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Health Council of Canada Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

TORONTO, Aug. 9 – 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.

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