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.
Past Chair: Douglas B. Clement, CM, MD
“At age 65 I had a stroke and was lucky enough to
recover fully. I bring a different perspective to the Foundation, as a stroke
survivor and sports medicine specialist. I have gone from helping individuals
through my medical practice to helping change policies and behaviours on a
Doug Clement is an internationally recognized former Olympic and Commonwealth
athlete and coach who is now a professor emeritus, faculty of medicine, at the
University of British Columbia. As co-founder of the Allan McGavin Sports
Medicine Centre, he taught and practiced sports medicine for more than 20
years. He has served as a director of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the
Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine and the Achilles International Track and
Field Society. He was physician to the Vancouver Canucks and served on the
medical and coaching staffs of more than 12 Olympic Games. He is a Member of
the Order of Canada and has received numerous other academic and professional
Mark R. Andrews, BComm, JD
“My family and my home province suffer from above
average incidents of heart disease and stroke. Having lost one grandfather to a
heart attack and the other to multiple strokes, I know the feeling of loss
suffered by family members left behind and, with a young family of my own, I
understand the urgency and importance of the Foundation’s mission.”
is Legal Counsel to ExxonMobil Canada and Imperial Oil with a focus on eastern
Canadian offshore projects and in particular the Hebron oil field project. He
was previously a corporate commercial partner with a large Newfoundland and
Labrador law firm. He is a lecturer for the faculty of business
administration at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is also a
director of the Avalon Arena Association (a not-for-profit multiplex ice rink)
and is a former executive member of the national business law section of the
Canadian Bar Association.
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.”
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
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
Heart and Stroke Foundation of 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 specialized savings 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. He graduated 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.
Ontario and Quebec
“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 behaviour. 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
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.
2010, David was the recipient of the Robert Davies Defries Award, the highest
honour presented by the Canadian Public Health Association, recognizing
outstanding contributions in the field of public health.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.
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 the
Teachers' Infrastructure Group, overseeing acquisitions and asset management
globally. He joined Teachers' in 2005 and was most recently vice-president
Teachers' Private Capital, where he managed the consumer, retail and industrial
sectors. He has extensive international experience having worked for Pacific
Equity Partners in Australia and Bain & Company in Hong Kong before his
involvement with Teachers' in England. While at Teachers’ Private Capital, he
was involved in a number of private equity transactions across various
geographies and industries.Andrew is a director of Global Container
Terminals and serves on the boards of Ontario Airport Investments Limited and
previously served on the boards of Alexander Forbes, Alliance Laundry Systems,
Dematic, Easton-Bell Sports, EXAL Group, General Nutrition Centers, National
Bedding, Munchkin, and Simmons Mattress Co. Andrew earned his HBA at the Ivey
Business School at Western University, and has ICD.D certification from the
Institute of Corporate Directors.
Andrew W. W. Cockwell
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."
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
Andrew holds a BA (Hons.) from Queen's University and an
LL.B. with Great Distinction from the Faculty of Law at McGill University.
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.”
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 The Martin Ross Group, Zast Foods, Dominion
Citrus and The Baycrest Health Centre.
Cracower joined the HSF Ontario Provincial Board in November 2004 and was Chair
of the Board from November 2010. A dedicated leadership 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).
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.
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.
Charmaine Crooks, CM
had loved ones affected by heart disease and stroke, I am proud to volunteer my
time with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to help shine the spotlight on a
disease that affects Canadians from diverse backgrounds. I look forward to
working with the many community champions as we support the Foundation’s
mission of education, advocacy, research and healthy living."
Crooks is a five-time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist. She was elected a
member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1999-2004 and is
currently a member of the IOC Press Commission. She was a founding member and
director for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter and Para-Olympic Games bid. She
is president of NGU Consultants Inc., a global consultancy and management
company, as well as a freelance TV presenter, speaker and member of several
corporate and charitable boards. A longstanding director of the Canadian
Olympic Committee executive board, she is the Honourary President of Olympians
Canada and was the vice president of the World Olympians Association. Charmaine
received the Order of Canada in January 2013, and was inducted into the B.C.
Sports Hall of Fame (2003) and the University of Texas at El Paso Sports Hall
of Fame (2006) as the first female inductee, and has been named one of the “Top
50 Women of Power” in Canada.
is actively involved in charities that focus on youth, women and sports and was
a founding international board member of the global humanitarian organization
Right to Play.
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.”
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 enterprise.
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
recently, David has joined the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson
University as a distinguished visiting professor.
Marc Filion, MBA
“Volunteering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation is
an extraordinary opportunity to contribute with passion to a first class
organization dedicated to improving the health of Canadians. The cause of heart
disease and stroke touches all that we have to lose – the people we love,
quality of life, healthcare costs, who we are, what we do and where we live.
I’m thrilled to contribute to making Canada a healthier place to live.”
Filion has more than 20 years of experience in business leadership, retail and
B2B marketing, turnaround, strategy, sales management, M&A and partnership
in the IT, telecommunication, healthcare and banking sectors. Marc is currently
the President and owner of Vision 360 Management, a management consulting firm
that offers strategy, M&A, partnership negotiation, product marketing and
turnaround consulting services to Canadian enterprises of all sizes.
1997, Marc contributed to the creation and management of BCE Emergis, Canada’s
flagship e-commerce and Internet solutions company at the time. He later became
the chief operating officer of TELUS Health and Financial solutions. More
recently, Marc was Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Virtual Banking, Retail
Market, at the Laurentian Bank. Marc’s experience
also includes leadership in solution development, outsourced operations, human
resources management and sales management.
Anthony Graham, CM, MD
“Every day in my clinical practice, I see patients who
have benefited from the wonderful progress we have made in the care of
Canadians at risk for, or who suffer from heart disease and stroke. The
Foundation has played a key role in all of this progress over the past 60 years
and with its new unified national structure, I firmly believe it is in a
position to continue to provide leadership in our battle against two of our
leading causes of death.”
Anthony Graham is a clinical cardiologist and the Director of the Robert McRae
Heart Health Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He is a professor in
the department 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. During his continuing 35-year
relationship with HSF, he has chaired both the Ontario and National Boards. In
2002, he became a Member of the Order of Canada for his work in developing the
Emergency Cardiac Care Systems in Canada as well as for his service with the
Heart and Stroke Foundation. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee Medal, and more recently in February 2013, Dr. Graham received
the 2012 Award of Merit for exceptional contribution to the mission of the
Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“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.
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 Aboriginal populations.
Jonathan Ross, BBA, PFP
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. In addition to his community work with
the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 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.