Michael Mayne has been appointed as Health P.E.I.'s next chief executive officer, effective April 1. He is taking over from Dr. Richard Wedge, who is retiring.
Mayne, who is the deputy minister of Health and Wellness, will stay in that role until he assumes the CEO position in April.
Minister of Health and Wellness Robert Henderson said that the next few weeks will be a transition period as Dr. Wedge prepares to retire and a new deputy minister is appointed for Henderson's department.
“We will certainly miss Michael’s leadership at the department but welcome the contribution he will continue to add in his new role at Health P.E.I.,” said Henderson.
“I have great respect for the staff at all levels of Health P.E.I.,” said Mayne. “I look forward very much to working more closely with them to build on the excellent work they have been doing to improve health outcomes and the patient experience.”
Phyllis Horne, Health P.E.I. board of directors chairwoman, says the board spent the last several months following a process before appointing Mayne.
“The board of directors is very pleased to welcome Dr. Mayne to Health P.E.I.,” said Horne. “He will bring strong leadership to our organization, which is essential during challenging times. His extensive knowledge of the P.E.I. health system and his experience as deputy minister will bring needed continuity to our work and allow us to continue the many important initiatives we have underway with minimal disruption.”
Mayne was raised in Emerald, Prince Edward Island. He received his undergraduate degree from UPEI and his PhD from the University of Toronto. He furthered his training in infectious disease and pharmacology at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland and the University of Manitoba, where he taught for several years in the medical and pharmacy schools.
He returned to Prince Edward Island in 2007 as the founding director of research for the National Research Council of Canada’s Institute of Nutrisciences and Health and later joined the provincial government as deputy minister of Economic Development and Innovation.
He was appointed deputy minister of Health and Wellness in 2011.