Chancellor, University of Windsor
President, MJH & Associates
Past President & CEO The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Mary Jo Haddad is the University of Windsor’s eighth chancellor. Her official installation was held at the Spring 2019 Convocation.
Dr. Haddad was appointed President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto in November 2004 and retired December 31, 2013. SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals, teaching and generating discoveries that have helped children globally. After joining SickKids in 1984, Dr Haddad held several leadership positions, including Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.
Dr. Haddad is an Honours graduate of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Windsor, where she also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2005. She earned her Nursing Diploma at St. Clair College and a Master’s degree in Health Science at the University of Toronto. In addition to her honorary degree from the University of Windsor, her contributions have been recognized with Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Ryerson University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Dr. Haddad is recognized for her innovative leadership and commitment to children’s health. Throughout her distinguished career in healthcare in Canada and the US, she has enabled improvements in global child health. She is a champion of research and innovation, creating the Peter Gilgan Center for Research and Learning and building capacity and commitment to discovery and applied research commercialization.
Dr. Haddad is now President of MJH & Associates, providing strategic leadership and healthcare advisory services. She is a corporate director of the Board of Directors of TD Bank Group and is Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee at TELUS. She has held Board appointments as Founding Chair, MaRS Innovation; Provincial (Ontario) Chair of the Council for Maternal Child Health; Director at the Vector Institute; Trustee (Ex-Officio) at SickKids; and Director, SickKids Foundation Board. She continues to volunteer her time as an advocate for children as a member of the Board of Kids’ Health Links Foundation, a member of the capital campaign for SickKids, and Chair of the Board of Children First Canada.
Dr. Haddad was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010 and received The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She is also a recipient of the Premier’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. In November 2012, she was recognized as one of Toronto Life’s 50 Influential People. In 2011, she was named one of Canada’s inaugural Top 25 Women of Influence in health sciences and inducted into the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame. In October 2009, she was the recipient of both the Leadership Award from the Society of Graduates of the University of Toronto’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Catalyst Canada Honours Toronto Business Excellence Award as Leading CEO.