Since its inception in September 1998, Canadian Blood Services has been committed to operating in an open, transparent and collaborative manner. To ensure effective public participation, Canadian Blood Services has launched a number of public involvement initiatives.
We work with patient groups, clinicians, health-care organizations and governments to improve patient outcomes, to help health systems operate more effectively and to get the best quality and value from our collective public investments. Our efforts connect medical practitioners to proven best practices, and leading researchers to the latest insights from the front lines of treatment. Working with a diverse community of stakeholders, we are proud to play our part in fulfilling a shared purpose: to support the health and well-being of all Canadians.
National liaison committee
The National Liaison Committee helps ensure that interested Canadians contribute to decision-making on issues affecting the blood system. The National Liaison Committee is intended to identify issues, and offer ideas, opinions and concerns from across Canada.
The National Liaison Committee will ensure that Canadians – particularly those who have an interest in the blood system – contribute to decision making on issues affecting the blood system. The National Liaison Committee is intended to identify issues, and offer ideas, opinions and concerns from across Canada.
The committee meets twice per year. The two-day meeting in the fall is scheduled to coincide with the annual Honouring Our Lifeblood ceremony. On the second day of the fall meeting, the committee meets with the full Canadian Blood Services board of directors. The co-chairs may, at any time, request additional meetings, either face-to-face or via teleconference.
Four regional liaison committees across the country, which are made up of members of the public, stakeholders and the medical community, provide input on blood system issues, ensure special interests are brought to the attention of Canadian Blood Services, and build effective relationships. Representatives from each Regional Liaison Committee participate on the National Liaison Committee.
Canadian Blood Services’ Regional Liaison Committees serve a critical role in the operation of Canada’s blood system. Regional Liaison Committees were formed in 2001 as a result of Justice Krever’s recommendation that the Canadian public have access to information about the policy, management and operations of the blood supply system and be represented in the decision-making. The committees help inform Canadian Blood Services’ decision-making through dialogue and consultation, and provide the organization with a broader understanding of stakeholder views, needs and concerns.
The Regional Liaison Committees serves as an ongoing conduit between Canadian Blood Services and the communities it serves by communicating organizational decisions and policies to communities and by raising community issues and concerns with the organization. The functions of the committees are to:
Engage regional stakeholders in dialogue and gather their views.
Assist Canadian Blood Services in communicating with regional stakeholders, and facilitate relationship building with regional stakeholders.
Support donor and volunteer recruitment through active, ongoing advocacy efforts.
There are four Regional Liaison Committees. Each Committee meets twice per year and as required.
Regional Liaison Committee membership includes the Canadian Blood Services regional director, donors, recipients, volunteers, hospital partners, clinic organizers, patient groups and sponsors.