In the summer of 2001, Saskatchewan Health asked Dr. Peter Glynn, healthcare consultant, Dr. Mark Taylor, the Deputy Head of General Surgery at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, and Dr. Alan Hudson, a Toronto-based neurosurgeon and former CEO of the University Health Network, to advise on the creation of a provincial surgical wait list management strategy to address growing concerns about waiting times for many non-emergent surgical procedures. Although the work was focused on Saskatchewan, this is a common issue across the country.