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.
2019 Legacy of Leadership Award Winner: Dr. Richard Reznick
Dr. Reznick is a Professor in Department of Surgery and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization.
Dr. Reznick was the founding Director of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Centre for Research in Education at University Health Network, now known as the Wilson Centre.
He developed a research program in the assessment of technical competence for surgeons and ran a fellowship program in surgical education, and was instrumental in developing a performance based examination, which is now used for medical licensure in Canada.
As Vice President of Education at UHN he advanced multiple educational initiatives and partnerships. As Chair of Surgery at University of Toronto he helped advanced a successful pilot program in competency-based medical education in Orthopaedic Surgery, and now as dean at Queen’s, he has championed conversion of 29 specialty medicine residency programs to CMBE.
Dr. Reznick’s career has combined a clinical interest in colorectal surgery with 30 years of dedication to the advancement of medical education.
He has received a number of awards, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medal in Surgery and the James H. Graham Award of Merit.
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.
2018 Legacy of Leadership Award Winner: Wendy Nicklin
Wendy Nicklin’s Biography
A valued active partner in discussions about improving the quality of health care, Wendy is a recognized health care leader across Canada and internationally. Obtaining her academic degrees at McGill University, Wendy has extensive experience as a critical care nurse and in progressive leadership positions. She has participated in many provincial and national initiatives, such as the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety, and as a founding Board member on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute Board for 8 years, working to contribute to its establishment and success.
After over 11 years at the helm, in December 2015, Wendy stepped down from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Accreditation Canada. She led a significant renewal of the approach to and value of accreditation. Her global leadership about accreditation is well regarded.
Within the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), and after 8 years on the ISQua Board, Wendy is now President. She is Past-Chair of the ISQua Accreditation Council for the International Accreditation Programme (IAP), member of several Board committees, an Expert, a Fellow and a past ISQua surveyor.
In addition to the ISQua Board, and previous Board memberships with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), the Canadian Nurses’ Foundation and Algonquin College, she serves on several other boards including the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and the Champlain Local Integration Health Network (LHIN). She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. An Emeritus member of CHLNet, she is a member of the Secretariat and chairs the Knowledge Mobilization Working Group. Both Queen’s University and the University of Toronto benefit from her membership on the respective advisory committees for their Master’s programs in quality and safety.
Wendy received the Woman of Distinction Award – Health Services in 1999, the Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award in 2008, the CCHL Eastern Ontario Chapter Award for Distinguished Service in 2012, and the 2016 University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management Preceptor award.
With a strong commitment to effective governance and focusing on accreditation, quality, safety and leadership, Wendy has numerous publications to her name and has given many presentations nationally and internationally. She has academic appointments to Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa.
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).