FOUNDERS & ADVISORY BOARD
Chair of the Board
Dr. Sudarshan Devanesen
Dr. D. (as he is affectionately known to his legions of friends and patients) is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and former Chief of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Sudi is deeply committed to serving the community in various capacities and was instrumental in creating community service networks within the inner city. He has been a director of several boards including Casey House, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He has been recognised for his volunteer work and academic standing by, among others, the University of Toronto, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. Michael's Hospital, the Indo Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2001.
Ravi S. Juneja
Ravi has his own chartered accountant practice. He is committed to serving the community and believes strongly in giving back to it. He was the youngest founding member of EIPROC (East Indian Professional Residents of Canada) some 30 years ago and served in various board positions, including president, from 1999 to 2000. He became associated with the South Asian Community Council of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario as Chair of the Jewel Heart Ball and was unanimously elected president in 2004. He left the position in 2006 to work on The Ripple Effect Wellness Organization as one of its founders.
Dr. Salim Yusuf
Dr. Salim Yusuf is director of The Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. As a Rhodes Scholar, he obtained his Dphil from Oxford University, UK. During this period, he was involved in initiating the concept of the large simple trials, coordinating the first ISIS trial and developing concepts of meta-analysis. Subsequently, he applied these principles to other areas that led to the SOLVD and DIG trials in heart failure (while at the U.S. National Institutes of Health) and, more recently, to the HOPE, OASIS and CURE trials. Dr. Yusuf holds a research chair at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, is a senior scientist of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and has received several research awards including the 2001 Prix Galien Canada Research Award and the Lucian Award for Cardiovascular Research in 2002.
Dr. Manish Maingi
Dr. Manish Maingi received his MD from the University of Toronto and completed his Cardiology training at The University of Western Ontario. He has been Chief of the Department of Cardiology at The Credit Valley Hospital since 2003 and is also adjunct clinical instructor at The University of Toronto. His interests are in cardiac imaging, quality improvement and medical ethics.
Jennifer Lynn is founder and President of LCI Associates Inc. a strategic communications and diversity-inclusive business solutions firm. A prominent communications strategist, dynamic entrepreneur, leadership coach, educator, and pre-eminent voice in the area of diversity and inclusion, Jennifer's distinguished career in business, broadcasting, public relations and the media spans the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Narinderpal Singh - Chair Community Outreach
Mario and Lorraine Gonsalves - Entertainment
Smita Chandra - Chair Women’s Health Conference
Esa Esananda - Media Communications
Rajiv Persaud - Publication & Communication
Alisha Merchant - Young Executives committee
Karan Kochhar - Youth
Jassimar Kochhar - Youth
Aadi Jhaveri - Youth
Anjali Gupta - Dietician
Mira Persaud - Youth
Raoul Juneja - Media
Mr Bal Kakaria - Golf
Mr Dino Ricci - Seniors
David Innis - Creative Design
Physicians & Volunteers
Dr. Anita Hunt
Dr. Nikki Powar
Dr. Umang Kachroo
Dr. Shereen Khalid