Dr. Arthur T. Porter sworn into the Privy Council

On September 4, 2008, at a swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, appointed Dr. Arthur T. Porter, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the McGill University Health Centre, a Councillor of the Privy Council for Canada

Privy Councillors provide aid and counsel to the Government of Canada on national and international matters such as legislation, government policy or other areas of concern to the country.

Dr. Porter has an extensive international background, which includes business, medical practice and academic leadership positions in Canada, Europe, Africa and the United States. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, and has worked to establish a variety of international healthcare programmes. He also serves on a number of corporate boards, including Air Canada. Later the same day, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, appointed the Honourable Dr. Porter to the five-member Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC). The SIRC examines and evaluates reports relating to the national security of Canada.

For the last six years, it has been my pleasure to lead the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Affiliated with the Faculty of altMedicine of McGill University, the MUHC is one of the world’s foremost academic health centres comprises the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, and the Lachine Hospital. Together, our hospitals and the Research Institute of the MUHC represent close to two centuries of peer-recognized contributions to patient care, research and teaching, each with its stellar list of medical pioneers, medical and technological firsts, and new talent.

In 2003, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services has created its health network or Réseau universitaire intégré de santé (RUIS) by dividing the province into four regions led by a faculty of medicine and its designated academic health centre. Since that time, the MUHC has worked with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and its network partners to assure 1.7 million people across 63% of Quebec, from Nunavik, James Bay-Cree Territories, and Outaouais region to Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Montreal and the Montérégie, benefit from the care they need when they need it. Moreover, we have helped coordinate research, a regional staffing plan, teaching and technology assessment.


Originally from Sierra Leone, Dr. Arthur T. Porter is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in Cambridge, altEngland, where he also earned a masters degree in natural sciences from the same university. He holds a masters degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and certificates in medical management from Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He is an author of more than 300 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books and in proceedings of conferences. He is credited with introducing several novel concepts to radiation therapy. His major areas of academic endeavors relate to medical uses of radioactive isotopes and the treatment of prostate cancer. Dr. Porter has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and has worked to establish international medical research and treatment programs in Turkey, India, Yemen and throughout Europe.

From 1986-88, Dr. Porter served as Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology and later as Senior Radiation Oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. During this period, he was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. In 1988 through to 1991, he held the position of Chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the London Regional Cancer Centre and later Chairman of the Department of Oncology at Victoria Hospital Corporation.

The Hon. Dr. Arthur T.Porter and Dr.Trevor W. Payne, C. M.
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