Turik tapped for CIHR position

Lori Turik, Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation executive director, was appointed to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for a three-year term, Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq announced this week.

Turik was appointed along with Canadian diplomat, politician and business leader Michael H. Wilson, Barclays Capital Canada Inc. chairman, who was named chair of the council. Wilson delivered the Richard Ivey School of Business’ 2011 Thomas d’Aquino Lecture on Leadership.

“I am pleased to announce these appointments to the CIHR Governing Council. Thanks to their stellar skills, knowledge and invaluable experience in the fields of governance and strategy development, both of these individuals will be tremendous assets to CIHR,” Aglukkaq said.

Turik has extensive background providing strategic, government relations, policy, stakeholder relations and communications advice to public and private sector clients in her capacity as consultant associate with Link Strategies. She served as vice-president of public policy for the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores. A registered nurse, Turik was director of nursing with the largest public health nursing division in Ontario and has more than 12 years of experience in senior nursing positions and health care research.

She has held appointments and guest lectured at the University of Toronto, York University and the Humber College (Health Sciences programs). Turik holds a masters in public administration from Queen’s University and a bachelor of science in Nursing from Lakehead University.

CIHR is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. The organization’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.