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:

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.

Marie-Josée Hébert
Faculty of Medicine
Université de Montréal

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

Paul Allison
Faculty of Dental Medicine & Oral Health Sciences
McGill University

Brenda Andrews
University Professor
Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research
Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto

Robert Bell
Former Ontario Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (2014 to 2018)

Deborah DeLancey
Former Deputy Minister with the Government of the Northwest Territories

Mark S. Dockstator
Associate Professor
Trent University
Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies

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

Shanthi Johnson
Professor and Vice President – Research and Innovation
University of Windsor

Brianne Kent
Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University

Josette-Renée Landry
President and CEO, Génome Québec

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

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

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

Tammy J. Clifford
Vice-President Research – Learning Health Systems

Acting President (effective October 9, 2023)

Ex-officio, non-voting member

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

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