Research Canada works to keep our Members, Supporters and Partners, journalists and the public up to date on current health research news and related advocacy efforts. We also undertake a number of special events each year, including Health Research Caucus events and our Annual General Meetings to help advance health research and innovation in Canada.
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President & CEO, Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery
Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety brings considerable executive level experience in public policy, health advocacy, government relations, association management, project management and media relations to Research Canada. Before joining Research Canada (then the Council for Health Research in Canada) in 2003, Ms. Gordon-El-Bihbety was the Associate Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Public Health Association, where she was responsible for the Association’s national programs.
Ms. Gordon-El-Bihbety has a background in health research, having published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and a number of other journals. She was the Co-chair of the Expert Panel on Health Literacy and the co-author of the Report of the Expert Panel entitled A Vision for a Health Literate Canada, published in January 2008. She also chaired the Leaders’ Forum Steering Committee which resulted in the 2004 Leaders Forum for Health Research in Canada in Ottawa. She is a past Board Director of the Elisabeth Bruyere Research Institute and has worked closely with many national health associations on a wide variety of health research and health policy issues.
Chair, Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery
Dr. Ryan Wiley is President of Shift Health. With extensive experience in strategy, economic development, opportunity evaluation, implementation planning and public-private partnerships, Ryan has successfully worked with industry, governments, academic institutions and non-profit organizations around the world.
The opportunity to work with a diverse cross-section of organizations in the contexts of business, healthcare, science and policy has provided Ryan with a unique ability to envision and unlock the benefits of collaboration in healthcare and the life sciences. He has facilitated and managed effective, innovative partnerships that have opened new markets and leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, and he has worked seamlessly with the public and private sectors on economic development, health research, capacity-building and commercialization initiatives in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. In addition to his work with Shift Health, Ryan is a lecturer at McMaster University, past Chair of New Leaders of Sunnybrook Foundation, Director of Women’s College Hospital Foundation,founding Co-chair of neWCHapter at Women’s College Hospital Foundation and Advisor to the Ontario Brain Institute Leadership Cabinet. Ryan holds a PhD in immunology from McMaster University and has published extensively in the areas of asthma/allergy, immunology, pharmacology and gene therapy.
His areas of expertise are: Health and Life Sciences Innovation, Regional Economic Development, Facilitative Strategic Planning, Academic Healthcare Transformation, Translational Health Research Strategy, Partnership Development, Business and Implementation Planning and Communication Strategy.