OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - One of Canada's top health and public
policy commentators will spend the next year assessing the policies and
the politics of health care reform.
André Picard, public health reporter at The Globe and Mail, has been appointed the 2011-12 CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Research
Chair, The Conference Board of Canada announced today.
"He is the top health journalist in the country," said Anne Golden,
President and CEO of the Conference Board. "He's able to cover both the
policy issues and the politics because he's been so engaged on the
whole range of issues around all our health-care systems."
"In the age of Twitter, there is a lot less long-form journalism, so I'm
very lucky to have this opportunity," said Mr. Picard. "We're reaching
a point where the Canadian public is ready for fundamental reforms to
the healthcare system. My hope is that I can help inform the discussion
that will lead to some much-needed changes."
The Scholar-in-Residence Research Chair is a program funded by CIBC and
administered by The Conference Board of Canada. This year's program is
a joint venture with the Conference Board's new Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care research program. The CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Program began in 2005 to bring nationally renowned academic scholars to the
Conference Board to study important public policy issues.
A journalist at the Globe and Mail since 1987, Mr. Picard has received
much acclaim for his writing and for his dedication to improving
healthcare. A four-time National Newspaper Awards finalist, he won in
2007 for his contribution to a series about cancer care in Canada, and
was named Canada's top newspaper columnist in 2010. Mr Picard has
received the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism,
the Canadian Policy Research Award, and the Atkinson Fellowship for
Public Policy Research.
In 2002, he received the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health
Organization as the top public health reporter in the Americas. In
2005, he was named Canada's first Public Health Hero by the Canadian
Public Health Association. Recently, he received the 2011
CFPC/Scotiabank Family Medicine Lectureship Award from the College of
Family Physicians of Canada
Mr. Picard is also the author of three books.
Mr. Picard's one-year term as Scholar-in-Residence began in September
2011. In addition to undertaking research for this project, Mr. Picard
will collaborate with staff at the Conference Board throughout the
year. He will be the featured speaker at public lecture in May 2012 in
Ottawa. The program will culminate with the publication of the 5th book
in the CIBC Scholar-in-Residence series in Autumn 2012.
By financially supporting the Scholar-in-Residence program, CIBC
continues its tradition of advancing research and dialogue on issues of
national and global importance.
SOURCE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA
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