2010 Recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit
Governor General Michaelle Jean appointed UWindsor alumna Mary Jo Haddad, BScN ’84, LLD ’05, President & CEO, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour in June 2010. Jean cited her “contributions to the promotion and advancement of children’s health care as a neonatal nurse and now as president and chief executive officer of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.”
Haddad was appointed president and CEO of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children—Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country in November 2004 after serving as interim president and CEO. She began her career at SickKids in 1984 as an assistant manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and moved on to several leadership positions, including executive vice-president and chief operating officer, chief nurse executive, vice-president child health services, and director of neonatology and critical care.
She serves as chair of MaRS Innovation, the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, and the Provincial Council for Maternal Child Health and is a board member of the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres. Haddad also lectures at the University of Toronto, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and at the Rotman School of Business.
Among her honours, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 2005. The Women’s Executive Network named her one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008. She was awarded the Canadian Nurses Association “Nurse to Know” Centennial Achievement Award in 2008 by Canada’s Prime Minister. In October 2009, she was the recipient of both the 2009 Leadership Award from the Society of Graduates of the University of Toronto’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Toronto Business Excellence Award for Leading CEO.