News release: Doug Roth appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Heart & Stroke

March 25, 2020 (TORONTO) - The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Roth to Chief Executive Officer, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, effective immediately.

For more than 65 years, Heart & Stroke has led the fight against heart disease and stroke. While the death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined more than 75% over this time, we still have much more to do. Together with our volunteers, researchers, donors, partners and individuals with lived experience, we are working collaboratively to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery through research, health promotion and public policy. Our focus is on our vision of life uninterrupted by heart disease and stroke, and our commitment is unwavering. 

“Since joining Heart & Stroke in 2010, Doug has led important initiatives that have propelled the organization in new and exciting directions,” says Dr. Andrew Pipe, Chair of the board of directors. “Doug understands the power of our cause and the evolving needs of our stakeholders as well as the trust they have in Heart & Stroke. With his leadership, we will continue to advance our mission to promote health, save lives, and enhance recovery.” 

For the last decade, Doug has been an integral part of the Heart & Stroke family, most recently in the role of Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and Head of Social Enterprise. In this capacity, Doug led the consultation process and collective effort to develop the strategic plan that will guide the organization through to 2025. His teams have focused on driving strategy and evaluation, financial performance and greater mission impact. He also helped propel Heart & Stroke into new business areas such as social financing, and lead our national expansion of Activate, all through innovative thinking and strategic partnerships. 

 “It is incredibly rewarding working at Heart & Stroke, and I welcome the challenge of leading this great organization,” says Roth. “I have seen the power of relationships between our employees and volunteers, the research community, elected officials, and people with lived experience. These relationships will allow us to continue to evolve and grow and meet the evolving needs of people in Canada whose lives are touched by heart disease and stroke.

Doug holds a Master of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He lives in Toronto and is a board member of the Stratford Summer Music Festival and the STAR Family Health Team.

All Heart & Stroke offices are closed as we seek to protect everyone’s health during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are still working virtually, remaining active and committed to our communities. Essential services like our call centres, website and online communities continue. 

For more information:
Teresa Roncon
Sr. Manager, Communications
416-489-7111, x. 23060

About Heart & Stroke

Life. We don’t want you to miss it. That’s why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. We must generate the next medical breakthroughs, so people in Canada don’t miss out on precious moments. Together, we are working to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery through research, health promotion and public policy.