Band-Aids or a New Healthcare System: In Conversation with Dr. Michael Gardam on the Necessary Conditions for Transforming Healthcare in Canada

Published on February 16, 2023

In episode 27 of The HQ podcast, and in the aftermath of the highly anticipated health summit that was held on February 8th in Ottawa, we’re joined by Dr. Michael Gardam, a veteran of healthcare systems in three Canadian provinces and the Chair of the HealthCareCAN Board of Directors, to discuss his views on not only what is ailing Canadian healthcare, but what are the conditions for truly transforming it so that it serves all Canadians.

As you’ll hear, Michael believes that political brinkmanship is the wrong approach to solving Canada’s healthcare woes, and it’s time for an open dialogue on what outcomes and services Canadians expect from their healthcare system.

Join us as we explore the future of Canada’s healthcare system and our health workforce and the changes needed to address the needs of Canadians now and in the future.


About Dr. Michael Gardam

Dr. Michael Gardam is the Chair of the HealthCareCAN Board of Directors and CEO of Health PEI in Prince Edward Island. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has published more than 120 scientific works. He holds Masters degrees from McGill University and the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in infectious diseases.

His interest in physician leadership and organizational culture led him to become Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at UHN (2015-2017) and Chief of Staff and Humber River Hospital in Toronto (2018-2020). He is currently Program Director of the York University Schulich School of Business Healthcare Leadership Development Program and an instructor for the Physician Leadership Institute of Joule (Canadian Medical Association).

Dr. Gardam has also advised many organizations in Canada and internationally. Some of these have included the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hand Hygiene New Zealand, the Irish Health Services Executive, the Maryland Patient Safety Center, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, as well as numerous hospitals across Canada.”


Helpful Links

HealthCareCAN | Website: Click Here

HealthCareCAN | LinkedIn: Click Here

Health PEI | Website: Click Here

Health PEI | LinkedIn: Click Here


Additional Resources

HealthCareCAN | Press Release – February 7, 2023 (Ottawa): Click Here

HealthCareCAN Media Contact | Steve Wharry, Communication & Member Services:

Dr. Michael Gardam | In the Media: Source 1, Source 2, Source 3


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