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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 has had a stroke.

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).

Marianne Gobeil

Chief Executive Officer, Leading Communicators Inc.

Marianne Gobeil is Chief Executive Officer of Leading Communicators. As a trusted advisor to high profile leaders in the corporate and political arenas, Marianne witnessed first-hand the dramatic impact communications has on leadership capability and effectiveness. It prompted her to research and develop a unique body of knowledge on leadership communications. Her firm is considered an international authority in the field of leadership communications.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Mona Nemer

Vice-President, Research, University of Ottawa

Mona Nemer is the University of Ottawa’s Vice-President, Research, and a researcher in molecular biology. She has a PhD in bio-organic chemistry from McGill University. Prior to her arrival at the University of Ottawa, she was Professor of Pharmacology at the Université de Montréal and Director of the Cardiac Development Research Unit at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM). Her research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms involved in cellular growth and differentiation, particularly as this relates to heart failure and congenital heart diseases.

Peter Oakes

Member of the Provincial Advisory Board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Peter Oakes is the past Chair and still a member of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Peter is experienced running multi-divisional and multinational companies in both private and public sectors. He has extensive experience in organizations in transition or operating in difficult situations. His experience across several industries gives him the perspective to tailor solutions in financial and administrative systems and procedures to properly support management in an efficient manner. He brings a strategic perspective in determining solutions.

Dr. Duncan Stewart

CEO and Scientific Director, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Duncan Stewart is the CEO and Scientific Director of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He received an MD from McGill University in 1977, where he also performed residency training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He completed three years of research fellowship training in Physiology and Pharmacology in Freiburg, Germany under the supervision of Dr. Bassenge. He returned to Canada in 1987 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at McGill University and staff cardiologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital. In 1994, he moved to Toronto and assumed the position of Head of Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital. In 1997, he became the Director of Cardiology of the University of Toronto and was awarded the Dexter Man Chair of Cardiology and in 1999. He was promoted to Full Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1999.