CFHI Announces Lynn Stevenson as New Board Chair

Outgoing Chair Leslee Thompson to head Accreditation Canada

Ottawa, Canada – December 17, 2015 – The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement today announced the appointment of board member Lynn Stevenson as Chair of its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dr. Stevenson replaces Leslee Thompson who has chaired CFHI’s Board since March 2014.

Lynn Stevenson is the Associate Deputy Minister of Health in the B.C. Ministry of Health, responsible for the health services portfolio. She is a registered nurse by profession, with her PhD focusing on organizational change, practice and leadership. She is a graduate of CFHI’s EXTRA: Executive Training Program, and holds Adjunct Professor positions in the Schools of Nursing at both UBC and the University of Victoria.

Following a seven-year tenure as President and CEO of Kingston General Hospital, Ms. Thompson assumes the role of President and CEO of Accreditation Canada on February 1, 2016. Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit organization that accredits healthcare and social services organizations in Canada and around the world. She led Kingston General through a major transformation after having worked in the private sector. 


“It has been an honor to serve on CFHI’s Board since April 2012, a period when important changes took place to secure CFHI’s unique role in Canadian healthcare improvement. I hope to continue to support its work through partnerships with Accreditation Canada.”

Leslee Thompson, President and CEO, Kingston General Hospital

“I am thrilled to be assuming the role of Chair for CFHI as it continues to pursue its innovative and  ambitious programming to improve healthcare for all Canadians.”

Lynn Stevenson, CFHI Board Chair, Associate Deputy Minister of Health, B.C.

“I am pleased that our Board unanimously endorsed Lynn Stevenson’s appointment. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in healthcare delivery and in organizational leadership.

I also want to thank Ms.Thompson for her dynamic leadership. CFHI has benefited enormously from her expertise and successful track record and we look forward to fruitful future partnerships.”

Maureen O’Neil, O.C., CFHI President

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The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement identifies proven innovations and accelerates their spread across Canada, improving patient care, the health of Canadians and value-for-money. These innovations could save provincial-territorial healthcare budgets over
$1 billion per year. CFHI is a not-for-profit organization funded through an agreement with the Government of Canada. Visit for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Paulette Roberge
Senior Communications Specialist    
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
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