Dr. Dorothy Shaw is the inaugural Chair of the Network. Dr. Shaw is the Vice President, Medical Affairs at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
She has held several key leadership roles at BC Women’s and at UBC. Dr. Shaw has significant academic contributions including invited presentations, publications and book chapters. She was the Executive Producer for an award-winning documentary “The cutting tradition: Insights into FGM” in 2009. Her awards include “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100” in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category in 2008. Dr. Shaw was President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and from 1991-1992 and became the first woman President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in 2006. She is a consultant to the Partnership for Maternal Newborn Child Health (Geneva). In June 2016, Dr. Shaw received the Order of Canada for her contributions as a doctor and administrator who has helped advance women’s health care in Canada and maternal and newborn health globally.