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CIHI names Glenda Yeates as new president and CEO

OTTAWA – Graham Scott, Q.C., chair of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), has announced the appointment of Glenda Yeates as CIHI’s new president and chief executive officer, effective August 1.

Ms. Yeates, who currently serves as the deputy minister of health in Saskatchewan, has extensive leadership experience at the provincial and national levels.

As deputy minister of health in Saskatchewan, Ms. Yeates oversaw the development of the action plan for healthcare in the province. The action plan enjoyed considerable support from a wide variety of stakeholders, and brought about leading-edge initiatives, such as Canada’s first health quality council and the creation of a province-wide surgical care network to improve the prioritization and timely delivery of surgical services.

Under Ms. Yeates, the Department of Health in Saskatchewan also developed a recruitment and retention campaign for health care providers.

“I am delighted to be joining CIHI,” said Ms. Yeates. “As deputy minister of health, I understand very well the importance of good information, and I look forward to leading CIHI’s critically important work in informing debate and decision making on health issues.”

Ms. Yeates previously served as deputy minister of social services in Saskatchewan. In this capacity, she was the co-chair of the National Children’s Agenda, overseeing development of a multi-jurisdictional, inter-sectoral strategy to improve the lives of children in Canada.

Also at the federal level, she has served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Health Services.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Yeates,” said Graham W. S. Scott, chair of the CIHI board of rirectors. “Her strong leadership skills and solid track record of turning innovative ideas into a reality is just the right combination to ensure a bright future for CIHI.”

Ms. Yeates has served as the government representative for Saskatchewan on the Health Council of Canada and also serves as a board member for the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Last year, Ms. Yeates was one of the recipients of the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award.

CIHI is an independent, national not-for-profit organization working to improve the health of Canadians and the healthcare system by providing quality health information. CIHI is mandated by Canada’s health ministers to provide accurate and timely information to support sound health policies, manage the Canadian health system effectively, and create public awareness of factors good health.