Leslee J. Thompson, ICDD (Co-Chair), President and CEO, Kingston General Hospital
Leslee has over 25 years of healthcare experience that extends from the bedside to the boardrooms of some of Canada’s largest and most innovative public and private sector organizations. A graduate of Queen’s University School of Nursing, Leslee started her career as a critical care nurse.
In the private sector, Leslee was Vice-President of Health System Strategies Canada for Medtronic, a global medical devices company, where she had national and international responsibilities in areas of strategy, health policy and strategic account management. She was also on the Board of Directors at Shoppers Drug Mart for six years and is a Certified Corporate Director.
In the public sector, Leslee has led numerous large-scale, complex changes within and across organizations going through mergers, amalgamations and system-level restructuring. She was Vice-President of Cancer Care Ontario, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Sunnybrook and Women’s Health Sciences Centre, Chief Operating Officer of Toronto Western Hospital at University Health Network and Senior Operating Officer of Royal Alexander Hospital at Capital Health, Alberta.
Leslee has an MBA from University of Western Ontario and a Master’s degree in Nursing from University of Toronto. She has delivered hundreds of presentations on healthcare system trends, and has published articles on health system restructuring and change. She has also won awards for her contributions to the nursing profession, her leadership of a national public service program and the advancement of best practices in healthcare management. In 2012, Leslee received the Facing Cancer Together Award of Honour for her commitment to empowering women with cancer by helping to pioneer the Look Good Feel Better program in Canada.