Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada: Our Board of Directors
Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together, we will make it happen.
HSFC Board members represent our country and come from many walks of life. Working with Foundation staff at the local, regional, provincial and national levels, our Board of Directors guides the overall strategic management and stewardship of the Foundation.
Chair: Rod McKay, FCA
“I’m inspired by working with people who share a common
passion to find a solution to heart disease and stroke. I have visited major
research institutes and seen the amazing work the Foundation supports. We live
for the future.”
McKay is Chair of the Board of Tourism Calgary and member of the board of the
Calgary Sports Tourism Authority. He is a Fellow of the Chartered
Accountants of Alberta. In the six years ending March 2013, Rod was a
Member of the Alberta Securities Commission and Lead Independent Member.
He serves on the Board and Audit Committee of Fidelity Capital Structure
Corporation and the Board of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Calgary.
Until retirement in 2006, as a partner of KPMG, an international audit,
tax and advisory firm, he held senior leadership positions in the firm in
Canada and internationally. Rod has been active in numerous community
based health services and cultural organizations for many years.
Vice Chair - Andrew W. W. Cockwell
“Heart disease and stroke have a tremendous adverse
impact on our population, my family included. I'm privileged to contribute to
the work of the Foundation to ensure better outcomes for all Canadians.”
Andrew Cockwell is a managing
partner for Ursataur Capital Management. Prior to this role he was a partner
with ReichmannHauer Capital Partners, a Canadian middle market private equity
firm. Andrew was previously a management consultant at the global consultancy
McKinsey & Company, where he was a member of their private equity practice
and their corporate finance and strategy practice. Before joining McKinsey, Andrew practiced law at
Sullivan & Cromwell in its mergers and acquisitions groups.
holds a BA (Hons.) from Queen's University and an LL.B. with Great Distinction
from the Faculty of Law at McGill University.
Ballem, MSc, MD, FRCP, FCAHS
“As a senior government health policy and
decision-maker over many years, I have had the remarkable opportunity to work
with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, watching it evolve into the most coherent
and effective agency in Canada, working for the heart and vascular health of our public.It is such a
privilege to be able to serve on the Board of this remarkable organization.”
the last 7 years, Penny Ballem served as the City Manager of the City of
Vancouver.During her tenure, Vancouver
experienced a remarkable rise in its global brand built on the success of the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the City’s innovative policy agenda in
the area of sustainability, its comprehensive healthy city strategy and its
innovation economy.Dr. Ballem served on
multiple boards during her tenure as City Manager – director on the
Board of VANOC Canada, Canada Line, the Vancouver Board of Trade, EComm, and
the Street to Home Foundation.
her graduation from UBC with her MD in 1978, Dr. Ballem has had a diverse
career in the health and government sector as a Clinical Professor of Medicine,
researcher and senior administrator in various academic institutions in British
2001 Dr. Ballem was appointed Deputy Minister of Health for the Province of BC
and was one of the longest serving Health Deputy Ministers in Canada (2001 –
2006) in BC and Canada.While she was
Deputy Minister, Dr. Ballem served as the Co-chair of the Federal/Provincial
Territorial Conference of Deputy Ministers of Canada and served on a number of
key boards including CIHI, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and
as a member of Canada Health Infoway.
Guy Beaudin, MBA, PhD
“There are few places where I could volunteer and make
the same kind of impact on individuals’ lives, as well as Canadian society as a
whole. I have been associated with the Foundation for over five years and feel
richer for it.”
Dr. Guy Beaudin is a senior
partner with RHR International, where he manages the firm’s international
operations and works extensively in the area of management of due diligence.
Guy also specializes in assisting leadership teams in working more effectively
together. Prior to joining RHR in 1996, Guy worked as an internal HR director
for an international organization.
He has an MBA from the University of Ottawa, where
he specialized in marketing and finance, and a PhD in industrial/organizational
psychology from the University of Montreal. Guy is active in a number of
charitable organizations and is a past director of the provincial board of the
Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario.
Denis Berthiaume, FCIA, FSA
“I am honoured to contribute to the mission of the
Heart and Stroke Foundation by serving on the Board of Directors. Helping
Canadians live longer, healthier lives is essential for our future; the
Foundation is at the forefront of many initiatives that will help make that
healthy future a reality. For many reasons, both personal and professional, I’m
happy to be part of an organization that is leading the way in health promotion
across the country.”
Berthiaume is President and Chief Operating Officer of Desjardins Insurance
since 2011 and also Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, Wealth
Management and Life and Health Insurance, of Desjardins Group. He is responsible
for a team of nearly 6,000 people. His team is responsible for manufacturing
life and health insurance and wealth management products, their integrated
distribution through the caisse network and through complementary channels for
clients with specialized needs. They also oversee marketing to support the
caisse network and back-office services. Denis is also director of NorthWest
& Ethical Investments L.P and Fiera Capital Corporation. Hegraduated from Université Laval with a bachelor of
actuarial studies. He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and of
the Society of Actuaries.
“The leadership of the Heart and Stroke
Foundation in promoting healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke makes an
important difference for Canadians.The Foundation inspires me to change my
behavior.I feel privileged to
contribute to its development.”
Blanchard is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault. He
practices civil and commercial litigation, and provides advice to companies on
strategic and public policy issues. Prior to becoming Chair and CEO, Mr.
Blanchard served two terms as the Regional Managing Partner, Québec region, and
was a member of the firm-wide leadership team. He was the youngest lawyer to
have been appointed regional managing partner of a Canadian law firm. Mr.
Blanchard was president of the Québec Liberal Party from 2000 to 2008. He
actively participated in the transition teams of several governments at both
the federal and provincial levels. He is a member of the Board and a Past Chair
of the Board of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), an
institute affiliated to the Université de Montréal, and a board member of the
WoodGreen Foundation. He has been an active member in cabinet campaigns of
United Way since 2004. He is a member of The Conference Board of Canada since
Andrew Claerhout, ICD.D
“The Heart and Stroke Foundation is an outstanding national
charity with a clear and admirable mission, a distinguished management team and
a diverse and supportive volunteer and donor base. Supporting the Foundation is
truly life-changing, as the lives of far too many Canadians are adversely
impacted by heart disease and stroke.”
Andrew Claerhout leads Teachers'
Infrastructure & Natural Resources Group. He is responsible for delivering
long-term, predictable value and hedges against inflation by making direct
investments in infrastructure on a global basis.Additionally, Andrew is responsible for
physical investments in natural resources, such as timberlands, oil and gas
assets and farmland.
Andrew joined Ontario Teachers'
in 2005 and has held positions of increasing responsibility culminating with
his appointment as Senior Vice-President, Infrastructure in 2013.Prior to that he was Vice-President, Private
Capital, where he managed the consumer, retail and industrial sectors. Andrew
also previously headed Ontario Teachers' London office from its opening in 2007
until returning to Toronto in 2009.
Andrew has extensive
international experience having worked for Pacific Equity Partners in Australia
and Bain & Company in Hong Kong before his involvement with Ontario
Teachers' in the United Kingdom. While at Private Capital, he was involved in a
number of private equity transactions across various geographies and
industries. Andrew is a member of the Heritage Resource Advisory Board, a
director of Global Container Terminals and Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada,
and serves on the boards of Ontario Airport Investments Limited and AndesCan.
Andrew earned his HBA at the Ivey Business
School at Western University, completed the Stanford Executive Program, and has
an ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Barry Cracower, MBA, ICD.D
“Since retirement, I have been very active in our
Foundation. Working with such dedicated and professional people for a cause
that is so important to our society has been both rewarding and humbling.”
With an extensive
career in marketing and sales in the retail sector, Barry Cracower brings
business, entrepreneurial and consulting experience to his Foundation role.
Founder and former President of Rexall Drug Stores, Mr. Cracower is currently an active member of
several profit (public and private) and not-for-profit boards, including Zast
Foods Dominion Citrus, The Baycrest Health Centre and Chair of Darearts
Mr. Cracower joined
the HSF Ontario Provincial Board in November 2004 and was Chair of the Board
from November 2010 for three years. A
volunteer, Mr. Cracower held numerous positions with the Ontario Foundation
including Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Fundraising and Marketing
Committee, Chair of the Board Development Committee, member of the Lottery
Management Advisory Group and member of the Ontario Community Advisory
Group.In his national role, Mr.
Cracower was Chair of the Provincial Chairs Advisory Group (PCAG).
In June 2013, Mr.
Cracower was appointed Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian
Partnership for Stroke Recovery, the leading research partnership in the world
dedicated solely to stroke recovery, in which the Heart and Stroke Foundation is a key
stakeholder.Mr. Cracower received the
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in February 2013 and the 2013 Tony
Graham Award in September 2013.
Mr. Cracower graduated from Sir George Williams
College (now Concordia University) with a B.Comm, he holds an MBA from Columbia
University, and has completed his Certified Director designation with the
Institute of Corporate Directors.
The Hon. David C. Dingwall, PC, QC
“Both my father and mother suffered severe heart
attacks. That’s why the Heart and Stroke Foundation is very personal to me.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with numerous health organizations across the
country, but in my view the Foundation’s greatest days are just on the horizon.”
David Dingwall has
considerable private and public sector experience as a lawyer, national public
figure, corporate CEO and corporate director. His vast international experience
allows him to bring considerable perspective to the issues of the modern
He was elected to the
Parliament of Canada on four different occasions. In 1997, as
Canada’s health minister, he introduced and passed the Tobacco Control Act,
recognized as a major achievement by both the World Health Organization and the
Canadian Lung Association. David is presently counsel to the Toronto law firm
Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP. He also serves as chairman and CEO of The Darius
More recently, David has joined the Ted Rogers
School of Business at Ryerson University as a distinguished
Thomas Feasby, MD
“I have been interested in stroke since my early
days of training with Dr. Henry Barnett who put stroke and Canada on the map
through his conduct of the first clinical trials in stroke.I was inspired by the work of Dr. Alastair
Buchan who developed the Calgary Stroke Program into a world leader.Canada continues to lead the way with new
advances in the prevention and treatment of stroke.”
Feasby is a Professor of Neurology and
was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary from
2007 -2012..Prior to that, he was an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
at the University of Alberta and Vice-president Academic at Capital Health in
Feasby is a graduate of the University of Manitoba who trained in Neurology at
Western University and did post-graduate training at the Institute of Neurology
in the UK and at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica CA.He was Head of the Department of Clinical
Neurosciences at the University of Calgary 1991 – 2002 where he founded the
Calgary Stroke program in 1993.His
research work has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
and he has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers.He received an honorary degree from Western University in 2013 and the Medal for Distinguished Service
from the Alberta Medical Association in 2014.He serves on the Boards of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health
Research and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and on the Advisory Board
of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health.
Jones, MD, MHSc
“I have a family history of premature
cardiovascular disease. My father had a stroke at age 52, and his father died
at 49. Having had my own stroke at 58, I’ve realized how our approach to stroke
and brain health lags behind our understanding, treatment and rehabilitation of
cancer and heart disease. I’m excited to be able to contribute in a small way
to addressing these challenges.”
David Jones was Canada’s first chief public health officer from 2004 to 2014.
He headed the Public Health Agency of Canada which provides leadership on the government's efforts to
protect and promote the health and safety of Canadians. A researcher in a broad
range of public health issues, he is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at
the University of Manitoba as well as a clinical professor with the Department
of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan's
College of Medicine. From 1995 to 2002, David was chief medical health officer
and executive director of the Population Health and Primary Health Services
Branches for the Province of Saskatchewan.
has received honorary LLD degrees from York and Carleton Universities. In 2010,
David was the recipient of the Robert Davies Defries Award, the highest honour
of the Canadian Public Health Association.In August 2014, he received the Canadian Medical Association’s Medal of
Service and in September 2014, the Public health Agency of Canada announced the
creation of a Leadership Award in Public Health in his honour.
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
“The Heart and Stroke Foundation has taken on the
challenge to change behaviour and shift our living paradigm to one of health
promotion. With knowledge, commitment, and health, we as Canadians can do more
for our families, our communities, and the world at large.”
Lalji brings to the Foundation’s board extensive experience in business and the
public sector as well as an active commitment to numerous philanthropic causes in Canada and abroad.
Thomas Marrie, MD
“While much has been done to alleviate the burden
of cardiovascular disease in Canada, much remains to be done.The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is
an important member of the team, striving to achieve optimal cardiovascular
health for all Canadians.”
Thomas Marrie was appointed the twelfth Dean of the Medicine at Dalhousie
University on September 1, 2009. Prior to his appointment he was the Dean of
the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Marrie had a
22 year career at the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, where he work
as a professor, researcher and clinician and founded the Division of Infectious
Diseases. His leadership on numerous national committees and boards includes
terms as associate editor of “Physical Signs” for the American Journal
of Medicine, president of the Canadian Association of Professors of
Medicine, and president of the Canadian Infectious Disease Society.
Marrie is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada.Dr. Marrie’s many awards include
a Master Clinician Lecturer Award (Department of Medicine, Dalhousie
University), a Lifetime Achievement Award (Association of Medical Microbiology
and Infectious Diseases of Canada), and a honourary doctorate (University of Mediterranean, Marseille,
France). He graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1970 and completed
residencies in general medicine and infectious diseases. Dr. Marrie has retired
as Dean of Medicine in July, 2015.
Ovide Mercredi, OM, LLB
“I see a need for on-going public education and timely
health services as a means to addressing an important issue that affects all
people in Canada. My hope is to help where I can as one of the many advocates
who support the work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.”
Mercredi, is a Cree leader, lawyer and negotiator – known for being the former
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, where he played a key role in
the Charlottetown Accord discussions. He recently served as the chancellor of
the University College of the North as well as the Chief of Misipawistik Cree
Nation. Ovide has been awarded honourary degrees from St. Mary's, Bishop's,
Athabasca and Lethbridge universities, as well the Order of Manitoba. In 2013 he was honoured with the Distinguished
Alumni Award of the University of Manitoba. Best known for being an
advocate for non-violent conflict resolution, he also cares about many of the
initiatives of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, including smoking cessation and
the Foundation’s work to decrease heart disease and the incidence of stroke in
“The Heart and Stroke Foundation has played a
critical role in Canada from educating and empowering Canadians on how to live
healthy lives free of disease, to aiding the recovery of those affected, and by
guiding the way for the Canadian medical community. I am honoured to have the
opportunity to contribute to this meaningful vision and look forward to a
future free of heart disease and stroke.”
Miele is Chairman and partner of Beringer Capital, with over 25 years of
experience specializing in the marketing, communications, and media
Since 2003, Perry has
been a principal of Beringer Capital, a fund investing in
emerging marketing services companies.As Chairman, he is responsible for investing activities, strategic
development, and oversight of Beringer’s portfolio companies.
Most recently Perry
assumed the role of Chairman of Match Marketing, a North American retail
marketing firm with over 550 employees and 8 offices in the U.S. and
Canada.This is the largest group of its
kind focusing on companies covering every aspect of retail shopper
expertise, providing Fortune 500 companies with a single, integrated, retail
Perry began his
career with the Canadian Federal Government in 1984, rising to the position of
Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Trade during the NAFTA
negotiations.In 1987, Perry became a
partner of the Gingko Group, an integrated marketing services company located
in Toronto.At Gingko, Perry grew the
company’s annual revenues from $1 million to $10 million.In 1998, Gingko merged with DraftWorldwide (a
subsidiary of Interpublic Group) and in 1999 Perry joined the management team
of DraftWorldwide as the President of the International Group.In that position, Perry was responsible for
36 offices operating in 24 countries and led the international expansion with a
combination of strategic acquisitions and organic growth.Over three years, he led over $80 million in
acquisitions which grew revenue from $70 million to $140 million.
Perry is a director of Andrew Peller Wines, a
TSX listed company and is currently a member of the McGill MBA advisory
committee and on the board of Trillium Heath Partners.Perry was a member of the Young Presidents
Organization for over 10 years.
Jonathan Ross, BBA, PFP
(Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)
“After my father suffered two heart attacks and a
stroke, I figured it was time I found out more about heart disease and got
involved. Am I ever glad that I did? The Foundation is an excellent
organization, made up of great people who are really committed to making a
difference in the health of Canadians. They truly are making that difference.”
Ross is a Director of Wealth Management with Richardson GMP, a partner with
Cudmore Ross Wealth Management, a specialized team within the larger firm of Richardson
GMP. With a Bachelor of Business Administration
from the University of Prince Edward Island, Jonathan has achieved numerous
industry certifications and most recently is a graduate of the Securities
Institute at the Wharton School of Business.
addition to his community work with Heart and Stroke, Jonathan is a Paul Harris
fellow in Rotary, Chair of the J. Angus Society and President of the
Charlottetown Executive Association.
“I have fond memories of canvassing my neighborhood for
HSF as a young girl, connecting with our community and sharing stories of heart
health and stroke awareness. Knowing that access to information and early
intervention vastly improves health outcomes. I look forward to connecting more
Canadians through the Foundation’s important cause.”
Twiner is Group Director of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook Canada
where, since 2010, she has worked with the team responsible for building
strategic marketing relationships and delivering business solutions for
Canada’s largest marketers and agencies. Throughout her career Alison has used
her curiosity about communications, technology and media to deliver strategic
and tactical solutions for companies building their businesses online. Prior to
Facebook, Alison held a similar role building the business of Google Canada.
She has a BA with distinction from McGill University.