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John King


John is a leader in his field with over 35 years of healthcare experience. John moved to Ontario in 1999 after leading several hospitals in Western Canada (Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary Regional Health Authority and Alberta Hospital Association) to become the Assistant Deputy Minister of Programs for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. John joined St. Michael’s hospital in 2002 as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.

John has a Master of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics/Math) from the University of Western Ontario. A certified health executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), he was appointed chair of the college board in June 2010 after serving as Provincial Director for several different provinces.

In June 2014 John was awarded The Order of the Polar Star on behalf of the King of Sweden. This order is given to foreign leaders for the promotion of Swedish interests abroad and in recognition of his 25 years of exchange programs for health executives between Sweden and Canada.

John has received numerous awards including the Trudeau Medal from the University of Ottawa and the Mentorship and Honorary Life Member Award from the CCHL. A scholarship in his name is offered to students entering the Master of Health Administration program at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa to recognize his leadership contribution to the health field.

John retired in November 2012 and is currently involved in consulting activities in the healthcare industry and executive search with Odgers Berndtson.

Work Experience

  • Strategic Client Advisor, Odgers Berndtson (2016–Present)

  • Retired Health Executive, Active Consulting (2012–Present)

  • Executive Vice President, St. Michael’s Hospital (2002–2012)

  • Assistant Deputy Minister Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

  • Senior Operating Officer, Calgary Health Region (1990–1999)