Dave Williams

Record‐breaking Astronaut & Aquanaut, CEO Southlake Regional Health Centre

Risk Management - Don't take chances: manage risks
Williams believes in a "no error strategy", which involves defining methods that establish zero tolerances for mistakes.  Relying on his experience as an emergency room doctor and as an astronaut, he knows the catastrophic consequences that can happen when lives are at stake.

With a passion for healthcare and risk management, prior to entering the Canadian Space Agency’s program, Dr. Dave Williams worked as an emergency room doctor and later as director of emergency services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. In July 2011 Williams became President and Chief Executive Officer of Southlake Regional Health Centre.

In June 2012 Williams was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. Dave Williams joined an exclusive club when he blasted into space aboard the Space Shuttle  Columbia, and again on Shuttle Endeavour where he walked out into the great beyond. Having also lived and worked in the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory, he became Canada’s first dual astronaut and aquanaut.

Williams is one of the NASA space program’s most accomplished astronauts, setting records in spacewalking. The veteran of two space shuttle missions has logged more than 687 hours in space, including three spacewalks, the highest number of spacewalks ever performed in a single mission.  His work with NASA also continued on the ground when the space agency appointed him as a director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate, making Williams the first non-American to hold a senior management position.