Dianne Carmichael

2019 Arts Alumni Achievement Award recipient, Dianne Carmichael, BA ’06 (Liberal Studies)

Waterloo President with Dianne CarmichaelWhen Dianne Carmichael’s dad was diagnosed with cancer, she decided to leave her role as Chairperson & CEO of a publicly-traded investment firm to focus on helping Canadians by empowering those touched by profound illness.

Working with two Harvard professors, Dianne helped create a telemedicine platform called Best Doctors that connected patients with the top 2% of medical experts worldwide. Today, more than 6 million Canadian and 40 million international patients have access, changing diagnoses 22% of the time and modifying treatment 61%. The company went on to be sold for $500 Million.

Most recently as President and Head of Strategy and M&A at McKesson, a Fortune 5 healthcare company, she brought investment and systematic change to Canadian health care. Prior to that, Dianne was President, UHN Solutions at UHN, Canada’s leading group of research hospitals, and Managing Director, MaRS Health and Innovation.

Dianne is currently the Chief Advisor for the HealthTech division for the Council of Canadian Innovators, where she brings the voices of Canadian tech CEO's to government and policy makers and continues to make a difference for patients by helping health-tech companies bring high impact innovations to scale globally through her company, Carmichael Global Partners.

Dianne serves on numerous healthcare boards, including Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital, PatientsCanada, CAPCH, Centre for Regenerative Medicine & W.I.N.  She was awarded Canada’s Most Powerful Women by WXN and Canadian Women Transforming Health Care.