Karen L. Mosher

Former Executive Director,
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Created on June 7, 2000, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the leading national organization funding the full spectrum of health research: biomedical and clinical, health determinants, and health systems and policy. With a budget of $620m, a staff of 150, and a suite of thirteen "virtual" institutes, CIHR represents a transformative approach to health research, linking research need to scientific excellence and opportunity, encouraging multidisciplinary approaches to complex health challenges, and forging a national health research agenda.

As Executive Director, Ms. Mosher led a seamless transition for the staff and stakeholders of the Medical Research Council as it was subsumed by the CIHR. This required building the organization’s capacity to meet a new and more complex mandate; promoting the agency’s profile and interests in a variety of contexts, external and internal to government; doubling the organization’s budget; creating new governance and administrative structures, and recruiting candidates at the staff, science leadership, and Board levels; broadening the organization’s research and program base; and developing alliances and partnerships to meet the objectives of the new organization. The challenge of leading and managing this transformation is ongoing.

Ms. Mosher has also worked with the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Privy Council Office, Fisheries and Oceans, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and for ministers of the Crown.

Executive Director / Directeur exéécutif
Tel: (613) 954-1813
Fax: (613) 954-1802
www.cihr.ca / www.irsc.ca
KMosher@cihr.ca

 

Updated 16/07/02

Last updated: November 2009