Mary Ackenhusen holds the appointment of Senior Executive in Residence and lead for the Partnerships and Innovation Division at the British Columbia Ministry of Health. This exciting new role is focused on health innovation and aligns with Mary’s long-standing commitment to system transformation.
Mary has had an impact on the health sector in British Columbia for close to 20 years. Most recently, she was the President and CEO of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) from 2014-2020. Mary joined VCH in 2007 as a Chief Operating Officer and prior to that she served on the Fraser Health Authority’s leadership team for seven years.
Throughout her career with the Health Authorities, Mary has pursued her passion for transforming the way care is delivered in order to ensure BC has a high quality healthcare system that is sustainable in the face of growing demand and constrained resources. This focus includes her leadership of the OneVCH employee engagement initiative that is committed to empowering and engaging staff and physicians across VCH. In 2019, Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest employee recruitment sites, named Mary as one of Canada’s top 25 CEOs based on employee reviews.
As CEO of VCH, she encouraged a focus on innovation and discoveries that improve patient health, transform health systems, and directly impact health and economic outcomes. Her longstanding interest in virtual care enabled health providers to continue delivering care to patients and clients across VCH during the recent weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Master of Business Administration program and the West Virginia University’s Industrial Engineering program.