Chief Mission and Research Officer
Anne Simard joined Heart & Stroke in 2018 as our Chief Mission and Research Officer.
Anne provides leadership and strategic guidance to our cardiovascular and cerebrovascular research program, our systems change and best practices, our data and scientific information, policy and advocacy efforts, and promote recovery initiatives. She also oversees our Indigenous Health Strategy.
Promoting the health of people and communities has been the central tenet of Anne's career. Fully bilingual, Anne completed a bachelor of journalism and began her career as a producer and writer-broadcaster for CBC Radio. She also obtained a certificate in women's studies from Concordia University and pursued a master’s of health science with a specialization in health promotion. She has also completed specialized training in epidemiology and data science.
Anne consulted with government and not-for-profit organizations on strategic planning, policy, evaluation, quality and accreditation initiatives before joining the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care team defining the government's response to the SARS tragedy in 2005. After the creation of a scientific public health agency for the province – Public Health Ontario – Anne was recruited into the new organization in 2009. She held successively more complex leadership roles in her nine years tenure. In her last role at PHO, Anne was Chief, Knowledge Services, overseeing a team that provides centralized services for knowledge generation, dissemination and exchange, as well as for public health informatics.
Together with Heart & Stroke colleagues on the national and provincial Mission teams as well as the Indigenous Health team, Anne aims to bring our mission to life. The teams also strive to bring the best of our constituents’ expertise and experience to bear on our work.
She loves her two sons, her cottage in Nova Scotia, figuring out wicked problems, having ongoing travel adventures, and reading historical plaques.
Thursday, October 24
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM