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Heart and Stroke Foundation appoints Michael McGillion as co-lead of CoMPASS

Feb 28, 2018

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The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has appointed Dr. Michael McGillion to a two-year term as co-lead of the foundation’s prestigious group of advisors, called CoMPASS. 

McGillion is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean, Research for the School of Nursing at McMaster University. He holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research and is a Scientist with the Population Health Research Institute.

 McGillion is the first nurse to co-chair CoMPASS, which stands for the Council on Mission: Priorities, Advice, Science and Strategy. From its Terms of Reference, “The HSF Council on Mission: Priorities, Advice, Science and Strategy (CoMPASS) is the Foundation’s most senior advisory and the primary mechanism for informing Mission directions, identifying the most prudent or swiftest line, and/or signalling important shifts in course. Comprised of a cadre of thoughtfully selected, dedicated Canadian experts and HSF Mission champions, the CoMPASS mandate is to provide considered and strategic advice on Mission priorities to the HSFC Board of Directors, through the CEO and President.”

McGillion was first invited to become a member of CoMPASS in 2012 for both his expertise in his field and for his reputation for being a strategic thinker, committed to improving the health of Canadians.

To foster more patient and citizen engagement in research, the Foundation has made it a priority to design appropriate ways for more patient engagement in its work. To support this goal, the Foundation has also appointed Ms. Kim Griffin as co-chair to co-lead CoMPASS with McGillion. Ms. Griffin has lived experience of heart disease. She is the Manager of Customer Service, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Maritime Electric.

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