The Board of Directors of the COF announces the retirement of Executive Director and CEO Isla Horvath, effective December 31, 2020.
Isla has served as our lead staff person for the past six years and has made numerous significant contributions to the Foundation. Under her leadership, the COF took on a major task of switching focus from being mainly a provider of patient education materials to becoming a leader in promoting and funding orthopaedic research. Most recently, Isla has led the COF through the initial stages of the pandemic, ensuring financial viability and our ability to deliver on our mission.
Isla’s retirement comes at the end of a 40-year career in the charitable sector and we are pleased that she culminated that career with the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. While we will miss Isla’s leadership, we are most grateful to her for her many contributions and wish her well in her retirement.
The Board of Directors has initiated a search for a new Executive Director and CEO. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that Doug Thomson, former CEO of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, will serve as Interim Executive Director, effective January 1, 2021, supported by our long-time staff team.
Please join us in wishing Isla well in her retirement.