Five Questions with new Calgary Health Trust CEO Dr. Chris Eagle

Nanica Brown | April 04, 2017

Five Question

We are pleased to have Dr. Chris Eagle join our team at Calgary Health Trust. We sat down with him and asked five quick questions about his vision for Calgary Health Trust, his love of Calgary and even what his wife says he has enough of.

Why did you want to take on the role of Calgary Health Trust CEO?

I’ve worked with the Calgary Health Trust in one capacity or another since it was formed. I’ve seen the Trust mature and develop. The Trust has had an enormous impact on health care in the community, and it has enormous potential. This is an opportunity to be a part of that next phase for the Trust. Calgary is a very giving city even when times are rough. Sometimes when you’re in tough economic times, that’s when you can take some time to set up for the next step and for the future. I’m excited about taking this on and working to get the best health system for Calgarians.

What do you see as the strengths and opportunities of the Calgary Health Trust?

The Calgary Health Trust has a legacy of solid relationships. There is an opportunity to build on these existing relationships and also to create new ones.

As the larger health care system moves to focus more on wellness and prevention, there is an opportunity to work with new and existing partners to see where we can add value and help keep Calgarians well and healthy.

In the future, the campaign model of fundraising will become a much larger focus for the Trust. Philanthropists are investors, and they want to see what the return on investment is. People want to see what difference they are making, and they want to see where their contribution is going. There is a real opportunity for the Trust to focus on this and to excel in this realm.

What do you think about the health care in Calgary?

I think health care in Calgary has been really blessed to have great people and material assets that make it a special place. I travel a lot and if you look at the quality of the health care system here, it’s really first class. We have a first-class infrastructure with the South Health Campus, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and some of the renovated spaces in all our hospitals. We also have excellent and long-standing partnerships with our universities. As a result, we’ve been able to recruit international experts and clinicians. We have a lot to be proud of, and philanthropy has had a huge impact on health care in Calgary. Philanthropy will continue to take health care here to the next level. Philanthropy is one of key supports in building innovation into our system. Calgary has many, many examples of this built on the support of key community leaders.

What’s your favourite thing about Calgary?

I have to say it’s the mountains. Being outside and active whether it’s biking or hiking helps put a lot of things into perspective for me. The second thing – the can do attitude. Calgary has been home to me since 1965. It’s pretty much who I am.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I really like cycling. I’m a cycling nut. My wife tells me I have 10 bikes. The right number of bikes is N plus one. Where N is the number of bikes I currently have. I’m also a big music fan. I like classical, jazz, really everything. I like the latest music on iTunes and music is a big part of my life. I also read a lot. I like history, biographies, and leadership or business books. I always have several books on the go.

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