C. Robin Walker, MD, ChB, FRCPC, FAAP

Integrated Vice President, Medical Affairs & Medical Education, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London; Professor of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario; Past Vice-President, Medicine, IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS; Full Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University.  He has been Director, Perinatal Pediatrics, The Moncton Hospital, Moncton, NB; Chief of Neonatology, Queen's University, Kingston, ON; Medical Director, Critical Care, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa.

He is Past Chair, Committee on Pediatric Education, American Academy of Pediatrics and Past Vice-President, President and Past President of the Canadian Paediatric Society. He has been actively involved in a broad range of activities to support the health, well-being and rights of children and youth in Canada at the community, regional, provincial, national and international levels.

Dr. Walker’s research as Co-Principal Investigator of the Medical Information Technology Research Group is in decision-support systems using artificial intelligence tools in neonatal medicine, as well as evidence-based approaches to improving practice in neonatal intensive care.

Mary D. Jerrett, PhD
Vice Chair

After retiring in 1999 as Associate Professor in the School of Nursing (Queen’s University), where she taught pediatric & family nursing at undergraduate and graduate levels, Dr. Jerrett continued in an active role in health studies and education as Associate Professor of Research until 2004. Her international experience includes research on asthma education in Barbados and on mother and child care nursing programs in both Sudan and Egypt.

Dr. Jerrett’s focus of research has been in the area of families with a chronically ill child, with a particular interest in chronic pulmonary illness such as asthma. She has served on the boards of the Lung Association of Ontario and the Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS), and has participated on various committees of both the national and provincial nursing associations.

Ms. Lynne Westlake

In her professional career, Lynne worked for many years in community organizations in Ottawa serving families and children, including both child welfare and child care.  A growing awareness of the fundamental policy and funding gaps led her to focus more on policies at the national level.  She served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Day Care Advocacy Association during the 1980s, before moving to the federal government, where she worked for 18 years on a range of child and family policies and programs – including federal/ provincial/ territorial negotiations on early childhood development.

Dr. Robin Moore-Orr, D.Sc., R.D.
Past Chair

Until her retirement in 1999, she was Associate Professor Community Health, Faculties of Medicine and Science, Memorial University, Newfoundland.  She has co-authored approximately 50 journal articles and government/professional publications. 

She has served on a number of national board and expert committees, including the Canadian Public Health Association, Breast Feeding Committee for Canada, Osteoporosis Society of Canada, Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative Management Committee, Board of Governors of Cabot College, Provincial Advisory Committee on Midwifery, Nutrition Advisory Committee (Atlantic Provinces), Expert Working Group on Breastfeeding (Health Canada). Dr. Moore-Orr’s Professional memberships include The American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada, Nutrition Society of Canada, Nutrition Society of Australia, Canadian Public Health Association (Chair of Family Health Division 1988-92). She was awarded an honourary Life Membership in Canadian Public Health Association in 1993.

Victor Goldbloom M.D., C.C., O.Q.
CICH Advisory Council (Chair)

Victor C. Goldbloom, M.D. is a pediatrician. He was very much involved in the origins of Medicare in the early 1960s. He was Quebec’s first Minister of the Environment (1970-1976) and represented Canada at two United Nations conferences on the environment (1972 and 1976). He was president of Quebec’s Environmental Public Hearings Board, and then Executive Director of the Quebec Health Research Foundation. He serves on the Board of the Regional Council on Health and Social Services of Montreal, and is involved in autism research. He was Canada’s fourth Commissioner of Official Languages. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. He has honorary degrees from five Canadian universities. He serves as Chair of the CICH National Advisory Council.

Board Members

Eleonore Benesch

Mrs. Benesch has more than thirty-eight years’ involvement in Early Childhood Education in Ottawa. She was the Executive Director of the Children’s Centre and Greenboro Day Care Centre since their founding in 1979 and 1989 respectively until 2004 and remains on the Board of Directors as an Honorary Member. During her career she initiated and led the development of two child care centres.

She was instrumental in initiating the inclusion of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education in 2004.  Mrs. Benesch continues to be involved with the Child Care Council of Ottawa-Carleton as a member of the Accreditation Committee and is a Professional member of the Association of Early Childhood Educators. She is currently a Board Member of the Charlotte Birchard Centres of Early Learning and a Board Member of the River Parkway Preschool Centre.

Dr. Angus A. Bruneau, O.C., Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Bruneau was the Founding Dean of Engineering and Vice President of Professional Schools and Community Services Memorial University, Newfoundland. He created the Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineerin.. He is Past CEO and/or Chairman Newfoundland Light & Power and Fortis Inc.

He has served on the boards of Canada Life Assurance, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., Inco, Petro-Canada, Aurora Energy Resources. He has been a voluntary Board member for the National Research Council, Science Council of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, National Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy Science and Technology, National Round Table for the Environment and the Economy.

He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and is the recipient of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers Gold Medal and Honorary Doctorates from Memorial and Dalhousie Universities.

Carolyn Harrison

Carolyn Harrison has over 30 years’ experience working for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada in the field of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.   Most of that time has been devoted to infant,child and family health, where Ms. Harrison was a key contributor to the development of national programs including the Postpartum Parenting Support Program, Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program, Community Action Program for Children, and Aboriginal Head Start Urban and Northern Canada. She was also a major player in the development and implementation of national policy statements including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  From 2003 to 2012, Ms. Harrison was the Director, Children and Youth Health for the First Nations and Inuit Branch of Health Canada.  There, she has been influential in the development and expansion of key community based programs such as the Maternal Child Health Program, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program and Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve.   Ms. Harrison is a true collaborator and has worked extensively with a number of NGOs including the Canadian Institute of Child Health, the Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, The Canadian Pediatric Society, The Canadian Public Health Association, The Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Pauktuutit Inuit Women's Association to ensure that the needs of children, youth, families and communities are met with respect to child and family health, including policy development, strong programming, professional training, and the development of tools for service providers.  She holds a degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Toronto.

Greg Moore

Mr. Moore is a Manager, Small Business and Professional Banking with Scotiabank. With over 10 years of banking experience, he brings welcome expertise and judgement from the business world.  In addition to his professional commitments, Mr. Moore is actively involved in his community as a volunteer with the Canadian Liver Foundation and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.  He is a member of the CICH 2014 Gala Committee.

Wally Speckert, MBA

Wally Speckert has an honours BA in biochemistry from Queen's University (1983), and a Masters in Business Administration (1987) from Queen's. He began his career at the Bank of Canada in 1987, and worked in a number of different areas related to funds management and the Bank's financial markets activities which provided him with a broad range of senior level experiences over 25 years including heading foreign exchange and gold trading, managing the domestic trading room, and foreign reserves portfolio management on behalf of the Government of Canada. Most recently, he was Assistant Director in the Funds Management and Banking Department, where he was responsible for managing the Bank's role in the Canada Savings Bonds Program.

Wally has been a life-long volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, as a member of the Board of Directors for ten years, Adult CF committee member, stakeholder for the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, Ottawa Chapter treasurer, and a continuous fundraiser through his local CF Chapter. He is currently serving a three year term as a member of the CF Canada Research Advisory Council.

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