Speaker Profiles

John G. Abbott

John G. Abbott

Chief Executive Officer

Health Council of Canada

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.

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

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