Feisal Keshavjee, CHE, Chair of the Canadian College of Health Leaders’ Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marianne Walker, CHE, as the new Vice-Chair. Her appointment was confirmed at the November 9 board meeting held in Montreal. Marianne joined the board in 2017 as Ontario Co-Director, and now replaces outgoing Vice-Chair Michael Redenbach, who recently completed a 6-year mandate on the Board of Directors.
In leadership roles spanning more than 30 years, including her current role as president and CEO of Guelph General Hospital, Marianne Walker has worked to refocus health care on the patient. She has led several region- and province-wide initiatives that have dramatically improved patient outcomes after stroke, and her elder care strategy is recognized as one of the best practice model province-wide. As a surveyor with Accreditation Canada, Marianne is also helping to improve health care quality and patient safety across the country and internationally in countries including Brazil.
Marianne holds a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and Nursing Diploma from Conestoga College. Marianne is the recipient of the 2015 Premier’s Award for Outstanding Ontario College Graduates in Health Sciences and of the 2016 Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award for Health, Wellness and Recreation. She is a Board member of the Change Foundation and past Ontario Hospital Association Board member.
Marianne also serves as the Chair of CCHL’s Governance Committee.
Prior to the June board meeting, a call for nominations will be made to fill the Ontario Co-Director position previously held by Marianne.