Doctor shares impact of medical relief in the D.R. & Mayor of Oakville welcomes HPIC at new DC opening

The new distribution centre of Health Partners International of Canada officially opened on Nov. 25 and a variety of donors and partners were there to walk through the facility and hear about the impact of HPIC’s mission.

Even the most basic medicine can make an enormous difference to someone in need, said Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s president, pointing to the racking and skids of medicines and medical supplies in the 11,500 square-foot warehouse. So many people do not have access to medicine, the medicine they need is not available or it is too expensive.

“There are people who are waiting, hoping and praying for this medicine to reach them,” Denis said. “It will be life-saving or allow them to treat their symptoms and resume a normal active life.”

An example of a community that benefits regularly from medical relief provided by HPIC is in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Dario Del Rizzo, a physician and partner in HPIC’s Physician Travel Pack program, spoke at the event about the work he and his church, St. Peter’s in Vaughn, have been doing over the past 9 years.

Every year Dr. Del Rizzo and his community bring enough medicines and medical supplies to provide about 18,000 treatments. “Without you, the donors of medicines, we wouldn’t be able to do this,” he said at the opening.

“If you are born into a shantytown, your life expectancy in the D.R. is 50,” the doctor said. The HIV/AIDS rate is high for young people, malnutrition is around 30 per cent for children and chronic diarrhea affects about 50 per cent of children.

The church community began helping out after a few members were in the D.R. on vacation and became aware of the extreme poverty there. “Our Franciscan priests went to see for themselves and encouraged the parish to help. Without any government funding, with donations of $5 and $10 at a time, we developed programs in nutrition, immunization, education and health,” he said.

When Dr. Del Rizzo travels with the medicines each summer, he leaves enough to supply the pharmacy clinics for a year. “Even if you are working and can see a doctor for free, the doctor gives you a prescription and you cannot fill it,” he said after explaining that a young strong man can earn $2 for two days of work on the sugar cane plantation and that a hotel worker earns about $120 a month. “Gas is 10 cents more than here and everything, things like pasta, are more expensive than in Canada. A month of powdered milk for babies costs about 6 months’ salary.”

“Gradually, we see more progress all the time,” he said. The community now runs programs in 24 bateys or very impoverished communities. Two dozen young people have graduated from university and three doctors have graduated. “In one little clinic, there is a young doctor who we put through medical school and she is there all year along with two nurses,” he said.

“One of the nurses is named Esperanza, hope in English. She has a fitting name. When I asked her if we are making a difference, she said ‘yes’. I said ‘how’. And she replied: ‘Our kids don’t die anymore’. There is nothing more impressive and hopeful than her statement.”

The Mayor of Oakville offered a warm welcome to his town and introduced the local councillor Tom Adams. “I am very proud you chose to come to Oakville. …Congratulations on your 25th anniversary and on delivering 25 million treatments. There are 25 million really good reasons we’re glad you’re here and that’s the work you have done for the world.”

Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s president, mentioned that HPIC is close to having delivered half a billion dollars of medical relief. He thanked the Canadian healthcare industry and referred to the support of Canada’s Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies, the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association and Consumer Health Products Canada.

“We will work so hard to keep the trust of our donors and to act with integrity. …You have saved more lives than you will ever know. Let’s continue on this journey together.”

Denis said that HPIC would like to ramp up the medical relief to provide the next 25 million treatments in half the time it took to deliver the first.

See a video of Dr. Del Rizzo’s speech

See a photo album from the event

Oakville Beaver article

 

Pharmascience’s donated medicines are a blessing

In a few weeks the Dominican Republic will receive the first container of medical relief shipped out of the new efficient distribution centre in Oakville, Ontario of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).  Half the container, which left on Nov. 2, was loaded with medicines donated by Pharmascience, including antibiotics for kids, asthma inhalant, medicine for arthritis pain, cholesterol lowering medicine, fluoride tablets, cough syrup and vitamins.

The 40-foot container was sent in partnership with HOPE International Development Agency and was destined for a mountainous region called San Jose de Ocoa.

The medical relief will be distributed to a network of clinics, hospitals and other facilities, including a Red Cross clinic.

Health facilities are under-resourced and doctors cannot always provide full care to patients, according to HOPE. This shipment will provide residents of San Jose de Ocoa and surrounding provinces with free basic medicines that they would not usually be able to obtain. Treatment and recovery for thousands of people who live in poverty will be possible thanks to this provision of essential medicines.

HOPE has been a partner of HPIC for seven years. They regularly send medical relief to this region of the D.R. and to other countries. HOPE describes their work: “We extend a helping hand to the poorest of the poor so they can regain their self-sufficiency, or in cases of disaster, survive.”

There was a story about a patient living in the same region of the D.R. who benefitted from Pharmascience donations earlier in 2015 in a recent report HPIC received from HOPE:

“Maria Mordan, aged 64, lives alone since her child died of kidney disease at age 27. Mrs. Mordan suffers from bronchial asthma and recently went to a health centre when she had an asthma attack. Rhinaris helped with the symptoms, but the doctor also diagnosed Mrs. Mordan with high blood pressure. A cardiologist at the San Jose de Ocoa hospital prescribed a treatment of 100mg of Losartan. As an older person without any family to support her, Mrs. Mordan refused this treatment because she was worried she could not afford it. However, thanks to the donation from HPIC, Mrs. Mordan was able to access an 8-month supply of Losartan. Mrs. Mordan is so grateful to the donors for helping her.”

The medicines in this earlier shipment, including Rhinaris and Losartan, provided treatment for 69,250 patients in 43 facilities. The staff highlighted the usefulness of Pharmascience’s Losartan donation in particular, and wished to thank HPIC’s donors for these life-saving medicines.

Dr. Jacqueline Castillo of the regional hospital extended the thanks and appreciation of all her colleagues. “Each time that a mother comes to our centre with a child in her arms – or any other patient – seeking medical attention,” wrote Dr. Castillo in her report to HPIC, “and we are able to prescribe them the medication they need and give it to them for free, they are blessed. Thanks to you and your program to help people in need. God bless you.”

“We are very grateful for the long-time commitment of Pharmascience to our mission of delivering health and hope,” said Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s President.

Pharmascience has been donating to HPIC since 1995 and this year, to date, Pharmascience has donated enough medicine to provide an estimated 500,000 treatments!

 

Globe and Mail features HPIC-GSK partnership

Globe and Mail: National Philanthropy Day Feature

Benefits of strong partnerships reach vulnerable people across the globe

Last updated Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 10:32AM EST

Annually for the past nine years, Dominick Shelton has taken a pause from his position as emergency physician at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to provide voluntary medical care in the rural Jamaican community of Maggotty, St. Elizabeth.

Recently, Dr. Shelton brought along enough steroid inhalers to treat 100 asthma patients. The inhalers were donated by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Canada, through the Special Product Request program of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).

“I made the request because asthma medication is very expensive there,” he says. “Even though most medicine is provided by the church-run clinic, many people are too poor to afford additional treatments like inhalers to manage their asthma – so they go without.

“This type of donation is invaluable for providing medical care to people in underprivileged communities. I am grateful I was able to make the connection in Canada to bring help to where it is badly needed.”

This is one example of the benefits of the partnership between GSK and HPIC. “The way that GSK supports us is really the gold standard for corporate philanthropy,” says Linda Campbell, HPIC’s senior director, product planning. For over 20 years, GSK has provided medicine, financial donations and employee volunteer time to support HPIC’s mission to increase access to medicine and improve health in vulnerable communities worldwide.

In some cases, HPIC works with its partner aid agencies in the field to identify specific medication needs and GSK builds in extra capacity in its production runs to produce those products. The company also donates medication for HPIC’s Physician Travel Pack program.

“Canadian health-care practitioners on overseas medical missions bring 50 pounds of medicines packed in two boxes, says Ms. Campbell. “They’re valuable for remote areas because they’re easily transported; we’ve seen them in dugout canoes and on the backs of donkeys. These ‘clinics in a pack’ contain hundreds of treatments.”

In addition, GSK frequently sends groups of employees to help put together the travel packs.

Another key partnership links GSK with Save the Children around a shared mission to tackle some of the leading causes of newborn and childhood deaths in the developing world.

“This innovative partnership combines Save the Children’s child-health expertise and on-the-ground experience with GSK’s resources and knowledge to help save the lives of marginalized children in remote communities worldwide,” says Ylber Kusari, national senior manager, engagement and partnerships, with Save the Children Canada.

Together, GSK and Save the Children are working to develop child-friendly medicines, train health workers and strengthen health systems, widen access to medicines and vaccines, and respond to humanitarian emergencies. They are also jointly advocating for more global action – including by the private sector – to tackle child survival and improve access to health care. Partnership initiatives include a project to reformulate chlorhexidine – a common mouthwash ingredient – into an antiseptic gel for preventing umbilical cord infection.

“The research to develop chlorhexidine gel responds to a serious need. One of the major causes of newborn deaths in poor countries is serious infection at the site of the umbilical stump,” says Mr. Kusari. Employees at GSK frequently do fundraising for Save the Children, and the company sends staff on three- to six-month assignments at Save the Children offices around the world to provide expertise in accounting, marketing and more.

“GSK is a strong supporter of our program to train health workers in remote, hard-to-reach communities,” adds Mr. Kusari. “With GSK’s help, we are building the capacity of local communities to meet the primary health-care needs of their children.”

“In addition to benefiting communities, GSK’s community investments help to boost employee morale and offer employees opportunities to make a contribution where they work and live,” says Alison Pozzobon, director, corporate communications LC, GSK Canada. “At GSK, we share a common vision with our community partners of enhancing health care and doing so in ways that are innovative, sustainable and produce tangible results. We feel privileged to be able to contribute to the realization of their missions as we strive to achieve our own – to help people do more, feel better, live longer.”

Link to Globe and Mail page 

Miracle in Honduras thanks in part to Merck’s partnership with HPIC

Dr. Mallory Chavannes, Dr. Fabian Gorodzinsky, and Dr. Chloe Davidson regularly travel to Honduras on humanitarian medical missions always equipped with medicines provided by HPIC. During their April 2014 mission, they were able to bring healing to about 650 children in the towns around Gracias.

Merck Canada Inc. (Merck) has been a long-time supporter of medical mission trips through HPIC, sponsoring Physician Travel Packs (PTP) such as those used by Dr. Chavannes and her team. This year, Merck will approach the $10 million milestone in donations of medicine as well as in financial support to HPIC.

Each PTP is a standard assortment of essential medicines and medical supplies needed to provide primary care, like bringing a basic pharmacy along.

Of all the hundreds of children Dr. Chavannes treated with PTPs such as those sponsored by Merck, two stood out in her memory. She wrote about these two little boys, aged 12 and 7, in her post-trip report to HPIC.

“Looking at them, you would have thought they were 8 and 3, considering how small they were. They had been abandoned by their mother and were in the care of their father and grandfather,” Dr. Chavannes wrote.

“They had a very rare skin condition called Xeroderma Pigmentosum. This is a genetic condition which affects the skin, depriving it of its natural protection. It places the children at higher risk for cancer from sun exposure. They also are prone to skin ulcerations and corneal abrasions.

“Infections of the skin ulcers can be very problematic. They actually had been lucky to see a dermatologist in Gracias, but they could not afford any therapy. In Canada, they would have been treated with high dose retinoic acid or with 5-FU.

“However, it just so happens this year that the Physician Travel Packs came with multiple bottles of replenishing eye drops. We usually do not have many indications to use these in paediatrics. However, these were perfect for the boys!

“We managed to find a large bag and filled it with eye drops to protect their eyes from corneal abrasions (which can lead to blindness). We also gave them tubes of antibiotic cream to protect their ulcerating skin.

“Combined with sunscreen from our own personal supplies, these boys had enough medication for at least a year to protect them from the sun, keep their wounds from getting infected and protect their eyes.

“It really felt like a miracle that we had the chance to meet these boys and to actually provide medications that they needed,” she wrote.

“This trip would definitely not be the same without the donations of medicine from HPIC’s donors,” Dr. Chavannes wrote in her report. “For some of these children, it is obvious that the timeliness of our presence, combined with the antibiotics, is a life-saving event. It is clear that a young baby affected with pneumonia can suffer severe consequences. Also, considering how difficult it is to fundraise and buy medication at full price for these kinds of missions, it is indispensable to have organizations like HPIC combined with donations from companies for us to be able to deliver care abroad.”

 

Chikungunya symptoms alleviated with donations from CHP Canada members

When we think of essential medicines, we often think of prescription medicines. But it is amazing how effective over-the-counter medicines can be to treat everyday illnesses and even relieve symptoms of some exotic viruses in developing and impoverished areas of the world.

HPIC has had a long running partnership with Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada) and several of its member companies, manufacturers of non-prescription – or self-care – products. CHP Canada has been a partner since the earliest days and was a major sponsor of HPIC’s mission during this anniversary year.

In 2014, there was an outbreak of the chikungunya virus in the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere. Fortunately, HPIC was able to provide a major shipment of medicines suited to this outbreak- many from CHPC members.

Chikungunya is a virus spread by infected mosquitos that causes debilitating joint pain and high fevers. Other symptoms are muscle pain, rash, headache, nausea, and fatigue. Chikungunya usually isn’t fatal, but there have been deaths related to the disease. Infants and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this virus.

“There is no specific antiviral drug treatment for chikungunya,” the World Health Organization states in a fact sheet about the disease. “Treatment is directed primarily at relieving the symptoms.”

Originally from Africa, the virus has spread to many parts of the world and landed in the Caribbean about two years ago. Haiti was ground zero for the first outbreak there.

HPIC provided medical relief through Food for the Poor to Haiti in 2014 when the country was experiencing an epidemic. “The beneficiaries were relieved of pain after receiving acetaminophen or ibuprofen,” wrote Food for the Poor’s agent in Haiti. “These are the only safe medicines that can treat the virus. It was a big relief for infected people to receive these medicines.”

Over-the-counter medicines we use here every day in Canada, are important and essential medicines for many of HPIC’s projects, including the Mother-Child Health Kit and Physician Travel Pack. These medicines and vitamins provide tremendous relief and are very appreciated by our program partners.

 

Teva Canada keeps HPIC supplied in basic medicines like amoxicillin

As the largest manufacturer of generic medicines in the world, Teva touches the lives and improves the health of people all over the globe every day. But did you know that Teva Canada Limited delivers health and healing to the most vulnerable communities in the world through its long-term partnership with Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC)?

Teva Canada has been a donor to HPIC since 2003, providing close to $40 million of donated essential medicines and annual general funding to support HPIC’s mission. This year Teva Canada retired the Canadian Medicine Aid Program (CAN-MAP), which it started 30 years ago to distribute medicines to teams and doctors on overseas medical missions, and entered a partnership with HPIC to redirect all humanitarian requests to HPIC’s Special Product Request program.

Teva Canada product can be found in all HPIC Physician Travel Packs and in many other provisions of medical relief. Doctors often request Teva Canada product for their specialized missions, such as pediatric surgery missions.

I would like to thank Teva Canada for being a consistent donor of essential medicines and platinum sponsor of HPIC’s 25th anniversary.

One of the most universally requested medicines is amoxicillin, a drug administered to both children and adults to treat bacterial infections in various parts of the body.

Here are some testimonies about how Teva Canada’s donated amoxicillin helped treat patients in need:

Clinics at several orphanages, Cambodia, March 2015

“One young girl from the orphanage had very fearful and sad eyes. While we were treating her

with antiparasitic medication and vitamins, we asked her through the interpreter if anything

else was wrong. She lifted her t-shirt to reveal a large nasty weeping wound on the front left of her tummy. We set up to clean the wound using the 10% Betadine solution. It was obviously painful for her as we removed the pus encrusted surface and cleaned it properly. We then applied topical antibiotic, then proceeded to gently dress it with large bandages and tape, applying a bandage around her abdomen to secure everything. We gave her oral amoxicillin as an antibiotic for skin and reviewed her over the next few days. By Day 3 we changed her dressing and noticed about 70% healing. Her eyes had lost some fear, yet the sadness remained. However, the long process of trust was beginning.”
Winter 2014 mobile clinics for people displaced by the typhoon in the Philippines

“One man had been sick with fever, cough and colds for some weeks and had no

money to pay for the medicines he needed. He was so grateful when he heard about the

Medical Mission, he could have free consultation and also free medicines. He received vitamins, Tylenol for his fever and amoxicillin for his infection. We talked to him three days later and he already felt better. Then we had a lady that had a toothache for more than a month. She had no money to pay the dentist so she came when we had the Medical Mission. She was given amoxicillin so her tooth infection was cured and then she had a tooth extraction. She felt like a new person when the pain was gone! We gave her Tylenol for pain. Many mothers with babies were grateful for the free medicines, especially Tylenol and antibiotics.

 

“We would like to say a big thank you for all the good medicine that you gave us. All the patients are very grateful. The doctors in the Philippines that have been working together with us were very impressed by the quality of the medicine.”

 

Haiti mobile clinics, January 2015

“I would like to thank you so much for all the supplies and prescriptions. They were all used and the patients and staff were extremely grateful for the donations. Many people waited from 3 a.m. to see the doctor and then receive medications. The families struggle daily to provide food to their families and simply do not have money to see a doctor, get tests, or receive needed medications.

 

“The parents of children appeared to be the most thankful, often only wanting their children to be seen.

 

“There are many stories of healing. A 7-year-old boy had an open and infected wound on the bottom of his foot for several weeks (maggots and flies were present). First aid and wound care were given. Also the patient was given a supply of amoxicillin, and children’s acetaminophen.

The group feels the PTPs were very useful and enabled us to give needed medications to

those in great need.”

 

 

HPIC Statement re: irresponsible reporting by TVA Nouvelles and Journal de Montréal

The staff and board members of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) are appalled by the television report that aired on TVA Nouvelles Oct. 26, 2015 and the related story that was published in the Journal de Montréal Oct. 27, 2015.

This story is an absolute distortion of HPIC’s work, our organizational identity, our values and our ways of operating. Inspired by Christian values, HPIC has worked over the last 25 years with more than 1,000 different program partners to provide donated medical relief to the world’s most vulnerable people.

The story states that HPIC provided millions of dollars of funding to five organizations, which is absolutely and unequivocally false. No funds have ever been released to these groups or any other groups in Canada or abroad. Rather, HPIC provided medical relief shipments to vulnerable communities through these organizations in the past. The scope and context of our work is missing from this damaging, sensational “story.”

This story focused on a handful of partners from our past. HPIC severed ties with four of the five groups mentioned as soon as information surfaced (respectively in 2003, 2010, 2011 and 2013) that was counter to our humanitarian mission. Work with Human Concern International is currently suspended while we investigate; the last shipment of medical relief was over a year ago.

HPIC works according to best practices and in compliance with Canada Revenue Agency rules, WHO Guidelines for Medicine Donations, Imagine Canada’s Ethical Standards Program and Health Canada Establishment Licence regulations.

HPIC is a not-for-profit relief and development organization that delivers health and hope to the world’s most vulnerable people. We are dedicated to increasing access to medicine and improving health in the developing world through the provision of essential medicines & medical supplies, pharmaceutical management and logistics, and capacity-building projects.

In the rare instances that unethical, improper or illegal activities are reported or uncovered, HPIC investigates and suspends partnerships appropriately. Such suspensions have taken place over the years for various reasons including a partner losing Canada Revenue Agency status, another partner’s distribution centre being operated in a disorganized manner that made us lose confidence, and failure to provide reporting.

In the past year, HPIC added capacity to our programs team by hiring two additional staff people. Their primary function is monitoring, reporting and evaluation.

It is the position of HPIC that publishing and broadcasting the story was irresponsible and defamous.

The trust of our donors is paramount and we are committed to using the resources entrusted to us to provide the maximum benefit to the most vulnerable communities in the world.

Every year we provide about 1.5 million treatments to communities in need. Focusing on the needs of our beneficiaries, we will continue to advance our mission with a diversity of partners (physicians, health workers, humanitarian organizations, faith-based organizations (Christian, Muslim, etc), community groups) according to best practices.

Update: Québecor Média inc. deleted the report on all their web sites within 24 hours of its broadcast/publication. 

AstraZeneca medicines essential for surgical missions

For more than 20 years, AstraZeneca has been a major partner in the work of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) to increase access to medicine for the most vulnerable communities in the world.

Over the next year, we expect AstraZeneca to surpass $25 million in donated medicines to HPIC. AstraZeneca also contributes a major financial gift every year to assure the general funding of HPIC’s healing mission.

AstraZeneca regularly donates anesthetic injections, such as Xylocaine and Diprivan, requested by surgical mission teams.

HPIC equipped the B.C. Children’s Hospital Uganda Pediatric Surgery Camp with specially requested medicines for their mission in 2014. The catchment area for the hospital in Uganda where the team works is “very poor, and there is no way the patients and families could afford to pay for their surgery, antibiotics or pain medication,” Dr. Eleanor Reimer of the team wrote in a report to HPIC.

“There was a child with a bowel obstruction who would certainly have died if she had not received the life-saving surgery that our team was able to provide. She was born six weeks premature so she also benefitted from the pediatric anesthesia expertise that we were able to provide. The medicines that HPIC provided such as propofol (Diprivan), antibiotics, local anesthetic, all contributed to the very best care of this infant. Mom and Dad were absolutely thrilled with this life-saving surgery. We couldn’t have done it without the generous HPIC donors of medicine.”

AstraZeneca was also a major donor of medicines to meet needs in Afghanistan, especially for women and children. For five years, HPIC managed a Capacity Building and Access to Medicine project there in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health and nine hospitals in Kabul.

AstraZeneca’s commitment to HPIC has been consistent and reliable over the last two decades.

View AstraZeneca’s short video celebrating HPIC’s Mission on the occasion of our 25th anniversary. 

 

Matching funds for HPIC’s Syria medical relief

From 2011 until now, Health Partners International of Canada has provided $3.6 million in essential medicines and medical supplies to internally displaced Syrians and those living as refugees in camps and communities in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.

We have been able to deliver an estimated 300,000 courses of treatment thanks to our donors and several partner organizations.

“Now we are hoping to do more since the Government of Canada is matching all donations $1 for $1 from individuals to any Canadian registered charity’s Syrian relief projects until Dec. 31,” said Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s President.

HPIC’s programs team is actively following this greatest humanitarian crisis of our time and is ready to move once more funding becomes available.

HPIC is currently in touch with several on-the-ground partners to determine needs, and speaking with healthcare donors to procure the medicines and medical supplies required.

“We had more hope for an end to the conflict in the early days, now we are focused on raising awareness about the urgent humanitarian needs and moving as much medical relief as possible,” says Bayan Khatib, communications manager for UOSSM-Canada, the local chapter of the international network The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations.

UOSMM-Canada is one of the organizations HPIC is working with to expedite medical relief to Syria and to equip Canadian medical teams for work in Turkey among the refugees. HPIC has also worked with International Medical Corps, ANERA and individual Canadian doctors.

“UOSSM is the largest medical relief organization operating in Syria, working as the implementing partner for the U.N. and other NGOs,” Bayan said. “We coordinate medical relief efforts, pay the salaries of 600 local doctors and health workers and provide essential medicines and medical supplies to 80 hospitals and 12 primary care centres.

“We have provided training to thousands of health workers to help them do this vital work in a war zone. They are doing heroic work. There are 1 million injured Syrians and 300,000 dead. If it were not for the doctors and nurses we work with, these numbers would be reversed.”

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria are the weakest, sickest and most impoverished Syrians. “Our goal is to provide medical relief for this most vulnerable group while coming alongside Syrian doctors and health workers.

“Helping HPIC move medicine to Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon is a very direct way to do something about the Syrian crisis,” says Denis. “I urge you to act now and make the most of your donation during the matching funds period, concluding Dec. 31.”

DONATE TO HPIC’s MEDICAL RELIEF FOR SYRIA 

 

Denis St-Amour is HPIC’s new President

MONTREAL (Sept. 10, 2015) – There is a new person leading the mission of Health Partners International of Canada.

“We are pleased to announce that Denis St-Amour, an entrepreneur and management consultant, is our new president,” says Dr. Artaj Singh, Chair of HPIC’s Board of Directors. “Denis brings much experience and passion to his new role, including his service as Chair of World Vision International, one of the biggest NGOs in the world.”

Glen Shepherd had been president from 2009 until last month when he left HPIC to take on a pastoral and administrative leadership role with The Salvation Army in Quebec.

“We are extremely grateful for the commitment of Glen and his family to our mission for the greater part of the last decade,” Dr. Singh says. “With Glen at the helm, HPIC weathered the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and completed a successful capacity building project in Afghanistan, launched our Mother-Child Health Kit project and received accreditation from Imagine Canada. It was a good and fruitful period in the life of our organization and we must give credit to Glen.”

Denis feels called to give back and looks forward to working on HPIC’s challenges and opportunities. “I can’t wait to meet the hands and feet of our mission, the doctors, health professionals and humanitarian organizations we work with, as well as our national network of donors and company donors,” Denis says.

Prior to coming to HPIC, Denis had his own consulting firm for many years and had also served as President of Drake Beam Morin Inc.’s C-Suite Coaching organization. The position was based in New York for North America’s largest and leading firm specialized in coaching, transition and change management, training & leadership development. In addition, Denis led the Canadian operation as president on two separate occasions.

Some of his volunteer portfolio includes serving as founding President of Ballet Ouest de Montréal, President of the Canadian Club of Montreal, and board member of Le Conseil des Arts de Montréal. He has also been invited to lecture at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and the University of Ottawa.

Bio of Denis St-Amour

Meet Denis in this short video