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Ms. Leanne Clarke, Chief Executive OfficerMs. Leanne Clarke
Chief Executive Officer

Leanne Clarke has more than 25 years of experience in health care, and community and social services in the non-government, non-profit and private sectors.

An inspirational leader and strategic thinker, Leanne is passionate about the sustainability of Ontario’s health-care system and upholds the essential role of the family physician in unifying their peers and developing a shared vision for our health system. She is committed to the Ontario College of Family Physicians' (OCFP) promise to listen to members and amplify their voices to ensure they are heard by system decision-makers and partners.

From 2012 to 2017 Leanne led her own consulting practice, including work with the OCFP to develop the OCFP’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and provided strategic direction for the organization’s Policy portfolio.

She also launched and managed The Way Forward, a three-year (2012-2015) collaborative initiative supported by one-time funding from the Government of Canada. Working with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, with the guidance of the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada, The Way Forward built upon innovative hospice palliative care programs across Canada to support the integration of a palliative approach to care across all settings of care through the development of a National Roadmap for Action.

Leanne was inaugural Vice President, Strategy, Performance Measures and Communications at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), and held this position from CPAC’s inception in 2007 until 2012. In this leadership role, she was responsible for measuring the impact of the cancer control strategy and oversight of the Partnership’s portfolios in person-centred care, adolescents and young adults, First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer control, and patient and public engagement.

She worked closely with CPAC’s CEO and Board of Directors to secure renewal of the organization’s second five-year mandate and funding from the Government of Canada. She also represented CPAC in the launch of the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) and served on its Steering Committee.

With an overarching commitment to building and sustaining partnerships that deliver meaningful outcomes, Leanne has extensive experience working with Boards, and collaborating with clinical and administrative leaders, community and patient groups, and health-care coalitions. Recently, she was Chair of the Governance Committee of the Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer initiative in Canada, working to address the initiative’s long-term sustainability.

Leanne holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and has undertaken programs in leadership training and professional development throughout her career.