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.

Mel Cappe

Toronto, Ontario

  • Chair
  • Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
  • Chair, Health Research Foundation of Innovative Medicines Canada 
  • Commissioner, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission 
  • Former Vice Chair, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer 
  • Former board member, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education 
  • Former board member, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium 
  • Former president and CEO, Institute for Research on Public Policy 
  • Former High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  
  • Former clerk of the Privy Council, secretary to Cabinet, and head of the Public Service 
  • Former deputy secretary, Treasury Board 
  • Former deputy minister: of the Environment; of Labour; and of Human Resources Development  
  • Former chairman, Employment Insurance Commission 
  • Recipient of the Order of Canada

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

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

Dr. Brian Postl

Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Corporate Director 
  • 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

Lorraine Muskwa

Edmonton, Alberta

  • Corporate Director 
  • CEO, Bigstone Health Commission 
  • Board Director and Secretary Treasurer, First Nations Health Managers Association 
  • Former President, First Nations Health Managers Association 
  • Former Health Director, Peerless Trout Health Centre, Peerless Trout First Nation 
  • Former Chief Operating Officer, Bigstone Health Commission, Bigstone Cree Nation 
  • Former Board Director, Lesser Slave Lake Health Advisory Board 
  • Former Member, Wabasca Gang Reduction Task Force

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

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

Victor Young

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Corporate Director 
  • Board Director, Royal Canadian Mint 
  • Former Chairman and CEO, Fishery Products International 
  • Former Chairman and CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro  
  • Former Deputy Minister of Treasury Board and Special Adviser to the Premier, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador 
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of the Royal Bank of Canada 
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of McCain Foods 
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of BCE 
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of Bell Aliant 
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of Imperial Oil 
  • Officer, Order of Canada

Craig Knight

Victoria, British Columbia

  • Corporate Director
  • Former Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health, for legislation, professional regulation, intergovernmental relations and corporate policy 
  • Health policy and strategic initiatives consultant 
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

David Lehberg

Toronto, Ontario

  • Corporate Director
  • President & CEO, 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

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

Dunbar Russel

Toronto, Ontario

  • Corporate Director
  • Board member, Fiduciary Trust, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
  • Former member, Board of Directors; AccertaClaim Servicorp Inc. (Chair), North York General Hospital (Chair), North York General Hospital Foundation, WyCliffe College (U of T), Toronto Dominion Life Insurance Company (Chair), TD Reinsurance (Barbados), Ontario Blue Cross, Blue Cross Life Insurance Company of Canada
  • 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 President and CEO, Ontario Blue Cross
  • Former senior executive, MONY Life Insurance Company of Canada

Dr. Jeff Scott

Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Corporate Director
  • Paediatrician, IWK Health Centre 
  • Investigator, Health Policy and Translation, Canadian Center for Vaccinology 
  • Former Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health 
  • Former Chief of Medical Officer of Health, Nova Scotia 
  • Former Member, Expert Advisory Committee on Blood Regulation, Health Canada 
  • Former Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health 
  • Former Chair, Nova Scotia Blood Liaison Committee 
  • Former Board Member, Cancer Care Nova Scotia