The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of David A. Dodge, O.C., FRSC, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP, as the Chair of the Board of Directors and thanks outgoing Chair of the Board, Margaret Bloodworth, C.M., former federal Deputy Minister and National Security Advisor, for her dedication and leadership in this role over the last five years.
The CCA is also pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC): Karen Bakker; Jeffrey A. Hutchings, FRSC; Chris MacDonald; and Gilles G. Patry, C.M., O.Ont., FCAE.
Three Scientific Advisory Committee members’ terms have come to an end: Jean Gray, C.M., FCAHS, Professor Emeritus, Medical Education, Medicine, Pharmacology, Dalhousie University; John Hepburn, FRSC, Vice-President, Research, CIFAR; and Gregory S. Kealey, C.M., FRSC, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of New Brunswick.
The CCA’s Board of Directors is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and ensuring fulfillment of the CCA’s mandate and oversight of the CCA’s operations. The Scientific Advisory Committee advises the CCA’s Board with respect to assessment topic selection, terms of reference, expert panel selection, and peer review.
“I’m pleased to be stepping into the role of Chair and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board to help set the strategic direction of the CCA as the organization continues to address issues of national importance for Canada.”
– David A. Dodge, O.C., FRSC, Incoming Chair, CCA Board of Directors
“It’s been a pleasure and an honour to serve as Chair of the Board for an organization that works to ensure scientific evidence and insights are brought forward to support policy and decision making in Canada. I’m thankful for the opportunity to have worked with such accomplished colleagues and I’m confident David Dodge will help to guide the organization through what is sure to be another significant period of development.”
– Margaret Bloodworth, C.M., Outgoing Chair, CCA Board of Directors
“A sincere thank you goes to our exiting Committee members who have been with us for many years and whose long-standing support and guidance has been invaluable. On behalf of the CCA I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Karen Bakker, Jeffrey A. Hutchings, Chris MacDonald, and Gilles G. Patry, who will bring a wealth of diverse knowledge to the Committee.”
– Eliot A. Phillipson, O.C., FCAHS, Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee
“The CCA is grateful to Margaret Bloodworth for her steadfast leadership since 2013. We look forward working with David A. Dodge as he steps into his new role as Chair. We’re also delighted to welcome our four new SAC members and bid a very fond farewell to the exiting members.”
– Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FCAHS, President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies