Toronto, Canada, January 24, 2022 /CNW – The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is thrilled to announce that, after an extensive national and international search, Dr. Rahim Karim has accepted the prestigious role of President and CEO. The appointment for an initial five year-term, which will begin on July 1, 2022, was confirmed at the January 22, 2022 meeting of the CCNM Board of Governors. Dr. Karim succeeds Dr. Bob Bernhardt, who will be retiring in June after 18 outstanding years as President and CEO. This is an important time for the College, as it celebrates the one-year anniversary of the merger of CCNM with the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Colleen McQuarrie, ND, Chair of the CCNM Board of Governors, is excited to welcome Dr. Karim to the CCNM community and said “Dr. Karim has demonstrated an ability to build communication and rapport within institutions, as well as amongst a variety of different Colleges and Universities. His roots in Chiropractic, Complementary Medicine and Integrative Medicine uniquely position him to immediately understand the landscape of the CCNM as it goes through a dynamic period of growth.
Dr. Karim brings to CCNM an abundance of leadership experience in the education and healthcare sectors, where he has taken on the roles of administrator, educator and clinician. His work experiences range from operating successful multidisciplinary healthcare clinics, to teaching and mentoring, to being involved in the leadership structures of both public and private post-secondary educational institutions.
“I am honoured to have been chosen as the President and CEO of CCNM. This role will allow me to bring my passion and background in healthcare and natural approaches and combine it with my experience in educational administration,” said Dr. Rahim Karim “What attracts me to this role is the ability to make a local and global impact in education, research and clinical practice related to natural healthcare options and integrative care.”
Dr. Karim holds a BSc (Toronto), Doctor of Chiropractic (CMCC) and an MBA (Leicester). He also holds a professional certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University and is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) through the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Dr. Karim has completed the Directors Education Program through the Rotman School of Management and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is the recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers (Canadian Honour) from the Governor General of Canada.
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