Hugh retired from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute as CEO in January of 2015. Prior to joining CPSI in 2010, Hugh held senior positions with the Government of Ontario including Associate Deputy Minister for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Associate Deputy Minister Climate Change. During his four years with the ministry of health, he was the executive lead of the Premier’s “Health Results Team” responsible for a provincial surgical wait time strategy, a provincial critical care strategy, a provincial primary care strategy, and the creation of local health integration networks. Hugh also held a number of senior executive positions in the province of British Columbia, including Senior Vice-President of Vancouver Coastal Health and Senior Vice-President of the Health Employers Association of British Columbia.
In addition to professional accomplishments, Hugh is a consummate learner, and knowledge exchange advocate and lecturer. Professional activities have included: Adjunct Professor at Griffith University Business School in Brisbane Australia, and Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.
Currently an Adjunct Professor, School of Population & Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Emeritus, Canadian Health Leaders Network, and Patient Safety Expert, International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).
As a sought-after speaker on leadership and transformational strategy, Hugh pushes tenaciously to establish new narratives pertaining to change, transformation, and leadership.
Being an enthusiast of leadership writings, Hugh chose to harness the power of the written word to further his learning message. He uses writing as a tool to uncover and establish new understandings within himself while providing others with a new way of seeing. The motivating factor behind his writing is to increase the number of minds and voices that can participate in the process of change and transformation. Writing provides a platform to explore, reflect, and challenge personal assumptions while inciting new possibilities.
He has authored over 100 leadership and healthcare transformation essays/articles/papers. In July 2019 he released his first book titled “HUMANIZING LEADERSHIP, sub-title: Reflections Fuels, People Matter, Relationships Make The Difference”. KIRKUS Review describes the book as ‘Candid, concise, and skillfully delivered leadership advice.’ The alignment of the book’s forty-two vignettes to LEADS is striking. For more information go to…cultivateyourleadership.com
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