MUHC calls emergency meeting to discuss future of its CEO
Published Friday, November 11, 2011 6:14PM EST
MONTREAL - The McGill University Health Network will hold an emergency meeting Sunday afternoon to discuss the future of its CEO and director Dr. Arthur Porter, CTV News has learned.
The meeting comes following revelations this week about Porter's business dealings, which led to his resignation as chairman of Canada's Security Intelligence Review Committee.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper accepted Porter's resignation from the position on Thursday.
The National Post newspaper reported earlier this week that Porter had forged a business arrangement with a controversial international lobbyist.
The article revealed Porter, a native of Sierra Leone, once struck a deal with middleman Ari Ben-Menashe on a $120-million aid-for-development initiative from Russia. It would have given African Infrastructure Group, a firm owned by Dr. Porter and his family, the chance to manage infrastructure projects in his homeland.
Porter was appointed head of the MUHC in 2004, where he oversees six hospitals and a budget of nearly $1 billion.
He is also tasked with leading a $2.3-billion redevelopment plan that includes the construction of an adult hospital, new children's hospital, and a research centre.
Last May, Porter announced he would not seek another term with the MUHC but would stay on until next spring to help find a successor.
After attending the University of Sierra Leone, Porter transferred to Cambridge University in England, where he received his B.A. in anatomy, M.A. in natural sciences and his medical degree.
Later, Dr. Porter earned his M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee and certificates in Medical Management from Harvard University and the University of Toronto.
with files from The Canadian Press