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The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences’ good friend and colleague, Ivan Berkowitz, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

In his capacity as Editor of CV Network and Heart Health Scholar of the Academy for more than 15 years, Ivan played a critical role in the development of cardiovascular health programs throughout the world. He served as conference coordinator for 11 national and international meetings and symposia held in Winnipeg for exchanging information on cardiovascular health and disease. In addition, he organized several public forums in Winnipeg and paid particular attention to lifestyle modifications and nutritional approaches for the prevention of heart disease.

The work of Ivan Berkowitz has been recognized by several awards from different organizations.  He received Medal of Merit from SERVCOR, Brazil and was bestowed the title “Honourary Professor of Fundaco Cardiovascular Sao Francisco de Assis” Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He was granted Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2009 Reh-Fit Foundation Healthy Living Award, and Big Heart Award for Organizational Achievement by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. He has been serving as President of Myles Robinson Memorial Heart Trust for many years.

Ivan also enjoyed sharing his pottery, both as gifts for visiting scientists and at the annual Arts & Science Craft Sale, where proceeds support the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

Ivan has rendered invaluable services in promoting the mission of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences and will be missed by the many friends he has made at St. Boniface Hospital and indeed around the world.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 11:00 am, Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Avenue.