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Ready for Business: CAHO Executive Director Takes on Role as Innovation Broker

Toronto, April 3, 2017 – Today, the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care announced that our Executive Director, Karen Michell, has been named as an Innovation Broker, working with the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO). CAHO is honoured by this appointment with the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist and looks forward to pulling innovation into Ontario’s health system, making our province healthier, wealthier and smarter.

CAHO represents Ontario’s 23 research hospitals, which are a significant entryway into the health care system, covering the full spectrum of health services. As a partner to the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, CAHO and Karen will connect innovators and remove barriers so that innovations are brought into our hospitals and the system faster, benefiting the Ontario economy and improving patient care.

“With our Executive Director working as an Innovation Broker, CAHO will strengthen relationships with industry innovators and encourage investment in Ontario” said Catherine Zahn, Chair of CAHO and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “This role will enable us to improve care in Ontario hospitals for patients, today and tomorrow; locally and globally.”

“My responsibility as an Innovation Broker highlights the collective role of research hospitals in building health system capacity, fueling Ontario’s economic engine and driving the future of health care,” said Karen Michell. “We are ready to help clear the path to market for Ontario’s health innovation industry.”

In close partnership with one of the three Innovation Brokers, CAHO’s work will focus on matching the needs and priorities of Ontario research hospitals with the innovative solutions underway in Ontario. Further details and communications about CAHO’s role will be shared over the coming months.


About CAHO

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 23 research hospitals that play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. Collectively, we provide advanced patient care services, train the next generation of health care professionals, and conduct leading-edge research to discover tomorrow’s care today. As connectors in the system, we create capacity and generate a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario. For more information, visit


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Elise Bradt
Communications Specialist
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