Deceased Donation Advisory Committee (DDAC)

The Deceased Donation Advisory Committee (DDAC) provides expert advice on issues relating to the donation of organs from deceased donors, towards the further advancement of deceased donation in Canada.

Members Title and Organization

Dr. Saneef (Sonny) Dhanani


Pediatric Intensivist, Pediatric Critical Care 

Medical Director, Pediatric Critical Care Transport 

Trauma Team Leader, Emergency Department 

SPOT Team Physician, Rapid Response Team 

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario 

Medical Lead, Research, Trillium Gift of Life Network 

Ottawa, Ontario 


(Vice chair)

Dr. George Isac


VCH/PHCA - Vancouver General Hospital 

Vancouver, British Columbia 

Dr. Sean Keenan


Fraser Health Authority - Royal Columbian Hospital 

Medical Director, Donation, BC Transplant 

New Westminster, British Columbia  

Dr. Andreas Kramer

Medical Director, Southern Alberta Organ & Tissue Donation Program 

Intensivist, Intensive Critical Care Services and Clinical Neurosciences 

Alberta Health Services - Foothills Medical Centre 

Calgary, Alberta 

Dr. Dennis Djogovic

Associate Clinical Professor

Department of Critical Care Medicine

University of Alberta Hospital

Edmonton, AB

Dr. Joann Kawchuk

Area Head Department Adult Critical Care 

Department Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine 

Director Donation Physicians SHA 

Saskatoon Health Region - St. Paul’s Hospital 

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 

Dr. Owen Mooney

Medical Director, Transplant Manitoba- Gift of Life 

Health Sciences Centre 

Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Dr. Andrew Healey

Emergency Physician

St. Joseph’s Healthcare

Hamilton, Ontario

Ms. Karen Dryden-Palmer

Clinical Nurse Specialist 

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit  

University Health Network - Hospital for Sick Children 

Toronto, Ontario 

Dr. Sam D. Shemie

Medical Advisor, Donation, Canadian Blood Services 

Division of Critical Care, Montreal Children’s Hospital 

Medical Director, Extracorporeal Life Support Program 

McGill University Health Centre 

Montreal, Quebec 

Dr. Matthew Weiss

Pediatric Intensivist 

CHU de Québec - Centre Mère-Enfant Soleil 

Medical Director, Donation, Transplant Québec 

Quebec, Quebec 

Dr. Robert Adams

Department of Neurosurgery 

South East Regional Health Authority - The Moncton Hospital 

Dalhousie University 

Moncton, New Brunswick 

Dr. Stephen Beed

Site Chief 

Nova Scotia Health Authority 

QEII Health Sciences Centre, Victoria General Hospital 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Dr. Jennifer Hancock

Critical Care Physician

Nova Scotia Health Authority QEII Health Sciences Centre,

Victoria General Hospital

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Gwynedd Pickett

Neurosurgical Critical Care Specialist,  

Nova Scotia Health Authority - QEII Health Sciences Centre 

Halifax, Nova Scotia  

Dr. Sharon Peters

Professor of Medicine 

Eastern Health 

St. John’s, Newfoundland 

Ms. Peggy John

Associate Director, Program Operations, OTDT

Canadian Blood Services

Vancouver, British Columbia

Ms. Caitlin Mills

Project Manager, System Development

Canadian Blood Services

Toronto, Ontario

Last updated June 2022