Shirlee Sharkey named Chair of Excellence Canada



MARKHAM, ONTARIO, April 28, 2016
The Board of Directors of Excellence Canada has appointed Shirlee Sharkey as their new Board Chair. Ms. Sharkey’s formal appointment took place today during their Annual General Meeting held at Saint Elizabeth’s head office in Markham.

Ms. Sharkey has been the President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth since 1992. Through her leadership, the organization has enjoyed exponential growth as well as expansion throughout Canada, the United States and internationally. Nationally celebrated and locally cherished, Saint Elizabeth’s staff of 8,000+ spreads hope and happiness through people-powered care and they collectively provide upwards of 18,000 visits daily.

Ms. Sharkey’s personal commitment to community advancement is evident in her leadership and involvement on many boards, ranging in scope from health to education. She is a sought-after speaker and a frequent contributor to Canada’s premier national newspaper, the Globe and Mail.

[ Allan Ebedes, Shirlee Sharky, & Gary Seveny ]

In welcoming Ms. Sharkey, the board wishes to acknowledge the work of Mr. Gary Seveny, who has been Board chair for the past four years and served on the Board for over 12 years. Gary has been associated with Excellence Canada (formerly the National Quality Institute) for many years when he was President and CEO of Alterna Bank. Gary has been very instrumental in moving forward the Excellence Canada agenda. His passion for organizational excellence in general and Excellence Canada in particular, is greatly appreciated by everyone on the Board and at Excellence Canada.

Saint Elizabeth has been affiliated with Excellence Canada since 2007 and was recently awarded the Order of Excellence; their highest level of recognition.

I am thrilled to be associated with Excellence Canada. At Saint Elizabeth, we have seen the benefits of adopting the principles and standards of excellence first-hand. I am looking forward to this next level of partnership and helping Excellence Canada and others achieve their goals.
- Shirlee Sharkey, CEO, Saint Elizabeth

We are extremely pleased to have Shirlee join the Board as Chair. Bringing her perspective and knowledge as a friend, colleague, and client, whose organization is deeply familiar with Excellence Canada, will be a tremendous asset to our Board.
- Allan Ebedes, CEO, Excellence Canada



About Excellence Canada
Excellence Canada is an independent, not-for-profit, organization that is committed to advancing organizational excellence across Canada. Since 1992, Excellence Canada has helped thousands of organizations create cultures of continuous quality improvement and become world-class role models through a four-level certification methodology, including the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness Standard, Healthy Workplace® Standard, and Mental Health at Work® Program. It is the custodian and adjudicator of the Canada Awards for Excellence program, of which the Patron is His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada.

About Saint Elizabeth
Saint Elizabeth is a national health care provider that has been opening the door to new possibilities and care experiences for more than a century. Recognized as Canada’s largest social enterprise, we employ 8,000 people and visit 18,000 clients every day. Through the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre, our Health Career Colleges and the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, we are helping to make the future of health care brighter and stronger. Learn more at or find us on Twitter at @StElizabethSEHC.



Media Contacts:

Russ Gahan
Excellence Canada
416-251-7600 ext. 249
Madonna Gallo
Saint Elizabeth