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Sherry Bassin serves on the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation's Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of experience to the COF Board on a number of fronts. He holds three degrees: a BSc in Pharmacy, an MSc in Hospital Administration and a Juris Doctor of Law. His varied career includes pharmacist in a hospital pharmacy, working in the legal division of Canada's Food and Drug Directorate and Professor at Durham College. His passion for hockey led him to coaching, then to managing hockey teams in the OHL. Most recently, Mr. Bassin owned the Erie Otters hockey team.


In his hockey career, Mr. Bassin has won at every level of hockey, including the 1993 Memorial Cup with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and two gold medals with the Canadian World Junior Team (1982 and 1985). He is also a two-time recipient of the OHL and CHL Executive-of-the-Year Awards (in 1990-91 while with the Greyhounds and in 2001-02 with the Otters). He also served as a color commentator for CBC Sports in the late-1980's for their World Junior Championship coverage.


Mr. Bassin's community service work is extensive. He is Past President and Founding Member of the Whitby Rotary Club, and former President and Chair of the Board of Durham Symphony Orchestra. He has been recognized by the City of Oshawa as a Citizen of the Year.


Mr. Bassin has had several orthopaedic surgeries (hip and shoulder) and is a strong consumer advocate for the value of orthopaedic surgery and care. He has demonstrated his commitment by hosting and organizing the Bad to the Bone golf tournament for the past five years, raising funds in support of the COF.







About Us

The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation is Canada's only charity dedicated solely to helping people build, maintain and restore their bone and joint health.  By advancing research, delivering public and patient education and fostering excellence of care, we strive to keep Canadians moving pain-free, longer and stronger.

The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation has helped thousands of Canadians through our patient education resources, one-of-a-kind peer support program and research funding. In order to produce these much needed materials, we rely on the kindness and generosity of the public for donations and corporate support.

Here’s why your donations matter:

  • Painful, restricted movement is isolating and surgery can be daunting,

  • Patients need to understand their role in their own best recovery,

  • Currently, tens of thousands of Canadians have to wait for surgery that will restore their mobility and independence,

  • People need to receive education and support in different ways,

  • Helping people back to their lives and back to work benefits everyone, and

  • Investing in orthopaedic research ensures a vibrant orthopaedic community.

Loss of mobility and restricted movement have a tremendous impact on the quality of life for millions of us each year, as an estimated 90% of Canadians will need orthopaedic care at some point in their lives. Fortunately, advances in orthopaedic treatments and techniques help Canadians to regain their mobility and to enjoy pain free movement. These advances are only uncovered through research. The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation is in a key position to drive the research projects that support innovations in orthopaedic surgery, treatment and care. At the same time, the COF provides programs in education (both for patients and health care professionals) and patient care.

Quite simply, the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation is well-positioned to advance orthopaedic research, enhance education and support patient care. We are Canada's only charitable organization dedicated solely to helping Canadians to maintain and restore their bone and joint health. When you choose to support the Foundation, you are helping thousands of Canadians to cope with, and recover from, their orthopaedic journey, with an ultimate goal of regaining a quality, pain-free life with mobility and independence.