David Levine

Speaker, Ex President and CEO of the Health and Social Service Agency Montreal.
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David Levine is presently President of DL Consulting, a management consulting group, primarily in health care, looking at strategic management issues of institutions and health care systems both in the public and private sector. David Levine left the Montreal Health and Social Service Agency in April 2012 after ten years as President and CEO. The Agency is responsible for health and social services on the island of Montreal. With a 1.9 million population and a 6.3 billion operating budget this, other than Alberta, is the largest health region  in Canada. There are 8 university teaching hospitals, 4 psychiatric hospitals, 12 health and social service networks, and 19 other speciality institutions under the Agency's jurisdiction. Previous to the Agency in 2002 Mr. Levine was junior Minister of Health for the Province of Quebec. From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Levine held the position of President and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital responsible for merging 5 hospitals into the Ottawa Hospital as a result of the recommendation of the restructuring commission in Ontario. In 1997-98 Mr. Levine was the Delegate General in New York for the Quebec Government. He was also  President and CEO of Notre-Dame Hospital, Quebec's largest teaching hospital at the time, from 1992 until 1997.   From 1982-1992 he was President and CEO of the Verdun General Hospital, a community teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal. Mr. Levine has held the post of associate Vice-president prevention at the Commission of occupational health and safety as well as economic adviser to the Minister of State for economic development from 1977 to 1980.  He was CEO of the Local Community Health Center in downtown Montreal from 1975 to 1977. Mr. Levine has been President of the Association of Teaching Hospitals of Canada, President of the Association of CEO's of Quebec, a board member of the Ontario Hospital Association, the Quebec Hospital Association, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Mr. Levine is currently Adjunct Professor in the department of Family Medicine at McGill University and Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Administration at the University of Montreal. He is presently giving a course in public administration at the University of Moncton. He has recently been named Chairman of the board of The Group for Personalised Health Care of Quebec, a non profit organization where the Minister of Economic Development of Quebec, the Minister of Health and Social Services in Quebec and major private sector companies in the pharmaceutical and information service industry are partners.  Conference :

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