Public Health Ontario (PHO) is a provincial crown agency that provides scientific and technical advice and support to those working across sectors to protect and improve the health of Ontarians. Our mandate is broad and includes infectious disease prevention and control, health promotion, chronic disease prevention and environmental health. Our organization carries out and supports activities such as population health assessment, public health research, surveillance, epidemiology, planning and evaluation. We operate the provincial public health laboratory service, conducting critical clinical and reference testing for practitioners based in primary care and hospitals as well as for public health units. We serve as a hub linking public health practitioners, researchers and front line health care workers to the best scientific intelligence from around the world. In emergency circumstances, we provide scientific advice and support to local and provincial public health authorities. PHO’s objectives are outlined in the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion Act, 2007.
PHO is at an exciting inflexion point in its history. Now, more than ever, public health is at the forefront of public policy decisions. This truly is an opportunity to make a difference. Dynamic and inspiring, the new CEO will bring redoubtable thought leadership grounded in public health science to this critical role. A true collaborator, the CEO will develop, foster and enhance relationships with a diverse stakeholder group including various levels of government, municipalities, public health units, academia, health service providers, as well as national and international agencies. In keeping with the governance model animating PHO, the CEO will consult with the Ministry of Health, as appropriate, and will partner with the Chief Medical Officer of Health to provide leadership and a strong scientific presence during an emergency, outbreak or exigent situation.
PHO is committed to ensuring equity in employment. Any candidate who requires a job posting in an alternative format may email a request. Once an applicant has been selected for an interview, they can inform us about any accommodations they may require at any stage of the interview process.
The preferred candidate will have an exemplary record of accomplishment at the executive level, ideally in senior Public Health leadership positions. A credible and compassionate leader with unquestioned integrity, the CEO will be a key representative and authoritative voice nationally and internationally. Post graduate level education (MD, PhD and/or Master’s) with outstanding interpersonal and team building skills are required. The CEO will lead by example in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities served and ensuring PHO’s services and communications are accessible to all individuals.