Barbara Farber appointed as Chair of the Heart Institute Foundation’s Board

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation’s Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Ms. Barbara Farber as its new Chair, and the first woman in its history to hold this position.

 “On behalf of the Heart Institute Foundation, I am delighted that Barbara Farber was elected as the new chair of our Board,” said Jim Orban, President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation. “Barbara has an exemplary community presence having volunteered her time with many local charitable causes, while leading a very successful business enterprise, which is invaluable experience as the Heart Institute enters the public phase of its capital campaign. I have known Barbara for almost 20 years and during this time, she has worked relentlessly to help make Ottawa a better place to live.”

Ms. Farber, who is currently the President of the Leikin Group Inc., has been an active member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2010, supporting the work of the Heart Institute through philanthropy and her community involvement.

“When I received the call, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was. It is an honour to have this opportunity to work with both Jim Orban and Dr. Thierry Mesana, the President and CEO of the Heart Institute,” said Ms. Farber. “In my first year as director, I was the only woman on the Foundation’s board. Things have changed significantly with the addition of many other accomplished women, and I feel very privileged to be the first one to be elected as Chair.”

Barbara Farber was the National President of the United Israel Appeal Federations Canada, first and founding Chair of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, and first and founding Chair of the Algonquin College Foundation Board. She received several accolades from peers including the 2010 Business Woman of the Year Award by Consumers’ Choice Awards.

Her philanthropic endeavours were recognized when she received both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She will once again be honoured at the Jewish National Fund’s Negev Dinner this October for her support for projects such as the Multicultural Science Education & Sports Centre in Misgav.

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