Dr. Dafydd Williams




Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Current position:

President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre (Retired)

Canadian astronaut and physician Dr. Dafydd (Dave) Williams was the President and CEO of Southlake Regional Heath Centre and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Williams joined the Canadian Space Agency in 1992 and made two flights on the Space Shuttle, in 1998 and 2007. He logged more than 687 hours in space during his career, with a record-setting 17 hours and 47 minutes performing spacewalks, including installation work at the International Space Station. Having also lived and worked in the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory, he became Canada’s first dual astronaut and aquanaut in 2001.

 In addition to his role as astronaut, Dr. Williams held the position of Director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at the JSC in Houston, Texas, and a concurrent appointment as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Crew Health and Safety, Office of Spaceflight, NASA HQ, Washington, DC.

Dr. Williams’ many affiliations and awards include: Order of Ontario (2014), Order of Canada (2013), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee (2012), A Fellowship in The Explorer’s Club (June 2008), the NASA Exceptional Service Award (June 2008), the NASA JSC Space and Life Sciences Directorate Special Professional Achievement (2003), the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2002) and the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (2000).

Dr. Williams believes strongly that the development and marketing of commercialized, innovative solutions—whether it be process solutions, software development or medical device creation—is the key to redefining the healthcare sector and enhancing our economy.

WIN’s Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Faculty members apply a range of disciplines with the goal of advancing health system sustainability and economic growth that will deliver tangible health care benefits to all Canadians, and value to innovative Canadian companies. 


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