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.


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

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

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 Dean
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Josette-Renée Landry
CEO, Institut du Savoir and Vice-President, Research and Education at Montfort Hospital

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

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

Michael Salter
(Interim Vice-Chair)
Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health and Chief of Research Emeritus
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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