Our Board of Directors

Gérald Savoie

Chair

BSC, MHA, CHE


Prior to joining the Pallium Canada Board, Gérald Savoie was President and CEO of Montfort Hospital and Assistant Executive Director at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital both located in Ottawa. He also held positions as Director of Planning and Coordination for the Regional Council of Health and Social Services Ottawa and Assistant Administrator at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Campbellton, New Brunswick. He also taught in the MHA program at the University of Ottawa. He has participated and led several collaborative and shared services initiatives in Quebec and Ontario; operational and provincial reviews in Ontario and New Brunswick; resource allocation processes in Quebec and New Brunswick. Mr. Savoie has played significant leadership roles in major restructuring and transformation of the healthcare system at the local, regional, provincial and national levels. Mr. Savoie has received the Robert Wood Johnson Award, the Trudeau Medal and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa.

Rabbi Reuven Bulka

1st Vice-Chair

PhD


Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa, where he has served for over 50 years. He received Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Jacob Joseph Rabbinical Seminary in 1966, a Ph.D. in Logotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 1971, and an Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University in 2006. He has chaired Trillium Gift of Life Network, responsible for Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation in Ontario, since 2006. He has authored and/or edited close to 40 books on assorted topics, has donated blood/platelets 345 times, and was appointed a member of the Order of Canada on June 28, 2013. Rabbi Bulka is the founding President/CEO of Kind Canada Généreux, and has chaired a number of campaigns here in Ottawa, including the Courage Campaign for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Hospice Ottawa West campaign to establish a hospice in Ottawa West. He is presently the co-chair of the annual campaign for the Ottawa Jewish Federation.

Deborah L. Weinstein

2nd Vice-Chair

LL.B.


Debbie Weinstein is a co-founder and partner at LaBarge Weinstein practicing business, corporate finance and securities law. Ms. Weinstein’s practice emphasizes public and private corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, day to day public company advice and generally advising private corporations, investors, lenders and investment banks. Ms. Weinstein represents a range of clients from entrepreneurs and their start up companies to Canadian public and foreign issuers. Foreign knowledge-based companies seek out her assistance in establishing or acquiring businesses in Canada. She advises boards of directors on corporate governance and transaction-specific matters. Ms. Weinstein is ranked as one of Canada’s Top Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers in a survey conducted by Financial Post in 2007. In January 2008, American Lawyer named Debbie one of Canada’s Leading 500 Lawyers. She has also be named one of Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs by PROFIT and Chatelaine magazines and one of Canada’s Top 25 Women Lawyers by Lexpert. Ms. Weinstein has served as a board member and chair on numerous boards and board committees, including the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation, the United Way Ottawa, Ashbury College, and the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation.

Beverley Lepine

Treasurer

BBA, CA, ICD.D


Beverley Lepine has served as Director of Pallium Canada since 2011, and serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Ms. Lepine retired as Chief Operating Officer from the Royal Canadian Mint, a Canadian Federal Crown Corporation, after 27 years in various positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Manufacturing. Prior to joining the Royal Canadian Mint, Ms. Lepine worked from 1980 until 1987 for the Treasury Board Secretariat of the Government of Canada and Via Rail Canada. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bishop’s University in 1974, Ms. Lepine worked for Clarkson Gordon from 1974 to 1980 where she obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 1978. She obtained her Institute of Corporate Directors Certificate (ICD.D) in 2011. Ms. Lepine was Chair of the Board of Bruyère Continuing Care, a chronic continuing care hospital in Ottawa from 2008-2010 and is currently a member of the Board of Amark Precious Metals, Inc., a full-service metals trading company, listed on NASDAQ, with headquarters in the USA. Ms. Lepine’s brings a strong background in finance and her management knowledge and experience provide the Board with guidance in matters of business planning and growth.

Dr. Srini Chary

Honourary Chair

MBBS, MRCS, LRCP, CCFP(PC), DA, FRCS Ed


Dr. Srini Chary was born in India, grew up in Britain and completed his higher surgical training including a fellowship in surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He arrived in Canada in 1968 and worked in Uranium City, Saskatchewan as a GP-Surgeon for 16 months. Following that, he completed residency training in Radiation Oncology in London, Ontario and held a staff position, for a total of 5 years. A family tragedy led to a change of practice and Dr. Chary moved to Saskatoon and became a Palliative Care Physician and Director of Regional Palliative Care Program in Saskatoon, for more than 18 years. Since December 2005, he has been in Calgary working as a Palliative Care Physician Consultant and worked as Consultant in Chronic Pain Clinic at Calgary Chronic Pain Clinic for 9 years. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology & Family Medicine at the Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Dr. Srini Chary has been associated with Pallium since 2001. He is the co-founder and board chair of Pallium Foundation of Canada until 2017 and now remains on the governance board as Honourary Chair.

Paul Labbé

Director

BSc, BCL, ISMP


Paul Labbé’s extensive career in international trade, finance and economic development includes both in the Public and Private sectors in Canada and abroad. Following an initial assignment as Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Paris France, (1966-69) he served as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Industry Trade and Commerce (1969-72). Then with four associates founded a private international trading company specialized in the export of Canadian equipment and services for the Agricultural, Mining and Telecommunication industries (1972-80). Hired back by the Federal Government in 1980 he established and ran, the Canadian Industrial Renewal Program, a $300 million industrial adjustment and redevelopment program, then in 1985 he was tasked to set up and run Investment Canada, an agency focused on attracting increased foreign direct investment to Canada. He was appointed President of the Export Development Corporation in 1991 and returned to the Private sector in 1987 as Chair and CEO of Citibank Canada. Since retiring from Citibank Canada, he has been a Director of several public and private companies, including having served as Chairman of a telecommunications company in Chile and Director of the Dundee Wealth Bank. He is a past Director and President of The Rideau Club in Ottawa and served for 10 years on the Saint Patrick’s Basilica Temporal Affairs Committee that directed the extensive restoration work to the Basilica building. Among other things, Paul is currently Chair of the Schulich School of Business International Advisory Council, and a Director of the Pallium Foundation.

Dr. José Pereira

Director

MBChB, DA, CCFP, MSc


Dr. José Pereira is a palliative care physician and is Co-Founder and Scientific Officer of Pallium Canada. He has led the development of the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End-of-Life Care (LEAP) as well as the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook. He is a professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University and has academic affiliations with the Departments of Family Medicine and Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is also Director, Research at The College of Family Physicians of Canada (March 2016 - Current) and has previously held various leadership positions, academic and administrative. These have included Provincial Lead for Cancer Care Ontario's (CCO) Palliative Care Program (2011-2013), Medical Chief of Palliative Care Services at Bruyère Continuing Care in Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital (2008-2016), and Division Chief, Division of Palliative Care, University of Ottawa (2008-2016). Dr. José Pereira is known internationally for his contributions to clinical, service and educational innovations in support of improved clinical efficacy and access/quality in palliative and end-of-life care. In April 2012, Dr. Pereira received the Award of Excellence from the Palliative Medicine Section of the Ontario Medical Association and in October 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal via the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.