Past Board of Directors Members

Jean Gray, Chair

Colleen Elliott, Chair

Hugh A. Gillis, Chair

Robert C. Bailey, Vice Chair

Brenda Montgomery, Vice Chair

Brian MacDougall, Past Chair

Carol Amaratunga, Board Member

Shelagh Campbell-Palmer, Board Member

Lori Francis, Board Member

Joan Fraser, Board Member

John Gainer, Board Member

Joanne Gallivan, Board Member

Frances Hinton, Board Member

Thomas Larder, Board Member

Patrick McGrath, Board Member

Colin McLaren, Board Member

Peter McLeod, Board Member

Donna Meagher-Stewart, Board Member

Catherine Morley, Board Member

Peter W. Mullen, Board Member

Thomas Rathwell, Board Member

Richard Singer, Board Member 

Ian Thompson, Board Member

Madine VanderPlaat, Board Member

Corina Walsh, Board Member

Short biographies of our former Board members from the time when they served on the NSHRF Board are below:

Jean Gray
Chair

Jean Gray, CM, MD, FRCPC, joined the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie and was founding Head of the Division of General Medicine, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education (1988-96) and Continuing Medical Education (1996-2002). Dr. Gray served as President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Pharmacology, the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the Canadian Association for Medical Education, the Canadian Institute of Academic Medicine, and chaired the Board of Cochrane Canada and the inaugural Institute Advisory Board (IAB) of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).  Currently, she chairs the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Board, the Journal Oversight Committee of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and is active in the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board and the Health Canada/CIHR Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network as well as several other organizations and editorial boards.  She served as Editor-in-Chief of the first five editions of the textbook Therapeutic Choices.  Dr. Gray is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a member of the Order of Canada, an honorary member of the Canadian Pharmacists Association and has two honorary doctorates (Dalhousie and Alberta).  Dr. Gray’s undergraduate education at the University of Alberta resulted in degrees in Chemistry (1963) and Medicine (1967) and her postgraduate training took place at Stanford and Dalhousie Universities. 

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Colleen Elliott
Chair

Colleen, a Registered Nurse in gerontology, was on staff at the Mira Long Term Care Facility in Truro. A graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital in Toronto, Colleen had her certificate in Alzheimer's Disease and related Dementias. She was the Chairperson of the Well Women's Clinic in Truro and was on the Board of the Nova Scotia Gynecological Cancer Screening Program. She was also the past president of the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Cancer Society and was honored with the Canada 125 medal for her volunteer efforts. She passed away in May, 2008.

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Hugh Gillis
Chair

Since 1998, Hugh is the former Academic Vice-President of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, where he was also a member of the university's chemistry department. Hugh received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and his Postdoctoral Fellow from the University of Leeds in England.

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Robert C. Bailey
Vice Chair

Robert C. Bailey, PhD, is a member of the health research and education community in his capacity as Vice-President, Academic & Professional Studies (Provost) at Cape Breton University and Dean of the School of Professional Studies, which includes the Department of Nursing and the   Department of Health Sciences & Emergency Management. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Biology and Geography departments at the University of Western Ontario (Western), and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of New Brunswick. Robert was a Professor of Biology and the Director of Environmental Research at Western University prior to his appointment at Cape Breton University in 2009. His initial appointment at Western University was as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology in 1987. Robert has also served as President of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies, Chair of the Canadian University Environmental Science Network, Facilitator of the Saugeen Ojibway – Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Biotech Committee, and an Associate Editor of two international, peer-reviewed journals. He holds a PhD in Zoology from Western University, and an MSc (Zoology) and BSc (Ecology) from the University of Guelph.

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Brenda Montgomery
Vice Chair

Brenda is the past CEO of the Western Regional Health Board in Clementsport. She received her B.Sc. in nursing from Mount Saint Vincent University and her Masters in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University, where she is an Honorary Professor in the School of Health Services Administration.

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Brian MacDougall
Past Chair

Brian is the Vice President of Operations and Support Services at the IWK Health Centre for Children, Women and Families in Halifax. He received his Masters of Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University. Brian is also a Certified Health Executive and a Certified Management Consultant. 

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Carol Amaratunga
Board Member

Carol is the Executive Director with the Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women's Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She is also an Associate Professor of Research in the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie. Carol received her Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension Education at the University of Guelph and her Ph.D. in Educational Theory specializing in adult education at the University of Toronto.

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 Shelagh Campbell-Palmer
Board Member

Shelagh Campbell-Palmer is a member of the health professions community in her capacity as the Manager of Professional Practice at the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists, a position she has held since 2010. Prior to this, Shelagh worked as a pharmacist for more than 25 years in retail, hospital and District Health Authority service settings. Shelagh was the District Manager of Palliative Care and Chronic Pain Services at Annapolis Valley Health and a staff pharmacist at Valley Regional Hospital. She has demonstrated her capacity and commitment to knowledge transfer and evidence-based practice in the health system. She is also a member of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, a registrant of the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists and is a board member for the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University.  

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Lori Francis
Board Member

Lori is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. She has a B.Sc. in Psychology from St.FX, an M.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph. Lori has broad research interests in organizational psychology including occupational health and safety and workplace fairness. She is an active member of Saint Mary's University's CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Lori also has an active consulting record with the government, military, and private industry.

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Joan Fraser
Board Member

Joan Fraser is the former Executive Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia and a member of the Health Charities Network of Nova Scotia. She is also a former Judge of the Court of Canadian Citizenship for Nova Scotia. Joan is particularly interested in research related to heart disease and stroke, health promotion, population health and health outcomes.

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John Gainer
Board Member

John is the Clinical Coordinator of the Eating Disorders Program at the Cape Breton Healthcare Complex, a position he has held since 1994. He is also chair of the Research Ethics Committee. John received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of more than a dozen health research papers.

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Joanne Gallivan
Board Member

Joanne, who received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Cape Breton University, where she served as the Dean of Research from 2001 to 2006. Joanne has received support for her research from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has been included in Canadian Who’s Who since 2004.

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Frances Hinton
Board Member

Frances is a lawyer and registered nurse. She received her law and post-RN degrees from Dalhousie University in 1991. Her legal career has been focused on dispute resolution and human rights. In addition to being a Chartered Arbitrator with the Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, she is a Commissioner with the Nova Scotia Police Commission. While her nursing background is in cardiac research, Frances currently works on a casual basis at the Palliative Care Unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

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Thomas Larder
Board Member

Thomas is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Dental Services Plans Inc. and President of Endo/Tech in Nova Scotia. He received his DDS from the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax and his Certificate in Endodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. The Nova Scotia Dental Association has previously honored Thomas as Volunteer of the Year.

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Patrick McGrath
Board Member

Patrick is a Killam Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, and Canada Research Chair at Dalhousie University where he directs the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. He has research labs at Dalhousie and the IWK Health Centre. Patrick's research program is on pediatric pain and also on distance delivery of psychological treatment. His research has been recognized by appointment to the Order of Canada (Officer) and election to the Royal Society of Canada. He is the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Program on Pain in Child Health and a Community Alliance for Health Research on distance treatment. His most recent professional book is Pediatric Pain, Biological and Social Context published by the International Association for the Study of Pain.

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Colin McLaren
Board Member

Colin is the Controller at Corridor Resources Inc. a local resource company that explores for petroleum and natural gas onshore in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and offshore in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and produces natural gas in New Brunswick. Prior to working at Corridor, Colin held financial positions at Gammon Gold Inc. and ExxonMobil Canada. Colin is a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Saint Mary’s University.

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Peter McLeod
Board Member

Peter is a Professor of Psychology at Acadia University where he has also served as Director of Research and Graduate Studies. Prior to joining the faculty of Acadia in 1989, Peter received his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Dalhousie University and held a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at U.B.C. His health-related research interests focus on stress responses and risk factors for depression and anxiety.

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Donna Meagher-Stewart
Board Member

Donna is the Associate Director of the Master of Nursing program at Dalhousie University School of Nursing in Halifax. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Donna is an active participant in the health research community and her work has appeared in several journals and books.

 

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Catherine Morley
Board Member

Catherine Morley, PhD, is active in the Nova Scotia health research community in her roles of Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Dietetics at Acadia University and Adjunct Professor at Mount Saint Vincent University. Catherine has worked as a professional dietitian in health care in progressively more responsible and varied roles in clinical dietetics as well as public health, nutrition research, and consulting. She has successfully prepared research proposal applications and received funding from Acadia University, the Harrison McCain Foundation, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Small Institution Grant), the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, the BC Cancer Agency, and the Danone Institute of Canada. Catherine holds a PhD in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary, a Master of Arts in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph. She completed a graduate dietetic internship at Vancouver General Hospital, is a Fellow of Dietitians of Canada (DC), and served as the DC Board Chair in 2012-13. 

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Peter W. Mullen
Board Member

An alumnus of Acadia University, Peter is the founder and president of Kemic Bioresearch in Kentville which provides research and consulting services in pharmacokinetics and toxicology. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, England. After a year as a British Empire Cancer Research Campaign Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, he returned to Manchester, becoming a tenured member of the Department of Pharmacology, prior to establishing Kemic upon his return to Nova Scotia. Over the past 20 years, Peter has also taught courses at both Acadia and Dalhousie Universities.

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Thomas Rathwell
Board Member

Thomas is a professor and Director of the School of Health Services Administration at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His areas of specialization include health policy and planning, population health, comparative health care systems and public participation. Thomas, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Durham, also served as the Head of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Centre for Health Care Systems Research and Development.

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Richard Singer
Board Member

Since 1972, Richard has been a member of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University's medical school. His research activities have allowed him to serve the biomedical community at a national level through 15 years of membership and/or chair status on several peer-review committees for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, its predecessor the Medical Research Council of Canada, and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.

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Ian Thompson
Board Member

Ian, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, is a business and community leader having owned, operated and sold a successful business, as well as serving as vice president external at Emera Inc. He has chaired the board of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the Young Presidents Organization, Atlantic Chapter. In 2002, Ian was named a member of the College of Fellows of the Canadian Public Relations Society. He is a former IWK board member and former president of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the International Cystic Fibrosis Association. Ian is listed in Canada’s Who’s Who.

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Madine VanderPlaat
Board Member

Madine is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Saint Mary's University. A research methodologist and program evaluator, Madine received her Ph.D. in the Sociology of Education from Dalhousie University. Her research and publication interests focus on collaborative and participatory research strategies, empowerment oriented program evaluation and social interventions designed to promote social inclusion and civil society. Madine is currently working with the human rights and health research unit at the National School for Public Health in Brazil and on the development of a coastal communities network for Women's and Children's Health and HIV/AIDS.

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Corina Walsh
Board Member

Corina Walsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Memorial University and a Master of Education in Lifelong Learning from Mount Saint Vincent University, where she was awarded the Senate Award of Distinction at graduation. After working in the Biopharmaceutical industry for several years, Corina joined the Canadian Fabry Disease Initiative research team as a Data Management Coordinator. While employed at the Centre for Clinical Research, Corina Co-chaired the Research Education Committee and developed and facilitated the Computer Literacy for Research Staff program. In 2011, she began working for the Nova Scotia Government as a Program Development Coordinator. She has also served on the Board of Literacy Nova Scotia since 2008 and sits on the executive as the Vice-Chair.

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