Dr. Elizabeth Taylor

Chair of the Board

Clinical Professor Emerita, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, as well as Associate Dean Professional of Programs and Teaching in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. She holds a Doctorate in Education – her research was entitled “Siblings growing up with a Sibling with Schizophrenia”. She teaches community development and mental health in occupational therapy, and is a course coordinator for INTD 410, a required inter-professional scenario based health science course in which over 1100 students participate each year. Her current research is in interprofessional team development as well as in mental health recovery programs.

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Dr. Steven Smith

Deputy Chair of the Board

Deputy Vice-Principal Research

Dr. Smith is currently the Deputy Vice-Principal Research at Queen’s University, the Vice-President, Health Sciences Research at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, and the President & CEO of the Kingston General Health Research Institute.

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Mr. Michael Brennan

Chief Administrative Officer, National Police Federation

Michael Brennan is Chief Administrative Officer of the National Police Federation. He has 30 years’ experience in Third Sector leadership and health policy. Prior to taking the reins at NPF he was Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and a consultant specializing in healthcare and association strategy & management.

From 2008 to 2017 he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He was Co-chair of Organizations for Health Action – HEAL from 2013 to 2017. He was recently a visiting professor at National University in Bogota, Columbia, and he delivered the 2016 Founders’ Lecture for the United Kingdom Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research, and member of the Governance Committee of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Michael has published articles on health economics, the role of associations in generating social capital, responsible lobbying and non-profit Board strategic thinking. He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Sandy and their two children.

Hon. Myra Freeman

Former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, CM, ONS, MSM, the former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (2000-2006), is a member of the Order of Canada, the first Chancellor and member of the Order of Nova Scotia, the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

A graduate of Dalhousie University, and former teacher with the Halifax Regional School Board, Mrs. Freeman is the recipient of six Honorary Doctorate Degrees, The Public Policy Forum of Canada’s Achievement Award, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellows Award, and the Canadian Israel Research Foundation’s Woman of Action Humanitarian Award. She is recognized by Mount Saint Vincent University as an Inspiring Woman and by the Richard Ivy School of Business and WXN as a Trailblazer and one of Canada's 100 Outstanding Women.

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Prof. Cecile Malardier-Jugroot

Vice-Principal Research at the Royal Military College of Canada

Prof. Cecile Malardier-Jugroot, as Vice-Principal Research at the Royal Military College of Canada, promotes research excellence in the rich and diverse environment of this Canadian Federal Institution and University. The Research Office supports and encourages all inquiry-based research while promoting RMC’s role as Leader in Defence Research. Dr. Malardier-Jugroot was appointed VPR in July 2020 and is a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Dr. Malardier-Jugroot was also Head of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at RMC from 2017-20.

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Dr. William Montelpare

Professor & Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health Applied Human Sciences, University of Prince Edward Island

Dr. Bill Montelpare completed his PhD from the University of Toronto in Community Health, specializing in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Exercise Science. He was the first director of the Health Studies Program at Brock University and was later appointed as director of the School of Kinesiology at Lakehead University. There, Dr. Montelpare worked with colleagues in Nursing and Professional Studies to create the first Masters in Public Health (MPH) program in Canada.

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Dr. Vianne Timmons

President and Vice-Chancellor, Memorial University

Dr. Vianne Timmons, OC, took office as the 13th president and vice-chancellor of Memorial in April 2020, coming from the University of Regina where she had served as president since 2008. During her tenure there, the university attained its highest-ever enrolment and diversity, greater recognition for faculty work, and increased levels of external research funding.

Dr. Timmons grew up in Labrador City as one of six children and moved to Nova Scotia during high school. She holds a BA (Mt. Allison), B.Ed. (Acadia), M.Ed. (Gonzaga), and PhD (Calgary). A teacher by training, she maintains a wide-ranging research program emphasizing family literacy and inclusive education. Her credits include nine books, more than a dozen book chapters, approximately 40 peer-reviewed articles, 30+ funded research projects (as principal or co-investigator), and more than 200 invited lectures.

Her many awards include Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (WXN), a National Inclusive Education Award, a Humanitarian Award (Red Cross), a Community Literacy Award (Canada Post), and the first Gender and Leadership in Higher Education Award (EMULIES). In 2019 she received the Indspire Award for Education. In 2017 she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her lifetime contributions to inclusive education, family literacy, Indigenous post-secondary education, and women’s leadership.

An active volunteer, Dr. Timmons has served various post-secondary and other organizations, including as: president, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; chair, Universities Canada's Standing Committee on International Relations; and member, Canada Foundation for Innovation.