Formed in 2017, the Heart & Stroke Young Leaders is a passionate group of philanthropists. They connect young professionals to help shape the future of the organization, focus on prevention, and support life-saving research.
The Young Leaders Committee is the driving force for the group, responsible for developing the framework to accomplish their ambitious goals and organizing a wide range of initiatives.
The committee has organized several successful events in its first year. Yoga for Heart was a yoga class followed by a social held at Dentons LLP in downtown Toronto, featuring Heart & Stroke Ontario CEO Avril Goffredo, and past Young Leaders Committee Chair William Jones, as speakers.
They also organized a team at Ride for Heart and raised over $14,000. Check out the event photos on the Young Leaders’ Facebook page.
Click here for background on the inaugural Heart & Stroke Young Leaders committee.
Read about the most recent Young Leaders event; a dynamic panel discussion and Q&A on the Future of Health Technovation.
Future of Health Technovation, brought to you by Young Leaders
March 20, 2019
6 to 9 p.m
KPMG, 333 Bay St.
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Larissa Moscu, chair
Larissa is a litigator at a boutique litigation firm, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb, with a practice focused on complex commercial disputes and regulatory proceedings. Larissa graduated in the top 2% of her class from York University’s Osgoode Hall law school and was the gold medalist in political science at McGill University. She loves to stay active, cook meals for family and friends, and is a voracious reader. Larissa has been a passionate Heart & Stroke volunteer since 2010, when she lost her father suddenly to a heart attack.
William Jones, past chair
As a product manager at Panasonic, William has designed and developed products in the aerospace, medical device, and public safety industries. William survived an unexplained cardiac arrest at age 17 with the help of CPR and an AED. The experience led him to become a Heart & Stroke spokesperson. William enjoys golfing and cycling through Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
Melissa is an AI Strategist at Element AI, a Canadian start-up founded in 2016 that builds enterprise AI-driven software products. Prior to Element AI, she worked as a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman. Melissa graduated from Ivey Business School and while completing her undergraduate degree she was captain of the Varsity Women’s Ringette Team. During this time, she also had the opportunity to work at the Canadian Olympic Committee and support preparations for Sochi 2014. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and has completed two half marathons to date. Melissa has been passionate about raising awareness and funds for Heart & Stroke research after losing her dad to a heart attack in 2015.
Adam is chief resident physician in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Western University. His background includes public health, global health, medical education, medical research and leadership. He graduated from Cornell University, obtained an MD from Dartmouth Medical School while also completing a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University. His medical and professional interests include stroke rehabilitation, sports medicine, clinical research, medical education, public policy, media communications and entrepreneurship.
Alice is a consultant in KPMG’s Digital Health Practice, specializing in bringing together healthcare and technology. Her work aims to support public and private healthcare organizations develop strategies for information technology, clinical processes and change management. She is active in the digital health community, serving as an advisor to the Master of Health Informatics Student Council at University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Alice grew up involved in competitive lifesaving sport, spending her winters in pools and summers in lakes. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and experimenting in the kitchen.
Charles is a senior legal counsel at Ontario Power Generation. Prior to this role, he practiced competition and foreign investment review law for eight years at a large Canadian firm. Charles is passionate about healthy living and fitness. In his free time, he can be found playing hockey, cycling, or skiing one of Ontario’s steepest, most dangerous slopes.
Jacqueline is a public relations professional who develops communications strategies for IFC and writes content for a variety of platforms. She has a background in journalism, and her articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report Card, Metro, University Affairs, TalentEgg.ca, and more. Jacqueline can be found exploring art galleries, watching a play in Toronto’s entertainment district, or cheering on the Jays and Raptors.
Kristina is the brand manager for Steam Whistle Brewing. She creates and executes brand plans for Toronto's iconic microbrewery. As her line of work is more on the indulgent side, she ensures that she has a solid balance with her health and fitness. She enjoys cycling, running, yoga and cooking. Her passion for cycling, and her family history have gotten her involved in the HSFC's Ride for Heart, and this passion continues to grow with her involvement with this committee. She's proudly from Montreal, enjoys discovering new music and travels to new places every chance she gets.
Vanessa is the associate program director for the University of Toronto’s Family Medicine Residency Program, and is a lecturer for its faculty of medicine. She is a staff physician and clinician educator at Women’s College Hospital. Vanessa was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community of young adults collaborating towards innovative change in their community. She is the co-founder of Global Heart Hour, which focuses Valentine’s Day on humanitarianism. Vanessa has been involved in research, outreach and community engagement events on heart health with a special emphasis on newcomers, females, and younger populations. Vanessa enjoys running half-marathons, playing soccer, yoga and baking.
Ilana is an Orthopaedic Surgery Pharmacist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She also serves on the clinical team at Passport Health Canada, acting as a drug information resource in travel medicine. Ilana lost her father suddenly, just days after what was thought to be a successful complex angioplasty. His longstanding cardiac history, and her experience growing up with him requiring multiple cardiac surgeries, led her to become a passionate Heart & Stroke advocate. Ilana loves golden retrievers, and can’t wait to get one of her own.
Robert is a consultant at Monitor Deloitte. His work focuses on strategy and business transformation for the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. While finishing an undergraduate degree at Carleton University, Robert played varsity basketball. He remains an avid sports fan. Robert also enjoys traveling, music, and literature, especially the work of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Salinger.
Adrienne is a consultant on the Strategic Initiatives, Global Marketing team at Manulife. Previously, Adrienne worked on Manulife’s sponsorship team, focusing on brand activation, business development and employee engagement from concept to completion. She is an active volunteer involved with the Discovery Gallery at Royal Ontario Museum and a volunteer piano accompanist with young cello and violin students. Adrienne enjoys reading graphic novels, gaming and eating delicious food.