MONTREAL, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Philippe Couillard, P.C., M.D., will provide strategic business advice to SECOR's Canadian and international clients on the health and life science sectors. Dr. Couillard joins the SECOR team as of today, and will remain a partner in Persistence Capital Partners as well as retaining his seats on the boards of Amorfix Life Sciences and Thallion Pharmaceuticals.

"I am thrilled to collaborate with SECOR and its clients in health and life science. Over the last several years, SECOR has significantly increased its presence in this sector, a sector I am passionate about and one which holds numerous opportunities. The institutions and companies operating in this sector have needs that are strategic, operational and organizational," commented Dr. Couillard.

Yves Roy, President and CEO of SECOR Group, is pleased with their association with Dr. Couillard. "We admire Philippe for his contribution to public policy, his experience as a neurosurgeon and as head of surgery departments, and for his talent as a strategist and communicator. Our clients will now have a chance to work with him."

For Alain Dumas, managing partner of SECOR in Québec, "the health and life science sector is important for the public. Our clients have increasing needs. We are proud that our clients will be able to benefit from Dr. Couillard's talents and expertise."

Dr. Couillard served as Quebec's Minister of Health and Social Services, a post he held from 2003 to 2008. Previously, he practiced as a neurosurgeon at St. Luc Hospital, where he headed the Department of Neurosurgery from 1989 to 1992. He then co-founded the Department of Neurosurgery in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he worked from 1992 to 1996. On his return to Canada, he became a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Sherbrooke, where he taught from 1996 to 2003. He was also the director and chief surgeon for the Department of Surgery at the CHUS (Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Sherbrooke) from 2000 to 2003. He graduated from Université de Montreal's Faculty of Medicine in 1979, and received his Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons designation in neurosurgery in 1985.

Dr. Couillard teaches health care governance at McGill University and sits on the boards of two biotech companies that are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. As a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, he serves on Canada's Security Intelligence Review Committee. He has been a partner in Persistence Capital Partners since October, 2008.

SECOR is Canada's leading independent strategy and organizational consulting firm. For the last 35 years, SECOR has helped senior executives to develop and implement their organizational strategies. SECOR has offices in Montréal, New York, Paris, Québec, Toronto and Vancouver


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