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University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Board of Directors

Hon. Jean-Jacques Blais

Hon. Jean-Jacques Blais is Chairman of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Board of Directors, succeeding Mr. Gordon Ritchie. Mr. Blais is also Chairman of the French Language Services Committee at the Heart Institute. Mr. Blais is a lawyer, a former Member of Parliament, and counsel to Marusyk Miller & Swain LLP. In 2003 he spent eight months in Kabul, Afghanistan as Head of Mission for Elections Canada advising the United Nations on elections. In October he spent three weeks in Iraq, as Head of Mission for the International Foundation for Election Systems.

Mr. Blais obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa in 1961, and his LLB in 1964. He was called to the bar in 1966. First elected to the House of Commons in October 1972, Mr. Blais was re-elected in 1974, 1979, and 1980. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council in 1975 by (then) Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Mr. Blais further served in the Ministerial position of Postmaster General from 1976 to 1978 and in February of 1978 was appointed the Solicitor General for Canada. In January 1980, Mr. Blais was appointed the Minister of Supply and Services and Receiver General for Canada with responsibility for Defense Production and Statistics Canada. In August of 1983, he was made Minister of National Defense. In 2001, Mr. Blais obtained a Masters degree in International Law from the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Blais is a director of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, Chairman Emeritus of the Pearson Peacekeeping Training Center, and a founding Director of the Canada-Israel Industrial Research Foundation. He advises clients on government relations, public administration, and governance. Mr. Blais is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada.

Dr. Denise Alcock RN, PhD

University of Ottawa

Dr. Alcock is a member of the board of the Ontario Health Research Alliance. Her research and publications are in the health systems, health services domain. She was the Founding Director of the Child Life Department as well as of the Nursing Staff Development and Research Department during her 15 years at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Dr. Alcock has served on a number of international, national, provincial, and regional boards and committees. Some of the boards and committees are Medical Research Council, the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, President of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, Board member of Sisters of Charity of Ottawa Health Services and the Ottawa Hospital.

Dr. Donald S. Beanlands FRCP, FACC, FACP

Deputy Director General
Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa

Dr. Donald Beanlands graduated from Dalhousie University as a gold medalist and completed his postgraduate medical training at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. Dr. Beanlands was appointed to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1962 and became Chief of Cardiology at the Toronto Western Hospital. In 1977, he initiated the development of the Cardiology Division at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He was Chief of the Division of Cardiology for 19 years and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Beanlands has been instrumental in the development of the Cardiology Division and teaching programs at the Heart Institute.

Dr. Jacques Bradwejn MD, FRCPC

Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa

Before serving at the Deanship, Dr. Bradwejn served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Ottawa and as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, positions he has held since January 1998, and as Head of Psychiatry of the Ottawa Hospital since January 1999. He has also held positions at McGill University as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and at the University of Toronto as Professor of Psychiatry.

Dr. Jacques Bradwejn trained in medicine at the University of Sherbrooke and in psychiatry at McGill University. He completed a research fellowship in psychopharmacology at McGill University and in neuropsychopharmacology at the University of Montreal. Dr. Bradwejn has also completed the Wharton Certificate of Professional Development at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Wharton Fellows Program.

Dr. Bradwejn has been actively involved in psychiatric and mental health research. His main research interest has been in the field of anxiety disorders for which he gained an international reputation. He has recently expanded his research interests to integration of biological and psychological approaches in the treatment of anxiety disorders and to approaches used by Complementary Medicines.

Dr. Bradwejn has published over 160 articles and book chapters, has made more than 400 scientific and educational conferences and over 350 educational media interventions.

Dr. Chris Carruthers

Chief of Staff
The Ottawa Hospital

Dr. Carruthers is the founding President of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives. He graduated from Carleton University with a BSc and his MD from the University of Ottawa Medical School, and an EMBA from Concordia University. In 1998 he became the first Chief of Staff of the Ottawa Hospital and has held the positions of Vice President of Medical Affairs and President of the Medical Staff. He continues to practice orthopedics concentrating on hip and knee joint surgery.

Mr. Bill Colby

The Colby Group
CIBC Wood Gundy

Mr. Colby is a First Vice President of CIBC Wood Gundy and high net worth investment advisor ranking in the top twenty of the firm's fourteen hundred investment advisors. He also operates the Colby Group in partnership with his two sons, providing investment services through CIBC Wood Gundy. Mr. Colby has had a long, distinguished and successful career in investment and finance with firms such as Midland Walwyn Capital Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada and the Bank of Nova Scotia. He is deeply committed to the Ottawa community and works with a variety of organizations including the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation where he has served as its Chairman of the Board.

Mr. John (Ian) A. Craig

Retired - Nortel Networks

Mr. Ian Craig retired from Nortel Networks in 2000 as Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer. In his 33 years at Nortel and its research subsidiary, he held many senior management positions including President of Wireless and Carrier Solutions, President of Broadband Networks, Chief Executive of Nortel Europe, and Executive Vice-President of Enterprise Marketing, Nortel USA. Mr. Craig has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London and is the Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He sits on the Boards of CAE, Bell Canada International and ARRIS, a provider of CATU equipment, Atlanta.

Dr. Ross Davies

Heart Institute Medical & Scientific Staff

Dr. Davies received his Honours Degree in Science (Genetics) from McGill University in 1970 and his Medical Degree from the University of Toronto in 1974. He trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Toronto General Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Dr. Davies joined the Division of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in 1980 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He initiated the Nuclear Cardiology program at the Heart Institute and was Director until 1998. Dr. Davies was also involved in initiating the Heart Transplant program in 1984 and served as its Medical Director until 2003. He has served as President of the Medical and Scientific Staff at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute since 2001.

Dr. David J. R. Evans

Management/Business Development Consultant

Dr. David Evans is a management/business development consultant and mentor to early stage life science companies in Canada and New Zealand. He also makes angel investments in some of these companies.

Dr. Evans retired in 2002 as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Growth at MDS Nordion in Kanata, Ontario, after 33 years with the company and its predecessors. His previous positions with the company included Senior Vice President, Radiation Therapy; Vice President, Operations; Vice President, Isotope Division; and Development Manager, Isotope Division.

From mid-2003 to early 2005 he served as interim President and CEO of Liponex Inc., a start-up Ottawa-based drug discovery firm, which in mid 2005 made a successful Initial Public Offering to fund clinical development of its lead cardiology compound. Dr Evans is now Board Chair at Liponex, which is now listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

He is currently the Chair of Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation, and a Board member of Nexus6 Ltd (a New Zealand company developing a “smart” delivery system for inhaled drugs), the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and the Ottawa Life Sciences Council. He has been a member of the Boards of ONCOlog Medical, a Swedish radiation therapy company, Thomson and Nielson Inc, an Ottawa-based radiation measurement instrumentation company, CyberFluor Inc and Resolution Pharmaceuticals Ltd, both of which were Toronto-based, as well as Chair of the Ottawa Biotechnology Incubation Centre.

Dr. Evans received his PhD in Chemistry at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario after obtaining BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Mr. Marc Jolicoeur

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Mr. Jolicoeur is a Partner in the Ottawa Office of Borden Ladner Gervais. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Law. Mr. Jolicoeur was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1980. He is fluently bilingual and is the Leader of the Business Law Group. His teaching involvement includes senior instructor at the Ottawa Program of the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Upper Canada for over 10 years. Past and present business involvements include the boards of several private corporations, business and trade associations, and the Steering Committee of The Ottawa Partnership.

Dr. Jack Kitts

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Ottawa Hospital

Dr. Kitts was appointed President and Chief Executive Office of The Ottawa Hospital in 2002. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa in 1980 and completed his internship at the University of Toronto in 1981. Dr. Kitts joined the Department of Anesthesiology at the former Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1988 and was appointed Chief in 1995, serving in this position until the creation of The Ottawa Hospital in 1998. In 1996, Dr. Kitts was promoted to Associate Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Ottawa and in 2001, completed a Masters degree in Business Administration at the University of Ottawa.

Ms. Coralie Lalonde

Founder & CEO
Katsura Investments

Ms. Lalonde is the founder and CEO of Katsura Investments, an early stage private equity investment group established in 1998. Prior to Katsura, she was the founder and CEO of Integra Solutions, a high tech services firm established in 1993. Ms. Lalonde is an active member of the business and non-profit community, serving on many private company and non-profit boards, such as Maskery and DNA Genotek. She is a member of the Board of the Community Foundation of Ottawa and chairs the boards of Volunteer Ottawa and the Tech Venture Challenge. She is also co-chair and co-founder of ENGAGE! She volunteers her time for many organizations, including Junior Achievement and Trinity of Hope among others.

Mr. Herb Metcalfe

Co-Founder & Senior Partner
The Capital Hill Group

Mr. Metcalfe co-founded The Capital Hill Group in 1985 and since then has attracted a wide variety of national and international organizations to help resolve complex, ongoing issues. He has over 30 years' experience in federal government and government relations. He has served as Senior Policy Advisor and Executive Assistant to the federal Ministers of Finance, Environment, Small Business and Science and Technology. He is also the former President of the Canadian Association of Young Political Leaders. His involvement in community affairs is considerable, and includes charitable work for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and coaching the Golden Knights hockey team.

Dr. Gilles G. Patry

University of Ottawa

In August 2001, Dr. Gilles G. Patry became the University of Ottawa's 4th Rector since a reorganization in 1965 that allowed it to join the ranks of Ontario's provincially-assisted universities. Not only is he the first locally born and educated CEO of the 153-year-old Institution, he is also the first to have extensive private-sector experience. He earned both his BASc and MASc degrees at the University of Ottawa in 1971 and 1973. Rector Patry is Associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering. He specializes in the field of modeling, simulation, and control of environmental systems(in general) and of wastewater treatment plants (in particular).

Dr. Robert Roberts MD, FRCPC, FACC

President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Dr. Roberts received his MD from Dalhousie University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Toronto. Funded by a Canadian Heart Foundation Scholarship, he pursued research in enzymology and cardiac metabolism at the University of California, San Diego, following which he was Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Barnes Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University. In 1982, he assumed the position as Chief of Cardiology at Baylor. Dr. Roberts was appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute on April 1st, 2004.

Mr. David W. Scott, QC

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

David Scott is Co-Chairperson of the National Firm and Partner in the Ottawa Office of Borden Ladner Gervais. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College (University Of Montreal) as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1962 and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1976. In 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the University of Ottawa. David is a member of the Ottawa General Litigation Professional Group. He is highly active in the community and has served as a Director for numerous social and philanthropic organizations.

Mr. Krishan (Kris) Singhal

President and CEO
Richcraft Group of Companies

Mr. Singhal is Founder, President and CEO of the Richcraft Group of Companies, established in 1983. Richcraft is the largest landowner and second largest builder in the Ottawa Region, with a workforce exceeding 130 employees and over 1000 staff through subcontractors. Prior to this, Mr. Singhal worked extensively with the Federal Government and with Northern Telecom in various management roles. Mr. Singhal is a Canadian Certified Management Accountant (CMA), holds a degree in Financial Management (FM) and completed a B. Comm. Honours and Law degree in India. He is very active in community initiatives in both Canada and India.

Mr. Lawrence Soloway

Soloway Wright Barristers & Solicitors

Mr. Soloway is a partner in the law firm of Soloway Wright LLP in Ottawa. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts and from Queen's University Law School with an LLB in 1974. He was called to the Bar in 1976 and has practiced in the fields of business law, real estate, and insolvency. He has taught at the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Upper Canada and at continuing legal education programs. He has served as Chair of the Ottawa United Jewish Appeal and as an officer of the Ottawa Jewish Community Council. He was Chair of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Endowment Campaign from 2000 to 2004 and is designated to be the Chair of the University of Heart Institute Foundation commencing in September 2005. He was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for significant voluntary contribution in 2002.

Dr. Shirley L. Thomson

Chair, Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board

Dr. Thomson received her PhD in art history from McGill University in 1981, her MA in art history from the University of Maryland in 1974 and her BA in history from the University of Western Ontario in 1952. Her particular field of interest is 18th century French art and architecture.

In January 2003, Dr. Thomson was appointed Chair of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, an administrative tribunal of the Department of Canadian Heritage established in 1977 through the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

Dr. Thomson directed the Canada Council for the Arts between 1998-2002. From 1987-1997, she served as Director of the National Gallery of Canada, during which time she oversaw the Gallery's move into its new home, an outstanding series of exhibitions and acquisitions, and its change to Crown Corporation status. Between 1985-1987, Dr. Thomson was Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, in which position she also sat on the Senior Management Committee of the Canada Council. From 1982-1985, she was Director of the McCord Museum in Montréal, and in 1981 acted as special coordinator for the Largellière exhibition at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.

Mr. Yves Tremblay

Venture Capitalist

Mr. Tremblay is currently active in High Tech as a member of Purple Angel, an investment group based in Ottawa. Mr. Tremblay is an engineer with 25 years of professional experience which includes Senior Vice President of Operations at JDS Uniphase (1998-2001) and Vice President and Co-Founder at Fitel-Photomatrix (1988-1998). He was a member of the Board of Directors for La Cité Collégiale community college (1999-2002) and is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital.

Mr. Ron Vered

President, Ron Engineering & Construction (Eastern) ON. Ltd.,

Mr. Vered is a Professional Engineer educated at the University of Massachusetts. He is a principal director and project manager of Arnon Corporation and President of Ron Engineering and Construction (Eastern) Ltd., locally-based family-owned companies with international experience. Through the Vered Foundation, the Vered family has been active in and supportive of numerous local causes including the United Jewish Appeal, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Loeb Health Research Institute, and the Ottawa General Eye Institute.

Mr. Vered is a Member of the Board of Trustees, S.O.C. Health Service. At this institution he serves on the Executive Committee, Quality Management and Mission Effectiveness Committee and is Chair of the Building Committee.

Ms. Deborah Weinstein

Co-founder and Partner
LaBarge Weinstein

Ms. Weinstein is co-founder and partner at LaBarge Weinstein, one of Canada's premier business law firms headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. Prior to founding LaBarge Weinstein, she was managing partner of the Ottawa office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon, one of Canada's largest law firms, and also a partner there from 1991 until 1997. Ms. Weinstein's focus is on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and business law. She is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario. Ms. Weinstein is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies. In addition, she is on the Dean's Advisory Board of the School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Hugh Winsor, C.M.

Writer and Broadcaster

Hugh Winsor is one of Canada's leading commentators on public affairs and a senior member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. He has also had a long-term involvement with organizations researching foreign aid programs and promoting the interests of developing countries. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University in Kingston.

In September 2005, he was invested as a member of the Order of Canada.

He joined the Globe and Mail in 1969 as a member of the Editorial Board and during a three-and-a-half decade career there, he has written about a wide range of foreign and domestic issues. He is best known for the column he wrote from September 1997 until June 2005 on national politics entitled The Power Game. He continues to write for the paper as an emeritus member of the Globe's Ottawa Bureau. Mr. Winsor also helped create The Journal on CBC Television. He is a graduate of Queen's University and has served on the boards of CUSO, OXFAM and the North-South Institute.

Ms. Carole Workman

Past Vice-Rector Resources (Vice-President, Finance and Administration), University of Ottawa

Ms. Workman has been a member of the Board of Directors of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. since its inception and has been an active member of the Governance Committee as well as the Chair of the Audit and Local Distribution Company Committees. On November 19, 2004, she was reappointed as Chair of the Board committee overseeing the local distribution company. A chartered accountant, Ms. Workman is very knowledgeable in the areas of financing, auditing, construction financing and corporate governance. She has served on a number of Boards for public and private organizations.



Ms. Kimberley Allen

Secretariat                              Telephone:  (613) 761-4108
Board of Directors                    Fax:  (613) 761-4650


Invited Participants

Dr. Shu-Tim Cheung
Vice President, Chief Information Officer, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Ms. Marion Fraser
Vice President of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Mr. Jacques Guerette
Vice-President, Communications, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Mr. Thomas Hewitt
President, University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

Ms. Heather Sherrard
Vice-President, Clinical Services, University of Ottawa Heart Institute





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