University Health Network
Located in downtown Toronto, UHN serves a diverse population with over 1.2 million annual patient visits through its vast network of clinical programs and sites.
We are home to Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. We are the primary healthcare partner of the University of Toronto. In addition to our four core hospitals, UHN includes the Michener Institute of Education – Canada’s only academic institution devoted exclusively to applied health sciences education.
As Canada’s premier destination for medical education, we welcome over 400 international fellows a year. We also work with clients around the world to deliver tailored and innovative solutions to local healthcare challenges with over 110 current global partnerships.
UHN is Canada’s top funded research hospital with a value of $380 million in 2017-2018. Our researchers are leaders in their fields – world firsts include the clinical use of insulin (1922), discovery of blood-forming stem cells (1961), and the single cell liver map for regenerative treatment (2018). Clinical world firsts include successful single and double lung transplants (1983 & 1986), and the development of the Ex-Vivo lung Perfusion System (2008).
In addition to our achievements in academic health sciences, UHN acts as a key partner of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, advising on policy and trends in patient care.
Kevin Smith, MD, FRCPC
President & CEO
Dr. K. Smith is President & CEO of University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research hospital. Dr. Smith has spent his career at the interface of academics and healthcare and is passionately committed to the mission of education, research and exemplary clinical care. Dr. Smith is a pioneer in advancing integrated care models. His work and leadership have resulted in the expanded introduction of quality-based procedures and bundled funding initiatives by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Educated in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain, he began his career in medical education, followed by leadership roles in university administration, academic hospitals and health systems. He is professionally certified in Corporate Governance by the Institute of Corporate Directors and Harvard’s Program in Effective Governance.
Brad Wouters, BEng, PhD
EVP Science & Research
Dr. B. Wouters is an internationally recognized leader and cancer researcher. He became Executive Vice-President of Science and Research at UHN in 2016 and prior to that served as the Interim Director of Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He joined UHN in 2008 as Senior Scientist and Director of the Princess Margaret Hypoxia Program, and holds faculty appointments at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medical Biophysics and the Department of Radiation Oncology. Prior to joining UHN, Dr. Wouters was Professor and Head of Experimental Radiation Oncology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
As EVP of Science and Research, Dr. Wouters is focused on creating an environment that incentivizes, facilitates, and rewards excellence in basic, translational, and clinical research across all elements of UHN.
Dr. Brian Hodges Executive-Vice President Education at University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab Hospitals and the Michener Institute). He is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto, and he holds the Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre.
Dr. Hodges is a practicing psychiatrist and teacher. His research focuses on assessment, competence, compassion and the future of the health professions.
Darlene M. Dasent,
& Chief Financial Officer
Darlene Dasent is the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at UHN. She plays a critical role as a key business enabler through aligning strategic and financial initiatives with patient and TeamUHN priorities.
With over 20 years of leadership experience, she is heading UHN’s Finance Transformation by equipping and inspiring her team to anticipate, plan for and execute a model of financial governance that empowers our scientists, educators and care providers. Ms. Dasent is championing creativity and has been instrumental in developing financial governance models because she believes the health of any organization is intricately linked to the strength of its financial underpinning.
Recently named to the Women’s Executive Network list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Ms. Dasent graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce, Carleton University with a Psychology degree and is a Chartered Accountant CPA, CA.
Marc Toppings is the Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer for UHN, and is responsible for the legal, compliance, privacy, enterprise risk and corporate secretarial functions of the Hospital. Marc and his team provide pragmatic, proactive advice on clinical, strategic and policy issues to support UHN’s Board of Trustees, leadership, physicians and researchers in the delivery of patient care.
Mr. Toppings has dedicated his career to the legal and business issues affecting healthcare organizations. After starting his legal career in private practice, Mr. Toppings has held senior roles in-house in the hospital setting, and was General Counsel to two Toronto teaching hospitals prior to joining UHN.
Mr. Toppings combines a background in science with the law, holding a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University, a Master of Science from McGill University (Human Genetics), and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Darlene M. Dasent, CPA, CA
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Darlene Dasent is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at UHN. She plays a critical role as a key business enabler through aligning strategic and financial initiatives with patient and TeamUHN priorities.
With over 20 years of leadership experience, Darlene is heading UHN’s Finance Transformation by equipping and inspiring her team to anticipate, plan for and execute a model of financial governance that empowers our scientists, educators and care providers. Darlene is championing creativity and has been instrumental in developing financial governance models because she believes the health of any organization is intricately linked to the strength of its financial underpinning.
Darlene leads by example by valuing hard work & is committed to developing leaders. Recently named to the Women’s Executive Network list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Darlene graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce, Carleton University with a Psychology degree and is a Chartered Accountant CPA, CA.
Chief Legal Officer
As Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for UHN, Marc is responsible for the legal, compliance, privacy, enterprise risk and corporate secretarial functions of the Hospital. Marc and his team provide pragmatic, proactive advice on clinical, strategic and policy issues to support UHN’s Board of Trustees, leadership, physicians and researchers in the delivery of patient care.
Marc has dedicated his career to the legal and business issues affecting healthcare organizations. After starting his legal career in private practice with the firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Marc has held senior roles in-house in the hospital setting, and was General Counsel to two Toronto teaching hospitals prior to joining UHN.
Marc combines a background in science with the law, holding a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University, a Master of Science from McGill University (Human Genetics), and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Ary is an executive with more than 20 years of business experience, working with finance and strategy in banking, management consulting, retail, high tech, telecommunication and, more recently, the health sector. Ary is currently the Vice President of Commercial Strategy at UHN and also the Head of Business for UHN Solutions.
He started his career in the largest bank in Latin America, working as an analyst for the telecommunications sector, during the privatization boom in Latin America. As a result of his exposure in the industry, Ary moved to Accenture and spent 4 years in their management consulting group, designing strategy in telecom and high tech industries. In Canada, he worked as a finance associate for Best Buy, in their strategic finance group, then almost 5 years at Dell Canada, as the Finance Controller for the Large Enterprise business. His last assignment before joining UHN was at Rogers, where he spent 6 years, working as Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Enterprise Business Unit.
Ary is an Electrical Engineer and holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
Who We Are
Empower our clients to solve their healthcare challenges and make an impact in their communities, by building strong relationships and leveraging the brightest minds and best resources available at Canada’s largest academic research hospital.
To be recognized as a world class business catalyst in healthcare, supporting UHN’s mission of care, research and education, to create “A Healthier World”.
We leverage the expertise of UHN leaders, influencers, clinicians, researchers, and academics who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of health sciences, and who provide their unparalleled insights, extraordinary dedication, and unmatched experience into every solution.
We are committed to the highest standards of excellence & accountability, to lay a foundation of unshakable trust and commitment on which clients & partners can rely.
We take on each challenge respectfully, aware of global, local, and organizational diversity, and deliver solutions tailored to suit every unique healthcare environment.
We believe in the impact of our innovative know-how to maximize our clients’ potential. We achieve this by engaging in highly collaborative partnerships, always delivering services that are aligned with our clients’ desired outcomes.
Cultural and professional diversity is a strength of our organization. UHN Solutions thrives in diverse environments, and delivers outcomes aligned to our clients’ local needs.
UHN Solutions Leadership
Justin Young is the Director of Business Development & Business Consulting at UHN Solutions, which looks to establish commercial partnerships & bring UHN services & products to new markets in Canada & around the world.
Previous to this role, Justin was the Head of UHN’s International Programs. In this role, he oversaw implementation of UHN’s international commercial strategy, spanning revenue generating partnerships & ventures outside of Canada.
With 15 years experience in the health sector, he has a deep understanding of clinical consulting ventures, having acted as UHN’s organizational lead pertaining to clinical consulting work, spanning engagements in China, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
He has also worked within UHN’s Corporate Planning, specializing in the development & implementation of UHN’s Balanced Scorecard, and was the principal author of UHN’s 2011-2016 organizational strategy UHN Strategic Directions 2016: Global Impact – Local Accountability. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts & Sciences and Masters in Public & Health Administration.
José Mangles is an effective & outcome-oriented leader who has enjoyed a progressive career in the healthcare sector supporting system transformation portfolios. José’s professional experience ranges from leading complex healthcare initiatives in federal & provincial governments to providing operational leadership for large research portfolios. José brings expertise in business innovation, performance and operational management.
As the Business Lead at UHN Solutions, José serves as a catalyst & knowledge broker between UHN technical teams & subject-matter-experts and clients to provide customized solutions that drive innovation and promote excellence in research.
José is responsible for ensuring that innovative solutions and tools offered by UHN meet the highest quality standards, enabling innovation and achievement of organizational excellence.
José holds a Knowledge Management Certificate, as well as a Masters in Non-Profit Management, a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Law from Hamline University (USA).
Ajay Pillai is a seasoned business and healthcare leader with over 15 years of experience in building networks and partnerships across the globe. Currently, Ajay leads UHN Solutions’ International portfolio where he provides leadership in planning and developing commercial relationships with international partners.
Previous to this role, Ajay was stationed in Doha, Qatar as UHN’s lead on a partnership with Qatar’s largest healthcare provider overseeing a multi-year, multi-disciplinary clinical transformational journey. Prior to this, he was involved with UHN’s Research Support Operations Ethics Board to develop and implement streamlined activities. He is experienced in business development and operations, process engineering, change management, and has over a decade of experience in small business operations and sales in the national and international settings.
Ajay holds an Honors Bachelor of Sciences in Genetics and Biotechnology from the University of Toronto along with a certification in Regulatory Affairs from Humber College.
UHN Solutions Advisors
Dr. M. Jewett is a Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the University of Toronto, a member of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and a clinician investigator at UHN.
Dr. Jewett was the Chairman of the Division of Urology at the University of Toronto and Head of Urology at UHN/PMH from 1991 to 2002. He remains an active staff member of each, holding a number of administrative positions and conducting his research in both institutions.
Dr. Jewett received his MD from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and did his residency in urology at the University of Toronto under Dr. Charles Robson. He did further postgraduate training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in Uro-Oncology and Immunology before returning to the University of Toronto. He has done further training in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University.
Senior Executive Advisor
Michael O’Keefe is a former Executive VP/COO of The Toronto Hospital (UHN) and is currently a Senior Advisor to UHN Solutions.
He brings more than 40 years of experienced leadership in National and International Health Care. Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer of the South Australia Local Health Network, which included the Flinders Medical Centre and served as a Professor at Flinders College of Medicine and Public Health.
Other positions he has held include: President/CEO of the Ontario Workplace and Advisory Board; Executive VP/CEO of the Ottawa Civic Hospital; President/CEO of Toronto’s York Finch General Hospital.
Mr. O’Keefe has extensive international experience and was the first CEO of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center and responsible for leading the opening of the Center in 2000. While living in Abu Dhabi he was Chair of the Canada/ Abu Dhabi Business Council. Mr. O’Keefe also worked with UHN as a Senior Advisor to UHN on its Kuwait Project.
Dr. C. Paige earned a Ph.D. in Immunology at the Sloan-Kettering Division of Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 1979. He became a Member of the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland where he worked from 1980-1987 before joining the Ontario Cancer Institute as a Senior Scientist in 1987. Dr. Paige became the first Director of the Wellesley hospital Research institute in 1991 and from 1997-2016 was head of research at the University Health Network – Canada’s largest Research Hospital.
Dr. Paige is a Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology at the University of Toronto. He is an internationally recognized leader in the area of lymphocyte development with an active pre-clinical and clinical research program making therapeutic cancer vaccines. In addition to launching UHN technology commercialization office in 2000, Dr. Paige has served on numerous boards including both not-for-profit companies as well as several start up Biotech companies. He also founded UHN Shanghai where he serves as Director General.