​​​Dr. John Dick awarded Keio Medical Science Prize

Last week, Japan's Keio University awarded its prestigious Keio Medical Science Prize to UHN's very own Dr. John Dick, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The Keio Medical Science Prize recognizes outstanding achievements by researchers in the fields of medicine and life sciences. One of the only Canadians to win the Prize, Dr. Dick was recognized for his ground-breaking research on cancer stem cells, which has had an international impact on the scientific community. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Dick on this incredible achievement and on his continued success.

Board of Trustees Meeting – Transition Plan and CEO Search 

With my recent announcement, I know many of you are wondering about next steps related to the great work we have started together.

The UHN Board of Trustees will meet this Wednesday, September 20. At this meeting, we will be discussing next steps for current activity, UHN strategic planning, UHN's interim CEO and the CEO search process.

With respect to strategic planning, we will be presenting a plan formulated with our Senior Management Team which focuses on how to transition the strategic planning work completed to date. The transition plan for UHN's emerging strategy needs to respect the thousands of hours of work carried out by working groups and participants over the last year, and support important current initiatives such as Caring Safely, while still leaving room for UHN's new CEO to assess the environment and to build a vision with all of you that reflects UHN's current and future needs.

Emma Pavlov, your Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Organizational Development and Michener Operations will lead the discussion on appointing UHN's interim CEO and the CEO search process.

The search process for a new CEO will be led by UHN's Board Chair, Mr. Brian Porter, Emma Pavlov and an external search firm. Once the search firm is chosen, a selection committee will be formed to interview candidates for the role and will make their recommendations to the UHN Board of Trustees who will make the final selection.

This important decision will be made with input from you and the rest of the UHN community on the desired skills and qualities of UHN's next CEO. Emma and the search consultants will develop a process to make sure we are hearing from people throughout the organization and updating everyone regularly on the process.

Emma and I will provide an update following the Board Meeting this week.


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