Heather Husson wins Performance Excellence Program award
Sep 15, 2020
Photo above: Heather Husson
Heather Husson, administrative director of the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), is one of the first recipients of McMaster’s staff award recognizing members of The Management Group (TMG).
The Performance Excellence Program Award recognizes “truly exceptional performers who are clearly leaders among their peers and have noticeably excelled in their performance over and above what would normally be expected in their role”, according to the program website.
Husson has been the administrative director of NCCMT since March 2017. The NCCMT is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada. The NCCMT provides leadership and expertise in evidence-informed decision making to Canadian public health organizations.
“I am responsible for oversight and direction of finance, human resources, and operations of our group, which includes identifying strategic priorities and ensuring that work activities align with our mission/vision and are achievable. This role requires daily use of my analytical, organizational and communication skills - lots of meetings to ensure consistent communication with all internal and external collaborators, ‘spread-sheeting’ (a favorite activity), and troubleshooting. I love the fast pace of our team, and that together our work contributes to a stronger public health system in Canada, driven by the best-available evidence. I also love working with an incredibly intelligent and hard-working group. Every day is challenging, interesting and rewarding,” says Husson.
Husson was nominated by Dr. Maureen Dobbins, scientific director of the NCCMT and a professor in McMaster’s School of Nursing. “Under Heather’s exceptional leadership, the NCCMT has evolved into a nimble, innovative, and highly impactful centre that is making a difference in the lives of all those living in Canada. She achieved this in part by fostering a culture that encourages collaboration and motivates us to be our best every day,” says Dr. Dobbins.