Announcing the retirement of Dr. Ken Harris, Deputy CEO

February 28, 2022 | Author: Royal College Staff

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada announces that Deputy CEO Ken Harris, MD, FRCSC, FACS, will be retiring the beginning of July 2022.

Ken Harris, MD, FRCSC, FACS

For more than 13 years, Dr. Harris has played a key role in the leadership of the Royal College. He has supported many changes and activities, including major initiatives such as Competence by Design, which is transforming medical education across Canada. In his former role as executive director of the Office of Specialty Education, he guided and supported the team through significant alterations in accreditation and assessment, which required the engagement of multi-unit teams within and outside the Royal College.

During his time, Dr. Harris has promoted harmonization with the Collège des médecins du Québec and other stakeholders in the province, and enhanced relations with key partners like the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the medical regulatory authorities and resident organizations. Internally, Ken has played a key role in improving alignment and focus.

“I have very much enjoyed working with Ken and am truly grateful for his guidance and wisdom over the past two years as we weathered the pandemic and the tremendous changes that ensued,” said Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce, CEO of the Royal College. “Under Ken’s guidance, many of our teams have been supported in successfully shifting Royal College processes and work to virtual; our international education work has expanded, and our focus on equity, diversity and inclusion has sharpened.”


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Mithu Sen | June 6, 2022
Thankyou Ken, Words cannot express what you have taught me & leadership throughout my career and as a mentor & sponsor always, & of course at RCPSC. I wholeheartedly wish you the best...and al that you taught me will remain with me for my lifetime. I wish you the best in this next phase- your retirement. Mithu Sen
Kannin Osei-Tutu | April 16, 2022
Ken, you are an incredible, genuine, and talented man of the highest integrity. It has been an honor and privilege connecting with and I look forward to our future conversations. I wish you all the best in your retirement although I suspect, somehow, that you will remain actively engaged in several passion projects. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and counsel with me. Warmest regards, Kannin.
Heather McDonald-Blumer | April 13, 2022
Hi Ken Although our paths haven't crossed recently, I always felt like you provided such guidance and insight into key issues for residency education. My sincerest thanks... many people have benefited from your wisdom, scholarship and generosity. I hope that you find your retirement fulfilling and relaxing. You will be missed but your influence will continue to inspire all. Most Sincerely H
Markku Nousiainen | April 13, 2022
Ken -- sad to see you moving on from the RC. It has been a joy working with you over the years. Your professionalism, concern and interest has been very much appreciated. You have held the bar very high at the RC over some very challenging years and it is very much better for it. Best regards, Markku.
Michael West | April 13, 2022
Congratulations Ken. You are the finest example of a gentleman and a scholar in Surgery; intellectual, caring, patient with co-workers and always willing to listen to questions and new ideas. A great mentor. Members of the RCPSC have benefited immensely from your contributions. I hope you enjoy your retirement.
Geoffrey Blair | April 2, 2022
Happy retirement, Ken! Your work with and for the Royal College over the years has been so valuable. Thank you very much. You'll certainly be missed, but don't worry about that—you just enjoy the freedom of retirement and its gift of time. Cheers, Geoff
Colleen Dargan | March 23, 2022
Congratulations Ken. No doubt the Royal College will miss you greatly but I am sure you have great plans for your retirement - I am certainly enjoying mine. I recall with great fondness our time together on the Tri-partite Alliance. Best wishes to you and all your family for the future. Kind regards, Colleen
John Moffat | March 10, 2022
Congratulations Ken. It’s been a long time since we were residents together. All the best. JOHN and Mitch Moffat.