Mr. Sam Reda, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation and the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) Foundation, which amalgamated in 2015, is pleased to formally announce the appointment of Ms. Julie Quenneville as President. Ms. Quenneville assumed her responsibilities as of October 5.

Julie Quenneville cut her teeth in the public domain, first as a journalist and then, in 2003, as Associate Chief of Staff and Political Advisor to Philippe Couillard, who was Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services at the time. While working for the government, she was responsible for a number of dossiers, including working hand in hand with stakeholders to keep the Shriners Hospital for Children—Canada in Montreal, which gave her a real taste of what it feels like to engage with a community.

Determined to maintain the deep sense of satisfaction that came with those collaborative efforts and eventual successes, Ms. Quenneville accepted a management role at the MUHC in 2005.  Over the next decade, she assumed increasingly senior strategic positions, culminating with her role as Director of the Development and Marketing department in 2008. Over the next seven years, Ms. Quenneville led the team that developed a strong brand for the MUHC, a pivotal undertaking given that the MUHC had launched the unprecedented $300-million The Best Care for Life capital campaign. As Director, Ms. Quenneville worked closely with the Campaign chair and cabinet, as well as with the MUHC’s clinical, research and administrative leadership. In so doing, she increased the breadth and depth of her knowledge of the MUHC’s priorities. She also developed close ties with the community, with private and corporate donors, and with a host of other stakeholders.

As the MUHC hospitals’ move to the Glen site became a reality, Ms. Quenneville shifted her focus to assure both legacy sites and the Glen facilities would be celebrated appropriately. To achieve this goal, she launched a Legacy Committee, rallied more than 300 volunteers to manage a calendar of special events, including the inauguration and MUHC Loves Montreal community festival, and galvanized new sponsors to provide financial support.

A mother of two children who has also volunteered her time for charitable events and as a hospital board member, Ms. Quenneville understands the importance of quality health care and the invaluable contributions of foundations and their donors. Time and again, she has proven herself to be a creative, gregarious and enterprising leader. These qualities, coupled with her tireless dedication to ensuring that vital healthcare needs continue to be met, make her ideally positioned to lead the MUHC and RVH foundations.

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