Chief Executive Officer, Closing the Gap Healthcare
Connie Clerici is a seasoned executive with a long history of leading large teams through complex and highly regulated environments. She is the founder and CEO of Closing the Gap Healthcare, a large, successful health care corporation that focuses on the advancement of innovations while making a concerted effort to build and support a high-quality, publicly funded health care system that is sustainable for Canadians.
Currently, more than 2000 healthcare professionals at Closing the Gap provide a continuum of professional services that includes nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, social work, personal support, and dietetics, as well as future care cost consulting services.
Clerici’s passion is to help those most in need, and to accept full accountability for doing so. She requires that ethics and compassion accompany sound business practices.
Clerici is a life-long learner, having participated in extensive training in leadership and business at a variety of institutions, including the Ivey Business School, the Rotman School of Management, the Schulich School of Business, and McMaster and York universities. She also regularly participates in values-based training programs. She currently sits as a board member or advisor at the Ivey Business School and on Western University’s entrepreneurship advisory board and executive team. She is an adjunct lecturer and senior fellow at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, as well as a special advisor to the Dean.
Clerici’s contributions to health care, entrepreneurship, and the business community have been acknowledged through numerous awards, including the Mississauga Board of Trade Business Award of Excellence, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the RBC Excellence in Entrepreneurship award, the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario Business Excellence Award, the Federated Press Woman Leader of the Year Award, and her induction into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100. She was also profiled in “Extraordinary Lives: Inspiring Women of Peel,” published by the Canadian Federation of University Women.
Clerici is passionate about helping people increase their enjoyment of life. She celebrates the opportunities she and her staff at Closing the Gap Healthcare have to make positive contributions to the lives of so many Canadians. Connie is an active philanthropist across numerous sectors.