The MUHC Hires PPP Expert to Help Steer Glen Campus Procurement


The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) announced today that it has hired as PPP Project Director, Mr. St. Clair Armitage, a former Executive Director of the Peterborough Hospital in the United Kingdom with extensive public-private-partnership experience. Mr. Armitage will be part of the team responsible for overall project delivery of the Glen Campus facilities, from the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase through to the signing of a contract with a private-sector partner and the completion of construction.

“Having St. Clair Armitage on our team is like investing in a blue-chip company,” stated Dr. Arthur T. Porter, MUHC Director General and CEO. His expertise in leading and delivering complex PPP projects will be an asset to our team. He will help us identify and manage risks and opportunities, which will ensure that our facilities represent the very best of the future of health care.”

St. Clair Armitage has more than ten years of PPP experience in both the public and private sectors. He was recently Project Director of a CAN$670M three-hospital private financing initiative (UK PPP) that achieved financial close in June 2007. The three hospitals—a 612-bed acute care facility, a 102-bed mental health hospital and an integrated primary care hospital—are now under construction. Previously, he was Bid Director for a consortium that was bidding on a 1,370-bed and approximately CAN$1.2B facility for University Hospital Birmingham—a university hospital whose tertiary care, research and teaching mission mirrors that of the MUHC. Mr. Armitage has an Honours degree in Systems and Management from London’s City University, and is a former Commander in the Royal Navy.

In recognizing the importance of the MUHC’s redevelopment for the City of Montreal and Quebecers, Mr. Armitage noted that while iconic buildings are important and can be expected in projects of this scale, form follows function in health care: “I am delighted to be joining the MUHC on this formidable redevelopment journey. This project is not only about building facilities. It is more about how we are going to deliver health care to our community in the decades to come,” added St. Clair Armitage. “It’s about the people who need our care and the people who provide that care.”

Some of Mr. Armitage’s responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide advice and direction on PPP projects to senior management of the MUHC;
  • Lead for the MUHC the negotiation of the procurement contract and the procurement processes with the private-sector consortia that have qualified for the project;
  • Implement an effective interface infrastructure and processes so that contractual obligations are met, particularly those related to output specifications, design development, construction oversight, budget control, start-up and commissioning;
  • Ensure adequate participation in the process of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff; and
  • Develop and implement a management plan, including related controls covering all work following financial close.

“PPPs are relatively uncharted territory in Quebec. As the MUHC is the maître d’oeuvre of its Redevelopment Project, we are thrilled to welcome aboard someone like St. Clair Armitage whose understanding of health care extends well beyond the PPP procurement process,” concluded Dr. Porter.

About the MUHC Redevelopment Project
Guided by its mission and its role as the nerve centre of the McGill integrated university hospital network, the MUHC is carrying out a $1.579-billion Redevelopment Project that will help the Government achieve its vision for academic medicine in Quebec. Excellence in patient care, research, education and technology assessment will be fostered on two state-of-art campuses—The Mountain and the Glen—and through strong relationships with healthcare partners. Each LEED®-registered campus will be designed to provide patients and their families with “The Best Care For Life” in a healing environment that is anchored in best sustainable development practices, including BOMA Go Green guidelines.

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University––the Montreal Children’s, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, as well as the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.

- 30 -

Contact Information

Judith Horrell
MUHC Redevelopment Project
Judith.Horrell [at]
Office Phone: 
514 934-1934 ext. 71368