Courtney PoHonors B. of Science – Biology

University of Western Ontario

Courtney Po graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Biology. During her studies, Courtney developed a strong interest in health policy, economics and health management through her research experiences and specialized courses in health economics and healthcare law. As a research assistant with the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, Courtney thrived on the meticulosity and complexity of research studies. Through collaborations with McKesson Canada and Eli Lilly, she was able to unearth the influential factors and organizational challenges in initial innovation and adoption of technology within Canadian hospitals. Her experience at Ivey required her to not only employ strong problem-solving skills in determining novel system-level interventions, but also exercise her understanding of health startups, health policy, and healthcare systems from her university studies.

In addition to her research involvement in the healthcare field, Courtney believes in the importance of investing in the successes of her fellow peers. In her final year, Courtney served as president of the Career Leader team at Western’s Student Success Centre, where she managed and trained a team of over fifty students to counsel and guide Western students in uncovering their respective career interests, as well as supporting them with interesting and meaningful employment. Her efforts in securing employment and work-integrated opportunities for Western University students has led to her position as a brand ambassador for Western University’s largest employer-facing campaign, hirewesternu.

Outside of school, Courtney continues to maintain her longstanding passion for community work. Since 2005, Courtney has upheld her strong commitment to volunteer at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and SickKids Hospital. Her involvement in these networks has allowed Courtney to appreciate today’s health challenges as multi-faceted issues that require a collaborative approach. With a high level of scientific competency alongside a strong interest in the improvement of our health system, Courtney hopes to utilize the Masters in Management and Innovation’s novel training to acquire a business perspective to lead Canada’s health system to success and sustainability for future generations.  

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