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Inaugural Board of Directors

Inaugural Board of Directors

Jeff Blackmer

Chair
Jeff is a physician who received an MD from Western University and did his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition, he has an MHSc in medical ethics from the University of Toronto and recently completed his Global Executive MBA at INSEAD University in France. Jeff has a long history of leadership positions and experience and currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice...

Colleen Davison

Vice-Chair
Colleen Davison - BSc, BEd (OCT), HBOR, MPH, PhD - Is a Social Epidemiologist and Global Health researcher with an interest in child and adolescent health equity, equity-oriented research approaches and global health mentorship. Dr. Davison is currently the Associate Dean of Equity and Social Accountability in the Faculty of Health Sciences and an Associate Professor in Public Health Sciences and Global Development Studies at Queen’s University...
Portrait of Matthieu Kamwa

Matthieu Kamwa

Treasurer
Dr. Matthieu Kamwa - MD, DPH - has earned a Medical Degree from the University Centre for Health Sciences, Yaoundé (Cameroon), a certificate in Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases from The University of Nairobi and the World Health Organization (Kenya), and a Postgraduate degree that focused in Health Systems Analysis, Health Economics, Documentation in Health care, Health and Environment, Public Health, and Epidemiological methods...
Portrait of Michelle Amri

Michelle Amri

Michelle Amri - MPA, PhD - is an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Takemi Fellow at Harvard University, conducting global health research situated in the emerging field of politics of health and largely focused on health equity. Her previous work has been centered in global health, health promotion, and public policy, at both the World Health Organization and the Ontario Public Service. Michelle has been a steering committee member for MentorNet for...
Portrait of Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan

Shafi Bhuiyan

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan PhD, MBBS, MPH, MBA, FRSPH is an internationally recognized academic and professional leader in global health training, research, and education, with diverse experience in developed and developing countries [Canada, Japan, Bangladesh and Thailand]. He is currently a faculty member at U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Ryerson University’s Faculty of community services, as well as an outgoing Board chair of the...

Sarah Boucaud

Sarah Boucaud – MHA, JD –  is a lawyer who completed a Juris Doctor and Master of Health Administration at Dalhousie University. She has gained diverse experiences in both the health and legal sectors, including within hospitals, private practice, legal aid and the judicial system. Sarah started her legal career in private practice, focusing on privacy law before moving to the charitable sector. A passion for using law as a tool for driving...

Susan Elliott

Sian Fitzgerald

Sian FitzGerald has been the Executive Director of HealthBridge Foundation of Canada since 1996. In this role she provides strategic leadership to directing the organization’s mission, and guides and oversees health and development programs at HealthBridge in the areas of nutrition, maternal and child health, gender equality, and non-communicable diseases. Sian has a Master of Science degree in international nutrition for which she conducted...

Nasreen Jessani

Nasreen was previously the Head of Strategy for the Africa Evidence Network at the Africa Centre for Evidence in South Africa and a program Officer at Canada’s IDRC. She has served on several boards including the World Health Organisation’s Knowledge Translation and Policy Group and as Vice-Chair of the Evidence to Action Thematic Working Group for Health Systems Global. Nasreen is currently on the advisory board for AcademyHealth’s Translation...
Portrait of Margaret Mutumba

Margaret Mutumba

Margaret Mutumba - BSc, MPH, PhD (c) Public Health & Health Systems - is the founder of MedAtlas, a telemedicine platform for simplifying healthcare access in Africa starting with fertility-related services.   Between 2019 and 2022, Margaret was a Project Researcher at the University of Waterloo and worked on the Health and Wellbeing of Mothers of African Descent living in Canada. In 2019, she also founded Infertility Voices, an advocacy...

Drissa Sia

Nalini Singhal