President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Robert (Bob) Howard, President and CEO of St. Michael’s Hospital since 2009, is a cardiologist known for bringing a comprehensive quality improvement (QI) program to the downtown Toronto academic hospital. He embedded a QI philosophy in the hospital’s strategic plan, championing work related to the six Institute of Medicine dimensions of quality: improving safety, patient outcomes, access, patient-centredness, equity and efficiency. This effort has set the benchmark for hospitals, and has allowed staff to continue to foster and build a culture of quality improvement that spreads outside of the institution’s walls.
Under Dr. Howard’s leadership, St. Michael’s officially opened two linked buildings—the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre—that together form the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. This innovative facility brings the worlds of health sciences research and education together to advance patient care. The hospital has begun construction on a 17-storey patient care tower, with expected completion by 2018. This will culminate in the major revitalization of the hospital’s academic and patient care facilities.
Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Dr. Howard was the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice-President of programs and education at St. Michael’s. Dr. Howard has an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, a medical degree from McMaster University and an Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and is a board member for the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and the Health Force Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency (HFO-MRA).
President of St. Michael's Foundation
A fellow of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, Alayne Metrick has spearheaded a number of successful fundraising campaigns – including a recent $140 million campaign to advance patient care – since joining St. Michael’s Foundation in 1995. Metrick has increased hospital fundraising revenues to $38 million from $5.5 million annually and achieved a significant milestone in 1996 when 100 per cent of physicians at St. Michael's Hospital donated to the organization's fundraising efforts.
“Together, we achieved a North American first in fundraising," Metrick explains. "We have now completed our third successful physicians' campaign. This achievement speaks to the outstanding physicians at our organization who are so committed to who we are and what we do.”
In 2005, Metrick was singled out for her contribution to the fundraising community when she was named the Association for Fundraising Professional's Fundraiser of the Year.
Executive Vice-President, Programs, Chief Nursing Executive, Chief Health Disciplines Executive (interim)
A registered nurse, Sonya Canzian joined St. Michael’s Hospital on the neurosurgery unit in 1990. Since then, she has held progressively senior positions in critical care, education and administration. Sonya is a proven leader and was most recently program director of the Trauma and Neurosurgery and Mobility programs for the last eight years.
Sonya is responsible for operational management of the Trauma/Neurosurgery, Mobility, Heart and Vascular, Critical Care, Specialized Complex Care and Cancer Services programs, and is also accountable for Nursing and Health Disciplines professional practice, education and research.
Outside of St. Michael’s, Sonya is a respected voice at organizations such as the MOHLTC, Toronto Central LHIN, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Critical Care Services Ontario, as well as for her ongoing work with our academic partners. She holds several academic positions: lecturer in the Critical Care Program at George Brown College; neuroscience nursing certification mentor with the Canadian Nurses Association; and Advanced Trauma Course for Nurses with the Society of Trauma Nurses.
Sonya holds a master's in health science from Charles Sturt University in Australia.
After a 22-year hiatus in Nova Scotia, Dr. Doug Sinclair rejoined St. Michael's in 2010 where his medical career first began. Following his graduation from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1980, Dr. Sinclair completed his clerkship in Toronto, became chief resident of Emergency Medicine at U of T and an attending staff emergency physician at St. Michael's.
After that, Dr. Sinclair spent two decades in Halifax in a number of progressive leadership and academic roles, including founding head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, vice-president of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and most recently, associate dean of Continuing Education in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University .
Dr. Sinclair returned to St. Michael's in 2010 as executive vice-president and chief medical officer. "St. Michael's is a place that has the opportunity to really close that gap that frustrates most academic clinicians in moving research discoveries to patient care," he says. "I am very impressed by the commitment and focus of the staff at St. Michael's - their enthusiasm for their work is palpable."
With a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy and a M.Sc. in Community Health, both from the University of Toronto, Bev Bulmer became St. Michael’s first non-MD vice-president of Education and the first with a health discipline background to hold the role at a Toronto academic institution on July 1, 2016. As vice-president, she is committed to continuing the strong partnership and collaborative approach the Education portfolio has developed with clinical areas, human resources, the quality team and professional practice groups across the organization.
Bulmer has been engaged in the development and implementation of the past and current education strategies, providing a strong foundational understanding of the teams, infrastructure and supports necessary and available to provide education for staff, physicians, students, patients and families that will enhance patient care.
Bulmer started her clinical career at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, moving to St. Michael's Hospital Mobility program in 2006. She was most recently the director of Health Disciplines Practice and Education.
Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky
Dr. Arthur Slutsky is responsible for St. Michael's vast expansion of research over the past decade, including the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.
Originally an engineer, Dr. Slutsky also studied medicine at McMaster University. After completing a pulmonary fellowship at Harvard, he taught there until 1984 when he returned to the University of Toronto to teach medicine, surgery and biomedical engineering. Dr. Slutsky is currently director of the interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine at U of T. His major focus is translational research in intensive care with a focus on mechanical ventilation.
A member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Fleischner Society for Thoracic Imaging and Diagnosis, Dr. Slutsky also advises the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on biomedical research and respiratory and anesthesiology devices. He has received numerous research awards over the years, including a lifetime achievement award from the American Thoracic Society as well as a Recognition for Scientific Accomplishments Award, and has published more than 350 peer reviewed articles.
Dr. Thomas G. Parker
Chair, Medical Advisory Committee
Dr. Parker is the chief of the Department of Medicine and physician-in-chief at St. Michael’s Hospital. He was recruited to St. Michael’s in 2003 as the first recipient of the Brazilian Ball Chair in Cardiology Research and was appointed head of the Division of Cardiology in 2004. He is an active researcher and clinical cardiologist who is committed to improving patient care at the hospital.
Dr. Parker is the inaugural recipient of the Squires-Chalmers Chair of Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto, the medical lead for the Senior Strategy and co-chair of the Urban Community Patient Priority Committee.
He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Toronto and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.