About Us

Who is CORD?
CORD is Canada's national network for organizations representing all those with rare disorders. CORD provides a strong common voice to advocate for health policy and a healthcare system that works for those with rare disorders. CORD works with governments, researchers, clinicians and industry to promote research, diagnosis, treatment and services for all rare disorders in Canada.

How does CORD serve Canadians with Rare Disorders?
1 in 12 Canadians has a rare disorder. Many others are affected or at risk but remain undiagnosed and unaware. CORD provides information to individuals, and links to other rare disorder support groups and organizations from Prince Rupert, British Columbia to St. Johns, Newfoundland.

What are CORD's Key Challenges?
CORD represents the orphan disorders community in the development of Canadian Orphan Drug Policy, including the proposed Expensive Drugs for Rare Disorders program within the National Pharmaceutical Strategy CORD is working to promote state-of-the-art Newborn Screening in all provinces and territories. CORD is working to ensure Canada's Clinical Trials Registry works effectively for those with rare disorders. CORD is committed to increasing access to genetic screening and genetic counseling for all rare disorders.

»View CORD informational brochure

National Office:
Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders
151 Bloor Street West, Suite 600
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1S4

Phone: (416) 969-7464
Toll Free: (877) 302-7273
Fax: (416) 969-7420
Email: info@raredisorders.ca*

* Please note that CORD does not provide any clinical services and staff are not able to assist in making a diagnosis or referrals.

CORD Board of Directors 2014-2015

President & CEO
Durhane Wong-Rieger

John Adams

Cathy Evanochko

Maureen Smith

Treasurer (interm)
Patti Bryant

Executive Member-At-Large
Wayne Critchley

Board Members
Gena Brumitt
John Dyck
Kelly Gorman
Caroline Laughlin
Christine White