After a brief absence, Marc has returned to the SB&H Board. He formerly served as the 1st Vice Chair from 1999-2001. He is the founding Chair of the Family Advisory Council for the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario. The Council provides advice on how to embrace the concept of family centered care and to improve the quality of healthcare service delivery to children and their families in Western Ontario. Called to the bar 1990, Marc currently works for the Ministry of the Attorney General as the Director of Crown Operations, Criminal Law Division, West Region. He is committed to a unified SB&H presence in Canada as well as the eradication of both conditions. Marc is the proud father of twin girls, one of whom has hydrocephalus.
With over 25 years of land development and construction experience, Claudio currently manages Forefront Initiatives Incorporated, a project management company implementing design solutions in all sectors of the construction industry. He has served as President of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association, as a member of the Executive and Board of Directors for the Ontario Home Builders' Association and the Construction Industry Advisory Council of Ontario. His community achievements include serving as a Director, Chair or Board member on several school advisory councils, charitable foundations, and fundraising committees. Claudio was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. He is also a parent of a teenage daughter with hydrocephalus.
Justin completed his Bachelor of Education in 1998 at Brock University and went on to obtain his LL.B./M.B.A. at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. Justin was called to the bar in 2003 and practices with the business law firm of Stikeman Elliott LLP where he is a member of the corporate/commercial group with a particular emphasis on bank financing and mergers & acquisitions. Justin was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at the age of 10 and had surgery to insert a shunt. As someone living with hydrocephalus, he is deeply committed to the SB&H mission and wishes to make use of both his business skills and legal expertise to assist SB&H in furthering its mission. As a result of both his personal experiences and educational background, Justin also has a particular interest in making a positive impact on both children living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and parents of children living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. He is looking forward to joining and contributing to the Education Committee and the Finance & Audit Committee. Justin lives with his wife in Toronto, Ontario.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. Mark was born in Ottawa and obtained his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University. He then worked for Nortel Networks for 10 years in various roles in Canada, England, Hong Kong and Germany. Mark returned to Toronto in 2002 and has been active with many volunteer roles including the Chair of Finance for Fashion Cares from 2003 to 2007 and a member of the Finance Committee of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts from 2006 to present. Mark is currently working for Symcor Inc. in a Corporate Development role based in downtown Toronto. He is pursuing the Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation. Mark's interest in SB&H stems from the fact that he had a sister with spina bifida.
Kasia obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in 1993 and her career spans capital markets, financial services, technology and project management. She has completed level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst program, holds the Canadian Investment Manager designation, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Project Management Institute. Kasia is committed to raising awareness and funds for research. She is inspired by her young son Bode, and by the courage and determination of families of children with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.
Alan is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Radio and Television Arts where he obtained his BA in 1998. Since that time, he has held various positions with CTV and Rogers Media including a role with Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. Alan currently works for Bell Media where he holds the position of Director, Rights Management. New to the Board, some of Alan’s previous volunteer experience includes work with Canada World Youth/Jeunesse Canada Monde and with local community associations. Alan is a very proud father of two children, one of whom has spina bifida.
Todd attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and graduated in 1994. He has been working in the Health Care Industry since then. Todd began his career with the Codman division of Johnson and Johnson Medical Products. During this time he specialized in the areas of general surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedics. In 2001 Todd established Ivy Medical, a sales agency focused in the area of neurosurgery and neuroscience related technologies. He continues to represent the Codman division of Johnson and Johnson Medical Products in Ontario. Through his experiences in the health care field Todd has had significant exposure to spina bifida and hydrocephalus and the impact of these conditions on patients and families. Todd is also an advisory board member of the Ottawa Chapter of Think First, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. As a member of the SB&H Board, Todd hopes to help achieve the goals of increased awareness, patient/family networking and raising funds. He currently lives in Markham, Ontario and will soon be getting married to his fiancée Liz.
Having worked for 24 years in logistics, purchasing and planning, Lori brings a wealth of experience as well as organization, communication and investigative skills to SB&H. She is accustomed to finding the most efficient and economical way to get the job done. In addition to her career, Lori has spent much of her free time volunteering in a variety of capacities for Girl Guides of Canada, and is currently their Provincial Member Registration and Retention Advisor. She has two beautiful daughters, Katelyn and 14 year old Sabrina who has spina bifida. Lori is a long-time member, staunch supporter and active volunteer for SB&H, dedicated to increasing the profile of the conditions through advocacy and public awareness. Lori and her family reside in Kitchener, Ontario.
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