Governing Council - Members

CIHR is governed by a Governing Council of up to 18 members. Sixteen members, including the Chair, are voting members, and 2 are non-voting, ex officio members: the Deputy Minister and the President of CIHR.

Members of Governing Council:

  • include up to 18 individuals who are able to contribute to the achievement of CIHR's objectives in the overall interests of Canadians;
  • possess a unique background and an outstanding skill set;
  • reflect a range of relevant backgrounds and disciplines;
  • meet face-to-face at least 3 times a year and every 2 years in a retreat;
  • are not remunerated, except for the two ex officio members.

Members of Governing Council are appointed by the Governor in Council – decided upon by the federal Cabinet – and may hold office for two consecutive 3-year terms with the exception of the President, and the Chair who may hold office for two consecutive 5-year terms.

The By-Law of CIHR (currently under review) reflects the language of the CIHR Act and enables it to operate, as a Departmental Corporation, within a legal corporate framework.

Jeannie Shoveller
Professor, School of Population & Public Health
University of British Columbia

Alice B. Aiken
Vice President (Research & Innovation)
Dalhousie University

Paul Allison
Faculty of Dentistry
McGill University

Brenda Andrews
Charles H. Best Chair of Medical Research
University Professor and Director
Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Mark S. Dockstator
First Nations University of Canada

Don Ferguson
Former Deputy Minister of Health for New Brunswick

Debbie Fischer
Executive-in-Residence, Rotman School of Management
Executive Associate, KPMG

Dominic Giroux
President and CEO, Health Sciences North and the Health Sciences North Research Institute

Diane Gosselin
President and Chief Executive Officer

Nada Jabado
Senior Scientist, RI-MUHC, Glen site
Child Health and Human Development Program

Stephen Lucas
(Ex-officio, non-voting member)
Deputy Minister
Health Canada

Brianne Kent
Research Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia

Josette-Renée Landry
Founder and CEO of Streamline Genomics

Louise Lemieux-Charles
Professor Emeritus, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée
Professor, Departments of Sociology & Epidemiology
McGill University

Michael Salter
Chief of Research and 
Senior Scientist, Neurosciences and Mental Health
The Hospital for Sick Children

Michael Strong
(Ex-officio, non-voting member)
President, CIHR

Marcello Tonelli
Senior Associate Dean (Health Research), Cumming School of Medicine
Associate Vice President (Health Research), University of Calgary

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