Rick Hansen Institute names vice-president

Former London, Ont. Transit Commission head Greg Latham has been appointed vice-president of the Rick Hansen Institute effective April 15.

"I am thrilled to have someone of Greg's calibre on our team," says Rick Hansen, president and CEO of the institute.

"He brings not only a wealth of experience in the field of disability to our organization, but his operational strengths and project management expertise will help to take us to the next level of success. I truly believe our best work is yet to come."

Latham has 25 years of direct, collaborative experience in working to improve the status of persons with disabilities.

He chaired the steering committee that established the first Alberta Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and is internationally known for his work on transportation programs for people with disabilities.

In this newly created position, Latham will be responsible for ensuring the long-term success of the institute by providing strategic and operational support to the president/CEO, and ensuring the efficient, effective and economic operation of the organization.

He will play a prominent role in providing corporate leadership to the institute as it continues to grow and meet its objectives.

In August 1997, UBC and Rick Hansen created the Rick Hansen Institute. Its mission is to provide leadership in the field of disability in the areas of fund development and awareness, with a special emphasis on spinal cord injury.