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May 27, 2011

Mary Jo Haddad receives Order of Canada

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Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada - Photo credit: Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall

Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids, was formally welcomed as a Member of the Order of Canada on May 27. The investiture ceremony took place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, the residence of the Governor General of Canada. 

The announcement that Haddad had been appointed to the Order of Canada was made last June.

The Rideau Hall announcement describes Haddad as a passionate advocate for children’s health care. “Formerly a neonatal nurse and now president and chief executive officer of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), she has played a leadership role in building a system of pediatric health care in Ontario through collaboration and innovation. Her focus on family-centered care has empowered children and their families to be important partners in health care delivery. She has also played a pivotal role in enhancing pediatric health care by sharing SickKids’ expertise and best practices with hospitals around the world. In addition, her leadership has benefited such organizations as the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health, and the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres.”

Haddad joined SickKids in 1984 as an assistant manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and quickly became a leader in the SickKids community. She was appointed President and CEO of SickKids in November 2004 after serving as Interim President and CEO and holding several leadership positions. She lectures at University of Toronto’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Rotman School of Management and holds several board appointments and chair roles.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 5,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

Haddad joins a distinguished group of individuals at SickKids who have received the Order of Canada, including current staff members Drs. Mark Greenberg, Arlette Lefebvre, John Wedge and Stanely Zlotkin.

Dr. Mark Greenberg, Staff Physician, Haemotology/Oncology: 
Appointed in 2001 for his remarkable work to help reduce the trauma of childhood cancer on patients and their families. He initiated a system of care that addresses both the medical and psychosocial needs of patients. With the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), he expanded this concept of collaboration to other Ontario hospitals while creating a united, respected voice for advocacy. Equally involved with international cancer organizations as with grassroots projects such as a summer camp for children, he is beloved by patients and respected by students and colleagues as a man of immense compassion and humanity.

Dr. Arlette Lefebvre, Staff Psychiatrist, Psychiatry:
 
Appointed in 1999. She dedicates her time to working with patients and families who are challenged by adverse facial abnormalities, chronic illnesses and disabilities. She is the driving force behind the creation of AboutFace, Ability OnLine and AbleNET, and she has built a network of psycho-social support agencies which foster self-esteem and independent living among her young patients.

Dr. John Wedge, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedics: 
Appointed in 2005. He is an international authority on reconstructive surgery of the hip and is known for his expertise in the management of cerebral palsy. A former chair of the departments of Surgery at University of Saskatchewan and University of Toronto and former Surgeon-in-Chief at SickKids, he has enhanced the education and training of young surgeons from around the globe.

Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Vice-President, Medical and Academic Affairs
Appointed in 2006. In addition to his administrative role, he is a professor of paediatrics at University of Toronto and a nutrition specialist and researcher at SickKids. He has developed an innovative and easy-to-use supplement to address iron deficiency in children. He has also been an advisor and consultant for UNICEF, the International Development Research Centre and the International Life Sciences Institute. His research and ability to transfer his knowledge to practical applications have brought hope to caregivers and families around the world.