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.
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
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Senior Manager, Public Affairs
University of Ottawa Heart Institute