MARY JO HADDAD
Mary Jo Haddad
President and CEO of Hospital for Sick Children,
The Climb to the Summit - from Nurse to President & CEO
It was remarkable climb in her career that has a Windsor nursing graduate sitting atop one of the most famous and important hospitals in the world.
Twenty-three years ago, Mary Joe Haddad received her BScN (1984) and today she is President and CEO of SickKids, an impressive hospital in downtown Toronto renowned for its centre of research and known as Canada's leading children's hospital.
Mary Jo is a testament to the University of Windsor's motto the degree that works. Although she already had a nursing diploma from Windsor's St. Clair College and eight years of nursing experience at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Mary Jo wanted to acquire an in-depth knowledge about the theories behind effective healthcare administration. For these reasons, a determined Mary Jo enrolled in the University of Windsor's BScN program.
Not only did Mary Jo become an active and engaged student, she used the theories learned in class to establish a private paediatric nursing practice, all while earning her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Windsor.
Upon graduation, Mary Jo began working as an assistant manager in SickKids' Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and subsequently promoted to Program Director of Neonatology and Critical Care.
By 1998, Mary Jo completed her graduate studies in Health Administration at the University of Toronto. By 2000 she became Vice-President of Child Health Services at SickKids and President and CEO by 2004.
Over the years, Mary Jo has earned a string of awards and recognitions from the provincial government and higher education institutions. She holds a faculty appointment at the University of Toronto, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. In 2005 Mary Jo was the proud recipient of the Premier's Award in recognition of her significant societal and economic contribution to the province of Ontario. In that same year, Mary Jo received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Windsor.
Mary Jo lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and 3 sons ranging between the ages of 15 and 10. Who says you can't have it all