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The right people make the all the difference. We’re proud of the many researchers, volunteers, and staff who work to ensure the continued success of Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. Our Foundation is comprised of a team of expert fundraising, administrative, communications, and financial experts who care about advancing health research outcomes in the Maritimes and beyond.

If you have inquiries for a specific team member, please contact our team and you will be connected to the appropriate person.  

Our Team


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Joanne Bath
Chief Executive Officer


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Jen Laurette, CFRE
Director, Philanthropy

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Carol Murray, CFRE
Manager, Annual and Planned Giving


Michelle Paradis
Manager, Prospect Research

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Amanda Scarff
Senior Officer, Donor Impact and Accountability

Communications & Marketing

Christena Copeland

Christena Copeland, BPr, MEd, Counselling
Director, Communications

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Erin McKenna
Officer, Communications & Marketing

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Dayna Park 
Officer, Communications & Marketing

Finance, Administration & Information Management

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Matt King, CPA, CA 
Director, Finance & Operations  

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Jeffrey Brown
Information Services Officer


Dina T. Teixeira
Office Manager


Laurel Purcell
Office Clerk


Find your place with DMRF

The collaborative nature of our Philanthropy, Communications, and Operations teams is vital to our success and we are always looking for dynamic, talented individuals who share our passion for health research and philanthropy

See available positions

Board of Directors

Our outstanding board brings an incredible wealth of knowledge, expertise and determination to the work we do every day. With a diverse skill set, strong business acumen, and a passion for health, our Board members provide the exceptional leadership and strategic direction that advancing health research demands.

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Ms. Janet MacMillan

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Mr. Michael Durland
Vice Chair

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Ms. Joanne Bath
Chief Executive Officer



Mr. Taleb Abidali

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Dr. Alice Aiken

Rob Barbara

Mr. Rob Barbara

Sarah Dennis

Ms. Sarah Dennis

Malcolm Fraser

Mr. Malcolm Fraser

Allan Horsburgh

Mr. Allan Horsburgh

Charles Mac Quarrie

Mr. Charles MacQuarrie

Peter Mann

Mr. Peter Mann

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Dr. Kate O’Brien

Joe Ramia

Mr. Joe Ramia


Deep Saini

Dr. Deep Saini

David Anderson

Dr. David Anderson

James Fawcett

Dr. James Fawcett

Kathy O Briend

Dr. Kathy O’Brien

Scientific Advisory Committee

The peer review process is essential to the Foundation’s activities as a granting agency. The Scientific Advisory Committee is a body, at arm’s-length from the Board, that independently adjudicates applications based on scientific merit. The time offered by these volunteers is sincerely appreciated.

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Dr. Jim Fawcett, Chair
Department of Pharmacology

Dr. Roger McLeod, (Ex-Officio)
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Dr. T. Alexander Quinn
Department of Physiology & Biophysics

Dr. Christopher Sinal
Department of Pharmacology

Dr. Jill Chorney
Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Janie Astephen Wilson
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Leah Cahill
Department of Medicine

Dr. Eileen Denovan-Wright
Department of Pharmacology

Dr. Ian Rainey
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Ms. Joanne Bath, (Ex-Officio)
Chief Executive Officer, DMRF