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About SickKids

June 30, 2010

SickKids President & CEO Appointed to the Order of Canada

Toronto - The Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto are delighted that Mary Jo Haddad, President  & CEO of SickKids has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.  The announcement was made earlier today by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada.  

“This prestigious award is so well deserved by this phenomenal leader and inspiring advocate for the health and well-being of Canada’s children and children around the world,” said Constance Sugiyama, Chair, SickKids Board of Trustees.  “Mary Jo exemplifies everything that a world-class organization needs in its leader – vision, integrity, respect and a relentless commitment to quality and excellence.”

Haddad was appointed President & CEO of SickKids in November 2004, after serving as Interim President & CEO. She has held several leadership positions at SickKids including Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nurse Executive, Vice-President of Child Health Services, and Director of Neonatology and Critical Care.

Haddad began her career at SickKids in 1984 as an assistant manager in SickKids’ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, following 10 years as a neonatal nurse at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Haddad holds a number of Board appointments and Chair roles including:

  • Chair, MaRS Innovation;
  • Chair, Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO);
  • Chair, Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health;
  • Member and Past Chair, Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN);
  • Past Board Member, Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC);
  • Past Board Member, Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA).

She also lectures at the University of Toronto’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Rotman School of Business.

Haddad holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor and is a recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Award recognizing outstanding achievement by college alumni.  Her academic qualifications include a MHSc. from the University of Toronto in Health Administration, a BScN from the University of Windsor, and a Diploma in Nursing from St. Clair College, Windsor.

Haddad received the Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award for two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008. She was awarded the Canadian Nurses Association Nurse to Know Centennial Achievement Award in 2008 by Canada’s Prime Minister. In October 2009, Haddad was the recipient of both the 2009 Leadership Award from the Society of Graduates of University of Toronto’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Toronto Business Excellence Award for Leading CEO.

Mary Jo Haddad is an active community supporter, and has served as a volunteer for The Darling Home for Kids and, for a two-year term, was a member of the Campaign Cabinet for United Way   Toronto as the leader of the Health Care Division. She is also a proud supporter of Children’s Circle of Care of, SickKids Foundation.