Accelerating business Episode 6 | The Persistence in Leadership, Moving an Organization Forward with HHS CEO, Rob MacIsaac

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14 May 2020



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Rob MacIsaac is a distinguished public servant, business leader and currently the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences. Since joining HHS, Rob has led the development of a new strategic plan and approach for HHS, focused on enhancing HHS’ role and relationships with the communities it serves. Rob sits down with Louis Frapporti to discuss how his past experiences have contributed to his current role at HHS. From his time as the Mayor of Burlington to President of Mohawk College to Lead Chair at Metrolinx, Rob has led with the ambition to leave every organization a little better than he found it. 

Topics Discussed

  • Versatility of a legal education 
  • Working in the public sector
  • Business relations with government/politicians
  • Challenges as a leader of an organization
  • Investment in transportation
  • Ownership and leadership
  • Fostering an innovative culture
  • Three things to achieve for an organization to succeed

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About Rob MacIsaac

Rob MacIsaac is a distinguished public servant, business leader and currently the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences. Since joining HHS, Rob has led the development of a new strategic plan and approach, focused on enhancing HHS’ role and relationships with the communities it serves. Rob has also placed a significant focus on engaging physicians and front-line staff at HHS in the organization’s vision and mission.

Before joining HHS, Rob was president of Mohawk College, and under his leadership Mohawk initiated the largest campus renewal project in the college's history. Before joining Mohawk, Rob was the first Chair of Metrolinx, and between 1997 and 2006, Rob was also the Mayor of the City of Burlington.

Rob completed his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987. Called to the Bar in 1989, he's lived and worked in this region his entire life.


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