Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada: Our Board of Directors
Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together, we will make it happen.
Heart and Stroke Foundation 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.”
Rod 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.
Andrew 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
For the last seven 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. Penny served
on multiple boards during her tenure: director on the board of VANOC Canada,
Canada Line, the Vancouver Board of Trade, EComm and the Street to Home
Since her graduation from UBC with her MD in 1978, Penny 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
In 2001 she was appointed deputy minister of health for the province of
B.C. and was one of the longest serving health deputy ministers (2001 – 2006)
in B.C. and Canada. Penny 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.”
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
Denis Berthiaume has been the president and chief operating officer of
Desjardins Insurance since 2011 and the 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. Denis is also director of
NorthWest & Ethical Investments L.P and Fiera Capital Corporation. He graduated
from Université Laval with a bachelor of actuarial studies and 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 lifestyle
choices. I feel privileged to contribute to its development.”
Marc-André 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, Marc-André 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.
Marc-André 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 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 has been 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. He is also 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 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, Barry
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 the DAREarts Foundation.
Barry joined the HSF Ontario provincial board in November 2004 and was chair
for three years from November 2010. A dedicated leadership volunteer, Barry
held numerous positions with the Ontario Foundation including vice chair of the
board .In his national role, Barry was chair of the provincial chairs advisory group.
In June 2013, Barry 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. .Barry received
the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in February 2013 and the 2013 Tony
Graham Award in September 2013.
Barry 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
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 enterprise.
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 Group.
More recently, David has joined the Ted Rogers School of Business at
Ryerson University as a distinguished visiting professor.
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.”
Thomas 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 Edmonton.
Thomas, a graduate of the University of Manitoba, 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 from 1991 to 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. Thomas
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.
He 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.”
Zaylin 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 12th 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. Thomas 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 as president of the Canadian Infectious Disease Society.
Thomas is member of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal
Society of Canada. His 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. He 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.”
Ovide 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 Indigenous populations.
“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.”
Perry Miele is chairman and partner of Beringer Capital, with over 25
years of experience specializing in the marketing, communications and the media
industry. 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 eight 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 solution.
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
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.”
Jonathan 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.”
Alison 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.