Katie Lafferty
Chief Executive Officer

Before joining the CPSR in 2013, Ms. Lafferty served for 12 years as the Executive Director of the Canadian Stroke Network, a non-profit entity funded by the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. In that role, she oversaw programs and initiatives including the development and implementation of the Canadian Stroke Strategy and the Canadian Stroke Congress. Ms. Lafferty is Vice-Chair of the Board of The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and currently serves on the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital and the Board of Directors of CorHealth. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Vascular Network and co-Chairs the Steering Committee of the Canadian Stroke Trials for Optimized Results initiative. Since 2013, Ms. Lafferty has assisted the NCE program in reviewing applications for new networks as both an Expert Panel participant and Chair. In 2006, Ms. Lafferty and her husband founded Watson’s Pharmacy and Compounding Centre, which has two locations in Ottawa. Prior to 2001, Ms. Lafferty was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Lafferty holds a BSc from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2010, Ms. Lafferty was recognized by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 under 40” for her contributions in the health sector.