Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors 2016-2017
President – Adrian Edgar MD CCFP (NB): Adrian completed his medical degree at one of the top ranked medical schools in Canada, McMaster University, in 2010. His postgraduate medical education was completed in Inner-city Family Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2012. Since that time, he has worked on multidisciplinary teams in prenatal care, labour and delivery, maternal addictions, and outreach/street medicine. He has trained extensively in reproductive health, delivered babies and provided postnatal care at the Saint John Regional Hospital in 2012, worked on a midwife-family physician collaborative team at the BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in 2013 and provided prenatal and intrapartum maternal addiction care through the Sheway Program in Vancouver from 2013 to 2014. He provided outreach healthcare to sex workers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and men seeking sobriety and exiting the prison system from 2013 to 2014.
Past President – Devon MacFarlane MA (ON): Currently the Director of Rainbow Health Ontario, Devon has over 15 years’ experience working in health authorities, in roles addressing community development, program development, and organizational change. Over this time, a substantial focus of Devon’s work has included advancing the health and wellbeing of trans populations as well as lesbian, gay, bi, Two Spirit, and queer populations – work that is close to Devon’s heart as an out trans and queer person. In Devon’s involvement with CPATH, Devon led the consultations on success at the 2012 conference and has co-chaired the conference committees for the 2015 conference in Halifax and the forthcoming 2017 conference in Vancouver. Devon was previously the Manager for Community Development and Service Integration with Vancouver Island Health Authority.
President-Elect – Renee Ryan M.Ed, BSW (NL): Renee Ryan grew up on the coast of Labrador and now lives in St. John’s. She attended Memorial University and completed an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a subsequent graduate degree in Post-Secondary Education. Renee’s career started with frontline mental health and addictions counselling which eventually led her into addictions policy with the provincial government. Since then, Renee has held a number of policy positions within government and currently works as a policy specialist with the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development.
Treasurer – Kate Shewan CA (NZ), CGA (NS): Kate Shewan is the Executive Director of the Youth Project, an organization providing support, resources, education and social support for youth in Nova Scotia around the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity. She sits on the Pride Health Advisory committee with Capital Health, and previously served as chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (“NSRAP”). In addition to her work in the community, Kate is an accountant who brings twenty years of accounting and finance experience to the treasurer role
Secretary – Craig Ross MA, BSW (MB): Craig Ross is a Program Specialist in the Healthy Sexuality and Harm Reduction team of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. For five years he chaired the Manitoba Trans Health Coalition.
Member at Large – Joey Bonifacio AB MD FRCPC MSc MPH (ON): Dr. Joey Bonifacio AB MD FRCPC MSc MPH (ON): Joey Bonifacio is the medical lead of a transgender youth clinic providing hormone-blockers for transgender adolescents at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario where he is an adolescent medicine specialist.
Member at Large – Brandy Wicklow MD, MSc (Epi) FRCPC (MB): Brandy Wicklow is a pediatric endocrinologist and a co-founder and medical lead of the GDAAY (Gender Dysphoria Action and Assessment in Youth) clinic providing hormone manipulation and surgical referral letters for transgender adolescents at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital (Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada).
Member at Large – Amelia Thorpe-Gosley M.Ed (NB): Amelia is a doctoral student at the University of New Brunswick. Her research explores the language of gender identity, educating service providers, and reworking postsecondary documentation and policy towards the inclusion of trans* and gender diverse students and faculty. A long-time advocate for queer and trans* health, Amelia is a member of the New Brunswick Transgender Health Network and facilitates a support and advocacy group for queer and trans individuals, their families, and their friends in Fredericton. She has numerous years of experience working with LGBTQ individuals of all ages in a variety of roles and settings. She is currently working on a province-wide needs assessment for trans* persons in New Brunswick.
Member at Large – Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc (BC): Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc is a Professor in Nursing and Adolescent Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she leads the multi-disciplinary Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (www.saravyc.ubc.ca). As a public health nurse, she has 20 years of clinical practice, research, policy advocacy and community work with LGBTQ youth around their health, including most recently, the first Canadian National Trans Youth Health Survey, which was conducted in 2014. She is a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Member at Large – Annie Sbrocchi MD, FRCP (QC): Anne Marie Sbrocchi is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the McGill University Health Centre, with specific training in Pediatric Endocrinology and Bone Health. She completed her undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, and her pediatric residency and fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism at McGill University in Montreal. She completed a clinical research fellowship in pediatric bone health at both the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Canada. She is active in teaching, advocacy and clinical research. Her work focuses on the comprehensive care of children with complex care needs, including gender variance. She has given multiple presentations related to hormonal treatment of gender variant youth.
Member at Large – Mary Wilson (MB): Known to many as Grandmother Of Four Directions and She Who Walks With Wolves. Renowned in Canada and many parts of the world as a spiritual teacher, Spirit Walker, and Healer, keynote speaker Mary Wilson has a gentle presence has touched many lives over the past forty years helping people heal, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Mary has worked as an Elder at the Circle Of Life Thunderbird House co-creating programs with Elder Mary Richard. And served as an Elder and Spiritual Care person at Neeginan Emergency Centre (First Nations Homeless Shelter). While she was there, Mary created addiction therapy groups, a literacy program, and a safe place for individuals to lay down their pain. Recently she provided support as Elder for the movie We were Children (Residential School survival) and also with the murdered and missing series Taken. She has been asked by the Province of Manitoba to support as Elder/Therapist for The 60’s Scoop (stolen Aboriginal children). Frequently involved as a psychotherapist and interventionist she provides support to many as well as providing individual life coaching and healing. Over the years she has worked in conjunction with medical specialists (psychiatrists and psychologists), family physicians, as well as social workers, teachers, and lawyers including Manitoba Justice.
Member at Large – Leane Bettin MD, CCFP (SK): Originally from rural Saskatchewan, Leane completed her medical training and family medicine residency at the UofS. She provides comprehensive family medicine services, including transgender health services. In addition to family medicine and transgender health, Leane has additional training and experience in psychology, psychiatry, paediatrics, and obstetrics/reproductive choice. She has been practicing as a comprehensive care family physician at the Saskatoon Community Clinic since 2006. In addition to her family practice, Leane enjoys gardening, painting, reading and spending time with her family.
Member at Large – Kira Abelsohn MPH (AB): Kira is a medical student in her final year at the University of Calgary, where she was the President of Medical Students for Gender and Sexual Diversity, a student-led organization dedicated to advancing LGBTQ health. She completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Toronto, where her work focused on community-based research methods for the promotion of health in LGBTQ communities. She has over ten years of experience working and volunteering in health promotion, including serving as a board member for Calgary Outlink: Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Her passion for addressing inequities in health and health care is the reason she decided to go to medical school and she feels incredibly privileged to be able to influence the delivery of affirming health care for LGBTQ communities.
Member at Large – Melinda Fowler MD (MB)
Member at Large – Jake Pyne PhD (ON)