The primary mandate of the Standing Committee on Government Relations and Strategic Partnership is to create and implement frameworks to guide federal and provincial government relations and provide oversight to strategic partnership development.


  • Develop overall policies and strategies for CAHS government relations
  • Regarding interactions of Officers and Fellows with governments:
  • – Develop an agreed upon strategy for those approaching Governments on behalf of CAHS
  • – Track Fellows’ interactions with Government(s) on behalf of CAHS
  • Arrange at least annual meetings for the CAHS President with Federal Deputy Ministers of Health, Industry Canada, State (Science and Technology) and other relevant Ministries; and with President of CIHR
  • Facilitate provincial interactions for CAHS Fellows and foster relationships with provincial governments, national disease-based charities, research foundations and funding agencies. This work to build upon Regional CAHS Networks, Fellow organizations and initiatives
  • Generate newsletters, assessment reports and other information about CAHS to relevant Deputy Ministers ( e.g. Health, Industry Canada, State [Science and Technology]) and provincial governments
  • Coordinate activities with those of the Standing Committee on Development & Strategic Communications


Paul Allison PhD
Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University
Bernhard H. Bressler PhD
Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
John Cairns MD, FRCPC, FRCP (Lond), FCAHS, FACC
Professor of Medicine and former Dean of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Kenneth Fung MD, MSc, MHA, HFCAHS
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Professor Emerita and Adjunct Research Professor
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University
Judy Illes PhD
Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics
University of British Columbia
Sioban Nelson RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS
Vice-Provost, Academic Programs and Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life
University of Toronto
Louise Potvin PhD
Professeure titulaire, Département de médecine sociale et préventive,École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Vice President, Prevention and Cancer Control
Cancer Care OntarioCommittee Chair
Christopher Simpson MD
Vice-Dean, Clinical, School of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, Queen’s University
Margaret Steele HBSc, MD, FRCPC, MEd, DFCPA, CCPE
Dean of Medicine & Professor of Psychiatry, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Catharine Whiteside CM MD PhD FRCP(C) FCAHS
Executive Director, SPOR Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications.
Professor Emerita and Former Dean of Medicine, University of Toronto