Brain Canada’s Board of Directors volunteers its time and expertise to provide strategic advice and oversight to Brain Canada Foundation. The Board is committed to ensuring Brain Canada’s success as a leading brain research convenor and to supporting its engagement with the brain research community, stakeholders and the broader public.

As a national convenor and enabler of the Canadian brain research community, Brain Canada is supporting efforts to reduce health inequities. This includes efforts to assess the different ways that brain diseases and disorders affect men, women, and gender diverse groups, and various stages of neurodevelopment and aging. Brain Canada’s goal, in the process, is to advance sex and gender brain science and remove systemic barriers and biases to ensure that all individuals have equal access to – and will benefit from – the results brain research.


The Right Honourable David Johnston

C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Former Governor General of Canada


Naomi Azrieli, O.C., DPhil

Member, Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Management Committee
Member, Governance, Nominating and Ethics Committee
Member, Research Committee
Member, Sustainability Committee

Chair and CEO
The Azrieli Foundation


Shernaz Bamji, Ph.D

Member, Research Committee

Associate Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences
Vice-President elect of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience
Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia

Wayne E. Bossert / Chair, Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Management Committee

Member, Sustainability Committee

Deputy Chairman and Global Head of Ultra High Net Worth Clients and Canadian Private Banking
RBC Wealth Management

Anne-Marie Boucher, L.L.B., M.Fisc.

Member of Governance, Nominating, and Ethics Committee

Co-Founder and Member of Investment Committee, BCF Ventures

France Chrétien-Desmarais, C.M. / Chair, Sustainability Committee

Founding member and Executive President of Precinomics Health Solutions Canada inc.

Graham Collingridge, Ph.D, CBE, FRS

Member, Research Committee

Krembil Family Chair in Alzheimer’s Research, University of Toronto
Director, Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Senior Investigator, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital

Peter P. Dhillon, OBC

Member, Sustainability Committee

CEO of the Richberry Group of Companies, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ocean Spray Cranberries Ltd

Jane Enright

Member, Sustainability Committee

Canadian Author and Wellness Expert
CEO of My Super Awesome Life Inc.

Mark Krembil / Chair, Governance, Nominating, and Ethics Committee

Member, Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Management Committee

President and Chief Executive Officer
Krembil Foundation

Ravi Menon, Ph.D, FCAHS, FRSC

Member, Research Committee

Professor of Medical Biophysics, Medical Imaging & Psychiatry
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute
Principal Investigator, The Brain and Mind Institute
Co-Scientific Director, BrainsCAN, Western University
(London, Ontario)

David S. Park, Ph.D, FRSC / Chair, Research Committee

Member, Sustainability Committee

Director, Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Lead, UCalgary Brain and Mental Health Research Strategy
Professor, Departments of Clinical Neurosciences, and Cell Biology and Anatomy
Cumming School of Medicine, UCalgary

Joel Reitman, C.M.

Founder and President of Jillcy Capital Corp.
Co-Founder of The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training at Mount Sinai Hospital

Lawrence M. Tanenbaum, O.C. / Vice-Chair

Chairman and CEO
Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Ltd.
Chairman, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Valerie Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCP

Member of the Research Committee

Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary
Head of Mental Health, Calgary Zone

Franco J. Vaccarino, Ph.D, FCAHS

Member, Research Committee

Former President and Vice-Chancellor
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Guelph

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