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Françoise Susset [2011-2012] & Devon MacFarlane [2014-2016], Vancouver 2017

Adrian Edgar, MD, CCFP

2016-2017 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.

Devon MacFarlane, MA

2014-2016 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.

N. Nicole Nussbaum, LLB

2013-2014 Nicole is a family law lawyer with a background in employment and human rights law and a focus on trans law, advocacy and policy work. Currently working as a staff lawyer with Legal Aid Ontario, she is the project lead on the Trans* Legal Needs Assessment Ontario, a project examining access to justice for trans* people in the province. Ms. Nussbaum previously served on the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Equity Advisory Group,? and acts as the second co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference. Nicole has been an active member of CPATH and our Advocacy Committee since 2008, acting as co-chair since 2011.

Jim Oulton, MSW, RSW

2012-2013 Jim Oulton is a clinical therapist (social work) whose practice, since 1995, has included people who identify as trans* and their families. He has played a key role in the development of Transgender Health Services across the Maritimes.   Jim currently works with Counselling Services at the University of British Columbia.

Françoise Susset PsyD,

2011-2012 Françoise Susset is a Quebec clinical psychologist and couple and family therapist. Her principal areas of interest are working with trauma survivors and sexual minority issues. For several years, she participated in the general mental health training and clinical supervision of residents in Family Medicine from the Université de Montréal Medical School. During her many years in Minnesota, she was a member of the original clinical team of Pride Institute, the first drug and alcohol dependency treatment center in the world serving the lgb community. She is co-founder of The Institute for Sexual Minority Health, http://www.ismh-isms.com/, which offers trainings at every level of the Health and Social Services sector as well as Education. Although her clinical work is mainly with trans adults and teens, she also focuses more specifically on the question of gender variant behavior in prepubescent children, helping families and schools challenge notions regarding sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. She works closely with several community organizations involved in improving access and quality care for individuals belonging to sexual minority groups in Quebec. Françoise holds a Doctorate degree in psychology through the Université de Sherbrooke, focusing on the experience of parents of gender-variant children. She is a member of WPATH and serves on the CPATH Education Committee.

Joan Quinn, MD, BSW, FRCPC

2010-2011 Dr. Joan Quinn is a psychiatrist who provides care to members of the  Canadian military based in Petawawa, Ontario.  Prior to this she worked in the province of Newfoundland, and played an instrumental role in the development of access for transgender persons.

Trevor Corneil, MD MHSc CCFP (FCFP) FRCPC

2009-2010 Dr. Trevor Corneil is a public health physician who provides primary care to transgender persons in Vancouver, B.C., at Three Bridges Community Health Centre.  He is Medical Director of Urban Primary Care for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority overseeing medical services at five community health centres in South Vancouver.  He is also Medical Director of VCHA’s Advanced Primary Care Transgender Clinical Service, known internationally as the ‘Vancouver Model’ of care.  Dr. Corneil is a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia.

Gail Knudson, MD MPE FRCPC

2008-2009 Dr. Knudson is a psychiatrist and Clinical Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Sexual Medicine.  As a founding member of CPATH and its first president, she works tirelessly with health providers, bureaucrats, and politicians across the country in an effort to set in motion a ‘standard-of-care’ for transgender persons across the country. In the true spirit of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, she sees a country where people of all genders can live without prejudice or discrimination, and benefit equally before, under, and from the laws of our country.  She is currently Past-President of WPATH.