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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the:


  • Overall direction of Canadian Blood Services' affairs
  • Appointment/dismissal of the Chief Executive Officer
  • Alignment of blood system operations with the organization's Business Plan
  • Development/implementation of organizational standards to supplement regulatory standards
  • Development of corporate/operational policies consistent with statutory requirements


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Board Minutes & Agendas

Open Board Meeting Guidelines

Appointed by Provincial and Territorial Ministers, the Directors are:

Ms. Leah Hollins,
(Victoria, British Columbia)

  • Member, departmental audit committee, Veterans' Affairs Canada
  • Chair, board of directors, Maximus, BC, Inc.
  • Former chair, Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation
  • Former chair, British Columbia Addictions Foundation
  • Former deputy minister of health, British Columbia
  • Former member, board of directors, Canadian Institute for Health Information

Consumer Interest Representatives

Mr. Robert H. Teskey
(Edmonton, Alberta)

  • Board member, TEC Edmonton
  • Member, board of governors, University of Alberta
  • Chair, advisory board , Alberta Diabetes Institute
  • Board member, Alberta Diabetes Foundation
  • Chair, Taylor College and Seminary
  • University of Alberta Board of Governors Special Award - 2008
  • Fourth Transplant Recipient, Clinical Islet Cell Transplant Program - University of Alberta
  • Managing partner, Fieldlaw 1985-2008

Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka
(Ottawa, Ontario)

  • Rabbi, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Ottawa - 1967 to Present
  • Chair, Trillium Gift of Life Network
  • Co-president, Canadian Jewish Congress - 2007-2009
  • Honourary chair, Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Courage Campaign
  • Honourary chair, Organ Donation Committee of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Eastern Ontario Region
  • Former member, Canadian Council on Donation and Transplantation (CCDT)
  • Founder and chair of Ottawa Kindness Week

Medical, Scientific, Technical, Business and Public Health Representatives

Dr. Christopher Carruthers (Ottawa, Ontario)

  • Health care consultant
  • Former chief of staff, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Board member: Accreditation Canada, Ottawa International Airport Authority, Ashbury College Foundation (Chair), Canadian Society of Physician Executives, Mach-Gaensslen Foundation, Community for Excellence in Health Governance
  • Former board member, The Ottawa Hospital, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ontario Hospital Association

Mr. R. Wayne Gladstone
(Port Perry, Ontario)

  • Consultant, corporate financial operations and financial strategy
  • Chair, Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)
  • Former board treasurer and chair of the finance and member executive committees, Lakeridge Health Services
  • Current board member and chair of the audit committee, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)
  • Former senior vice-president of finance & administration at OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) and Former Member of the Board of Directors of a Number of its Subsidiaries

Dr. Gary Glavin
(Headingley, Manitoba)

  • Associate vice-president (medical), University of Manitoba
  • Professor, University of Manitoba
  • Board member, CancerCare Manitoba
  • Board member, Manitoba Institute of Child Health
  • Former board member, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Manitoba Health Research Foundation, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Enterprise Committee

Mr. Henry J. Pankratz FCA
(Cobourg, Ontario)

  • Corporate director
  • Former deputy chair, Ernst and Young Canada
  • Board member, Northumberland Hills Hospital
  • Former chair, Toronto Port Authority
  • Former chair, Canadian Association of Management Consultants
  • Former chair, National Ballet of Canada
  • Honorary doctorate of laws, Wilfrid Laurier University

Ms. Elaine Sibson
(Halifax, Nova Scotia)

  • Retired partner, PWC LLP
  • Chair, Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
  • Chair, audit & corporate responsibility committee of Nova Scotia Power Ltd
  • Treasurer and board member, Atlantic Institute of Market Studies (AIMS)
  • Completed governance education through the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2008
  • Past chair, Institute of Corporate Directors, Atlantic branch
  • Past board member: IWK-Grace Health Centre, Canadian Tax Foundation, Tourism Halifax, Technical University of Nova Scotia, Coopers & Lybrand Partnership Board and PricewaterhouseCoopers Partnership Board
  • Former acting CFO, Nova Scotia Department of Health
  • Awarded the FCA by the Nova Scotia Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1997

Ms. Suromitra Sanatani
(Victoria, British Columbia)

  • Corporate director
  • Director, Victoria Airport Authority
  • Chair, Royal BC Museum
  • Former, strategic counsel, Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • Former, vice-president, Partnerships BC
  • Former, vice-president, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Regional Representatives


Mr. Dunbar Russel
(Toronto, Ontario)

  • Corporate director
  • Board member, North York General Hospital (chair), North York General Hospital Foundation, AccertaClaim Servicorp Inc. (chair), Fiduciary Trust
  • Former COO, The Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Former general manager, Core Banking, Insurance and Investments, President’s Choice Bank
  • Former executive chair and president, TD Life Group & Senior Vice President, TD Bank
  • Former member, board of directors, TD Bank Financial Group’s captive reinsurers in Barbados
  • Former president and CEO & board member, Ontario Blue Cross
  • Former member, board of directors, Ontario Blue Cross subsidiaries
  • Former senior executive, MONY Life Insurance Company of Canada


The Honourable Denis Losier
(Cap Pelé, New Brunswick)

  • President & CEO, Assumption Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Board chairman - Louisbourg Investment
  • Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, held several cabinet positions - 1988 - 1994
  • Board member, Canadian National, NAV Canada, Enbridge Gas NB, PlazaCorp Retail Property Ltd., Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
  • Member, Security and Intelligence Review Committee of Canada (SIRC)
  • Member, Privy Council of Canada
  • Former executive director and president, Société des Acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Former director and chair of Atlantic Cancer Research Institute
  • Former director Atlantic Provinces Economic Council


Mr. Craig Knight
(Victoria, British Columbia)

  • Former assistant deputy minister, Ministry of Health, for legislation, professional regulation, intergovernmental relations and corporate policy
  • Former member, BC Medical Services Commission and Forensic Mental Health Commission
  • Health policy and strategic initiatives consultant
  • Chair, board of directors, Luther Court Society (assisted living and complex care facility)
  • Former member, board of directors, Michael Smith Foundation for health research


Mr. Mike Shaw
(Regina, Saskatchewan)

  • Consultant, public sector organization effectiveness
  • Policy fellow, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
  • Former Councilor, Health Council of Canada
  • Former associate deputy minister, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
  • Former deputy minister, Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Transportation
  • Former deputy minister, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and Resource Management
  • Former chair, Saskatchewan Public Service Commission
  • Former Senior vice-president, Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan
  • Former senior vice-president, Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan