Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi is Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Epidemiology at University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she also holds the Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity. Arjumand is also appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, the Department of Sociology, and the Hospital for Sick Children/Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, in addition to an adjunct appointment at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Receiving her doctorate in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, Arjumand continues to research how and why we have “health inequities,” which are systematic and unfair differences in health status between groups based on income, race, and other socioeconomic factors, and what can be done by societies to resolve them. Previously, she has consulted to several international agencies including the World Bank and UNICEF, and currently she sits as a Member of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. For JGIC, Arjumand sits on the Roots & Shoots Committee, as well as the Africa Programs Committee.
Bill Pratt is an inspirational and transformational charity leader with a drive for excellence and inclusion that engages others in the pursuit of being better for the world. His Pan-Canadian leadership experience has evolved from working with organizations as a professional in the areas of international development, homelessness, community corrections, health, and social services. He has been an active volunteer with many organizations and in addition to serving on the board of JGIC, he is also a board member for the Kids Brain Health Network. He is the Chief Relationship, Research & Innovation Officer for Eden Care Communities. He holds Masters in Leadership and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. Bill sits on JGIC’s Africa Programs Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee.
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Chelsea currently works in Ottawa as Legal Counsel for the Department of Justice Canada in the Privy Council Office Legal Services Sector. Her passion for social equity has led her to work in child protection with UNICEF in their Geneva & Bangkok regional offices, as well as intern with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Chelsea is the Chair of JGIC’s Governance & Nominating Committee, as well as a member of the Roots & Shoots Committee.
Corinne Caldwell is the Chief Operating Officer with the BC Real Estate Association. Corinne has received the Chartered Director designation and volunteers as a finance committee member, facilitator and coach with several organizations. Corinne is passionate about the conservation of wildlife and has travelled the world to see animals in their natural habitat. Corinne sits on the Africa Programs Committee and Audit & Finance Committee.
Laura is a Chartered Professional Accountant and nature enthusiast at heart, who lives and works in Toronto as Chief Financial Officer at Generation Capital. When she is not working, she is happiest when she is able to combine her favorite activities together: spending time with her family, running, and traveling. Laura is also a member of the Governance & Nominating Committee.
Dr. Rick Quinn, a veterinary ophthalmologist, has lectured internationally and is the author of Just Like Us—a Veterinarian’s Visual Memoir of Our Vanishing Great Ape Relatives. The Founding Director of Docs4GreatApes, Rick is passionate about humanitarian, conservation, and social justice issues in developing countries and a strong proponent of the One Health approach to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. Rick is Chair of the JGIC Africa Programs Committee, as well as a Board Member on JGI’s Global Board.
Dr. Rohit Ramchandani is trained as a Doctor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and specializes in Global Health. He is a professor of Global Health Innovation at the University of Waterloo and a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He works to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries around the world and is Founder and CEO of Antara Global Health Advisors, a Canadian consultancy that provides public health and management advice to leading organizations around the world. Currently, he is an Advisor to the Secretariat of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Dr. Ramchandani sits on JGIC’s Africa Programs Committee.
Sarah Wertkin volunteered in the JGI Canada office before becoming a Board member. She holds a M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Anthrozoology from Canisius College. Sarah is interested in dog behaviour, animal welfare, and the human animal bond. Sarah, her husband, children, and dogs love living in Toronto and spending time outdoors. Sarah sits on the Fundraising Committee, and the Governance & Nominating Committee. Sarah is also a member of the JGI Global Board’s Captive Primate Welfare Committee.
An award-winning educator, Sherri Black is the Director of Learning Supports for Rocky View School Division in Calgary, AB and a speaker on the impact of poverty and complex trauma on learning and behavioural outcomes. She is a long-time advocate for inclusive education and on behalf of disenfranchised children, youth, and families and received an award for Organizational Excellence Toward Creating a Fully Inclusive Society from the Government of Manitoba. Sherri is the Chair of JGIC’s Roots & Shoots Committee and a member of the Audit & Finance Committee.
Sujeet Kini is the Chief Financial Officer at BlueCat Networks, Toronto. He has an extensive background in Finance and over 20 years of experience, including leadership roles at Shareworks by Morgan Stanley, Open Text, and Hootsuite. He has also worked at GT Group Telecom and PwC. Sujeet is a member of the Audit & Finance Committee.
Vivian Leung is a seasoned corporate lawyer providing practical legal advice to a range of technology clients in the GTA area. She’s honed her skills and experience first at two nationally recognized law firms (Wilmer Hale LLP in Boston and Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto) and then as general counsel to two leading technology companies with international scope (OpenText and BlueCat Networks). Currently she practices with InterAlia Law LLP. When not thinking about work, Vivian enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with her two adorable dogs, and exploring new restaurants with friends. Vivian sits on the Governance & Nominating Committee and the Audit & Finance Committee. Vivian is Past Vice-Chair of the Board (2016-2020).
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