The Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) is pleased to announce the establishment of a Leadership Council, as part of an ambitious plan to ensure CTAC continues to be Canada’s leading civil society organization addressing access to testing, treatment, care, and support for people living with HIV and HIV/hepatitis C.
The Leadership Council will help CTAC meet the challenges of the future while taking inspiration from our past. Council members will use their extensive expertise to advise the Board and the Executive Director on organizational history, legacy, values, and funding.
We are delighted that Louise Binder and Ron Rosenes, both pivotal and inspirational figures not just in the history of CTAC after co-founding the organization in 1996, but the wider HIV, hepatitis C, and health advocacy communities, have agreed to join the new Leadership Council. Other individuals from across the country will be invited to lend their knowledge, expertise, and influence to the Council. If you would like to be considered for a position on the Leadership Council please contact CTAC’s Chair, Terry Pigeon.
The establishment of the Leadership Council has come after listening to feedback from our members, and it is now time to put the Council back into CTAC to help guide us forward during a period of change.
CTAC’s Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) funding came to an end on April 1st this year, which has prompted a reflection and revaluation of our mission and purpose. The re-establishment of the Leadership Council is part of CTAC’s work to ensure that the organization can robustly face future challenges and meet the needs of people living with HIV and hepatitis C in Canada.
We are also moving forward with a reduced, flexible, staff team and have decreased our costs, including by no longer having a permanent office. CTAC’s work this year is refocussing on some core areas:
• Ending the HIV epidemic, including by engaging in community-based research to understand why people with HIV are dropping out of the care cascade.
• Supporting those living with HIV to manage multiple health conditions and achieve whole health.
• Eliminating hepatitis C as a public health threat by focussing on treatment access issues.
• Vigilantly tracking policy changes, with a view to ensuring treatment access.
• Enabling patients to have a greater voice in policy decisions.
CTAC is proud of and inspired by our history while understanding that we must continue to adapt to meet the needs of the future. The Leadership Council will help CTAC work towards its mission of securing and ensuring access to testing, treatment, care and support for people in Canada living with HIV/AIDS, HIV/hepatitis C or other co-morbidities in order to eliminate these diseases as public health threats.