognition for 10 Leading Practices.

    Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Masters in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, and holds a Fellowship in Management for Executive Nurses from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Canadian College of Health Services Executives and in 2007 received an Award of Excellence from the Halifax Progress Club. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector Category three years in a row from 2007-2009 and in 2010 was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She was named one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada four times and in 2013 was inducted into the Top 50 CEOs Hall of Fame. In 2013 Chris received an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from St. Mary’s University.

    Chris holds significant governance roles including President of the Canadian Association for Health Services & Policy Research Board, Co-Chair of CHLNet, Board member of Colleges & Institutes of Canada and past member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council.

    Most recently Chris participated as a member of the federal advisory panel on healthcare innovation and through this role has gained even greater insight into the many pan-Canadian organizations that will be beneficial in forming partnerships, leveraging expertise and advancing the goals of CPSI.

    Kathy MacNeil

    CHLNet Co-Chair

      Kathy MacNeil is President and Chief Executive Officer of Island Health. She is driven by her passion to improve the health and care of patients, staff, medical staff and communities. She was named Island Health’s President and CEO in February of 2018 after serving as Executive Vice President, Quality Safety and Experience since 2015. Kathy engages patients and families as partners in health and care alongside volunteers, employees and physicians to achieve superior clinical quality and service excellence, and fosters a patient and family centred culture that promotes learning and collaboration.

      As an experienced health-care executive with 30 years of progressive leadership experience, Kathy came to Island Health from the former Capital Health Region in Nova Scotia where she served as the Vice-President of People. She holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership (Health Specialization) from Royal Roads University, and a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and an active member of the Vancouver Island Chapter of CCHL.

      Kathy serves of the Board of the Health Employers Association of British Columbia and the United Way of Greater Victoria.