Heather Borquez

The Canadian Lung Association, Canada

Speaking Agenda — Thursday March 10

Value Propositions of Science for Healthier Societies 1:30 — 5.30pm
"How can we reach beyond incremental impact on the massive Canada burden of lung disease?"


Heather Borquez is the President and CEO of the Canadian Lung Association, which has, since 1900 provided a broad range of vital services for lung health to Canadians. The Canadian Lung Association has led national and international lung health initiatives and is a trusted source of lung health information for Canadians. The Canadian Lung Association and its provincial counterparts and medical societies advocate to governments at every level on clean air, anti-smoking legislation, and for increased funding for respiratory research. Our 2009 “smoke free cars for kids’ together with other initiatives resulted in legislation banning smoking in cars in Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia.
The Canadian Lung Association funds world class respiratory research, and supports doctors and health care professionals set the highest standards for patient care. We work with other countries to improve care and treatment for Tuberculosis and other lung diseases and our National Lung Health Framework in Canada is pulling stakeholders from across Canada together in a coordinated approach towards the prevention and management of respiratory disease.
Ms. Borquez has a Master’s in Education and prior to the Canadian Lung Association worked in executive roles in international development; with a variety of organization (Plan International, CARE USA, CARE Canada, the United Nations and CUSO). As a senior executive with Plan International in West Africa, Tanzania and the Dominican Republic she delivered a number of multi-million dollar health and education programs focusing on community level care for Malaria, HIV/AIDs, AIDs orphan care, and maternal child health care; developed human and financial resources, built new partnerships and enhanced government relations. Her work in Canada has centered on developing bilateral relations with the Canadian International Development Agency for programs in public health and health research in Africa and Latin America