June 5, 2023 (Ottawa) – HealthCareCAN is proud to announce one of Canada’s most influential healthcare leaders, Bill Tholl, as the recipient of its 2023 Legacy of Leadership award.
Presented at HealthCareCAN’s 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM), the 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.
“Bill continues to be a driving force in the widespread adoption of the LEADS framework in Canada as he truly believes leadership really matters,” said Kelly Grimes, Executive Director of the Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet). “Though his philosophy of giving back and volunteerism, he continues to mentor the next generation of leaders and build collective action for change in our health system. He is highly deserving of this prestigious award.”
For over 40 years, Mr. Tholl has influenced the development of national health policy and practice in roles that extend from public servant and CEO to advisor. In 1995, Bill stepped into the role of CEO for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and, since then, has held leadership and advisory roles in multiple national health sector organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), HealthCareCAN and the Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet).
“I am honoured and delighted to present this award to my long-time friend and colleague, whose wisdom I have often sought and deeply value,” added Paul-Émile Cloutier, HealthCareCAN President and CEO. “Bill has dedicated his entire career to supporting and improving Canada’s health system and the health research ecosystem – no one knows this sector better than him – and I hope this award demonstrates how appreciative we are of his many contributions over the years.”
In 2022 Bill was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada to recognize his extraordinary contribution to this country. Mentor to many, he is a sought-after speaker, with CHLNet calling him a “leader of leaders” on the Canadian health scene. He is also a Certified Corporate Director and currently serves as a trustee on several for-profit and not-for-profit Boards, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Royal College International.
HealthCareCAN is the national voice of action for health organizations and hospitals across Canada. We advocate in support of health research and innovation; to enhance access to high-quality health services for Canadians; and we empower health professionals through our best-in-class learning programs.
Alexandria Rowe, Communications and Member Services Specialist
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