President and CEO, Research Canada
Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety has been the President and CEO of Research Canada for seventeen years. She brings considerable executive-level experience to Research Canada in the areas of public policy, health advocacy, government relations, association management, project management and media. 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.
She 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 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 several 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 is also a published novelist.
Ms. Gordon-El-Bihbety has 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 she has worked closely with many national health associations on a wide variety of health research and health policy issues.