With millions of Canadians getting vaccinated, and provinces slowly unrolling reopening plans across the country, when does Canada return to normal? What does the new normal look like for everyday Canadians and Canadian companies?
Join our panelists as they discuss the challenges we face in continuing to protect Canadians from COVID 19 while getting our economy back to pre-pandemic levels.
Our panel will discuss the challenges facing Canada with achieving herd immunity, issuing vaccine passports and looking at the challenges Canadian businesses will face getting back to normal.
How will we build back better? When do we get back to normal? What is the new normal?
Mike Kessel, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic Canada
Mike Kessel is the President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Canada and is responsible for the growth of the Canadian facilities, strategic partnerships and enterprise value creation. During his tenure, the organization has implemented a unique public, private hybrid strategy that has led to formal partnerships with Canadian healthcare ecosystem community stakeholders such as SickKids, Sunnybrook, Mt. Sinai and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. He has also led partnership efforts with the Ontario Ministry of Health, where there have been several important firsts for in country and cross border patient care in bariatric surgery and bone marrow transplants. Mr. Kessel led the acquisition of the Sports Medicine Specialists, the highest volume sports medicine and rehab clinic in Canada and the first international acquisition in Cleveland Clinic’s 100 year history. Over the last few years, Mr. Kessel’s focus has been the creation of a healthcare subscription model, ie. Netflix, for some of the clinic’s services in Canada, medical directorships, virtual care across Canada and remotely focused longitudinal care services. Most importantly, under his leadership, patient experience and employee engagement scores have reached record highs during his tenure. His career has been fueled by a passion for healthcare and over 25 years of experience in strategy, finance, organizational behaviour, operations and entrepreneurial ventures.
Mr. Kessel is active in the Toronto community as a former board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. His involvement was recognized with a Tony Graham Outstanding Board Member Award in 2016. Mr. Kessel created the largest corporate philanthropic table tennis tournament in Canada, which currently takes place in 3 cities, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and raises $300k annually for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. He also holds board member positions at Unyte, a Toronto based brain health company; Biomendics, an Ohio-based wound care organization; VIQ, a Toronto based audiovisual capture company; and Solve.care, a health tech company leveraging blockchain to reduce administrative costs; Ontario Brain Institute, a not for profit organization accelerating discovery and innovation; Mr. Kessel is a former committee member of the Conference Board of Canada. He is an active member of Young Presidents Organization and serves on the Maple Leaf chapter’s New Member Committee. Mr. Kessel is a guest lecturer at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Canada in 2009, Mr. Kessel was Co founder and Vice President of Business Development and Finance for the Center for Partnership Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Trio Health in Chicago. In this role, Mr. Kessel was instrumental in the development of a network of executive health and wellness programs with leading medical centers throughout the United States. He successfully secured 39 of the 42 Fortune 500 companies based in Chicago as clients. The program was ranked as one of the top programs in the country by both Forbes and Fortune magazines.
Mr. Kessel graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and accounting. He r