Minister Aglukkaq announces two new appointments to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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Ottawa (April 13, 2012) The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced the appointments of the Honourable Michael H. Wilson, PC, CC and Ms. Lori Turik to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for three-year terms.

"I am pleased to announce these appointments to the CIHR Governing Council. Thanks to their stellar skills, knowledge and invaluable experience in the fields of governance and strategy development, both of these individuals will be tremendous assets to CIHR," said Minister Aglukkaq.

The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, PC, CC is the Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. He was Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America from 2006 to 2009. Elected to the House of Commons in 1979, Mr. Wilson was Canada's Minister of Finance from 1984 to 1991. Mr. Wilson also served as Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade.

Prior to his career in public life, Mr. Wilson's career was in investment banking with various responsibilities in corporate, government and international finance. Mr. Wilson has been active in a number of professional and community organizations, including NeuroScience Canada Partnership, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. Mr. Wilson is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, York University and Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

Ms. Lori Turik is the Executive Director of the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation at the University of Western Ontario (Richard Ivey School of Business). Ms. Turik has extensive background providing strategic, government relations, policy, stakeholder relations and communications advice to public and private sector clients in her capacity as Consultant Associate with Link Strategies. She served as Vice President of Public Policy for the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores. A Registered Nurse, Ms. Turik was Director of Nursing with the largest public health nursing division in Ontario and has over 12 years of experience in senior nursing positions and health care research. She has held appointments and guest lectured at the University of Toronto, York University and the Humber College (Health Sciences programs). Ms. Turik holds a Masters in Public Administration from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lakehead University.

Biographies for the members of the CIHR Governing Council can be found on the CIHR website.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.


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Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health

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Media Relations
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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