Board of Directors

Jack Pasht

Chair, DWD Canada board of directors

Jack has an Hon. B.A from the University of Toronto and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall. After being called to the Ontario Bar in 1977, Jack began a broad and varied career in real estate investment and development.

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Shelley Birenbaum

MEMBER, DWD CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Shelley Birenbaum is a health law lawyer called to the Ontario bar for 30 years. Her practise includes health regulatory opinions, privacy and research ethics, corporate governance, by-law reviews, policy development, policy reviews, creating agreements, negotiations and risk management.

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James Cowan

Member, DWD Canada Board of Directors

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

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Carey Diamond

Member, DWD Canada Board of Directors

Carey Diamond is President and CEO of Whitecastle Investments, a privately held company originating in 1959, whose primary businesses are venture capital, real estate and public market investing.

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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 for 24 years, 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 the Director of Philanthropy for Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Leigh is a past board member of other social justice organizations that worked for promoting and supporting reproductive rights, and that served vulnerable and marginalized girls. 

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Bradley Peter

Member, DWD CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bradley Peter is a freshwater biologist in Edmonton.

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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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