Dianne Carmichael brings over 25 years of senior executive, CEO and successful startup experience to healthcare from her career spanning technology, financial services and consumer packaged goods.
In her early career, Dianne held senior marketing and sales management roles with Procter & Gamble, Gillette and Memorex Telex before moving into the investment industry. There she founded a Portfolio Management Co., ultimately selling it to a major financial institution and went on to create and build an $8B publicly-traded pension, wealth and mutual fund management company as Chairman & CEO Worldsource Wealth Management at Guardian Capital Inc.
Dianne's personal and professional career was significantly impacted by her experiences as the champion, advocate and caregiver for her father in 2003. Following her Dads’ battle with - and ultimate death from - cancer, Dianne decided to leave her high profile role on Bay Street to make a difference in the lives of those touched by profound illness - advocating for them, empowering them, improving outcomes and ensuring Patients were at the centre of care. There she helped to build and lead Best Doctors, creating a truly patient-centred, remote second opinion, advocacy & health navigation employee benefit company that that now covers 40M people worldwide, including 6 million Canadians -changing diagnosis 22% of the time and modifying treatment 61%. After successfully exiting this organization she became Founder & President of UHN Solutions at UHN, University Health Network. Later Dianne became Managing Director for Health Innovation & Ventures at MaRS helping to grow and scale leading health technology companies. Dianne also founded Carmichael Worldwide Inc., providing interim executive services to health organizations and advising on patient centred models of care. There she led the creation of two digital health companies, and a health non-profit. She went on to become Chief Health Tech Advisor at CCI, Council of Canadian Innovators, led by Blackberry founder, Jim Balsillie.
She recently took on the role of President, Payor & Care Markets and Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development (M&A) at McKesson Canada where she hopes to drive significant impact in the lives of all Canadians by creating an integrated ecosystem of health companies spanning the patient journey, enabled by leading edge digital technologies.
Dianne has received many awards including Top 20 Business Women in Canada, Top 100 Business Leaders in Canada, Canadian Women Transforming Healthcare and WXN's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
She sits on the boards of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital, CCRM Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine and is a founding Board member of Patients Canada. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Canadian Association of People-Centred Health & Dean’s Advisory, York University Faculty of Health. She was on the Advisory Board of Closing the Gap. Dianne is active in health policy and sits on various advisory committees both Federally & Provincially including Health Canada & MoHLTC.
Dianne is a graduate of the University of Waterloo.