CHLNet Emeritus

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, our former West (Chris Eagle) and East (Rachel Bard) Champions were approved as Emeritus and in November 2018, founding co-chairs Elma Heidemann and Don Philippon were approved as Emeritus.

Elma Heidemann is a Founding Co-Chair of the CHLNet. She is the former CEO of Accreditation Canada, a position she held from 1993-2004. Prior to this she worked in the fields of health care planning and palliative care. She provided assistance to: the Canadian government for the development of a model for palliative care for persons with AIDS; to the World Health Organization on healthcare standards; and to the World Bank on accreditation. She holds a Masters of Health Administration degree and has obtained Fellowship in both the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a Past President of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and also past member of the Council of ISQua’s International Accreditation Program. She has been an ISQua surveyor since the inception of the program. She has held a number of other national and international board positions including: Chair of the Board of the Canadian Hospital Association, Member of the Scientific Council of l’Agence Nationale d’Accréditation et d’Evaluation en Santé, Paris, and Member of the board of the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board, Dublin. In 2010, she received CCHL’s Award for Distinguished Service. Since 2004, she has served as a healthcare consultant, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of quality, quality improvement, accreditation and evaluation, and change management.

Don Philippon is a Founding Co-Chair of CHLNet. He is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Program Advisor for the Fellowship Program in Health System Improvement in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. He developed the Fellowship program and served as its inaugural Program Director from 2016-2018. Don holds a B.A., B.Ed., and M.A from the University of Saskatchewan (Regina Campus) and a PhD in Educational Administration with a focus on health personnel training from the University of Alberta. Don is an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University and previously served on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Health Leadership and Research. Previously, he held several senior positions in government and in the health care system in Saskatchewan and Alberta. From 1987 to 1994, Don served as Deputy Minister, Associate and Assistant Deputy Minister of Alberta Health, at the time when major health reform was initiated in Alberta. Don has also been actively involved in the development of the LEADS framework for leadership development and he chaired the Governance Group for the LEADS Collaborative.

Hugh MacLeodhughmacleod is a 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 NicklinWendy-pic, 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.

CEagle-132x200Chris 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.

RBard-132x182Rachel 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).


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