Our Board of Directors 2017-2018
President – Jack Woodman ND, MHSc, CHE (ON):
Jack Woodman (they/them) is the Chief Strategy and Quality Officer at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Jack holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Masters of Health Science in health administration, Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and is a Certified Health Executive and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. They are privileged to work with the Trans Health Expansionpartnership of Rainbow Health Ontario, Sherbourne Health Centre, Women’s College Hospital and CAMH on system redesign to improve the quality of healthcare outcomes, experience, and access for trans and gender diverse populations across Ontario. They recently led the development of the first transition-related surgical program in a public hospital in Canada, which was launched in October 2017 at Women’s College Hospital.
President Elect – Vacant
Past 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.
Secretary – Amelia Thorpe MEd, PhD Candidate (NB):
Amelia is a doctoral candidate at the University of New Brunswick. Amelia has extensive experience working with queer, trans, and non-binary youth. A long-time advocate, she has worked with The Youth Project (NS), TransAction NB, PFLAG Canada, The Senior Pride Network (ON), and many other organizations. Her research interests include trans health; community advocacy and education; queer linguistics; and intergenerational connectivity within minoritized communities.
Treasurer – Michael Marshall MD (AB)
Member at Large – Lee Allard (AB)
Member at Large – Daphné Cloutier MD (QC)
Member at Large – Janine Farrell (BC)
Member at Large – Renee Ryan MEd, 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.
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.