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Partners In Health was founded in 1987 by Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, Jim Yong Kim, Todd McCormack and Tom White.

On the occasion of PIH’s 25th anniversary in 2012, four founders shared their reflections and remembered their friend and fellow Co-founder, Thomas J. White, who passed away in 2011.

Ophelia Dahl
Ophelia Dahl
When I look back down the long road I see a small crowd pointing to a clinic. Built from scratch, that tiny clinic in Cange marked the first of many transformations. Building became a theme: next a lab and operating rooms; then a local workforce, partnerships, a teaching hospital, new sites in Africa, a movement for equity in health care. Our master builder, by vocation and avocation, was Tom White, the embodiment of the generosity and commitment to the poor on which we’ve based our work. Throughout, lifelong friendships—first with Paul, Todd, Jim, Tom, and the Lafontants— have sustained me.

Cange today is not recognizable as the barren place of our origin. In that transformation lies the heart of what we do at PIH. Our work now stretches from the Navajo Nation to Rwanda and beyond, fueled by the conviction that everyone deserves access to high-quality care. Through decades of growth and change, as we’ve taken on tuberculosis and AIDS, maternal mortality and the plagues that stalk the poor, we’ve been accompanied by the many who support PIH. The road ahead—broadened by a quarter-century’s experience, new partnerships, and the ever-growing family that has joined us along the way—offers the chance to deliver on the promise of global health.

Paul Farmer
Paul Farmer
The turning points in my life are all linked to PIH and to changes small and seismic within it, just as the steadiness in my life has come most reliably from friendships made here. At the outset, some of us were pursuing studies from clinical medicine to English literature; others, like Tom White, were established. But each of us chose social justice as our true north. Those we sought to serve shared that commitment, attacking the forces that damaged and shortened their lives. Together we made tackling ill health the focus, and partnerships the strategy. The persistent pathologies of poverty—whether cholera, tuberculosis, and AIDS, or the crucible of Haiti’s earthquake—must be addressed through partnerships. No group can do it alone; alliances forged to confront global threats cannot just be local.

Now, our great challenge is finding partners to help us respond effectively to the persistent and pernicious epidemic of poverty. True partnership is tough. But it’s the way towards true north, as the past 25 years have taught us—all of us; PIHers around the world; our patients, our teachers, our students; and especially my partners in health Ophelia, Todd, Jim, and Tom, whom we miss so much.

Jim Yong Kim
Jim Yong Kim
Historic transformations come when organizations and social movements unite the thirst for justice with implementation skills. To me, PIH embodies what can be achieved when these two qualities are brought together. When PIH started out, we developed the concept of “pragmatic solidarity” to describe our approach. Solidarity means a passionate moral commitment to others’ wellbeing, based on awareness of humanity’s deep interdependence. Pragmatism, in this context, means the strategic thinking and implementation skills needed to build effective delivery systems for social goals. PIH has succeeded because we’ve found partners in communities who have turned solidarity into a tangible reality for poor people, by building systems to deliver health care, clean water, improved housing, education, and economic opportunity. To work alongside these colleagues, and see what they’ve accomplished, has humbled and inspired me for 25 years.

Taking our first steps in pragmatic solidarity a quarter-century ago, we couldn’t have predicted where the path would lead. Today, we’re bringing PIH solutions to a global scale. We’re seeing that passionate pragmatism has relevance across all regions and development contexts. In other words, our work has just begun.

Todd McCormack
Todd McCormack
At Tom White’s wake, Ophelia handed me a note I wrote to Paul when he asked me to help him set up PIH. In that note I wrote: “I can assure you nothing makes me happier than knowing I have an opportunity to help expand and secure what you’ve developed in Cange.” Twenty-five years later, I can confidently say that, outside of my family, nothing has.

If accompaniment is the root that feeds PIH, I surely was the first who needed to be accompanied. Unlike Paul, Ophelia, and Jim, who crafted multiple day jobs to build partnerships in health, I was committed to other professional pursuits. I remain forever indebted to my co-founders, and the ever-growing PIH community, for helping ensure that, as I live ensconced in circles of excessive consumption, I remain connected to our generation’s most vexing issue: the stark realities of the world’s poor. And, 25 years on, I still feel privileged to do what I can to help “expand and secure” our programs, which now span continents and involve dozens of partners. I remain heartened and humbled by so many who have joined our effort to work for a more preferential option for the poor.


GOVERNANCE


Partners In Health Canada is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that oversees the organization’s operations.

Rocco Fazzolari (Chair)
Rocco Fazzolari (Chair)
Rocco Fazzolari is the Vice President of Finance & Administration at Tourism Toronto. Prior to joining Tourism Toronto, he served at the Chief Financial Officer at Harbourfront Centre - an arts, cultural, education and event programming organization on Toronto's waterfront. His extensive financial management background includes positions at Prostate Cancer Canada, the Sydney Opera House, the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Lavalife, Wyeth-Ayerst and Ernst and Young. Rocco has a B.Comm from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant (C.A).

Marika Anthony-Shaw
Marika Anthony-Shaw
Artists have always been at the forefront of social change, and for violinist and violist Marika Anthony-Shaw, the opportunity to drive engagement has always remained at the core of her musical endeavour. While initially gaining recognition in the acclaimed Grammy-winning Montreal-based band Arcade Fire, Marika also saw an opportunity to harness and direct the energy of a passionate fan base and created Plus One - a platform to drive social change. Plus One partners performing artists with high impact non-profits, leveraging dollars and collective support to benefit underserved and vulnerable populations. Marika strongly embraces PIH’s model of accompaniment, which she believes is the most effective, compassionate, and dignified way of delivering care to those most in need. She is thrilled that PIH Canada is a reality, and feels honoured to do whatever it takes to help build the Canadian global health equity movement to ensure that people everywhere can access high quality health care.

Trevor deBoer
Trevor deBoer
Trevor is a partner with Aird & Berlis LLP in Toronto, practising in the area of corporate and commercial law. Trevor represents renewable energy industry clients on the financing, development, acquisition, operation and regulation of wind, solar, water and biomass electricity generation facilities. Trevor advises developers, equity sponsors, lenders and government agencies in a variety of infrastructure transactions. In addition, Trevor has executed all stages of real property development, both as external and in-house counsel, including site evaluation and selection, land assembly, joint venture structuring, multi-tier and public-market acquisition financing, marketing, construction financing and pre- and post-construction divestiture. Trevor has advised on brownfield remediation and redevelopment, and carbon trading.

Dr. Andrew Boozary
Dr. Andrew Boozary
Andrew Boozary completed his M.D. at the University of Ottawa. He received a Princeton University Fellowship Award to earn his Masters of Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and coupled his health policy training with a Masters of Science (SM) at Harvard University. He is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is now serving as the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Harvard Public Health Review. Dr. Boozary has written on medicine and public health in the British Medical Journal and Journal of the American Medical Association Journal among others, while also being a contributor to the Globe and Mail and Huffington Post.

Mark Brender
Mark Brender
Mark Brender is National Director of Partners In Health Canada. Mark opened the PIH Canada office in 2011 and is passionate about raising awareness and funds for this effort, and empowering Canadians to join the movement for social justice and global health equity. He previously held leadership positions with national and international charitable organizations. Prior to his career in the non-profit sector, Mark spent more than a decade as an award-winning hockey journalist, writing about those who practice a different kind of justice.

Duncan Dee
Duncan Dee
Duncan Dee worked at Air Canada for 15 years, where he was Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, until the fall of 2012. He has considerable expertise in corporate strategy, corporate communications, transportation operations and logistics, customer service and in public, regulatory, and government affairs. As Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada, Mr. Dee had direct oversight for the airline’s worldwide operations and customer service portfolios, as well as responsibility for government and regulatory affairs, safety and environment, and corporate security. In addition, his experience in progressively more senior roles at Air Canada involved overseeing official languages, international sales, marketing and operations and corporate social responsibility. For example, in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, Mr. Dee led eight relief missions on behalf of Air Canada to deliver thousands of tonnes of supplies to earthquake victims and worked with the Canadian government to bring nearly 200 Haitian adoptees out of the devastated country.

Before joining Air Canada, Mr. Dee held senior positions within the Government of Canada, including the Department of Canadian Heritage and Environment Canada. Mr. Dee is a member of the board of the OnexOne Foundation, where he focuses his efforts on the health and welfare of vulnerable children in Haiti. In 2005, Duncan was recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40,” and in 2012 received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Paul Dewar
Paul Dewar
Paul Dewar was the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre from 2006 until 2015, and the NDP Foreign Affairs Critic and vice-chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development from 2007 until 2015. As a legislator, he proposed Bill C-393 to provide low-cost generic life-saving medication to developing countries. He also championed Bill C-486 to regulate and restrict the trade in conflict minerals from central Africa. While a parliamentarian, Paul Dewar was elected by his peers as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes against Humanity, as an executive member of the Canada-NATO Parliamentary Association, and as an international co-president of Parliamentarians for Non-Nuclear Proliferation and Disarmament. He has participated in election observation missions with the National Democratic Institute and international delegations to Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before his election to Parliament, Paul Dewar was an educator and community leader in Ottawa.

Lucie Edwards
Lucie Edwards
Lucie Edwards retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs in December 2009. Her last assignment in a 33-year career with DFAIT was as Chief Strategist and Head of the Office for Transformation. To mark her retirement, she was awarded the Department's Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence for 2009. She had previously served in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister for Corporate Services (1996-99), Director General of the Global Issues Bureau (1995-96), Director of Middle East Relations (1992-93) and Chair of the Southern Africa Task Force (1989-93). Overseas, she served as Canadian High Commissioner to India (2003-06), South Africa (1999-2003) and Kenya (1993-95). She was awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence, its highest award, for her humanitarian work as Ambassador to Rwanda in 1995. She has worked extensively at the United Nations and throughout her career has specialized in international development, with a particular interest in food security and rural poverty in Africa and South Asia.

Dr. Paul Farmer
Dr. Paul Farmer
Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and anthropologist, is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also serves as U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent books are In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction, and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.

Ann Quandt
Ann Quandt
Ann Quandt is the Chief Financial Officer at Partners In Health (PIH), a Partners In Health Canada's sister organization, based in Boston. She oversees the financial and IT operations of the hospitals and health centers that PIH operates in Haiti, Africa, Peru, Russia, and Mexico. Prior to business school, Ann spent four years in investment banking at Lincoln International in Chicago. After graduating from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, she continued in investment banking at Harris Williams in Boston. She was hired by PIH in 2008, where she moved through a succession of finance-related roles before being named CFO in July 2014. Outside of work, Ann enjoys running, tennis, date-nights with her husband Rob, and keeping track of her three children, Chase, Lexi, and Luke.

Dr. Hugh Scully
Dr. Hugh Scully
Dr. Hugh Scully, BA, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS was educated at Queen’s, Toronto and Harvard Universities. He is Professor of Surgery and Health Policy, University of Toronto, and is Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at UHN Toronto General Hospital. In 2010, Dr. Scully received one of the Canadian Medical Association’s top awards, the Medal of Service, and the {Lifetime} Annual Achievement Award from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. He has received the Medal of Merit from the International Society for Heart Research, and the Gold and Diamond Queen’s Jubilee Medals. Among provincial and national positions, Dr. Scully served as a Board member and President of the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association., the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Council {Board} of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Internationally he has represented Canada on the Council of the World Medical Association, the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons {ACS} and is the only non-American to be appointed to the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Committee. Dr. Scully has been involved in international motorsport medicine and safety for more than four decades. In 2000 he was elected to Membership, and in 2011 as Chairman of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, book chapters and invited presentations.

Tracy Shannon
Tracy Shannon
An Ontario native with Nova Scotia roots, Tracy is a successful entrepreneur who developed and ran an environmental management firm, Earth Cycle Planning, for four years before selling it to a Fortune 500 company in 2011. She has since been a senior consultant for strategic planning and business development for Wasteco National, working with multi-national companies operating in Canada. In 2016, combining her business acumen and world travel cultural experiences, Tracy founded Fostr Inc., a fashion entity featuring a provocative line of professional women’s work wear. She is also the creative director. Her office and home are located in Toronto.


PIH Canada is grateful for the efforts of Alain Paul Martin and colleagues at Harvard University Club of Ottawa for their role in helping to establish PIH Canada.

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