Strategic vision and leadership for CFN
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the Network, and is an active, working body which provides strategic vision and leadership to the Network.
Directors of the Board reflect the interests and concerns of the public, private and academic sectors involved in the Network and have a varied skill set to meet the leadership needs of the Board.
Board members may also sit on two advisory committees to the Board:
- The Executive Committee advises the Board on management issues, and is responsible for generally overseeing the corporation and providing direction to staff between Board meetings. Members are indicated below by *.
- The Audit and Finance Committee advises the Board on audit and financial management issues, and is responsible for the sound fiscal management of the corporation's finances and financial reporting to the Board. Members are indicated below by °.
Board of Directors 2015-2016
Russell Williams, Chair *
Russell is the incoming Vice-President, Government Relations and Public Policy at Canadian Diabetes Association, and the former President of Innovative Medicines Canada (formerly Rx&D), an influential association of over 50 pharmaceutical companies, a leading voice of the innovative life science sector in Canada. His leadership included working with all governments at the Federal and Provincial levels, both at political and administrative levels, and he was involved in numerous task forces on pharmaceutical policy, and also participated in a number of key international coalitions focused on improving research, healthcare and ethics networks. Russell chaired the Code Compliance Network for the IFPMA, and since 2011, served as the primary private sector lead for the APEC biopharmaceutical ethics initiative, a group of 21 countries that developed international principles for business ethics. In 2015, he was named Industry Co-Chair of the APEC Biopharmaceutical Working Group on Ethics set up by the U.S. Department of Commerce to support the initiative. Prior to his appointment as President of Innovative Medicines Canada, Russell served as the Member of the Quebec National Assembly for the riding of Nelligan. He was, and continues to be, a well-known champion and advocate for many causes which include better patient care, improved emergency services, increased research and development, individual rights, as well as reform for handicapped services. In addition to his CFN leadership, Russell is the National Chair of the Champions Council for the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and a Member of the Board of Life Sciences Ontario (LSO). In January 2014, he received the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC) Award of Excellence in Advocacy for his tireless advocacy for hospice palliative care. He is also well known for his championship of Canadian health research, and this commitment was honoured in November of 2014 when he was received the inaugural Research Canada Leadership Award.
Brian Gray, Vice-Chair *
Brian Gray is a senior partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP in Toronto, where he specializes in intellectual property. He counsels and represents clients in disputes and transactions involving intellectual property and advises entrepreneurs and start-up companies on the financing and commercialization of intellectual property. Brian has served for over 10 years on the board of the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee reporting to the Minister of Industry on Science Policy. Brian has also been the lawyer for one of Ontario’s leading bioscience companies. His experience includes brand name pharmaceutical patent litigation and notice of compliance cases, inventorship claims and patent disputes in the academic sector, trade secret cases, technology transfer and intellectual property commercialization, financing and licensing; patent drafting and patent opinions. For seven years, Brian served on the board of PARTEQ Innovations Inc., a non-profit technology transfer firm affiliated with Queen’s University and is a board member of the International Consortium on Anti-Virals (ICAV) another non-profit based at York University. Brian’s legal firm also has a satellite office in the MaRS Discovery District, a major life sciences incubator with sponsorship from the Ontario government, University of Toronto and major Toronto hospitals.
Dr. Richard Birtwhistle, MD, MSc, FCFP, is a family physician and clinical epidemiologist. He is a Professor in the departments of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, and is currently Director of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care in the department of Family Medicine at Queen’s University. He also served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education in the School of Medicine at Queen’s from 1996-2004. His primary research interests include hypertension, chronic disease management, and the evaluation of primary care models. Since 2008 he has been the principal investigator and is the current Chair for the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) which is a national project previously funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada ($11.8M). The Network has primary care health information on over 1 million primary care patients in Canada for use in Surveillance of chronic disease, Research and Practice. He has been recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for his successes with CPCSSN and research: in 2015 as one of the Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada and a Lifetime Achievement Research Award, and in 2010 he was chosen Researcher of the Year. He is also the Vice Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Healthcare which produces evidence based guidelines in prevention for primary care practitioners. Dr. Birtwhistle served as the Interim Scientific Director for TVN from February 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013.
Dr. Jeff Blackmer is the Vice President, Medical Professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association. Previously, he served for 12 years as Executive Director of the CMA’s Office of Ethics, Professionalism and International Affairs. He has also been the interim Director of Ethics for the World Medical Association in Geneva. Dr. Blackmer completed his medical degree at Western University and his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Saskatchewan, then a Master’s degree in medical ethics at the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics. He contributes to national and international efforts in medical ethics and professionalism by serving as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, serving as the Chief Ethics Advisor to the World Medical Association, chairing various international ethics working groups, and speaking at numerous national and international medical ethics meetings and conferences throughout the year. Dr. Blackmer is a clinical ethicist and also continues to practice spinal cord injury medicine at Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. He is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, has authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on spinal cord injury medicine, and serves as a clinical and leadership resource to national and international clinical organizations. He has published and lectured extensively on medical ethics, and authored policies on medical ethics and professionalism. He was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contributions to the fields of medical ethics and international medicine. His current areas of focus include medical professionalism, human rights, end-of-life care and conflict of interest.
Dan Ciuriak °
Dan Ciuriak, MA, an economist, is Director and Principal, Ciuriak Consulting Inc. (Ottawa), Fellow in Residence with the C.D. Howe Institute (Toronto), Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Waterloo), and Associate with BKP Development Research & Consulting GmbH (Munich). He is active in international trade, finance, industrial policy and economic development. He has wide-ranging experience in the analysis and formulation of public policy, development of legislation, economic analysis in support of litigation (both private and state-to-state), and training and technical assistance in applied trade analysis and modelling. He has published widely as author and editor, within government and in a personal capacity; commented in the media; presented at academic, business and official venues, including the WTO, the World Bank, APEC, and the OECD; and participated in the expert panel reviewing industrial policy and the WTO in preparation for the WTO’s 20th anniversary in 2015 in the E-15 initiative sponsored by the International Centre for Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum. He concluded a 31-year career with the federal public service as Deputy Chief Economist at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Prior positions include deputy to the Chair of the APEC Economic Committee (1994-1998), Finance Counsellor at Canada’s Embassy in Germany (1990-1994), and Chief, Financial Institutions, and Project Director, Financial Institutions Reform with Canada’s Finance Department (1982-1990).
David Crane °
David Crane is an award-winning Canadian writer on economic, political and environmental issues. His writings appear in publications across Canada. He is a member of the National Statistics Council, an advisory body to Statistics Canada and the advisory committee of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute. He has also served as a board member of the University of Toronto’s Innovations Foundation, a member of the Ontario Science and Technology Council, a member of the original steering committee of the Toronto Vital Signs Project, and a member of the President’s International Advisory Council at the University of Toronto. David also served for five years as a judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and has an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for his contributions to the university, as well as honorary doctorates from Wilfrid Laurier University and Victoria University (affiliated with the University of Toronto), and an award of recognition from Conestoga College. He was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canadian life. He was also awarded a Social Work Doctoral Award by the Social Work Doctors’ Colloquium. He has written several books, including The Next Canadian Century, The Canadian Dictionary of Business and Economics, and Controlling Interest. He has also been a contributor to a number of other books. He recently completed a monograph for the Blue Water project on how to develop a strategy for Canada’s water industry.
Dr. Jean Gray, CM, MD, FRCPC, LLD, DSc, FCAHS, is Professor Emeritus, Medical Education, Medicine, and Pharmacology at Dalhousie University. She was formerly the founding Head of the Division of General Medicine, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education and Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She graduated from the University of Alberta in Chemistry and Medicine. Her research interests focused on clinical pharmacology (drug metabolism and human toxicology) as well as hypertension and women’s health. She was Editor-in-Chief of five editions of the textbook Therapeutic Choices. Dr. Gray belongs to the Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Order of Canada, and also holds two honorary doctorates. She currently chairs the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the CAHS Standing Committee on Assessments, and is the President of the Jury for Prix Galien Canada. She also sits as a member of the CIHR Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN) Steering Committee and the Canadian Council of Academies Scientific Advisory Committee. Previously she served in leadership roles for numerous organizations: American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Association of Canadian Medical Colleges, Canadian Association for Medical Education, Canadian Institute of Academic Medicine (predecessor to CAHS), Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) MRI Expert Advisory Panel, Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, Canadian Society of Clinical Pharmacology, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Advisory Board, CMAJ Journal Oversight Committee, Cochrane Canada Advisory Board, Government of Canada Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Human Drug Advisory Panel, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Fred Horne was Alberta Minister of Health from 2011 to 2014 and MLA for Edmonton-Rutherford from 2008 to 2015, chairing the Standing Committee on Health from 2008 to 2011. He also served as Chair of the Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health, co-lead of the Council of the Federation’s Health Care Innovation Working Group, and was one of the principals behind the Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance. A frequent speaker and panelist on health system issues, he is currently a health policy consultant and Adjunct Professor with the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. Mr. Horne began his career as a community health planner and has over 30 years’ experience in health policy development, health system design and transformation, and stakeholder engagement. He has worked extensively with provincial governments, and national and international research and stakeholder organizations including Ontario Ministry of Health, Alberta Health, Conference Board of Canada and Mayo Clinic. He holds an MBA from Royal Roads University and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University. He serves on a number of volunteer and private sector boards, including the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Medbuy Corporation. As Minister of Health for Alberta, Mr. Horne was responsible for an $18 billion health budget, the Ministry of Health and Alberta Health Services, the province’s health delivery organization and the fifth largest employer in Canada. Prior to this, he led several transformational initiatives in Alberta’s health system, including development and implementation of Alberta’s Primary Health Care Strategy.
Yolande James, BCL, LLB, is currently a political analyst with Radio-Canada television (RDI TV), after leaving provincial politics in 2014 to devote herself to her family. She grew up in Montreal’s West Island and attended a francophone primary school. Ms. James received a bachelor’s degree in civil law from Université de Montréal, and a bachelor’s degree in common law from Queen’s University. She was the first black female MNA in Quebec history, and the youngest, as well as the first black cabinet minister. She served as Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities from 2007 to 2010 and as Minister of Family from 2010 to 2014. She was first elected to the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Nelligan in a by-election held in 2004 and was re-elected in 2007. Her political career began as Political Advisor in the office of the Minister of Health and Social Services, and she was the political aid of a former MNA as well. She is an active volunteer in palliative care, as a Foundation Board Director with the West Island Palliative Care Residence in Montreal.
Andreas Laupacis *
Andreas Laupacis, MD, MSc, BA, FRCPC, is a general internist who currently practices palliative care at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and the Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s. He is a Professor at the University of Toronto in the both the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. His research interests are broad; he has published over 340 peer-reviewed articles that have been cited >29,000 times (h-index 86 in Web of Science), covering a variety of topics. He is passionate about engaging the public about health care issues, and founded the website www.healthydebate.ca. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Health Policy and Citizen Engagement, and previously served as Chair of the Institute Advisory Board for the CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Laupacis is the board chair for Health Quality Ontario (since 2013) and is also a board member of Cancer Care Ontario (since 2011). His leadership and dedication to bettering health care and research has been recognized through many awards. In 2010, he was named the Justice Emmett Hall Laureate by the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR). In 2011, Dr. Laupacis received the annual Health Services Research Advancement Award from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (now CFHI – Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement) and the inaugural Jill M. Sanders Award of Excellence in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). In 2013, Dr. Laupacis received the inaugural CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research.
Steven Liss *
Steven N. Liss, PhD, is the Vice-Principal Research at Queen’s University and a full Professor of Environmental Studies and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s, with research focused on environmental biotechnology and engineering, applied microbiology, wastewater and water management, and fate of contaminants in engineered and natural environmental systems. He has also played a significant leadership role in the advancement of university education at the undergraduate and graduate level at several universities. He is a member and Chair of a number of Boards and management groups as part of his role in supporting research and innovation across Canada. Professor Liss is Chair of the Board of Management of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, the founding co-chair of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure, and served as Chair of the Ontario Council on University Research (OCUR) for 2015-2016. Professor Liss was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contributions to advancing research across Canada.
John Muscedere *°
John Muscedere, MD, FRCPC, was appointed Scientific Director of Canadian Frailty Network, effective August 1, 2013. He has been involved with CFN since its inception, having participated in the Network’s initial proposal for Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) funding, as well as serving as Chair of the CFN Knowledge Translation Committee in its first year. He is an intensivist at Kingston General Hospital (KGH), and Professor of Critical Care Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. He is also the Research Director of the Critical Care Program at Queen’s and KGH. Dr. Muscedere is Co-Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) Knowledge Translation Committee. John is an accomplished critical care researcher whose primary research interests include nosocomial infections, clinical practice guidelines, knowledge translation and critical care outcomes. He has led or participated in the development of many national and international clinical practice guidelines which have guided critical care practice including guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ventilator associated pneumonia, hypothermia post cardiac arrest, calcium channel blocker poisoning and sepsis. As an intensivist, he has first-hand knowledge of caring for critically ill frail older adults both in academic and community settings. Dr. Muscedere has a keen interest in the design of healthcare systems to optimize patient centered outcomes. He has participated in the redesign of the Ontario provincial critical care system including serving as the regional critical care lead for the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for 10 years.
Tom Noseworthy *
Dr. Tom Noseworthy is Professor of Health Policy and Management, Department of Community Health Sciences and Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary. He is the former vice-president (medical services) and CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospitals, Edmonton and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. From 2011 to 2015 he served in a number of interim leadership roles with Alberta Health Services, the most recent being Associate Chief Medical Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks. He is a physician, and holds an MSc in experimental medicine from the University of Alberta, and a Masters of Public Health in health policy and management from Harvard. He served as a member of the Prime Minister’s National Forum on Health from 1994-1997, and chaired the steering committee; co-chaired the Advisory Council on Health Infrastructure (Federal Health Minister) from 1997-1999; chaired the Senior Reference Committee for Alberta Wellnet from 1997-2002; and was Chair of the Western Canada Waiting List Project from 1999-2006. He was a founding Director of Canadian Doctors for Medicare in 2007. Dr. Noseworthy’s work has been recognized by the Commonwealth, his country, province, university and colleagues. In 2005, he was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal by the Province of Alberta for contributions to health care and policy. In that same year, he was also named as one of Alberta’s Top 100 Physicians of the Century by his peers in the Alberta Medical Association and College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 2007, he was appointed by the Governor General as Member of the Order of Canada, for contributions to health policy and Medicare, and in 2012, he received the Diamond Jubilee medal marking in recognition of contributions to health care. He was the recipient of the 2014 CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research, and in 2016, the Jill M. Sanders Award of Excellence in Health Technology Assessment from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).
Joyce Resin, MSW (specialty in community development) is a public engagement consultant. She has many years of community capacity-building and citizen engagement experience, and in addition to her role as a member of the Board of Directors, serves as Chair of the CFN Citizen Engagement Committee. Joyce has also lectured in Social Policy at Vancouver Community College. For 25 years, she worked in broadcasting at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, developing Canada’s first health and wellness program on national television, entitled, “Alive! The Picture of Health.” This program was shown in 20 countries around the world. She has also worked in print and radio communications. As Director of the Healthy Heart Society, Joyce used her marketing, communications and community development expertise to build an innovative suite of successful heart health promotion initiatives around British Columbia. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of ImpactBC, and led several initiatives related to patient engagement. As Executive Director of ImpactBC, a quality improvement organization in healthcare, Joyce created and developed the Patient Voices Network (PVN), a unique provincial model to recruit, engage and support patients in all aspects of health care delivery in British Columbia. PVN is regarded as a model for engagement both provincially and in other jurisdictions in Canada and abroad and is currently a network of over 800 patients and citizens engaged throughout BC. Joyce has also developed an online tool for training researchers and research teams in how to successfully engage citizens in their projects. She has worked with CIHR on a consultancy basis and currently, as a lay reviewer for their grants. She is also a Fellow with IHI, the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, based in Boston and has travelled abroad in a consulting capacity with IHI.
Duncan Sinclair, PhD, MSc, DVM, LLD, is an emeritus Professor of Physiology and Fellow of the School of Policy Studies of Queen’s University, and Former Vice-Principal (Health Sciences) and Past Dean, Faculty of Medicine at Queen’s, where he was the first non-MD to serve as a Dean of Medicine and Vice Principal of Health Sciences in Canada. Dr. Sinclair graduated from the University of Toronto, Ontario Veterinary College (DVM and VS), where continued studies led to an MSc in nutrition. He completed a PhD in physiology at Queen’s University, followed by postdoctoral work at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York and a Meres Senior Scholarship in Medical Research at St. John’s College, Cambridge University. Dr. Sinclair has also contributed widely beyond the confines of academe, and his astute and pragmatic leadership has often been called upon in health care reform in Ontario, and nationally. In Ontario, he served on the Ministry of Health’s Steering Committee for review of the Public Hospitals Act, was a member of the Premier’s Council on Health, Well-Being and Social Justice, and as chair of the Health Services Restructuring Commission (HSRC) of Ontario from 1996 until its sunset in 2000, his diplomatic leadership led to a re‐defined health system in Ontario. Nationally, Dr. Sinclair was a member of the National Forum on Health, and served as the founding Chair and acting CEO of Canada Health Infoway. His leadership has been widely recognized, most notably by an Honourary Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in recognition of his contributions to medical scholarship and education, and his 2015 induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He is passionate about the need for people‑centred healthcare, and in addition to his work with CFN, sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for People‑Centred Health (CAPCH). His insights often come from being immersed in medical fields, but he also has an intimate familiarity with volunteer caregiving.
Sharon Straus, MD, MSc, HBSc, FRCPC, is a geriatrician/general internist/clinical epidemiologist. She is Director of the Knowledge Translation (KT) Program at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, as well as Deputy Physician-in-Chief of St. Michael’s. She is Vice Chair, Medicine (Mentorship, Equity, Diversity) and the Division Director for Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed her MD and residencies in internal medicine and geriatric medicine at the University of Toronto. She also earned an MSc in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and has obtained more than $30 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator. Dr. Straus has over 350 publications, and has supervised over 25 graduate students from different disciplines including clinical epidemiology, health informatics and human factors engineering. Her research interests are in evidence-based medicine, knowledge translation, diagnostic tests and health informatics. Dr. Straus is also co-Principal Investigator of KT Canada, a CIHR and CFI funded national clinical research initiative, and serves as the Principal Investigator for KT Canada’s Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR), with a transdisciplinary research team which includes colleagues from human factors engineering, computer science, health informatics, and clinical epidemiology amongst others. She has authored three books. Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach it is in its fourth edition, and has been published in eight languages; Knowledge Translation in Health Care is now in its second edition; and with David L. Sackett, the first edition of Mentorship in Academic Medicine.
Deborah Thorlakson °
Deborah Thorlakson has been on the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors since 1998, and currently serves as Treasurer. She is also currently a member of the International Centre for Dignity and Palliative Care Board and Campaign Cabinet, a member of the Headingly Library Board, the HSCF Honorary Directors Advisory Board, Headingley Community Foundation Board, and the Sharon Carstairs Caring Community Award Selection Committee. She has served on numerous other foundations and boards in past, including Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Diabetes Treatment and Research Foundation, Manitoba Opera, Manitoba Arts Council, Junior League of Winnipeg, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses, Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Prairie Action Foundation. In recognition of her ongoing contributions to Canadian society, she received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal from the Lieutenant Governor in November 2002. She holds her Masters of Education and Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba.
Carol Barrie, CFN Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer (non-voting member) *°
Carol Barrie, CPA, CA, was appointed Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in June of 2014. She is a non-voting member of the Board and Board Committees, and all Network Advisory Committees. Previously, Carol served as CFN’s Chief Financial Officer from the Network’s start-up in 2012, and also participated in developing the initial funding proposal to the NCE. Her past experience in multiple sectors gives her a unique perspective of the governance and leadership needs of an NCE, and her academic background and business skills have been put to good use in developing business plans and key performance indicators, risk registers and monitoring systems for the Network. Before joining CFN, Carol led teams in the post-secondary education and research sector, serving as Director of Research Finance and Administration at Queen’s University; in the not-for-profit sector, heading Finance and Administration at the South East Community Care Access Centre and at the Prince Edward Association for Community Living; and as an independent consultant working with researchers and start-up organizations. Her experience also includes working as a management consultant and auditor with Deloitte. She has also served as a Board member for the Brain Injury Association of Southeast Ontario, and is well-versed in family caregiving for the frail elderly, giving her a well-rounded appreciation for the stakeholders we serve. Carol is a strong advocate of continuous learning and most recently has completed the Queen’s University Leadership Certification Program.