Governing Council - Members
CIHR is governed by a Governing Council of up to 18 members. The President of CIHR serves as its Chair, while the Deputy Minister of Health is an ex-officio and non-voting member.
Members of Governing Council:
- are 18 women and men who are able to contribute to the achievement of CIHR's objectives in the overall interests of Canadians;
- each come from a unique background and possess an outstanding skill set;
- reflect a range of relevant backgrounds and disciplines;
- meet face-to-face at least three times a year and every two years in a retreat;
- are not remunerated.
Members of Governing Council are appointed by the Governor in Council – decided upon by the federal Cabinet – and may hold office for two consecutive three-year terms. The President holds office for five years and is also eligible for reappointment.
The By-Law of CIHR reflects the language of the CIHR Act and enables it to operate, as a Departmental Corporation, within a legal corporate framework.
Chair of the Governing Council
University of British Columbia
Northern Medical Program
President and Chief Executive Officer
of the Saskatoon Health Region
President and CEO
Paul E. Garfinkel
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Associate Professor, Western University
Medical Director, London Health Sciences Centre
Pediatrician and Medical Director, IWK Health Centre Child Protection Team
Division Head of General Pediatrics, Dalhousie University
President and CEO, Capital Health
Vice-President and Medical Director of Pfizer Canada
Terrance P. Snutch
Professor, University of British Columbia
Canada Research Chair, Michael Smith Laboratories
Richard Ivey School of Business
International Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership
Professor of Pediatrics, Surgery and Immunology, University of Alberta;
Director, Alberta Transplant Institute
The Honourable Michael H. Wilson
Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada Inc.
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland