Our diverse boards are comprised of leadership volunteers with extensive financial, business and health expertise. They provide crucial advice, support and connection to the community.
Chair: Clayton Norris
Clayton Norris, CAFM, MBA, CPA, CMA, is the vice president of MNP's Indigenous Services. He leads the team across Canada, which currently provides services in consulting, accounting and tax in over 225 Indigenous Nations.
Based in Calgary, Clayton works closely with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in an advisory capacity, assisting clients in the areas of business and strategic planning, human resource issues, corporate finance, training and economic development consulting. With his extensive experience working with Indigenous business and communities Clayton understands the unique requirements. He takes great pride in being a close professional advisor to the individuals and organizations that support development within the Aboriginal community.
Clayton played a key role in the development of MNPs EASE cloud accounting services and Aboriginal self-employment and management training programs. As a member of the AFOA Alberta board in 2005, Clayton was awarded the Deputy Minister’s Pride and Recognition award for excellence in leadership. He was a member of the 2008 Governor Generals Leadership Conference. He is a current member of the MNP board, and former treasurer of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and several First Nation economic development boards. Clayton is a member of the Cold Lake First Nations.
Past Chair: Adam Kirton
Adam Kirton is an attending pediatric neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics and clinical neurosciences at the University of Calgary. He received his MD from Queen’s University, FRCPC in pediatric neurology from the University of Calgary, and completed a research fellowship in pediatric stroke at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He directs the clinical and research operations of the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program, providing state-of-the-art emergency and chronic care to hundreds of children and families in southern Alberta.
His research focuses on stroke in the fetus and newborn (perinatal stroke) with two major aims. One is to understand why such strokes occur and develop means to prevent them. The other uses advanced technologies including neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation to measure the response of the developing brain to early injury and generate new therapies.
He directs the ACH Pediatric Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory, the University of Calgary Noninvasive Neurostimulation Network (N3) and the Alberta Perinatal Stroke Project which received CIHR Foundations funding in 2015. Early and ongoing support from Heart & Stroke, including Clinician Scientist and Grant-In-Aid awards, helped Adam establish an internationally recognized program in childhood stroke.
Corey Bieber is the Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice-President, Finance at Canadian Natural Resources Limited. He has worked for Canadian Natural since 2001 when he joined the company as treasurer and managed the Investor Relations program. Corey was named vice president in 2005; and became a member of Canadian Natural’s Management Committee in 2009 and was promoted to his current position in 2013.
Prior to joining Canadian Natural, Corey held various financial positions within Nexen and Enbridge. He has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, with an emphasis on strategic financial analysis and disclosure. Corey holds a B.Comm. and a chartered accountant designation.
He lives in Calgary with his wife and two children and is an active volunteer in the community. In 2018, Corey and his family were directly impacted by his sister’s stroke and continue to help with her stroke recovery journey.
Thomas Cherney is a Partner and Operations Manager at Maven Media Group. The organization is focused on creating and publishing premium digital content for their clients, and Thomas utilizes his skills and experience to provide professional service that helps businesses build an audience, develop engaging content, and reach new customers. His specific expertise includes all things social media, social advertising, influencer marketing, and content marketing.
He graduated on the Dean’s honour roll with a BBA in marketing from Mount Royal University.
Thomas is an active volunteer in his community, serving with the Branch Out Neurological Foundation on their Bike Tour Leadership and Planning Team. He was VP of creative operations at Mount Royal University Marketing Society and volunteers with the Calgary Drop In Centre and United Way Calgary and Area.
Dr. Bibiana Cujec
Bibiana Cujec is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Alberta. She obtained her MD from Laval University (1981) and a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Saskatchewan (1997). Following her cardiology training, Dr. Cujec joined the cardiology division at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon and became associate professor of medicine. She joined the division of cardiology at the University of Alberta in 1997, becoming full professor in 2008. Dr. Cujec has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education for the past 25 years, with a growing focus in international medical training. She is currently the director for level 1 and level 2 echocardiography training at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.
Dr. Cujec is a member of Academics Without Borders. She has served as cardiology residency program director and examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada while at the University of Saskatchewan and undergraduate cardiology block coordinator and internal medicine clerkship coordinator at the University of Alberta. She is past-president of the Canadian Society of Echocardiography and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy. She is a current member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Area of Focused Competency in Echocardiography committee.
Dr. Cujec has been involved in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education. In 2010 she began contributing to the development of the undergraduate cardiology curriculum at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Nepal and in 2015 performed a needs assessment for a cardiology training program at Mekelle University in Ethiopia with Academics without Borders.
Dr. Cujec has won several awards for her teaching excellence, including Cardiology Lecturer and Cardiology Teacher of the Year, and Discovery Learning Preceptor Excellence Award. In 2008 she received a Best Doctors in Canada and in 2009 the Canadian Society of Echocardiography Achievement Award.
Jon Faber oversees a variety of responsibilities in his role as President & CEO of Pason Systems, including finance and accounting, risk management, investor relations, information technology, DevOps and supply chain. Prior to Pason, Jon worked in investment banking with National Bank Financial, with a dedicated focus on the energy services sector, and a predecessor firm, Wellington West Capital Markets.
Jon received a BBA from Brock University and an MBA from Purdue University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Business Valuator, and Chartered Professional Accountant designations. He has been recognized as a Global TopGun CFO by Brendan Wood International.
Jon is an active volunteer in his community participating in Heart & Stroke’s fundraiser Ski for Heart and serving as a section chair with United Way of Calgary and Area.
Jim was senior vice president of operations at Fountain Tire; overseeing store operations, retreading, mining and sales – retiring in 2017. In his 43 years at Fountain Tire, he worked in a number of positions in the company and facilitated the successful growth of the organization from 14 stores to more than 165 across Canada. Being involved in the development of the organization has been a lifelong passion of Jim’s.
He is a survivor of sudden cardiac arrest and has become a strong advocate for placement of defibrillators (AEDs) and AED and CPR training. He is a passionate ambassador for Heart & Stroke. “There is seldom a day goes by that I don’t think how fortunate I am that there was an AED and someone with CPR experience that saved my life,” Jim says.
Brad is a Partner at KPMG in Calgary’s audit practice, focusing mainly on serving domestic and international public oil and gas clients. Brad is a native Calgarian and started with KPMG in 1999. In addition to his time at KPMG, Brad has also worked in industry for two plus years where he oversaw investor relations, treasury and finance functions at an oil and gas exploration and production company. Brad returned to KPMG in 2008 and was promoted to partner in 2010.
Brad serves on the board of governors at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame including being treasurer, audit committee chair and part of the governance committee. In addition, Brad sits on the Calgary Sport and Major Events Committee. Brad is the lead campus recruiting partner for KPMG Calgary, which includes being part of the Experience Community Leadership program that has held events for university students to volunteer for local charities. He is active in youth sports including various volunteer roles in minor hockey and baseball, including 17 years of coaching little league baseball. Brad has been a captain and team member of the KPMG team for the Heart & Stroke Ski for Heart and Big Bike fundraisers.
Brad is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. He obtained his B.Comm. in 1999 and Chartered Accountant designation in 2002.
Darlene W. Scott, Q.C., served as Chair of Dentons Edmonton’s Banking and Finance group for over 10 years. She provides legal advice to a broad range of institutional and corporate clients on a range of commercial matters, including sales, leasing, development, and acquisition of real estate, business and shares.
Darlene has also represented lenders and borrowers in financing and secured transactions for more than 35 years. She acts regularly for institutional and other lenders in documenting secured transactions and has acted for borrowers in a broad range of industries. Her experience ranges from real estate and other asset-based lending, to project and operating financing, together with more specialized lending such as retirement compensation arrangements. She also acts extensively for developers of commercial, residential, industrial and condominium projects.
She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2016. Darlene has served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta since 2014 and is currently serving as President-Elect. She is the former Chair of the Alberta Law Foundation. She is also a member of the board of directors of KV Mortgage Fund Inc.
Cathy Ward is the Vice President, Enterprise Risk at Enbridge Inc. and has oversight over all aspects of financial risk management across the organization including risk assessment, risk control (mid-office, contract management and credit) functions as well as insurance services. She also leads the management of Enbridge’s enterprise-wide corporate risk assessment process.
Prior to Enbridge, Cathy progressed through a number of senior financial risk management positions over 23 years at Nexen; both in Calgary and Singapore. She has a B.Sc. from Moorhead State University in Minnesota, holds a CPA designation and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Cathy is an active volunteer in her community participating in Heart & Stroke’s fundraiser Ski for Heart and Heart Month campaign volunteer activities.
Chair: Devi Sangara
An accomplished interior designer, Devi has conceptualized and overseen the development of condos, apartments, and warehouses across the Greater Vancouver area and currently consults on a large project in Sechelt, British Columbia.
With a focus on strengthening the community, Devi donated her time at Bumblebee Preschool (treasurer) Kerrisdale Soccer and Kerrisdale Baseball. Moving on to West Point Grey Academy, she chaired the parent volunteer group and was committee member for six years, ensuring that the school had adequate funding and person power for enriched programs such as robotics, debate, Model UN as well as special purchases like athletic gear, uniforms, iPads, film and science equipment. After this time, she joined a group of dedicated moms for five years on the planning committee for PALS, raising $250K annually to fund operations for the only accredited school for Autistic children in BC.
The importance of giving back was instilled in Devi by her father, Sawarne Sangara, who survived heart problems and multiple myeloma for over 17 years. Upon discovering that the Vancouver General Hospital had no funding to operate the photophoresis machine for stem cell transplants that the family donated, Devi and her father privately organized two galas, three executive length golf tournaments and a fashion show that together raised over $1 million.
With commitment and purpose, Devi turned to volunteering for the planning committee and chairing the ‘Night of a Thousand Stars’ gala, the main fundraiser of the year for VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation. During her tenure, the totals raised by this evening went from $280K to over $3 million. For her efforts, Devi was the 2015 recipient of the Giving Hearts Award bestowed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the outstanding volunteer fundraiser of the year.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Devi majored in Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, graduated with a diploma from Vancouver Community College of Design, and is the mother of three wonderful sons.
Ken Carrusca, P.ENG.
Ken Carrusca, P.Eng., works with the Cement Association of Canada, as its western region’s vice president of environment and marketing. He worked for many years in the areas of recycling, waste management and alternative fuels. He has worked at a Petro-Canada refinery, the BC Ministry of Environment, Metro Vancouver, and consulting before joining the Cement Association. His work has offered him the opportunity to speak with and present to a wide variety of audiences across BC, Canada, the United States, Sweden, and Brazil.
His focus at the Cement Association has been addressing the impacts of climate policy and carbon pricing in the BC and Alberta markets, with a strong focus on transitioning from conventional to lower carbon fuels. This role offers him the opportunity to connect with non-profit groups, industry, and municipal and provincial governments.
Ken has played recreational hockey since his late teens, and for over ten years he volunteered as an assistant coach with his sons' Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey teams. In January 2018 he was shocked back to life with an AED, after collapsing on the ice from a sudden cardiac arrest in the middle of a men's league hockey game. Forever grateful to his quick-thinking teammates and on-ice officials, he was saved by bystander CPR and one of thirteen AEDs at the ice arena complex. Following cardiac surgery and recovery with the support of his wife and family, he is honoured to have the opportunity to serve on the provincial board of Heart & Stroke, BC & Yukon. His passion is for the wide distribution of AEDs in schools and promoting the value of bystander CPR.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Ken holds degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from UBC and is a registered professional engineer. He and his wife Susan are parents of two sons currently studying at university.
As chief executive officer of The Cape on Bowen Community Development, Candy is working towards a future of balanced social-economic-environmental sustainability, with a vision for 350 contiguous acres of southwestern waterfront to become a global role model in innovation and collaboration. She is engaging residents and the municipality to participate in creating their future; directing a team of consultants in community design and planning, civil engineering, environmental engineering, traffic and transportation, financial analysis, and actively looking for impact investment from community builders and renewable resource partners.
At the same time, she is building a new venture to shift humanity towards mindful, compassionate and empowered living.
Prior to her current two foci, Candy co-founded Element Lifestyle Retirement. She conceived of and designed the intergenerational model for retirement living after she identified, assembled and facilitated the acquisition of OPAL lands. Her intergenerational vision was applied to all of Element's projects and earned OASIS, an international award over 950 projects assessed worldwide. She built Element's brand on vision, purpose and values; was responsible for community, investor and media relations, and led project sales, leasing and marketing.
In 2001, she joined CPAC Care Management. After CPAC was sold to Chartwell in 2005, she continued providing consultancy on the development of retirement housing to local and international groups. In 2005, she joined The Cape on Bowen and over the years on the project, played multiple roles: visioning; strategic planning; partnership negotiations; municipal relations; project management; community relations; branding, sales & marketing. As of August 1, 2019, she was appointed CEO of The Cape on Bowen.
Candy has a Bachelor of Science from UBC, where she was mentored in leadership under Dr. John Gilbert, Order of Canada and senior advisor for the World Health Organization. She is also an executive committee member of the Vancouver chapter of Young Canadians in Finance
Karin Humphries, MBA, DSc, FAHA
Dr. Karin Humphries, associate professor emeritus in the faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia, is passionate about improving the care of women with heart disease. Throughout her career her research has focused on two key areas: sex and gender differences in the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of subjects with ischemic heart disease and the use of information technology (IT) to facilitate the translation of evidence into practice.
Karin continues to serve as the program head of the cardiovascular health program (ICVHealth) at the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences, a UBC research centre located at St. Paul’s Hospital. In this role, she is able to focus on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by developing patient-centred and evidence-based approaches to treatment. She is currently leading a randomized controlled trial, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, that will evaluate the impact of using sex-specific cut-points in the assessment of patients presenting to the emergency department with suspected myocardial infarction (heart attack). The study seeks to demonstrate that using diagnostic levels appropriate for females will improve the diagnosis and treatment of women with myocardial infarction.
Karin is also co-chair of Heart & Stroke’s Women’s Heart Health Research Steering Committee where she advises on the use of $5 million in federal funding to support research in women and cardiovascular disease.
Michael Murphy, BA, MBA, MSc, ICD
Michael Murphy spent 14 years in the financial services industry with Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse in London. Upon return to Vancouver, he co-founded Torex Gold Resources, a TSX listed mid-tier gold producer. He is currently the president and CEO of Global Battery Metals Ltd., a junior exploration company.
Michael remains on the Torex board, and serves on their safety and corporate responsibility board. He is also on the board and a member of the audit committee of Ethos Gold.
Michael graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts, from Saint Mary’s University with a Master of Business Administration, from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a master of science focusing in finance, and became a certified director through the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Michael Scott is a lawyer in the Estates & Trusts group at Clark Wilson LLP.
Michael works regularly with executors and trustees to assist with their responsibilities through the course of estate and trust administration. Michael assists clients with probate, addressing ambiguous wills, carrying out the various reporting and disclosure obligations of executors and trustees, distributions and all other matters that may arise in the administration process.
Michael works closely with his clients and their professional advisors to help implement effective plans for transfer of wealth, business succession, incapacity, charitable giving, disability or other needs. This is typically done through the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements and various forms of trusts.
Michael also works with donors to implement charitable giving strategies and advises charities in connection with their rights as beneficiaries of estates and trusts. Michael is a member of the Vancouver Bar Association, the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.
Kory Wilson, BSc. JD, is the executive director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships for British Columbia Institute of Technology.
She is Kwakwaka’wakw. Kory is chair of the national Indigenous education committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and she has over 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal profession.
She has a deep commitment to education and has dedicated her working life to ensuring that under-represented learners succeed, both within learning institutions and the larger community. Good governance and supporting communities to move towards self-government is a passion for. Innovative and creative solutions are needed to move Reconciliation into ReconciliACTION. Education is the key and access to knowledge is vital to move everyone forward.
Chair: Olive McDonald
Olive McDonald was born and raised in Winnipeg where she grew up in Fort Garry, attending Vincent Massey Collegiate and University of Manitoba. She is very proud of her Icelandic heritage and family.
Olive has been with RBC Financial Group for over 40 years, holding a variety of roles. She obtained her Certified Financial Planner designation in 2009 and Letter of Accomplishment for the Institute of Canadian Banking along with other professional certifications and licenses in the financial area. A longtime volunteer for RBC events, she was also a mentor for Indigenous employees within the RBC Royal Circle early in her career. Olive held one of the first job-share partnerships in Manitoba and was promoted to a manager in this capacity over 25 years ago.
Olive’s main passion is to serve others. She has volunteered for Heart & Stroke for 35 years. She has also volunteered for many other organizations and events such as: Relay for Life, CIBC Run for the Cure, ALS and MS Society. While her passion has always been to help others succeed, Olive enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and maintains an active and healthy lifestyle.
Past chair: Ben Suryavanshi
Ben Suryavanshi has been a financial consultant with IG Wealth Management for over nine years. For more than 23 years, Ben’s work has been focused around coaching professionals, business owners and senior employees on their personal finances and through business succession, career transition and into retirement. Ben is a personal finance speaker, coach, educator and Certified Financial Planner. He delivers personalized solutions around business succession, tax planning and retirement planning for entrepreneurs, professionals and families. Ben specializes in offering solutions on wealth enhancement, wealth preservation, estate planning and more. Ben offers sound advice and the ability to assist clients in achieving their financial, retirement and estate goals.
Ben is a passionate cook, traveler, volunteer and outdoorsman. He lives in the Winnipeg area with his family.
Wajihah Mughal recently joined Mitacs as a business development specialist, promoting collaborative opportunities between academics and industry or non-profit organizations. In this position she engages with local research, technology, and entrepreneurial communities to build partnerships that drive innovation forward in Manitoba.
With two research publications, Wajihah is in the last stage of her PhD and is looking forward to defending her dissertation this summer. Her research project focuses on understanding the genetic mechanisms underlying cardiac development and heart failure. She has identified novel therapeutic targets to promote healthy cardiac cell survival. Her research has been supported by competitive scholarships from Research Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Wajihah presented her work at the European Society of Cardiology conference in April 2018; where she won second place in the Young Investigators Award Oral Competition. Most notably, she recently received a prestigious major research award at the national Canadian Student Health Research Forum, for her academic achievements in cardiac research as recognized by the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.
Wajihah serves as an executive member on the diabetes research student committee at the University of Manitoba, where she has organized conferences and networking events and mentors health science graduate students.
Diane Roussin is a dedicated community leader and a proud member of the Skownan First Nation. Diane has worked tirelessly for over two decades, primarily in Winnipeg’s inner city, with organizations and projects that respect the ability and the right of Indigenous families, children and individuals to care for themselves and thrive. She is a strong believer that families must determine their own solutions in order to create sustainable and equitable change.
Most recently, she became the project director for The Winnipeg Boldness Project, a research and development project focusing on improving outcomes for children in the North End of Winnipeg, through social innovation and social lab processes. Diane presented at TEDx Winnipeg in June 2018 on the topic of Indigenous social innovation. In January 2018, Diane received the Governor General’s Award for Outstanding Indigenous Leadership.
Diane holds bachelor of arts and bachelor of social work degrees, and sits on a number of boards, including the Winnipeg Foundation and Winnipeg Art Gallery. She is a cherished member of a large extended family and a loving mother of two daughters whom she adores.
Robyn Stewart is an 18-year veteran accomplished event director, currently holding the role of executive director and CEO of the Western Canadian Music Alliance. Having started her career as a theatre stage manager, among other roles in the cultural industries, she is passionate about the creative process and the role culture plays in communities. Her experience reaches all areas of event management and talent buying, with her strongest skills lying in financial management, complex logistics, government relations and fund development and partner relationship building.
Among the projects she is most proud of are; celebration sites coordinator for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2010, entertainment buyer for PanAmerican Games 2015, and her current role above, which allows her to support developing artists and engage in passion projects including working towards gender parity in the music industry on an international level.
A travel enthusiast herself, Robyn is incredibly driven by her work supporting artists to showcase and develop business in international markets. Robyn holds board positions on the Polaris Music Prize (national) and KeyChange (international) boards of directors. Robyn is an extreme supporter of the music industry and emerging talent in Canada and brings this passion to every project.
On a personal level Robyn has a large family, including her two amazing boys, Jasper and Ty, who are the centre of her greatest joys in life. It is because of the importance of family life that Robyn became a lived experience volunteer with Heart & Stroke, following her own open heart ASD repair surgery in 2016 at the age of 37. She hopes her support of Heart & Stroke will inspire others to care for themselves and their loved ones and to get the support needed in managing heart health.
Chair: Charlene Brophy
Charlene Brophy is president and CEO of Fonemed, an international telemedicine company. Charlene has brought her knowledge of our healthcare system into developing countries and communities which otherwise would not have access to medical care. She has provided direct oversight for the establishment of telehealth centers in Bangladesh, Manila, Haiti, Venezuela and Peru. Today, Fonemed has over 150 employees in Canada and the United States, with many more working in international health contact centers. Fonemed’s innovative, patient-centered platform incorporates technology and disease-specific protocols providing 24/7 teletriage support, remote bio-metric monitoring, and behavioral health counseling to over 2,300 client groups and 10 million individuals globally.
Charlene has authored and co-authored multiple publications and abstracts. She has been the recipient of the Business Excellence Award from the St. John's Board of Trade for leading innovation and her outstanding contribution to the provincial economy by growing a global business out of the headquarters in St. John's, Newfoundland. Charlene was recently awarded the CBC Innovator of the Year Award by Atlantic Business Magazine and has been recognized as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada. Charlene firmly believes in supporting the communities in which Fonemed operates and sits on the board of various local non-profit organizations.
Past chair: Chris Abbott
Chris Abbott graduated from Memorial University in 2000 with a bachelor of commerce degree. Certified as a professional accountant with CMA, NL in the fall of 2010, Chris is currently employed as a controller, Real Estate with Crosbie Group Limited. Chris has served on the Heart & Stroke provincial board as treasurer since 2006. Chris enjoys the outdoors, snowmobiling, working out in the gym and spending time with his family.
Vice chair: Mark R. Andrews
Mark Andrews was a Heart & Stroke national board member from 2012 to 2015 and remains an active member of the Newfoundland provincial board. He has previously served as a member of the national governance committee and is currently a member of the national finance committee.
Mark is legal counsel to ExxonMobil Canada and Imperial Oil with a focus on Eastern Canadian offshore projects, in particular the Hebron Oil Field Project. He was previously a corporate commercial partner with a large Newfoundland and Labrador law firm, as well as a former executive member of the national business law section of the Canadian Bar Association. He is a lecturer for the faculty of business administration at the Memorial University and serves as a director of the Avalon Arena Association (a not-for-profit multiplex sports complex).
Brian McNamara is CEO and shareholder of a large Canadian seafood company and has held senior positions in the private seafood sector for 30 years. He sits on numerous industry boards and associations and is an advisor to the federal minister on national and international issues with focus on resource management, fisheries science, sustainable fisheries and environmental issues. He is also responsible for worldwide seafood marketing in his company and travels and speaks extensively.
Brian has an undergraduate degree in commerce as well as an MBA and holds a chartered professional accountant (CPA) designation. He lives in Mount Pearl with his wife Deborah. He joined the provincial board in 2011 following the sudden heart related death of his childhood best friend.
Cassie Chisholm is primary health care manager with the Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is an active member of the NL Provincial Stroke Steering Committee, co-chairing its Measuring and Monitoring Working Group. Cassie serves on the NL Provincial Telestroke Committee and the National CIHI Stroke Collaborative Working Group. She has been a valuable Heart & Stroke expert media spokesperson, assisting with several Heart & Stroke advocacy efforts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Cassie is extremely knowledgeable with collection, analysis, and interpretation of stroke data. She has been heavily involved with the development of the NL Provincial Stroke Scorecard and a key member of the Choosing Wisely NL Carotid Revascularization (CWNL) Project. CWNL is an education initiative that seeks to more efficiently match patient’s medical needs with the safest and most appropriate type of care. In 2016, CWNL launched a public campaign focused on helping the public know what to do if they experience stroke signs, and on enhanced physician knowledge of critical investigations and interventions required in this high-risk group.
Dr. Sean Connors
Dr. Sean Connors is a cardiologist practicing in St John’s. He trained at the University of Oxford, completing a doctorate in cardiac physiology before completing medical school and a specialty in internal medicine in St John’s. Following this he completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Toronto. In 1999 Sean returned to Newfoundland and Labrador to start his practice. Sean is currently an associate professor of medicine with Memorial University, and clinical chief of the cardiac care program.
Dr. Marsha Eustace
Dr. Marsha Eustace is a stroke neurologist practicing in St. John’s. She completed her medical and residency training in neurology at Memorial University, then completed a stroke fellowship at Dalhousie University with Dr. Gordon Gubitz and Dr. Stephen Phillips. She is an assistant professor with Memorial University and has been program director of the Neurology Residency Training Program since 2008.
Marsha has been involved with the Newfoundland Stroke Strategy since its inception. She has been heavily involved with provincial stroke planning. As medical consultant for stroke care with the Department of Health and Community Services, Marsha has helped promote improvements in stroke care for Newfoundland and Labrador residents.
Anthony (Tony) Goobie is a business owner and president and general manager of Eastern Valve and Control Specialties, which services the oil and gas, petro-chemical, pulp and paper and mining industries in Eastern Canada. His other business interests include property holdings, engineering and distribution related companies in Atlantic Canada. Anthony is a graduate of the instrumentation engineering technology program of the Marine Institute of Memorial University (1992) and has completed specialty training in both business management and instrumentation and controls.
Anthony lives in Conception Bay South with his wife Nancy and their children. His recreational interests include hockey, softball, snowmobiling, boating and anything else that our great outdoors has to offer. Anthony chairs the Hockey Heroes Weekend Committee at Heart & Stroke, NL. His interest in Heart & Stroke’s mission is driven by a strong personal connection: His two grandparents, father-in-law and several close friends passed away at an early age because of heart disease and stroke related illness.
Fraser March graduated from Memorial University with a bachelor of education in 1968. He enjoyed a 13-year career as an educator, teaching in schools throughout the province until 1981. In 1974, Fraser became an employee relations officer with the Newfoundland Association of Public Employees (NAPE), the bargaining agent for 100 collective bargaining units in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 1981, he was elected president of NAPE, and led the organization until 1993. His duties included administration of an $8 million budget, negotiation of collective agreements, as well as lobbying governments on labour relations and social policy issues.
In 1996, Fraser launched his own business, Fraser March – Dispute Resolution, a human resource consulting service that provides arbitration, mediation, negotiation and consulting services to corporate clients and represents individual clients who have issues with Workers’ Compensation, Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and similar public sector programs. He has represented 268 clients and has been appointed to 16 rights arbitration boards.
Paula Mullins Richards BN, RN is currently the manager of operations of the Clinical Learning and Simulation Center (CLSC) of the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University. This center supports both undergraduate and postgraduate learners along with the continuing education of clinicians. Over the past year the CLSC supported over 20,000 learner experiences.
Paula is very grateful to have spent 11 years as the Director of Resuscitation and Health Promotion with Heart & Stroke, Newfoundland from 1996 to 2007 during which time she was awarded the Heart & Stroke Chairs award for outstanding contribution to the Foundation by a staff member.
With a keen interest in simulation, process improvement and accreditation she has authored and co-authored multiple publications and abstracts and has presented at various international medical education conferences.
Paula joined the board in 2017.
Alfred Whiffen has held progressively responsible sales and marketing roles for more than 30 years and has led regional, national and global business-to-business teams in technology startups, telecommunications and IT sector companies. Alfred is currently employed as director of customer development for Avalon Holographics, based in St. John’s, where he is responsible for establishing markets for Avalon’s products globally within the defence and aerospace, medical imaging and industrial engineering design sectors.
Alfred holds a bachelor of commerce degree and an MBA from Memorial University. He teaches professional selling and sales leadership courses in Memorial University's bachelor of commerce and MBA programs. He has also taught sales and marketing courses in Keyin Technical College's business management program. Alfred is past chair of the board for the Canadian Professional Sales Association.
Alfred has been a member of numerous non-profit boards in Newfoundland & Labrador, including Kids Eat Smart Foundation, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Development Association.
Alfred lives in St. John's with his wife, Mary. His interest in Heart & Stroke is based on seeing close family members deal with heart issues. His father received bypass surgery more than 15 years ago. Alfred believes that lifestyle choices could have changed his situation.
Chair: Dr. Sharon Mulvagh
Sharon Mulvagh MD, FRCPC, FACC, FASE, FAHA is professor of medicine, co-director of the Women’s Heart Health Clinic at the Maritime Heart Center, and director of the Point of Care Ultrasound Internal Medicine Program in the Department of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University. She is also professor emeritus at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she was director of the Women’s Heart Clinic, and associate director of preventive cardiology. Sharon is a clinical and investigative cardiologist recognized internationally for her research and education focused on heart disease in women, and non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, specifically echocardiographic imaging using new technologies including contrast echocardiography, myocardial perfusion imaging and point of care ultrasound. Sharon graduated with her MD from the University of Ottawa, then completed internship at Dalhousie University, residency at Boston University, and fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. She consulted at NASA, Johnson Space Center with Universities Space Research Association prior to commencing her career at Mayo Clinic.
Sharon is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and echocardiography. She has been on the board of directors, and chaired numerous committees for the American Society of Echocardiography, currently serves on the board of directors for the International Contrast Ultrasound Society and has served on editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous cardiology journals. She is a member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, American College of Cardiology, and both the American and Canadian Societies of Echocardiography (ASE, CSE). Sharon chaired the initial and subsequent consensus documents for the cardiovascular applications of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and guided their evolution to the current ASE guidelines. She currently chairs the Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance. She has well over 100 peer-reviewed publications addressing investigative frontiers in echocardiography, and women and heart disease.
Maurice Chiasson, QC
Maurice Chiasson is a partner in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey. His practice focuses on corporate transactions, corporate financing, insolvency and commodity taxes. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1989 and appointed QC in 2008.
He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and serves as chairman of the society’s finance committee, the Canadian Bar Association (former chair of the Nova Scotia Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section), the Canadian Tax Foundation, the GST-HST Leaders’ Forum and the Insolvency Institute of Canada. Maurice is a frequent writer and speaker on financing, insolvency and GST-HST topics.
Maurice currently serves as a committee member of the Nova Scotia BMO Hockey Heroes event (having previously served as its co-chair for four years) and is also a director of the Halifax Comedy Festival Society. Maurice was recognized for his committee leadership as co-chair of the BMO Hockey Heroes Weekend in 2014 at Heart & Stroke’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards and in 2016 with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Jarvis GooGoo is director of health with Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat.
Raised in We’koqma’q, Unama’ki, Jarvis has been living in Kjipuktuk (Halifax Regional Municipality) for over 18 years after graduating from a Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey school. He holds degrees from Saint Mary’s University (cum laude) and Dalhousie Law School and is a non-practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Jarvis has worked as in-house counsel for the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and as a senior policy analyst with the Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs. He has extensive engagement experience with First Nations communities and organizations, mainly in health and education, and with the urban Aboriginal community. He has spoken and presented at many educational events and workshops geared towards First Nations youth and led the development of the Donald Marshall Junior Memorial Award at the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law. He also possesses knowledge on Aboriginal law, and Mi’kmaw history, culture, and language, often acting as a cultural language resource and liaison, and he has been recognized as a youth leader by numerous organizations and committees. He was also a 2010 Olympic torchbearer.
To help others live healthy and active lifestyles, Jarvis is a LesMills Group Fitness instructor with GoodLife Fitness, a passion that has led to media articles on his weight-loss success, awards, and recognitions. He was named “Instructor of the Month” numerous times, and in 2013, he received a GoodLife Core Value award. In 2018, he was one of the top six recipients of the Group Fitness Instructor of Excellence awards (throughout the company and the only one from the Atlantic). Jarvis is the first Mi’kmaw to achieve this. He travels nationally and abroad to develop his education and training.
Jarvis joined the Atlantic Policy Congress in 2013, where he now works as the director of health and continues to do his part in working towards First Nations health. He lives in Kjipuktuk with his wife, Dr. Kerrianne Ryan.
Sean Murray is president and CEO of Advocate Printing & Publishing and several other related companies. Sean believes in growing business for succession and in the obligation to leave a legacy for future generations. With this philosophy in mind, Sean, his company and many team members have been celebrated for their leadership in industry and community. For five consecutive years Sean was recognized as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada and in 2011 he was inducted into the Atlantic CEOs Hall of Fame. He was also celebrated as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2005.
Most recently Sean dedicates time and energy as a director of Nova Scotia Business Inc. and chairs the investment committee. He is also a director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Dalhousie Centre for Family Business and Regional Prosperity and the Aberdeen Health Foundation.
Sean is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University, is a leader with the YPO Harvard Business School Presidents’ Program, is a Quantum shift fellow and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program, receiving the ICD.D designation in 2015.
Kathleen O'Regan is a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University with a bachelor of science and Nova Scotia teacher’s certificate. She holds a master’s in business administration from Saint Mary’s University. She has also earned and maintained the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation since 2011. After a five-year teaching career with the Halifax Regional School Board, Kathleen joined O’Regan’s Automotive Group full time in 1999 as a human resources consultant and was promoted to director of human resources in 2003. Kathleen has been O’Regan Automotive Group’s vice president, Human Resources since 2014 and is currently part of the third generation of O’Regan’s to work in and own the family business with her brothers, Sean and Patrick. O’Regan’s employs more than 900 Nova Scotians and owns and operates 22 new vehicle franchises in Nova Scotia, as well as five used car centres and more.
Kathleen is active in her community, earning recognition as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year 2010, Halifax, from St. Francis Xavier University. She has been featured as a guest panelist on various topics in relation to both human resources and family business and has taken active roles in many community and charitable endeavours. Kathleen served as a member of the board of trustees for the IWK Health Centre Foundation from 2006 to 2017 and sat on various committees including community grants, governance and nominations, human resources as well as the executive search committee for the CEO of the IWK Health Centre Foundation. She is now an honorary trustee with the IWK Foundation. Kathleen lives in Dartmouth with her husband Adrian and their three children.
Brett Watt started in the financial services industry upon graduating from Mount Allison University in 2014 with a bachelor of commerce degree. He continued his education and obtained the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.
Brett is now a Halifax-based financial advisor who focuses on building strong and lasting relationships with his clients. Brett's practice uses a team-based approach dealing with the needs of business owners, incorporated professionals and executives. As someone who is passionate about people and his relationships, Brett goes above and beyond when working for his clients.
Brett takes part in numerous charity events around Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He enjoys hockey, squash, golf and hiking. He is a member of Ashburn Golf and Country Club in Halifax, and when he is not on the golf course, you can find him enjoying his time with friends and family.
Maggie Fox joined the Ontario provincial board in 2013. A social media entrepreneur, Maggie founded the world's first pure-play social media agency in 2006. In the years since, she's worked globally in senior marketing leadership positions with SAP and is a two-time CMO, including leading Aeroplan marketing. She is currently the chief operating officer of Smile.io, the world's largest e-commerce loyalty provider. Marketing Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential Marketers in their 100th anniversary edition and the National Post named her one of Canada's Top Innovators. Maggie also serves as an independent corporate director and sits on the national governing board for Heart & Stroke.
Past chair: Chris Tambakis
Chris Tambakis joined the Ontario provincial board in February 2013. Chris is the CEO of Adgar Canada; an active, long term real estate investor, owner, developer and manager with holdings in Canada, Israel and Europe. With a strong knowledge, passion and over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Chris leads his team with a collaborative, supportive and clear focused manner. As CEO, he is responsible for establishing and implementing the company’s strategy, vision, and continued expansion within the Canadian market.
He is an active and passionate community volunteer with charities and organizations in the arts, education, community and healthcare areas.
Chris is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business. He also sits on the national governing board for Heart & Stroke.
Dr. Husam Abdel-Qadir, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Dr. Husam Abdel-Qadir is a cardiologist at Women’s College Hospital and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and a scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and ICES. He graduated from the University of Toronto’s medical school with the Silver Medal and completed residencies in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Toronto.
During his training, Dr. Abdel-Qadir became interested in optimizing the cardiovascular health of people who are less likely to be represented in clinical trials. This motivated him to pursue a PhD in clinical epidemiology and health care research at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. His PhD thesis focused on the cardiovascular health of women with breast cancer, and this continues to be a focus of his research program. His clinical and research expertise also extends to the cardiovascular health of people with other cancers. Dr. Abdel-Qadir is also developing a research program on the management and outcomes of people with atrial fibrillation.
His research is supported by an early career chair in Heart and Brain Health and the 2020 National New Investigator Award from Heart & Stroke. He has also received the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Atrial Fibrillation Research Award, European Society of Cardiology Young Investigator Award, the inaugural Young Investigator Competition at the 2017 Global Cardio-Oncology Summit, and the 2018 Polanyi prize in Medicine / Physiology. Dr. Abdel-Qadir also sits on the board of the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario and serves as its director of continuing professional development.
Werner Dietl joined the Ontario provincial board in 2020. Werner became president and CEO of CBRE Limited in January 2019. He provides leadership for Advisory & Transaction Services (Occupier and Investor leasing), Capital Markets (Property Sales and Mortgage Services), Valuation Services and Project Management, in addition to research and marketing functions. Werner began his career as an industrial broker with CBRE in 1995 and then swiftly rose to become one of the leading industrial brokers in Toronto. He transitioned into the CBRE leadership team in 2014, overseeing the Toronto West office before assuming management of the Toronto Downtown office and directing strategic business development and day-to-day operations of the greater Toronto area.
Werner was a member of the CBRE Ride for Heart team in 2016.
Dr. Bernice Downey
Dr. Bernice Downey joined the Ontario provincial board in 2020. Bernice is a woman of Ojibwe and Celtic heritage, a mother and a grandmother. She is a medical anthropologist with research interests in health, health literacy and Indigenous Traditional knowledge and health/research system reform for Indigenous populations. Bernice is currently cross appointed to the School of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and is the Indigenous health lead for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. She holds a Heart & Stroke- Canadian Institute of Health Research - chair in Indigenous women’s heart and brain health. Bernice is an experienced administrator, facilitator, and an organizational and systemic change agent. She is also a lifelong advocate in the work towards addressing the serious health inequities among Indigenous populations in Canada.
Emily Y. Fan
Emily Fan joined the Ontario provincial board in 2017. Emily is a litigation lawyer at Lerners LLP. She maintains a diverse practice, with a focus on complex contractual and shareholder disputes, and class actions defence and product liability. Emily has worked on a broad range of high-profile, precedent setting cases, representing clients in industries including health, steel, and automotive. Prior to joining Lerners, she practiced at Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP.
Emily is a member of the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee, a group of lawyers committed to shaping the future of the legal profession in Canada and providing access to a community of peers. She volunteers with Pro Bono Law Ontario, providing legal services to low-income, unrepresented individuals. Emily holds science and law degrees from the University of Toronto, and has been admitted to practice law in Ontario and New York.
Emily is passionate about supporting Heart & Stroke because she is committed to engaging underrepresented communities in heart disease prevention and awareness. Emily strongly believes in the opportunity to make small, but significant health decisions earlier in order to lead a better, longer life.
Kristi Knowles joined the Ontario provincial board in 2018. Kristi has more than 20 years of experience marketing and selling some of the world’s most iconic brands including Lipton, Campbell’s, Heineken and Miller. She has a track-record of accelerating growth with award winning marketing campaigns on well-established brands, and by creating new brands. Kristi is currently the CEO of Mother Raw, a producer of plant-based and organic condiments, dressings and dips, selling products across North America. In her previous work experience, she shaped a new health and wellness vision for Campbell’s Soups and V8 Beverages, working closely with the Heart & Stroke to reformulate dozens of traditional recipes.
Trace Molson joined the Ontario provincial board in 2020. Trace owns Lariat Business Services Inc., a business that provides outsourced administrative services for small businesses. She is also business manager for Stephen Walters Professional Corporation, a private corporate and commercial law firm in Mississauga and Hamilton.
From 2003 to 2012, Trace was a general manager at Bentall Kennedy managing in excess of one million square feet of office and industrial space for one of Canada’s foremost financial institutions. Trace also has experience managing residential long-term care and student housing.
Like many of us, Trace has numerous family members and friends who have been impacted by heart and stroke conditions. Two of her children were born with congenital heart defects; one was diagnosed in her mid-teens and required open heart surgery. Trace is deeply grateful for Heart & Stroke’s long-standing commitment to research and development.
Trace earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA in finance from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Paul Morse joined the Ontario provincial board in 2018. He is the former CEO of the Real Property Association of Canada, and former senior managing director, office leasing at Cushman & Wakefield. In 2003, Paul became president of NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter and also served as chair of the REX Awards Advisory Committee for two years.
Paul began his volunteer journey at Heart & Stroke in 2014, after facing a massive ischemic stroke in 2012. His inspiring story and positive attitude launched his Ride for Heart team, We Heart Paul, which raised over $108,000 from 2014 to 2017. Paul’s enthusiasm and commitment made We Heart Paul one of the top 15 fundraising teams at Ride for Heart. Paul lends his name, shares his story, and provides positive testimonials for Heart & Stroke donor proposals. Through strong teamwork and dedication, Paul connects the development team with many influential individuals within his own network to secure gifts and increase awareness of the foundation’s mission.
Victoria Nguyen is vice president of project delivery for CIBC Capital Markets & Direct Financial Services, providing leadership to a diverse team of delivery professionals who lead strategic, high-profile, complex and organization-wide initiatives at CIBC. She is accountable for strategic leadership of project, program and initiative implementations that provide strong value to clients and their evolving banking behaviors. Victoria plays a key role in the transformation of CIBC’s direct financial services to optimize client experience. This includes supporting and leading multi-year projects such as, Trading System Overhaul (TSO), modernization of the TSO digital site, and implementation of a new data layer.
Victoria is an accomplished business executive and transformation professional. Her career spans over 25 years leading large scale change in many of North America’s best-known brands. Her strong delivery track record enabled successes in financial merger-integration, corporate restructuring, innovative solutions and global business and technology transformations. Previous to CIBC, she was with TD as the delivery executive for the General Insurance Platform Stack program, Risk Marketplace delivery transformation and Enterprise Real Estate - GTA Strategy & Workspace delivery (2014 – 2019), executive advisor and partner consultant - BCO Global Transformation at Brookfield Asset Management (2012-2014), CEO and operating partner of Meritum Enterprises Inc. (2002-2014), and program manager and management consultant - Investment Risk System Transformation at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (2010-2012).
Victoria is an active advocate and volunteer with professional mentoring, Women in Leadership, Inclusion & Diversity, Visible Minority Associations and other local charities. She is a director of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Toronto.
Victoria earned a masters certificate in project management from McMaster University and George Washington University School of Business and also earned a BEng from the University of Alberta and has Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She is also a Rotman’s School of Business Judy Project alumni.
Victoria was TD’s co-captain of Ride for Heart since 2015
Paula Rietta joined the Ontario provincial board in 2021. Until recently, Paula was vice-president, Legal for Ford Credit Canada Company based in Oakville, Ontario. She had responsibility for providing legal services to all aspects of the Ford Credit business in Canada, with a particular emphasis in corporate/commercial law, consumer law, privacy, secured lending and insolvency law.
Prior to joining Ford Credit, Paula worked at a financial institution in Toronto and at various equipment financing and leasing companies over much of her career. She has been an active member of the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association, Canadian Bar Association and served as board secretary to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Ontario chapter. Over the years, she has been extensively involved in the University of Toronto (Faculty of Law) LAWS - Law in Action Within Schools program involving high school students- and advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Paula graduated from the University of Toronto with a masters and undergraduate degree in political science. She also received a law degree from the University of Windsor.
Richard San Cartier, BScN, PHCNP, ITCC, CDE, RN (EC)
Richard San Cartier joined the Ontario provincial board in 2018. He is a primary care nurse practitioner and clinical team lead for the N’Mninoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre, and provides primary care to the First Nation Communities of Serpent River and Sagamok situated on the north shore of Georgian Bay. He has presented for and worked with CAMH’s TEACH Project (Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health) on several initiatives on Aboriginal Tobacco Cessation.
Richard has co-authored modules for McMaster’s Practice Based Learning program. He is a graduate of Laurentian University’s combined post RN/ Nurse Practitioner program. He received his original RN diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa. He lives with his wife and two children in Elliot Lake, Ontario.
Honorary director: Anthony Graham, CM, MD
Dr. Anthony Graham has been an honorary director of the Ontario provincial board since 2003. His Heart & Stroke experience includes member of the Ontario provincial board from 1978 to 2003 and board chair and president from 1986 to 1988. Anthony has been a member of various foundation committees and task forces including the Inter-Provincial and CEO Search Task Forces, the External Relations and Research Policy Committees. His Heart & Stroke committee board experience includes three terms – from 1986 to 1995, from 2004 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2015. He served as the Heart & Stroke board chair from 1991-93 as well as the chair of the Heart and Stroke Scientific Research Corp. from 1992-93 and 1998-2001.
Since 1998, Anthony has served as director of Ambulatory Care for the Heart and Vascular program at St. Michael's Hospital. He is also a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. In his clinical practice, Anthony is involved in developing pre-hospital emergency cardiac care programs for heart attack victims and is active on a range of advocacy issues promoting heart healthy lifestyles. He currently is the medical director, Robert McRae Heart Health Unit of St. Michael’s Hospital and medical director of philanthropy for the St. Michael’s Foundation.
In 2002, he became a member of the Order of Canada and in 2008, Anthony was honoured with Heart & Stroke’s Heart of Gold Award for his loyalty, service and significant impact on the Foundation’s mission. In 2002, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012, received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. More recently in February 2013, Anthony received the Award of Merit for exceptional contribution to the mission of Heart & Stroke.
Chair: Dr. Ed Harrison
Dr. Ed Harrison joined the board in 2006. Ed is the director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Charlottetown. He received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa and completed post-graduate residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Dalhousie University in 1983, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
While in Nova Scotia, Ed was an associate professor with the department of medicine, directed the Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury Services at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, served as residency program director for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and was a member of the national specialty committee. He also chaired the Nova Scotia Integrated Stroke Strategy Committee for Heart & Stroke, Nova Scotia, with the strategy becoming government policy and receiving funding for initial pilot phases.
Today Ed resides in PEI and continues with his interest in program development, particularly interdisciplinary approaches to care for persons with disabilities. He chaired the PEI Stroke Strategy evaluation and monitoring committee, chairs the PEI stroke rehabilitation subcommittee, was a member of the Canadian Stroke Strategy Committee and is a current member of the QEH, local medical advisory committee. He was the site lead investigator in a national pilot study on knowledge translation in evidence-based stroke rehabilitation (Stroke Canada Optimization of Rehabilitation through Evidence — SCORE), the first Canadian multi-centre study in stroke rehabilitation. He was an external reviewer of the most recent update of the Canadian Stroke Strategy Best Practice Guidelines for Stroke Rehabilitation (2013). He continues collaboration with stroke rehabilitation investigators at Dalhousie University, including the Dr. Gail Eskes cerebrovascular recovery group of the Brain Repair Centre in Halifax.
Ed’s volunteer activities include Heart & Stroke, PEI, where he has been a strong and persistent advocate for full implementation of the PEI Integrated Stroke Strategy. He has been instrumental in leading the development of a partnership that sees PEI being able to fully participate in CanROC, the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. He also has an interest in international development and was a member of the Mikinduri Children of Hope NGO, as chair of the community based health care committee.
Kelly Lund is manager, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), a position she has held since 2013. She is a physiotherapist and has worked for the same department since 1995. Kelly participated in development and implementation of the QEH cardiac rehabilitation pilot, 2002-2006. She also participated in the initial implementation of the new cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation program currently being operated out of primary care. And she has been a moderator for the PEI Stroke Conference for the past three years.
Kelly is busy volunteering with her children’s schools and teams, and she is always willing to help with events. She is also the past chair of the PEI College of Physiotherapists and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Kelly is interested in innovation and doing things in a more efficient way. Personal stories and new perspectives stick with her. She would be the first to say that she is not much of a planner; but a doer.
She lost her maternal grandmother at 63 from heart disease and her paternal grandmother suffered two strokes at an early age; so all her memories of her grandmother are as a stroke survivor. She is interested in Heart & Stroke’s commitment to healthy living, research improvements for Canadians and medical services and treatments related to heart disease and stroke.
Amanda Rodgerson is a clinical stroke dietitian at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) on both the provincial acute stroke unit and the rehabilitation unit. Amanda is also a sessional lecturer at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Amanda has a bachelor of science in home economics from the University of Prince Edward Island and is a registered dietitian through the Dietetic Internship Program at QEH. She has published articles in Reader’s Digest and Chatelaine and is a recipient of the Queens Region Model of Health Award. Amanda was also the recipient of scholastic awards from The Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Sally Henry Leadership Award.
She is married and has two children. Amanda is a volunteer member of home and school; is a committee member for events planning in her community and volunteers with various activities that her children are involved in. She loves to take pictures and still has them developed and placed in photo albums. Amanda remains active by participating in fitness classes and running the roads with her busy family!
Chair: Kostia Pantazis
With more than 25 years of experience in the damage insurance industry, Kostia Pantazis has been President of Pantazis & Associés, Courtiers d’Assurances Inc. since 2000. In addition to managing her business, she has actively participated in several professional and philanthropic organizations. She was a member of the board of directors of the SAAQ (Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Québec) as well as president of the Hellenic Board of Trade of Montreal. After serving as vice-president of the board of directors of the YWCA’s Fondation for several years, Kostia is now a member of board of directors of the YWCA.
In October 2013, she joined the provincial board of the Foundation; of which she became the Vice-President in January 2018. Kostia officially succeeded M. Raymond as the PAB president in December 2018.
Past chair : Jean Raymond
Jean Raymond began his career in 1976 and has been working as an executive search consultant for 30 years. Prior to establishing his private practice in 1997, he held the position of Managing Director for 8 years and was responsible for operations in Quebec for an executive search firm of international renown and also one of the largest in Canada. His private practice is comprised of Senior Executives search assignments, Board Members as well as consultations in matters of corporate governance. Jean has advised businesses in both the private and public sectors. His assignments have been based mainly in North America and Europe. In October 2019, Jean Raymond joined the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Firm and became Vice President, Business Development & Management Consulting-Executive Search.
Jean received his degree from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales at the University of Montreal.
Active within the business community, he is a member of the disciplinary board of l’Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec, CMC Canada, the HR committee of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec. Within his international affiliation, EMA Partners International, he leads the CEO & Board Services practice. Jean joined Heart & Stroke’s provincial board in Fall 2013, he then served as President of the Provincial Advisory Board from December 2016 to December, 2018.
Vice chair: Jocelyn Théoret
Jocelyn Theoret started his own management consulting company at the beginning of 2019, after many years as Senior Manager in organizational transformation, and leader of The Customer Experience Management Services, for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Strategic and Performance Consulting Group. He also has almost 20 years of experience in process optimization, project management and operations management. As a strategic leader, he has successfully delivered customer experience optimization and operational efficiency projects. Before reorienting his career in the field of management consultant services, Jocelyn Theoret worked for several world-class companies, such as SNC-Lavalin, Bell Canada and Vidéotron.
An engineer by training, he also holds an MBA in finance and is trained in project management (PMP).
Jocelyn was actively involved in the Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal (JCCM) for several years as an officer and Chairman of the board of directors. He also sits on the JCCM Foundation’s board of directors. He was a member of the jury for the Québec entrepreneurship contest held by the Service aux Jeunes Entrepreneurs (SAJE) in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and evaluated candidatures for the Mercuriades contest held by the Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec (FCCQ) in 2011. In 2013, he was Chairman of the young leaders committee for the TOHU’s fundraising gala which took place in the heart of the circus arts’ city. He joined Heart & Stroke’s provincial board in 2014.
Donald Beauchamp is a communications specialist and strategist. He has spent his entire life working in the field of sports, particularly hockey. Prior to serving as senior vice president of communications for the Montreal Canadiens from 1993 to 2018, he was the director of marketing and communications for Hockey Canada from 1985 to 1993, and director of sports information at the University of Ottawa from 1983 to 1985.
A leader in the world of hockey, Donald has competed at an international level in several major competitions: the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988, the Albertville Olympics in 1992, the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994, and four world championships in Europe.
With his family being affected by the scourge of heart disease — his son Émile suffers from a congenital heart defect, but he can live life to the fullest and follow in his father's footsteps — Donald joined the provincial board of Heart & Stroke in December 2018.
Melissa Carter joined the Quebec provincial board at the end of 2019. She is associate vice president and senior branch manager at RBC, Quebec. She has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles in the financial services industry. She is recognized for her innovative and creative approach that focuses on change and outcomes while giving much consideration to human values. She has proven to have the capacity to build strong partnerships that create synergies among key stakeholders. She cares about her employees’ and clients’ interests.
Melissa is proud to share her expertise and experience with Heart & Stroke. She takes an interest in leading the fight against heart disease, stroke and related conditions in many ways possible, such as addressing women’s research inequities.
Melissa holds an MBA from Quebec’s University in Montréal. She lives in Montréal with her spouse and their children.
Denise Cloutier, B.A.
Denise Cloutier is Director, Access and government Affairs, at Pfizer Canada Inc. She previously served over five years as Director, Strategy and Health Policy in the Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations department. She also held the position of Director, Access and Health Policies for Eastern Canada at Pfizer for nearly ten years.
Denise studied communications at the Montreal University and is a Certified Society Administrator (CSA) from Laval University.
She has been a member of Innovative Medicines Canada since 1995 and was vice-president of the Quebec Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008. Denise was also a member of the BIO Québec’s Provincial Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009. She joined Heart & Stroke’s Provincial Board in February 2015, and became acting vice-president in September 2018, and officially in January 2019. She is also involved in strategic committees at the Fédération des Chambres de commerce de Montréal. She is also member of the POWER NETWORK group at Pfizer Canada, a forum that empowers colleagues to take ownership of their development and to take bold moves in support of their career success.
Dr. Catherine Legault
Dr. Catherine Legault is a neurologist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). She studied medicine at McGill University in Montreal, then did her neurology residency at the Montreal Neurological Hospital – McGill. After her residency, she completed a stroke fellowship at Stanford University in California to further her knowledge of vascular neurology, followed by a research fellowship with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) StrokeNet group. She returned to McGill in 2018 and is currently an assistant professor at the university. Her clinical practice interests include acute stroke, neurological critical care, juvenile stroke, and autoimmune diseases with neurovascular consequences. She is involved in multiple clinical research projects in acute stroke and stroke prevention.
Dr. Legault has been a member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Advisory Board since 2019. She was motivated to join because she understands the importance of educating people about stroke so they can recognize the signs, which is a key to effective prevention.
Dr. Christine Pacheco
Dr. Christine Pacheco is currently a cardiologist at Pierre-Boucher Hospital. After she finished her medical studies, a specialization in internal medicine and a sub-specialization in adult cardiology at the University of Montréal, she completed a fellowship in women’s heart health in Los Angeles, California at the Smidt Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute’s Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center. Under the supervision of Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, a pioneer in the field, she obtained a vast amount of clinical and research experience in cardiovascular diseases that primarily affect women, such as coronary microvascular disease and myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries, as well as the care and monitoring of pregnancy-related heart complications. She has authored several articles and spoken at numerous national and international congresses.
Sophie Picard holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Management Profile) from the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP). She is the Health Services Manager for the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission, a non-profit organization with the mission to accompany Quebec First Nations in achieving their health, wellness, culture and self-determination goals.
As a Huron-Wendat member, Sophie is proud of her origins and fully engaged in the work to defend the interests of the First Nations.
In 2015, she received the First Nations Health Manager Association President’s Award. This important honour was bestowed on her for her leadership at the provincial and federal levels as well as for her strong commitment towards the development and certification of health directors in the Aboriginal communities. More recently, in recognition of her activities, ENAP presented her with a medal as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Université du Québec.
Maurice Rinaldi is the founder, President and CEO of Agence Rinaldi, in Montréal. He leads the firm into developing solid relationships and successful assignments since the agency creation in August 1994.
Maurice has close to 30 years of experience in advertising, marketing and communication. He’s passionate about corporate and brand communications, strategy, market and consumer research, public and media relations, as well as traditional and digital advertising. He’s the agency gatekeeper for clients in different industries, both B2C and B2B.
Known for giving advice to clients on what they need to hear versus what they want to hear, Maurice is highly respected in business and media circles locally, regionally, and nationally.
Maurice makes use of his experience and his expertise to counsel at senior level for multinationals and executive boards. Volunteer and philanthropist, he participates in different foundations and associations, such as Strangers in the Night, T-CAAN, and John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition. He joined the Heart & Stroke’s Provincial Board in August 2018.
Chair: Cindy Grimley
Cindy Grimley is AVP & Manager, Commercial Relationships, for Canadian Western Bank in Saskatoon. She holds a BA from the University of Saskatoon. Cindy has extensive experience in commercial and real estate development spanning 25 years. She takes great pride in the relationships that have developed during her career and remains passionate about growing and strengthening the community and the lives of others. Cindy’s prior community service includes the North Saskatoon Business Association, Autism Speaks Canada, Saskatoon Family Services Foundation and Junior Achievement.
Cindy has a passion for the work being done by Heart & Stroke and as a board member she is excited to work with community leaders, health organizations and residents of Saskatchewan to promote Heart & Stroke’s mission.
Past chair: Tanya Llewellyn
Tanya Llewellyn joined the board in 2010 and was Chair from December of 2017 to November 2020. She has a BComm in finance and human resources from the University of Saskatchewan, and is a CPA, CMA.
She has spent over 25 years in the financial services industry in both the private and corporate sectors. Her primary expertise has been in the areas of banking system development, treasury, accounting, risk management, business valuations / strategy and investments. She has been a sessional lecturer in finance at the Edwards Business School and is currently employed by National Bank Financial.
Tanya is an avid believer in supporting community-based organizations having volunteered with the United Way, MS Society, Abbeyfield, YWCA, Aids Saskatoon amongst others. She is passionate about the work of Heart and Stroke Foundation and is hopeful that her contribution will benefit many families and communities.
Tiffany Armstrong Plower
Tiffany Armstrong is the owner of PACE Training Centre and is a certified personal trainer with over 18 years of experience. Through behaviour paced training, she’s passionate about helping her clients make a healthy lifestyle fit their lifestyle. She’s also started a one-of-kind program called Strong Girls that focuses on building body positivity in young girls through strength training. Her mission is to create a movement amongst young girls to strive for ‘being strong’ versus ‘being skinny.’
Tiff was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she currently lives with her spouse and three beautiful daughters. After suffering a stroke at the age of 38, Tiff felt called to share her experience and story of recovery in the hopes of helping others. She also wants to help change the perception that young people can’t have strokes. Tiff believes that it’s important to have representation on the Heart & Stroke board, and she’s excited for this role.
Dr. Janine Eckstein
Janine Eckstein is an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan and works as an interventional cardiologist in Saskatoon, where her expertise and skills have brought new and innovative procedures for heart valve disease to the residents of Saskatchewan. She was born and raised in Saskatchewan and completed both her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Saskatchewan.
Janine is passionate about the work of Heart & Stroke Foundation and sees the impact of cardiovascular disease daily in her clinical practice. Working as an interventional cardiologist she treats patients suffering from heart attacks and previous stroke patients with certain heart defects. Improving education of patients and staff while advancing science to achieve better outcomes for patients is at the forefront of Janine’s practice.
Heart & Stroke is an organization very close to Carol. Her father died in 1990 due to complications of heart disease. Since his passing, she has made it a priority to volunteer her time to bring awareness, education and funding to this cause.
Carol became President of Canadiana Developments in 1990. Since then, she has grown the business and kept it as an integral part of the community. She has been on the St. Paul Hospital Foundation Mistle Toe Ball Committee as a team representative as well as chair and co-chair. She has been involved with our Hockey Heroes Weekend as well as a board member and volunteer of Pets in the Park.
Believing in team collaboration and support, Carol brings her zest for life and care for the well-being of all people. She is hopeful that her contribution will benefit many families, businesses and communities.
Kelly Johnson is the director for Cardioscience, Saskatoon & North, for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, where she has worked for over 20 years. She has extensive experience working with patients with heart disease having spent her entire career in the field of cardiology. She began her career as a bedside nurse, working her way up to coronary care unit, to clinical nurse specialist in cardiology, to her current leadership role.
Kelly has a lifelong passion implementing the best evidence and care for patients experiencing heart disease. She became one of the first nurses to achieve certification in cardiovascular nursing from the Canadian Nursing Association in 2001 and maintains that certification today. She is a member of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses and was honored to be awarded with the Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Excellence Award in 2012. Kelly is excited by the opportunity to work on the Heart & Stroke provincial board.
Monica Morrison is the executive assistant for the AgriWestern Dealer Group; Saskatchewan Western Sales and Alberta; Western Tractor from 2013 to present. Many groups have benefitted from her organizational skills and passion for making a difference. Monica has been a tireless volunteer for organizations that have impacted not only herself and her three boys, but countless events in every community in which she has lived, including Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
When her children were young, she served on school community councils, the advisory board for Quality Schools International in Bishkek as well as being involved in their sports teams as manager, secretary or treasurer. With her oldest son being diagnosed with autism at the age of 5, Monica immediately got involved with Autism Services and was heavily involved with their fundraising efforts in Saskatoon. Monica’s passion for contributing has led to a decade long involvement on the board of the Huskie Football Foundation; being instrumental in organizing the annual Huskie Football Dogs’ Breakfast, and involvement with the events for World Jr. Hockey, Big League Dreams as well as Inclusion Saskatchewan. She hopes to continue with her passion of serving her community by being an integral part of promoting Heart & Stroke’s mission.
Dr. Wadea Tarhuni
Dr. Wadea Tarhuni joined the board in 2005. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and a cardiology leader, using real-time heart monitors for early atrial fibrillation detection and stroke prevention. After building a successful cardiovascular prevention centre in Moose Jaw, Wadea established Canadian Cardiac Care to expand his cardiology services to influence change in Canada’s healthcare system and through international initiatives in Algeria, Tunis, Kuwait, Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Wadea is active in the medical community and has participated in numerous hospital and medical committee programs, such as the Saskatchewan Stroke Strategy, the Moose Jaw Union Hospital Sepsis and Quality programs, the Heart & Stroke awareness program and the American Society of Echocardiography guidelines.
He is active in community programs that raise the awareness of the general public about cardiovascular diseases and how to prevent them. Wadea is also an advocate for the preservation of a pure, natural environment.
Leslie Weippert has spent over 35 years in the financial services sector. Her first 15 years were spent with TD Bank before moving to the brokerage industry. The last 20 years of her career were spent with Investors Group Securities; first as an investment specialist working with IG consultants and their clients in the northern half of Saskatchewan. The last 8 years of her career she took on the role of director of the securities planning specialists for Western Canada. She hired, trained and mentored a network of individuals based in Victoria, British Columbia to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Leslie retired from IG in December of 2018.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Leslie has lived in Saskatoon since 1980. She and her husband Larry raised their two children here and they now all reside in Saskatoon.
She and Larry own All-Pro Excavating, a local business that Larry has built and run for over 15 years.
Over the years, Leslie has been involved with a few different boards, including Saskatoon Ringette Association, Erindale Preschool and St. Paul’s Sunday school board. She has also volunteered in smaller roles with various charities in Saskatoon.