Champions in the fight against inflammatory bowel disease.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board members are a passionate, committed group of individuals who have all been personally touched by Crohn's and colitis.


Michele Hepburn, BHSc (H), President

Under Michele's leadership, The IBD Foundation has grown from start-up in 2009 (formerly The 3C Foundation of Canada) to a dynamic, well-respected, patient-centred organization that supports and delivers programs and services to the Crohn's and colitis community. The Foundation's programs and services are directed toward enabling those with Crohn's or colitis to be empowered and confident participants in their own disease management.

As a founding Board Member and long-serving President, Michele is renowned for both her personal dedication to the Foundation and her passion for its causes. She devotes herself to the full-time, volunteer position of President. Her background as a health care professional and Michele's own personal experience with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) contribute to her comprehensive and compassionate approach in supporting children and adults touched by Crohn's or colitis. She has attained her Master level training for Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and personally facilitates the "IBDealing With It!" self-management program, taking a very hands on approach with patients and their families.

In addition to her role with the IBD Foundation specifically, Michele sits on a number of committees and boards including a national patient advisory board and the executive committee for a national patient led advocacy group. She is a member of the selection committee for a national scholarship program and is a board member for a Genome Canada/CIHR Genomics and Personalized Health research project. Michele also makes her time and knowledge available to industry stakeholders who regularly pursue her expertise. She collaborates with health care professionals and has presented at the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates national level conference.

True to her passion, Michele has literally climbed mountains in an effort to promote awareness of, and break the silence over, inflammatory bowel disease. In 2012, she participated in a physically and mentally demanding high altitude trek of the Peruvian Andes and in 2013 Michele completed a very physical trek of the remote regions of The Great Wall of China. Both treks encouraged those with IBD to challenge their own perceived limits while raising funds to help others living with IBD.

Eric Wilson, CPA CA, Treasurer
Eric Wilson is a Partner at the accounting firm OHCD LLP. Eric specializes in audits and reviews of not for profit and charities. Eric was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in 1993, and knows firsthand what the impact of the disease can be.


Directors

David Boshard, P.Eng.
David has been active in the Ottawa (Kanata) high technology scene for over 30 years, with stints at Mitel, Newbridge, Alcatel, Tundra Semiconductor, and most recently GridWay Computing Corportation. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and is currently the Vice President of Business Development at GridWay, a local Cloud Computing company. He is an avid golfer, cyclist, and martial artist. David has far too many friends affected by Crohn's and colitis and is honoured to be contributing his technology and IT expertise to the Foundation.

Bill Davis
Bill is the regional vice president of Intact insurance. Bill has over 20 years management experience in the insurance industry with a focus on marketing and relationship development. Bill has also been on the board of many small and mid sizes business over the years.

Frank Napolitano
Frank is a Managing Agent/Managing Partner with Mortgage Brokers Ottawa. He has worked for one of the major Canadian banks for over 20 years including the last 8 years as a mortgage specialist. Frank joined our board in June 2009 with a passion and commitment to making a positive difference in Crohn's and colitis community.

Rachel Walsh
Rachel is President CSGNA, Ottawa Chapter and is the IBD nurse specialist at the Montfort Hospital. She currently holds the position of Medical/Professional Advisory Board Liaison for the IBD Foundation.