Jim Orban Appointed President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

OTTAWA, June 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Orban as the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 27, 2011. Orban joins the Foundation after a publishing career at the Ottawa Citizen and more recently as an administrator at Algonquin College.

"Jim is known for his leadership and philanthropy in the Ottawa community. His exceptional talent, vision and generosity of spirit will enhance the ability of the Foundation to support the Heart Institute as one of the most advanced centres in the world dedicated to treatment, education and research in heart disease," said Paul LaBarge, Chairman of the Foundation.

As the new President and CEO, Orban will report to the Foundation's board of directors and be responsible for the vision, leadership, management and operations of the Foundation. He will lead the Foundation's campaign to build a $100-million endowment fund for cardiovascular research - one of the largest of its kind - for the Institute, as well as other fundraising efforts.

"The Heart Institute is on the cusp of significant and far-reaching changes that will profoundly re-shape how we care for patients, educate new generations of medical professionals, conduct research, and more. Our fundraising is critical to driving the Institute to greater innovation and excellence in all spheres of cardiovascular medicine," said Dr. Robert Roberts, President and CEO of the Heart Institute and a member of the Foundation Board.

"The Heart Institute has an outstanding reputation for patient care, training and research, supported by tremendous staff, volunteers and generous donors. I consider it a great honour and privilege to assume the role of President and CEO of the Institute's Foundation at this important stage of its evolution. We are poised to make great strides to advance the world-class work of the Institute for the sake of patients and their families," said Orban.

About UOHI

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada's largest and foremost cardiovascular health centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. We deliver high-tech care with a personal touch, shape the way cardiovascular medicine is practiced, and revolutionize cardiac treatment and understanding. We build knowledge through research and translate discoveries into advanced care. We serve the local, national and international community, and are pioneering a new era in heart health. For more information, visit www.ottawaheart.ca.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation is an independent organization motivated by the objectives of the Heart Institute and sanctioned and supported by its own Board of Directors and staff.

Editors: A thumbnail biography is attached.

Jim Orban, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation is pleased to welcome Jim Orban as the New President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. Jim received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and joins the Foundation with a wealth of experience. He comes from a long and illustrious career in publication, working with the Ottawa Journal, the Edmonton Journal and most recently the Ottawa Citizen.

Throughout the past 35 years he has graciously donated his time to the Ottawa community through his active involvement in numerous organizations including the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation (Chair 1998-2000), Royal Ottawa Health Care Group board (2000-2003) and the Sisters of Charity Health Services Foundation (Chair 2001-04).

His accolades reflect his contributions to the community. In 2004, Jim received the Trudeau Medal from the University of Ottawa in recognition of professional and community leadership.  In 2010, he was awarded the Community Builder Award from the United Way of Ottawa for helping build a stronger, healthier and more caring community for all. His most recent recognition, the Partners in Research Biomedical Award, was given for his role as an effective and altruistic ambassador for Canadian Health Research.

SOURCE OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

For further information:

Marlene Orton
Senior Manager, Public Affairs
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
613-761-4427
mobile: 613-899-6760
morton@ottawaheart.ca

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