Graham W. S. Scott

Graham Wilson Shatford Scott CM QC (born November 13, 1942) is a Canadian lawyer and expert in the incorporation, amalgamation, restructuring, and governance processes of health institutions in Canada. Scott is president of Graham Scott Strategies Inc. and partner emeritus at McMillan LLP.[1] In 2005, he was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his volunteer service.[2] In 2012 he was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.[3]

Early life and career

Scott was born and raised in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He graduated the Rothesay Netherwood School in 1960.[4] In 1966 Scott received his law degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Following two years of law practice in Toronto, Scott served as executive assistant to Robert Stanfield from 1970 to 1976 while Mr. Stanfield was the leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and Canada's Official Opposition. In 1976, Scott started to work for the Ontario government, first in the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and, in 1977, he became the assistant deputy general, courts administration and inspector of legal offices. Scott served as the deputy minister of the environment for Ontario from 1979 to 1981. In that time, he was involved in filing a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the relaxation of pollution standards for coal-fired power stations due to concerns about acid rain in Canada.[5] In 1981, he became the deputy minister of health for Ontario.[6]

Graham joined McMillan LLP as a partner in January 1984 and was managing partner from 2000 to 2006. He established Graham Scott Strategies Inc. in 2008 when he retired from the McMillan partnership.

Health care leadership

Scott has been involved in the amalgamation, restructuring and governance processes of more than 40 hospitals in Ontario and has served as interim CEO of Cancer Care Ontario (2001–2002).[7] The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has, at several times, appointed Scott to investigate, supervise or assess financial and governance concerns in hospitals across the province. In 2003, Scott was appointed the supervisor of the Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital in response to significant deficit issues.[8] In 2004, Scott was appointed to conduct an independent review of the Muskoka-Parry Sound Board of Health, finding that the board was not compliant with basic governance requirements and was ill-equipped to handle public health emergencies.[9] In 2008 Scott was appointed to investigate chronic financial problems at Kingston General Hospital.[10] Following Scott's report, the hospital CEO and several senior executives were terminated or asked to resign, while Scott took over on an interim basis as supervisor.[11] From 2009 to 2010, Scott was appointed supervisor of Quinte Health Care,[12] and he was appointed assessor for the Algoma Public Health Unit in 2015.[13]

Other leadership

Scott has been director of several corporations and associations. He has served as chair of the board of Canada Health Infoway,[14] the Canadian Institute for Health Information,[15] and AllerGen NCE.[16] Scott is a current chair of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Personal life

Scott is married to Canadian television personality Gail Scott. They have two daughters: Gillian Scott, a partner in client relations and business development litigation at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP,[17] and Genevieve Scott,[18] a fiction writer who published the novel Catch My Drift with Goose Lane Editions in 2018.[19]


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  8. Mulligan, Carol (December 4, 2003). "My work is done, hospital supervisor says" (PDF). The Sudbury Star. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. "Ontario takes over regional health board". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  10. "Fire top brass to fix Kingston, Ont., hospital problems: report | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  11. "Kingston Life". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  12. "Trenton Memorial Hospital will remain open: Supervisor Graham Scott". 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  13. "Aftereffects linger from Algoma Public Health's 'perfect storm'". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  14. "Graham W. S. Scott, CM, QC, named new Chair of Canada Health Infoway's Board of Directors ::". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  15. Collier, Roger (2010-01-12). "Health care had a decade of "abundance," CIHI says". CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association Journal. 182 (1): E45. doi:10.1503/cmaj.109-3118. ISSN 0820-3946. PMC 2802644. PMID 19948814.
  16. "Former Board Members – AllerGen". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  17. "Gillian S.G. Scott". Osler. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  18. "Genevieve Scott". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  19. "Catch My Drift – Goose Lane Editions". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
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