Julie Quenneville and Norman Steinberg

The MUHC Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Norman Steinberg, Ad. E. as Chair of our Board of Directors.

Before being named Chair, Steinberg served as Vice-Chair of the foundation, and Chair of the Development Committee. The international mergers and acquisitions lawyer became involved in the foundation when he was asked to work on its capital campaign in 2006.

“I’ve always enjoyed raising money for vital and important causes,” explains Steinberg. “It’s great working with Foundation President Julie Quenneville and her colleagues. They are a top-notch professional team.”

Steinberg believes the foundation’s role is a crucial one when it comes to providing superior patient care at the MUHC.

“I’m going to quote one of our leading physicians and Surgeon-in-Chief at the MUHC, Dr. Gerald Fried. What Gerry said is that our Foundation makes the difference between mediocrity and excellence in healthcare. We work to ensure that we can have hospitals that go beyond mediocrity in all respects.”

The Foundation raises funds to supply the MUHC healthcare and research teams with state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and sufficient resources to be at the forefront of medicine.

“We are able to recruit the best doctors to the MUHC, because they know that they are stepping into an excellent hospital and research institute. This happens in large part due to philanthropy. It is the reason why our donors and volunteers are so important to building a truly great hospital.”

Steinberg is Chair Emeritus of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, the first Canadian legal practice to go international. From 2005 to March 2017, he was Co-Chair and then Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright and its predecessor firm, Ogilvy Renault. As a professional who has built his law career on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, privatization and corporate governance, Steinberg understands the broader value of having a strong hospital.

“I’ve seen the flip side of it. When our clients are recruiting a new CEO in Montreal, what does the CEO and their family consider? They look at the healthcare system, the schools, and the museums,” notes Steinberg. “They look at all of those things before they make a decision to come here. It could be the best company in the world that is based here, but they aren’t going to come if we haven’t first ticked off the boxes of great hospitals, great restaurants and museums, great schools.”

Steinberg was named Chair of the Board of Directors at the MUHC Foundation’s annual general meeting September 12. He succeeds Anna Martini, Executive Vice-president and Chief Financial Officer at the Club de hockey Canadien, Bell Centre and evenko. To view the full list of our 2018-2019 Board of Directors click here.