2017 Annual Report / Notice of closure

2017
Publication issue: 
Winter

Notice of closure

It is with regret that we inform you that the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 unanimously approved the dissolution of Canadians for Health Research (CHR/CRM) effective December 31, 2017. 

The Web site will close as of December 31, 2017.

The P.O. Box, phone and fax have been shut down. Should you wish to reach us, please do so by email:  info@chrcrm.org.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I take this opportunity to thank you for your support and interest in CHR’s efforts. 

Patricia Guyda, C.M.

Canadians for Health Research

2017 Annual Report

Since 1976, Canadians for Health Research, a national, not-for-profit organization, has contributed to the public understanding of progress achieved by members of Canada’s medical and scientific communities. Under the leadership of Patricia Guyda, supported by the efforts of a dedicated volunteer board of directors, and without any government funding, the organization has served as Canada’s premier grass roots science advocacy and outreach organization.  Despite minimal financial resources, numerous publications, programs and services, including intelligence on animal “rights” activism as it impacts health research, have been delivered with credibility and integrity.  Amongst many accomplishments, CHR was instrumental in campaigning for the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Over the past year, CHR’s Board of Directors has faced a fundamental decision concerning ongoing viability of the organization. Over the past several years, the board actively explored various organizational, management and funding mechanisms that might serve to sustain CHR going forward.  These included out-sourcing administration to a third-party firm that specializes in small, non-profit operations; meeting with academic institutions to explore endowing a university position that could deliver some of CHR’s current research and communication functions; merging with an organization that shares CHR’s goals; and a range of fund raising options that would allow CHR to fill one or more management roles.

Unfortunately, none of these efforts bore fruit.  Given the greatly increased competition amongst organizations dedicated to advocating for health research, the plethora of special interests that have evolved over time to address issues related to research funding, and the glut of information (not all of it credible) with which the public is currently bombarded, the Board has concluded that the expenditures required to support CHR’s work exceed potential revenue sources, and that no viable realistic alternatives exist. 

In view of the foregoing, and with deep regret, the Board proposes to dissolve Canadians for Health Research while sufficient resources remain to ensure a responsible and comprehensive process of dissolution. We have retained legal counsel to guide us through each step, with particular emphasis on protecting the name “Canadians for Health Research.”   The credibility and good will associated with this name, after more than four decades, is a legacy that we must strive to protect from co-option for other purposes.

While dissolution is in no way a satisfying solution to a complex problem, we trust that the many people who have supported CHR over its lifetime will share our conclusion that it is a realistic and practical approach. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of you who have made this work well worthwhile, and assure you that the same professional standards we have upheld since our beginning will be adhered to at our end.


Tim Lougheed, Chairman

Thank you to the dedicated supporters and readers of Future Health. Your contributions and curiosity about the groundbreaking scientific research in this country in the healthcare field have propelled this organization forward for over 40 years.
A special thanks and tribute to Pat Guyda, CM, for her years of steadfast dedication to this worthy cause.