Rita Mezei, Executive Director, Founding Director
Rita is Executive Director and Founding Director at the Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities. She is responsible for the day to day operations, develops strategies with Board, and leads the development of programs. Rita’s passion is working with stakeholders to promote changes to improve systems for better outcomes. She has developed collaborative relationships with a number of national and regional partner associations, governments and the private sector. All are key players in the success and growth of the CCHF.
Rita has over 15 years of experience working in national, non-profit associations in healthcare and childhood safety. She worked at the Canadian Standards Association as Project Manager, Healthcare and Community Safety Group for 6 years until 2010. At CSA she led the development of a number of healthcare facility standards including, ‘Canadian Healthcare Facilities – Design, Construction and Renovation’.
At Safe Kids Canada (SKC) – a national program of the Hospital for Sick Children, she was Manager of Advocacy for 3 years until 2004. At SKC she lead successful campaigns including: reducing hot water temperatures in building/plumbing codes to reduce childhood scald burn injuries in homes and institutions; and improving toy standards and baby product safety using evidence-based information and working with key stakeholders.
Rita obtained a Masters of Science degree in Planning from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McMaster University.
Gordon Burrill, President and Founding Director
Gordon Burrill is President of Teegor Consulting Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in healthcare engineering and construction. He spent 13 years as a design engineer, followed by 7 years as the Director of the Engineering for a New Brunswick Health Authority in Canada before branching out to Teegor Consulting Inc. in August of 2004. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with 25 years experience in the design, construction, operations and maintenance of healthcare facilities and is both a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager and a Certified Healthcare Constructor.
He is member of the Standing Committee on Building and Plumbing Systems to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, a member of the National Fire Protection Association’s Health Care Section, a former Council Member of the International Federation for Hospital Engineers, Past President of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society and a member of the Canadian Societies for Civil and Mechanical Engineering.
Gordon is currently the vice-chair of the Canadian Standards Association’s Technical Committee for Health Care Facility Engineering and Physical Plant and an active member on several of their technical subcommittee. Gordon is also a member of the NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code technical correlating committee and technical committees for fundamentals and mechanical systems.
Michael Hickey, Director
Recently retired, Mike Hickey was the Director; Facilities Management and Support Services for Northern Health Authority based in Prince George BC, after working for 35 years in the Facilities Management side of healthcare. Twenty one years have been in St. John’s NL, his city of birth, while the last 14 years have been in Prince George. Prior to moving to northern BC, Mike served as an Assistant Director of Facilities Management with the Healthcare Corporation of St. John’s and has worked in both acute care and long term care.
Mike’s background is in Power Engineering. He has also completed the management programs of Modern Management, Quality Management for Healthcare Professionals, Health Services Management, and Long Term Care Senior management (academic excellence award) through the Canadian Healthcare Association. He has represented BC on the National Energy Efficiency Advisory committee with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, and held membership on the CHA National Advisory Committee for Management programs across Canada. He has also served as an Education Consultant with CHA for the Modern Management program. He is a past Chair of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES), as well as past National President of CHES. Mike is also a Faculty member for the Canadian Healthcare Construction Program course, a joint effort of CHES (Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society) and ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineering).
He is also a faculty member of the Canadian Standards Association for CSA Standard Z317.13-12, Infection Control during Construction, Renovation and Maintenance of Healthcare Facilities. Mike is still very active as a consultant in the field of Healthcare Engineering, operating under the name of MF Hickey Consulting. In his spare time, he serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Prince George Hospice Society.
Cliff Harvey, Founding Director
Cliff Harvey joined North York General Hospital in February 2014 to lead the Planning, Facilities and Support Services portfolio.
With over 20 years of experience, Cliff’s professional focus has been on health and wellness in the built environment and how these ideas translate into an environment of care. Previously he held the position of Senior Architect for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as other senior positions in the industry. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in operational planning, design, and construction of health facilities as well as health systems planning.
Cliff is an advocate for the practice of design thinking and human-centered design to support the search for innovation in delivering quality health care services through smart capital investments. Cliff is also an advisor on health care design at the University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), and Ryerson University. With a focus on continuous learning and improvement, Cliff is concluding a Master of Science, Healthcare Quality at Queen’s University. He is an active participant in a number of professional associations, committees and international networks, and has contributed to research on collaborative design leading to quality and innovation in health care.
|Michael Keen, Founding Director
With over 20 years of experience, Michael Keen is recognized as a leader in healthcare infrastructure and development of the built environment of care. As Senior Director of Planning & Development at St. Michael’s Hospital, he provides corporate leadership for the development and implementation of strategic capital plans. In this capacity. He currently leads a $500 million redevelopment of St. Michael’s Hospital, including significant renewal of inpatient, outpatient and surgical programs and the expansion of the Hospital’s Emergency Department in its role as a leading trauma centre.
In his 20+ years of passionate work in healthcare standards, Michael has been a champion for positive transformational change and continuous quality improvement. He is currently a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standards Board and provides leadership in the field as the Chair of the Strategic Steering Committee for Healthcare. In his commitment to system learning Michael is also a faculty member in the education of Healthcare Facility Planning & Design and has overseen research projects to inform evidence based decision-making.
Internationally, Michael was past chair of the Healthcare Technical Committee at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the inaugural chair of the infectious diseases committee.