Andre Picard to Examine Health Care Reform for The Conference Board's CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Program

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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