Former head of AHS Chris Eagle named president of Calgary Health Trust

Former head of AHS Chris Eagle named president of Calgary Health Trust

Former Alberta Health Services CEO Dr. Chris Eagle has been named the new president and CEO of Calgary Health Trust, a charitable organization that helps raise funds for hospitals and other health-care facilities in the city.

Eagle has been on the charity's board of directors since 2015.

He resigned as CEO of AHS in October 2013 amid criticism from the auditor general about expense claims and turmoil between the health authority and the provincial government.

Fred Horne, the health minister at the time, fired the entire AHS board in June 2013 after a dispute surrounding executive bonuses. 

Eagle's resignation came midway through his five-year contract.

'Tremendous generosity'

Calgary Health Trust chair Ann McCaig said Eagle is a "a natural fit for an organization that bridges community passion and health care innovation."

For his part, Eagle said he's been impressed by the "tremendous generosity" of the city.

"Through thick and thin, Calgarians have demonstrated their support through financial gifts and a strong commitment to volunteerism," he said in a statement.

"This community has shown time and time again that it wants to fund innovations that create change. I'm excited to expand my relationship with Calgary Health Trust in this new role and I look forward to continuing the great work of the organization and its partners."