Eldon Smith OC MD FRCPC

Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan, Canada

Speaking Agenda — Thursday March 10

Value Proposition of Science for Healthier Societies 1:30 — 5.30pm
"Is Canada's heart health strategy critical for sustainable health care?"


Eldon Smith is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

He was born and educated in Nova Scotia, receiving his medical degree cum laude from Dalhousie University in 1967.  Following Internal Medicine and Cardiology training in Canada, UK, and the USA, Dr. Smith joined the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie in 1973.  In 1980, he moved to Calgary to become Professor and Head of the Cardiology Division at Foothills Hospital and the University of Calgary.  He became Head of the Department of Medicine in 1985 and Associate Dean (Clinical Affairs) in 1990.  From 1992 to 1997, Dr. Smith was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.  From 1997 until 2010, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Dr. Smith’s research interests include circulatory mechanics, exercise physiology and echocardiography.  He has published more than 250 papers and book chapters and has been a contributor to many national and international organizations; he has been President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges and Vice President of the Inter-American Society of Cardiology.  He has served on a number of public boards including the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, the Alberta Health Professions Advisory Board, and the Premier’s Advisory Council on Health in Alberta. He founded and served as President and Director of the Peter Lougheed Medical Research Foundation, a national initiative to support excellence in health research in Canada. He is chair of the Advisory Board of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and from 2006 to 2010 he was appointed by the Federal Government to chair the development of a National Strategy for Cardiovascular Health and Disease.

Dr. Smith has received a number of honors/awards including the Young Investigator’s Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Keon Achievement Award of the University of Ottawa, 125th Anniversary of Canada Commemorative Medal for Contributions to the Citizens of Canada, The Achievement Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Alumnus of the Year, Dalhousie University, Dedicated Service Award of the Heart and Stroke Foundations of Canada, Certificate of Meritorious Service of the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons, Beamish Award for Leadership in Cardiovascular Science and Education from the University of Manitoba, Certificate of Recognition from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Order of the University of Calgary, a citation from the Senate of the Philippines for aid in developing medical education in that country, the Centennial Medal from the Province of Alberta and the 2005 Medal of Service from the Canadian Medical Association. In 2005, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was the 2007 recipient of the Graham Medal from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and an AsTECH award from the province of Alberta for outstanding contribution to the research and development community. He also has been awarded Life Membership in the Alberta and Canadian Medical Association.

In addition to Public Boards, Dr. Smith serves as a Director of a number of publicly traded companies including Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, Intellipharmaceutics International Inc and Aston Hill Financial.