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Our Board & Committees

RHI's Board of Directors and Program Committee Members represents the breadth and diversity of the international SCI community, each committed to helping improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides strategic guidance that helps RHI work towards its vision and mission.

Bernie Bressler (Chair)
Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences; Associate Member, Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia

Maria Barrados (Vice-Chair)
Board Vice Chair, Accreditation Canada International

Ross Mason (Secretary )
Executive Director and Founder, Healthcare Institute for National Renewal and Innovation

Jeff Charpentier (Treasurer)
CFO for Proactive Immune Sciences Corporation and former CFO of viDA Therapeutics Inc., Lifebank Corp., Inex Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Chromos Melcular systems Inc., and Lignol Energy Corporation

Dean Bergeron
Actuary and Principal Contract Management, La Capitale Insurance and Financial 

Doug Brown
Associate Professor; Executive Director, Spinal Research Institute

Kristine Cowley
Assistant Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology, Spinal Cord Research Centre

Graham Creasey
Professor, Med Center Line, Neurosurgery, Stanford School of Medicine

Shari Hughson
Director, Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Smith School of Business, Queens University

Kathy Kovacs Burns
Senior Manager, Quality Healthcare and Improvement, Alberta Health Services, Former Director of Interdisciplinary Health Research Academy, University of Alberta

Kevin Lamarque
Past Chair, CPA Nova Scotia; Former Director, Department of Canadian Heritage in Nova Scotia 

Dustin Paul
Associate Lawyer, Aikenhead, Moscovich & Jones

Ian Rigby 
Emergency Physician, University of Calgary

Christine Sang 
Director, Translational Pain Research, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Jerome So
Investment Advisor, Certified Retirement Specialist, TD Waterhouse

Cure Committee

The Cure Committee provides ongoing strategic advice in cure-related activities and recommendations on future activities regarding RHI's Cure Program

Brian Kwon (Chair)
Associate Professor, Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia
Susan Harkema
Rehabilitation Research Director, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
Scott Whittemore
Scientific Director, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
Steven Casha
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurosciences (Surgery), University of Calgary
James Guest
Clinical Professor, Neurological Surgery and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Miller School of Medicine
Mark Tuszynski
Professor, Neurosciences, University of California San Diego
Michael Fehlings
Professor, Neurosurgery, University of Toronto
Wolfram Tetzlaff
Director, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD)

Care Committee

The Care Committee provides ongoing strategic advice in care-related activities and recommendations on future activities regarding RHI's Care Program.

Cathy Craven (Chair)
Physiatrist, Medical Lead, Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Mark Bayley
Medical Director, Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
Associate Professor, Division of Physiatry, University of Toronto
Lise Bélanger
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Spine Program, Vancouver General Hospital
Sean Christie
Associate Professor, Research Division of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University
Vice Chair and Director of Research Division of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University
Teren Clarke
Chief Executive Director, Spinal Cord Injury Alberta
Janice Eng
Associate Dean, Funding, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Sander L. Hitzig
Scientist, St. John's Rehab Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Chester Ho
Division Head, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary
Associate Professor, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical Neurosciences , University of Calgary
Brian Kwon
Canada Research Chair in Spinal Cord Injury
Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Spine Surgeon, Vancouver Spine Program, Vancouver General Hospital
Eldon Loh
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Western University
Sonja McVeigh
Associate Professor, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Dalhousie University
James Milligan
Director, Research Institute for Aging, Mobility and Falls, Centre for Family Medicine Mobility Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University
John Shepherd
M.Sc Candidate (Rehabilitation Science), University of Toronto
John Street
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics, University of British Columbia
Co-Medical Director, Complex Spine Program, Vancouver General Hospital
Catherine Truchon
Senior Advisor and Coordinator of Trauma Unit, l’Institut National d’Excellence en Santé et Services Sociaux
Blayne Welk
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario
Dalton Wolfe
Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University

Commercialization Committee

The Commercialization Committee guides the strategic direction of RHI's Commercialization Program. Its mandate is to advise RHI on how it can best leverage its strength, while ensuring alignment with the Cure, Care and Consumer Programs.

Ross Mason (Chair)
Executive Director and Founder, Healthcare Institute for National Renewal and Innovation
Elona Baum
General Counsel & VP, Business Development, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Jason Coonan
General Manager, Contract Asset Management UoM Commercial
Ryan Hartwell
Post Doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia
Michael May
Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine
Hunter Peckham
Executive Director, Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University
Fred Rego
Founder & CEO ACECLA Technology
Chris Wagner
Chief Executive Officer, Contextual Genomics

Consumer Committee

The Consumer committee provides a representative voice for SCI consumers and their supporters in the Blusson Integrated Cures Partnership, as well as activities in the Consumer Program strategy.

Keiko Honda (Chair)
Consumer; Public Health Research Scientist
Peter Athanasopoulos
Consumer; Manager, Public Policy and Government Relations, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
Mary-Jo Fetterly
Consumer
Chris McBride 
Executive Director, Spinal Cord Injury BC
Ian Rigby
Consumer; Emergency Room Physician, Foothills Medical Centre
Barb Schober
Consumer

Program Leadership Committee

This committee provides recommendations to the Board of Directors that aligns the development of RHI's four programs to its vision and mission. 

Katharina Kovacs Burns (Chair)
Gary Birch
Bernard Bressler 
Ross Mason
Brian Kwon
Keiko Honda
Cathy Craven

Canadian SCI Pressure Ulcer Strategy Working Committee

Pamela Houghton, PhD – Chair
Professor, School of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario
Chester Ho, MD– Chair
Associate Professor and Head, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary, Foothills Medical Centre
John Cobb, BScOT
Occupational Therapist II, Vancouver General Hospital Acute Spine Program
Keith Hayes, PhD
Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Western Ontario
Phalgun Joshi, PhD
Managing Director of Program Operations & Support, Rick Hansen Institute
Vanessa Noonan, MSc PhD PT
Director of Research & Best Practice Implementation, Rick Hansen Institute
Heather Orsted, MSc RN BN ET
Principal, eQuadra Solutions Inc.
Shannon Sproule, BScPT
Physical Therapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Michael Stacey, MD
Professor and Surgeon in Chief, Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, McMaster University
Barry White, MPP
Health Economist, Rick Hansen Institute
Dalton Wolfe, PhD
Research Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute
All committee members were asked to disclose to RHI and ONF any conflicts of interest that may potentially influence their recommendations on the Canadian SCI Pressure Ulcer Agenda.

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