Advisory Board

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 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. Manish Maingi received his MD from the University of Toronto and completed his Cardiology training at The University of Western Ontario. He served as Chief of the Department of Cardiology at The Credit Valley Hospital from  2003 to 2012 and Chief of the Department of Cardiology at Trillium Health Partners from 2013 to 2018.

He is one of the founding members of one of the largest free standing cardiology clinics in Canada, One Heart Care, which opened in 2018 and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors.  He is also adjunct clinical instructor at The University of Toronto. His professional interests are in cardiac imaging, quality improvement and medical ethics.

Salim Yusuf, D.Phil, FRCPC, FRSC, O.C., is a Distinguished University Professor of
Medicine at McMaster University, and Executive Director of the Population Health
Research Institute.

He holds a Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Chair, was a Senior
Scientist of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (1999-2004), and has received (among others) the Lifetime Research Achievement award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Paul Wood Silver Medal of the British Cardiac Society, the European Society of Cardiology gold medal, the American Heart Association Clinical Research Award, and over 35 other international and national awards for research, induction into the Royal Society of Canada and Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

He has led over 50 major internationalstudies in over 100 countries and several of these have changed medical practice. He has published over 1000 articles in refereed journals, was the second most cited researcher in  the world for 2011 and has the 17 th highest H-index in history. He is a former President of the World Heart Federation, where he has initiated the Emerging Leaders program to build capacity for implementation and policy research in all continents of the world, with the aim of halving the CVD burden globally within a generation.

Jennifer Lynn is the CEO of LCI Associates Inc. | Diversity Advantage International.  Jennifer’s multi-faceted experience and wide-ranging body of work spans the private, public and non-profit sectors, domestic and international markets, a multitude of industries and cultures, and entrepreneurial enterprises.

Her pioneering work and precedent-setting initiatives with business and civic organizations are dedicated to areas of Leadership, Equity, Diversity,  Economic and Social Inclusion, Education, the Environment, Women, Children, Youth, Seniors, Families, Art and Culture, and Wellness.

Jennifer is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her notable contributions to Canada. A long-standing community leader and senior advisor, she has been recognized with the Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award and the United Way of Canada Chair’s Award of Distinction.

She also holds the distinction as the first woman of colour to Chair the Board of the United Way of Greater Toronto (one of North America’s largest agencies) and served as Board Director for the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Tides Canada, among others. She has been at the forefront of major community and advocacy initiatives including  the National Movement for Harmony in Canada, the Race Relations Advisory Council on Advertising, CivicAction and the award-winning B.O.L.D. (Broadening Opportunity Through Leadership Diversity) Program.

Executive Committees

"A ripple can gently nudge the shore line or cause a Tsunami – it depends on the initial energy which provides the momentum for ever widening circles of hope , healing & health." - [Poem/Quote by Dr. Sudi Devanesen , 2006 ]


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