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Meet our Board of Directors.

The CCA is governed by an elected national board of directors with regional representation across Canada. The Board develops policies and strategies for the association and provides leadership and guidance to chapters. The Board meets monthly via conference calls and in person three times annually.

Learn about our new Strategic Priorities for 2020 – 2023 here.

Executive.

Janet Bolton – President

Janet lives in Toronto and practices law at TD Bank Group, following a career in private practice as a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Janet has two daughters who are both in university, in Ontario and B.C. Her husband and eldest daughter were diagnosed with celiac disease in 2017. Since their diagnosis, Janet has committed herself to learning as much as she can about celiac disease, gluten-free food preparation and our medical system. Janet strongly believes in the CCA’s goals of education, research and support for individuals with celiac disease and hopes she can contribute to these goals. In addition to her legal practice and CCA involvement, Janet is a passionate advocate for employee and community mental health. She also sits on the Board of Hanlan Boat Club, a community rowing club, and believes strongly in the power of sport to transform lives.

 

Jennifer Stebbing  – Vice President

Jennifer is a lawyer at Ross & McBride LLP and practices predominantly in the area of estate planning, administration and accounting. Since her call to the bar in 2009, she has practiced in estate law; first as a litigator and now as a planner and administrator. Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Windsor in International Relations and went on to complete two law degrees with cum laude honours at the University of Ottawa and Michigan State University with a specialization in International Law. Jennifer is currently attending Osgoode Hall Law School for a Masters of Law specializing in Tax. Jennifer is a volunteer at heart and is involved in many different local organizations and spends her spare time hiking and participating in various community events.

 

Andrew Kotys – Director & Treasurer

Andrew Kotys lives in Kleinburg, Ontario, is married with 4 children who are all attending University. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University Of Toronto and received his C.A. designation while working at Ernst & Young. He has served as the CFO of two highly successful private entrepreneurial organizations in addition to his 10 years at Ernst & Young. His daughter, Sophia was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2015, and another daughter Juliet in 2019. He is highly committed to helping the CCA assist other Canadians manage and overcome celiac disease in their day to day lives.

Wanda Walkden – Secretary

Wanda lives in Toronto and is currently the Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer for Staples Canada. Wanda has over twenty-five years human resources experience gained in a variety of industries. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and has completed her Human Resources and Compensation Committee Effectiveness (HRCCE) with the Institute of Corporate Directors. Wanda was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2018 and was so thankful for the resources CCA provided, that she decided to give back to CCA through volunteering. In her spare time, Wanda’s winter pastime is curling and in the summer she enjoys golf, cottaging and any activity on the water.

Directors.

David Congram

David’s career has been in the financial services sector, primarily in insurance. He has a background in strategic planning and Board memberships. He is an Actuary by profession, having recently served on the executive of the International Actuarial Association. He has served as Vice Chair for the CCA Board and has been Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Financial Sustainability Committee.

 

 

Tamara Close

Tamara lives in Montreal.  She has worked in the investment and capital markets industry since 1991 for various global organizations.  In 2017 she founded an independent capital markets strategy and sustainable investing advisory firm.  Tamara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McGill and a Master’s of Science degree in Finance from the John Molson School of Business.  Tamara is also a certified Sustainable Investment Professional and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification. Tamara was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1985.  She is married with 3 children all currently attending University.

 

Marsha Hebert

Marsha Hebert is the Founder and Creative Director of Eat For Life By Marsha Inc. in Calgary. Eat For Life By Marsha specializes in nutritious gluten-free and dairy-free recipes available in her cookbooks, magazines, recipe packs, and classes. The company also provides health and wellness products created and curated to provide guilt-free eating and joyful living.

She has over 20 years of corporate experience in various industries and areas such as executive, human resources, and accounting. She has built a reputation for operational excellence, innovative strategic thinking, working with the highest level of integrity, and has recently received designation as a Canadian Management Professional (CMP). She is currently pursuing certification to become a Certified Nutritional Consultant (CNC). Marsha is a member of the Canadian Health Food Association, the Canadian Women in Food, and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Marsha was diagnosed with Anemia at age 12, and suffered for many years with gluten and dairy intolerance. In her early 30’s she became aware of Celiac causes and symptoms. Since then, she has been on a gluten and dairy free diet which has shown tremendous improvement in her health. Her passion for helping others achieve success with their health has brought her to creating and sharing her gluten-free recipes and educating others on more ways to eat gluten-free without the guilt. She credits her daughter as her inspiration and commitment.

Kathryn Djordjevic


Kathryn is a practicing Pharmacist with over 20 years of experience, having spent the majority of her career with Shoppers Drug Mart, and completed her MBA in 2017. Currently, she is studying engagement in digital mental health programs as part of her doctoral program through the Henley Business School in England, and provides clinical and business consulting services for a variety of health care partners and start ups. Her passions include mental wellness as an integral part of personal and professional wellbeing. Kathryn was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2012 and has been a member of the CCA since then, having volunteered for the Halton Peel CCA Chapter as Secretary for 2 years. Some of her hobbies include family time and travel; sharing her gluten free creations in the kitchen and educating others on Celiac Disease and wellbeing.

 

Doris Foster

Doris began her career as a Registered Dietitian in the hospital sector. She then went on to obtain an MBA and has many years of experience in health care management. She is now Director of Support Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario. Doris has previous board experience with the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. On a personal note, one of Doris’ daughters was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 3; she herself was diagnosed about ten years ago. Doris looks forward to working with the Board to improve the quality of life for those with celiac disease in Canada.

Uzair Jalil

Uzair lives in Toronto, Ontario and is a passionate advocate for the patient community managing auto-immune diseases with broad prior experiences relating to fibromyalgia, celiac disease and cancer. Uzair is currently Senior Director, Capital Markets & International, Procurement, Technology, Innovation & Infrastructure at CIBC and has been with the bank since 2005. He brings over 16 years of extensive business and banking experiences, including with CIBC Technology & Operations, Global Transaction Banking, Commercial Banking, Capital Markets and Retail Markets businesses. He is also a Director-at-Large with Lupus Ontario. Uzair holds a Masters in Law (Business Law) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Hon. Bachelor of Science (Genetics & Biotechnology) degree from the University of Toronto. Uzair is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Ontario) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA Ontario). He enjoys spending time with family, travelling, playing squash and has a strong interest in mental health for youth.

Ravil Veli

Ravil Veli is the CEO of the North Bay Public Library. He was appointed to the position in February of 2014. Prior to his appointment to the NBPL, Ravil served as library director in a variety of academic institutions, public and private, in Connecticut, New York and Vermont. As CEO, Ravil has focused on the development of both traditional and digital information literacy programs and initiatives. Ravil is a member of the Board of Governors of Canadore College and serves on the Executive Committee and Chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Services Health Safety Association (PSHSA) and Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee. Ravil serves as well on the Ontario Library Services North (OLS-N) CSI Conference and Training Committee as well as the Northern Literature Non-Fiction Prize Selection Panel. As Director in a variety of organizations Ravil has worked diligently to maintain and strengthen a sustained focus on the interests of clients and the public. Ravil has Bachelor of Arts degree (History) from the University of Waterloo, and a Master’s degree (Library Science) from McGill University. Ravil also has a Marketing Certificate, a Management Certificate, and a Human Resources Certificate from State University at Plattsburgh-A.M.A program.

Lizbeth Wall

In 2003, Lizbeth retired from Health Care as a Labour Relations Specialist specializing in Human Rights issues. Since retirement she has been spending most of her time volunteering and enjoying an active lifestyle. In 2013 Lizbeth was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and despite the overwhelming diagnosis, one of the best things that has happened to her was finding the CCA and specifically making friends at the B. C. Chapter. She quickly learned the value of this very compassionate group of people. She became a member in 2013 and joined the Vancouver (now B.C.) Board in 2014 and took on the task of Membership Director. In 2015 she added VP to her membership tasks and in 2017 became President until 2020 and at present continues as Membership Director for the B.C. Chapter. Besides volunteering with the CCA, she has also volunteered at YVR as a Greencoat and at a Hospice for over 8 years with her dog Farley. Lizbeth currently lives in beautiful Vancouver with her husband Bryan, and their dog Farley and is lucky to have her daughter Jessica to give her nutritional guidance as a Registered Dietitian.

 

 

 

 

 

Updated July 2021

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