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New Chief Scientist Will Help Make Ontario Smarter

Toronto, November 17, 2017 – Ontario took an important step towards recognizing the value of research and evidence in decision-making with the appointment of its first Chief Scientist, Molly Shoichet. The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), representing Ontario’s 23 research hospitals, applauds the government for this appointment, announced today by Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Reza Moridi, and congratulates the Chief Scientist on the new role.

As an internationally respected biomedical scientist, Shoichet knows the priorities and challenges that Ontario researchers face, and understands that strong foundations are needed today for continued excellence into the future. The development of a strategic research agenda will strengthen Ontario’s scientific enterprise, and support the transition to a knowledge and innovation-based economy.

“Ontario research hospitals are among the largest drivers of health research in Canada, generating evidence to help tackle some of today’s toughest health challenges and contributing to a smarter province by attracting, training and retaining the best and the brightest,” said Michelle Noble, Executive Director of CAHO. “By bringing designated focus to advancing science and innovation, the Chief Scientist will strengthen Ontario’s ability to draw top research talent from within Canada and from around the world, both improving health care and contributing to economic growth.”

Collectively, Ontario research hospitals are the R&D arm of Ontario’s health care system. CAHO member hospitals attract $1.4 billion annually in health research investments with a 3:1 return-on-investment for the economy. Our hospitals are also home to 17,500 researchers and research staff from Canada and around the world and support 42,000 direct and indirect jobs across the province.

CAHO member hospitals stand ready to partner with the Chief Scientist in building a healthier, wealthier, and smarter Ontario.


About CAHO

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 23 research hospitals that play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. Collectively, we provide advanced patient care services, train the next generation of health care professionals, and conduct leading-edge research to discover tomorrow’s care today. On the foundation of this work, we generate the expertise and evidence to drive change as system leaders, building a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario. For more information, visit



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