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News Release

November 27, 2006

U of G Alum Will Lead National Cancer Agency

A University of Guelph graduate and member of the Board of Governors has been appointed to head a new $260-million federal agency charged with developing Canada’s strategy for cancer control, including supplying information about preventing, diagnosing and treating the disease.

Jeff Lozon, president and CEO of St. Michael’s Hospital, was named chair of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The agency’s job is to “make sure that the best cancer-care practices in any single part of Canada are known and available to health-care providers in every part of Canada,” according to a government news release.

Lozon graduated from U of G in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He was appointed to B of G in 2003 as an alumni representative and was re-appointed for another three-year term in June. He serves on the board’s development and membership and governance subcommittees.

“Jeff is an excellent appointment for the chairmanship of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer,” said Joanne Shoveller, Guelph’s vice-president for alumni affairs and development. “He is a team builder who is very goal-oriented and very focused on results, and he understands the power of networks and the power of education in solving large problems. In addition, he is committed to his community and truly cares about people. He is an excellent example of the resourceful, innovative and compassionate people who make up our alumni body.”

Lozon also served as Ontario’s deputy health minister from 1999 to 2000. He will stay on as president and CEO of St. Michael’s Hospital while holding the agency chairmanship.

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