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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.
Market Manager of the Greater Toronto Area for Dignity Memorial Funeral Providers
He has been a licensed funeral director for thirty 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 Past-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 has been an honour and privilege to serve in the many capacities in my tenure with The Lung Association – Ontario. I have met wonderful people that volunteer, who are on staff and who have stood beside me on executive all very committed to Lung Health in the Province of Ontario and across Canada. Our combined efforts helped pass the Lung Health Act and the establishment of The Ontario Lung Health Advisory Council. The power of committed, passionate people has and will continue to have Ontario “Breathing as One”!”
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 Principal CX Consultant leading a variety of customer experience engagements for globally recognized brands in healthcare, insurance, retail and manufacturing industries.
Laurene joined the Lung Association of Ontario board of directors in 2015 and currently chairs both the Marketing and Strategic Directions Committees.
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.
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.
Dr. Dawn Bowdish is a the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Aging & Immunity. Since 2009 where her team of post-doctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate students study how macrophages recognize and destroy Streptococcus pneumoniae, the major cause of pneumonia in the elderly. Using a combination of animal models and human samples her lab has is uncovering how ageing, and age-associated inflammation affects the development of myeloid cells, which ultimately impairs monocyte and macrophage function and how the microbiota of the upper respiratory tract becomes permissive to Streptococcus pneumoniae colonization with age. She has published over 80 manuscripts, review articles and book chapters. She has won a number of early career awards including the Pfizer-ASPIRE award and the G. Jeannette Thorbecke Award from the Society of Leukocyte Biology. She has received recognition for her teaching and mentorship in the form of the Department of Pathology’s “Best Teacher Award” and by a nomination from her trainees for the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. She has received funding from the CIHR, NSERC, ORF, NIH, the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative and the Lung Association to understand why the elderly are susceptible to pneumonia and to develop novel preventative therapies. She 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 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.
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
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, West park HealthCare Centre and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)
Dr. Dina Brooks is a physiotherapist Professor in Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. 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. She is involved in educating and training interdisciplinary trainees in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation.
Ms. Jennifer Olajos-Clow is a Master Prepared Nurse Practinioner and Certified Respiratory Educator who has worked extensively in the field of Respirology and Chronic Disease Management for the past 25 years. Jennifer has been involved with the Lung Association both as a volunteer and staff. She was involved in the revision of the Primary Care Asthma Care Map and is the former provincial coordinator of the Ontario Lung Association’s Emergency Department Asthma Care Program. She has collaborated with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario in the development and publication of both the Adult and Pediatric Asthma Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses and is on faculty with the Queen’s University School of Nursing at the lecturer level. She is currently working at Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Kingston General Hospital site in the Medicine Program focusing on inpatient diabetes and outpatient sleep disorders.
Michael is the Principal owner and secretary-treasurer of Warjon, Inc. and Response-Human Service Associates, Inc.
He has provided business and accounting advice since 1976. He has serviced large public and private clients while working for a large international firm in Toronto and Ottawa. He was a founding partner in a local accounting firm in Cornwall, Ontario, providing accounting, taxation and business advice. He withdrew from full time practice in the early 2000’s.
He has also been involved in the private sector in business ventures and remains active today. Michael taught accounting and finance at both St. Lawrence College and the University of Ottawa on a part time basis over the years. He also has served as Chair of the Board of Referees for the Employment Insurance Commission.
He is a graduate of Queen’s University and a Chartered Accountant.
He has been an active volunteer and supporter of the Lung Association since the 1980’s and has served at the local, provincial and national levels. Other volunteer involvement includes Chairing the board of the Cornwall Hospital, serving on the United Way budget committee and the local United Church in Long Sault, Ontario, where he currently lives.