External Advisory Board
Current board members
Dr. Bartha Maria Knoppers is Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine.
Dr. Knoppers has been a key architect, in Canada and internationally, of measures which address the legal and ethical implications of biomedical research on society.
Dr. Knoppers is a Counsel with the business law firm BCF, with expertise in research ethics, children's rights, data privacy and medical responsibility. She has been deeply involved with Genome Canada and Génome Québec, the Canadian Stem Cell Network, and UNESCO's Human Genome Organization (HUGO). Dr. Knoppers founded the Quebec population study CARTaGENE, and the P3G Project (Public Population Project in Genomics), an international not-for-profit organization that fosters collaboration among researchers, the harmonization of samples and data in biobanks and the optimization of their use.
Dr. Knoppers has received multiple honorary degrees, and awards including the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) prize for multidisciplinarity in 2011. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center (Bioethics), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, and an Officer of l'Ordre national du Québec in 2012.
Dr. Chaviva Hošek served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) from 2001 to April, 2012.
Dr. Hošek is an expert in public policy, governance, and interdisciplinary research.
From 1993 to 2000 Dr. Hošek was Director of Policy and Research in the Prime Minister's Office for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. From 1987 to 1990 she was an Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament during which time she served as Minister of Housing.
Dr. Hošek has served as a director of several large corporations, been a member of the Economic Council of Canada, and served as President and Executive Member of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She has held senior governance positions at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Central European University.
Dr. Hošek holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, and received her PhD from Harvard University in 1973. She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.
Dr. David Mulder is the Director of Thoracic Surgery at McGill University and has been Medical Director of the McGill Sports Medicine Centre since 1994.
Dr. Mulder has long combined his medical expertise with his deep appreciation of sport. Elected President of the NHL Team Physicians Society in January 2003, he continues to act as the Montreal Canadiens Head Team Physician.
Dr. Mulder was a leader in traumatology and Chief Surgeon at the Montreal General Hospital from 1977 to 1998. He was Chairman of the Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University from 1983 to 1988, and from 1993 to 1998.
A graduate from the University of Saskatchewan in 1962, Mulder received surgery training at the Montreal General Hospital from 1963 to 1967, and specialized in chest surgery at the University of Iowa from 1967 to 1969. He earned his Master's Degree of Sciences from McGill University in 1967. Dr. Mulder was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997.
Dr. Pierre Chartrand is the former Chief Scientific Officer, Vice-President Research, and Acting President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and a Scientific Board Member of the Grand Challenges in Global Health.
Dr. Chartrand has held a variety of executive positions in both public and private research and was instrumental in the development of Canada's federal funding programs for health research.
Before serving with the CIHR, Dr. Chartrand was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), and a Full Professor in the Department of Pathology and Cellular Biology in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal.
Dr. Chartrand previously served as Director of the Institut du cancer de Montréal, and Associate Director for fundamental research of the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM). As a member of the board of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), he organized and led the FRSQ's Cancer Network. Dr. Chartrand conducted postdoctoral research training at the Institute of Virology of the Medical Research Council of Great Britain before setting up his laboratory at the Université de Sherbrooke.
Dr. Chartrand holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the Université de Montréal.
Ms. Lynne McVey is the Executive Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at McGill University.
Ms. McVey is a leader in evidence-based approaches for integrating the patient experience with inter-professional health collaboration. She teaches healthcare management, nursing leadership, patient safety and nurse-physician partnerships, and heads an academic program studying the experience of patients in hospitals.
Ms. McVey joined the Jewish General Hospital in 1987. Soon afterward, she was appointed Nursing Director for Medicine, Mental Health, Geriatrics and Cancer Care Services, a position she held until 2006 when she became Director of Nursing. Also in 2006, Ms. McVey was named Co-Director of the Segal Cancer Centre.
She has been part of a select group of international nursing executives chosen in 2009 as Fellows in health management at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is also the Founding President of the National Consensus Building Committee of Directors of Nursing of Quebec.
In 2010, Ms. McVey was awarded the Prix Florence, among the most prestigious honours bestowed for outstanding contributions to the development of the profession by the Order of Nurses of Quebec.
Mr. Richard Pound is a Counsel in the Montréal office of Stikeman Elliott, specializing in tax litigation, general tax advisory work and commercial arbitration.
Mr. Pound is recognized internationally for his contributions to Olympic sport. Former Olympic swimmer and Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Pound has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements, both as an athlete and as an executive.
Mr. Pound was the founding Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (1999-2007) and remains a member of its Foundation board. He was Chairman of the panel reviewing the governance of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). He served as Chancellor of McGill University from 1999-2009, and served as Governor from 1986-2009.
Mr. Pound was educated at McGill University and Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University). He was awarded the designation of Queen's Council by the federal government in 1992 and of F.C.A. by Quebec in 2001. Amongst his many accolades for his contributions to sport, Mr. Pound has been named to Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for his relentless efforts to rid sport of performance-enhancing drugs. He holds numerous honorary degrees, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992, and an Officer of l'Ordre national du Québec in 1993.
Dr. Robert (Squee) Gordon is President Emeritus of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Dr. Gordon has spent more than 45 years in public education policy and executive administration, including seven years as President of Dawson College in Montreal, and twenty-five years as President of Humber.
Dr. Gordon's former appointments included Chair of the Ontario Technology Fund, President of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, President of the American-based League for Innovation in the Community College, and President and Chair of the Board of Canada Basketball. His current roles include President and Chair of the Board of the Corporation of Bishop's University, Chair of Waste Diversion Ontario, a member of the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board, and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Board of the Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada.
Dr. Gordon has taught graduate courses and lectured at many universities, including the University of Toronto, McGill, University of British Columbia, Harvard, and the University of Texas. He has been a consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency in Africa and South East Asia, and a policy advisor to the Secretary of State and the Minister for Employment and Immigration on matters related to postsecondary education.
Dr. Gordon holds an Honours BA in History, and a Master's Degree in Modern British History from Bishop's University, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Gordon has been recognized with numerous honorary degrees, awards and distinctions, including receiving the Order of Ontario in 2009.
Mr. Jock Climie is a partner with the firm of Emond Harnden in Ottawa, specializing in the area of management-side labour and employment law.
Mr. Climie is renowned for his career both as a professional athlete and communicator, including work as a broadcaster with TSN.
In his legal practice, Mr. Climie works with a diverse clientele throughout Ontario and Quebec. He has also acted as a criminal prosecutor and labour litigator with the Department of Justice.
Mr. Climie played four seasons with the Queen's Golden Gaels and then went on to enjoy a 12 year career in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played with the Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts, and was named a Divisional All-Star three times. Since retiring in 2001, he has continued to be a part of the CFL by forging a high-profile presence as an expert on-air analyst.
Mr. Climie graduated from Queen's University with an undergraduate degree in Economics in 1989 and a law degree in 1994, and has been called to the bars of both Ontario and British Columbia. A recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Award in 2008, he remains active in the community and participates in countless fundraising and charitable events.
Ms. Karen Meades is Chief Financial Officer at the Medical Council of Canada.
Ms. Meades combined her professional expertise in executive and financial management with her conviction to improve access to specialist medical services for remote indigenous communities. Karen created the not-for-profit OHSNI in 1988, served until 2016, in coordinating Inuit culture-sensitive specialist clinician and outpatient services in the Far North.
Ms. Meades previously worked as auditor with Price Waterhouse and served as Chief Financial Officer at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. In 2006, she incorporated her consulting company to provide senior executive level expertise to corporations.
Ms. Meades holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia, a Master in Business Administration from Queen’s, and has been a chartered professional accountant since 1989. Karen is an endurance sport enthusiast, and has received numerous awards including election as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Karen was honored for her inspirational leadership with the Top 100: Most Powerful Women in Canada Hall of Fame induction and awarded Top 40 under Forty by the Ottawa Business Journal.
Past board members
Dr. Renaldo Battista is the Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS).
Dr. Battista is recognized for his leadership in health technology and knowledge transfer.
The focus of Dr. Battista's work has been on creating effective linkages between the production of scientific information and its use by health professionals, managers and decision makers. Over his career he has made significant contributions to the areas of integration of preventive services with clinical practice, the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines, and health technology assessment.
Dr. Battista was on staff in the departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and of Medicine at McGill from 1982 to 2003. He has held the Canada Research Chair in Health Technology Assessment (HTA), has been Professor in the Department of Health Administration (DASUM) at the Université de Montréal, and Senior Scientific Advisor of the Health Technology Assessment Unit (UETMIS) of the CHU Sainte-Justine.
Dr. Battista has served as President of the Quebec Council for Health Technology Assessment (CETS), and as President and CEO of the Quebec Agency for Health Services and Technology Assessment (AETMIS). He was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of Health Canada in January 2005, and was elected a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2006.
Dr. Battista holds a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, and a Masters in Public Health and Doctorate of Science degrees from Harvard University.