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Board of Directors

Bruce Cooke

Bruce Cooke

Chair
Market Manager of the Greater Toronto Area for Dignity Memorial Funeral Providers

He has been a licensed funeral director for twenty eight years and has vast experience in assisting bereaved families.

Bruce’s passion for celebrating life with creativity has made a difference for family’s at the most difficult time of their lives. Bruce believes in giving back to the community and has been a long standing member of the Rotary Club. Bruce has been recognized for his outstanding service as Rotarian of the Year as well as United Way Volunteer of the Year. Bruce is also the recipient of Dignity Memorial’s prestigious “Living the Brand” and “Managing for Excellence” awards recognizing service excellence.

Bruce has attended many provincial and national events as keynote speaker for SCI and he continues to be invited as to Humber College annually as a guest lecturer and motivational speaker on the many ways to celebrate and personalize funerals.

Bruce is the Chair of The Lung Association – Ontario and has spent the last 20 years in various roles both locally as well as provincially. Bruce has a deep rooted commitment to lung health and has a strong relationship with the OTS as well as the ORCS.
“It is my hope that we will see a our Lung Health Action Plan adopted and implemented by the Ontario Government to address the ever rising needs of Ontarians that require lung health assistance.”

 

Dr. John Granton

John Granton, MD, FRCPC

Past Chair
Head, Division of Respirology, UHN/MSH, Clinical Researcher, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI)

Dr. John Granton is a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Chief of Respirology at University Health Network, Mount Sinai Hospital and Women’s College Hospital. He is a consultant in respirology, lung transplantation and critical care at the Toronto General Hospital. He established and remains the director of the pulmonary hypertension (PH) program at the University Health Network.

He is past chair of the board of the Ontario Lung Association and chair of the national fundraising advisory committee for the Canadian Lung Association. His research interests are in pulmonary hypertension, and critical illness. He has published in several prominent journals including JAMA, NEJM, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and the American Journal of Respiratory and Cell Biology.

 

Christine Allison

Christine Allison, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Treasurer
VP, Finance Business Partnering and Analytics, MD Financial Management Inc., CEO, MD Life Insurance Company

Christine graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Christine joined MD Financial Management Inc. in 1996. Prior to holding her current position, Christine has been CFO of many of the companies in the corporate group and has led teams in Taxation Services, Finance Operations (Corporate Accounting, Banking and Settlement, Investment Funds Accounting), Risk Management and Procurement. She has served on the Board of Examiners of CPA Canada, including chair of the Board from 2012 to 2015. In addition to being a member of the Board of the Ontario Lung Association, serving on both the finance and governance committees, Christine serves on the finance committee of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation. Christine is married and has two grown children. In her spare time Christine is an avid, though not very talented, golfer. She also loves to bike and strength train at the gym.

 

John Martin

John Martin, CPA, CA

Chair-Elect
Partner, Mercantile Capital Inc., Principal, Top Shelf Solutions

John  acquired a wealth of experience as a business advisor.  He was a founding partner of a Mississauga, Ontario-based consulting firm that offered a full range of business advisory services to local, mid-market, private and public companies.  John led the firm’s practice in the area of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions.  John left the firm in 2012 when it merged with one of Canada’s largest accounting and consulting firms.

During the course of his career, John has been seconded to fill executive roles for clients on both an interim and transition basis.  Through this activity, John has gained an abundance of operating, transaction and restructuring experience across a variety of industries including natural resources, real estate development and manufacturing.  Most recently, John has been active in the  real estate development sector.

John graduated from the University of Western Ontario and in addition to his business advisory practice and his involvement with the Lung Association serves as a volunteer board member for other not-for-profit organizations.

 

Dawn M.E. Bowdish, PhD.

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Aging & Immunity MG DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research McMaster Immunology Research Centre McMaster Institute for Research on Aging McMaster University

Dr. Dawn Bowdish is an Associate Professor at McMaster University and a Canada Research Chair in Aging & Immunity. Dr. Bowdish investigates what makes the elderly vulnerable to pneumonia, how age-associated inflammation, chronic inflammatory diseases and anti-bacterial immunity changes as we get older. By understanding the aging immune system she hopes to discover novel treatments to protect older adults from infection by improving their immune systems. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Lung Association and advocates to increase research funding for lung health and advocates for a comprehensive Lung Health Action Plan for Ontario.

 

Donna Cansfield

Donna Cansfield

Donna has spent much of her career within the education sector occupying numerous positions. From 1988-2003 she was the Trustee with the Etobicoke School Board and the Toronto District School Board. She has been a Member of the Metropolitan Toronto School Board, President of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, President of the Canadian School Boards Association and Chair of the Toronto District School Board.

Donna has also been ingrained in provincial politics. From 2003 2014 Donna served as an elected Provincial Member of the Legislature Etobicoke Centre. She was appointed Parliamentary Assistant (PA) to the Energy Minister in 2003, and then became the Minister of Energy in 2005. She was reassigned as Minister of Transportation in 2006.

After the 2007 election, Cansfield became Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources, where she served until 18 January 2010, following which she was appointed as PA to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

In 2011, she was appointed as PA to the Minister of Economic Development and Innovation and in 2012 as PA to the Minister of Finance. In February 2013 as part of the Wynne government, she was appointed as chief government whip.

Within the health space, Donna has spent time as Palliative Care Volunteer Support, and currently serves on various Boards of charitable health non-profits.

 

Jessica Chiu

 

Danny Chou

 

Laurene Cihosky

Laurene Cihosky

Laurene is a career CRM marketer and customer experience specialist, with 30 years expertise in leveraging customer data assets and market insights to optimize customer engagement, deliver product and market growth and maximize shareholder value.

Laurene has held executive roles with some of Canada’s leading advertising agencies, where she developed industry-leading programs to acquire and retain customers, built CRM methodologies and defined optimal customer/channel engagement strategies for her clients. More recently, she was a member of the executive team at Canada Post Corporation, where she defined the strategic direction and led the implementation of an organization-wide customer-centric transformation for the Direct Marketing Line of Business resulting in successive years of growth for this multi-billion dollar business unit. During this period, Laurene was awarded the Direct Marketer of the Year Award by the Direct Marketing Association in recognition of her efforts to improve the marketing industry’s experience with Canada Post.

Laurene is currently a Lead Consultant for CustomersFirst Now where she leads a variety of customer experience engagements for globally recognized brands in the retail, automotive, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

Laurene joined the Lung Association of Ontario board of directors in 2015 and currently chairs the Lung Association’s Marketing Committee.

 

Scott Hickey

 

Tom Kovesi in CF Clinic

Tom Kovesi, MD, FRCP

Pediatric Respirologist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa

Dr. Tom Kovesi is a pediatric respirologist and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa.

He is past-Chair of the Ontario Thoracic Society, and past-Chair of the Pediatric Assembly of the Canadian Thoracic SocietyDr. Kovesi is past-Chief Examiner for Pediatric Respirology, for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is the Anglophone Content Expert for Respirology (1st year curriculum) Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He has served as a senior author on the Canadian Asthma Consensus Guidelines Committee.

Dr. Kovesi has nearly 50 published articles in the areas of asthma guidelines, exhaled nitric oxide in children with asthma, and his main research interest: indoor air quality and lung disease in Inuit infants in Nunavut.

 

Dan Markovich

Dan Markovich

Prior to his retirement in 2014, Dan spent nearly 40 years in pension finance, investments and consulting, in executive positions with the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, TD Asset Management, ARDAN Fund Oversight and most recently, the Investment Consulting practice at Aon Hewitt. He has also lectured on investment theory and practice at Ryerson University. Dan is a past member of the Pension Investment Association of Canada, a former Chair of the Association of Canadian Pension Management and its Ontario Regional Council. He holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Windsor. In addition to his service with The Lung Association – Ontario, Dan sits on the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Foundation board, the Treasury Investment Committee of the United Church of Canada and is a Trustee at St. John’s United Church, Brockville.

Dan has served on The Lung Association – Ontario’s Finance Committee since 2013 and joined the Board in 2014

 

Dr. Dina Brooks

Dina Brooks, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)

Dr. Dina Brooks is a Professor in department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Rehabilitation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Her research experience has included varied models (e.g., anaesthetized animals, conscious animals and humans) and different research approaches. She is presently involved in research in individuals with chronic lung disease. She is conducting several clinical trials on the effectiveness of different components and modes of delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation.