Courtyard Group absorbed by Telus
– Telus has acquired the Courtyard Group, a management consulting firm
involved in many of Canada’s top healthcare IT projects over the past
few years, including some controversial work with eHealth Ontario.
In 2009, it was disclosed that Courtyard Group, along with other
consulting agencies, were the recipients of untendered,
multi-million-dollar contracts from eHealth Ontario. The news led to a
shake-up at eHealth Ontario and the Ministry of Health. The government
of Ontario subsequently announced new regulations requiring all
government-related contracts worth over $100,000 to be put out for
A spokesperson at Telus confirmed that about 30 people from Courtyard
Group have made the transition over to Telus, including former
principals Dave Wattling (pictured, left) and Dr. Michael Guerriere
(pictured, right). Both are now listed on the Telus Health Solutions web
site as Vice Presidents of Transformation Services with the large
The spokesperson at Telus was unable to provide further details about
the strategic plan for the acquisition, saying only that announcements
will be forthcoming in the spring.
Before joining Telus, Wattling was Managing Partner and co-founder of
Courtyard Group, a healthcare management consultancy of some 200
professionals operating across Canada and in the US and UK. In this role
he was responsible for corporate management, business development and
oversight of the US, UK and Western Canadian operations.
Dr. Guerriere holds a degree in medicine and specialty training in
internal medicine. He received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School
of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. Prior to joining
TELUS, he served ten years as an executive in academic hospitals and
eleven years as an international healthcare consultant.
Posted February 24, 2011