Greg Reed ('77) - "I hope that my greatest accomplishment will become eHealth Ontario’s success in dramatically improving the quality of health care for all of us while reducing its cost.” Greg Reed is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of eHealth Ontario and a member of its board of directors.

After obtaining a B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto, Greg began his career as a Systems Engineer with IBM. He then attended Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA, after which he spent 20 years with international strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company in New York, London (UK) and Toronto. There, he worked to turn around distressed companies, assisted telecom and technology firms, and co-founded McKinsey’s global Electronic Commerce Practice.

During the past several years Greg has been the CEO of both an investment firm and a private Canadian bank. He is a Director of the National Arts Centre Foundation where he chairs the Finance Committee, a Vice-Chair of Business for the Arts, and is a former Director of the National Ballet of Canada.

 

Describe yourself in 50 words or less.

Born in Hamilton.  Grew up in Oakville.  Computer Science at U. of T.  Four years at IBM Canada.  MBA at Harvard Business School.  Twenty years with international strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company (New York, London, Toronto).  CEO of an investment management firm and a private Canadian bank.  Married to a wonderful wife for 27 years raising two amazing kids.  Serve(d) on Boards of National Ballet of Canada, National Arts Centre Foundation, Business for the Arts, Grace Church on-the-Hill.  Now CEO charged with turning around eHealth Ontario (the government agency previously mired in scandal) and building an electronic health care system for the 13 million people of Ontario.

Why did you choose New College (be honest) and what were your expectations?

It looked like a great residence from the top of the Physics Building, and I liked the idea that there would be students from many different faculties, not just artsies like me.

How did your academic and social experience at the University/College prepare you for life and your career?

Majoring in Computer Science meant that half my courses were mathematics or computer science, which provided the brain training for strong analytical skills.  The other half of my courses (most at the Faculty of Music) provided the knowledge to fuel a lifelong passion for the arts.

What are your fondest memories of your time at New College?

My best memory of New College is the creation of New Faces, the musical theatre group.  Those annual musicals, staged in Wilson Hall each February, are the high point of my time at university.

Tell us about some of the lessons you learned and how valuable they are today?

I learned much about leadership and teamwork during the New Faces musicals, including many things that I needed to get better at.  Lessons learned – priceless.

What are your major accomplishments and who had the most influence on your Career?

My greatest career accomplishment so far is serving as a Director of McKinsey & Company. I hope that my greatest accomplishment will become eHealth Ontario’s success in dramatically improving the quality of health care for all of us while reducing its cost.