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Julia Hanigsberg - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Toronto, ON, CA

Julia Hanigsberg Julia Hanigsberg

President and CEO | Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Champion for children and youth with disabilities & healthcare CEO. Expert speaker and leader on diversity, innovation and inclusion.

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Biography

Julia Hanigsberg joined Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as its President and CEO on January 12, 2015. Holland Bloorview is Canada’s largest paediatric rehabilitation hospital and each year serves over 7400 children and youth with disabilities and complex medical needs. Holland Bloorview is an academic hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. It carries out its academic mission through its research institute, the Bloorview Research Institute, and the Teaching and Learning Institute.

Prior to joining Holland Bloorview, Julia spent nine years at Ryerson University, first as General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors and then as Vice-President, Administration and Finance. She was also interim Dean of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Her previous positions included numerous roles with the Ontario government including: Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; Counsel and Special Advisor to two Secretaries of Cabinet; and Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of Ontario. Julia also led the project teams responsible for two transitions of provincial government leadership.

A lawyer by training, Julia has law degrees from McGill University (where she was Editor in Chief of the McGill Law Journal) and Columbia Law School. Following graduation from law school, she clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has held Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Fulbright Fellowships.

Julia has served on numerous volunteer boards. Currently, Julia is a member of the boards of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Association of Pediatric Heath Centres, and Canadian Business SenseAbility. She is on the 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 Girls in STEM Council, and McGill University’s Women, Leadership and Philanthropy committee.

Industry Expertise (2)

Health Care - Services Professional Training and Coaching

Areas of Expertise (18)

Disabilities Patient Centred Care Children's Health Leadership Women in Leadership Diversity & Inclusion Girls in STEM Women in STEM Women in Science Patient Engagement Healthcare Health Policy Social Media for CEOs Governance & Board Relations Women on Boards Childhood Disabilities Hospital & Health Care Non - Profit Organization

Accomplishments (2)

Viola Desmond Award (Ryerson University) (professional)

In recognition of fostering a culture of equity and inclusion for Black faculty, staff and students at Ryerson University.

Women of Influence Diversity Champion (professional)

In honour of championing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Education (4)

Rotman School, University of Toronto: Certificate, Not For Profit Governance 2007

Columbia Law School: LL.M., Law 1995

McGill University Faculty of Law: B.C.L./LL.B., Law 1991

McGill University: B.A., Philosophy 1987

Affiliations (4)

  • Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres
  • International Women's Forum
  • FIRST Robotics Executive Advisory Board
  • Canadian Business SenseAbility Board of Directors

Media Appearances (10)

Robotics courses offer kids with disabilities a new way to learn Program offered at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

CBC  online

2016-11-12

Profiled new robotics program giving kids with disabilities access to STEM skills

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Health Leaders Series: Interview with Julia Hanigsberg on Innovation and Children's Rehabilitation

Figure 1  online

What are some treatments, technologies, therapies, or programs Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has pioneered? One of the amazing things about having a research institute at the hospital is that we develop innovative technologies that directly benefit kids with disabilities. Often our clients are the first to benefit from these innovations, but the goal is to benefit kids across Canada and the world.

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Julia Hanigsberg Knows First Hand That Every Family is Unique

BLOOM  online

Interview with President and CEO of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital who is also a mom of a daughter with a disability.

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Why Women Executives Need to Get Social

Forbes  online

Women executives need to get on social media.

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What I Learned From My Wildly Busy Mentor

Globe and Mail  print

Experience of job shadowing Julia Hanigsberg

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Holland Bloorview's Pop Up Lemon Cart

Breakfast Television Toronto  tv

Raising awareness that kids with disabilities can do anything they set out to.

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Robotics Programming Inspiring Young Minds at Holland Bloorview

CityTV  tv

2016-11-12

Children with disabilities are getting a STEM education as well as learning about robotics thanks to a new program at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Kids with disabilities get hands on experience with robots

CTV  tv

2016-11-12

Children with disabilities worked with robots for a program at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

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#CEOJulia (or how to be a Social CEO)

The Social C-Suite  online

2016-06-01

Active on Twitter and LinkedIn and also a regular blogger, Julia caught The Social C-Suite’s attention and we decided to interview her for our Social CEO of the Week feature. As usual, the interview was conducted entirely via Twitter. We are the Social C-Suite after all!

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The Mistake of Defining a Child by a Diagnosis

Huffington Post  online

2016-11-10

If everyone could see what I see, I’m convinced Canadians would rethink their beliefs about childhood disability. Like any child, kids with disabilities experience happiness and fulfillment in a variety of different ways.

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Event Appearances (4)

Remaking Yourself as an Executive After Law

Women General Counsel National Conference  Toronto Board of Trade

2017-01-19

Leading Culture Change in Patient and Family Centred Care

HealthAchieve (Ontario Hospital Association)  Metro Toronto Convention Centre

2016-11-09

Diversity on Boards Panel

DiverseCity on Board Expansion  G Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson

2016-11-07

Emerging Health Leaders Speed Mentoring

HealthAchieve (Ontario Hospital Association)  Metro Toronto Convention Centre

2016-11-08

Articles (4)

Put People First and Reap the Rewards Globe and Mail

2014-06-06

How you treat your team is the most important thing a leader can do.

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There is no such thing as work life balance Globe and Mail

2014-07-29

Women need to rethink work-life balance. Learn more.

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Connecting2care for children and families Hospital News

Where we once saw “incurable,” we now see possibility. Kids and youth and their families actively partner with their care teams at the hospital to set their own goals and plan their transition to home and community.

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A Future of Possibilities Hospital News

2016-10-29

What does a children's rehabilitation hospital do? Learn more.

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