Our provincial boards

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.

Alberta & Northwest Territories +


Jon Faber in front of snow covered mountainsChair: Jon Faber

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.



Clayton Norris standing in front of a snow covered mountain.Past 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.



Dr. Jehangir AppooDr. Jehangir Appoo

Dr. Jehangir Appoo is in a second career at the intersection of Finance, Medicine, & Impact. In 2020, he founded AIoT Health, Artificial Intelligence of Things Healthcare, a physician-backed syndicate Venture Capital fund focusing on how machine learning can make a meaningful improvement in healthcare. AIoT Health seeks to partner with founders using digital technologies to rewrite the boundaries of healthcare. In addition to being immersed in the healthcare start-up ecosystem, Dr. Appoo contributes to pushing forward academic frontiers and has an adjunct Associate Professorship at the University of Calgary where he leads international trials in cardiac sciences.

Dr. Appoo’s first career was as a cardiovascular surgeon with experience in healthcare systems in Canada, the US, and the UK. Whilst in practice at the University of Calgary, he helped establish the Artificial Heart Program, performed southern Alberta's first artificial heart device implant, and founded a multidisciplinary Thoracic Aortic Program focused on open, hybrid and endovascular interventions. 



Scott BirchallScott Birchall

Scott is Vice President, Corporate Development at Spur Petroleum Ltd., a privately-held oil company that operates in the Clearwater play in northern Alberta. Scott served in the same role at Spur Resources Ltd., which was sold to a publicly-traded energy company in 2017. He is also a Principal at Longbow Capital Inc., a private equity investment manager based in Calgary, Alberta that invests in energy, power, infrastructure, and technology. Before joining Longbow in 2009, Scott worked in the Corporate Finance group with Peters & Co. Limited and prior to this, Scott spent three years at the Calgary-based private equity firm ENTx Capital

Corporation, which focused on investments in the electricity and energy industry. 
Scott earned his law degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Bishops University, where he graduated with distinction. Scott is also a CFA Charterholder.

Scott has been active with Heart & Stroke since 2017. He also sits on the board of directors of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Canada, and is chair of the Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Local Council.



Thomas Cherney in front of a snow covered mountain.Thomas Cherney

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 headshotDr. 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.



Mike TuffMike Tuff

Mike Tuff is Vice President Law Firm Business Development, Canada with Computershare. Mike and his family are native Calgarians, with strong family and community relationships in Calgary, and Alberta. 

On February 04, 2021, Mike’s wife Jen suffered the first of two strokes, and shortly after that day her incredible road to recovery began. Coupled with joining the Heart & Stroke, Mike also sits on the board of directors for the LUNA Child and Youth Advocacy Centre in Calgary.

British Columbia & Yukon Territory +

Michael  Murphy, BA, MBA, MSc, ICDChair: 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. 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.



candy ho head shotVice chair: Candy Ho

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.



Devi SangaraPast 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.

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.



Karin Humphries, MBA, DSc, FAHAKarin 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.



Greg MartinGreg Martin

Greg Martin has worked in B.C.’s mineral resources sector for over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of SSR Mining Inc. Born and raised in BC, Greg’s family and in-laws reside in British Columbia. He studied Civil Engineering at University of British Columbia and completed his MBA at the Ivey School of Business. Greg is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CGA.

In the early days of the COVID pandemic, Greg’s wife suffered an unexpected stroke caused by an arterial dissection of the carotid artery. Quick identification of the situation, rapid response from paramedics and the care received at the VGH stroke unit has enabled her to make a full recovery. The event was a reminder on how important it was to identify the signs of stroke and take immediate action to save a life.

Greg is the proud father of daughters at Langara College and Kitsilano Secondary; and a son at Trafalgar Elementary. He enjoys coaching baseball and stays active on the Peleton, hockey rink, golf course, ski slopes and surf waves. 



Leon NgLeon Ng

Leon is an innovative business leader and entrepreneur in the proptech industry, championing a synergetic group of companies focusing on creative media, real estate visualization, and emerging technology. Leon has a passion for innovative technologies like VR and AR and upholds it as a core value for LNG Studios and their projects. Leon was awarded the Business in Vancouver (BIV) Top 40 under 40, 2015 and Business in Vancouver (BIV) BC’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, 2021. With a background in broadcasting and film, Leon is a strong supporter of minority representation in cinema and sits on the advisory board for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. In 2021 Leon spearheaded the Pixel Moments campaign, a micro-philanthropy activation focusing on mental health awareness. Leon is a strong community leader, sitting on several boards such as St. Paul’s Foundation Future Leaders, SUCCESS Foundation, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation, BC & Yukon.



Michael ScottMichael Scott

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.

Manitoba +

Olive McDonaldChair: 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.



Kimberley Levasseur PuhachKimberley Levasseur Puhach

Kimberley is the vice president of People, Culture and Growth at The Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She is a strategic leader with expertise in human resource management, organizational development with specialization in inclusion, diversity and equity. Kimberley has worked in private, public and non-profit sectors and in a variety of industries. Most recently, she worked as associate vice president, People & Culture – West Region for Gallagher, a global insurance provider, risk management and human capital consulting firm. Prior to that, she was with the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology as the director of People Services and Indigenous Inclusion.

Kimberley serves as chair of the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle, sits on the board of directors for End Homelessness Winnipeg, co-chairs the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council and acts as a member of the United Way of Winnipeg’s Circle of Indigenous Relations. She is past chair of an Indigenous-led community organization, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. and past chair for the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation.

Levasseur Puhach – Bezhik Binese Ikwe or Lone Thunderbird Woman, is a proud First Nations woman. She is a member of the Sandy Bay Anishinaabe Nation. Her mother and several other family members are Indian residential school survivors. Kimberley is passionate about Indigenous social justice efforts and is committed to making a difference.  



Lana MaidmentLana Maidment

Lana Maidment is the president and owner of Komana Financial Inc. Lana specializes in group benefits, life insurance and all insurance-based products to meet her clients’ needs. She currently serves as a board member with Ronald McDonald House, Manitoba Opera, Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Heart & Stroke. Lana also volunteers and supports fundraising events for Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, Seven Oaks General Hospital, as well as several charity events across Manitoba. Lana is excited to bring her passion and energy to Heart & Stroke to work in collaboration with the team to advance Heart & Stroke’s vision: Life. Uninterrupted by heart disease and stroke and mission to: Promote health. Save lives. Enhance recovery.



Wajihah MughalWajihah Mughal

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. 



Allan PrestonDr. Allan Preston

Dr. Allan Preston is President, Preston Stock Farms and PSF Agri-Advisory Services in Hamiota, Manitoba. Allan describes himself as a semi-retired gentleman farmer. After a long career as a practicing veterinarian, Manitoba's chief veterinary officer, and assistant deputy minister with Manitoba Agriculture, Allan returned to the family farm near Hamiota to be with his grandchildren. He remains engaged in many activities including chair of the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, chair of the Veterinary Services Commission, vice chair of the Westman Opportunities Leadership Group, Bovine Tuberculosis coordinator for Manitoba, member of the Manitoba Agriculture Research and Innovation Committee, and member of the Beef Sciences Cluster Advisory Body. Allan is active in community groups including chair of the Hamiota Community Foundation and now a board member with Heart & Stroke Foundation.



Diane RoussinDiane Roussin

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 StewartRobyn Stewart

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.



Stefan TergesenStefan Tergesen

For over 30 years, Stefan Tergesen has been the owner-operator of H.P. Tergesen & Sons, a fourth-generational general merchant retail business in Manitoba established in 1899. 

Stefan is passionate about his community, family, and recreational life. He has served on the Gimli Heritage Advisory Committee and the Gimli Chamber of Commerce as a founder and executive. Stefan takes much pride in his business and employs a wide range of unique, cross-generational people ranging in ages from teens to seniors.

Stefan experienced cardiac arrest during the early stages of a trip to India. Luckily for him, quick action from bystanders at the airport and access to an AED machine saved his life. Knowing what it means to be a survivor, Stefan has joined the board at Heart & Stroke to fully support its mission: Promote health, Save lives. Enhance recovery.

Stefan’s love of recreational sports is only matched by his affection for all animals, in particular his dog Milos and cat Carol, both rescue animals from the Gimli Humane Society. Stefan leads an active lifestyle with hockey being a natural pastime and mountain biking, and snowboarding are paramount to Stefan despite the fact that he lives on the prairies. Live music, fine dining, and an appreciation for stand-up comedy are constants in his life. Travel has also been a lifelong passion that has led him to Iceland, Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America.

Newfoundland and Labrador +

Charlene BrophyChair: 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.



Vice Chair: Cassie Chisholm

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.



Chris Abbott

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.




Doctor Sean ConnorDr. 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.



Eustace MarshaDr. 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 GoobieAnthony Goobie

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.



Paula Hanrahan

Paula Hanrahan is currently a Senior Program Consultant with the Family Practice Renewal Program which is a joint initiative of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association and the Department of Health and Community Services. Paula has a Master of Nursing degree and since graduating from Nursing in 1998 has held many leadership positions within healthcare. 

In 2004/2005 Paula worked with the Heart and Stroke in NL as a Resuscitation Program Coordinator in a parental leave replacement position. 

Paula’s previous volunteer work includes membership on the St. Thomas of Villa Nova Parish Council and the St. Thomas of Villa Nova Finance Committee, as well as membership on the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and Canadian Nursing Informatics Association joint working group created to revise the CNA’s informatics-related position statement in the context of primary healthcare.



Brian McNamaraBrian McNamara

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.



Sheldon Payne

Sheldon guides business owners, entrepreneurs, and marketing teams in improving their digital marketing efforts by providing digital marketing coaching and training programs to help their businesses compete in the age of digital marketing.

Prior to starting Newfound Marketing, Sheldon was the Digital Marketing Director for M5 Communications and has spent time in Montreal (Biztree) and London (Zenith Optimedia) where he planned and delivered sound Digital Marketing strategies to Fortune 100 clients Hewlett Packard and Chevrolet Europe as part of their overall search marketing strategy.



Jennifer Penney 

Jennifer is passionate about advancing healthcare in NL and globally to deliver better outcomes to patients and improving the access to timely and relevant healthcare services. For the past 7 years she has been the Director of Human Resources at Fonemed, an international virtual healthcare company that provides virtual nurse triage, biometric monitoring, nurse practitioner virtual care, and the technology to deliver this care to people when and where they need it most. Jennifer oversees the Human Resources Team and HR strategy to ensure that Fonemed’s 250 employees are skilled, compassionate, diverse, and engaged to practice and deliver on Fonemed’s values and mission each day. She is naturally inclined to fuse overall business strategy with the people who deliver it. 

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Memorial University, is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a strategic thinking executive who is results driven. While not a common interest of HR professionals, she loves data and statistics and thrives on data guiding her decision making, while never forgetting the human element. 

In the past, she has served as a Board Director and Chief Staffing Officer for the Charted Professionals in Human Resources of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has worked in industries such as public broadcasting, technology, and both private and public healthcare organizations. The industry that always brought passion to her work was healthcare and when she joined Fonemed it was the perfect marriage of advancing healthcare by utilizing technology and people. 

Jennifer believes that her work and her family are part of what makes her a whole person and focuses on work-life integration while spending time with her husband, Leslie, young son, Lincoln, and their dog, Lily. Her interest in Heart and Stroke NL began when she was 11 and witnessed her grandmother having a stroke. She then became a young door to door canvasser for Heart & Stroke and believed from an early age that awareness, knowledge, and early intervention were critical to improving outcomes for people at risk for heart disease and stroke.

Jennifer is excited to serve on the board of Heart & Stroke NL so that she can continue to bring her strategic thinking and results driven business know-how to something that she is so very passionate about. 



Natasha Pinsent

In 2015 Natasha had a heart attack. At the time she was 42, active, and a non-smoker, so it came as a shock. Needless to say, in those moments she realized just how important all the research and development into Heart and Stroke was for young women in Canada. She knew it was an organization she wanted to be part of, to advocate for, and raise awareness for heart health. 

Natasha is a professional Mechanical Engineer who has always had a passion for dogs and training. She pursued this passion by educating herself at various dog training organizations. Natasha co-founded one of the largest dog rescues in Ottawa and specialized in training service dogs in Ohio, USA. Natasha is now bringing this needed service to her province of Newfoundland & Labrador through her new business “Signal Service Dogs”. Natasha is also currently a consultant for Companion Paws Canada, a national therapy dog organization, part of The Lifeline Canada Foundation. 

Natasha is a current member of the Re-Max Curling Club Board of Directors, as well as the Mount Pearl and Paradise Chambers of Commerce Board of Directors.



Dr. Michelle Ploughman

Dr. Michelle Ploughman is Associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine, a physiotherapist, neuroscientist and Canada Research Chair in Neuroplasticity, Neurorehabilitation and Brain Recovery. Dr. Ploughman designs innovative exercise-based treatments to help repair and protect the brain. Dr. Ploughman’s research targets stroke and multiple sclerosis; two of the most common and disabling diseases impacting the lives of Canadians. With over 70 highly cited publications, she is an internationally recognized expert on exercise and neuroplasticity.

Along with leading a multi-million-dollar program of research (CIHR, CFI, BrainCanada, MS Society of Canada), Dr. Ploughman works with clinicians and patients on the front lines to improve the health care that patients receive.



Alfred WhiffenAlfred Whiffen

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.

Nova Scotia +

Doctor Sharon Mulvagh 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.



Diane CampbellVice Chair: Diane Campbell

Diane Campbell is president and CEO of Berkeley Holdings Limited, operator of The Berkeley Retirement Residences. The Berkeley operates four retirement residences in Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford.

Born in Halifax, Diane graduated from Acadia University in 1964 with a bachelor of arts degree and received her bachelor of laws degree from Dalhousie University in 1967.  That same year she married Wesley G. Campbell, P.Eng. LL.B.  Diane was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 1968 and practiced law with Daley Black Moreira & Piercey for several years before becoming involved in family business opportunities.

Diane has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia Division), Victorian Order of Nurses (Halifax Branch), Neptune Theatre and the Discovery Centre. She has also served on the boards of the Halifax Herald Limited, Victoria General Hospital, the Victoria General Hospital Foundation, Acadia University, the Nova Scotia Business Capital Corporation, the Canadiana Fund – Ottawa, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation and First Baptist Church Halifax. Diane has served on the campaign cabinet for the Discovery Science Centre’s Capital Campaign. Diane and her husband have two children and four grandchildren.



Larry Freeman headshotPast chair: Lawrence A. Freeman

Lawrence A. Freeman, QC is a senior partner of Stewart McKelvey. He has been providing counsel to clients for more than 40 years in the areas of banking and financing, commercial lending and corporate and business law, as well as commercial real estate acquisitions, sales and leasing. He has been involved in project financing, both inside and outside of Canada. 

Lawrence received his bachelor of commerce degree from Dalhousie University in 1970 and his LL.B. degree in 1973. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1973 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. He is currently a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. 

Lawrence is a member of the Saint Mary’s University board of governors and Community Leadership Advisory Council to the Admiral. He is active in many community and charitable organizations, both locally and nationally.  



Sarah Blanchard

Sarah Blanchard studied in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu, graduating with a master’s degree in sommellerie and wine management. During her years in France, Sarah worked in some of France’s most celebrated wine regions. She currently works in wine education and consulting. 

In 2017, Sarah was on a business trip in Italy when she had a stroke while alone in her hotel room. She has been passionately advocating for women’s health and younger stroke survivors ever since.

Among her many roles, her dearest are spouse and mother to baby Audrey.  



Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Bruce, O.D.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry, Cindy is now retired from running an independent optometry business in downtown Toronto. After building a practice in partnership with a classmate over sixteen years, Cindy then went on to a short-term contract to assist in building and managing the first Beacon Eye Institute, a laser eye centre, in collaboration with an ophthalmologist.

Since retiring from practice she has been involved with, and volunteered, for a wide variety of interests including the board of Badminton Canada; Ontario Badminton Association; Canada Winter Games; Toronto International Art Fair; Art Gallery of Ontario; The Vision Institute of Canada; the board of the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto; the Rogers Cup tennis event. 

Cindy moved to Halifax in 2013, became a certified yoga instructor and earned a certificate in project management. She loves to travel and stay active, has two children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Ontario. Cindy is a member of Ashburn Golf Club and Fox Harb’r Golf Club where she spends much of her time.

Despite excellent general heath, Cindy suffered a heart attack in the fall of 2018. As a person with lived experience, she is currently participating the University of Ottawa Heart Institute SCAD study and is an active advocate for improvements around women’s heart health, education and rehabilitation.



Colin Gillis

Colin Gillis is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of IMP Group International Inc.  In this position, Colin is responsible for driving the financial position of the Company, as well as providing comprehensive financial direction and guidance to IMP’s divisional financial officers.

Colin joined IMP in 1990, and over the years has held various financial management positions of increased responsibility before assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2019. Colin is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University (BBA) and is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA). He is a member of the Financial Executives International.



Jarvis GoogooJarvis Googoo

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.



Mike JanczyszynMike Janczyszyn

Mike Janczyszyn has been a paramedic since 2010, graduating from Algonquin College in Ottawa and starting his career with the Ottawa Paramedic Service. He subsequently moved to Nova Scotia and began working with Emergency Health Services. Sharing his duties as a regular paramedic, Mike has also spent time as the provincial Community Relations Paramedic and AED Registry Program Coordinator. Mike has a passion for resuscitation and overall bystander care. He has had the honour of donating multiple AEDs to communities throughout the province and giving quick CPR awareness and education; helping to keep Nova Scotians safe and driving us towards a more heart-safe province. Mike likes to stay active through many activities including cycling, hiking, swimming, snowboarding, curling, or just going out for a walk with family, friends, or his canine friend.

“There is always the possibility that I encounter someone experiencing a heart attack, stroke, or sudden cardiac arrest even when I am off duty. It’s not lost on me that I may also personally experience a cardiovascular event which may require recognition and treatment from bystanders and first responders. For those reasons, I make it a personal and professional goal to ensure as many of the population is aware, trained, and educated on the Chain of Survival, as well as increase the amount of accessible AEDs. It’s an honour to be representing Heart & Stroke in this capacity and I hope that my voice can make a difference.”



Dale Kelly

A self-professed life-long learner, Dale has 40 years of business experience in agriculture or related industries; predominantly in executive roles and has enjoyed several leadership opportunities. Dale’s experience also includes transitioning a 35-year-old federal government not-for-profit model to a private business model with many team members becoming shareholders. The business  eventually was acquired by a public company and in the year the team was awarded the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce SABEX Award for Growth and Expansion. 

Over the years Dale has demonstrated expertise in starting new companies as well as coaching organizations to higher levels of performance. His life’s work has included extensive global travel and he believes these experiences have provided a helpful view of our responsibilities to be world citizens. 
Dale was born and raised in New Brunswick and is married to Jocelyn Rochelle Kelly. Dale and Jocelyn have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. 
Dale is a graduate of McGill University, earning his Bachelor of Science, and is a 20-year formal member of Toastmasters International.



Sean Murray

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.



Nicole Nickerson

Nicole is from Middle Lahave, Nova Scotia. She always knew that she had a significant history of heart disease in her family. It was only after her 25-year-old sister died of a heart attack seven years ago that Nicole’s heart was checked, too. Barely one month after passing a treadmill stress test, she experienced severe chest pain. All her cardiac tests were “normal”, and Nicole was sent home with a diagnosis of acid reflux. They later discovered it was a heart attack as symptoms persisted and worsened. This is when Nicole became aware of the unique signs and symptoms of heart attack for women and learned to trust what her body was telling her. Nicole would go on to have another heart attack on the anniversary of her sister’s death while pregnant with her son.
Since then, she has been a fierce advocate for equity in the care received by patients for cardiac and mental health regardless of where they live in Canada. 

Nicole is also a strong advocate for sex and gender-based analysis and reporting in clinical research and an advocate for caregiver visitation in Long-Term Care. Through her advocacy, Nicole has been a patient partner on many boards and councils including being the current Co-Chair of Health Systems and Policy with the Canadian Woman’s Heart Health Alliance. 

Nicole has also participated in research involving both woman’s heart health and unpaid caregivers during the COVID19 pandemic as well as speaking on various panels as a person with lived experience.



Kathleen O'ReganKathleen O'Regan

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

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.



Dr. Sarah Wells

Dr. Sarah Wells is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science with a cross-appointment in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics. She received a Bachelor of Sciences in Biophysics from Western University, followed by a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from University of Toronto, and postdoctoral training in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Sarah is an expert in the properties of biopolymers such as collagen and elastin and in the roles these biopolymers play in various anatomical systems including the cardiovascular system. Her research also examines the adaptive remodeling of cardiovascular tissues during development and in pregnancy. 

Dr. Wells is also an award-winning teacher, developing and delivering courses in Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Medical Sciences. 

Since 2016, she has served as Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Medicine, overseeing the Medical Sciences BSc Program. 

Ontario & Nunavut +

Victoria NguyenChair: Victoria Nguyen

Victoria is Vice President of Project Delivery - Direct Financial Services for CIBC Capital Markets, providing leadership to a diverse team of professionals who lead strategic, high-profile, complex and organization-wide initiatives at CIBC. She 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-integrations, corporate restructuring, innovative solutions and global business and technology transformations. 

Victoria is an active advocate and volunteer with Professional Mentoring, Women in Leadership, Inclusion & Diversity, Visible Minority Associations and other local charities. She was a Director of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Toronto. Victoria is a 2021 Women of Inspiration award recipient; Canada’s Top 100 Women of Change book contributor and on the Canadian Center for Women’s Empowerment – Economic Justice Task Force.

Victoria is currently CIBC’s Executive Sponsor of Ride for Heart and was TD’s Co-Captain of Ride for Heart since 2015.



Maggie FoxPast chair: Maggie Fox

Maggie Fox joined the Ontario Provincial Board in 2013. A two-time digital entrepreneur, Maggie is the founder and CEO of Ciselier.com, and established the world's first social media consultancy in 2006. She has worked globally in senior marketing leadership positions with SAP, Aeroplan and other international technology companies. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Marketers in Marketing Magazine's 100th anniversary edition and the National Post named her one of Canada's Top Innovators. Fox also serves as an independent Corporate Director and is Chair of the Board for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.



Doctor Husam Abdel-QadirDr. Husam Abdel-Qadir, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Husam Abdel-Qadir joined the Ontario Board in 2022. He 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, followed by a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. 

His primary clinical and research focus is the cardiovascular health of people with cancer, particularly breast cancer. This research is supported by an early career Chair in Heart and Brain Health and the 2020 National New Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He also leads a research program on the management and outcomes of people with atrial fibrillation. His work has been recognized by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Young Investigator Award and Atrial Fibrillation Research Award, European Society of Cardiology Young Investigator Award, and the Polanyi prize in Medicine/ Physiology.

Dr. Abdel-Qadir is a board member of the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario and serves as its Director of Continuing Professional Development. He is also a member of the Advisory Board to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.



Werner DietlWerner Dietl

Werner Dietl joined the Ontario Provincial Board in 2020. Werner is the President and CEO of CBRE Limited, Canada’s largest full service commercial real estate firm. He provides leadership for all facets of CBRE’s property brokerage, appraisal, debt, structured finance, and property management divisions. Werner has been with CBRE for over 25 years and is active in promoting many corporate and industry initiatives, including government advocacy, diversity and inclusion and is a frequent speaker at industry events and national media outlets. Werner is passionate about ensuring the most successful outcomes for CBRE’s clients and finding new and innovative means to solving complex industry challenges. 

Werner has been a Ride for Heart rider and is active on the Development Committee. 



Doctor Bernice Downey Dr. Bernice Downey

Dr. Bernice Downey joined the Ontario Provincial Board in 2020. Dr. Downey 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 Foundation - Canadian Institute of Health Research - Chair in Indigenous Women’s Heart and Brain Health.

Dr.Downey is an experienced administrator, facilitator, and an organizational and systemic change agent. She is also a life - long advocate in the work towards addressing the serious health inequities among Indigenous populations in Canada.



Mark GardhouseMark Gardhouse

Mark Gardhouse is an experienced financial professional, having worked in the Canadian private equity industry, in Toronto and Alberta for over thirty-five years, with senior leadership roles in private equity and alternative finance with several large Canadian financial institutions and both private and public companies. His past President /CEO roles have included several companies with over $500 million in revenues and 1,400 employees.

Most recently, Mark was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic Capital Corporation, a Calgary based, publicly listed mid-market private equity investment company.

He has had past board experience with a number of Canadian private and public companies, as well as the Business Board and Audit Committee of the University of Toronto and advisory boards at the University of Alberta. Mark holds an economic degree from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University and has an ICD.D designation. 

Mark has personally been impacted by serious heart and stroke issues and is deeply grateful for Heart & Stroke’s long-standing commitment to research and development.



Melissa HartwickMelissa Hartwick

Melissa Hartwick joined the Ontario Provincial Board in January 2022. Melissa is Vice President of Partnerships at Flashfood, a mobile app that ensures no good food goes to waste by connecting consumers with grocer's discounted food nearing its best-by date. Her background is in business strategy, which she developed while working as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman and further honed through her experience at technology start-up Element AI.

Melissa graduated from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario, where she was also captain of the Women's Varsity Ringette Team. 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.



Kristi KnowlesKristi Knowles

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.

Ms. Knowles is currently the CEO of Mother Raw, a producer of plant-based and organic condiments, dressings and dips, selling products across North America. Launched in 2019, Mother Raw brings together Kristi's passion for healthy and delicious foods, with building teams and brands. 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 foundation to reformulate dozens of traditional recipes.

Kristi began her career in marketing with Unilever after graduating with a commerce degree from Queen’s University. Born in Montreal, and growing up as an accomplished equestrian, she remains an avid fitness and nutrition enthusiast, has a love of travel and all things nature, and is a sought out mentor with a passion for supporting women on their leadership path.



Trace MolsonTrace Molson

Trace Molson joined the Ontario Provincial Board in 2020. She is active in speaking to bring awareness about women’s heart health. 

Trace is the Director of Programs and Procurement, Operational Excellence, at BentallGreenOak.  Previously, Trace ran her own firm providing management services. Prior to that, she was with Bentall Kennedy, managing a million square feet of office and industrial space for a leading Canadian financial institution.  Trace’s management experience includes banking facilities, residential long-term care and student housing.

Like many of us, Trace has numerous family members and friends who have been impacted by heart disease and stroke. Two of her children were born with congenital heart defects, one of whom required reconstructive heart surgery. Trace is deeply grateful for Heart and Stroke’s long-standing commitment to research and development; funding in the 1960s directly contributed to the development of repair techniques for congenital defects, saving thousands of children.

Trace earned a BA from the University of Waterloo and an MBA in Finance from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.



Paula RiettaPaula Rietta

Paula Rietta joined the Ontario Provincial Board in 2021. As the Group General Counsel at Cox Automotive Canada Company, Paula Rietta is responsible for the overall provision of legal services to the Company’s multiple business units, including commercial transactions, business operations, overall compliance and general business matters for both Canada and Brazil.

A professional leader with global automotive and financial industry experiences, Paula is committed to excellence and combines her analytical strengths with her robust business mindset to ensure company policies and risk tolerance are managed while delivering outstanding client service. As an authentic leader; Paula also believes that the success of an organization is a result of leveraging sound judgment and working collaboratively with internal and cross-functional stakeholders. Paula is also an advocate of workplace diversity and inclusion and is passionate about creating innovative ways to strengthen D&I across the organizations she works for. 

Prior to joining Cox Canada, Ms. Rietta was Vice-President, Legal for Ford Credit Canada Company based in Oakville. Ms. Rietta holds a Bachelor of Law from Windsor University and a Master of Arts, from University of Toronto.



Richard San CartierRichard 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.



Anthony GrahamHonorary director: Anthony Graham

Dr. Anthony Graham has been an honorary director of the Ontario provincial board since 2003. His Foundation experience includes member of the Ontario provincial board from 1978 to 2003 and board chair and president from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Graham 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 HSFC 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, Dr. Graham 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, Dr. Graham 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, Dr. Graham was honoured with the HSF 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, Dr. Graham received the Award of Merit 2012 for exceptional contribution to the mission of Heart & Stroke.

Prince Edward Island +

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.



Lynn Doherty

Lynn lives in Belfast, PEI with her husband Tim, their son Benjamin and their little mini farm of animals. Lynn works full time as an administrator with Vanco Farms Ltd. Lynn started volunteering with Heart & Stroke in February 2018 with her first Valentine's Day dance and fundraiser. 

A community tragedy led to Lynn organizing several events to raise awareness of heart health, raise funds for Heart & Stroke and honour the memory of Trayton Acton, a nine-year-old who passed away at Belfast School in September 2018 of sudden cardiac arrest.

Lynn has helped promote the Razzle Dazzle Gala, and also organized a paint night fundraiser at East Coast Art Party in June 2019 for Stroke Month. Most recently she helped organize a Halloween colouring project in three local schools, using Heart & Stroke’s HeartSmart Kids resources to help the children learn about heart health and the importance of healthy choices. 

Both of Lynn’s grandmothers, as well as her husband's grandmother all passed away due to stroke. She is an active advocate for stroke prevention.

Lynn works hard in her community as a councillor with the Municipality of Belfast, where she organizes Belfast Days. She has also worked with other charities and community events. 

Lynn is currently working on a Heartsmart Kids Halloween Coloring Project. Involving 3 local schools. Displaying their Halloween art outside their classrooms and sending images to Heart and Stroke Canada as a way of raising awareness to children's heart health and making healthy choices. Also having some Halloween fun. I plan to reward the kids who are participating with a healthy treat the week of October 25th!



Kelly LundKelly Lund

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.



Peter Norton

Peter Norton joined the board in 2013. Peter is the owner/operator of Nortons Jewellers Ltd., a family-owned business with deep roots in the Island community. Since graduating from George Brown Jewelry Arts program in 1982, Peter has significantly contributed to the jewelry industry serving as President of the Canadian Jewelry Association, Chairman of the Canadian Jewelry Buying Group (Canada’s largest group of independent jewelry stores), and President of the Atlantic Jewelers Association.

Peter has also served as a board member of Downtown Charlottetown Inc., City of Charlottetown Planning Committee, Rotary Club of Charlottetown, and Camp Abegweit. Since 2006, Nortons Jewellers Ltd. has been the title sponsor of the “Nortons Razzle Dazzle Red” gala event for Heart & Stroke, PEI. To date this event has raised more than seven hundred thousand dollars to support heart health initiatives.



Amanda Rodgerson

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!



Travis SaundersDr. Travis Saunders

Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He is an Associate Professor in the UPEI Department of Applied Human Sciences, and co-authored Canada's 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children, Youth, and Adult age groups.  His research focuses on the health impacts of physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the lifespan.

Quebec +

Kostia PantazisChair: 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.



Jocelyn TheoretVice 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 BeauchampDonald Beauchamp

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 CarterMelissa Carter

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 CloutierDenise 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.



Doctor Christine PachecoDr. 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.



Maurice RinaldiMaurice Rinaldi

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.


Saskatchewan +

Cindy GrimleyChair: 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.



Tiffany Armstrong PlowerTiffany 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.



Janine EcksteinDr. 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.



Brett GrahamDr. Brett Graham

Dr. Brett Graham is an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan and works as a stroke neurologist in Saskatoon, where he serves as the medical director of the Saskatoon Stroke Prevention Clinic. He was born and raised in Saskatchewan and completed both his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Saskatchewan before completing a clinical fellowship with the Calgary Stroke Program.

Dr. Graham has worked with Heart and Stroke on a national level in the past, serving as a member of the writing committee for the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Guidelines Secondary Prevention of Stroke 2020 update. He is excited to join the Saskatchewan provincial board to further Heart and Stroke's mission.



Carol JensenCarol Jensen

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 JohnsonKelly Johnson

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.   



Doctor Michael KellyDr. Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS is Professor and Head of Neurosurgery at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. He has a BSc., MD and PhD and completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Dr. Kelly did three additional years of fellowship training in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Cleveland Clinic. He holds the Saskatchewan Clinical Stroke Research Chair. He has an active basic science and clinical research program focusing on stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders.



Lyndon J. LinklaterLyndon J. Linklater

Lyndon J Linklater is a traditional knowledge keeper and storyteller. He has an educational background in Indian Social Work, Indian Studies and some law.

He is a citizen of the Thunderchild Cree Nation in Treaty 6 and has roots in Couchiching First Nation (Fort Francis, Ontario) in Treaty 3.

Presently, Lyndon shares work with the Remai Modern Art Museum in Saskatoon as their Indigenous Relations Advisor providing advice to their board and staff and delivering cultural programming and has worked for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner as a Speakers’ Bureau member since he was appointed in 2000. Since that time, he has spoken to well over 75,000 people, delivering awareness and enlightenment on Treaty and First Nation worldview.



Monica MorrisonMonica Morrison

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.



Leslie WeippertLeslie Weippert

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.

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