Feb 2013

The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation Welcomes Stephen Snyder to the Board of Directors

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Canada has shown true leadership in stem cell science. The original discovery was made here and the pioneering work of James Till and Ernest McCulloch’s established the foundation for generations of scientists who continue to show their leadership.

New Leaders Are Supporting the Stem Cell Cause

Today, as scientists make new discoveries and we move closer to the clinical application of stem cell science, new leaders are joining the cause. Philanthropists, celebrities, and business leaders are committing to support stem cell science and ensuring that Canada builds on its legacy of leadership in stem cell science.

Their leadership is raising awareness of the cause. They are lending their expertise, making financial commitments, and sharing the promise of stem cell science with others. Their contributions are critical in providing guidance to the Foundation as we build broad-based support among Canadians.

A Distinguished Business and Community Leader

As the work of the Foundation grows, our Board of Directors has grown as well. Today, we are pleased to introduce one of the newest members of the Board, Mr. Stephen Snyder.

Mr. Snyder is a distinguished business and community leader. He has led the growth and development of a number of major Canadian businesses as President & CEO including TransAlta Corporation, Camco Inc., Noma Industries Ltd., and GE Canada. He is also a Director of Intact Financial Corporation and a past Director of CIBC, Canadian Hunter and Zenon Environmental.

His commitment to the community is no less impressive. Mr. Snyder has been asked to Chair a number of prestigious charitable and non-profit organizations including:

    • The Calgary Stampede Foundation Campaign
    • The Alberta Secretariat to End Homelessness
    • The Canada-Alberta ecoEnergy Carbon Capture & Storage Task Force
    • The Conference Board of Canada
    • The Calgary Zoological Society and the Zoo’s “Destination Africa” capital campaign
    • The Canadian Electrical Association
    • The United Way of Calgary and Area

Mr. Snyder’s contributions have been widely recognized. In 2005, he was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the province. In 2008, he received the Honorary Associate Award from The Conference Board of Canada, and in 2009 he was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Sherrold Moore Award of Excellence.

We are honoured that Mr. Snyder has chosen to dedicate his time and his passion to the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation. His leadership complements the commitments made by our other distinguished Board Members to reinforce Canada’s continued leadership in the field of stem cell science.

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