Dan Florizone, former President and CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region, joins policy school as Executive-in Residence

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Florizone as an Executive-in-Residence, effective immediately for a one-year term.

Mr. Florizone will provided some added capacity to the school is terms of research, guest lecturing, and curriculum development and teaching in both the Master of Health Administration program and the JSGS Executive Education Policy Workshop Series. He will be based out of the school’s University of Saskatchewan campus.

“A true innovator in his own right, Dan Florizone has contributed significantly to this province. First through the Patient First Review, and then through the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative – Canada’s most aggressive waitlist reduction initiative with an emphasis on smarter and safer care,” says Kathleen McNutt, JSGS Executive Director. “It is this ingenuity and commitment to public service that we look to instill in our students. We are very fortunate that Dan will be joining us as an Executive-in-Residence.”

Mr. Florizone has dedicated the past 35 years of his career to the people of Saskatchewan, through his commitment to heath, education and the public service.

Most recently, he served as the President and CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region (2014-2017), as Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Minister Responsible for Lean (2013-14), as the Deputy Minister of Health (2008-2013), and as an Assistant Deputy Health Minister.  In addition to these roles, he served as the CEO of the Five Hills Health Region (Moose Jaw and Area), the Moose Jaw-Thunder Creek Health District, the South-East Health District (Estevan and area), Canora-Invermay-Norquay, and was the CEO of Wilkie Union Hospital.

“I am very pleased to join the outstanding team at Johnson Shoyama,” says Florizone.  “It is an honour and privilege to join the school, to contribute to important research initiatives, to teach, and to continue this learning journey.”

Mr. Florizone has participated in many national and international initiatives, committees and projects, serving as Chairperson of Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council, and Board Member on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Mental Health Commission of Canada. His extensive board experience and wealth of knowledge will be of significant benefit to students enrolled in the newly launch JSGS Board Governance Program.

Mr. Florizone received the Institute of Public Administration of Canada-Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal Award in 2008 and the Excellence through Evidence Award from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) in 2011.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with Honours in Health Care Administration) from the University of Saskatchewan.