Speaker Profiles

Susan D. VanderBent

Susan D. VanderBent


Home Care Ontario

Susan D. VanderBent, B.A., BSW, MSW, MHSc, CHE is the Chief Executive Officer of Home Care Ontario representing over 50 home care organizations delivering critical front-line care needed by Ontarians every day – nursing, personal care and therapy.

A social worker by profession, Sue has worked in; acute care, long term care, community support, mental health and addictions and home and community care. An accomplished speaker and writer, Ms. VanderBent presents at many public and professional forums regarding the role and value of the home and community care system as a key element of health care system sustainability.

Sue is a PT Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and is the Domain Planner for Communication Skills at the Michael G. DeGroote Undergraduate School of Medicine. Sue is also the coordinator for Communication Skills in the Physician Assistant Program and teaches in the Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER).

She was awarded:
• The Arbor Award, University of Toronto “commemorating outstanding volunteer service to the
University of Toronto”-2013
• The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, “In recognition of the leadership shown in developing
collaborative partnerships in home care through joint organizational initiatives and working
• The Livergant Scholarship, University of Toronto, “for excellence and promise in community and
long term care management”-1995

Sue is past Chair of the Ontario Health Providers’ Alliance (OHPA) and Past President of the Society of Graduates, University of Toronto, IHPME program. Prior to joining Home Care Ontario, Ms. VanderBent was the Director of Rehabilitation Services and Social Work at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario. As part of that role, she designed and developed the first Women’s Addiction Centre in Hamilton and managed the St. Joseph's Center for Acute Injury Rehabilitation.

Sue is a committed community volunteer and is currently leading a major restoration of her 160-year- old heritage-designated church in downtown Hamilton.

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