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Executive Committee

Meet the Executive Committee of the CPSR National Trainee Association


Timal Kannangara, PhD, University of Ottawa, Basic Science Co-Chair

Farrell Leibovitch, MSc, Director of Research and Training Programs, CPSR

Lisa Sheehy, PhD, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Clinical Research Co-Chair

Karen Truong, BSc Research Program Coordinator, CPSR



Sabina Antonescu, BSc, University of Ottawa, former co-chair & current SPiN Workshop Advisory Committee member, CPSR
Bimal Lakhani, PhD, University of British Columbia, former co-chair & current SPiN Workshop Advisory Committee member, CPSR

Our goal is to enhance the trainee experience and further engage their interest in stroke recovery research in order to increase the likelihood of future success. While the NTA is coordinated by the Executive Committee, the NTA is intended to be a “grassroots” association and thus we welcome and seek ideas and input from all trainees.

If you would like to introduce yourself to them, or if you have any ideas or input for the National Trainee Association, please email

Benefits of Becoming a CPSR-NTA Co-Chair

In addition to having an active involvement in defining the landscape of opportunities available to Canadian stroke trainees, the benefits to holding the position of CPSR-NTA Chair for your academic career also include:

  • Exposure within the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and the broader stroke research community.
  • Developing connections with a large network of stroke research trainees, who are your future colleagues and collaborators.
  • Experience as the Chair of a national association that you can highlight on your CV and within award/funding and job applications.

Time Commitment

Executive Committee chairs are required to commit to regular participation in executive committee meetings, typically one 60 min teleconference per month, of approximately one hour in length. Amount/frequency varies depending on activity deadlines.

Main responsibilities

  • Planning the annual trainee Stroke Program in Neurorecovery (SPiN) workshop. You will help oversee management of the budget and organization of this event, including developing the workshop format and program, organization of catering and venues for the event, selection of workshop attendees and communication with trainees prior to and during the event, and on-site facilitation of the workshop.
  • Development and implementation of current and new trainee networking programs offered by the CPSR, including the trainee profiling program, the mentoring program, and the exchange grant competition.
  • Updating and managing membership in the association. Responding to trainee inquiries via the training email account and updating and maintaining the training page on the CPSR website.


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