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Dianne Carmichael

Chairman Advisory Board, Best Doctors Canada Inc.; President Carmichael Worldwide Inc.

Dianne Carmichael is Chairman, Advisory Board of Best Doctors Canada Inc., President of Carmichael Worldwide Inc., providing leadership expertise to innovative organizations in health, wellness and healthcare globally, Director of Holland-Bloorview Kid's Rehab Hospital, Chair of the Women's Brain Health Initiative and Business Lecturer at McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business.

Prior to assuming her leadership roles in Health Care, Ms. Carmichael was Chairman and CEO, WorldSource Wealth Management, a subsidiary of the Guardian Capital Group Ltd. where she oversaw four operations nationally, with three reporting presidents, 1500 Advisors and over $5 billion in assets under management.

In her earlier career, Ms. Carmichael was Vice-President at TD Waterhouse, Senior Investment Advisor at Capital Management Group, and prior to joining the Financial Services industry held progressively more senior positions in marketing and sales management with such leading packaged goods companies as Procter & Gamble, RJ Reynolds Nabisco and The Gillette Co., and in the technology industry with Memorex-Telex.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo, in addition to a diploma in Marketing, Ms. Carmichael holds the designations of CSC Honours, CPH, CIM, PFP, Officers and Directors.

She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Canadian Association of People-Centred Health, ARC the Academic ehealth Research Collaborative, York University’s Faculty of Health and Mt. Sinai Hospital's Personalized Medicine Institute. She is past-Chair of Yellow Brick House, a refuge for abused women and their children. Ms. Carmichael is a member of the CEO groups TEC (The Executive Committee) and IWF (International Women’s Forum).

Dianne was honoured as one of the Top 20 Business Women in Canada 2009 and recently nominated for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Dianne is an international key-note speaker and is interviewed extensively in media and television about health care, innovation and leadership.

In 2004, Dianne’s father was diagnosed with cancer, which affected her profoundly. This led to a major shift in her career and personal focus that would enable her to advocate for patients and their families, contribute to the highest quality of care in Canada and influence Health Policy. Her current role provides her with a platform to network at the highest levels of government, medical communities and corporate Canada in order to further initiatives such as electronic health records, quality, and patient advocacy.

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We Need Health Care alamy

We Need Health Care 2.0

Our nation is often defined by our passion for hockey, our taste for beer, and our universal health care system. There is little question that Canada's hockey prowess endures and our beer remains cold. But our health care system? Overburdened, and totally ill-prepared to endure the perfect storm that lies ahead.
11/29/2011 09:05 EST
Why I Quit My Job to Focus on Canadian Health Getty

Why I Quit My Job to Focus on Canadian Health Care

I didn't do quit my job because I was bored and wanted to find myself. This was not Eat, Pray, Love. I did it because I had an epiphany about our health care system. It was an epiphany that came at a time of profound sadness -- while sitting in a Toronto hospital watching my father die.
09/28/2011 10:45 EDT