Donald M. Ford

BSc (McMaster University)
CBS dip (McMaster University)


Don Ford is a member of the community providing the groundbreaking perspectives and inspiring contributions that define IHPME.

Objectives as a Senior Fellow

To support and encourage students during their academic development by advising and/or providing perspective and feedback on

  • Papers and coursework
  • Understanding the complexities of the health system
  • Understanding the processes of government
  • Other questions and activities in which they may be engaged


My career began at Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals in Hamilton, Ontario in 1973, starting as a Child and Family Therapist before moving to positions of increasing administrative responsibility culminating in the position of Administrator, Professional Services. I relocated to Fort McMurray, Alberta, in 1990 to become President and CEO of Fort McMurray Regional Hospital. In 1994 I was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Area Services, Alberta Ministry of Health, responsible for the regionalization activities that were part of health reform in that province. During my time in the Alberta government I served as Deputy Minister of Health, Deputy Minister of Community Development and Deputy Minister of Learning. In 2002, I relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia where I served as President and CEO at IWK Health Centre before assuming the role of President and CEO at Capital District Health Authority, an academic health sciences centre and integrated health district.  I retired in 2016 from the Central East Community Care Access Centre, Whitby, Ontario, where I had served as CEO since October 2006.


Along with my executive leadership responsibilities throughout my career, I have served on numerous local, provincial and national health and community-related committees and boards in Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia.  I currently serve as Chair of the Board of The Cameron Institute, a not-for-profit public policy think-tank specializing in the independent study of health, social and economic issues in Canada and around the world and as a member of the School of Health Services Management Program Advisory Council, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.

I am a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.