Medavie welcomes former Premier to Board of Directors

Michael Decter, Chair of the Board of Directors of Medavie, is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Ghiz to the Board. 

“Robert’s extensive experience in public sector leadership roles will be an immense asset to our Board of Directors,” says Decter. “His depth of knowledge of the health care field, and particularly his proven leadership in enhancing provincial health systems will be instrumental in advancing our vision of being a transformative health company,” he added. “On behalf of Medavie, I welcome Robert to the Board.”

Robert served as the 31st Premier of Prince Edward Island from 2007 to 2015 after first being elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2003. Among numerous highlights as Premier, Robert was successful at modernizing the Island’s health care system by adding efficiencies and improving sustainability to meet future demands, and was the co-lead of the first Health Care Innovation Working Group alongside Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan. The Working Group resulted in cost savings for provinces in pharmacare and shared best practices among provinces and territories to enhance health care services for all Canadians. 

Prior to entering provincial politics, Robert was Special Assistant to Prime Minister Jean Chretien whom he advised on matters related to Atlantic Canada. He has also served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and served in the private sector as Manager of Government Affairs for the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Robert is currently a Senior Business Advisor at Gowling WLG. He is active in volunteering and serves on the Boards of Ducks Unlimited Canada and True Patriot Love Foundation, as well as the Advisory Council of Prince’s Charities Canada.

“I am excited to get started with the Medavie Board and look forward to contributing to the company’s vision for changing the way Canadians think about health care,” said Ghiz. 

Robert joins Michael Decter, Bernard Lord, Dr. Myrna Francis, Ed Martin, Edward Barrett, Jean-Pierre Provencher, Karen Cramm, Kelly Nelson, Kim West, Marian Walsh, and Mike Wilson as the newest member of the Medavie Inc. Board of Directors.