Living Donation Advisory Committee (LDAC)

The Living Donation Advisory Committee (LDAC) provides expert advice for advancement and implementation of national initiatives in partnership with Canadian Blood Services on issues relating to the donation and transplantation of organs from living donors to recipients.


Title and Organization

Dr. Sunita Singh


Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto Medical Director, Living Kidney Donation Program Transplant Nephrologist, Kidney Transplant Program Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Ann Bugeja

(Vice chair)

Medical Director, In-Centre Nocturnal Hemodialysis Program

The Ottawa Hospital – Riverside Campus

Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Steven Paraskevas

(KTAC Chair Representative)

Associate Professor of Surgery

McGill University Health Centre

Royal Victoria Hospital

Montréal, Québec

Dr. Justin Gill

Transplant Nephrologist

Kidney Transplant Program

St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Olwyn Johnston

Medical Director Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Vancouver General Hospital Transplant Nephrologist Gordon and Leslie Diamond Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Serdar Yilmaz

Transplant Surgeon

AHS - Foothills Medical

Medical Director, Southern Alberta Transplant Program Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Sita Gourishankar

Associate Professor (with tenure)

Assistant Dean, Admissions, MD Program

Director of Kidney Transplant Fellowship Training Program

Acting Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program Division of Nephrology and Transplantation

University of Alberta

Dr. Abubaker Hassan


Saskatchewan Transplant Program

SHR - St. Paul’s Hospital

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dr. Leroy Storsley

Nephrologist, Kidney Transplant Program

Health Sciences Centre

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Dervla Connaughton

Director of Living Kidney Donation

Nephrology Department

London Health Sciences Centre

London, Ontario

Dr. Matthew Miller


St. Joseph's Healthcare

Hamilton, Ontario

Mr. Kevin Bradley

Live Donor Coordinator

Renal Transplant Program

Unity Health Toronto

St. Michael’s Hospital

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Anand Ghanekar

Medical Co-Director, Kidney Transplant Clinic

Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Kidney Transplant Clinic Staff Physician, Liver Transplant Clinic

UHN - Toronto General Hospital

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. M. Khaled Shamseddin

Director, Kidney Transplant Program

Kingston General Hospital

Kingston, Ontario

Dr. Suzon Collette

Director, Renal Transplantation Program

Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital

CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Marie-Chantal Fortin

Principal Scientist Division of Nephrology

CHUM – Research Centre

Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Michel Pâquet


Medical Advisor, Transplantation

Canadian Blood Services

Director, Kidney Transplant Program

CHUM - Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Shaifali Sandal

Transplant Nephrologist, Living Donor Kidney Transplantation McGill University Health Centre

Montréal, Québec

Dr. Mélanie Masse

Director, Nephrology

CHUS – Fleurimont Hospital

Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke, Quebec

Dr. Julie Lesage


CHU de Québec - Pavillon Hôtel-Dieu de Québec Quebec, Quebec

Dr. Christine Pippy


Saint John Regional Hospital

Saint John, New Brunswick

Dr. Christine Dipchand

Nephrologist, Living Renal Donation

NSHA - QEII Health Sciences Centre

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Pamela Pike

Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

Discipline of Medicine

Faculty of Medicine 

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John’s, Newfoundland


Ms. Peggy John

Associate Director, Program Operations, OTDT

Canadian Blood Services

Vancouver, British Columbia 

Ms. Charley Bekolay (Prog Lead)

Program Associate

Canadian Blood Services

Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Jodi Caseley

Program Liaison

Canadian Blood Services 

Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Beth Forman

Registry Liaison Specialist

Edmonton, Alberta

Mr. Clay Gillrie

Associate Director, Interprovincial Organ Sharing

Canadian Blood Services

Vancouver, British Columbia

Ms. Darlene Jagusic  (LDAC Prog Mgr)

Program Manager

Canadian Blood Services

Saskatoon, SK

Ms. Kathy Yetzer

Advisor - Sr & Lead - System Development

Canadian Blood Services

Edmonton, Alberta

Last updated June 2022