Jan. 7, 2013

(Edmonton, Alberta) January 7, 2013…Robert A. Seidel (Q.C.), Chair of Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions’ (AIHS) Board of Directors, is delighted to announce on behalf of the entire board and staff, that Dr. Cy Frank will become the corporation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on April 1, 2013.

“Dr. Frank is an internationally recognized leader on many fronts, most notably in the fields of bone and joint research and surgery. His ability to form highly successful teams in research led to a visionary project to create an integrated care model for knee and hip replacements successfully piloted in Alberta. The Board of AIHS is delighted that Dr. Frank will bring his breadth of vision and experience to the leadership of the corporation,” says Mr. Seidel.

AIHS has an ambitious mandate to support Alberta’s health research and innovation priorities. The corporation is rolling out several new funding opportunities, programs, and partnerships over the next few months in the support of high quality activity that will result in improved health and wellbeing. To sustain and develop AIHS’s operations, Mr. Seidel also announced the promotion of Dr. Pamela Valentine to Chief Operating Officer (COO) on April 1, 2013. Dr. Valentine will serve as the Acting CEO during this leadership transition.

Enterprise and Advanced Education Minister Stephen Khan notes, “Collaboration within our research and innovation system is vital to the success in delivering on its mandate: to improve the quality of life for Albertans. I know that Dr. Frank will be a remarkable asset to that collaboration, and I look forward to continuing to work with AIHS and all the Alberta Innovates corporations in our province.”

Dr. Frank currently holds a number of leadership positions in the academic, clinical, health services, administrative, and medical device sectors, including senior roles at Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute (ABJHI), the University of Calgary (U of C), and with the recently sold TENET Medical Engineering, a Calgary based company. He was the Scientific Director of the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for six years. Dr. Frank has had a long association with AIHS (formerly AHFMR) as a recipient of research and innovation funding over three decades. He served as Chair of a national panel formed to develop a framework and metrics for capturing the impact of investing in health research. The resulting report continues to be disseminated internationally and is the basis for AIHS’ performance and evaluation activity. Dr. Frank’s achievements have resulted in many provincial, national and international honours.

“As we welcome Dr. Frank as our new CEO we also want to express our heartfelt thanks to outgoing CEO, Dr. Jacques Magnan. Without Dr. Magnan’s contributions to AIHS and the former AHFMR over the past 18 years, we would not have come as far as we have, with the successes that have occurred, and with an exciting era of opportunity and potential ahead of us,” says Mr. Seidel.

Inquiries: Kathleen Thurber at 780 429-6895/1-866-962-4367 or Kathleen.thurber@albertainnovates.ca

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