Dewar named interim CEO of Health PEI
Health PEI has named former CEO Keith Dewar as its interim CEO effective October 30.
Dewar takes over from current CEO Dr. Michael Mayne who will leave the position at the end of September. Dewar is expected to serve as interim CEO for approximately six months.
“For the past several weeks, the board has been moving forward with the formal search for a permanent CEO,” said Health PEI Board Chair Phyllis Horne. “Recognizing that this could take several months, a decision was made to appoint an interim CEO to ensure continued leadership and stability at Health PEI once Dr. Mayne’s tenure comes to an end.”
Dewar returns to Prince Edward Island after five years as president and CEO of the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region in Saskatchewan. “His knowledge and understanding of our health care system will ensure a smooth transition, which is important as we continue to build a health care system that provides Islanders with access to quality health care services that best support their health and well-being,” added Horne.
Chief Operating Officer Denise Lewis Fleming will serve as acting CEO until Dewar begins his duties at the end of October.
Keith Dewar has served as the president and chief executive officer of Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region since November 1, 2012. He previously served in a number of executive roles in the Prince Edward Island health care system.
Dewar was appointed in January 2010 as the first CEO of Health PEI, serving in this capacity until 2012. His career has included significant senior experience in health, education, and the private sector. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Health PEI he served as Prince Edward Island’s deputy minister of health for two years, and before that he oversaw the delivery of all health services for one of Canada’s largest and most integrated health authorities as senior vice president of health services for the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. He was also appointed the first CEO of the Provincial Health Services Authority in Charlottetown and served on the senior team at Holland College, working in finance, knowledge development, and international business development.
Dewar first entered the health field in 1991 when he joined the senior management teams of initially Prince County Hospital and then East Prince Health, both headquartered in Summerside. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, he held various positions with one of Canada’s largest accounting firms, KPMG, in Halifax, NS and St. John’s, NL.
He is a graduate of Dalhousie University and has a Bachelor of Science degree and a master’s degree in business administration. He also holds the professional designation of Chartered Professional Accountant.
Keith and his wife Audrey have four adult children, two of whom live on Prince Edward Island. He enjoys gardening and kayaking with his wife, visiting their children, and travelling.