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Our senior leadership

Yves Savoie, Chief Executive Officer, Canada

Yves Savoie joined Heart & Stroke as Chief Executive Officer, Canada, in April 2017.

He is a fierce advocate for a health system that is genuinely patient-centred. Yves is deeply knowledgeable about the unique role health charities fulfill, working closely with research communities and governments, to enable Canadians to live healthy lives and to live well with chronic disease and disabilities.

During the last decade, Yves led the MS Society of Canada. Among many accomplishments as President and CEO, he steered a significant renewal initiative to create a more unified organization, reducing expenses through shared services, engaging people with MS actively in the society's research programs, and pressing governments for better support for caregivers and people living with disabilities.

A bilingual native of New Brunswick, Yves brings a depth of fundraising experience to Heart & Stroke, especially in the major gift arena. He is passionate about opportunities to build new streams of revenue and to harness the potential of the digital revolution.

Yves holds a master's degree in management from McGill University's McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders. He also has an MBA from Concordia University, and a BA in international relations from the University of Toronto. Earlier in his academic life he attended the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific.

Yves is deeply committed to active learning and to collaborative leadership. He is also actively involved in the community and currently serves as a member of Imagine Canada's standards program and of the national steering committee of the federal government's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), dedicated to the integration of research into care.

Heart & Stroke has ambitious mission and fundraising goals and Yves will continue to build the organization, providing leadership and strategic guidance for the foundation's world-class heart disease and stroke research program as well as its health promotion and advocacy initiatives, with a particular focus on Indigenous peoples, women and children. He is committed to strengthening the foundation's ties to its donors, volunteers and supporters. 

Anne Simard, Chief Mission and Research Officer

Anne Simard joined Heart & Stroke in February 2018 as our Chief Mission and Research Officer.

Anne provides leadership and strategic guidance to our cardiovascular and cerebrovascular (CCVD) research program, to the health promotion and advocacy initiatives and to the promote recovery initiatives.

Promoting the health of people and communities has been the central tenet of Anne's career. Fully bilingual, Anne completed a bachelor in journalism and began her career as a producer and writer-broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She also obtained a certificate in women's studies from Concordia University and pursued a master’s of health science with a specialization in health promotion.

As a consultant she worked on health promotion, strategic planning, organizational change, needs assessment, planning and evaluation initiatives for government and not-for-profit organizations. From 2005 to 2007 she was part of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care team defining the government's response to the SARS tragedy. This team led the passage of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion Act that established Public Health Ontario (PHO) as the provincial scientific and technical agency and advocated for changes in Ontario's public health funding and services.

In 2009 Anne was recruited to Public Health Ontario (PHO) to help realize that policy direction. While at PHO she held successively more complex leadership roles that have shaped the organization and its direction. In her last role at PHO, Anne was Chief, Knowledge Services, overseeing a team that provides centralized services for knowledge generation, dissemination and exchange, as well as for public health informatics. Serving internal experts and researchers as well as external clients, her teams sought to increase the understanding and use of evidence in practice, programs and policy. Anne looks forward to working with our many stakeholders to maximize the impact we can drive together.

Avril Goffredo, CEO, Ontario & Nunavut

Avril Goffredo joined Heart & Stroke 25 years ago, directly out of the University of Guelph where she graduated with a bachelor of science in human biology.

Avril's introduction to Heart & Stroke was as a school programs coordinator, where she was responsible for the Jump Rope for Heart program in Hamilton-area schools. Avril's responsibilities have grown over her years with the foundation in roles that include regional manager, marketing manager and director, community and corporate partnerships. From 2013 to 2017 she led the Community Engagement team for Canada, overseeing $60 million in gross revenues and a team of 300 employees and tens of thousands of volunteers across the country. In June 2017, Avril took on the role of CEO, Ontario and Nunavut, providing leadership to the Mission and Fundraising teams in the province and territory. 

Outside of work Avril loves movies, reading, watching soccer and cooking. She is an enthusiastic traveller loving to experience new cultures and food. 

Cindy Dunn Vice President, Talent & Diversity

Cindy Dunn joined Heart & Stroke, Ontario as vice president of human resources in November 2011. In 2014 she moved to her current national role.

Cindy has extensive experience building and leading diverse HR teams, having spent more than two decades with Canada Trust and TD Bank Group in a variety of roles including vice president, human resources, wealth management. Cindy holds an MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and an honours business administration degree from the Ivey School of Business. She is a strong supporter of community engagement and has served on several boards including Start2Finish, where she provided HR and governance support.

Cindy has completed the Boston Marathon three times, as well as the Chicago, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Portland (Oregon) and Vancouver marathons and several half marathons across North America. To achieve her goal of completing all the marathon majors she has on her to-do list to run the London marathon.

Dana Ades-Landy, CEO, Quebec

Dana Ades-Landy joined Heart & Stroke in 2016 as CEO of the Quebec team.

Previously, Dana enjoyed a 30-year career in banking, focusing on Commercial Banking, Risk Management and Restructuring & Insolvency. Dana has led provincial and national teams at various Canadian financial institutions.

In 2014 Dana was appointed by the Quebec Minister of Finance to the Godbout Commission to examine the fiscal landscape of Quebec and make recommendations to improve efficiency and reduce the budget. As well she has completed a mandate for the Bank of Canada.

Dana is President and Chair of the Financial Women's Association, and sits on numerous other corporate and non-profit boards including being recently named to the newly formed Canadian Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Dana holds an MBA in finance as well as the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Amongst numerous accolades, in 2007 and 2009 Dana was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Diego Marchese, Chief Operating Officer, Canada

Diego Marchese moved to his current role after holding several senior positions at Heart & Stroke over 25 years, including executive vice president and national vice president, prevention. At Heart & Stroke in BC & Yukon, he served as CEO, COO, and vice president, research and health promotion, overseeing the foundation's research, health promotion, patient education and advocacy areas.

Diego has been prominent in the development and delivery of many renowned health programs and initiatives at both a provincial and national level, and has served on numerous multi-organization national and provincial working groups and committees. He was instrumental in the development of many of Heart & Stroke's most significant achievements in British Columbia, including: BC Trans Fat Regulation, the BC Stroke Strategy, anti-tobacco programs and children's health education. During his tenure as CEO in BC & Yukon, the team exceeded budget in each year.

Diego is a member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, and serves on the board of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke recovery. In his free time, he enjoys going to the symphony and theatre, spending time in the mountains, and is an avid mountain biker and cyclist.

Donna Hastings, CEO, Alberta & NWT

Donna has been CEO for Heart & Stroke in Alberta & NWT for six years and previously held the roles of executive vice president and vice president, health and research. An experienced and dedicated leader of both staff and volunteers, Donna received the Heart & Stroke Chair's Award in 2011 in recognition of her leadership, commitment and outstanding contributions.

For over 25 years Donna has worked in a leadership capacity with Heart & Stroke and with other local, national and global organizations. Donna currently chairs the editorial board for International Trauma Life Support, serves as board member with Briercrest College and Seminary in Canada and vice chair of the board for Next Step Ministries in Calgary. Her master's degree in leadership and education; post-graduate studies with the Ivey Business School; plus background as a paramedic, adult educator, non-profit leader and leadership coach provides a strong platform for her diverse portfolio.

Donna loves the outdoors and is especially drawn to the mountains and the ocean. 

Doug Roth, Chief Finance and Administration Officer and Head of Social Enterprise

Doug joined Heart & Stroke in 2010. His teams are focused on driving strategy and evaluation, financial performance, and greater mission impact. 

Prior to Heart & Stroke, Doug spent more than 10 years as a management consultant at Bain & Company working on projects in Canada, the USA and Europe. While at Bain, he did an externship at Bain's non-profit strategy affiliate organization, The Bridgespan Group. Doug has been a volunteer advisor for several non-profit organizations over the past 20 years. He is currently on the Board of Ten Thousand Villages Canada.

Doug has an honours business administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Geoff Craig, Chief Marketing & Development Officer

Geoff Craig has led marketing and communications at Heart & Stroke since 2012, most recently spearheading the first brand transformation in our 60-year history.

With over 25 years of experience in marketing and advertising, Geoff has a solid track record of developing and implementing strategies that deliver profitable growth, build brands and drive market share. His experience includes 17 years with Unilever, culminating as vice president and general manager of brand building, plus roles as senior vice president marketing at Maple Leaf Foods, and president of Extreme Group Agency.

Geoff is a passionate and energetic leader, known for challenging teams to deliver the remarkable. He was twice named Marketer of the Year in Canada and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Influential Marketers. Geoff is best known for his instrumental role in the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, which won a variety of awards.

Geoff has been a guest lecturer at several of Canada's leading universities and served on industry boards including the Association of Canadian Advertisers. But his most important passion is traveling with his wife and three daughters when they can be rounded up. 

Irene Chanin, CEO, British Columbia & Yukon

Irene Chanin joined Heart & Stroke as Chief Executive Officer, British Columbia and Yukon in December 2018. She brings almost 30 years of stakeholder engagement, development, communications and marketing experience to Heart & Stroke. Irene has served in senior leadership roles at large, complex organizations in the health, education, government and private sectors.

In recent advancement roles, Irene led the rebrand and 50th anniversary program at Capilano University; and donor engagement and stewardship for Promising Futures™, the $100 million capital campaign at SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology). Prior to these leadership roles, Irene provided consulting expertise in program management and stakeholder engagement to a variety of clients, including Fraser Health Authority, College of Registered Nurses of BC, and the University of Victoria. 

Irene looks forward to applying her knowledge, experience and passion for engaging people to help Heart & Stroke improve the health of Canadians. 

Mark Banbury, Chief Information & Constituent Services Officer

Mark Banbury oversees national information technology, facilities and operations activities across Heart & Stroke. Mark's role at the foundation is currently focused around a technology transformation of our donor databases and associated systems which will impact all of our offices across the country.

Before joining the foundation in 2015, Mark was the Global Chief Information Officer and Director of Shared Services for Plan International where he oversaw IT operations in Plan's 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. A seasoned operational professional, Mark has overseen a diverse range of operations departments beyond IT, including human resources, communications, and financial/transactional processing.

He holds a BA in radio and television arts (with honours) and has taken post graduate courses in distance education, media, and organizational leadership/strategy. 

Mary Ann Butt, CEO, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Mary Ann Butt joined Heart & Stroke in 2012 to lead and direct the foundation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since then,she has spearheaded considerable growth across the province, laying the groundwork for continuing advances in funding and mission opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as throughout the Atlantic Region. In 2019 Mary Ann’s leadership responsibilities expanded to include Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Spanning over 25 years in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, Mary Ann's professional career has focused on organizational leadership through change, special projects, fund management, and team building. She previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmacists' Association of Newfoundland and Labrador for 3 years and for Fishery Products International Limited for 10 years in various roles, with the most recent role as Assistant Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Mary Ann holds a master's degree in business. She currently sits on the advisory board of Sequence Bio, a genome sequencing project focused on ways to improve how we treat diseases and develop pharmacotherapies. 

Outside of her daily fight against heart disease and stroke and a determination to make a difference, Mary Ann enjoys traveling, gardening and hiking with her husband and their gentle golden retriever, Miss Maddie.

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