Ambassador of Canada to Kuwait H.E. Martine Moreau welcomed Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to Kuwait, along with a delegation of officials and hospital CEOs from Ontario, Canada. During the visit, two MOUs were signed with the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Kuwait on healthcare cooperation that will allow Kuwait access to a range of Canadian capabilities, and enhance commercial relations between Kuwait and Canada.
During their visit, Dr. Hoskins and the delegation met with the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al Hamad Al-Sabah, with Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim, Speaker of the National Assembly and with Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Acting Minister of Health. During these meetings, areas of mutual concern and possible cooperation were discussed, as well as updates on the status of Canadian companies who are currently active in Kuwait.
During the meeting with Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, two MOUs were signed with the Ministry of Health of Kuwait. One with the Province of Ontario signed by Minister Hoskins, and the other with the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Canadian government crown-corporation, signed by Cameron McKenzie, Vice-President.
These two agreements will set the stage for increased cooperation in several medical sub-domains, including, but not exclusive to, the areas of, emergency medicine response capacity and enhanced specialized medical and health-related services, cancer care, cardiac care and specialized information technology related to the health field, informatics, and trauma response capacity.
The delegation also had the opportunity to meet with two institutions who wish to increase cooperation with Canadian entities. These were the Kuwait Cancer Control Centre with UHN International, along with the Al Adan Hospital with MMI Kuwait. Canadian healthcare companies bring innovative and market proven life sciences products, services and technologies to foreign markets. Other Canadian organizations doing business in Kuwait are the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and Accreditation Canada International.
Dr. Hoskins is a humanitarian award-winning family doctor who spent nearly a decade working in war-torn regions of Africa. In addition to his medical practice and humanitarian service, Dr. Hoskins has been a member of the Ontario legislature since 2009, during which time he has served as Minister of Economic Development, Trade, & Employment, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. He and his wife, Dr. Samantha Nutt, also founded the international charity War Child Canada to help hundreds of thousands of children in war-affected regions across the globe.
Dr. Hoskins’s delegation included:
Omar Khan, Chief of Staff to Minister Hoskins
Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Louis Dimitracopoulos, Director, Policy Coordination and Intergovernmental Relations
William Charnetski, Chief Health Innovation Strategist
Dr. Peter Pisters, CEO, University Health Network (UHN)
Adil Khalfan, Executive Regional Director, UHN – International,
Dr. Barry McLellan, President & CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Martin Gurbin, Vice President, Sunnybrook International
Kamran Lary, President, MMI Kuwait
Cameron McKenzie, Vice-President, Canadian Commercial Corporation
Don Olson, Director, Business Development & Sales, Canadian Commercial Corporation