Ottawa woman joins Order of Canada

An Ottawa woman is among 43 Canadians who will be honoured at an Order of Canada investiture ceremony Thursday afternoon.

Here’s how the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General describes Marie Esther Fortier:

“Marie Fortier’s expertise in health care has improved the lives of thousands of Canadians. Known for her ability to succeed at difficult tasks, she held a number of senior positions at Health Canada and with the National Forum on Health before serving as the deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she helped to negotiate the Kelowna Accord. Later, as chair of the Champlain Region’s Health Integration Network, she worked to improve health services in Eastern Ontario and to safeguard the accessibility of health care for Francophones in their own language. She continues to play a leading role in health policy discussions as a board member of Health Quality Ontario.”

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