Dr. Gaétan Tardif
President, Canadian Paralympic Committee Physiatrist- in-Chief and Medical Program Director
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network
An ardent supporter of Paralympic sport, Gaétan has worked as a volunteer for the Paralympic movement in Canada for nearly 20 years. He was first elected President and Chair of the Board of the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) in May 2013 after serving the previous four years as director.
Gaétan has participated in the last 10 Paralympic Games: eight Games as a member of the mission team and the last two Games (Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016) as President of the CPC. He was also a member of the Board of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
Outside of sport, Gaétan is a full time health care executive with leadership experience in several professional and not-for-profit organizations.
He is currently Medical Program Director – Toronto Rehab at the University Health Network (UHN) where he co-leads a team of over 1,000 employees. He has been instrumental in developing one of the leading rehabilitation hospitals in the world since becoming its inaugural Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer in 1998.
Since joining the senior management team of the University Health Network in 2011 as a result of Toronto Rehab’s integration with Canada’s largest teaching and research hospital, Gaétan has pursued further work in the development of seamless care transition from acute care to community reintegration. He is very active at the regional and provincial level on issues of system integration as it pertains to rehabilitation.
Gaétan was President of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders from 2009 to 2011 where he spearheaded a certification program for physician executives in concert with the Canadian Medical Association. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Services Executives. Gaétan is also very involved in leadership development and is a faculty member at the Physician Leadership Institute of the Canadian Medical Association specializing in strategic thinking.