Health Council of Canada Announces New Chair and Councillors

TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - The Health Council of Canada welcomes Dr. Jack Kitts as Council Chair, effective December 1, 2010. Dr. Kitts is President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital, one of Canada's largest research hospitals. He continues to practice anesthesia on a limited basis, and is also an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Ottawa.

"I look forward to working with this outstanding group of experts from across the country, and I hope to continue the excellent contributions of past Councillors," said Dr. Kitts.

Joining Dr. Kitts on Council are the following non-government and regional government Councillors from across Canada:

Non-government Councillors -
Dr. Jack Kitts (Chair)
Dr. Bruce Beaton  
Dr. Danielle Martin  
Dr. Michael Moffatt
Mr. Murray Ramsden 
Dr. Ingrid Sketris
Mr. Gerald White
Dr. Charles J. Wright   

Regional government Councillors -
Dr. Catherine Cook  
Ms. Cheryl Doiron 
Dr. Dennis Kendel  
Ms. Lyn McLeod
Dr. Les Vertesi  
Mr. Vijay R. Bhashyakarla (ex-officio)

"We are pleased to mark this milestone of renewed commitment to the work of the Health Council of Canada by our members," said Heath Council CEO John G. Abbott. "At this time," he said, "the Health Council would also like to extend our deepest gratitude and thanks to outgoing Chair, Dr. Jeanne Besner, and the dedicated team of Councillors who worked with her to achieve excellence in public reporting and transparency in all of the Council's activities."

About the Health Council of Canada
Created by the 2003 First Ministers' Accord on Health Care Renewal, the Health Council of Canada is an independent national agency that reports on the progress of health care renewal in Canada. The Council provides a system-wide perspective on health care reform in Canada, and disseminates information on best practices and innovation across the country. To download reports and other Health Council materials, visit

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