Governance Structure


The purpose of the Secretariat of the Women’s Heart Health Alliance is to facilitate the growth and development of the initiative into a national leader that increases collaboration and knowledge mobilization dedicated to improving women’s cardiovascular health. The Secretariat is a convening body that maintains strategic coherence, provides operational and communications support, knowledge brokering, builds membership engagement, and manages stakeholders.

Working Group Chairs


Dr. Tara Sedlak

Chair, Advocacy Working Group

Tara L. Sedlak, MD, FRCPC
Medical Director, Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic
Cardiologist, Vancouver General, and UBC Hospitals
Clinical Associate Professor
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC


Dr. Sharon L.Mulvagh

Chair, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group

Sharon L. Mulvagh, MD, FRCP(C), FACC, FAHA, FASE 
Emeritus Professor, Mayo Clinic
Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Co-Director, Maritime Heart Center Women's Heart Health Clinic
Division of Cardiology, QEII Health Sciences Center
Halifax, NS


Dr. Beth L.. Abramson

Chair, Training and Education Working Group

Beth L. Abramson MD MSc FRCP FACC

Paul Albrechtsen Professor in Cardiac Prevention and Women's Health
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Director, Cardiac Prevention Centre & Women's CV Health, St. Michael's Hospital
Toronto, ON


Dr. Colleen M Norris

Chair, Health Systems and Policy Working Group

Colleen M Norris, PhD, MSc, BScN, RN- FAHA

Scientific Director, Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network, AHS
Professor Faculty of Nursing,
Adjunct professor - School of Public Health, & Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB