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Founders & Governance

GOVERNANCE

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

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

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.

Andrew Boozary

Dr. Andrew Boozary is a primary care physician and is the Executive Director, Health and Social Policy at the University Health Network. He also holds academic appointments as an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto and adjunct faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Prior to joining UHN, Andrew served in senior advisory roles at the provincial and federal level on public policy issues ranging from primary care reform to the implementation of pharmacare. Andrew completed his medical training in family medicine at the University of Toronto and earned his health policy training at Princeton University (Master in Public Policy) and Harvard University (Master of Science). He has maintained active research as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health since 2014 and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Wellesley Institute.

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.

Adrienne K. Chan

Dr. Adrienne Chan is an Infectious Diseases physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Chan’s areas of interest include HIV care and treatment decentralization in low resource settings, integration of TB and HIV services, optimization of PMTCT initiatives, treatment as prevention, and innovative task-shifting models in human resources for health. She holds a cross-appointment to the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, where she has taught on Health Systems Management in International Settings. Over the last 13 years, Dr. Chan has worked in southern Africa with clinical experience in Malawi, Lesotho, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe, and multiple research collaborations with regional and international networks. In 2007, Dr. Chan joined Dignitas International as the organization’s HIV Clinic Coordinator in Zomba, Malawi, and later became Medical Coordinator for the Malawi country program. She previously worked at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights under Dr. Jim Yong Kim, on policy research on increasing access to PMTCT and early childhood development interventions in resource-limited settings.

Chris Dendys

Chris Dendys has more than 25 years experience working in support of social justice and social impact domestically and internationally. She has experience in strategic positioning and advocacy, government relations, strategic partnerships, and supporting grassroots movements. As Executive Director of Results Canada, Chris oversees all aspects of Results Canada’s organizational strengthening efforts, campaign strategy, and grassroots support and growth. Results Canada is committed to creating the political will to end extreme poverty and also to empowering individuals to harness their power as advocates. Chris previously served as Director of External Relations at Nutrition International, one of the world’s largest nutrition-focussed development organizations. Chris has also worked as a consultant, supporting a number of non-government organizations, and has held a variety of positions in government, in Parliament, and in political offices. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (Can-WaCH), and is on the leadership group of ACTION, an international partnership of global health advocates. Chris has four children and lives in Ottawa.

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

Jia Hu

Dr. Jia Hu is a Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services in Calgary Zone and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. He also works at the East Calgary Health Centre, an inner city family medicine practice serving marginalized populations. Dr. Hu’s areas of interests include pharmaceutical policy in low-to-middle income countries, immunization policy, and primary care and public health systems. Dr Hu previously worked in management consulting for McKinsey & Co., where he provided strategic advice to companies in the healthcare space, including pharmaceutical companies, pharmaceutical distributors, and private equity firms. He also previously worked as a consultant at the London School of Economics. In this role, he provided advice to the Chinese government on pharmaceutical policy reform including areas of drug quality, pricing, access, and reimbursement as well as to the Qatari government on health systems reform including health systems structuring and financing.

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

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.

Dr. Suzanne Shoush
Suzanne Shoush

Dr. Suzanne Shoush is an Indigenous primary care physician working with the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team and long-term member of the Inner City Health Associates. Dr. Shoush is also the Indigenous Health Faculty Lead for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Born and raised in Alberta, her mother’s family comes from the Douglas First Nation, one of the Stl’atl’imx communities (Coast Salish) in South West British Columbia, while her father is from North Africa. Prior to studying medicine, Dr. Shoush completed a bachelor’s of Engineering (Electrical) at the University of Alberta. She completed her MD degree at the University of Alberta, followed by her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2010. She then went on to travel throughout northern, remote and rural Ontario for 9 years as a rural family physician.

FOUNDERS

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

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

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

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.

PIH Co-Founder 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.

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.