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Associate Vice President, Practice & Academics | William Osler Health System

Odgers Berndtson

Applications are invited to the position of Associate Vice President, Practice & Academics at William Osler Health System (Osler), a hospital system which includes Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital, and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness. Serving 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke and surrounding communities within the Central region and nationally recognized for its commitment to patient safety, Osler is Accredited with Exemplary Standing, the highest rating a Canadian hospital can receive. Osler will also play a critical role in the development of Ontario’s next net-new Medical School, in partnership with Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), and as part of its transition to an Academic Health Centre. With an annual budget of $950 million, Osler offers a wide range of health services, with high quality care provided by skilled, professional, multidisciplinary teams. The hospital is frequently named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers and is recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Quality, Research and Chief Nursing Executive, the Associate Vice President, Practice and Academics (AVP), is responsible for the resources, strategic goals and objectives, results, decision-making and impact of services for the portfolio. The AVP will also ensure alignment of strategic directions for the portfolio with corporate and clinical priorities and provide guidance and leadership support for the team to ensure a high profile across the organization. The AVP is responsible for the development of high-performance teams ensuring the delivery of excellent and safe delivery of care for patients/families/clients and a healthy work environment for staff. The AVP leads the ongoing development of a learning health organization and advancing a culture for practice-based education. They create innovative approaches to advancing nursing and health professional practices and foster an innovative learning environment. The AVP develops and implements a learning strategy that builds capacity in utilizing research and implements and maintains professional practice across all health professions.

The ideal candidate will be a Registered Nurse with significant leadership experience in practice and quality and will have significant academic credibility. Coming from a large complex hospital environment, they have vision and can anchor that in action items and a long-term plan, as they are a meticulous and detail driven individual. Furthermore, they will be innovative and flexible in how they partner across the organization on critical reactive issues and long-term strategic initiatives that enhance and advance the clinical and academic agendas and the capabilities of nursing and allied health groups in the interprofessional teams that are at the centre of best-in-class patient care. Additionally, they will excel as a relationship builder that can drive change through influence and persuasion and be a true partner in collaboration. They will have excellent negotiation skills, be a strong communicator, an effective change agent, and be adept at transforming strategy into actionable plans. Most importantly, they are devoted to cultivating an inclusive and progressive environment committed to practice and quality excellence that embraces Osler’s journey towards an academic health center designation.

To explore this opportunity further in confidence, please submit your resume and letter of interest to Sarah Shaikh or online to

Your community thanks you for considering this role.

Joining William Osler now is a chance to immerse yourself in a culturally diverse, collaborative, and innovative environment. You will play a key role building out a healthcare program that addresses the needs of people from all over the world and all levels of income, experiencing minor and life-threatening injuries and diseases. As a major hospital system, we are home to some of the biggest specialty and emergency departments in the country and you will broaden your expertise, increase your knowledge and your own adaptability, and gain endless opportunities for growth.

Come live our values – Respect, Excellence, Innovation, Service, Compassion and Collaboration – with us.

Osler values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. (AODA). If you require an accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Sarah Shaikh at

While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only, and not for any other purpose.