Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Michael KamelMichael Kamel, P.Eng, PhD
Chair of the Board
PwC Consulting
Montreal, Quebec
“Having been on missionary trips in developing countries, I have seen the dire need for nutrition and medication, particularly by the most vulnerable group in society: children. Finding an organization that has been able to develop a model to help these communities, these children, while creating a sustainable value for pharmaceutical companies was a hugely pleasant surprise for me. It is my pleasure and my honour to try to contribute to this organization in any way possible.”

Colin Bales
Colin Bales, CPA, CMA Board Member
Chief Financial Officer, The Central Group
Oakville, Ontario
“When I visited one of our program partners in Africa, he told me that during the worst year when everything else had dried up, he received $3 million in medicines from HPIC and that is what got him through. So there’s great meaning in what we do. I’m so grateful for the work of HPIC that without major life changes, I can contribute to hospitals in vulnerable communities in 50 countries every year. I am grateful to be part of this work.” 

Lois Brown
Board Member
Vice President, Return to Work Solutions
Former Member of Parliament
Ottawa, Ontario

“Having visited so many of the world’s most vulnerable people in my capacity as Parliamentary Secretary for International Development, I have seen the enormous need for medical assistance and medicines. I am honoured to be part of an organization that is seeking to serve those who are so in need of help and to provide, through the generosity of Canadian pharmaceutical companies and our donors, life-saving medicines and hope for the future.”

Rosalind Davis
Board Member
Telecommunications/Systems Designer, Noxent
Montreal, Quebec
“HPIC can connect directly to those in greatest need. Bypassing bureaucracy, our projects make a positive impact on the health of people around the world.”

Jake Epp
Hon. Jake Epp, P.C., O.C.
Chair Emeritus
Board Member
Former Federal Minister of Health
Calgary, Alberta
“My involvement with HPIC goes back to its very beginning when I was Health Minister for Canada. How could we combine charity, health care and social conscience, which I knew was present in many commercial enterprises? For me, HPIC has been a great part of my life.”

Christine MacMillan
Board Member
Senior Advisor, Social Justice; World Evangelical Alliance
Toronto, Ontario
“The mission of HPIC is a priority for me because vulnerable communities will continue to be vulnerable without life-giving health resources.” 

Glen Metzler
Board Member
Founder, President and Managing Director
API Labs, Inc.
Lethbridge, Alberta

“It is a pleasure to serve with and work with people who believe in doing what is required, and more to make a difference for those who are less fortunate.
As Anne Frank said: ‘No one has ever become poor by giving.’ ”

Lyn Murta
Lynda Murta, BA, LLB
Corporate Secretary
Principal, Murta & Associates
Ottawa, Ontario
“My commitment to HPIC comes from my desire to help children in need around the world access quality health care.”

pierre-travel-health-2013Dr. Pierre Plourde, MD, FRCPC
Board Member 

Medical Officer of Health
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Winnipeg, Manitoba
“HPIC is the convenient way to access essential medicines for missions and projects. As a physician, HPIC’s Humanitarian Medical Kit helps me to build capacity of the health care providers who are working with the most vulnerable people in the developing world.”

Mike Reinders
Board Member
Executive Director
Maple Reinders Group
Oakville, ON

“I support the work of HPIC because of their commitment to providing pharmaceutical and other medical aid to those in need, anywhere in the world, regardless of race, creed or religion.”

Senior Management

Marcelle McPhaden, BScPT, MHA
President and CEO

Samuel Asare-Kusi, BBA, CCLP
Senior Manager, Operations

Dayana Gomez
Director, Philanthropy

Nancy McGuire
Director, Donor relations

Joe Tabet, CPA, CMA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Barbara Trachsel, MPM
Director, Programs

Heather Watts
Director, Healthcare Industry Relations