Closing remarks given by Dr. Alain Beaudet, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) following speech by Minister Rona Ambrose at the Economic Club of Canada

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ottawa, ON

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Thank you, Natasha.

I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Health for her engaging speech here today.

And I thank the Minister as well for offering a vision that is both realistic and optimistic.

In the short time since your appointment, you have shown remarkable commitment to tackling the pressing issues facing the healthcare system, and to engaging in open and meaningful dialogue with experts and stakeholders in the healthcare community across the country.

In your speech today, you delivered several important messages for us all to consider.

You reminded us how the economics of healthcare are challenging the financial sustainability of the overall system.

How rising rates of chronic disease and our aging population will place even greater demands on the healthcare system.

And how we all need to work together to respond to these serious challenges.

You reminded us also that we were not starting at square one, and that there are many reasons to be optimistic.

The health indicators of Canadians are among the best in the world.

We are living longer, and the quality of our final years of life continues to improve.

This, as you noted in your speech, we owe to research, research being the catalyst of innovation.

As you know, we have world-class researchers here in Canada, who are leading advances in many areas of the health sciences. It is their work that drives innovation in healthcare.

And innovation is what will allow us both to respond to the economic challenges of health care and to deliver high quality services to Canadians.

I want to thank you, Minister, for your government’s strong support for research and innovation, including the ongoing commitment to investing in Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, or SPOR.

Collaboration was a major theme in your speech, and it is something I know you have committed to from the very start of your tenure.

Collaboration is indeed essential for bringing health innovation to bear onto care. We, at CIHR, are privileged to be working with you to advance your innovation agenda for the benefit of the whole country.

Thank you for your leadership and thank you for the call to action in your speech today.

Thank you for sharing your vision with us in this inspiring speech.

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