Organ Donation and Transplantation Expert Advisory Committee (ODTEAC)

The ODTEAC provides expert advice on donation and transplantation system activities for ongoing advancement and implementation of national initiatives in partnership with Canadian Blood Services.

Members Title and Organization
CHAIR
Dr. Norman Kneteman

Surgical Director, Liver Transplant Program

University of Alberta Hospital, Alberta Health Services

Edmonton, Alberta

OTHER OTDT COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Dr. Saneef (Sonny) Dhanani | Chair

Deceased Donation Advisory Committee

Intensivist, Critical Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Chief Medical Officer, Trillium Gift of Life Network Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Kim Werestiuk | Chair

Donation and Transplant Administrators

Advisory Committee

Manager, Transplant Manitoba, Gift of Life

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Michael McDonald | Co-Chair

Heart Transplant Advisory Committee

Director, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Rahul Mainra | Chair

Kidney Transplant Advisory Committee

Division of Nephrology,

Saskatchewan Transplant Program, St. Paul’s Hospital,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dr. Susan Gilmour, Chair
Liver Transplant Advisory Committee

Regional Program Clinical Director

Stollery Children's Hospital, Alberta Health Services

Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Sunita Singh | Chair

Living Donation Advisory Committee

Transplant Nephrologist, Kidney Transplant Clinic Nephrologist, Post Transplant, Kidney Transplant Clinic Donor Nephrologist, Kidney Transplant Clinic UHN - Toronto General Hospital Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Eric Wagner | Chair

National Human Leukocyte Antigen

Advisory Committee

Director, Immunology and Histocompatibility Laboratory, CHU de Québec, CHUL du CHU de Québec, Québec City, Québec

Ms. Roberta Koscielny | Chair

Public Education and Awareness 

Committee

Communications Specialist Transplant Manitoba, Gift of Life,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION / ASSOCIATIONS
Mr. Brent Diverty, Representative
Canadian Institute for Health Information

Vice President, Programs

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Charu Kaushic, Representative

Canadian Institute of Health Research

Scientific Director,
loriMcMaster Immunology Research Centre and Michael G. DeGroote Institute of Infectious Disease Research

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Director, Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory, McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario

Dr. Lori West, Representative

Canadian National Transplant Research Program

Executive Director,

Canadian National Transplant Research Program

University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Jagbir Gill | President Canadian Organ Replacement Register 

President,

Canadian Organ Replacement Register

Assistant Professor of Medicine

University of British Columbia Division of Nephrology

St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. S. Joseph Kim, President

Canadian Society of Transplantation

Associate Professor of Medicine Department of Medicine (Nephrology),

University of Toronto

Director, Kidney Transplant Program

Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Toronto, Ontario

ETHICS / LEGAL EXPERTS
Vacant  
PROVINCIAL ORGAN DONATION ORGANIZATIONS / ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPLANTATION PROGRAMS
Mr. Eric Lun

Executive Director,
BC Transplant
Vancouver, British Columbia

Ms. Holly Mackin

Executive Director,

Women's Health, Trauma Services & Southern Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Program Alberta Health Services - Calgary Zone Foothills Medical Centre,

Alberta Health Services

Calgary, Alberta

Ms. Deanna Paulson 

Director, Transplant Services University of Alberta Hospital 

Alberta Health Services

Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Lori Garchinski

Executive Director, Provincial Services – Tertiary Care

Program Lead, Saskatchewan Smart IV Pump Program

Regina General Hospital, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dr. Andrew Healey

Director, Emergency Targeted Sonography, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Chief Medical Officer, Donation,

Trillium Gift of Life Network

Hamilton, Ontario

Ms. Versha Prakash

Executive Lead,

Trillium Gift of Life

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Jeffrey Schiff

Medical Director, Pancreas Transplant Program

Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Darin J. Treleaven

Associate Professor of Medicine Head of Service & Medical Director of Transplantation Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine

McMaster University, St. Joseph’s Healthcare

Hamilton, Ontario

Mr. Louis Beaulieu (Observer)

Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Director

Transplant Québec

Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Prosanto Chaudhury

Associate Director, General Surgery McGill University Health Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital

Medical Director, Transplant Québec

Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Matthew Weiss

Pediatric Intensivist Centre Mère-Enfant Soleil, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec

Medical Director, Donation, Transplant Québec

Québec, Québec

Ms. Nadya Savoie

Administrative Director

NB Organ and Tissue Program 

Horizon Health Network

Moncton, New Brunswick

Dr. Nessa Gogan

Nephrologist

Saint John Regional Hospital, Horizon Health Network

Saint John, New Brunswick

Ms. Cynthia Isenor

Health Services Director, Central Zone and Policy & Planning Critical Care Program 

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Stephen Beed

Site Chief, 3A Med/Surgical ICU Nova Scotia Health Authority QEII Health Sciences Centre,

Victoria General Hospital

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ms. Kim Parsons

Nurse Coordinator

Organ Procurement & Exchange of Nfld & Labrador

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Dr. Sharon Peters

Professor of Medicine,

Eastern Health

Health Science Centre

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Dr. Michel Pâquet

Director,

Kidney Transplant Program

CHUM-Centre Hospitalier de L’Université de Montréal

Montréal, Québec

Dr. Sam D. Shemie

Medical Director,

Extracorporeal Life Support Program

Montreal Children’s Hospital

McGill University

Montréal, Québec

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES REPRESENTATION
Ms. Catherine Butler     

Director, Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation

Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario

Mr. Clay Gillrie

Associate Director, IPOS, OTDT

Canadian Blood Services

Vancouver, British Columbia

Mr. David Hartell 

Associate Director, System Development, OTDT

Canadian Blood Services

Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Rosanne Dawson

Legal, Canadian Blood Services

Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Peggy John

Associate Director, Program Operations

Canadian Blood Services

Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Isra Levy

Vice-President, Medical Affairs

Canadian Blood Services

Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Lindy McIntyre

Director, Health Policy and Government Relations

Canadian Blood Services

Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Peter Nickerson

Medical Advisor, Transplantation

Canadian Blood Services,

Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

Last updated June 2021