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CAMRT names new chief executive officer

OTTAWA – The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) is pleased to announce the appointment of François Couillard (pictured), as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective February 4, 2013.

François has the perfect combination of leadership experience and expertise in strategy development and execution to help shape the future of our organization,” says Amanda Bolderston, President and Chair of the CAMRT Board of Directors. “His history of success in stakeholder outreach and engagement, coupled with his understanding of the medical imaging industry, will be a great asset to CAMRT as we advance our strategic goals to strengthen the voice of the medical radiation technology profession and prepare members to practice in an evolving health care system that rapidly changes.”

Prior to accepting the position with CAMRT, Mr. Couillard served as President of Strategies & Direction Consultants, a consulting company he established in 2010. Before establishing his consulting practice, his career encompassed 25 years of achievements in healthcare, including nine years at MDS Nordion focused specifically in imaging and radiation therapy.

He offers a breadth of experience leading large and complex non-profit organizations, having served as Chief Operating Officer of both the Canadian Red Cross and VON Canada. This is complemented by extensive marketing experience in the healthcare field in Canada and Europe, and in advising clients on communication and strategic positioning challenges in his consultation practice. Mr. Couillard is a Certified Management Consultant, and holds an MBA in Marketing, International Business from McGill University. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the Université du Sherbrooke.

Mr. Couillard enjoys working with communities of interest on high stakes issues. He has served on numerous advisory councils and boards, including Canada’s Advisory Council on National Security, Europe’s Association of Imaging Producers and Equipment Suppliers (AIPES) and the Canada-Belgium Committee. He currently serves as the Vice President of the board of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Service Organization, and on the advisory council of Hub Ottawa, a social innovation working space.

Mr. Couillard replaces Chuck Shields, who left CAMRT in August to serve as the first executive director of the U.S. based International Urogynecology Association.

Posted January 24, 2013