Pamela Valentine – Leading Innovation & Change at the MS Society
The board of directors of the Multiple Sclerosis Society
of Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. Pamela (Pam) Valentine
has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Pam
will be joining the MS Society January 1, 2018.
Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world and Pam comes to the MS Society with the drive and passion to lead the team of volunteers and staff in their work to accelerate research for better treatments and ultimately a cure for Canadians living with MS.
A trained research scientist, Pam comes to the MS Society from Alberta Innovates where she spent over a decade and a half leading innovation and change. Her leadership at Alberta Innovates included significantly growing the health research portfolio and strengthening integration of research and health systems to maximize impact for patients and providers. She also led the establishment of a new Alberta Innovates organization that consolidated four corporations across the health, energy, agriculture, and forestry sectors. Pam started her career as a faculty member at the University of Calgary at Hotchkiss Brain Institute and then moved to Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research where she held a number of leadership roles.
We are very excited to have Pam lead the MS Society during this era of innovation and change. She believes strongly in collaboration and building robust relationships -- and has had a career of working with various stakeholders including from government, private sector, and clinical networks. Collaborating with the board, she will lead a new strategic undertaking that will ensure the MS Society remains a strong national, bilingual organization that delivers exceptional community-based programs focused on enhancing the quality of life of Canadians living with MS.
Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Pam is a published researcher and has been awarded the Canadian Psychological Association of Excellence and the Neuroscience Canada Foundation Award. Pam believes in achieving impact in the health domain, a passion she developed as a basic scientist with a strong desire to facilitate the linkage between basic research and clinical care. Pam is motivated and excited by the ability to touch people affected by MS and their families in a more tangible way.
Pam is a strong advocate with an appetite for community involvement; currently she is the chair of the CIHR Institute Advisory Board for Health Innovation, as well as a board member of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada, and Wellspring Edmonton. She is exceptionally proud of her son Josh – a musician and business owner, and her twins, Max and Liz who will be moving to Toronto with her to attend school. If Pam is not seen tending her garden, she can be found cooking up a storm to feed a full table of friends and family.
Under Pam’s leadership, the MS Society will continue to provide strong, community-based support and programs to Canadians affected by MS. At the same time, we will continue to fund the best research in the drive to find better treatment options for people living with MS -- and ultimately a cure.