At the first meeting of the McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) newly constituted Board of Directors, Mr. Claudio F. Bussandri was named Chairman of the Board of Directors. At this same meeting, Mr. Robert Rabinovitch was named Vice-Chair, Ms. Marie Giguère as Treasurer and Normand Rinfret as Secretary.

Mr. Claudio F. Bussandri, B.Eng., MBA, the new Chairman of the Board, has a long history with the organization. He is the founding Chairman of World Wide Hearing Foundation (WWH). Among other executive positions, he is the retired President and CEO of McKesson Canada and of Lantic Sugar Limited. He has held senior positions at Nabisco Brands Limited of Canada, including President of the Food Service Division. Mr. Bussandri is a past Chairman of Patheon, past-Chairman of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. He was a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), Executive Board member and former Chairman of the Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management (CAPDM), past Chairman of the Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada, and the Canadian Food Services Association. Mr. Bussandri is also on the board of the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University.

“I am indeed very honoured to be named Chairman of the Board of such a fine institution, said Claudio F. Bussandri, Chairman of the Board, MUHC. “It is an exceptional organization, with a tripartite mission to teach, research and deliver top quality clinical care.”

Dr. Robert Rabinovitch, M.A., PhD, the new Vice-Chairman of the Board, has been a member of the Board of Governors of McGill University since 1997 and is the past Chair of that Board. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the MUHC since 2007, and Chairman of the Nunavut Trust Investment Committee. In 2008, he was appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and as President of Prix Italia in Rome. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of CBC/Radio-Canada. He has held various positions with the Federal Government, including Under Secretary of State and Deputy Minister of Communications.

Ms. Marie Giguère is the Executive Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Secretariat, of the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec. She was previously a partner with Fasken Martineau and has served as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, and General Secretary of the Montréal Exchange, following which she became Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Molson Inc. Ms. Giguère holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from the Université de Montréal and another in civil law from McGill University.

The members of the new Board of Directors are:
• Two representatives from the population
Jill Hugessen
Gwen Nacos
• Two representatives from the User’s Committee
Maria Mastracchio
Pierre Hurteau
• One member from the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists (CPDP)
Dr. Earl Rubin
• One representative from the Council of Nurses
Susan Drouin
• One representative from the Multidisciplinary Council
Colleen Timm
• One representative from the Council of Non-Clinical Personnel
Alison Laurin
• One representative from the Foundations
Joan Ivory
• Two representatives from McGill University
Robert Rabinovitch, Vice-Chair
Rose Goldstein
• Two representatives from the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux
Marie Giguère, Treasurer
David H. Laidley
• Six Co-opted members
Peter Abraham
Claudio Bussandri, Chairman
Gail Campbell
François Laurin
Glenn R. Rourke
Norman G. Spencer
• Director General and CEO
Normand Rinfret, Interim Director General and CEO, MUHC, Secretary of the Board


About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC):

One of the world’s foremost academic health centres, the MUHC offers exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research teaching and technology assessment. Highly committed to the continuum of care in its community and affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital of the MUHC value multidisciplinary service throughout the lifespan, innovative technologies and practices, strategic partnerships and leadership in knowledge transfer. The MUHC is currently carrying out a $2.35 billion Redevelopment Project on three campuses—the Mountain, the Glen and Lachine—designed to provide healthcare professionals with an effective environment in which to ensure patients and their families benefit from The Best Care for Life. The campuses are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt guidelines.


March 5, 2012