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CPSR Board welcomes four new directors

(Pictured above: Sylvain Charbonneau, Andrew Demchuk, Debra Lynkowski, and Rod McKay)

Retiring directors thanked for contributions

At the recent CPSR Board of Directors meeting on September 19 in Toronto, the Partnership said goodbye and thank-you to four longstanding (and outstanding!) Board members, who have completed their terms. They include Peter Oakes, long-time chair of the Finance and Operations Committee, strategic communications expert Marianne Gobeil, Dr. Mona Nemer, who until recently was the uOttawa’s Vice-President of Research, and Dr. Duncan Stewart, CEO of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

“All four of these individuals have made substantial contributions to the Partnership, bringing their skills, passion for the cause and unique perspectives to the Board table,” says CPSR Scientific Director Dr. Dale Corbett. “We are very grateful to all of them.”

The Board welcomed four new directors to represent the following partners: University of Ottawa, University of Calgary/Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Heart & Stroke . Read their bios below: 

Dr. 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.

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.


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. 

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, Mr. McKay 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. Mr. McKay has been active in numerous community based health services and cultural organizations for many years and he is past Chair of the Board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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