Mar. 5, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

It is with profound shock and sadness that I inform you that Cy Frank passed away at home on March 5, 2015.

On behalf of the board and staff at AIHS, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Cy’s family and his colleagues across the country.

Cy was a true leader in every sense of the word in that his mission was to serve others. He did this in so many ways: as a surgeon who healed, a renowned researcher who made discoveries and moved them into therapies and tools to improve people’s lives, as a brilliant visionary who saw a clear path towards a transformed health system, and as our President and CEO, whom we knew as an inspiring, empathetic and wise leader.

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions will be better because of Cy’s all too brief tenure with us. We will continue to forge a new path of relevance, impact and leadership. Cy’s impact was enormous and as the organization that was fortunate enough to have him as our President and CEO since April 1, 2013, we will move ahead to fulfill the potential that he saw for us in the health landscape in this province.

I have informed senior government leaders of Cy’s passing and that AIHS is in good hands with the capable, talented staff that Cy was so proud of.

Yours sincerely,

Robert A. Seidel, QC
Chairman, Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Board of Directors

[Read more about Cy’s incredible life]


The University of Calgary hosted a public memorial for Dr. Cy Frank on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

The memorial took place at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Cy Frank can be made to support the Cy Frank Memorial Fund in Bone and Joint Health at the University of Calgary. Please send cheques (payable to the University of Calgary with a memo indicating Dr. Cy Frank Memorial Fund in Bone and Joint Health) to the Cumming School of Medicine Fund Development Office, University of Calgary at 3330 Hospital Dr. NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 4N1 or make your donation online.

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