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September 12, 2013

SickKids home to Women of Influence

Two leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children – Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research, and Daniela Crivianu-Gaita, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer – have been named among the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada’s health sector.

The designation was announced today by Women of Influence magazine.

Now in its third year, the ranking is designed to celebrate and showcase the achievements of the most influential Canadian women in business, health, non-government organizations, professional services, and the public sector over the course of the last year.

All 25 women will be profiled in the winter issue of Women of Influence magazine Nov. 21, and readers have been invited to vote for the five leaders who will appear on the cover of the magazine.

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Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research, and Daniela Crivianu-Gaita, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer.

 Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO, welcomed the announcement. “I am delighted that Janet and Daniela are being recognized this way. They are incredibly dedicated to SickKids and deserve the praise. They are both leaders in their field and are known nationally and internationally for their contributions.”

Haddad herself was named a Woman of Influence in 2011, the first year of the award. The magazine honoured her for her dedication to making SickKids’ vision a reality and for her “desire to learn and grow is what makes her a true leader in health care.”

Rossant is an internationally recognized stem cell and developmental biologist. She has made several discoveries, including identifying stem cells that form the placenta, and she has been able to generate lung cells from stem cells in the petri dish. This last discovery led her to interact with scientists and clinicians in the Cystic Fibrosis Centre at SickKids to generate lung cells from CF patient stem cells and use them to test new drugs for treating CF. This has the potential in the future for designing personalized treatments for different CF patient populations.

She is very active in the international stem cell community – this year she is President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research – and she is asked to sit on many scientific advisory boards for prestigious research institutes worldwide, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the US.  Despite her heavy administrative load leading the SickKids Research Institute, she remains on of the most highly cited scientists in her field.

“SickKids is able to nurture excellence because people like Janet and Daniela lead by example,” said Haddad. “They are role models for the women and men on their teams and aspiring leaders in their fields. We are proud to have them as our colleagues.”

Crivianu-Gaita is executive leader for information management and technology and leads SickKids’ technology strategy, infrastructure and services, and oversees the integration, alignment and implementation of technology solutions to support clinical care, research, education and business operations.

A recognized leader in the health-care system, she is actively involved in leading change strategies for Ontario’s health system including electronic medical records and interfaces between providers.