June 30, 2020, OTTAWA – The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Lianne Laing as the new executive director, effective today.
As the new executive director, Ms. Laing will report to the Foundation’s board of directors and the president and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. She will be responsible for the leadership, management and operations of the Foundation. She will lead the Foundation’s new campaign to continue building the endowment fund for cardiovascular research – one of the largest of its kind – for the Institute, and the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, as well as other fundraising efforts.
“The Heart Institute has, as most healthcare institutions have, had to compose with the unprecedented times brought forward by the pandemic. This is bringing about significant and far-reaching changes that will profoundly re-shape how we care for patients, educate new generations of medical professionals, conduct research, and more. And, our fundraising efforts will need to follow suit and adjust to this new reality. We are confident that Lianne will be able to put her strong community outreach expertise, her solid communications skills, and her creativity to use to support the Foundation’s new fundraising campaign,” said Dr. Thierry Mesana, president and CEO of the Heart Institute.
“I consider it a great honour and privilege to assume the role of executive director of the Institute’s Foundation at this important juncture in its history,” said Laing. “A storyteller for 20 years, I am excited to bring the work of the Heart Institute to the forefront, engaging our donors and educating our community to the life changing work that happens each and every day here in our own backyard.”
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