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Vector Institute

Vice President, Health

Health Strategy · Toronto, Ontario
Department Health Strategy
Employment Type Full Time - Professional Staff
Minimum Experience Executive

About the Vector Institute:

A thriving, independent not-for-profit, the Vector Institute strives to advance the Artificial Intelligence ecosystem in Ontario and Canada, developing and attracting the world’s best machine learning experts, enabling better lives for Canadians through applications to social causes such as health care, and creating an unrivalled convergence of research, investment, entrepreneurialism, and economic growth. Located in the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto, we are part of a dynamic and vibrant community of research, academia, health science, and commerce. 


Position Summary:

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Vice President, Health will lead Vector’s strategic contributions to Ontario’s and Canada’s health sector. In this leadership role, the successful incumbent will drive applications of AI to life sciences, expand key stakeholder relationships, foster research, health sector and industrial sponsor projects, drive initiatives for improving the health space, and contribute to the achievement of Vector’s Strategic Plans, and short-, medium-, and long-term impacts to the Ontario health ecosystem.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Build and lead Canada’s world-class high impact centre of excellence in AI applied to health care and life sciences;
  • Lead in identification, planning, and execution of opportunities, strategies and initiatives that will increase Vector’s impact on community research, care, cost effectiveness, and commercial competitiveness in the health sector;
  • Work with Vector AI health researchers to identify and enable key elements needed to maintain research leadership in health in Canada and beyond;
  • Lead the ongoing maintenance of foundational models, engagement policies, operational guidelines, and protocols required to execute Vector’s Strategic Plans, including policy, research, and stakeholder management;
  • Develop, implement, and execute on funding strategies for AI applications to the health sector;
  • Lead development and implementation of initiatives to clearly communicate and promote Vector’s mission, research, and talent in the health sector;
  • Build and maintain relationships with health sector partners (e.g., governments, industry, health-related start-ups, scale-ups, incubators/accelerators, agencies, hospitals, and institutions), including the creation of legally binding agreements where required, to identify and execute joint promotional/educational opportunities and advance the Canadian AI narrative in the health sector;
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders including staff, faculty members, research scientists, and junior researchers, share opportunities for possible joint projects benefiting the health sector and ensure the Vector health research community is effectively positioned to operate within the health ecosystem;
  • Oversee/execute communications and engagement protocols with academia, government, and institutional partners in the health sector and the general public;
  • Lead Vector’s coordination and leadership role in a modern multi-institutionally governed health-data sharing framework enabled by the Health AI Data Analysis Platform (HAIDAP);
  • Direct the health team in day-to-day external-facing client/customer management;
  • Work with the Vector health team to ensure Vector is appropriately represented at conferences, events, meetings, and negotiations and serves as an expert point of contact for other key audiences including potential talent, related industries, industry sponsors, start-ups and scale-ups and others in the health sector;
  • Support the development of Vector’s intellectual property and commercialization strategies and related policies;
  • In partnership with the senior leadership team, support corporate exercises and operational functions of the Vector Institute, including management of priorities, relationships and resources, and participation in the development and execution of Vector’s strategic plan, business plan, and various policies and programs;
  • Participate in meetings with Vector’s Board of the Directors as required;
  • Supervise and support the career development of direct reports;
  • Contribute to a business intelligence approach to capturing and analyzing stakeholders’ relationship information, including their expectations and needs, and sharing insights with other members of Vector staff as required; and,
  • Other leadership and related duties as assigned.

Key Success Measures: 

  • Vector provides leadership and excellence justifiably recognized as world class AI applied to health;
  • Vector’s influence in the health space, including impacts to health care operations and efficiency, is viewed by major stakeholders in the Ontario and Canadian health ecosystem as substantial and important;
  • Vector enables its machine learning researchers to deliver world-class research on AI applied to health;
  • Vector is seen as holding a leadership role in modernizing access to health data for the benefit of Ontarians, Canadians, care providers (e.g., hospitals and clinicians), the Ontario Ministry of Health and Health Canada;
  • Vector provides a modern health-data governance framework facilitating machine learning research for health-related initiatives that is effectively utilized by Vector researchers;
  • The health team is well-staffed and trained and achieves and maintains its various targets as set out in Vector’s Strategic Plans; and,
  • Internal and external stakeholder feedback is such that Vector’s Health team provides high quality service, support, partnership, and impactful data/resources. 

Profile of Ideal Candidate: 

  • Holds a research Master’s or PhD degree in a health discipline or in a science, technology, mathematics, or engineering (STEM) discipline with a thesis focused on health.
  • Are currently in, or have previously held, a senior leadership role involving active engagement with health researchers, health data holding organizations, and senior health sector stakeholders and knowledge users.
  • Has a track record of modernizing processes and programs in the health ecosystem, and of applying out-of-the-box thinking to unblock gridlocked communities.
  • Proven experience in leading, engaging, and developing a results-oriented, high performing team.
  • Experience in the development, implementation, and execution of research projects.
  • Demonstrates explicit knowledge of and senior-level relationships with the research funding ecosystem including national research funders (e.g., ISED, CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, CFI, Genome Canada, Health Canada), provincial government funding sources (MEDJCT, MOHLTC), charitable organizations and foundations who fund research, and private sector organizations that fund research.
  • Experience in the development, implementation, and execution of data sharing partnerships.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of constraints related to health data sharing, (e.g., those under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)), and insightful knowledge of how things get done in the health ecosystem.
  • Has good knowledge of the data life cycle and the work required to assess promising data sources, prepare data (including linkage, cleaning and de-identification), and make data available for research purposes.
  • Is comfortable working with a diverse range of clients (e.g., leadership teams, operations staff, graduate students, and external partners), maintaining confidentiality and providing all with a trusted, respectful point of contact.
  • Understands the opportunities for machine learning research to have an impact for patients, health care providers, and the health system more broadly.
  • Creative and enjoys working in a small entrepreneurial environment that is results-driven.
  • Exceptional verbal and written English communication skills, including effective engagement with diverse and senior research stakeholders.
  • Possesses a positive attitude, integrity, a sense of humour, and brings a positive energy and outlook to a not-for-profit corporate culture. 

Please address applications (cover letter and resume) to Kailyn Burke, HR Generalist, using the link provided. The deadline for submission is February 21, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest in this exciting opportunity and will be in touch with those whose qualifications most closely match with our needs.


The Vector Institute is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. 


Further, we are committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and accessibility.  If you require an accommodation at any point throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact and we will happily work with you to meet your needs. 

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  • Location
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Department
    Health Strategy
  • Employment Type
    Full Time - Professional Staff
  • Minimum Experience