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Congratulations to Dr. Marcia Anderson for being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2018 by Women’s Executive Network (WXN)! For the past 15 years, WXN has celebrated the accomplishments of 100 Canadian women who have strongly contributed to their organizations, their areas of expertise and their communities.

Marcia Anderson - named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women in 2018

This year, Dr. Marcia Anderson was recognized for her remarkable contributions and achievements as a leader in Indigenous Health. Dr. Anderson has played an instrumental role in several key initiatives in Indigenous medical education, access and innovation. Below are just a few examples from an extensive list:

  • 2011: Named Head of the Section of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Health, Dr. Anderson worked collaboratively to improve the physician vacancy rate in the Northern Medical Unit from approximately 50 per cent to 5 per cent.
  • 2011: Served as the Chair of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress and received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for her contributions to Indigenous peoples’ health.
  • 2015: After the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action, Dr. Anderson led the development of the Action Plans in response and continues to chair the implementation of the action plans from her current role at the University of Manitoba.
  • 2017: Part of the leadership team that developed the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health with a mandate to provide leadership and advance excellence in research, education and health services in collaboration with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.

Manitoba has been home to Dr. Anderson her whole life. Dr. Anderson is a Cree-Anishinaabe woman. She grew up in the north end of Winnipeg and has roots in Peguis First Nation and Norway House Cree Nation.

Today, she practices internal medicine at the Adult Medical Clinic at Grace Hospital, is a Medical Officer of Health for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), and is the Executive Director of Indigenous Academic Affairs at the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

“Dr. Anderson has built strong relationships within Indigenous community organizations in Winnipeg and has immerged as an influential leader in Indigenous health,” said Catherine Cook, Provincial lead Indigenous health, Shared Health, “We congratulate her and are fortunate to work with such an accomplished colleague.”

Dr. Anderson is a member of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic provincial clinical team building Manitoba’s first provincial clinical and preventive services plan, as part of our overall health system transformation. Her passion for working to improve the continuity of care available to Indigenous people makes her a very valued member of the team that is helping to shape the future of Manitoba’s health system.

Congratulations also go to Tina Jones, Chair of the Board of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation Board of Directors. Her fundraising efforts, tireless volunteer work and successful business, Banville & Jones Wine Company, also earned her a spot in Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2018.