Board of Directors

Muscular Dystrophy Canada is fortunate to benefit from the expertise of our Board of Directors. Board members come from across Canada and bring with them their skills and proficiencies as businesspeople, fundraisers and researchers, and their personal knowledge of neuromuscular disorders.


Buzz Green

 

Chair of the Board of Directors
Chair of the Executive Committee

Member of the Board since: 2011

Profession: Management Consultant/former Senior Executive

Education Credentials: B Comm – Queen’s University

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I continue to be truly inspired by the remarkable courage and resilience of so many of the individuals and their families that I have met who are living with neuromuscular disorders and I wanted to do more to ensure they get all the support they need and to help raise awareness of this terrible disease.”



Michael Kaye

 

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors

Member of the Board since: 2009

Profession: Fire Fighter

Education Credentials: B.Sc

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “it is a tradition within the fire service, and together we can make a difference in people’s lives.”



Jeremy Dixon

 

Secretary of the Board of Directors

Member of the Board since: 2012

Profession: Regional Director, Operations at Van Houtte Coffee Services.

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I was drawn to the organization by the tireless efforts of the staff, board members and individuals challenged with neuromuscular disorders who work incredibly hard to ensure that support is given and needs are met for those affected by muscular dystrophy. My two children, Nevan & Ella are challenged with congenital muscular dystrophy, and, as a father, I want to ensure that I am doing all that I can to help defeat MD.””



Dave Ferguson

 

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Member of the Board since: 2009

Profession: Retired Civil Servant/Retired Volunteer Fire Chief

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “It is the fire service’s charity of choice and the more I meet folks who are affected by neuromuscular disorders, the more I want to help make a difference for them and to ‘make muscles move.’”



Michel Chalifoux

 

Chair of the Pension and Investment Sub Committee

Member of the Board since: 2005

Profession: Vice President Business Development, Multos International

Education Credentials: MSC. Economics; Université de Montréal

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “Muscular Dystrophy Canada provides me the opportunity to support people with neuromuscular disorders and their families in our quest for a cure and better living conditions for all people affected by these disorders. Our son Vincent directly benefits from the effort of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.”



Debra Chiabai

 

Member of the Board since: 2010

Profession: Teacher, Senior Instructional Designer   Online training

Education Credentials: Bachelor of Arts – Psychology and Geography, Carleton University; B.Ed. Nipissing

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I have seen first-hand the help and hope it brings to families through peer support, funding for equipment, and research. I have had a life-long connection with the organization, in my youth through my father’s involvement as a firefighter and more recently since my son Alex was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2003.”



Nancy Cumming

 

Member of the Board since: 2005

Profession: Litigation Partner; Bryan & Company LLP

Education Credentials: B.A. L.L.B

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “at the age of three, my nephew Garrett was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He is now 26 years of age and remains passionate about finding a cure for others diagnosed with this terrible disease. Garrett is the reason why I have such passion for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.”



Dr. Ken Hastings

 

Member of the Board since: 2011

Profession: Professor in McGill’s Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and an Associate Member of the Biology Department

Education Credentials: PhD in Biochemistry

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I have been very impressed with all the people throughout the organization, and the impact they are having both on funding research on neuromuscular conditions and on delivering important services to people affected by these conditions.”



Dr. Lawrence Korngut

 

Chair of Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee

Member of the Board since: 2012

Profession: Neurologist at the Calgary Neuromuscular Clinic. Director, Calgary ALS and Motor Neuron Disease Clinic. National Principal Investigator, Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry. Clinical Assistant Professor (Neurology), University of Calgary.

Education Credentials: Doctor of Medicine, Fellow of the Royal College of Canada (Neurology), Fellow of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (Electromyography)

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I am continually inspired by individuals and families affected by neuromuscular conditions in my clinic, as well as, in the community.”



Yazmine Laroche

 

Chair of Governance and Mandate Committee
Past Chair of the Board of Directors

Member of the Board since: 2008

Profession: Associate Deputy Minister, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities at Government of Canada

Education Credentials: B.A.

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I have a neuromuscular disorder and I want to make a difference.”




Suzanne Rancourt

 

Member of the Board since: 2011

Profession: Retired, Vice-President Internal Audit, CGI

Education Credentials: B.A. Administration, CPA, CGA, ICD.D

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “seven years ago, I had the chance to meet Kevin Harrison and other courageous people who inspired me to get involved in helping Muscular Dystrophy Canada make a difference.”



Kara Reid

 

Member of the Board since: 2011

Profession: Occupational Therapist

Education Credentials: BscOT, OT(C), OTRegNB, C/NDT

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “children with neuromuscular disorders have always held a special place in my heart – first when I was a camp counselor at an Easter Seals camp in New Brunswick, and now through my 13 years as an Occupational Therapist at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. The positive impact of Muscular Dystrophy Canada is one which can be clearly seen through the support, education, research and funding provided to children, their families and teams of health care professionals. The feedback shared by families who have been involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada has motivated me to become a more active member of this organization, so that I too can work to better the quality of life for individuals with Neuromuscular Disorders across our country.”



Kelly Zacharias

 

Member of the Board since: 2007-2009, 2013

Profession: Fire Fighter

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “it is traditionally the Fire Fighters charity of choice since 1954. Having been involved as a volunteer for the past 27 years in various capacities within the organization I have seen great advancements in Research, Equipment, Advocacy and Services. These advancements have allowed those effected with a neuromuscular disorder to live fuller more independent lives and that’s what keeps me involved.”



Kerry Zado

 

Chair of National Fire Fighter’s Relation Committee
Past Chair BC/Yukon Advisory Committee

Member of the Board since: 2015

Profession: Deputy Fire Chief (Rtd)

Education Credentials: advanced certificate in Human Resourses and Emergency Planning, Diploma in Business Admin and numerous Fire related certifications.

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I became involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter and have served as Chair of our department since 1991. I remain involved because I believe as a group, we can make a difference.”

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