University of Toronto

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Julia Hanigsberg

Julia Hanigsberg is President and CEO of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest paediatric rehabilitation hospital and an academic health science centre fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Each year Holland Bloorview serves 7500 children and youth with disabilities and complex medical needs spanning more than 1000 diagnoses. Its Bloorview Research Institute is an international leader in the field of childhood disability research. Through its Teaching and Learning Institute, the hospital welcomes hundreds of students from across all disciplines each year.

Holland Bloorview’s vision is “The Most Meaningful and Healthy Futures for all Children, Youth and Families.”

Prior to joining Holland Bloorview Julia spent 9 years at Ryerson University, first as General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors and then as Vice-President, Administration and Finance. Prior to that Julia worked in a number of roles within the Ontario government including counsel to the Secretary of Cabinet and Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of Ontario.

A lawyer by training Julia has law degrees from McGill University and the Columbia Law School. She has held Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Fulbright Fellowships.

Julia has served on numerous volunteer boards and currently she is a member of the boards of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres, Canadian Business SenseAbility, and on Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, the CEO Committee of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network, the Executive Advisory Board of FIRST Robotics Canada, the FIRST Robotics Canada Girls in STEM Advisory Council and McGill University’s Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Committee.