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Board of Directors and Senior Team


Board of Directors

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Ron Anderson

A seasoned business leader with a talent for management, Ron Anderson is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Nexus Systems Group Inc., a specialized business and information technology consulting company.

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Stuart Hodge
Stuart Hodge

Stuart Hodge is the President and owner of Koallo Inc., a domain name registration and managed services company based in Ottawa. Originally from the United Kingdom he began his technical career with ten years as a member of the Royal Air Force and then as a self-employed consultant.

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Robert Sankey
Robert Sankey, CFA

Robert Sankey is Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and also serves on the Board of Directors at Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. Robert has spent the past 12 years at Burgundy, working in numerous roles including Director of Research, Canadian equities, Emerging Markets equities and Fixed Income.  

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Ian Thompson
Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson graduated from Dalhousie University and started his career as a reporter with The Chronicle Herald. He’s Executive-in-Residence, Cox & Palmer, Halifax, a former owner of MT&L Public Relations, a former executive with both TransCanada PipeLines and Emera Inc., former Ottawa representative for the Province of the Nova Scotia and former deputy minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.

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Robert Deane
Coquitlam, BC

Robert is a partner at the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais. He practices international and domestic commercial arbitration, commercial litigation, privacy law, intellectual property litigation and advertising/competition law. 

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Senior Team

Kelly Grover
Chief Executive Officer and President

A proven leader with over 20 years of experience in the health, research and public sectors, Kelly Grover joins Cystic Fibrosis Canada as President and Chief Executive Officer. In her previous role as Vice-President, National Programs and Partners at Ovarian Cancer Canada, Kelly led the organization’s work in the areas of supportive care, advocacy, clinician partnerships and public education while also providing leadership to the regional offices.

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Jennifer Nebesky
Jennifer Nebesky
Chief Communications, Marketing & National Events Officer

Jennifer Nebesky has 20 years communications experience and has worked at some of Canada’s leading Public Relations and Communications agencies where she has served organizations in the healthcare, financial and consumer industries. Jennifer brings expertise in patient association partnerships, awareness and education initiatives, brand management, media relations, social media and marketing.

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John Wallenburg
John Wallenburg
Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. John Wallenburg joined Cystic Fibrosis Canada as Chief Scientific Officer in March 2015. Dr. Wallenburg spent much of the last 25 years at the interface of technology creation and development. At the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) he established the Commercialization infrastructure (now FACIT) and launched its first investment program.

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Shannon Ketelaars
Chief Community Engagement Officer

Shannon joined Cystic Fibrosis Canada in November 2015 as the Regional Manager, Southwestern Ontario. She now holds the position of Chief Executive Director for Western Canada and the Prairies, providing leadership to staff and volunteers in the development of community-based fundraising.

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Arlene Sweezey
Director, Human Resources

Arlene Sweezey joined Cystic Fibrosis Canada nearly 20 years ago. She is a trusted advisor on all HR related issues and is a wealth of historical knowledge for CF Canada and the disease in Canada.

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