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John Abbott
Kathryn MacDonald
Christine Pierroz
Shirley Hawkins
Mark Dobrow

  John G. Abbott
Chief Executive Officer


John G. Abbott is currently Chief Executive Officer with the Health Council of Canada. Prior to joining the Health Council, John was a management consultant specializing in public policy analysis and development. Previous to this, John was Deputy Minister of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Health and Community Services where he oversaw the re-organization of the province’s system of regional health authorities and the expansion of the provincial drug program to meet the needs of low-income families and those with high drug costs. Between 1989 and 1999, he held a number of other senior positions: Assistant Secretary to the Treasury Board, Associate Deputy Minister of Health and Community Services, Chairman and CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, Deputy Minister of Works, Services and Transportation and Deputy Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs.

John served with distinction as a senior government executive in Newfoundland and Labrador for which he was recognized with the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration by The Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

John has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and an M.A. in Public Administration from Carleton University (Ottawa).
 
John is also active in community affairs, has an interest in heritage property re-development and enjoys hiking and camping (having hiked Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro and camped in Antarctica).

 
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