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June 13, 2014

Mary Jo Haddad receives two honorary degrees

Mary Jo Haddad receives two honorary degrees
Mary Jo Haddad receives her honorary degree June 6 from Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson University. (Photo: Clifton Li)

Last week was a busy one for Mary Jo Haddad, former President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) – she received not one, but two honorary degrees in recognition of her outstanding service to the hospital and the community at large.

On June 5 she was celebrated for her “extraordinary leadership within the health-care sector” by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) who heralded her as “a compelling health-care visionary, and a powerful champion for pediatric health.”

 Under her leadership at SickKids, the UOIT said, “innovation has always been at the forefront. Emphasizing the development of future health-care leaders, her distinguished career has focused on increased collaboration, integration and sharing with other health centres in the province, across the country and around the world. She is also committed to lifelong learning and mentorship as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toronto, and as a mentor for aspiring leaders through the Women’s Executive Network and The Creative Institute for Toronto’s Young Leaders.”

On June 6, Haddad took part in the convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University and received an honorary doctorate in recognition of her exemplary career.

Mary Jo Haddad with hat honorary degree

She was cited as “an inspiring leader with a stellar track record for leading change … dedicated to transforming health systems to ensure children are a priority for resources and services overseen by our local and national governments – an advocate for diversity and health equity. Also, she was recognized “as a nurse leader who has created environments that have allowed nursing scholarship to flourish, where nurses are recognized for their diverse contributions to the health of children and where nurses have learned to become excellent and compassionate leaders.”  

Haddad was President and CEO of SickKids from 2004 to 2014, and held other executive roles before then including executive vice-president, chief operating officer, and chief nurse executive. She also holds an honorary degree from her alma mater, the University of Windsor, She is a member of The Order of Canada, and a recipient of many awards among them the Premier’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.