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Our Senior Team

Barb Collins Michael Gardam Vanessa Burkoski Peter Bak Scott Jarrett Carol Hatcher


Barb Collins was appointed the President and CEO of Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Canada, on July 1, 2016. Prior to assuming her current responsibilities, Ms. Collins served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she was the senior Executive Lead for Humber River Hospital’s redevelopment project. Ms. Collins oversaw the design, construction and activation of the new 1.8 million square-foot Humber River Hospital, a unique opportunity to optimize design, incorporate technology and reinvent processes to deliver more effective and efficient patient-centred care, supported by some of the world’s finest medical technology.

The result is North America’s first digital hospital, groundbreaking in its approach to integrating technology across all hospital systems and workflows. At HIMSS 2016 in early March, the Intelligent Hospital Association presented Ms. Collins and other senior Humber River executives with a Special Recognition Award, recognizing the hospital has ‘demonstrated leadership in the digital health community’.

Ms. Collins is a Registered Nurse, with an MBA from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. She has more than 35 years’ experience as a manager and director of all major clinical and support areas of an acute care hospital.

Dr. Michael Gardam MSc, MD, CM, FRCPC is Humber River Hospital's Chief of Staff. His clinical work focuses on the care of patients with tuberculosis. Since 2015, he has also served in the leadership role of Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Directors for UHN. In addition to his medical roles, Dr. Gardam is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, an instructor for the Physician Leadership Institute of Joule and Program Director of the Healthcare Leadership Development Program with the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University. He has over 100 scientific publications to his name.

Previously the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network (UHN), Dr. Gardam put into place a world-renowned Infection Prevention and Control Program. He has consulted for international organizations in complex healthcare environments, with the goal of driving change and helping to uncover innovative solutions to medical challenges. Some of his clients have included the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Irish Health Services Executive and the Maryland Patient Safety Center.

He obtained his medical education at McGill University, following it up with subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases. He holds an MSc in Health Administration, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Vanessa Burkoski joined Humber River Hospital on September 12, 2016 as the hospital’s Chief Nursing Executive. In that role, Dr. Burkoski provides overall leadership in quality, strategic direction and management of professional practice in nursing and regulated health professions. Dr. Burkoski is passionate about evidence-based practice and the creation of an engaging, healthy, and scholarly practice environment in which health professionals can maximize their contribution to quality and patient safety, and improve organization and system outcomes.

Dr. Burkoski has extensive experience providing executive leadership, strategic advice and nursing expertise on a wide range of nursing and health care policy issues. From 2011 to 2016, Dr. Burkoski served as Chief Nursing Executive/Professional Scholarly Practice at London Health Sciences Center where, amongst her many accomplishments, she led their success as one of Canada's top Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs). From 2007 to 2011 as the Provincial Chief Nursing Officer, she provided strategic policy advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, conceptualizing and facilitating the implementation of a wide-range of evidence-based, innovative program and policy initiatives. Dr. Burkoski is recognized provincially, nationally and internationally for her values-based, evidence-informed and courageous leadership.

A proud registered nurse and immediate past president of RNAO, Dr. Burkoski holds a BScN, MScN and Doctorate in Health Administration. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, an Adjunct Academic Appointment in Nursing at the University of Western Ontario and at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

Peter Bak is the Chief Information Officer at Humber River Hospital. He is responsible for the implementation of the digital vision and on-going operations of that vision.

With over 25 years of experience in health care software development, product commercialization, consulting and executive leadership, Peter has extensive expertise in diagnostic imaging, electronic health records, health record sharing and collaboration, and hospital IT. Peter has a PhD in applied engineering from Imperial College, London. He has published various papers on health care-related topics.

Scott Jarrett holds the position of Executive Vice President and Chief of Clinical Programs at Humber River Hospital. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all clinical programs and services. Over the past 10 years, he lead and played a key role in the move and relocation of 3 legacy sites to North America's first digital hospital and implemented the first Canadian hospital Managed Equipment Services (MES) contract as part of the hospital redevelopment. He continues to work to enhance the patient's experience.

Prior to that, he spent the last fourteen years working in a number of health care organizations in Ontario. A professional and dynamic individual with strong analytical, financial planning and evaluation skills, Scott has accomplished many change initiatives within these organizations acting as a role model in empowering staff decision-making and team cooperation.

Carol Hatcher is the Vice President of Clinical Programs at Humber River Hospital. As the Vice President of Clinical Programs, she is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, leading and evaluating patient care activities in Mental Health, Medicine, Emergency Services, Nephrology, Family Practice, Surgery, Maternal and Child and Critical Care. Carol is a transformational leader delivering innovative initiatives supporting excellence in clinical practice and patient care. She is passionate about ensuring patients receive the highest, safest quality care within a high reliability culture.

Carol has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience as a health care professional. She has worked in the acute care sector in a variety of positions such as a staff nurse, resource nurse, clinical nurse education [educator], patient care manager, program director and vice president. She received her Master of Nursing with a focus in Health Systems Leadership and Administration from the University of Toronto.

Patient Care Reinvented.