Kevin P. D. Smith is President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System, which spans the full continuum of care from community-based to tertiary academic acute-care. An Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Kevin remains active in academic programs at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. Educated in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, Dr. Smith began his career in medical education, followed by leadership roles in university administration prior to taking on senior management roles in academic hospitals and health systems. His continuing education has focused on governance in the public and private sectors and is professionally certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors. Dr. Smith has also completed the Harvard Program in Effective Governance.
A frequent advisor to the Ontario government, Kevin has served as ministerial supervisor and investigator on behalf of the Government of Ontario and led a number of government corporate initiatives.
Kevin also participates in a number of provincial and national government bodies including the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations, the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, and the Change Foundation. In 2010 Dr. Smith assumed the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) an independent organization founded by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. Kevin is also the past Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association
(OHA), an organization representing all 153 hospitals in the Province of Ontario and Vice Chair, Home Capital Group – one of Canada’s most successful financial services companies and highly rated for its governance practices.