Arthur T. Porter was appointed on June 24, 2010, as Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), an agency which provides Parliament and the Canadian public with an external review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). SIRC also investigates complaints by individuals concerning CSIS and examines reports by Ministers relating to the national security of Canada.
Dr. Arthur T. Porter brings a unique blend of medical practice, finance and business experience to healthcare leadership.
After attending the University of Sierra Leone, he transferred to Cambridge University in England, where he received his bachelor of arts in anatomy, master of arts in natural sciences and his medical degree.
Later, Dr. Porter earned his master of business administration from the University of Tennessee and certificates in Medical Management from Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He received his Diplomate Status and Fellowship in Health Care Administration from the American Academy of Medical Administrators.
Following his training in Medical and Radiation Oncology, Dr. Porter assumed several senior positions in Canada, including that of Senior Specialist at the University of Alberta, Chief of Radiation Oncology at the London Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman of Oncology at Victoria Hospital in Ontario.
Dr. Porter’s extensive international background includes medical practice, business and academic leadership positions in Canada, Europe, Africa and the United States. He has also served as a Consultant to the World Health Organization, and has worked to establish international research and treatment programs in Turkey, Yemen, Bahamas, Brazil, Liberia and throughout Europe.
In 2005, Dr. Porter was appointed President of the Quebec provincial government’s new Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé (RUIS). The plan divides the province of Québec into four geographic regions – to be served by McGill and the Universities of Montréal, Sherbrooke and Laval – with tertiary services, education and research coordinated by each university’s faculty of medicine and its associated teaching hospital.
In February 2004, Dr. Porter was appointed Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in Montréal. With six teaching hospitals affiliated with McGill University, the MUHC is one of the most comprehensive academic health centres in North America with over 1,300 clinicians and some 14,000 healthcare professionals, researchers and other other personnel.
Dr. Porter also continues to teach at the University of Tennessee, McGill University, and University of West Indies.