Kids Brain Health Board announces appointment of new CEO

November 7, 2017

Program management expert to oversee Canadian pediatric neuroscience network

The Kids Brain Health Network Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicky Lewis as interim CEO.

Nicky brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior management and executive leadership roles in public health and health research administration to this newly created position.

Returning to Canada after three years in Australia driving research and innovation projects at Murdoch University and leading research development at the renowned Telethon Kids Institute, Nicky is uniquely and ideally positioned to guide KBHN, having served four years as the inaugural executive director of the Network from its inception as NeuroDevNet. Prior to joining the Network, Nicky held positions within the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, CIHR, The University of Toronto and the Nova Scotia Ministry of Health and Senior Citizen’s Secretariat and other major organizations.

“On behalf of the Board, I am thrilled to welcome Nicky back to Kids Brain Health Network,” says Board Chair Dr. Sheila Laredo. “Nicky's experience and expertise in governance, operations and partnership-building is exactly what we need at this critical time to deliver on our mandate of creating social and economic benefit to Canadians with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.“

“I look forward to working with Nicky again,” says KBHN Scientific Director Dr. Dan Goldowitz adds. I am confident she will build on the major advances we have made as a Network, and help propel us toward a successful renewal application in 2019.”

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to return to the leadership of KBHN, collaborating with the Board, Scientific Director, researchers, staff, and partners, and to working again in an area for which I have passion and commitment,” says Nicky Lewis.

“I have watched from afar the tremendous strides forward in KBHN’s research efforts in generating new knowledge with the potential to make important differences to the lives of children and their families,” adds Lewis. “Moving forward, my goal is to facilitate and maximize the collaborative efforts necessary for the rapid translation of these discoveries towards meaningful impact.”