About

CanAm Team

  • John Philpott, B Eng., CMC

  • President and CEO
  • 1-866-467-4544
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As president and CEO of Canabo Medical Corp, John led the executive team through a successful public listing for Canabo ( TSX.V:CMC ) followed by managing the merger of Canabo with Aleafia Health Inc TSX.V:ALEF ) in a transaction valued at $40 million resulting in combined operation with a market cap over $200 million at the close of the merger.

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John has become a leading expert in the field of medical marijuana products, the regulatory process and the supply channel from licensed producers to end-user patients. Canabo was a venture backed company with the objective of becoming a leading clinic operation in Canada for the education of physicians, diagnosis and prescription fulfillment for medical marijuana patients; and to develop a leading patient research database to support the proliferation of medical marijuana products. In less than 2 years John scaled the company from 1 Toronto clinic with 2 part time physicians to 24 clinics across Canada, 140 recruited physicians supported by a national call center.

Born and raised in Newfoundland, John graduated from Memorial University in St. John’s NFLD with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 after completing a three-year Petroleum Engineering Technology program at the Cabot Institute of Applied Engineer Science. He worked as an engineer in Canada, the U.S., and overseas before founding CanAm Physician Recruiting Inc. in 1997.

CanAm has been a leading physician recruitment and placement company in the Canadian and international markets for over 20 years. John and his associate recruiter staff have successfully placed and managed career transitions for over thousands of doctors. CanAm continues to thrive with a focus on the Canadian market. As CEO of CanAm Physician Recruiting, Inc., John consults with physicians, hospital administrators, government officials, and private clinic owners. John also acts as a consultant for physicians in front of Colleges’ Review Boards and Registrars; and as a skilled mediator and negotiator, John works with Medical Advisory Committees (MAC) and physicians, dealing with contract disputes, behavioral issues, and management disputes.

In 2013, John became a member of Canadian Management Consultant (CMC) and obtained certification through the Executive stream in 2014. John is an active volunteer serving on numerous boards and executive committees such as CMC Atlantic Canada chapter, the Halifax Club (the oldest business club in North America), East Hants Sportsplex (a $22-million facility) and Oakfield Golf & Country Club. In his leisure time John is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys golf, fly fishing, hunting and cooking.


  • Dr. Eric Parsons

  • Recruitment Manager Middle East & Caribbean
  • 1-709-690-9990
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With more than 40 years' experience as a practicing physician - with 25 years spent operating within the highest levels of hospital management both public & private around the globe - Dr. Eric Parsons understands the inner workings of the healthcare system.

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Eric graduated from Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine in 1971, and practiced medicine in Central Newfoundland for the following 10 years. Accepting a two-year assignment with the Ministry of Defense and Aviation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he spent the next seven years working as a Family and Emergency Physician - ultimately becoming the Director of Ambulatory and Emergency Services for the Southwest Region.

Returning to Canada in 1987, he became Medical Director - and later CEO - of the General Hospital, at the Health Sciences Centre; the Teaching Hospital for Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine. With the amalgamation of all hospitals in St. John's he assumed the position of VP Professional Services and responsible for Medical Administration, until moving to Western Newfoundland as CEO/Medical Director of the Western Health Care Corporation.

In 2000, Eric joined InterhealthCanada and moved to Abu Dhabi to assist in the commissioning, staffing, and subsequent management of the Shaikh Khalifa Medical Centre (SKMC) - a 300-bed tertiary hospital. Over the next 12 years, he assumed the positions of Medical Director and CEO of SKMC, and subsequently the CEO and Board Chair of InterhealthCanada.

Eric maintains his membership in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been a surveyor for Accreditation Canada both within Canada and Internationally since 1989. He also excels in his current role as CanAm's Recruitment Manager, Newfoundland, Middle East and Caribbean.

  • Phil A. Jost, HSM, MBA

  • Vice President, Operations
    & Regional Manager
  • 1-902-439-3400
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Phil Jost is a health system change specialist working proactively to improve access to high-quality physician services for Canadians. In his 25+ year health career, he has held various senior management positions in both Nova Scotia and PEI.

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Phil graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2001 with a Master of Business Administration. He spent 15 years at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre managing facility planning and capital projects, before becoming the CEO of West Prince Health in PEI's Department of Health and Social Services.

He is a past chair of the Health Association of PEI and the PEI Department of Health & Social Services CEO Committee, as well as served on the board of the PEI Physician Resource Planning Committee, the CHA Roundtable on Health System Effectiveness, and the Canadian Healthcare Association. He participated in numerous inter-provincial and national healthcare committees, and was invited to present his views on Canadian health reform to the Romanow Commission in 2002.

During his management career in the provincial health system, Phil researched and introduced numerous strategic primary healthcare programs focused on creating a sustainable health delivery system. He also authored a major paper presenting his health reform views entitled "Integrated eHealth Management: Canadian Health Care Renewal the Right Way," which went to national publication in 2007.

Phil concluded his successful public health sector career in 2006, when he joined the CanAm team as Vice President, Operations and Regional Manager (PEI, New Brunswick, Alberta, and Saskatchewan).

Today, Phil serves as a member of the Rotary Club of Summerside, PEI and on the Board of Governors at Holland College. He sees his role with CanAm as another powerful channel to contribute to the betterment of the Canadian healthcare system.


  • Hedi Cameron

  • Regional Manager
    Ontario and B.C.
  • 1-647-883-7185
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With 25+ years' experience working in the Ontario business market and a unique background in sales and marketing, Hedi Cameron has helped to solidify CanAm's position as the leading physician recruitment company in Canada.

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After completing a diploma (High Honours) in Research Techniques from Sheridan College, Hedi excelled in sales and marketing for more than 25 years. She held senior management positions within some of Canada's largest communication companies, including Transcontinental, The National Post, and TORSTAR.

When Hedi joined CanAm Physician Recruiting in 2008, it marked a significant milestone in our strategic growth initiative by strengthening our firm's presence in the Ontario medical recruitment market.

During the last six years with CanAm, Hedi has cultivated business opportunities with hospitals and private clinics in Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. She proficiently manages all aspects of physician recruitment for stakeholders on both sides of the recruitment process.


  • Michelle Flynn, RPR

  • Senior HR Consultant
  • 709-763-0229

Michelle is a Human Resources Professional with more than 15 years progressive HR and business management experience. Michelle has honed her HR skills in the demanding food industry where she earned two national awards for excellence in senior management.

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Michelle has successfully recruited executive professionals for small to medium organizations. She has a strong background in strategic people management that includes, recruitment and selection, employee relations, and training and development. Michelle prides herself on building solid relationships with key stake holders leading to successful outcomes.

Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) - Institute of Professional Management Certificate of Achievement in Human Resources- Memorial University, Faculty of Business Administration

Association of New Canadians - Newcomer Match Program and Special Events volunteer Teachers on Wheels - Adult Literacy Tutor


  • Jada Ruttgaizer, CPHR

  • Senior HR Consultant
  • 709-763-0824

Jada Ruttgaizer is a Senior Human Resource Consultant with over a decade of experience. Jada completes consulting work with businesses crossing various industry sectors. She has a passion for working with teams to achieve organizational goals.

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Jada's career includes over 3 years working with Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging as a Human Resources Advisor where she gained skills in medical recruitment and knowledge surrounding the challenges associated with finding top medical talent.

Her most recent success stories have been executive recruitment, developing successions tools and strategies, completing compensation studies, and establishing performance management measure for clients.

Jada has a hands-on approach, recognizing it is very important for everyone to understand the process and the tools to achieve the desired results.

Professional Credentials
Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)
Organizational Change Management Certificate – Mount Royal University
Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management – IPMA
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Memorial University