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Board of Directors

Barry Cracower

Chair, Board of Directors; President, Marketing Alternatives

Barry Cracower is a senior executive with solid marketing and management credentials. He was the founder and president of Rexall Pharmacy and vice-president of the Katz Group. Barry has extensive experience in the retail sector and was the founder of The Steals People, Canada’s first retail computer store. In addition, Barry was senior merchandise manager of the T. Eaton Co. and vice-president of the General Electric Brand at CAMCO. He  has served as president of Marketing Alternatives and CEO of Baycrest Global Solutions. He is former Chair of Darearts Foundation. Barry serves on a number of boards, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and Heart and Stroke Canada. Barry has a B.Comm. from Sir George Williams University (Concordia) in Montreal and an MBA from Columbia University and received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Adrian Capobianco

Vice-chair, Board of Directors; President, Vizeum Canada

Adrian is on the “go-to” list of digital marketing leaders. His career began at IBM and has focused on the interchange of business, technology and marketing. At IBM, Rare Medium, Publicis and FUSE Marketing Group,  Adrian helped a diverse portfolio of clients learn and lead in the digital space. In 2008, Adrian and his partners launched Innovation Agency, Quizative, which grew to deliver services to clients across the country and globally. In January of 2013 Quizative was acquired by Cundari Group and was integrated as one unified team. Upon the exit from Cundari, Adrian joined Proximity Canada as President and subsequently took on the role of President at Vizeum Canada. Adrian is extremely involved in the marketing community where he helps to inspire and share innovation. This includes helping to organize or chair numerous national conference and award shows for the CMA, Marketing Magazine and others. Adrian has helped create and teaches the CMA’s Digital Marketing Certificate course, speaks at many universities and has been featured widely in the media including expert appearances in prime-time TV shows on CBC, Global, and The Food Network.

Dr. Mark Bayley

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Mark Bayley, MD, is Medical Director of the Neuro Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Rehab and a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has research interests in the following areas: rehabilitation of acquired brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, neurological pharmacology and functional outcome measurement after rehabilitation. He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Mark has published and lectured extensively in his areas of research. He received his MD from Queen’s University in Kingston, and holds a Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Wendy Berman

Partner, Litigation Group, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Wendy Berman, is a Partner, Litigation Group, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. In 2013, Ms. Berman was the recipient of the 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award, honouring senior women lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to the practice and business of law. Ms. Berman is particularly interested in the work of CPSR because her husband had a stroke.

Sylvain Charbonneau

Associate VP Research, University of Ottawa

Dr. Charbonneau received his B. Sc. And M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Ottawa and his Ph.D. degree in Photonics – Semiconductor Physics from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia in 1988. He joined the Institute for Microstructural Sciences of the National Research Council (NRC) in October 1988. From 1998 to January 2000, he took on the responsibility of Director of Components Technologies for the Institute of Microstructural Sciences at NRC, with managing responsibility of 160 FTE within the Institute. In late 2000, Dr. Charbonneau, along with three other colleagues, founded a company, Optenia Inc. a NRC spin-off in the communications technology sector. In 2002, Dr. Charbonneau returned to the NRC and, in May 2011, he was named Executive Director responsible for the strategic development of the Printable Electronic Flagship Program. In April 2013, Dr. Charbonneau took the position of Associate Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa.

Bruce Churchill-Smith

Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

Mr. Churchill-Smith, Q.C., is a partner in the Calgary office of the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais. In addition to maintaining his litigation practice, Mr. Churchill-Smith is extensively involved in pro bono work. He is President of Pro Bono Law Alberta, Chair of BLG’s National Pro Bono Committee, and a member of the Law Society of Alberta’s Pro Bono Task Force. He is also a coordinator of the Child Advocacy Pro Bono Project (a Joint Initiative of BLG, the Children’s Legal Education Resource Centre, and Pro Bono Law Alberta) and a past chair of the Volunteer Lawyers’ Service. Mr. Churchill-Smith is also a Council Member of the Foothills Medical Centre Development Council, 2007 to present (Foothills Hospital) and a past Member, Board of Directors, Womens’ Health Development Council (Grace Hospital).

Dr. Andrew Demchuk

Director, Calgary Stroke Program

Dr. Andrew Demchuk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences for the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is also a stroke neurologist and Director of the Calgary Stroke Program, Alberta Health Services. Dr. Demchuk received his undergraduate degree in 1989 from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. He then went on to complete his medical degree (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993, followed by his residency in neurology from the University of Calgary (1993-97). Dr. Demchuk completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease (1997-99) from the University of Texas-Houston. Dr. Demchuk’s primary research interests focus on vascular imaging, where he is trying to establish target populations for new stroke treatments by selecting patients based on imaging tests performed in the emergency setting. In addition to his research and clinical activities, Dr. Demchuk is a member on a number of local, national, and international committees. He is the past board chair for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT, and Nunavut and member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Stroke Consortium.

Jean Lazarus

Director, Research Operations, Baycrest

Jean Lazarus is accountable for the operations of the Research Division at Baycrest, which includes managing the operating budget; overseeing the grants budget; managing the human resources function for the division; planning and allocating space requirements; and, representing the department on various centre-wide committees.

Debra Lynkowski

COO, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Debra Lynkowski received her law degree from the University of Alberta in 1986. Following this, she began a career in the non-profit sector and has worked at all levels – local, provincial/territorial and national. Ms. Lynkowski served as President and CEO of the Canadian Lung Association from 2013-2017, leading a process of revitalization and renewal, including the continued refinement and implementation of the organization’s National Respiratory Research Strategy. Prior to this, she held several leadership positions including the CEO of the Canadian Public Health Association and National Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for the Canadian Diabetes Association. In 2004, Debra joined the Canadian Stroke Network, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to help lead the Canadian Stroke Strategy, bringing together stakeholders and partners to develop and implement a coordinated and integrated approach to stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and community reintegration in every province and territory in Canada. 

Diego Marchese

Executive Vice President, Heart & Stroke
Diego Marchese is the Executive Vice President, HSF Canada. He previously held the roles of Vice President, Prevention Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and at the HSF BC and Yukon he was CEO, COO, and Vice President, Research and Health Promotion. Diego has more than 20 years of
service with the Foundation, during which he has been an integral part of its leadership team nationally and provincially and has made outstanding contributions to its success in working towards its mission of healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Diego holds a Bachelor degree in exercise science and a Master’s degree in education with a focus on health education and program planning.

Rod McKay

Past Chair of the Board of Directors, Heart and Stroke Foundation

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.

Malcolm Moffat

Executive Vice-President, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Malcolm Moffat is a seasoned administrator, with over 27 years experience in health care. He is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Stroke Network and also serves as chair of the Board of the Toronto Acquired Brain Injury Network. He is a founding member of the Greater Toronto Area Rehabilitation Network. Malcolm was President and Chief Executive Officer of St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital, a regional rehabilitation teaching hospital, from 2003-2012. He spearheaded the hospital’s development of complex rehabilitation programs. Currently, Malcolm is Executive Vice President, Programs, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He has operational and strategic responsibility for the Holland Musculoskeletal Program, the Odette Cancer Centre, the St. John’s Rehab Program, and the Veterans & Community Programs.