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Greg Fougère, MHA
Former CEO, Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre - Ottawa, ON, Canada

Greg Fougère

“Find a way to shine in something you are passionate about in health care,” says Greg Fougère, University of Ottawa Master in Health Administration (MHA) graduate and Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Greg without a doubt followed his own advice as he can boast 27 years of history working at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, the last 17 being CEO for the health centre. Today, Greg has been awarded the Trudeau Medal at the 2015 Gala of Excellence, the highest honour that the Telfer School of Management gives to their alumni.

Greg started his career as a social worker. He noticed that his interest in the administrative side of long-term care started to grow, so he applied to the MHA program at Telfer. “At 25, I had no idea where that would lead,” he says, “however I was confident that the MHA program would provide me with the knowledge and skills to advance a career in health administration.“ In retrospect, this assumption was an understatement as the connection to the MHA program continues almost 30 years later!”

While completing the program, Greg had a four-month administrative residency at the Riverside Hospital in Ottawa, which would eventually turn into one of his fondest memories at Telfer. It allowed him to observe administration of an acute care hospital, while at the same time completing a major project regarding improvements to better serve the elderly. Since then, Greg has been a preceptor and mentor to many MHA students completing their residency at the Perley Rideau.

Greg was extensively involved in seniors health policy, planning and funding initiatives at the local and provincial levels. He oversaw non-clinical services at a chronic care hospital; was administrator of a home for the elderly; taught at the master level at the University of Ottawa; and was extensively involved in the planning and construction of a $68 million Health Centre, a 12-bedroom dementia respite bungalow, and 139 seniors independent and assisted living apartments. He was also an elected member and Chairman of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors’ Board of Directors.

Greg’s passion is enhancing collaboration throughout the continuum of care and services, with a focus on quality outcomes for clients and the community. “Health care administration in Canada is a small world,” he says, “Connections made early in the program, and post-graduation involvement with organizations such as the Canadian College of Health Leaders, have been very important in my career. I have always stayed connected to the program, and as a result have benefited greatly.”

He says that the people who inspire him the most are “leaders who not only excel technically in their field, but who are also great communicators and partners with other organizations and leaders throughout the continuum of care.” He thanks professors who introduced him to new knowledge, such as Doug Angus in health policy and Denis Caro in health finance; and MHA grads who exemplified these leadership qualities, such as Brian Malcolmson and Gerry Savoie in the hospital setting, George Langill in mental health and Dennise Albretch in community-based care.

Greg sets a great example himself. As a result, he has been recognized for his leadership throughout his career, including awards by the Ontario Hospital Association, the Ontario Alzheimer Society, and the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors.

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