Carol Clemenhagen was the first female President & CEO of the Canadian Hospital Association, and was Executive Director of the Medical Research Council of Canada (now the Canadian Institutes of Health Research). She began her career in healthcare at the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
Born in Buckingham, Québec, Carol is bilingual. She holds a masters degree in health administration from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor of arts in political science and sociology from Carleton University. She has served on the Boards of the Ontario Hospital Association and Kingston General Hospital, an academic health science centre affiliated with Queen’s University.
A former Board member of St. Lawrence River environmental organizations, Canadian Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust and the U.S based Save the River, she co-Chaired the community task force which, in 2002, successfully secured a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve designation, the 12th in Canada, for the Thousand Islands-Frontenac Arch region. In July 2020, Carol was elected to represent Ontario on the Constitution Committee of the Conservative Party of Canada.
A resident of the Civic Hospital area, Carol is a member of the Environment Committee of the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association. She ran for the first time in 2019, representing the Conservative Party, concerned that Liberal deficit-spending was carelessly burdening future generations with debt and limiting fiscal capacity to invest in complex priorities requiring federal-provincial collaboration, like healthcare.