​​​We have started the search process for the Executive Vice President – Clinical Operations & Practice and you can see the role description and members of the Search Committee here. The global executive search firm Egon Zehnder was selected to work with us following a Request for Proposal. The job specifications describe the role, its critical partnership with Charlie Chan Executive Vice President – Clinical Programs, Quality & Safety and the experience required for success in the role. In the context of our commitment to a principle that the needs of the patient come first, I am very pleased to let you know that we have a UHN patient on the Search Committee. It is important to all of us that patients participate in the process of selecting organizational leaders who will directly impact the experience that patients have at UHN.

This month is Privacy Awareness Month in the Province of Ontario. I am told that approximately 45% of UHN staff and physicians have completed the Privacy Training module that is a legal requirement for everyone at UHN every year. So, if you have not completed this course within the past six months, I am asking you to take 20 minutes and take the course this week. This isn't a 'nice to have done', but a legal requirement that you must complete this course each year. Managers will be sent completion rates for the people who report to them and will be asking those who haven't done so yet to take the course. You may click here to access the eLearning Centre.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau was at MaRS this past week. You can read about the visit and the announcement here. I was encouraged by what the Prime Minister had to say about the importance of science and research and was also encouraged by the attendance at the event of the Minister for Innovation, Science & Economic Development – Navdeep Bains and the Minister for Science - Kirsty Duncan. As a place where research, innovation and science are critical to our mission and to the ability to improve health outcomes for Canadians, seeing this federal emphasis is a very good start. In the coming months I will continue to meet with UHN's researchers to learn more about their work and the opportunities that we see ahead. I would like to thank Chris Paige, our Executive Vice President – Science & Research who has been organizing several dinners called Pasta with Peter at Paiges. Home cooked meals and the opportunity to hear about the exciting work that is being done by researchers in a relaxed environment – what a wonderful way to continue to learn about research at UHN and for me to share our plans to enhance research here at UHN.​

Peter​

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