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Innovation in Organizations: From Vision to Implementation


Innovation Salon/ Salon de l'innovation

Monday, October 21, 2002
Courtyard Restaurant, 21 George, 241-1516
(Details of location below)
5:40 to 9:00 pm

Karen Mosher, former Executive Director,
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):

Innovation in Organizations: From Vision to Implementation: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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 organizationís capacity to meet a new and more complex mandate; promoting the agencyís profile and interests in a variety of contexts, external and internal to government; doubling the organizationís budget; creating new governance and administrative structures, and recruiting candidates at the staff, science leadership, and Board levels; broadening the organizationís 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.


Cost: $10 to cover expenses. Persons cancelling less than 24 hours before the meeting will be charged the registration fee.

Registration: For more information and RSVP by Thursday, October 24st to: Diane Shane, Industry Canada, or 946-6515

Location: The Courtyard Restaurant, 21 George, 241-1516 is in the Byward Market, in the first block East of Sussex, North of The Bay and Chapters, in a courtyard on the North side of George.

This information is also available in The Innovation Salon Schedule, published on Internet in The Innovation Journal under Salon.


Next meeting:

Monday, November 18 (dinner):

Panel with Angela Bate, Fisheries and Oceans Canada/PÍches et ocťans Canada and Nancy Faraday-Smith, Ontario Labour, chaired by Vic Pakalnis, Eastern Ontario Regional Director, Ontario Labour

"Innovation and the New Public Service Professional."


Updated 11/10/02