Canadian Blood Services Announces Steering Committee of Prominent Canadians

    Committee members to guide the development of a national system for organ
    and tissue donation and transplantation in Canada

    OTTAWA, May 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Blood Services today announced
that it has struck a Steering Committee made up of prominent individuals to
guide the development of the strategy for a national system for organ and
tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT) in Canada.
    Members of the Steering Committee represent a variety of regional
perspectives, and include notable leaders in the areas of healthcare,
government and industry - as well as experts on the subject of organs and
tissues. They will provide overall direction on strategic priorities in the
design of this new national system.
    "Building a national strategy for organ and tissue donation and
transplantation will ensure consistency and improve performance - and that
will help to ensure more Canadians receive the organs and tissues they
urgently need," said Dr. Graham Sher, CEO of Canadian Blood Services and
Committee Chair. "The work undertaken by the committee members is vital, and I
am pleased to be working with so many esteemed colleagues. Each member of the
committee brings extensive experience and expertise to the process we are
    In August 2008, Canadian Blood Services was asked by the federal,
provincial and territorial governments to deliver national services in OTDT.
Canadian Blood Services is receiving $35 million over five years from the
federal, provincial and territorial governments to enhance organ and tissue
donation and transplantation in Canada.
    The Steering Committee began its work earlier this week and will be
supported by two working groups: an Organ Expert Committee and a Tissue Expert
Committee. These two committees will work hand-in-hand with the Steering
Committee to bring their unique perspectives and recommendations to the
    "I am pleased to be working on this important project, which is critical
to the future of the healthcare system in Canada," said the Honourable Anne
McLellan, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister of Health.
"Ultimately, a better organ and tissue donation system will save lives and
improve the quality of life for people young and old."

    Members of the steering committee are:

    - Dr. Graham Sher, CEO, Canadian Blood Services (Committee Chair)
    - The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, Former Deputy Prime Minister and
      Federal Minister of Health
    - Dr. Brian Postl, President and Chief Executive Officer, Winnipeg
      Regional Health Authority
    - Dr. Andrew Baker, Medical Director - Trauma and Neurosurgery Program,
      St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto
    - Dr. Judith Shamian, President and CEO, Victorian Order of Nurses Canada
    - Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, former President and CEO, BC Cancer Agency, and
      incoming Chair, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
    - Dr. Alan Hudson, the Ontario Ministry of Health's Lead on Wait Times
      and Access to Health Services;
    - Dr. John Hamm, family physician and former Premier of Nova Scotia
    - Dr. Maurice McGregor, Chair of the Technology Assessment Unit of the
      McGill University Health Centre.
    - Mr. Craig Knight, Assistant Deputy Minister, B.C. Ministry of Health
    - Dr. William Wall, OC, pioneering transplant surgeon at London Health
      Sciences Centre and University of Western Ontario
    - Dr. Michael Strong, international tissue banking expert, University of
      Washington School of Medicine

    About Canadian Blood Services

    Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable
organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all
provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also
oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national
leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood
Services operates 40 permanent blood collection sites and more than 20,000
blood donor clinics annually. The federal, provincial and territorial
Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services.
The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating
the blood system. For more information, please visit our Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Joel Baglole, Manager, Media Relations and
External Communications, (613) 739-2538, Cell: (613) 290-0682,

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