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Apr 30

Private Healthcare: Who pays, Who wins, Who loses in Ontario?

Toronto ON, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300

Roundtable Luncheon with Dr. Bob Bell, Shaun Francis and Edith Rolko

Sponsored by:

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please follow this link or contact amalev@cdhowe.org to register.


Dr. Bob Bell, Former Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSE (hon)

Robert Bell served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Health from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this role, he worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network (UHN) for nine years. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Hospital, the Chair of Cancer Care Ontario’s Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario. Bell practiced Orthopaedic Oncology Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital and is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Surgery at University of Toronto.

Dr. Bell received his Doctor of Medicine from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and achieved his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1983. He completed training in Orthopaedic Cancer Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in 1985, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2005. Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 

Today he provides advice to a number of private and public organizations and serves as a director on not-for-profit and corporate boards. He has published three novels, with all proceeds from these books benefiting UHN foundations.


Shaun Francis, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Medcan

Shaun Francis is the Chair and CEO of Medcan, with headquarters in Toronto. Established more than 30 years ago, Medcan is a global leader in assessing their clients’ overall well-being and inspiring them to live well for life. Medcan joins a select group of Canadian companies that are noted for fearless leadership, a culture of teamwork, and a relentless focus on innovation.

Previously, Shaun was the Executive Chair of New York City’s EHE, the recognized American leader in preventive medicine, and one of the founding employees and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Dallas-based Broadlane, Inc.

Shaun serves on the board of the Fraser Institute and is the Chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which he founded to benefit Canada’s military families. He previously served on the boards of the Invictus Games Canada, which he collaborated with the Royal Foundation to bring to Toronto; the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR); Toronto Pearson Airport; Upper Canada College; and he was the Chair of both the Ontario Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the PC Ontario Fund. In 2013, he was asked by Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs to Chair the Veteran Transition Advisory Council (VTAC). The Council was comprised of Canadian business leaders and assisted the Minister in drafting strategic recommendations for the transition of service personnel to the private sector.


Edith Rolko, Former Director of Pharmacy, North York General Hospital, B.Sc. Phm. RPh.

Edith was in leadership positions both in the private and public sector for over 35 years.  Edith is recently retired from her position as Director of Pharmacy at North York General Hospital where she held that role since 2011. 

Edith was awarded the Dan Dasko Pharmacy Administrator Award from the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Ontario Branch in 2018 and the North York General Hospital Patricia MacKey People-Centred Care Award in 2021. 

Prior to joining North York General, Edith was the Director of Clinical Services at Toronto Rehab with responsibilities for pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, lab, infection control, chiropody and dental services. 

In the private sector Edith was the Vice President of Pharmacy and Operations at Calea Ltd. providing compounded IV medications to patients in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. 

Currently Edith is providing pharmacy consultation services to hospitals and the private sector.


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