Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

June 23, 2008 14:30 ET

The Government of Canada Announces the Appointment of a New Member to the National Council of Welfare

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced the appointment of Mr. Robert D. Mullan of Nova Scotia to the National Council of Welfare.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mullan to the National Council of Welfare," said Minister Solberg. "His extensive experience working with people of low income will be a valuable asset to the Council."

Throughout his career, Mr. Mullan has gained considerable experience helping disadvantaged individuals with addictions through his work in the field of rehabilitative health. From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Mullan held various appointed positions, such as Chairman of the Health Care Advisory Committee for Corrections Canada, Medical Director of Kings Regional Rehabilitation Center, and Medical Director of Crosbie Centre Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Mullan has an extensive background in health sciences. He began his career in medicine in 1982 when he opened a medical practice in Kentville where he continues to practice. In 1989, he became a faculty member of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University.

Currently, Mr Mullan holds a number of appointed positions in the field of health sciences, including Medical Director of Kings Regional Rehabilitation Center, Medical Advisor of Western Region Home Care Nova Scotia, and Designated Medical Examiner for Health Canada and Transport Canada.

Mr. Mullan holds a B.Sc, in Biology from St. Mary's University in Halifax and a Doctorate of Medicine from Dalhousie University. In 1989, he received his Certification in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and in 2000 he received his certification in Addiction Medicine.

The National Council of Welfare, which was created in 1969, advises the Minister on the needs and problems of low-income Canadians, and on social and related programs and policies that affect their welfare.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Ms. Lesley Harmer
    Director of Communications