Former Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre new Ambassador
Denis Coderre new Ambassador – The Jewish General Hospital Foundation today announced that former Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, has agreed to serve as its ambassador beginning May 1, 2018.
Mr. Coderre will be working closely with the Foundation’s Board and staff to advance the Foundation’s mission to provide essential funding to the hospital.
“I am proud and delighted that Denis Coderre has joined our Foundation team. His impressive experience in the public arena will enhance our efforts in support of the Jewish General Hospital,” said Mr. Edward Wiltzer, Chairman of JGH Foundation’s Board of Directors. “His affection for the Jewish General Hospital combined with his record in community-building is an ideal match for the patient population the JGH serves,” stated Myer Bick, President and CEO of the JGH Foundation.
“I am very pleased and honored to join the wonderful Jewish General Hospital Foundation team as an ambassador. I believe deeply in our health system. The challenges are great and the role of foundations is paramount. To have the capacity to concretely contribute to the growth and strength of this magnificent, internationally renowned institution that is the Jewish General Hospital of Montreal, while building bridges between communities and playing a role to promote the “Living Together” concept that is so dear to my heart. This is a unique opportunity that I could not let pass. I thank the Board of Directors and the Selection Committee of the Montreal Jewish General Hospital Foundation for their trust,” commented Denis Coderre.
The Hospital, has, for some 85 years now, been a cornerstone of a truly vast and diverse community that includes Montrealers and Quebecers from all walks of life. It handles almost twice as many patients over the age of 75 as any other hospital in Montreal. It has over 1,000 volunteers who provide approximately 98,000 hours of service per year. Denis Coderre, who fully understands the diverse JGH community and the Québec-wide need for donor support of our healthcare system is ideally suited to become a natural collaborator and ambassador for the Foundation.
About the Jewish General Hospital Foundation
Since 1969, the Jewish General Hospital Foundation has conducted a dynamic fundraising program in support of the Jewish General Hospital (JGH), a 637-bed McGill University teaching hospital renowned for the excellence of its healthcare services and the calibre of its medical and research staff. As one of Quebec’s leading acute-care hospitals, providing general and specialized care to a diverse patient population, the JGH plays a vital role in the Quebec healthcare system. Thanks to a productive partnership between our dedicated staff and passionate volunteers, the hospital and its patients have benefited greatly from the Foundation’s many fundraising initiatives. Our mission is to advance healthcare and medical research for the people of Quebec by supporting Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital, a tertiary-care, McGill University teaching hospital. For more information: www.JGHfoundation.org.
About Denis Coderre
Elected mayor of Montreal on November 3, 2013, Mr. Coderre was also the head of economic development and international relations for the City.
From 1997 to 2013, he represented the constituents of Bourassa electoral district, who re-elected him six times to the House of Commons. As a cabinet member, he was appointed immigration minister (2002) and President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada (2003). He was also the Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, the Minister responsible for La Francophonie and the Minister responsible for the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution. Mr. Coderre has held several ministerial positions within the Government of Canada and has been instrumental in the success of many significant Montreal happenings, including the establishment of the headquarters of the World Anti-Doping Agency in Montreal.
Mr. Coderre holds a degree in Political Science from the Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in Executive Administration from the University of Ottawa.