Neil Drimer


As a Director of Programs at CFHI, Neil oversees pan-Canadian quality improvement collaboratives, including the Connected Medicine and INSPIRED scale programs. Neil brings over 15 years of broad health system expertise. Most recently, he was managing the Quality Improvement Program at Canadian Forces Health Services, where he led the development of QI tools and resources, and guided a team of advisors on how best to support and spread QI initiatives across the military healthcare system.

Prior to this, he delivered education and client support in Rehab and Mental Health at the Canadian Institute for Health Information, where he also supported strategic initiatives, including the secondary use of health information in the electronic health record environment. He has extensive clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist in inpatient, ambulatory and community settings, and has been actively involved in quality improvement initiatives throughout his career.

He was previously chair of the Quality Improvement Committee at the University Health Network. He is a past co-chair of Emerging Health Leaders Ottawa. Neil holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from McGill University and a Master of Health Science in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. He continues to be a registered Occupational Therapist, and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Neil is fluent in English and French.