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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.

Executive.

Treena Duncan – President

Treena lives in Surrey, BC, and joined the CCA board in 2014 and became the Secretary of the board in 2015. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She is married with two teenage children. Both her son and daughter were diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She is excited to be part of the CCA board and is passionate about its work. Professionally, Treena works for the United Church of Canada as Personnel Minister. Most of her work focuses in the area of staff supervision, conflict resolution, board/committee development, communication, policy interpretation and leadership development. Treena enjoys this challenging and multifaceted role. In a volunteer capacity, Treena serves on the British Columbia Highland Dance Association board as secretary, and recently completed her term as secretary of the White Spot Pipe Band Executive. In her spare time, Treena supports her children in their chosen activities (Highland Dance, Bagpipes, Guitar/Singing, Soccer), and enjoys playing the piano, reading and travelling.

 

Janet Bolton – Director & Vice Chair

Janet is currently Associate Vice-President, Legal, at TD Bank Group where she leads TD’s Canadian Regulatory Law Team.  Prior to joining TD, Janet was a partner in the competition law group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.  Janet was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996.  In addition to her legal practice, Janet is a passionate advocate for employee and community mental health.  Janet has two daughters who are 18 and 16.  Her husband and 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.

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 2 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 he is highly committed to helping the CCA assist other Canadians manage and overcome celiac disease in their day to day lives.

Directors.

Meredith Birchall-Spencer

Meredith is currently a senior communications manager at First West Credit Union based in BC. She specializes in developing internal communication and change engagement strategies as well as public and media relations management. Meredith is passionate about community service and is proud to serve on the board of the CCA and support its mission. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking and wine touring in the Okanagan where she lives with her husband.

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.

 

 

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 most recently lead the AAFC and Board Nominations Committees.

 

 

Jessica Danford

Jessica Danford is a passionate advocate for the celiac and gluten-free community. She is a proud member and volunteer of the CCA since her diagnosis in 2015. Jessica partners with organizations to raise awareness on access to safe food. Her expertise is in bringing education and awareness through training, workshops, fund-raising, food-drives, as well as speaking. She brings extensive experience in business and brand management, with a direct focus on people and team development. A community builder with a mission to make life easier for those living with celiac.

Selena DeVries

Selena is a registered dietitian living with celiac disease. She specializes in the dietary management of celiac disease in her virtual private practice, Healthbean Nutrition, based in Kelowna BC. She is also the dietitian for the CCA Okanagan chapter. Selena is an advocate for celiac disease within her community, with a keen interest in increasing awareness among her colleagues and other health professionals. She graduated with an Honors BSc. degree in dietetics from the University of British Columbia in 2013. She is also the co-chair of Dietitians of Canada: Integrative and Functional Nutrition Network, which helps to promote education opportunities and increase knowledge on the importance of whole body health – mind, body and spirit. In her spare time, Selena is likely to be found in the dance studio, tapping away, travelling, and, most definitely, scouting out and enjoying gluten free food.

Jennifer Stebbing

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.

Brian Whitehouse

Brian Whitehouse has 30 years of experience in scientific research, not-for-profit association management and corporate governance, including his present position as president of OEA Technologies Incorporated. He holds a PhD in oceanography and spent six years of his career as the executive director of a non-profit industry association, where he grew the membership from 80 members in three countries to 800 in 40 countries. His CCA interests focus on education and helping the association realize its revenue potential. Brian went to high school in Victoria, university in Vancouver and Halifax and has worked for technical institutions located in Ottawa and St. John’s. Presently, he lives on the shores of St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, with his wife and son. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2017, shortly after his mother and shortly before his son and brother were diagnosed with the disease.

 

 

 

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