Our Members

The CWHHA consists of over 100 members from across Canada consisting of clinicians, scientists, allied health professionals, program administrators, and patient partners. 

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Dr. Beth Abramson
Beth Abramson, MD, MSC, FRCPC, FACC
Past Chair, Training and Education Working Group
Associate Professor of Medicine, 
University of Toronto
Paul Albrechtsen Professor in Cardiac Prevention and Women’s Health and Director of Cardiac Prevention & Women’s Cardiovascular Health
St. Michael’s Hospital
Toronto, ON
Dr. Najah Adreak

Najah Adreak, MD, MSc
Trainee Representative, Executive Steering Committee 
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Academic graduate advisor, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus

Vancouver, BC | @NajahAdreak

Dr. Katherine Allan Katherine Allan, BSc, BASc, MASc, PhD
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Senior Research Associate, Division of Cardiology 

Chair, Cardiac Arrest Response and Education (CARE)
Project Manager, Canadian Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network (C-SCAN)
St. Michael’s Hospital
Toronto, ON | @Katie_s_allan
Laura Avalar Laura Avalar, RN, RPN
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Woman with Lived Experience

NICU Nurse, The Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, ON
Dr. Lorraine Avery Lorraine Avery, RN, PhD, CNCC(C)
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiac Sciences
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Winnipeg, MB

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Dr. Carolyn Baer

Carolyn Baer, MD, FRCPC 
Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Training and Education Working Group
General Internist, Assistant Professor
Dalhousie University
Moncton, NB | @drcbaer

Dr. Laura Banks

Laura Banks, PhD, R.Kin
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Assistant Teaching Professor and Affiliate Scientist
University Health Network
Pickering, ON

Dr. Alexandra Bastiany

Alexandra Bastiany, MD, FRCPC, DRCPSC
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Interventional Cardiologist, Thunder Bay Regional Health Centre
Faculty member, Division of Clinical Sciences, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)
Thunder Bay, ON | @AlexBastiany

Donna Baxter

Donna Baxter, Ed.D, M.Ed
Woman with Lived Experience
Nepean, ON

Adriana Beaman

Adriana Beaman
Woman with Lived Experience
Ottawa, ON

Dr. Angela Brijmohan

Angela Brijmohan, MSc, MD
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Clinical Trainee, Queen's School of Medicine
Kingston, ON

Dr. Jill Bruneau

Jill Bruneau, PhD, NP, CCN(C)
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Nursing
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s NFLD | @jillBruneau

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Dr. Marie-Annick Clavel

Marie-Annick Clavel, DVM, PhD, FAHA
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Researcher
Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Quebec
Quebec City, QC | @ClavelLabo

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Jan Coburn
Woman with Lived Experience
Lac Baker, NB

Dr. Tracey Colella

Tracey Colella, RN, PhD
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Clinician Scientist, KITE | Toronto Rehab | University Health Network, Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation Program
Associate Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON | @ColellaTracey

Dr. Lisa Cotie

Lisa Cotie, PhD, RKin, CSEP-CEP, CSEP High Performance Specialist
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Scientific Associate II, UHN Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute/UHN
Whitby, ON | @lisacotie

Dr. Thais Coutinho
Thais Coutinho, MD
Executive Steering Committee Chair
Co-Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit
Chief, Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa 
Ottawa, ON | @thaiscoutinhoCV
 

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Cristina D'Alessandro

Cristina D'Alessandro, PCP, HBA
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Paramedic
York Region Paramedic Services
Vaughan, ON | @cfd1986

Sonia Dancey

Sonia Dancey
Member, Training and Education Working Group
MD2023 Candidate, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON | @sonia_dancey

Dr. Margaret DeCorte

Margaret DeCorte, C.Psych
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Woman with Lived Experience
Ottawa, ON

Abida Dhukai

Abida Dhukai, NP (Adult), MN-ACNP, ENC(C), PhD (candidate)
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Nurse Practitioner, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

Dr. Lauren Drogos

Lauren Drogos, PhD
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Women's Cardiovascular Health Program Coordinator
Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB | @LDrogosPhD

Dr. Daisy Dulay

Daisy Dulay, MD, FRCPC
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Cardiology Consultant
Island Health
Victoria, BC | @heartdocmom

Dr. Sandra Dumanski

Sandi Dumanski, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB | @DrSandiDumanski

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Dr. Jodi Edwards

Jodi Edwards, PhD
Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Scientist and Director, Brain and Heart Nexus Research Program
Co-Director, UOHI Population Outcomes Research Unit
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Adjunct Scientist, ICES
Assistant Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON | @brainheartnexus

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Salma El Ali
Research Assistant, University of Toronto
Burlington, ON

Nadine Elias, BSc, Kin
Facilitator, Prevention & Wellness Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

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Dr. Jessica Forcillo

Jessica Forcillo, MD, MPH, PhD, FRCSC
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Cardiac Surgeon
Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Montreal, QC

Dr. Heather Foulds

Heather Foulds, PhD, MSc, CEP
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working GroupAssistant Professor, College of Kinesiology
University of Saskatchewan 
Saskatoon, SK

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Dr. Habibat A. Garuba

Habibat A. Garuba, MD, FRCPC, BScPhm (Hons)
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Lead Cardiologist, Cardio-Obstetrics Clinic
The Ottawa Hospital
Clinician Member, Women's Heart Health Clinic
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON | @DrHGaruba

Charlotte Girard

Charlotte Girard
Woman with Lived Experience
Otterburn Park, QC

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Woman with Lived Experience
Mississauga, ON
Dr. Courtney Green

Courtney Green, PhD, MSc 
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Senior Scientist, Quality of Care
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Ottawa, ON | @CRGreen322

Dr. Jasmine Grewal

Jasmine Grewal, MD
Clinical Associate Professor and Cardiologist
University of British Columbia
Director, Cardiac Obstetrics Clinic and
Associate Director Echocardiography Lab
St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, BC

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Marsha Hardy
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Patient Advocate
Woman with Lived Experience, NSTEMI
Toronto, ON

Donna Hart

Donna Hart, BA, RSW
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
CAN-RESTORE Standard Steering Committee 
World Transplant Games Athletic Advisory Committee – Swimming
Patient Partner, Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP)
Gender Outcomes International Group: to Further Well-being Development (GOING-FWD)
Woman with Lived Experience
Milton, ON | @recycleyourself

Dr. Paula Harvey

Paula Harvey, BMBS, PhD, FRACP 
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Physician in Chief, Women's College Hospital 
Scientist, Women's College Research Institute 
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto 
F.M. Hill Chair in Women's Academic Medicine 
Women's College Hospital 
Toronto, ON | @docPaulaHarvey

Jacqueline Hay, MSc

Jacqueline Hay, MSc, PhD Candidate
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Applied Health Sciences, CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist & High Performance Specialist 
University of Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences 
Winnipeg, MB | @JacquelineLHay

Kristin Honshorst

Kristin Honshorst, MSc
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Project Lead, Women's Heart & Brain Health Research
Heart & Stroke
Ottawa, ON | @khonshorst

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Karen E. Jacques

Karen E. Jacques, BA, JD
Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Past Co-Chair, Patient Advisory Committee
Woman with Lived Experience
Kincardine, ON | @KarenEJacques

Dr. Shahin Jaffer

Shahin Jaffer, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Clinical Professor of Medicine 
University of British Columbia 
Division of Community General Internal Medicine 
Internal Medicine Consultant, Fraser Health Authority
Vancouver, BC

Amy Johnston

Amy Johnston, MSc, MBT, CPH
PhD Candidate 
University of Ottawa 
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON | @amydjohn

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Deeksha Kapur

Deeksha Kapur
Clinical Research Trainee, Bachelor of Science student in Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences 
Events Coordinator, UofT HOPE 
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

Dr. Lisa Keeping-Burke

Lisa Keeping-Burke, RN, PhD
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Associate Dean, Health Research, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of New Brunswick
St. John’s, NB

Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk

Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, MD, FRCSC
Cardiac Surgeon
Memorial University 
St. John's, NL | @Dkimmaliardjuk

Dr. Amy Kirkman

Amy Kirkham, PhD, P.Kin, ATTH
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
Affiliate Scientist, KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Toronto, ON | @amyakirkham

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Nadia Lappa

Nadia Lappa
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Woman with Lived Experience
Ottawa, ON | @tweetsbynadia

Kiera Liblik

Kiera Liblik, BSc (Hons)
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Clinical trainee 
Queen's University School of Medicine
Master's student, Translational Medicine Program 
Queen's University 
Kingston, ON

Jayneelkumar Limbachia

Jayneelkumar Limbachia, MSc
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
MD candidate, Schulich School of Medicine
Research Coordinator
McMaster University 
Brampton, ON | @jjustneel

Dr. Patrice Lindsay

Patrice Lindsay, RN, BScN, M.Ed, PhD, FWSO
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Director of Health Systems Change, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canada
Toronto, ON | @patrice_lindsay

Dr. Shuangbo Liu

Shuangbo Liu, MD, FRCPC
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Interventional Cardiology, St. Boniface Hospital 
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Community of Health Sciences 
Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB | @shuangboliu

Andrea Loria

Andrea Loria, MN, BN, BKin, RN, NP Student (class of 2021)
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Nurse, Alberta Health Services

Calgary, AB | @andrealoriaYYC

Dr. Judy Luu

Judy Luu, MD/PhD, FRCPC
Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Advocacy Working Group
Women’s heart disease specialist
Clinical Scholar
McMaster University
Advance imaging, Cardiac MRI fellow
McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, QC | @JudyMLuu

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Dr. Martha Mackay

Martha Mackay, PhD, RN, CCN(C)
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Clinical Nurse Specialist
St. Paul's Heart Centre 
Clinical Assoc Professor, School of Nursing
University of British Columbia 
Vancouver, BC | @mack_martmackay

Cheryl MacKenzie

Cheryl MacKenzie
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Volunteer, Heart and Stroke 
Woman with Lived Experience
Halifax, NS

Marion Martell

Marion Martell
Woman with Lived Experience
Women@Heart Program Ambassador and Support Leader
Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre
Board of Directors, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Patient Alumni
Manotick, ON | @marion_martell

Dr. Kelsey McLaughlin

Kelsey McLaughlin, PhD
Research Associate
Sinai Health System
Toronto, ON | @helloconpreg

Brianne McVeigh

Brianne McVeigh, MSc, RD, PMP
Manager, Lived Experience Engagement and Support | Heart & Stroke Pickering, ON | @BrianneMcV

Michelle Meade

Michelle Meade, BKin, CIMA, ICGB™, CSEP- CEP, ACSM
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Manager, Chronic Disease Collaborative, Shared Health Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

Jennifer Monaghan

Jennifer Monaghan, LLB, BA
Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Training and Education Working Group
Woman with Lived Experience
Kelowna, BC

Dr. Kerri-Anne Mullen Kerri-Anne Mullen, Ph.D., MSc
Executive Steering Committee Vice-Chair
Director, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre and Prevention and Wellness Centre
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON | @mullenkerri
Dr. Sharon Mulvagh

Sharon Mulvagh, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FAHA, FASE
Past Chair, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Co-Director Women’s Heart Health Clinic, QEII Health Sciences Centre
Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA | @HeartDocSharon

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Dr. Kara Nerenberg

Kara Nerenberg, MD, MSc
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Community Health Sciences
General Internal Medicine, Obstetric Internal Medicine
Calgary, AB | @KaraNerenberg

Nicole Nickerson

Nicole Nickerson
Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Woman with Lived Experience
Middle Lehave, NS | @NicoleNickers11

Dr. Rajni Nijhawan

Rajni Nijhawan, MD
Program Staff Physician, Lead Medical Education for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program
University Health Network / Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Co-Chair, Women’s Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Health Committee, The Federation of Medical Women of Canada,  Toronto, ON

Meagan Noble

Meagan Noble, BA (Kin), BScN, RN, MN, CSRS, NP(c)
Community Health Nurse, Pikangikum, Indigenous Services Canada
Emergency Nurse, Niagara Health
Toronto, ON | @meaganjuliee

Dr. Colleen Norris

Colleen Norris, PhD, MSc, BScN, RN, GNP, FAHA, FCAHS  
Past Chair, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Professor and Clinician Scientist, Faculties of Nursing, Medicine & Dentistry, and School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Scientific Director, Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network
Fellow, American Heart Association
Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
Edmonton, AB | @womensheart2

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Dr. Christine Pacheco

Christine Pacheco, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Cardiologist, Pierre-Boucher Hospital and University of Montréal Hospital Centre (CHUM)
Faculty Member, Department of Medicine, University of Montréal
Clinical Investigator-Researcher, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de Université de Montréal (CRCHUM)
Montreal, QC | @cpachecoMD

Dr. Amélie Paquin

Amélie Paquin, MD, MSc
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Fellow, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

Dr. Monica Parry

Monica Parry, MEd, MSc, NP-Adult, PhD, CCN(C)
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Associate Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Program, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, ON | @parryresearch

Dr. April Pike

April Pike, PhD, RN
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Memorial University
St. John’s, NFLD

Robin Pohl

Robin Pohl, BPE, ACSM-CEP
Cardiac Rehab Exercise Therapist, Halton Healthcare - Milton District Hospital
Burlington, ON | @Robinannesnest

Dr. Anita Pozgay

Anita Pozgay, MD, FRCPC, Dip Sport Med
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Emergency Physician, The Ottawa Hospital
Assistant Professor,  Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of Ottawa
Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, Human 2.0 Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

 

Stephanie Poon, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Medical Co-Director, Heart Function and Rapid Cardiology Assessment Clinic 
Cardiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

Dr. Jennifer Price

Jennifer Price, PhD, RN, CCN(C)
Chief Nursing Executive and Advanced Practice Nurse
Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative, Women's College Hospital in Toronto
Adjunct Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON | @JenPrice2549

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Kathryn Rand

Kathryn Rand, RD, MA
Director, Health Policy & Systems
Heart & Stroke
Halifax, NS

Dr. Varinder Randhawa

Varinder Randhawa, MD PhD
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Clinical & Research Fellow
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH USA | @VarinderKaurRa1

Jackie Ratz

Jackie Ratz, BA Hons
Past Co-Chair, Patient Advisory Committee
Woman with Lived Experience
Winnipeg, MB | @jackie_ratz

Helen Rober

Helen Robert, B.Comm, CCP
Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Advocacy Working Group
Woman with Lived Experience
Ottawa, ON | @HelenLRobert

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Hope Sarfi

Hope Sarfi
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Woman with Lived Experience
Richmond, BC | @Hsarfi

Dr. Tara Sedlak

Tara Sedlak, MD, FRCPC
Past Chair, Advocacy Working Group
Cardiologist and Medical Director, Leslie Diamond Women’s Health Clinic, Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals
Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC | @Women__Heart

Dr. Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FCAHS 
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Professor and Head, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Kingston Health Sciences Centre 
Kingston, ON | @maternalHC

Jeanette Smith

Jeanette Smith
Woman with Lived Experience
Chatham, ON | @JnothingSmith

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Natasha Tang

Natasha Tang, HBSc
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Clinical Trainee, Queen's University School of Medicine
Kingston, ON

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Portia Tang, MD
PGY1 Internal Medicine
Queen's University School of Medicine
Vancouver| BC

Moira Teed

Moira Teed, MSc, MSW, RSW
Senior Advisor, Public and Patient Engagement
Canadian Medical Association
Ottawa, ON | @KetchyMoira

Dr. Olga Toleva

Olga Toleva, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, MPH
Staff Physician, Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA | @changeatheart

Dr. Victrine Tseung

Victrine Tseung, PhD
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Toronto, ON | @victrine_t

Melissa Tso

Melissa Tso, MB BCh BAO
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Resident Doctor PGY2, Internal Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK

Dr. Michele Turek

Michele Turek, MDCM, FRCPC
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Co-Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit
Associate Professor of Medicine and Staff Cardiologist
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, ON

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Helena Van Ryn

Helena Van Ryn, BScPT
Member, Training and Education Working Group
Physiotherapist, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Ottawa, ON | @helena901241854

Dr. Harriette Van Spall

Harriette Van Spall, MD, MPH, FRCPC (Cardiology)
​Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Associate Professor of Medicine 
Director of E-Health and Virtual Care , Division of Cardiology
Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact
Scientist, Population Health Research Institute
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON | @hvanspall

Sol Vidal Almela

Sol Vidal Almela, MSc
PhD Candidate, Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health Lab
Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON | @sol_vidalalmela

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Wendy Wray

Wendy Wray, RN, BScN, MScN
Director, Women's Healthy Heart Initiative
McGill University Health Centre 
Montreal, QC

 
 
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