Sue VanderBent, CEO
Susan D. VanderBent, B.A., BSW, MSW, MHSc, CHE is the Chief Executive Officer of Home Care Ontario representing over 40 home care organizations delivering critical front-line care needed by Ontarians every day – nursing, personal care and therapy.
She holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto, a B.S.W. from York University and a BA from Queen’s University.
A social worker by profession, Sue has worked in every part of the health care system: acute care, long term care, mental health and addictions and home and community care. An accomplished speaker and writer, Sue presents at many public and professional forums regarding the role and value of the home and community care system as a key element of health care system sustainability.
Sue is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and is the Domain Planner for Communication Skills at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Sue also teaches in the Physician Assistant Program and the Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER).
Sue is a committed community volunteer and is currently leading a major restoration of her 160 year old heritage-designated church in downtown Hamilton where she lives with her husband and three children.
She was awarded the 2013 - Arbor Award, University of Toronto “commemorating outstanding volunteer service to the University of Toronto”; the 2004 - Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of the leadership shown in developing collaborative partnerships in home care through joint organizational initiatives and working ventures”; the 1995 - Livergant Scholarship, University of Toronto, “for excellence and promise in community and long term care management”.
Sue is past Chair of the Ontario Health Providers’ Alliance (OHPA) and Past President of the Society of Graduates, University of Toronto, IHPME program. Prior to joining the Home Care Ontario, Sue was the Director of Rehabilitation Services and Social Work at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario. As part of that role, she designed and developed the first Women’s Addiction Centre in Hamilton and managed the St. Joseph's Center for Acute Injury Rehabilitation, a business of the St. Joseph's Health Centre Corporation.