Shirlee Sharkey Candidly Reflects on 30 Years as CEO, Reveals the Secrets to Transformational Leadership, and Shares Her Thoughts on How to Improve Our Health System

Published on July 21, 2022


In this special episode of The HQ podcast, we are joined by special guest Shirlee Sharkey. Shirlee is the former long-serving President and CEO of SE Health. In an era where few CEOs hold more than a five-year term in a single organization, Shirlee has held her position at SE Health for more than 30 years. Tune in as Shirlee candidly reflects on her time as CEO, reveals the secrets to transformational leadership, and shares her thoughts on how to improve our health system. If you are a current or aspiring leader, you won’t want to miss our chat with this award-winning and distinguished thought leader!


About Shirlee Sharkey – ICD.D, CHE, MHSc, BScN, BA, LLD (honoris causa)

Shirlee Sharkey is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost experts on home care and healthy aging. As a registered nurse and the longtime CEO of SE Health, a unique not-for-profit social enterprise, she has dedicated her career to empowering people, championing compassion and advancing social innovation to forever impact how people live and age at home. In May 2022, Shirlee stepped down from SE Health following 30 years of breakthrough leadership.

Shirlee shares her passion and expertise as a thought leader, speaker, author and mentor. In 2020, she collaborated with a range of experts to co-author The Future of Aging, a book that has been described as “a brilliant and powerful challenge to locked-in ageist mindsets, policies and service models.” Naturally curious and committed to lifelong learning, Shirlee regularly engages with students, entrepreneurs and business leaders from other industries.

Shirlee’s commitment to public service is evident in her leadership and involvement on many boards, including University Health Network, the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, and BAYADA Home Health Care. She also is a senior fellow of Canada’s top think tank, the CD Howe Institute. Internationally, Shirlee is a Healthcare DENMARK ambassador. Committed to global influence, she has gained and shared health system insights through her experiences in the Middle East, Australia and northern Europe.


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