John Healy
Chair
John is currently the Chair of the Board, a position he has held since 2016. John is also an integral part of "Team Asthma". He is a senior lawyer in Toronto, and has - with the exception of when he lived in NY teaching law - been a resident of Toronto. He has a Bachelors Degree (Honours) as well as his J.D./LL.B from the University of Western Ontario, and is currently completing a Masters of Law at the University of London (England). John is very passionate about his role on the Board because, like 3 million Canadians. he personally has asthma - which was diagnosed later in his life
Joanna Caners
Vice-Chair
Joanna Caners is the Manager of Environmental Programs at The Home Depot, where she has worked for nearly 10 years. Joanna has an MA in Geography and a BSc in Physical and Environmental Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Susan Waserman, MSc, MD, FRCPC
Secretary & Chairperson, Medical and Scientific Committee
Dr. Waserman obtained her MSc and medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. She specialized in Internal Medicine, followed by subspecialty training in Allergy/Clinical Immunology. She then completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Immunology at the Meakins Christie Laboratories at McGill University. She is currently a Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Allergy/Clinical Immunology at McMaster University in Hamilton.
She is the Director of the Adverse Reactions Clinic at the Firestone Institute of Respiratory Health, St Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. She is the past President of the Ontario and Canadian Societies of Allergy and Clinical Immunology where activities included CME for physicians, allied health professionals and the community, as well as practice guidelines in areas such as anaphylaxis, rhinitis and immunotherapy.
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Karen Slezak
Treasurer
Karen’s vast knowledge allows her to work with clients on most topics pertaining to their finances, including tax minimization, real estate, tax planning, charitable-gift planning, corporate and partnership restructurings, effective use of family trusts and planning relating to estates, succession and insurance. Both of Karen’s children struggled with asthma and she volunteers with Asthma Canada because she supports its initiates to help families understand and control this disease.
Dag Enhorning
Director
Dag Enhorning is the President of Siltech Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty silicones. Prior to joining Siltech, Dag worked as a CPA in the Calgary office of Ernst & Young, specializing in US and Canadian personal tax. Dag lives in Toronto with his two children and enjoys golf, biking and family vacations. Dag’s interest in Asthma Canada stems from his father’s extensive research to help premature babies that are afflicted with Respiratory Distress Syndrome survive and his subsequent research to find a cure for Asthma.
Joel Podbere
Director
Joel Podbere is a partner in Crowe Soberman’s Audit & Advisory Group and joined the firm in 2005. Since he has been at the firm, Joel has been active in various areas of the firm’s operations. His hard work and tenacity have earned him the respect of his clients and colleagues. Joel is active in the community and also volunteers for the annual CPA Canada Tax Clinics where he provides free tax counsel and preparation of income tax returns for low-income individuals in the GTA.