Intensive Care Quality and Practice Committee
Born and educated in Toronto, Barry McMahon is the eldest of three. Now retired to Port Hope, Barry enjoyed a long career in the Canadian insurance industry, beginning with the Continental Casualty Company in 1962, an accident and health insurer known for its pioneering work with long-term disability insurance programs now common today. Transferred to Alberta in 1963, Barry served as the branch underwriter/sales representative for a broad territory that included Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Married to Penny since 1966, the couple have four children and six grandchildren. His work took the family back to Toronto in 1974, where Barry took on a management role with responsibility for Continental's Toronto, London and Ottawa offices before joining Marsh & McLennan Companies in the mid-1970s and, from there, William M. Mercer, where he worked as a consultant. Business development became Barry's primary focus from that point on, with medium to large Canadian corporations, before retirement in 2004 brought him to Lakefield, Ontario. Turning his attention to volunteerism within the Lakefield community, Barry and his wife Penny completed a 30-hour program in hospice care. He has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity (as a builder and a member of a real estate acquisition team), and with the Canadian Cancer Society (as a volunteer driver). Upon relocating to Port Hope in 2006, Barry continued his volunteerism, once again through Habitat for Humanity and also with the NHH Auxiliary, where--over the past five years--he has volunteered in both NHH's Palliative Care program and, most recently, the Emergency Department. Also active with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at his local church, Barry has experienced care at Northumberland Hills Hospital as both a patient, caregiver and a volunteer. He is looking forward to supporting continuous quality improvement as a Patient and Family Advisor to the Intensive Care Unit, and contributing to the real time patient survey process now in place at NHH. Barry joined the NHH PFAC in August 2019.