On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to officially announce the appointment of Dr. Jackie Schleifer Taylor, PT, PhD, CHE, to the position of President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre .
Jackie brings a wealth of hospital and health system experience and a proven track record of leadership to this position. She is an inspiring and transformative leader with a vision both for LHSC and Ontario’s health system. We are confident her deep knowledge of health care and of the needs of patients and families, her academic achievements, and the respect she generates across the health system will ensure LHSC will play a pivotal role in meeting the needs of our community and shaping the health care of the future.
During her tenure as Interim President and CEO of LHSC, the organization successfully and safely navigated the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and began charting its road to post-pandemic recovery. In her six years with LHSC, Jackie has also held other senior executive roles, including Chief Clinical Officer and President of Children’s Hospital at LHSC.
Beyond her contributions to LHSC, Jackie has provided health system leadership and expert advice to the Ontario government on subjects including pandemic response, maternal and child health, quality, and inter-professional care. She continues to make significant contributions to the pandemic response through her roles as: Pandemic Triad Lead and Pandemic Hospital Lead for Ontario Health West (South Western sub-region) and in her prior co-leadership of the Innovations Working Group of the South West Region COVID Capacity and Clinical Operations Regional Advisory Committee.
In addition, Jackie serves as Chair of the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health. Previously, she was a Regional Executive Advisor to the South West Local Health Integration Network and Provincial Co-Lead and Co-Chair of HealthForceOntario’s and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Inter-Professional Collaboration Initiative. Jackie also has deep knowledge of the regulatory aspects of the health care system, having been President of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and a National Director of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators.
Jackie holds a PhD and a Master’s of Science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy) and a Bachelor of Science, both from McMaster University. She also holds the Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Her many awards and honours include: the 2015 Women to Watch Award, the Medal of Distinction awarded by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Canadian College of Health Leaders’ Certified Health Executive Spotlight, as well as the University of Toronto Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Outstanding Leadership Award.
Phyllis Retty, Chair
Board of Directors
London Health Sciences Centre