Katie Lafferty, the Executive Director of the CPSR, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital, one of the largest academic health centres in Canada.
The Board is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the hospital by establishing and regularly reviewing its Vision, Mission and Core Values. The Board is also responsible for ensuring the hospital meets the health care needs of the community.
“I am very excited to be able to make a contribution to providing high quality health-care in my community and to working with such an excellent organization,” Ms. Lafferty says.
Prior to joining the CPSR, Ms. Lafferty served for 12 years as the Executive Director of the Canadian Stroke Network, a non-profit entity funded by the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. In that role, she oversaw numerous programs and initiatives including the development and implementation of the Canadian Stroke Strategy and the Canadian Stroke Congress.
Ms. Lafferty also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Stroke Network, the Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network, and BiofuelNet. As well, she is on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Vascular Network and co-Chairs the Steering Committee of the Canadian Stroke Trials for Optimized Results initiative (CaSTOR). Since 2013, Ms. Lafferty has assisted the NCE program in reviewing applications for new networks as both an Expert Panel participant and Chair.
Ms. Lafferty has strong roots in the Ottawa community. In 2006, Ms. Lafferty and her husband founded Watson’s Pharmacy and Compounding Centre in Old Ottawa East, and in 2012 they opened a second pharmacy on Wellington St. West. In 2013, the business won a national Commitment to Care award for its integrated pharmacy program.
Prior to 2001, Katie was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington D.C. and London, England. She holds a BSc in biology from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2010, Katie was recognized by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 under 40” for her contributions in the health sector.