Board of Directors

Linda Annis
Chair, Board of Directors
Vancouver, BC

Linda is a Vancouver native, residing in West Vancouver most of her life, except for a short hiatus when she attended college and worked in Boston.   She moved to Morgan Creek in South Surrey about twelve years ago.

Linda’s career has been primarily in the field of marketing and communications and within the non-profit and corporate sector.   Linda is currently the Executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers. Prior to this, Linda was the Director of Marketing, Development and Public Relations for the BC Paraplegic Association.   She was the owner of Sirius Marketing Communications which specialized in development of and execution of marketing and communications plans, community partnership programs and special events.   Prior to this she was the Assistant Regional Manager of Kodak Canada.

Linda is a member of the Surrey Board of Trade Crime, and Justice Committee and the Vancouver Board of Trade Community Safety Committee. She is the board chair of the Zajac Ranch for Children and has just completed her term of the Board Executive of the Provincial Capital Commission. She also is on the Executive of the BC Liberal Women’s Network.

She is an active volunteer in her community, volunteering with Peace Arch Hospital, Save the Children Foundation, the Nature Trust of British Columbia, Knowledge Network, the Hearing Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Culinary Federation. Linda was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for her volunteer service.

For leisure, Linda enjoys golfing, biking, hiking, long walks with her girlfriends and food & wine. She is a member of Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, the Terminal City Club and the Chaine de Rotisserie.

Jeannette Briggs
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
Oakville, Ontario

Jeannette Briggs has held a wide-range of jobs within Corporate Finance – Head of Internal Audit, Director Corporate Planning (Strategy, Enterprise Risk, Performance Measures, Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations) and is currently the Director of Settlements overseeing the $18.5 billion dollars of financial transactions in Ontario’s electricity market. She is a member of her company’s pension management committee. She was previously a board member at the Oakville Parent Child Centre in Oakville Ontario and currently volunteers her time at The Compass, a food bank and outreach center in Mississauga Ontario.

Ms. Briggs has a BA Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Honour BA Economics from Glendon Campus, York University, and a MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She is a CPA, CMA and holds a Fellow of Board Governance certification.

Jeanne Archibald, Q.C.,
Truro, Nova Scotia

Jeanne is a lawyer in general private practice with 32 years of experience. She was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 1975 and in Ontario in 1979. Jeanne has extensive experience in civil litigation, real estate, probate, wills and family law. Past non-profit experience has included roles as legal counsel for the Ethics Committee of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, legal advisor to the local SPCA and was a Board member of the Colchester Mental Health Association in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Jeanne has a strong commitment to addressing the needs of individuals with osteoporosis, particularly as it relates to education.

Alison Buie
Calgary Alberta

Alison Buie is a community and government relations professional with 18 years of experience working in the public and private sectors. She is currently Manager, Government Relations with the Calgary Stampede and holds an MBA and BA (Communications) from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the Stampede, Alison provided strategic counsel directly to Calgary’s Mayor for nine years with overseeing the community relations portfolio.

Alison has volunteered with a variety of organizations and currently is a Board Director with WordFest (Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival). She is a founding committee member of the National Awards Committee of Osteoporosis Canada (2002 – present) and previously served a 6 year term on Osteoporosis Canada Board (1999 – 2005), including being Chair of the former Society Development Committee (2000 to 2004).

Karen Demassi-Director, Talent Management, Calgary Board of Education
Calgary, Alberta

Karen has more than 30 years of experience working in public education as an educator, school administrator and director. Currently working as an independent consultant, Karen provides professional services in human resources on talent management, leadership development, team effectiveness, public participation and coaching. Karen has a Masters degree in Organizational Development, as well as certification in Human Resources (CHRP), International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) and Executive Coaching.

Karen is committed to the mission and vision of Osteoporosis Canada as she has several family members who have osteoporosis.

Dr. Heather Frame
Past-Chair, Board of Directors
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Frame received her medical education at the University of Manitoba and is a Certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Frame worked as a Family Physician in Toronto for 2 years before returning to Winnipeg where she has practiced since 1985. Dr. Frame is a Family Physician at the Assiniboine Clinic in Winnipeg as well as Family Physician at the Mature Women’s Center Osteoporosis Clinic, Victoria Hospital, Winnipeg. Dr. Frame is a committee member for the Manitoba Bone Density Program.

Dr. Frame has worked with the SAC on a number of publications and committees. She has also done multiple CME events for Physicians and Public Forums on Osteoporosis.

Dr. Frame is a voice for Primary Care and its role in the management of osteoporosis.

Dr. Richard Hovey
Montreal, Quebec

Dr Richard Hovey, PhD is a returning Osteoporosis Canada Board Member, who currently is an Associate Professor in the Division of Oral Health and Society, Faculty of Dentistry, at McGill University in Montreal QC. He has experience as both a quantitative MA (McGill University) in exercise physiology and qualitative research PhD (University of Calgary) as an educational / philosophical researcher. Dr. Hovey’s research expertise is focused on understanding the experiences of persons living with chronic pain, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer, as well as, patient safety, person centred healthcare, health professional education, communication, leadership, and interdisciplinary practice. Dr. Hovey believes that it is through the combination of the patient/family perspective with healthcare that we become pragmatically positioned to inform, enhance, and change health care experiences. Richard’s research utilizes philosophical hermeneutics and phenomenology to concentrate on bridging gaps between theory and practice in healthcare. His collaborative research approach engages patients, families, and health care professionals to foster multiple perspectives and understandings that inform and enhance health care systems and experiences. His scholarly publications explore the complexity of living with chronic illness, trauma and suffering, interprofessional / interdisciplinary collaborations in healthcare and adult learning for enhanced person centred healthcare.

In Richard’s previous roles a Director of Programs for the Faculty of Continuing Education with the University of Calgary and Director Applied Research and Education for Patient Safety, and Health Outcomes with the Calgary Health regions, offers an unique perspective on person / patient centred healthcare.

Ian MacNair, Principal, The CFO Centre
Oakville, Ontario

Mr. MacNair has extensive global experience as a CFO in creating multi-billion dollar growth and value in multinational corporations. He has expertise in manufacturing, technology, logistics and real estate. He is a financial executive who has managed all aspects of a company’s international financial requirements including investor relations, statutory reporting, tax, treasury, pension, information systems, budgeting and accounting. Mr. MacNair is a past Chair and Director of the Board for Variety – A Children’s Charity.

Mr. MacNair has a BBA from Bishop’s University, a MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and holds the CMA and CPA (Montana) accounting designations.

Doug McEwen
Edmonton, Alberta

Retired since 2001, Doug had two careers, first in Senior Management of YMCAs in Winnipeg and St. Catharines and then as City Manager in Yellowknife, Thompson and then North Battleford.

Throughout his life he has been active as a volunteer serving on Church boards, United Ways and political constituency organizations. Variously he served as Chairperson or President in all of these organizations in 5 cities in four different provinces. Also as a parent of a child with Spina Bifida he was a founding officer of the Spina Bifida Association in Manitoba and later served in various offices, including the Presidency, of the Spina Bifida Association of Canada over a period of 10 years.

Doug was elected to Winnipeg City Council in 1972 and within the year was serving as Vice-Chair of Winnipeg’s City Finance Committee. After an unsuccessful run at Federal politics in 1974, he moved to the ‘backroom’ of political organization and had considerably more success organizing political campaigns for others. He enjoys political organization and believes it is important but suggests that those who take it too seriously can be dangerous!

Discovered to have Osteoporosis just seven years ago, after requesting a bone scan in view of his sister’s diagnosis, Doug is fortunate to not have had a fracture that he is aware of and thus is as interested in prevention as he is in treatment. However like many reformed smokers, Doug also has glaucoma, Type 2 Diabetes and C.O.P.D.

Doug’s many years of experience in both the non-profit and government sectors coupled with an enthusiasm for effective organization and as a respected member of Mensa Canada, Doug hopes his skills and knowledge will coincide well with the work of Osteoporosis Canada.

Suzanne Morin MD MSc FRCP FACP
Montreal, Quebec

Dr Suzanne Morin graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval de Québec and did her Internal Medicine specialty training at McGill University where she is now Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. She obtained her Master’s in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University.

Dr Morin’s research program includes the evaluation of health-related outcomes of osteoporosis, particularly following hip fractures, the long-term safety of osteoporosis treatments and quality of care improvement initiatives. She receives funding from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Santé, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and other agencies. Starting in September 2015 she will be Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada.

Jeffrey Narod
Vancouver, BC

Jeffrey Narod graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1974. He currently owns and operates Narod Properties Corp., a small property management firm in Vancouver, specializing in the management of residential investment properties.

Jeffrey is a retired Board Member of the British Columbia Paraplegic Association. He Joined the Board of Directors in 1986 and served as Vice Chair from 1996 to 2005. He served as Chairperson from 2005 to 2010. His Committee work has included Executive, Audit, HR and Fund Development and has participated as member of task group on Governance Review & Development. He has served on the National Board of Directors of Canadian Paraplegic Association since 1996 and is currently retired.

He has also served as a Board of Director of BCPA Housing Society since 2008 in position of Chairperson; the British Columbia Paraplegic Foundation from 2005 to 2010; and is a Retired member of the Board of Directors of Lions Paraplegic Lodge Society.

Brenda Payne
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia

Brenda Payne is a nurse with extensive senior management experience in the health care system at the community, regional and provincial levels. Previous work at the provincial level in Nova Scotia included the standardization of bone density and a system approach to the care of in individual’s experiencing or at risk for osteoporosis.

Brenda is currently working as a consultant with Payne Health Care Consulting and is a Certified Executive Coach.

Brenda Payne brings her work and experience with health care, other provincial and national boards and her passion to improve the quality of life of those living with osteoporosis to the vision and mission of Osteoporosis Canada.

Dr. Vicky Scott
Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Vicky Scott is a Clinical Associate Professor with the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia; a researcher with Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) and Director of the Centre of Excellence on Mobility Fall Prevention and Injury in Aging (CEMFIA) at CHHM. Dr. Scott is an Osteoporosis Canada Advisory Board member and sits on the Osteoporosis Scientific Advisory Committee. For the past fourteen years Dr. Scott served as the Senior Advisor on Fall and Injury Prevention with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit and Ministry of Health. She is also the National lead for the Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum.

Dr. Scott’s key objectives are to conduct original research at National and Regional levels, to facilitate evidence-based best practices for reducing falls and related injuries in all health care delivery settings. She has lead or co-lead numerous studies on seniors’ mobility, fall and injury prevention, including as Co-PI of a CIHR-funded controlled trial on fall prevention in home care; and co-lead on the development of the Primary Care Fall Prevention program. Most recently, she is leading a project for fall and fire prevention for First Nations elders in BC with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. In 2007 she was awarded a CIHR Knowledge Translation Award.

Sharron Steeves, Physiotherapist, Dip PT&OT
Moncton, New Brunswick

Sharron is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Physical & Occupational Therapy program. She began a private Home Care Program in 1979 and then opened the first private physiotherapy practice in New Brunswick in 1982. With four decades of experience and an extensive list of continuing education courses, Sharron is committed to providing the most up to date assessment and treatment interventions for her patients.

Sharron is active in her community, doing frequent health and wellness presentations on physical activity. She has been a volunteer with Osteoporosis Canada for 10 years, most recently as a member of the Highest Risk Patient Group and serving on the National Board of Directors as Chair of the Operations Advisory Council. In 2012, Sharron received the Backbone Award from Osteoporosis Canada, which recognizes those volunteers who, through their actions, efforts and ideas, have had a significant impact on the success of the organization. In 2012, she also received the Town of Riverview Enterprising Business Owner of the Year award. Sharron is passionate about patient education and assists patients in understanding the nature of their problem; she is best known for her “you fix it” approach to treatment, always instructing patients in self-management activities.

Christine Thomas
Ottawa, Ontario

Crack! Christine Thomas was only 42 when, bending to lift her newborn daughter, she fractured her spine. She had no idea of the painful and transformative road she would have to travel to build stronger bones and reclaim her life from the clutches of Osteoporosis.

Christine is a nationally recognized author and speaker in Canada. Having been a senior negotiator in the Canadian Government and having studied at the universities of Carleton (Honours Bachelor of Commerce), Queen’s (Executive MBA) and Harvard (Program on Negotiation), Christine has honed her communication skills.

Christine now uses her valuable skills as a passionate advocate for better bone health around the world. She is relentless at educating others on the prevention and management of this potentially debilitating disease called Osteoporosis. And when called upon by OC, Christine has lobbied to government officials and politicians to support the work of OC.

In 2002 Christine found a small group of women who wanted to start an Ottawa Chapter. She became their leader and the Ottawa Chapter was born. In the eight-year period she led a team that raised more than $150,000 for Osteoporosis Canada. Although Christine stepped down as chair in 2010, her passion for educating others on bone health continues.

Christine, the author of Unbreakable: A Woman’s Triumph Over Osteoporosis, has won numerous awards (Eleanor Mills Inspiration & Back Bone awards as well as a nomination for a Woman of Distinction award) and is often seen in the Canadian media (radio, TV, newspaper, OC newsletters, website & letters to donors) delivering her messages with the kind of conviction learned only through hard experience. The Scientific Advisory Council of OC endorsed her book & Osteoporosis Canada chose to film her & her inspirational story on DVD.