Mary E. Wiktorowicz

Professor of Global Health Governance and Policy, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University, Canada

Professor Wiktorowicz's research in global health governance addresses the limitations inherent in the governance and accountability frameworks underlying global programs of financial aid, including social accountability frameworks. Her research assessed the systems of global, national and local governance in Benin and their limitations in supporting women's and children's health. She also addresses the governance of antimicrobial resistance and infectious disease emergence.

In her research on pharmacogovernance, Professor Wiktorowicz develops frameworks to enhance our understanding of the transnational governance models that guide the development of harmonized global standards for pharmaceutical safety and efficacy policy. Her research traces parallels in the governance framework of the International Council on Harmonization (ICH) and its member jurisdictions to clarify the nature of their distinctive governance approaches and the resulting dissonance they foster in post-market regulatory policy.

A study focused on mental health governance assessed the governance models ten local health networks used to coordinate mental health care across four provinces in Canada. Her research also addresses the evolution of mental health law and policy in the context of prevailing institutional logics.

She has advised governments on current policy including the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, Health Canada, the Ontario Local Health Integration Collaborative on Mental Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Nova Scotia Department of Health. She was a CIHR Best Brain.


  • –present
    Professor of Global Health Governance and Policy, Associate Director (incoming) Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University, Canada


  • 1995 
    University of Toronto, PhD in Health Policy


Award for Service, Faculty of Health, York University