Fireside Chat with the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health – The Role of Primary Care during the Pandemic and Beyond

Members only session

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Time: 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
(with dinner 6:45 -7:45 pm)

A Fireside Chat with the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health – The Role of Primary Care during the Pandemic and Beyond

We are pleased to welcome Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Catherine Zahn, and Ontario Health CEO, Matt Anderson, to the AFHTO conference this year at our pre-conference fireside chat! Together, we will have an informal conversation about the current state of health care in Ontario, including their reflection on the role of primary care during the pandemic and in the build back of the health care system in the province. We know primary care delivered through interprofessional team-based care is the foundation of a high-performing health care system, and we will hear them speak to its value and the health transformation work that is underway.

Moderated by AFHTO’s past president, Dr. Allan Grill, this session will be an important opportunity to hear about the work the government is doing. We encourage members to join and to submit questions by Sep. 23, 2022 to

Registration for the fireside chat and dinner is open – register today as seats are limited!


  • Dr. Allan Grill– Lead Physician, Markham FHT; Past President, AFHTO


  • Matt Anderson- President and CEO, Ontario Health
  • Dr. Catherine Zahn - Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health


Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson, President and CEO, Ontario Health

Matthew Anderson is an experienced health care leader, team-builder and advocate for positive change. Before joining Ontario Health, Matthew was President and CEO of Lakeridge Health. At Ontario Health, Matthew is leading one of the largest mergers in healthcare history bringing together 21 agencies.

Matthew began his career in data analytics and IT. He became Vice President and Chief Information Officer at UHN in 2000. In 2008, he was named CEO of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and in 2010, became CEO of William Osler Health System.
Matthew Anderson is married with three children and numerous pets.


Dr. Catherine Zahn profile picture shows her smiling with a closed mouth. She has a silver haired pixie cut and is wearing a dark grey top with black polka dots, grey pearl earrings and a statement necklace

Dr. Catherine Zahn- Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health


Dr. Catherine Zahn became Deputy Minister of Health in September 2021.

Dr. Zahn has a 35-year history of contributions to the Ontario health care sector, as a practicing physician, and in progressive leadership roles at the University Health Network. Before becoming Deputy Minister, she served as President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from 2009 to 2021.

Throughout her career, Dr. Zahn has worked to promote equitable access to health care for Ontarians, including those with mental illness. She has made numerous contributions through her leadership in hospital integration, technology assessment, chronic disease management, stroke care coordination and mental health care system integration.

Dr. Zahn is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She received her MD (honours) from the Faculty of Medicine at U of T, where she completed her residency training in neurology. She also holds an MSc in health administration from U of T and has completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management. Recent honours include membership in the Order of Canada, Doctor of Laws degrees (honoris causa) from Western University, (London, Ontario) and Ryerson University, (Toronto, Ontario), the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement (York University) and the Faculty of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award (U of T).

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