HealthCareCAN recognizes and values the long term impact that health leaders have in shaping the health system. The Legacy of Leadership Award recognizes exceptional individuals who have made long-lasting and outstanding contributions to advancing Canada’s health system and have demonstrated significant and sustained commitment toward the enhancement of the health of Canadians. The prestigious Legacy of Leadership Award will be announced and presented each year in plenary at the National Health Leadership Conference.
Recipients of the Legacy of Leadership Award embody the very best in leadership, are forward-thinking and have:
made a recognizably significant and lasting impact on the Canadian health system at the national level over a period of 25 or more years;
exhibited a life-long commitment to the pursuit of world-class health system leadership;
demonstrated excellence in past or current senior leadership position(s) within Canadian health organization(s) including hospitals and/or regional or provincial health authorities, health-related provincial or federal non-government organization or association, provincial or federal government department, or the private sector;
provided outstanding support to other/emerging Canadian health leaders by serving as an exemplary role model; and
recognized by their peers within and outside of the publicly funded health system for their distinguished accomplishments.
2018 Call for Nominations is now open!
HealthCareCAN members have been invited by email to submit their 2018 nominations, if you are employed at one of our member organizations but have not received your invitation and form, please contact Alexandria Rowe.
2017 Legacy of Leadership Award Winner: Tony Dagnone
Tony Dagnone’s Biography
Tony Dagnone embarked on an illustrious healthcare career at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. At age 36, he became the hospital’s executive director, and subsequently its president and CEO. During his 25-year tenure at Saskatchewan’s major teaching hospital, Mr. Dagnone directed expansion projects and facilitated the development of new tertiary care programs, including Saskatchewan’s first CT scanner and MRI. He was instrumental in developing outreach and community-based healthcare services, including Kinsmen Children’s Centre, Ronald McDonald House, and the Geriatric Assessment Unit/Day Hospital, first of its kind in Canada.
In 1992, he was recruited to London, Ontario as President and CEO of University Hospital. Mr Dagnone was a leading force in London’s successful 1995 voluntary merger of three Hospital campuses including Victoria Hospital. As a result of this historic merger, the newly formed London Health Sciences Centre, became one of Canada’s largest academic Hospitals.
During a time when putting the patient first was a radical idea, Mr. Dagnone embraced the notion head on. In 2009, in his role as Commissioner of Saskatchewan’s Patient First Review, he penned a report entitled “For Patient’s Sake” which was hailed by the community as a must-read for every politician, health administrator and health professional in Canada.
Mr. Dagnone has held numerous leadership positions, including Board Chairman for the Canadian College of Health Leaders, Chairman of the Ontario Hospital Association, Board Member of Cancer Care Ontario. Currently, Tony serves on the Board of London Health Sciences Centre Foundation and advises several national corporations involved in the healthcare enterprise.
In addition to excelling in his many leadership roles, Mr. Dagnone has also received several awards, including the Order of Canada (1991), the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2003), the Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CCHSE) Distinguished Service Award, CCHSE’s first Honorary Life Member award (2008), and the Regents Award by the American College of Healthcare Executives (2009).
Every year, the Chairman of HealthCareCAN’s Board of Directors and the President and CEO will issue a Call for Nominations, including a nomination form, to HealthCareCAN’s member organizations. The nomination form will also be available on the HealthCareCAN website. Nominations are submitted to HealthCareCAN. Only HealthCareCAN’s member organizations are eligible to submit nominations. Nominations require a mover and a seconder.
The adjudication committee will be comprised of the members of HealthCareCAN’s Governance Committee, the President & CEO of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and one accomplished Canadian health leader who will be selected by HealthCareCAN. This 6-member panel will consider each nominee against the criteria set out above.
An award of $1000 will be made in the name of the recipient to a mentee of their choice or an initiative of a Canadian hospital or healthcare organization that represents the leadership, forward-thinking and impact-generating effect on the health system that the recipient personifies. The cost of travel and accommodations will be covered for the nominee to receive the award at the National Health Leadership Conference.