Neil, for most of his career, was a partner and practice leader in the Canadian healthcare consulting practices of Price Waterhouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and then IBM. In 2009, he retired from IBM. While he still takes on occasional consulting engagements, much of his time is now devoted to volunteer roles in the health sector.
Neil recently served as Vice-Chair of the Ministry of Health’s Task Force on Environmental Health. He was a founding member of Patients Canada. He has also served on the boards of Cancer Care Ontario (board chair), VON Canada (board chair), The Change Foundation, the Ontario Hospital Association, the Ontario Neuro-trauma Foundation and Toronto East General Hospital (board chair). Neil taught for several years in the University of Ottawa’s Masters of Health Administration program and he currently has an adjunct appointment at the University of Toronto in its Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. He is a member of the Stewardship Group for IHMPE’s Sustainable Health Systems.
He received his PhD in health policy from Brandeis University where he was a fellow in the University’s Health Policy Center. He also holds a Master’s in Social Work from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nottingham. Before entering university, Neil worked for a year as a volunteer on a World Health Organization anti-malaria program in the West Pacific.