Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

August 30, 2005 10:00 ET

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation Appoints New Board of Directors

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 30, 2005) - The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, Canada's only charitable organization dedicated solely to helping people maintain and restore their bone and joint health, announced today the adoption of new by-laws and a new Board of Directors.

"The new board is impressive in terms of their breadth of expertise and commitment to a prosperous and relevant Foundation," says Douglas Thomson, president and CEO. "With the new governance framework and the dedicated staff of the Foundation, we are poised to strengthen the trust of our donors and the benefit to the patients we aim to serve."

Paul Wright continues to lead the board and holds the title of chairman. Paul is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Burnaby Hospital in Burnaby, B.C.

"This is only the third by-law change for the Foundation in 40 years," says Dr. Wright. "The by-law changes incorporate best practices and modern governance, bringing the Foundation to the leading edge of charitable governance."

Returning to the board are:
· Paul Wright (chairman), orthopaedic surgeon, Burnaby Hospital, Burnaby, B.C. (member of the board since 1994)
· Rick Buckley, orthopaedic surgeon and researcher, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta
· Urban Joseph, former vice-chairman, TD Bank and Officer of the Order of Canada
· Kevin Orrell (treasurer), orthopaedic surgeon, Sydney Medical Arts, Sydney, N.S.
· Frank Sim, orthopaedic surgeon, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A.
· Marilyn Wright, fundraiser and member of the board of Toronto's Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation

The board welcomes three new members that bring expertise in Canada's health care and research funding environments, and non-profit governance:
· Mike Cloutier, president and CEO, AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
· Denis Morrice, ambassador, Bone & Joint Decade
· Chris Nelson, president, Chris Nelson Consulting Inc.

Joining the board in an ex-officio position are:
· Douglas Thomson, president and CEO, Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
· Angelique Berg, executive director, Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

Founded in 1965, the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation is a mid-sized registered Canadian charity powered by a professional staff and network of over 300 volunteers. The Foundation is Canada's only charitable organization dedicated solely to helping people maintain and restore their bone and joint - or orthopaedic - health. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds through public donations and allocating those funds to initiatives that advance orthopaedic research, promote public and professional education, and improve delivery of community care. By initiating and encouraging improvements to our environment for the benefit of patients, we strive to keep Canadians living and moving independently.

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Bios for all board members are available on the Foundation's website at: http://www.canorth.org/en/about/board.asp
Photos of the three new board members are also available via the same link.
/For further information: Debbie Gates
Communications & Education Manager
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
Tel: 416-410-2341 or 1-800-461-3639 ext. 3
Direct tel: 905-799-2719
Cell phone: 416-577-3251
Fax: 416-352-5078
Email: debbie@canorth.org
Website: www.canorth.org

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Contact Information

  • Debbie Gates, Communications & Education Manager, Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
    Primary Phone: 416-410-2341 ext. 3
    Secondary Phone: 905-799-2719
    Toll-Free: 800-461-3639
    E-mail: debbie@canorth.org