Board of Directors

James Cowan

Chair, DWD Canada Board of Directors

James Cowan is a veteran lawyer and retired senator from Nova Scotia.

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Veronica Dolenc

Member, DWD Canada board of directors

Veronica graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto and subsequently became a Chartered Accountant. She has worked as a consultant in diverse sectors including not for profits, utilities, forestry, manufacturing and start up business ventures. Most recently she was a financial lead in the merger of the three professional accounting bodies in BC (CPA BC).

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Isser Dubinsky

Member, DWD Canada Board of Directors

Dr. Isser Dubinsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

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Sue Hughson

MEMBER, DWD CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Sue Hughson holds a B.Sc from University of Guelph, and a DVM from the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI. She has been practising veterinary medicine since 1990, starting in St John's, Newfoundland, then relocating to Vancouver.

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Eva Kmiecic

Member, DWD Canada Board of Directors

Eva’s career has spanned three decades, two continents, and executive positions in both the public and non-profit sectors, including Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP, Vice President of the Public Policy Forum, Assistant Secretary for the Australian Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Registrar of Canadian Citizenship, and work on various social policy and criminal justice initiatives. Throughout, she has been an active volunteer serving on both national and community organizations, with a primary focus on governance, strategy and public policy.

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Leigh Naturkach

MEMBER, DWD CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Leigh Naturkach is a Board member of Dying With Dignity Canada, and is the Director, Advancement for Women’s College Hospital Foundation.

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Chantal Perrot

MEMBER, DWD CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Chantal Perrot, AB, MD, CCFP, FCFP, CGPP, is a family physician and psychotherapist in Toronto. 

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Bradley Peter

Member, DWD CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bradley Peter is a freshwater biologist in Edmonton.

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Fancy C. Poitras

MEMBER, DWD CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Fancy C. Poitras has been a member and volunteer with Dying with Dignity Canada since 2011. In 2016, she started volunteering as a chapter administrator with the Vancouver Chapter.

Fancy has a Masters of Public Policy and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in social policy issues from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Alberta.

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Jonathan Reggler

MEMBER, DWD CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Jonathan Reggler is a family physician in Courtenay, B.C., on Vancouver Island. He studied medicine at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, graduating in 1984 and then spent eight years in the British Army prior to entering general practice in southern England. He emigrated to Canada in 2003

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Derryck Smith

Member, DWD Canada board of directors

Dr. Derryck Smith is a Vancouver-based psychiatrist.  He is a Past President of the BC Medical Association and a past board member of the Canadian Medical Association.

Dr. Smith is a Clinical Professor Emeritus with the Department of Psychiatry and is active in clinical teaching of medical students and residents. He is a past president of the Medical Legal Society and was Chair of the Board for the Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services Society.

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