Chief Scientist, Institute for Better Health

  • Full Time
  • Kamsack
  • 150 - 200

Trillium Health Partners

Job Description

Position: Chief Scientist, Institute for Better Health

Unionized: Non-Union

Department: Institute for Better Health

Status: Permanent, Full-Time

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week

Internal Deadline: 3-weeks from posting

External Deadline: 3-weeks from posting

Trillium Health Partners and the Institute for Better Health

Trillium Health Partners (THP) is the largest community-based academic hospital system in Canada. Comprised of Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre. Trillium Health Partners serves the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities and is the future home of the Peter Gilgan Mississauga Hospital, the Gilgan Family Queensway Health Centre, and the Shah Family Hospital for Women and Children. Trillium Health Partners is an academic hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and is an associate member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.

Established in 2014, the Institute for Better Health (IBH) is a core enabler of THP’s mission of a new kind of health care for a healthier community through the application of scientific expertise, innovative thinking and partnerships. Focused on generating cutting-edge science and innovation in health service delivery and population health, IBH leads practical research and innovation that shapes how we engage, design, deliver, and finance health care to solve problems stretching from the bedside to the system. IBH’s core expertise in the Learning Health System model drives how research at IBH is organized and executed, with specific thematic areas of focus in population health, patient and family engagement, innovative models of care, and implementation and evaluation science and is a growing interest in the intersections of equity and leadership science in the promotion of Learning Health Systems.

For more information, visit the IBH website here.

The Role 

The Institute for Better Health (IBH) is seeking a Chief Scientist that will lead and oversee the IBH research portfolio, including research that IBH leads, supports throughout the organization, and partners on internally and externally from THP.  IBH is one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals and is a national leader in learning health systems and population health research.  IBH has a robust team working on a range of research programs and projects, relating to Learning Health Systems, Patient & Family Centered Care, Implementation & Evaluation Science, and Population Health Analytics and Data Science.  The IBH team supports and partners on research in our community with provincial and national collaborators.  IBH scientists regularly present at national and international scientific and policy conferences and publish in high-impact scientific journals.

The Chief Scientist will report to the President, THP Solutions and work closely with the Vice President of IBH and THP Solutions as the dyad partners in leading IBH.  The Chief Scientist will also work closely with the Senior Vice President, Science for collaboration across all THPs scientific interests and strategy.  The Chief Scientist will provide strategic scientific direction for IBH and THP; oversee IBH scientific faculty scientists and their IBH research portfolio; oversee IBH operations and financial management in partnership with the VP, IBH & THP Solutions; supervise the IBH Scientific Director and IBH Research Chairs; oversee the recruitment and appointments of IBH Scientists, Investigators, and Affiliate Scientists; oversee the research relationships with leaders at THP, the Mississauga Ontario Health Team (MOHT), and our community partners, and Family Health Team leaders; oversee research partnerships between IBH/THP and other institutions; represent IBH, the University of Toronto and other academic institutions; represent IBH with government agencies, research-related associations, community groups, and research funders; oversee research work across the hospital of all 162 IBH research and innovation staff in partnership with the VP, IBH & THP Solutions; and contribute to the overall growth, sustainability, and impact of IBH.  

This is a unique opportunity to work with an outstanding, globally recognized, team of Research Chairs and leaders at one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals that drives innovative population health research within hospital and community settings. For more information on IBH’s work please see the 2023/2024 Annual Report Institute for Better Health – Annual Report 2024 (


  • Oversee the IBH research portfolio, including research that IBH leads, supports and partners.  This includes responsibility of the performance management of IBHs scientists/investigators and financial accountability for the overall research portfolio.
  • Supervise and support the IBH Scientific Director and Research Chairs, including assuring compliance of scientists (chairs, scientists, post-doctoral students, research trainees, external research affiliates, etc.) to polices and requirements related to responsible conduct of research (RCR).
  • Set and oversee strategic direction of science and research at IBH.
  • Oversee recruitment and appointments of IBH scientists, investigators, and scientific affiliates, including assuring all required training on ethics and responsible conduct of research is completed before research is conducted.
  • Support successful collaboration and relationships between Research Chairs (and their teams) with THP operational leaders, Mississauga Ontario Health Team (M-OHT) leaders, and other key community partners.
  • Oversee research partnerships between IBH/THP and other research institutes, as well as liaise and collaborate with non-technical stakeholders.
  • Represent THP and IBH with relevant government agencies, research-related associations, academic institutions, community groups, and research funders as needed.
  • Contribute to growing and amplifying the impact of IBH and its research, including strengthening relationships with existing academic and industrial partners, and building and managing new partnerships.
  • Will hold position on committees with IBH, THP, Mississauga Health, and others.
  • Other tasks or activities identified by the President, THP Solutions and the Senior Vice President, Science, THP.


Core Qualifications

  • Hold a PhD, ScD, DrPH (or equivalent) degree and/or a Professional and MSc (or equivalent) degree.
  • 10+ years of research experience following terminal research degree.
  • Demonstrates a sustained program of externally-funded research as Principal Investigator consistent with the strategic priority research areas of IBH.
  • 5+ years experience as a Research Chair (e.g, hospital/university research chair, Canada Research Chair, Canada Excellence Research Chair) is considered an asset.
  • Demonstrates a national and international scientific reputation in research consistent with the priority areas of IBH.
  • Demonstrates a track record of peer-reviewed publications (100 or more), with representation in high-impact international scientific journals.
  • Demonstrates a track record of keynote presentations at leading scientific conferences, government policy briefings, and for community/patient groups.
  • Demonstrates a proven tack record of building and managing productive multi-institutional collaborations across Canada and internationally.
  • Demonstrates a proven track record of building relationship with philanthropic donors.
  • Demonstrates a track record of sustained contributions to the teaching and mentorship of scientific faculty, fellows, scholars, and graduate research students.
  • Holds a senior academic appointment (full or status-only professor in good standing) at the University of Toronto.
  • 5-10+ years in a research leadership role and demonstrates expertise in executive-level management and leadership.
  • Experience supervising a range of scientists from different disciplines including responsibilities for external grants and awards submissions and scientific productivity.
  • Experience working collaboratively within a hospital or equivalent organization in the application of science to improve care and population health.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and writing skills.
  • Strong collaboration and relationship management skills to work with and align a diverse, inter-professional team.
  • Entrepreneurial, growth mindset is key. Innate desire to take initiative, ability to work independently, and very strong organizational skills are required.

Please submit the following application components in a single file (PDF preferred):

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the role
  • CV
  • Writing sample

Building an Antiracist and Equitable Team and Why it is Important to Us – A New Kind of Health Care for a Healthier CommunityWhen we set out to build our vision and future, we connected with and heard from our community – patients, families, visitors, physicians, staff and volunteers. Our plan to create a new kind of health care for a healthier community means advancing health across the hospital, the system and the community and is built on an inter-connected system of care organized around patients and leaving no one behind. Recognizing this mission could not be realized without also assessing and investing in our internal practices, culture and processes we are building an organization where everyone at THP feels they belong, their voice matters, and contributes to our collective success.  We commit to making systemic fairness a reality for all and are working to ensure that the community we serve is reflected at all levels, and in all professions at THP.  Diversity is our strength and we recognize and value teaching and learning we all contribute and benefit from in our environment; our unique lived experiences matter and shape our actions and behaviors.  In becoming an antiracist organization, we acknowledge the existence of oppression, racism, bias and complicity, and we have been working steadily to make changes in the way we work to dismantle these barriers. This includes developing and realizing an action plan to advance racial equity and embed anti-racism accountability across IBH, starting with our anti-Black racism priority initiative.

Our Commitment to and Progress Towards Anti-Black Racism

THP and IBH have made a commitment to becoming a safer and more inclusive environment with a dedicated focus on dismantling anti-Black racism and white supremacy at THP. This commitment is in response to the recognition that Black people systemically experience the organization differently than their white and non-Black colleagues. Similarly, Black scientists and research staff experience the research ecosystem differently. Anti-Black racism is the starting point as Black individuals and communities are disproportionately impacted by the harms of systemic racism and white supremacy culture. In this work, we are committed to disrupting and reconstructing the processes, practices, and systems that contribute to anti-Black racism.

THP established its Equity Secretariat Office in 2020, providing education and training on anti-Black racism, and establishing a THP Circle on Anti-Racism and Inclusion. Today, the Equity Secretariat has become the Equity, Anti-Racism and Inclusion Office, with a current staff of four whose specific focus is on dismantling anti-Black racism and white supremacy and advancing other dimensions of inequity within THP. This office supported the completion of an externally-led Anti-Black Racism Climate Review and resulting report, which includes recommendations and actions that are being integrated into THP’s operating plan.  At IBH, the Anti-Black Racism Allyship Initiative (ABRAI) was established in 2020 to understand the experiences of Black staff within IBH and develop an action plan in partnership with Black staff to address anti-Black racism. The action plan has been translated into operational objectives that support the recruitment, retention, and career development of Black staff. As part of this plan, IBH has established an optional, monthly Black Excellence meeting for Black staff at IBH where the purpose is to provide a safe space where all hold power and attendees can connect, network, and support each other.

Trillium Health Partners is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a healthy, safe and respectful environment for healing, based on our values compassion, excellence and courage. To be Better Together, we commit to fostering a respectful workplace culture that promotes a safe and supportive environment for everyone who provides care, supports caregiving, receives care or visits the hospital.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code Trillium Health Partners will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

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We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.