Kevin P.D. Smith, DPhil, ICDD , President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health System
St. Joseph’s spans the full continuum of care from community-based to tertiary academic acute care. An Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Kevin remains active in academic programs at McMaster, the University of Toronto and York University.
Educated in Canada, the United States and Britain, Kevin began his career in medical education, followed by leadership roles in university administration prior to assuming senior management roles in academic hospitals and health systems. His continuing education has focused on governance in the public and private sectors. He is professionally certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors and has completed the Harvard Program in Effective Governance.
A frequent adviser to the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada, Kevin has served in numerous roles and led a number of initiatives. In 2011 he became Chair of Home Capital Group, one of Canada’s most successful financial services companies, highly rated for its governance practices. In 2012 he joined the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, a fully funded plan, rated among the world’s top performers.
As a volunteer, Kevin participates in numerous initiatives, including the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations, the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, the Cardiac Care Network and the Change Foundation. He is past Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association and present Chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), a $6-billion independent organization founded by the federal government, to fund research infrastructure.