Job Title:President and CEO
Employer:VON Canada
Grad Year:2015
Degree(s):M.A. Public Administration
Major(s):Public Policy and Administration
Expertise:Hospital and Health Care, Non-Profit

What makes you a good mentor?

Early in my career I benefited from mentoring that I truly believe helped me get to where I am today. It is a privilege and a responsibility to share the experiences learned over the years, and most importantly, to meet the mentee where he or she is at. Taking a holistic approach to balance schooling, a career, wellness, friends and family ensures that a person will have a well-rounded life, in essence, a happy life. Mentoring for me can help others develop a certain resilience and avoid mistakes where possible, and where not possible, then to learn from them. I am always inspired by my mentees and learn from them too. Being a life-long learner, being open to learn from others nourishes my soul.

About Jo-Anne Poirier

Jo-Anne is a respected corporate leader with a strong reputation for leading change and growth in the public, non-profit and private sectors. As President and CEO of VON Canada, she leads more than 12,000 employees and volunteers in delivering vital home and community care to people in Ontario and Nova Scotia, with a focus on improving care and enabling people to remain healthy in their own homes and communities, where they want to be. Jo-Anne also works with other sector leaders to contribute to positive health and social system changes.

With a strong connection to community, Jo-Anne also holds numerous Board positions. She is Board Chair of the Shaw Centre; Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO); and Member of the Boards of Directors of TVO and Calian Group CO. She is founding Co-Chair of Ottawa’s Public Sector Leaders’ Forum. Jo-Anne has received many awards for her work in the community, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Jo-Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Business Administration and Management from the University of Ottawa and a Graduate Diploma in Public Management, Public Administration from Carleton University.