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Thomas O’Neill becomes chair of the board of St. Michael’s Hospital

Toronto, September 26, 2013

Tom O'Neill
Thomas O'Neill

Thomas O’Neill, chair of the board of BCE and Bell Canada, is the new chair of the board of directors of St. Michael’s Hospital.

O’Neill’s one-year term began July 1. O’Neill joined the hospital’s board in 2003 and was vice-chair from 2009-13.

He succeeds Bill Morneau, who also joined the board in 2003 and was its chair from 2009-13. Morneau now sits on the board of directors of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation.

“Tom O’Neill is one of the most experienced corporate directors in Canada,” said hospital CEO Dr. Robert Howard. “We are particularly fortunate to have him in this new role as we embark on St. Michael’s 3.0, a series of projects to transform care at the hospital, including a new 17-storey patient care tower and a renovated Emergency Department.”

O’Neill was chief executive officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting from January 2002 to May 2002 and then chair of the board from May 2002 to October 2002. He is a former vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University and a past member of the Advisory Council of Queen’s University School of Business. He is also a director of Adecco S.A., Bell Canada, the Bank of Nova Scotia and Loblaw Companies Ltd.

O’Neill graduated from Queen’s University with a BComm and is a chartered accountant. He received an Honorary LLD from Queen’s University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

St. Michael’s Hospital is a Catholic teaching and research hospital founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1892 to care for the sick and poor of Toronto's inner city. Affectionately known as the Urban Angel, St. Michael’s is renowned for providing exceptional patient care. As downtown Toronto’s adult trauma centre, the hospital is a hub for neurosurgery, complex cardiac and cardiovascular care, diabetes and osteoporosis care, minimally invasive surgery and care of the homeless and disadvantaged. St. Michael’s is also one of the province’s major sites of care for critically ill patients.

Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s provides outstanding medical education to health-care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Home to the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, made up of the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, the hospital is among the first in the world to bring together researchers, educators and clinicians to take best practices and research discoveries to patient bedsides faster.

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