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 Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events and our Annual General Meetings to help advance health research and innovation in Canada.
Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety
President & CEO, Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery
Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety has been the President and CEO of Research Canada for fifteen years. She 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 and businesses.
Ms. Gordon-El-Bihbety helped to create and co-chairs the R8 (Research Eight), a group of eight national organizations dedicated to advancing health research in Canada. She created the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus in 2009 with Senator Wilbert Keon in an effort to better educate Parliamentarians about the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and health innovation. The Caucus is now a mainstay of Research Canada’s advocacy efforts.
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 Bruyère Research Institute and has worked closely with many national health associations on a wide variety of health research and health policy issues.
Ms. Gordon-El-Bihbety is also a published novelist.
Dr. W. Robert McMaster
Chair, Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery
Dr. W. Robert McMaster is the Vice President Research, Vancouver Coastal Health, Executive Director, VCH Research Institute, Executive Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia and Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC. He is a member of the National Steering Committee of CIHR Strategies on Patient Oriented Research. He serves on the board of HealthCareCAN and was recently appointed Board Chair for Research Canada.