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AMS Healthcare announced William McDonnell as Director

William McDonnell

William McDonnell
Director, Canada

Nick Busing, Chair of the Board, Associated Medical Services Inc, a Canadian charitable foundation with an 80-year history as a catalyst for change in healthcare, is pleased to announce the appointment of William McDonnell as Director.

Following 40 years working in Canada within the Employee Benefits Industry, Bill’s career includes senior roles within leading Insurance carriers, benefit consulting firms and investment management organizations.

In addition to the AMS Board, Bill serves on advisory committees with the Archdiocese of Toronto and his alma mater St. Michael’s College High School.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University.

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