Fundraising efforts generated over $34,000 to launch a fund to support the award. This new award will recognize excellence by a student in international health studies during the MHA Program at the Telfer School of Management.

Michel Bilodeau was President and CEO of CHEO, from 2006 to 2011. He has been actively involved with Telfer’s MHA program since 1984, supervising residents, as an Adjunct Professor, and as chair of its External Advisory Committee.

“As a hospital administrator Michel Bilodeau excels both for what he has done and what he has inspired others to do.” said Brian Malcolmson, Director of the Telfer MHA Program. “Michel has addressed strategic and operational issues in providing care to children, adults and seniors. He has also built high functioning teams whose members support and collaborate with one another. For MHA students, Michel has been a mentor to guide them with empathy in the early stages of their careers. These are the hallmarks of a true leader.”

Michel Bilodeau holds a BA, and an MA in Literature and History from Laval University, and an MPA from the Quebec National School of Public Administration.

Michel Bilodeau’s health care career began in 1977 as VP of Human Resources at Laval University Hospital. Since then, he has served in senior roles at the Ottawa General Hospital, as CEO of the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre (leading an important merger of several health care organizations to create Sisters of Charity Health Service), and at the Elisabeth-Bruyere Research Institute.

Michel is a Fellow of CCHSE and a Diplomat with the American College. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to health administration he has received a number of awards, including ones from the Canadian Healthcare Manager Magazine, the National Capital Business Community and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Michel has chaired many boards including the Ottawa Academy of Hospital Executives, the Ontario Hospital Association and the OHA Region, and has served on many others including the Ottawa Centre for Regional Innovation, the Ottawa Community Foundation, United Way of Ottawa, Success by six, CHEO Foundation, and the CHEO Research Institute.