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Debbie Fischer

Debbie Fischer, Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Management

Debbie Fischer

Executive in Residence




Debbie Fischer is currently the Executive in Residence, Rotman School of Business and Program Director, Rotman Executive Leadership Development Programs at the University of Toronto. Debbie was most recently an Executive Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Development at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. In this role, she was responsible for the organizational development, diversity, diagnostic (laboratory and medial imaging), corporate planning, communications and marketing and community partnerships departments.

While continuing to maintain an active role at Mount Sinai she took a three - year secondment to Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as Assistant Deputy Minister, Transition to lead a major transformation initiative of the entire Ministry. This complex transformation involved several divestments of direct services, restructuring of the entire ministry and closure of regional offices. 

Previously, Debbie held a number of senior positions in international professional services firms including Ernst and Young where she was part of the Health Care and Life Sciences Group and led strategic projects in the health care, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. She has extensive experience in strategy, organizational development and leadership, restructuring and integration, performance improvement and change management. She has led innovative transformations in both the health care and corporate sectors.

Debbie just completed her term as the Chair of Plexxus, a member organization which undertakes back office shared services for 12 major hospitals in Toronto. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Genetic Secretariat, an organization representing the key constituents involved in genetics in Ontario. She is currently a Board member of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and she is Chair of its Human Resources Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (OECM) and on its Governance and Human Resources Committee. 

Debbie has a BSc (Neurobiology and Comparative Physiology) from McGill University and MHA from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a CHRP designation and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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