Maureen O'Neil


Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Maureen O’Neil is the former President of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. After joining the organization in 2008, Ms. O’Neil successfully re-oriented the Foundation from its previous mandate in applied health services research to its current role in healthcare improvement. Since that time, CFHI has become a recognized leader in spreading and scaling innovation, with a track record building coalitions that deliver better care, value and health.

Previous positions include President of the International Development Research Centre, Interim President of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, President of the North-South Institute, and Deputy Minister of Citizenship, Government of Ontario.

Ms. O’Neil is, a member of the boards of e-Health Ontario, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards and the Canadian International Council.

She is former Chair of the Board of the United Nations (UN) Research Institute for Social Development, the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development, the International Advisory Group, IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative, and the Advisory Council on Corporate Social Responsibility of Canada’s Export Development Corporation. She has chaired the Board of Governors of Carleton University and has also represented Canada on the UN Commission on the Status of Women and on OECD committees, and has been a member of the UN Committee for Development Planning and the Board of the UN Research Institute for Social Development. Ms. O’Neil has chaired or been a member of boards or committees of several not-for-profit organizations.

In June 2011, Ms. O’Neil was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for public service, recognizing her contributions to international development, gender equality and human rights.

Ms. O’Neil has a BA in Sociology from Carleton University and Honorary LLDs from Wilfrid Laurier University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.



08/11/2018 15.20 - 17.00

CirclesquareCircle StageInteractive session

At FWD50, we know that experimentation is key to growth and innovation. At last year’s conference, attendees told us they wanted a chance to network and discuss hot topics and specific domains. So in partnership with BlackBerry we created an entirely new, participant-driven format called Circlesquare.

We surveyed people to find the critical technologies and departments. And we chose these...