Greer Hozack

Vice president of human resources and communications
AstraZeneca Canada

At AstraZeneca Canada, there are times when employees are seen with tears rolling down their faces – not because they’re unhappy, since the pharmaceutical firm is consistently named a top employer in Canada – but rather because they are so moved by the impact that their work has on sick patients. It’s a sentiment shared throughout the organization.

Hozack understands this value-driven mission firsthand, as she once served as a nurse before deciding to study business. Now, she provides medical assistance by creating a culture where researchers and healthcare workers are encouraged to produce excellent results.

Hozack accomplishes this in myriad ways, such as bringing in patients to describe their medical journeys, inviting health care professionals to discuss developments in the field and encouraging team volunteer work and charitable donations.