Dr. Gardam has devoted his career to helping others uncover new and innovative ways to tackle complex challenges and in 2018 was appointed Chief of Staff at Humber River Hospital. He is a pioneer in using complexity, science-based approaches, including ‘Positive Deviance’ and ‘Front Line Ownership’ to improve patient safety and other complex challenges. He has advised organizations in Canada and internationally, and some of his clients have included the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Irish Health Services Executive and the Maryland Patient Safety Center. In 2010 he founded Ignite Consulting to help support his consulting work.
His interest in physician leadership and organizational culture led him in 2015 to become chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at UHN as well as program director of the Ontario Medical Association-Canadian Medical Association Physician Leadership Development Program, developed and offered by the Schulich Executive Education Centre. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors at UHN as well as BlueDot, a Toronto-based technology company focused on infectious diseases preparedness.