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Funded in part by the
Government of Ontario

Healthy Work Environments - Champions

Rob Devitt President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH)

Formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Mr. Devitt has served in a number of capacities on system transformation and change initiatives. He has been a provincially appointed Supervisor and has served on a number of provincial advisory committees. Mr. Devitt’s involvement as Past Chair of the Board of Plexxus (a not for profit company focused on maximizing non-clinical efficiencies to reinvest savings into patient care) involved work in supply chain management and human resources and payroll services.

"Leadership – from the units on the floor to the executive suite – is essential for sending the message that unhealthy work environments are unacceptable"

Dr. Heather Laschinger – Distinguished University Professor and Associate Director Nursing Research at The University of Western Ontario, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences in London, Ontario.

Since 1992, Dr. Laschinger has been Principal Investigator of a program of research designed to investigate the impact of nursing work environments on nurses' empowerment for professional practice, and their health and well-being. In collaboration with Professor Carol Wong, Dr. Laschinger recently completed a national study profiling nursing leadership/management structures across Canada. Her work has also resulted in important contributions to policy-making and program development at various levels of government.

"Your staff will value the organization they're in. They'll stay working for you. They'll be healthy. Patients will get better care. Everyone wins."

What is the role of the HWE Champions?

The Champions have a multi-faceted role in promoting and implementing HWE change and innovation. They publicly promote the benefits of HWE and showcase leadership through speaking engagements at key healthcare conferences and education sessions. In collaboration with the Expert Advisory Group, they provide advice on HWEs to the government and the healthcare system. 

In November 2010, Rob Devitt and Dr. Joshua Tepper presented at Breakfast with the Chiefs on Healthy Work Environments: From Policy to Practice. You can watch the video of the event here.

You can find out more, including presentations by the HWE Champions, on the
HealthforceOntario website

What is Ontario’s HWE Expert Advisory Group?

The HWE Expert Advisory Group consists of health care professionals appointed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to support the work of the HWE Champions.

What is the role of the HWE Expert Advisory Group?

The key role of the HWE Expert Advisory Group is to advise the Champions (and through them, the Ministry) on the implementation of the province’s HWE strategy.
Issues include:

  • How to enhance knowledge transfer
  • Support for change management
  • Promoting organizational leadership
  • Using technology and social media to support HWE’s
  • Enhancing interprofessionalism/teamwork
  • Strategies for successful sectoral outreach
Who are the members of the HWE Expert Advisory Group?

  • Irmajean Bajnok (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario);
  • Dr. Gail Donner (Change Foundation);
  • Dr. Eric Fonberg (Rouge Valley Health System);
  • Linn Holness (St. Michael's Hospital, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute);
  • Louise Logan (Public Services Health and Safety)
  • Anne-Marie Malek (West Park Healthcare Centre);
  • Richard McConnell (VON Canada);
  • Pat Morden (Shalom Village);
  • Derek Puddester (University of Ottawa);
  • Eva Szczerba (Quality Worklife Quality Healthcare Collaborative); and
  • Diane Strachan (London Health Sciences Centre).

Contact Information
To provide feedback or to reach Ontario’s HWE Champions, please email .

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