Health Council of Canada Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

    TORONTO, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - Dr. Jeanne Besner, Chair of the Health Council of
Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Donald W. M. Juzwishin
as Chief Executive Officer, effective Sept. 1, 2007.
    "Dr. Juzwishin brings 28 years of leadership and management experience in
the health sector to the Health Council of Canada," said Dr. Besner. "His
background includes health care management, policy making, education and
research. We are delighted to have someone with Dr. Juzwishin's experience and
knowledge join our organization."
    "I look forward to joining the Health Council," said Dr. Juzwishin. "I am
committed to the successful implementation of health reform across Canada and
believe in the importance of using best practices in monitoring and reporting
on progress to Canadians."
    Most recently a private consultant in health care policy in St. Albert,
Alberta, Dr. Juzwishin also served as the Director of Health Technology
Assessment at the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. Prior to
that, he was with the Ministry of Health in British Columbia where he
introduced the province's first accountability and performance measures
framework to monitor and report on health reform in the province. He has held
executive positions at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta and
at the Greater Victoria Hospital Society in Victoria, British Columbia.
    Dr. Juzwishin received his PhD in education policy studies from the
University of Alberta and holds adjunct appointments at the University of
Victoria, Health Information Science; the University of Alberta, School of
Public Health; and University of Calgary, Community Health Sciences. He has
served as a board member and chair of the Canadian Coordinating Office for
Health Technology Assessment now the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology
in Health (CADTH). Dr. Juzwishin has published extensively with more than  
100 publications to his credit and has spoken nationally and internationally
in his areas of specialization.


    The Health Council of Canada, created by the 2003 First Ministers' Accord
on Health Care Renewal following the recommendations of the Romanow and Kirby
reports, is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of health care
renewal in Canada. The 26 Councillors were appointed by the participating
provinces, territories and the Government of Canada and have expertise and
broad experience in community care, Aboriginal health, nursing, health
education and administration, finance, medicine and pharmacy.

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For further information: Marta Marychuk, Health Council of Canada -
Media Relations, Phone (416) 480-7085, Cell (416) 428-8423,

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