Rebecca Parkes

2015 Recipient

President’s Award for Leadership

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Rebecca Parkes is the Director of Talent Strategy and Development whose career at LHSC spans nearly 15 years.

Rebecca has been the architect of an organizational strategy supporting the development of Emotional Intelligence (EI), learning agility and assertiveness at LHSC. Based on research that substantiates EI as a key differentiator between good and great leadership, Rebecca has advocated for EI in LHSC’s leadership competencies, as a minimum standard in leadership recruitment, and to be recognized as critical to change leadership skills. Leading by example, and through development sessions and coaching, she challenges others to step outside of their comfort zones to grow both personally and professionally.

Described as an innovative thinker, Rebecca challenges the organization’s current mental models, and encourages leadership to see new possibilities to leverage leadership talent. She is known for challenging the status quo, including the long-held belief that leaders need to be clinical experts to lead a clinical area, advocating instead that leadership has its own transferrable skills and expertise. As a strategic systems-thinker, Rebecca has helped to successfully cultivate partnerships with hospitals and agencies in southwestern Ontario to execute talent management beyond LHSC. By offering LHSC’s development programs for leaders and emerging leaders, as well as support and consultancy to other hospitals in the region, LHSC is helping to build the capability of other hospitals for the future.

Rebecca’s nomination was supported by excerpts from more than 18 of her colleagues, including physicians, senior leaders, and a variety of staff members whose careers have been directly impacted by Rebecca’s mentorship, guidance and support. Rebecca’s positive influence has impacted individuals, teams, the organization and the regional health care system through her strategic and thoughtful dedication to make a difference in the lives of others—ultimately helping LHSC staff, physicians and leaders deliver efficient and effective health care to patients and their families.

2015 Nominees

  • Anne Marie Bombassaro
  • Andrew Cleland
  • Lisa Janisse
  • Alice Newman
  • *Rebecca Parkes