Loss of a builder
Long-standing QMA member Dr. Léo-Paul Landry passed away on March 6. A highly active member of the profession, Dr. Landry devoted his career to advancing and improving health care.
A native of Moncton, NB, Dr. Landry earned his medical degree from Université Laval, where he specialized in internal medicine and pediatrics, and also completed an MBA in 1972.
He served as associate executive director of the Montreal General Hospital, where he implemented an integrated budgeting strategy for the hospital. In 1986, he accepted an invitation to become secretary general of the Canadian Medical Association, and then became CEO in 1996.
“I thought I could bring entrepreneurship and innovation to an organization that had not realized its potential,” he explained in an interview granted on the occasion of his retirement in 1999.
A leader and a visionary, he did indeed breathe new life into the more than 100-year-old institution. Under his influence, the CMA adopted openness, excellence and professionalism as its corporate values.
“Dr. Landry was also the CEO that left the greatest mark on the CMA," recalled QMA Executive Director Normand Laberge.
In fact, he is largely responsible for turning “a small Québec-based investment fund into a company that ultimately became a voluntary pension fund for doctors across Canada,” stated Mr. Laberge. This company, now known as MD Financial Management, was recently sold for close to $3 billion dollars. So, as his legacy, Dr. Landry essentially secured the future of the CMA for centuries to come.
He also helped built strong bridges between the national association and Canada’s various provincial medical associations. Even after his retirement, and until his health no longer permitted, he always attended the QMA’s annual general meetings and conferences, and the meetings of the QMA’s delegation to the CMA.
It was “for his contributions to unifying the medical profession throughout his career” and “for his efforts to raise the profile of medicine in Québec, Canada and internationally” that the QMA honoured Dr. Landry by making him the first recipient of its Prestige Award in 1999. He also received the CMA’s Medal of Service in 2013.
On the provincial scene, Dr. Landry was a medical consultant for the Québec government. He also authored a key report on the provision of medical services in isolated and remote areas, which led to the creation of a government-funded program to attract and retain physicians in these communities.