Karen Suk-Patrick, VP, People, Culture & Community

Karen Suk-Patrick, MSW, RSW is a registered Social Worker. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario and her Master’s degree of Social Work at the University of Calgary. In addition, she has completed post graduate certificates in both Organizational Development and Human Resources at Queen’s University, IRC. Karen’s early career included roles as a therapist in community counselling agencies and program design and development, with expertise in the provision of services to survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Since 2001, Karen has held various leadership roles at Guelph General Hospital including Organizational Development, Employee Health Services, Patient Relations and Human Resources. In 2020, Karen was the successful candidate to replace Rod Carroll as the Vice President of People and Support Services.

Karen’s early career as a therapist led to deep appreciation and understanding of the importance a strong organizational culture of support that enables people to do their best when caring for others as well as the need to break down barriers for those who require physical and mental health services. This includes ensuring the hospital is strategic about how it recruits, recognizes and develops staff so they can provide the highest and safest quality of care to patients and families.