CEO of Saskatchewan's Health Quality Council
SASKATOON – Dr. Ben Chan, Chief Executive Officer of
the Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council, has been named Outstanding
Young Health Executive of the Year by the Canadian Council of Health
Services Executives (CCHSE). The annual award is presented to a young
Canadian health executive who has demonstrated leadership in improving
the effectiveness and sustainability of Canada’s health system.
Under the direction of Dr. Chan, the Health Quality Council (HQC) is
measuring and reporting on quality of care in Saskatchewan and working
with its partners to build a better health system. It is the first
agency of its kind in Canada. HQC received a 2006 Saskatchewan
Healthcare Excellence Award (SHEA) in recognition of its innovative work
to improve patient care and safety.
Dan Florizone, newly appointed chair of the Council, says the award
confirms what the HQC board recognized three years ago when it hired Dr.
“We have one of Canada’s best and brightest healthcare executives
working to help improve the quality of healthcare in Saskatchewan,” says
Florizone. “It is noteworthy that this award acknowledges the leadership
of a ‘young’ executive, something this province is often criticized for
Dr. Chan moved to Saskatchewan from Ontario, where he was a Senior
Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in
Toronto. He has worked as a locum family physician in over 60 rural
communities and eight Canadian provinces and territories. Dr. Chan holds
an MD from the University of Toronto, a Master of Public Health from
Harvard and Master of Public Affairs from Princeton.
Dr. Chan says leadership in healthcare is about developing a compelling
vision of where we want the system to go, then creating a great team to
make it happen. “I have enjoyed working with my Board, the Department of
Health, Regional Health Authorities, and our healthcare providers in
developing that collective vision,” says Dr. Chan. “I’m very proud of
the team we’ve created within the Health Quality Council, and of the
many quality improvement teams we’ve worked with closely over the past
CCHSE is an educational and professional association of over 3,000
executives from across all sectors of health services.