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SickKids International Leadership Team

SickKids International is comprised of a team of dedicated professionals with significant industry and business experience, who work in close partnership with clients to manage our global commitments. We call upon our expert staff and senior leadership across the organization to provide strategic advice and support when needed.


Dr. John Wedge

Dr. John Wedge
Executive Chair
SickKids International

Dr. John Wedge

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Executive Chair
SickKids International

University of Toronto
Professor
Department of Surgery

e-mail: john.wedge@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Cynthia Surman
Alternate Phone: 416-813-5529
Alternate Fax: 416-813-6520
Alternate e-mail: cynthia.surman@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. John Wedge co-founded SickKids International (SKI) in 2005, and currently serves as Executive Chairman. He brings his extensive academic, medical and leadership expertise to bear in providing strategic guidance and planning for international advisory projects undertaken by SKI. He was the original chair of the SKI Advisory Council.

John is an international authority on complex surgical hip reconstruction in children and adolescents. He has conducted thousands of surgical procedures, and has trained hundreds of residents and fellows. He has published extensively in his area of expertise, and has more than 100 publications (peer reviewed, invited and book chapters) focused on childhood and young adult hip deformity and disease. From 2009 through 2013, he was Guest Speaker or Visiting Professor to the national specialty organization or universities in many regions around the world including: US, UK, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, China, and Middle East.

After completion of his surgical education in Saskatoon, Montreal, Toronto and Oxford, U.K., John joined the Department of Surgery (Orthopaedics) at the University of Saskatoon (UofS) in Canada. He later became Head of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UofS and Head of the Department of Surgery at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

In 1988, John assumed the position of Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and in 1992 was appointed the Colonel R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto (UofT). In January 1995, he was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief at SickKids. Following completion of his tenure in these positions, he served as Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, at the Faculty of Medicine at UofT, as well as Associate Vice-Provost until 2007.

In 2006, John was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his outstanding contributions to Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in Canada and beyond. He was named one of ‘100 Alumni of Influence’ for the centennial of UofS in 2007. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for “dedicated service to peers, community and Canada”. In June 2014, John received an honourary Doctor of Laws from UofS.

Cathy Seguin

Cathy Seguin
Vice-President
SickKids International

Cathy Seguin

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Vice-President
SickKids International

Phone: 416-813-6201
e-mail: cathy.seguin@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Cynthia Surman
Alternate Phone: 416-813-5529
Alternate Fax: 416-813-6520
Alternate e-mail: cynthia.surman@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Cathy Séguin co-founded and was appointed Vice-President of SickKids International (SKI) in 2005. She leads SKI’s strategy, enabling SickKids to further its international leadership goals in patient care advisory, education and research.

Cathy has more than 25 years of hospital management experience, both in community and academic hospitals. At SickKids, she has held a number of leadership roles, including that of Vice-President of Child Health Services, Vice-President of Surgical Services and Professional Services, and Director of Diagnostic Imaging. Previous leadership roles have also extended to executive responsibility for Safe Kids Canada, a unit of SickKids until 2012.

Externally, Cathy has chaired the Ontario Paediatric Surgical Wait Times Expert Panel through the Wait Time Strategy at the Ministry of Health in 2006, as well as the Paediatric Subcommittee of the Critical Care Expert Advisory Panel in 2007. She was also Chair of the Provincial Council for Children’s Health Surgical Services Wait Time Task Force.

She holds a Master’s degree in business administration from The Richard Ivey School of Business. She is a member of the Canada Arab Business Council Board of Directors, and the Richard Ivey School of Business Health Sector Advisory Council. She is currently inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors for Parachute, a new national organization dedicated to injury prevention in Canada.

Dr. Hilary Whyte

Dr. Hilary Whyte
Medical Director
SickKids International

Dr. Hilary Whyte

Dr. Hilary Whyte

Medical Director
SickKids International

Phone: 416-813-6345
e-mail: hilary.whyte@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Cynthia Surman
Alternate Phone: 416-813-5529
Alternate Fax: 416-813-6520
Alternate e-mail: cynthia.surman@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Hilary Whyte has worked in several countries during her career and has provided expertise on several SickKids International projects in the last 5 years. She has been the Medical Director of Neonatology at SickKids and the interim Head of the program encompassing the transport service, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Follow-Up clinic until she accepted the position of Medical Director of SickKids International in July 2014. In this new role, she is very interested in creative and innovative ways to educate and maintain the competencies of interdisciplinary health care professionals. Furthermore, her clinical practice continues in the NICU as well as transport medicine given her lead role of the Acute Care Transport Service (ACTS) for the hospital.

Hilary has been a neonatologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for the past 30 years. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin University, Ireland, in 1976 and spent a number of years training in paediatrics and neonatology before pursuing further training in Canada. She was appointed to the Neonatology faculty at SickKids in 1984 and cross-appointed to Paediatric Emergency Medicine as part-time staff.
In her first decade at SickKids, Hilary also provided medical leadership to the Follow-up program for high risk infants. Through expansion of the clinic to school age in an interdisciplinary assessment model, she pursued outcomes research on the most vulnerable populations, premature and full term with acquired brain injury and obtained her Masters in Clinical Epidemiology. She was then appointed as the Medical Director for the SickKids Neonatal Transport Team in 1998 and led the expansion of the Team to include respiratory therapists and transport physicians, providing an enhanced scope of practice up to age 13 years. In the past decade she has spearheaded a standardized Provincial model for transport of critical neonatal and paediatric patients and worked to enhance patient safety in inter-facility transport across Canada.

Hilary is a full Professor of Paediatrics at University of Toronto, in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics and is cross-appointed in Clinical Epidemiology, Paediatric Emergency Medicine and the Department of Critical Care Medicine. Until recently, she was also appointed to the Ontario Air Ambulance Program, Ornge, as Paediatric Medical Director, advancing their paediatric medical curriculum and certification processes for children. Her research interests relate to education, transport medicine and neuro-critical care. In particular she is involved in using advanced MRI technology in the preterm and full term baby to assess brain injury and in helping to build a focus on neuro-critical care in the NICU. Her research focuses on developing better predictors of outcome for all high risk infants as early as possible to facilitate best practice. Her passion in transport medicine is both clinical and around organizational challenges.

Raymond King

Raymond King
Director
Business Development
SickKids International

Raymond King

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Director
Business Development
SickKids International

Phone: 416-813-7654
Fax: 416-813-6520
e-mail: raymond.king@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

As the Director, Business Development for SickKids International (SKI), Raymond seeks out and develops strategies, both in Canada and globally, to enhance SKI’s revenue goals.

He brings more than twenty years of corporate business development experience to SickKids. Prior to joining SKI, he spent a decade at the Toronto Stock Exchange, where he focused on international strategy and global diversification after having spent several years boosting the Exchange’s presence in Western Canada.

Raymond has also worked as a senior business consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co. and a senior risk analyst at CIBC. He holds an MBA with a focus on international strategic business development from McGill University and undergraduate degrees from the Universities of Calgary (International Finance) and Western Ontario (Political History).

Lara Pietrolungo

Lara Pietrolungo
Director
International Education
SickKids International

Lara Pietrolungo

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Director
International Education

Phone: 416.813.7602
e-mail: lara.pietrolungo@sickkids.ca
Alternate Fax: 416-813-6520

Brief Biography

As the Director of International Education, Lara focuses on fostering global partnerships while leading the International Education portfolio at The Hospital for Sick Children. In her role, Lara advises and consults on strategic international educational development, seeks opportunities for local partnerships while being committed to enhancing child health globally.

Before joining SickKids, Lara held various positions in the community. She was instrumental in directing the nursing strategy for the Homeless Outreach Pilot Project in the Region of Peel and enhancing neonatal nursing care through Toronto Public Health. She has also had international experiences at the American University of Beirut. In her current role, Lara’s strength as an international consultant allows her to engage with organizational and academic stakeholders in the assessment of child health needs and strategically develop and facilitate customized programs. She continues to focus on the development of cross-cultural partnerships with the objective of building capacity and sustainability.

Lara has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration, and a Leadership Certificate from the University of Toronto. She is also a cross-appointed faculty at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg, Faculty of Nursing at U of T. She has been involved in fundraising for many years, and is the Founder of the Emma-Rose Fund which provides financial assistance to families of children with MPS Diseases. Lara has held multiple roles within international groups and associations, including Vice-President, Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau Lambda Pi Chapter, and more recently co-chair of the Professional Canadian Arab Network. Lara has been invited to speak in many different forums in order to share her international knowledge and experience.

Lutfi Haj-Assaad

Lutfi Haj-Assaad
Executive Director
Middle East
SickKids International

Lutfi Haj-Assaad

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Executive Director
Middle East
SickKids International

Toronto Office Phone: 416-813-7770
Doha Office Phone: + 974 4439-5755
Toronto Office Fax: 416-813-6520
Doha Office Fax: + 974-4439-5098
Toronto Office e-mail: lutfi.haj-assaad@sickkids.ca
Doha Office e-mail: lassaad@hmc.org.qa

Brief Biography

As the Executive Director, Middle East for SickKids International (SKI), Lutfi leads the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of Middle East-based projects. Lutfi also supports SickKids’ hospital-wide strategy through the identification and pursuit of business development and strategic outreach opportunities in the Middle East Region.

Prior to his appointment to his current position in January 2010, Lutfi led the largest clinical programs portfolio at SickKids as a Child Health Services Director. Under the scope of his portfolio, Lutfi served as director of the Emergency Department, Paediatric Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Dermatology, the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) program, the Ontario Poison Centres (Toronto and Ottawa), and the Motherisk program. In addition to the clinical programs that Lutfi directed, he also provided leadership for Bed Utilization/Management, the Transitional Care Coordinators team, and the Child Health Services Administrators group.

Before joining the SickKids community in 2001, Lutfi spent 12 years with Toronto East General Hospital, where he pioneered the shared governance model as Director of Emergency Services. In addition, Lutfi was employed for over a decade as a Senior Emergency Services Consultant with Canadian Healthcare Management Inc., where he conducted over 50 hospital-based operation reviews.

In addition to his significant professional accomplishments, Lutfi also has an extensive academic background. Lutfi completed his nursing education at the American University of Beirut, which he then followed with a Masters in Business Administration from Herriot-Watt University in Scotland.
Lutfi is fluent in Arabic and English and has over 10 years of international work experience in Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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