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Major-General (Retired) Lise Mathieu, CMM

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Lise Mathieu, CMM

Major-General (Retired) Lise Mathieu, CMM

Award Received

Honorary Degree

Convocation Ceremony

Fall 2015 Convocation

Retired Major-General Lise Mathieu is an influential health care leader who led the transformation of the Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS).

She brought about large-scale change as CFHS Commander from 2000 until her retirement from the Canadian Forces in 2005. She built lasting leadership capacity and a culture of service, oversaw revision of processes and infrastructure while rebuilding morale and the provision of care with outstanding vision.

Today, Mathieu inspires excellence in others as an executive coach and a consultant in strategic leadership and leadership development. Her experience of leading under fire fosters a sense of courage and responsibility among leaders and leadership teams in the private and public sectors.

Mathieu’s 31-year career in the Canadian Forces includes command, staff officer and health care management positions in Canada and abroad.

She served as liaison officer during the 1990 Oka crisis and operations officer for the deployment of 1 Canadian Field Hospital to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. She served as a health services officer with gender integration her primary area of responsibility and also successfully managed the closure of the last Canadian Forces Hospital.

Mathieu was executive assistant to the assistant deputy minister personnel, chief of staff for chief of health services strategic headquarters and executive assistant to the chief of defence staff.

Mathieu was executive-in-residence for the Royal Roads Master of Arts in Leadership program and chair of the School of Leadership Advisory Committee.

In 2000, she was awarded the Order of Military Merit in the rank of officer and in 2005 she was promoted to the rank of commander in the Order of Military Merit. That same year, she received the Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources Military) Commendation for outstanding leadership, tenaciousness, vision and foresight in the successful transformation of the Canadian Forces Health System. In 2009, she received the Chair’s Award for Distinguished Service presented by the Canadian College of Health Leaders Board of Directors.

Matheiu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1978) and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the Université de Montréal (1990).