Gail Attara is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the GI (Gastrointestinal) Society (www.badgut.org). She began in 1996 as Executive Director of the organization’s sister charity, The Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, and led that organization from a small BC charity into a national presence before co-founding the GI Society in 2008. The two organizations collaborate to provide useable evidence-based information to gastrointestinal and liver patients in Canada.
Gail’s motto, ‘the patient comes first’, directs her resolve for patient-focused health care and commitment to increasing awareness about the seriousness of digestive illnesses. Gail has a solid background in public relations and fundraising and is an active community volunteer in Canada serving on numerous Boards, and overseas, where she has worked with orphans. She is also a published freelance author and artist. Gail has been an invited speaker coast-to-coast on more than 100 occasions, to wide-ranging audiences, including physicians, patients, pharmacists, and health care decision-makers.
Participating as a member of the Best Medicines Coalition since 2005, Gail is now serving her seventh year as Chair. Gail was a member of the Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration among health care stakeholders, the Innovative Medicines Canada Stakeholder and Partnerships Advisory Group, and is on the CADTH Patient Community Liaison Forum, to name a few initiatives.
Gail is also co-founder of Advocacy Boot Camp Inc., with Louise Binder, where she fulfills her goal of expanding the network of knowledgeable patient advocates working in health.