Executive and board of directors

Our executive management team is accountable to the Canadian Blood Services board of directors and responsible for ensuring we operate within the policy and strategy framework approved by the board. 

Members of our board of directors are appointed by the provincial and territorial ministers of health. The board is responsible for the organization’s governance, overall affairs, strategic plan, budget and reporting on Canadian Blood Services’ performance to the corporate members.

Dr. Graham D. Sher

Chief Executive Officer

Graham has been with Canadian Blood Services since it began operations in September 1998. He first served as vice-president of medical, scientific and clinical management, and was appointed CEO in June 2001. 

Mr. Jean-Paul Bédard

Vice-President, Plasma Operations

Under Jean-Paul’s leadership, the plasma operations division works to optimize our current plasma collections and infrastructure, as well as planning for the future.

Ms. Judie Leach Bennett

Vice-President, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer

Judie leads a team of professionals who provide legal, governance, and risk guidance to Canadian Blood Services and its subsidiaries.

Ms. Jennifer Camelon

Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Corporate Services

Jennifer is responsible for providing the executive management team and board of directors with advice and counsel relative to financial and procurement strategies.

Dr. Christian Choquet

Vice-President, Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Christian joined Canadian Blood Services on Aug. 9, 2004. Christian is responsible for Canadian Blood Services’ quality management system and quality assurance program.

Dr. Isra Levy

Vice President, Medical Affairs and Innovation

Isra joined Canadian Blood Services in January 2018 and leads the Medical Affairs and Innovation division.

Mr. Andrew Pateman

Vice-President, People, Culture and Performance

Andrew is responsible for providing leadership, guidance and direction for Canadian Blood Services' People, Culture and Performance division.

Mr. Rick Prinzen

Chief Supply Chain Officer and Vice-President, Donor Relations

Rick ensures that Canadian Blood Services consistently provides high-quality blood, plasma protein and stem cell products to customers at the right time and right cost.

Dr. Yasmin Razack

Chief Diversity Officer

Yasmin joined Canadian Blood Services in 2021 as our first chief diversity officer. She works closely with other senior leaders, employees, and stakeholders to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with intentionality, across our organization and within the broader health landscape.

Mr. Richard C. Smith

Chief Information Officer

Richard provides leadership and direction to the Information Technology (IT) division. IT is a critical enabler necessary for Canadian Blood Services to deliver its products and services safely and efficiently.

Mr. Ron Vezina

Vice-President, Public Affairs

Under Ron’s leadership, the Public Affairs division’s work focuses on creating a favourable environment for Canadian Blood Services to achieve its business strategy and deliver on its promise to Canadians.