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Dominic Giroux is the new chair of Ontario Hospital Association

Health Sciences North leader has been voted as chair of the board of directors of the provincial hospital association. 
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Dominic Giroux has been named as the new chair of the Ontario Hospital Association’s (OHA) board of directors. Giroux is also the president and CEO of Health Sciences North (HSN) and the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) in Sudbury, and the former head of Laurentian University.

Dominic Giroux has been named as the new chair of the Ontario Hospital Association’s (OHA) board of directors. Giroux is also the president and CEO of Health Sciences North (HSN) and the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) in Sudbury, and the former head of Laurentian University.

Health Sciences North is Northern Ontario's largest hospital with 4,000 employees, 500 medical staff members, 700 volunteers and 2,100 learners. 

Giroux has been serving on the OHA Board since 2019. He was elected as chair during the OHA's annual special meeting of members, said an OHA news release. 

Giroux was commended for the breadth of his experience as a hospital administrator and for his leadership. 

“Dominic is a well-respected leader with an outstanding ability to bring stakeholders together towards a common purpose and who continuously champions strategy and quality improvement,” said Anthony Dale, OHA president and CEO. 

“He demonstrates a deep commitment to sector-wide collaboration to improve the way the health system works and serves patients. Dominic will help guide the OHA as we strive to learn vital lessons from the pandemic and work to strengthen health services for Ontarians across the continuum of care.”

In recent years, Giroux has served on several provincial health committees, was appointed to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, served on the Drummond Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, and chaired the board of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, said the release. 

Also, it was stated that during the pandemic, Giroux played a leadership role as co-chair of Ontario Health’s COVID-19 Northern Ontario Regional Steering Committee and on Ontario Health’s COVID-19 Health System Response Oversight Table.

Giroux commented that this is a stressful time for Ontario hospitals and the role of the OHA has significant importance. 

“As we all know, our hospitals and frontline health care workers are under a historic amount of strain,” said Giroux. 

“The role played by the OHA and its fantastic team led by Anthony Dale has never been more critical. We have an incredibly experienced and talented Board, and I look forward to us working together with the Province to ensure our hospitals can continue to be there for the people of Ontario.”

An OHA backgrounder document reported that Giroux has been president and CEO of HSN and HSNRI, recognized as one one of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals with 14 sites in Greater Sudbury and staff in 17 other locations across Northeastern Ontario. 

Under Giroux's leadership, "the financial performance of HSN and HSNRI significantly improved" and new strategic and capital master plans were initiated," said the OHA release.

Giroux's education qualifications include Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Management and Political Science and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, a MBA from HEC Montreal and completed the Public Executive Program at Queen’s University. HEC Montréal is the graduate business school of the Université de Montréal and known as the first established school of management in Canada.

Giroux is also a Certified Health Executive and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and he holds designations from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Ontario College of Teachers.

Giroux also has a combined 24 years of senior executive experience in such functions as healthcare, as President of Laurentian University, as Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and in two Ontario school boards.

Giroux was also a former chair-elect of Universities Canada and school board chair in Ottawa, he served on or led more than a dozen other boards in health, education, mining, public policy, and community development, said the release.

Giroux has also served on advisory panels for the Bank of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, The Globe and Mail, Hydro One, and the Mowat Centre.