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Debbie Fischer

Board Member

Debbie Fischer is an Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Business and teaches at the Rotman Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Toronto. She consults as an associate with KPMG in organizational change and transformation in healthcare and public sectors.  

Debbie was most recently an Executive Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Development at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. In this role, she was responsible for organizational development, diversity, diagnostic (laboratory and medical imaging), corporate planning, human resources, communications and marketing and community partnerships.

While continuing to maintain an active role at Mount Sinai, she took a three-year secondment to Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as Assistant Deputy Minister, Transition, to lead a major transformation initiative for the entire ministry.

Previously, Debbie held a number of senior consulting and management positions in international professional services firms. She has extensive experience in strategy, organizational development and leadership, restructuring and integration, and change management. She has led innovative transformations in both the healthcare and corporate sectors.

Debbie is the Chair of NewCo, a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association. She is on the board of the Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (OECM), the Governance Committee of North York General Hospital, and the Health Care Advisory Council of GS1. Previously, Debbie was the Chair of Plexxus, director on the Board of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Genetics Secretariat.

Debbie has a Bachelor of Science (Neurobiology and Comparative Physiology) from McGill University and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. She also holds CHRP and ICD.D designations.


Work Experience

  • Executive Associate, Management Consulting, KPMG (2014–Present)

  • Executive in Residence, University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management (2013–Present)

  • Executive Vice President – Strategy and Organizational Development (2010–2013)

  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2006–2009)

  • SVP Organizational Development and Strategic Projects, Mount Sinai Hospital (2003–2007)

  • Chief People Officer, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (2000–2003)

  • Principal, Ernst & Young (1991–1999)