Michael Cole has been Chief Technology Officer at Markham Stouffville Hospital since August 2017. He joined MSH not only for the opportunity to lead us through many of our strategic digitization initiatives and partnerships, but he also has a personal connection to MSH as many of his family and friends have been patients. His work experiences are indicative of his passions and personal pursuits; he is a strong advocate of First Nations rights and freedoms, spends much of his time working with children through sports programs in his community, and continues to drive for results to improve health care in our community and beyond.
Prior to joining MSH, Michael led the information technology build of the new Acute Pediatric Tower at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. Michael served in that role prior to contract closure, right through to service commencement. Before his role at Children’s and Women’s, Michael was part of a Canadian first, the creation of the First Nations Health Authority for the Province of British Columbia. To lead the core technologies and user support portfolio, he had to work closely with multiple First Nations organizations and communities as well as provincial and federal agencies.
Michael also spent more than eight years working within clinical academia and research for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, with various roles focused on local and provincial initiatives and support models. Additionally, he has spent time working in the private sector.