Milton Sussman assumed his role as Deputy Minister of Health for Manitoba on March 22, 2010.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Sussman served as Chief Operating Officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and Vice President of Community Health Services from July 2006 to March 2010. In addition to COO responsibilities,
Mr. Sussman was accountable for administration, direction and coordination of community health services and programs including home care, palliative care, population and public health, adult mental health, and family medicine/primary care. Also under his leadership were provincial programs including Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Manitoba Renal Program, Manitoba eHealth, Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (DSM) and Clinical Health Psychology.
Before taking up the position of COO and VP of Community Health Services at the WRHA, Mr. Sussman served as Deputy Minister of Manitoba Family Services & Housing from January 2005 to July 2006 and as Deputy Minister of Manitoba Health & Healthy Living from April 2001 to January 2005. As Deputy Minister, Mr. Sussman served in the capacity of Liaison Deputy Minister for a number of federal/provincial committees including the Advisory Committee on Governance and Accountability, the Advisory Committee on Population Health, and as a member of the Health Council of Canada.
Prior to his appointments with the Manitoba Government, Mr. Sussman was Vice President, Long Term Care & Services to Seniors/Chief Allied Health Officer at the WRHA. His responsibilities included overseeing the rehabilitation and geriatric programs, the personal care home program, senior centres, support services to seniors, and adult day care programs.
From 1987 to 1999, Mr. Sussman was the Chief Executive Officer of Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc., with management responsibility for the provision of a transitional housing program for people with physical disabilities, as well as the management of six community-based independent living options.
Mr. Sussman’s career reveals a lifelong commitment to the community in the areas of community outreach and development, health and wellness, child care, and supportive services. His early years were spent working with a variety of community agencies and serving on numerous community Boards of Directors in such capacities as the Chair of the Manitoba Child Care Association, Member of the Provincial Task Force on Child Care, and as the Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Child Day Care Federation.