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CHEO Research Institute Board Members

Caroline Somers - President 
CO-CEO, Cassidy Bay Group Inc.
  Caroline Somers has over 30 years of experience in the high tech industry. She currently is CO-CEO of Cassidy Bay Group, which assists companies to be more effective organizations by building powerful teams and through coaching executives to be successful managers and leaders. She has a wealth of business and operational experience including co-founding a successful startup and angel investing in more than 2 dozen companies. Ms. Somers has served on a number of boards in the community including on the board of Granite Networks (acquired in 2013), Chairman of the board of the Capital Angel Networks, Chairman of DNA Genotek (acquired in 2011), board of Ontario Centres of Excellence, Parteq Innovations, on the advisory board of Amika Mobile, and ICT Advisory board for Department of Foreign Affairs and International trade. She has completed the Directors educations program at the Institute of Corporate Directors. As well she is very active in the community and on a number of not for profit boards including being a founding board member for a local organization encouraging networking for business women and is currently on Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.


Guy Bujold - Vice President

Guy Bujold retired as President and CEO CANARIE Inc. in February of 2010. He left the federal public service in 2008 having held a number of postings including those of President of the Canadian Space Agency; Assistant Deputy Minister Special Projects, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Science and Innovation Sector, and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Operations Sector at Industry Canada; Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Communications at Infrastructure Canada; Deputy Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard; and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services Branch at the Department of Finance and Treasury Board Secretariat in Ottawa. During his 33 year career in the federal public service, Mr. Bujold also held a number of positions including those of Director General of Intergovernmental Affairs of Health Canada, and policy analyst and program manager at the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada and the Department of Finance. Since retiring Mr. Bujold has served as a consultant in the areas of policy, strategic and communications advice to government and not-for-profit organizations. He is currently the Vice-President of the Board of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.   


Nicole Jauvin - Secretary

Nicole Jauvin retired in October 2011 after a 32 year career in the federal government. Since 2000, she was Deputy Minister in a number of other government departments, including the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, the Canada Public Service Agency, Social Development Canada and Solicitor General of Canada. A lawyer by training, Ms. Jauvin holds a Licence in Civil Law and a Diploma of graduate studies in Law and was a member of the Quebec Bar throughout her career. She also holds a B.A. in Communications and a Diploma in International Cooperation from the University of Ottawa. She is a Director on a number of Boards, and also enjoys volunteering at The Ottawa Mission, a shelter for homeless people.

Martin Zablocki - Treasurer
President and CEO
Canadian Commercial Corporation

Martin Zablocki is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a federal Crown corporation of the Government of Canada established for the purpose of assisting Canadian exporters to access business opportunities in international markets. CCC facilitates this access through government-to-government contracting. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Zablocki held various other senior-level executive positions within the Corporation, including Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) wherein Mr. Zablocki provided strategic advice and operational leadership on all aspects of CCC's business with particular focus on developing and executing strategies to generate business and sales in key markets. In addition, Mr. Zablocki has held the positions of Vice-President - Risk and Finance, and Chief Financial Officer, as well as Vice-President - Strategy and Organizational Development at CCC. Before joining CCC, Mr. Zablocki garnered 17 years of management experience with the Government of Canada, leading regional and national operations within the Canada Revenue Agency, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Industry Canada. Mr. Zablocki holds two professional designations, Chartered Business Valuator and Certified Management Accountant, and has served on a variety of volunteer boards and committees.

Pam Aung-Thin
Assistant Deputy Minister, Consultations and Communications
Finance Canada

Ms. Aung-Thin is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Consultations and Communications for Finance Canada. Ms. Aung-Thin joined the Department of Finance in 2014 as General Director, Consultations and Communications. With over 25 years of communications experience, she has held a number of positions in the private sector, public sector and not for profit. Prior to joining Finance Canada, she was National Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations for the Canadian Red Cross, one of the world’s most highly recognized humanitarian organizations. She also served as Vice President, Communications for the Royal Canadian Mint and was Senior Vice President and National Practice Leader, Technology for communications firm Hill & Knowlton Strategies. Since 2012, Pam has served as a Board Trustee for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Ms. Aung-Thin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Ottawa.

Harry Atkins
Physician, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, The Ottawa Hospital
Scientist, Centre for Innovative Cancer Research, OHRI;
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Dr. Harold Atkins is an active physician of the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Ottawa Hospital and has been involved in clinical and laboratory research directed at harnessing the immune system and bringing treatments from the lab into clinical application.


Ruby Heap
Associate Vice-President, Research 
Office of the Vice-President, Research – University of Ottawa 
 Ruby Heap is a full professor in the University of Ottawa's Department of History, she had been the associate vice-president, research since 2009. Prior to her appointment, she served as assistant dean in the faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS), and was the founding director of the Institute of Women's Studies following her mandate as Program Director in Women's Studies. Beyond the campus walls, she is involved in various committee activities in her field; she is the University of Ottawa's Leader at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and was the Academic Convenor for the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which was held at the University of Ottawa. Specializing in the history of women in higher education and the professions, with a particular focus on women in science and engineering, Professor Heap had built an extensive research program aimed at bringing scholars in these fields together with researchers in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to leading and conducting research in interdisciplinary teams, she organized several symposia that were held during the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES). She is a current Board member of the Education and Research Institute (ERI) of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES). Professor Heap has received awards and distinctions for her work, including Professor of the Year in the Faculty of Arts, a Fulbright Fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) President's Award for the promotion of the profession. Ruby Heap holds degrees from McGill University and the Université de Montreal.

Don Hewson
President, CEO, HBS Marketing

Don Hewson is President and CEO of HBS. For over 30 years, Don has led a wide range of successful client strategic positioning and corporate identity programs. These projects include the repositioning of Carleton University and Sprott School of Business, The Medical Council of Canada (MCC), branding the capital with NCC, the Library of Parliament, CHEO, Bruyère Continuing Care, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and many others. His strategic guidance, leadership, consensus-building, facilitation skills and collaborative involvement have contributed to the long-term branding success of these multi-stakeholder organizations. Don earned an Honours B.A. degree in Economic and Urban Geography from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, and moved to Ottawa after working for two of Toronto's major advertising agencies and one of it's premier design firms.


Don Husereau 
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Senior Scientist, University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Hall in Tirol, Austria
 Don Husereau is a Senior Associate with the Institute of Health Economics. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at The University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Hall in Tirol, Austria. He is a former Director and Senior Advisor with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Don's current research focuses on the value of health system innovation and the use of evidence and economics to inform health policy based on sound principles of social justice, epistemology, and judgment and decision-making. This includes work on science policy and mechanisms to value and manage innovation that benefits innovators, public policy makers/administrators and academics/researchers. He is currently Chair on an International Task Force that has developed consolidated health economic evaluation reporting standards (CHEERS) that is now endorsed by leading biomedical and health policy journals. Don formerly served on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and is currently an Editorial Advisor for their biomedical journal, Value in Health. He is also an Editorial advisor for the general interest journal BMC Medicine and serves on both the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) Expert Review Committee (pERC) and Ontario Committee to Evaluate Drugs. Don received both his BSc in Pharmacy (1993) and his MSc (2000) from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Kevin Keohane
Chief Operating Officer, CHEO Foundation 

Kevin Keohane is the President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation. Kevin spent 20 years with the Ottawa Citizen prior to joining the CHEO Foundation as Vice President, Development & Corporate Relations in 2001. In 2011, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and was subsequently appointed as President and CEO at the end of 2012. Kevin is also a member of the Canadian Children's Hospital Foundation Executives (CCHFE) and the CHEO Foundation's lead representative with Children's Miracle Network (CMN). 

Alex Munter
President and CEO, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Alex Munter is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in health and social services realm. Alex was Chief Executive of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) - the provincial government agency responsible for planning, integrating and funding health services in the region. He strengthened the region's health system by making strategic investments at hospital and community-based agencies in all areas of our region. As Executive Director of the Youth Services Bureau (YSB), Alex grew the organization, adding services and expanding its reach. It won recognition for its ground-breaking work in addressing youth mental health issues and introducing measures to improve the agency's governance, efficiency and service quality. Prior to taking the three CEO roles in which he has service, Alex was a City and Regional Councillor in Ottawa for 12 years, including six as head of the city's health and social services. Among his other health-planning leadership roles, he was Co-Chair of the Regional Task Force on Health Care (1998-1999), Board member for the Ottawa-Carleton Children's Aid Society (1997-2000), Co-Chair of the National Network on Ethnocultural Communities and AIDS (1990-91), the Ontario Advisory Council on Multiculturalism (1992-94), the Community Foundation of Ottawa (2004-2006), and appointed to the Ontario Public Health Capacity Review Committee and chair of its governance panel (2005-2006). Recently, Alex completed his work as co-chair of the Ontario Healthy Kids Panel which culminated in a comprehensive report submitted to the government with recommendations on combatting childhood obesity. Alex has won numerous awards from a wide range of organizations for his contributions to the community and is a proud member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.     

Martin Osmond
CEO and Scientific Director, CHEO Research Institute Inc.

Dr. Martin Osmond is the CEO and Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO RI) and Vice-President of Research at CHEO. His clinical work is as a pediatric emergency physician at CHEO. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. After graduating from McGill University medical school in 1986, Dr. Osmond moved to Ottawa and completed a family medicine residency in 1988 and a pediatric residency in 1992 at the University of Ottawa. In 1994, he completed a pediatric emergency Fellowship at CHEO. Dr. Osmond has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, given more than 100 national and international presentations, and received over $2.5 million in grant support from several funding agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S. Dr. Osmond helped found and develop a research network of pediatric emergency physicians across Canada called PERC (Pediatric Emergency Research of Canada) and is past Chair of this organization. In 2007 he founded the Clinical Research Unit of the CHEO RI, which provides comprehensive research advice and consultation on research design and methods to CHEO investigators.


Hélène Perrault
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Before joining the University of Ottawa as Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Hélène Perrault was a professor of clinical exercise physiology at McGill University where she served in several administrative positions, namely Dean of the Faculty of Education, Associate Provost (Planning and Budgets) and Department Chair, Kinesiology and Physical Education as well as serving on university Senate and chairing several Senate subcommittees. Throughout her various roles at McGill University, Dr. Perrault has been instrumental in the implementation of major undergraduate and graduate academic program revisions, administrative reforms, academic renewal initiatives as well as fostering cross-disciplinary interactions across several University faculties. Dr. Perrault's research career spans nearly 30 years, first as a research associate in the Department of Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine of Ste-Justine Pediatric Hospital and more recently in the Department of Medicine as Medical Scientist in the (Respiratory Clinical Research Unit (RECRU) of the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Perrault has, and continues to foster academic and research collaborations between exercise sciences and medicine for health promotion, advancement of knowledge, and the development of therapeutic modalities and applications.

Lindy Samson 
Chief of Staff, Children's Hospital of Easter Ontario

Dr. Samson is Chief of Division of Infectious Diseases at CHEO, chair of CHEO's Medical Advisory Committee and member of the CHEO Board of Trustees. She is a Clinical Investigator in the CHEO Research Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. She is a specialist in the field of pediatric infectious diseases with a focus on pediatric HIV, immunizations, and the impact of social determinants on the health of children and youth.

Lynn van der Linde
National Marketing Manager, IBM Systems Canada
Lynn van der Linde is a national marketing manager with IBM, where she drives business growth through building and executing marketing plans, sales enablement, and client engagements across Canada and the US. Lynn has also held various executive Board of Director positions with Canadian charities, namely: Fertile Future – an organization that helps young cancer patients understand their fertility options before undergoing cancer treatments that may render them infertile; and more recently The IBD Foundation of Canada – which helps educate and empower youth and adults afflicted with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Lynn is also an accredited Sommelier, and provides wine reviews on behalf of Natalie MacLean. Her most important job though, is being the proud mother of two young boys. Her oldest son, Max was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in July 2012 where she has witnessed first-hand the physical, mental and emotional challenges that come with this disease. This understanding fuels her need to help children affected by IBD - and their parents - and ultimately find better treatments that will only come about through continued investment in research. She believes whole-heartedly in the mission of the CHEO Research Institute and looks forward to contributing to this important cause.

Ron Vered
Chief Executive Officer, Arnon Corporation


Mark Walker
Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Ottawa Hospital

Dr. Mark Walker earned his Medical Degree from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario (1993). His Residency Training in OB/GYN was completed at the University of Ottawa, Ontario (1998); followed by this Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto. He recently graduated from Harvard University with a Masters in Health Care Management. Dr. Mark Walker is a high risk obstetrician and Clinical Epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa. He has published over 210 per reviewed articles and has made a significant impact in our understanding of folic acid in pregnancy, thrombophilia in pregnancy. Dr. Walker is highly involved in public policy at the provincial and national levels advocating for women and children's health. Since joining TOH in 2000, Dr. Walker has held several positions including Fellowship Director for Maternal Fetal Medicine and working closely with the Department of Medicine for the promotion of medical disorders awareness in prenatal care. Dr. Walker's leadership roles include the Chair of the Society of Investigators in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the co-Chair of the Provincial Council for Maternal Newborn Health, the scientific Director and co-director of BORN (Better Outcomes Registry and Network) and the co-chair of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System's Maternal Infant Study Group. He held a Tier 1 Chair from the University of Ottawa in Perinatal Research. He is co-founder of the OMNI Research Group (Obstetrics, Maternal and Newborn Investigations) at The Ottawa Hospital which is the largest maternal and newborn research group in Canada and ranks in the top 5 in the world.




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