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. Brian Postl

Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Chair 
  • Dean, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba 
  • Dean and Vice-Provost, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba 
  • Chair, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada 
  • Executive Board Member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba 
  • Board Member, Manitoba Blue Cross 
  • Member, Alberta Health Services Quality & Safety Committee  
  • Member, Council of Deputy Ministers Physician Resource Planning Task Force  
  • Member, Harkness Fellowship Selection Committee  
  • Member, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Selection Committee  
  • Former President and CEO, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority 
  • Recipient, Order of Manitoba 
  • Recipient, 2017 McNaught Taillon Leadership Award
  • Recipient of the Order of Canada

Robert (Bob) Adkins

Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Corporate Director 
  • Partner, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP 
  • Former Lecturer in Municipal and Planning Law, University of Manitoba 
  • Former Chair of the Board, Winnipeg Blood Transfusion Service Centre Inc. 
  • Former Chair, Criminal Code Review Board of Manitoba 
  • Former Cabinet Co-Chair, Specialized Services for Children and Youth 
  • Former Vice-Chair, Amadeus Steen Foundation 
  • Named a leading lawyer in the 2008-2018 Canadian Legal Expert Directory, Property Development 
  • Named a leading lawyer in the 2012-2018 Canadian Legal Expert Directory, Aboriginal Law

Marilyn Barrett

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

  • Corporate director
  • Director, Health and Wellness Centre, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Chair of the board of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Atlantic Canada
  • Treasurer/Secretary, Prince Edward Island Funeral Services and Professions Board
  • Member, Patient and Community Advisory Committee at CADTH
  • Member, Granting Committee of the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island
  • Former Director of Primary Care and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management for Health PEI
  • Former Manager, Implementation and Change Management for the CIS Project (implementing electronic health records in Prince Edward Island)
  • Former Chief Nursing Officer in community hospitals and continuing care,
  • Former Director, Acute & Continuing Care in rural community hospital, home care and long-term care settings
  • Former clinical instructor and coordinator, School of Nursing, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Surveyor with Accreditation Canada

Kelly Butt

London, Ontario

  • Corporate Director
  • Former Member, Empire Life Investments Inc., Independent Review Committee 
  • Former Volunteer Trustee, Hazel Cryderman-Wees Foundation 
  • Former Chair of the Board, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan 
  • Former Chair of the Board, London Health Sciences Centre 
  • Former Chair of the Board, Lawson Health Research Institute 
  • Former Board Member, The CUMIS Group, Renasant Financial 
  • Former Senior Vice-President, Information Services, London Life Insurance Company

Bobby Kwon

Toronto, Ontario 

  • Corporate Director 
  • President & CEO, Canadian Commercial Corporation  
  • Former Chief Financial Officer Medipharm Labs Corp. 
  • Former Senior Vice President, Office of Executive Chairman, George Weston Ltd.  
  • Former Vice President, Finance, North America Customer Development, Unilever PLC and NV (USA) 
  • Former Chief Financial Officer, Unilever PLC and NV (UK) 
  • Former Vice President & Chief of Staff, Office of CEO & Global Foods Director, Unilever PLC and NV (UK & Netherlands) 
  • Board Member, Canadian Commercial Corporation  
  • Former Board (Council) Member, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario 
  • Former Board member, GS1 – Retail Sector 

David Lehberg

Toronto, Ontario

  • Corporate Director
  • Founder & Chairman, Knightstone Capital Management Inc. 
  • Chair, McGill University Faculty of Arts, Advisory Council 
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of the Writers Trust of Canada 
  • 2007-2008 Co-Chair of the National Advisory Committee for Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Awareness at Canadian Blood Services, One Match 
  • 2012-2014 National Co Chair of For All Canadians public Cord Blood Bank Campaign at Canadian Blood Services

Gertie Mai Muise

Toronto, ON and St. George’s NL

  • Corporate Director
  • Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
  • Vice Chair, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services
  • Atlantic Representative, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit+ (MMIWG 2S+) National Action Plan, Urban Working Group
  • Atlantic Representative, National Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Advisory Circle
  • Former Medical Services Director, Western Health Authority NL
  • Former Executive Director, Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw First Nation Health Authority, Ulnooweg Development
  • Former CEO, Indigenous Primary Health Care Council
  • Former Associate Director, Southern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
  • Former Senior Health Planner, Weeneebayko Health Authority
  • Former Community Lead, Our Health Counts Ontario Governance Committee and Knowledge Exchange
  • Former Co-Chair, Indigenous Primary Health Care Engagement Table with Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Former Co-Chair, Indigenous

Anne McFarlane

Saanichton, British Columbia

  • Corporate Director
  • Board Member Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
  • Former Member, Providence Healthcare Board 
  • Former Member, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Services Research 
  • Deputy Chair, Medical Services Commission of British Columbia 
  • Member, Canadian Heart Health Strategy 
  • Former Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health British Columbia 
  • Former Vice-President (Western Canada), Canadian Institute for Health Information

David Morhart

North Saanich, British Columbia

  • Corporate Director
  • Executive Vice President, Corporate & Investor Relations, BC Investment Management Corporation
  • Former Deputy Minister, Service Alberta
  • Former Deputy Minister, Alberta Human Services and Community & Social Services
  • Former Deputy Minister, Alberta Enterprise & Advanced Education
  • Former Deputy Minister, Alberta Infrastructure
  • Former Chief, Oil Sands Strategy and Operations, Alberta Energy
  • Former Deputy Minister, B.C. Ministry of Social Development
  • Former Public Security Commissioner and Deputy Solicitor General, B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Former CEO, B.C. Ambulance Service
  • Chair, FamilySmart
  • Former Chair and Board Member, Institute of Public Administration of Canada

Judy Steele

Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Corporate Director
  • President and chief operating officer, Emera Energy Inc.
  • Director, The Halifax Port Authority and chair of its audit committee
  • Director, Film Nova Scotia and chair of its audit committee
  • Governor of St. Francis Xavier University
  • National chair, board of directors, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Director, 2011 Canada Winter Games
  • Director, Pier 21 Society, Canada’s Immigration Museum
  • Treasurer, Metro United Way
  • Member, Nova Scotia Special Olympics Summer Games
  • Recipient, CA of the Year Award, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, for outstanding community leadership

Donnie Wing

Victoria, British Columbia

  • Corporate Director
  • Vice Chair, Victoria Hospitals Foundation
  • Board member, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (one of the largest social services agencies in B.C.)
  • Board member, B.C. Financial Services Authority
  • Former board member, Healthcare Benefit Trust
  • Former President & CEO, Healthcare Benefit Trust
  • Former Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, Insurance Corporation of B.C.
  • Former Chief Financial Officer, Insurance Corporation of B.C.
  • Former Senior Vice President Insurance, Marketing and Underwriting, Insurance Corporation of B.C.
  • Former, Vice President Investment and Corporate Development, Insurance Corporation of B.C.
  • Former Vice President Strategy and Planning, Insurance Corporation of B.C.
  • Former Vice President Corporate Planning and Change Services, Insurance Corporation of B.C.
  • Acting Director & Senior Policy Advisor, Province of B.C. Crown Corporations Secretariat

Glenda Yeates

Ottawa, Ontario

  • Vice Chair
  • Corporate Director
  • Former Deputy Minister of Health Canada 
  • Former President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Health Information 
  • Former Deputy Minister of Health for Saskatchewan 
  • Current Board member, Alberta Health Services 
  • Recipient of the Order of Canada