Having served as President of the Jewish General Hospital and as Chairman of the hospital’s Foundation, Samuel Minzberg brings a wealth of experience in governance, management and decision-making to the board of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal. He guided the JGH during a time of enormous change and was instrumental in planning to build Pavilion K, the hospital’s critical-care wing, which opened in January.
“This is a great chance for the community to be engaged in a user-centric organization,” says Mr. Minzberg, who adds that he sees the creation of the network’s board as an opportunity to provide integrated, seamless healthcare service. “History is being built here.”
Mr. Minzberg, a partner in the Montreal law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, has been active at JGH since 1999, including a term as Vice?President of the hospital’s board and then as President from 2007 to 2009. His contribution was so valued that Mr. Minzberg was subsequently honoured with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest accolade bestowed by the JGH. He even has a family link to the heritage of the JGH, as his wife’s grandfather was Past President Sam Steinberg.
As chair of the board’s Governance and Ethics Committee, Mr. Minzberg believes the board must keep pace with the ever-evolving needs of users in the area. Another major challenge, he says, is to keep motivating people to continue their involvement as volunteers.
In addition to his work for the JGH, Mr. Minzberg sits on the boards of McGill University, HSBC Bank Canada, HSBC North America Holdings Inc., Reitmans (Canada) Limited, Quebecor Media Inc. and Richmont Mines Inc.