Board & Executive
2016 – 2017 Officers & Directors
President & Chair
White Rock, BC
Ray is a medical graduate from Queen’s University, Belfast, and spent his career working in clinical research for a multinational pharmaceutical company, first as medical director and then VP Scientific Affairs of their Canadian subsidiary, followed by international assignments in Singapore, China and Sweden. Since retiring to White Rock BC in 2008, Ray has been an active member of the Irish community and the White Rock Elks Lodge where he and his wife Mary enjoy providing musical entertainment.
Dr. Carlyn Volume-Smith
Sherwood Park, AB
Dr. Carlyn Volume-Smith is a licensed pharmacist who possesses a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. As Senior Manager, Benefit Services, for Alberta Blue Cross, Carlyn is responsible for departments that adjudicate extended health, travel, dental and drug claims for Alberta Blue Cross benefit plans. She works closely with a Ministerial advisory committee that provides advice on drug formulary coverage.
Paul is an MBA Candidate in Finance at the University of British Columbia and has a background in Aviation as a commercial airline Captain. He is currently working for a local startup as a Project Manager and Internal Consultant. He enjoys skiing, staying active and travelling with his partner.
King City, ON
Ian graduated in Pharmacy from the University of Bradford. He has over 30 years experience working in global pharmaceutical companies. Most recently he was VP Government Affairs and Market Access for Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Ian is known as a speaker at industry conferences. He is a board member at CHATS (Community and Home Assistance to Seniors), York Region, Ontario.
Ian lives in King City with his wonderful spouse and daughters. Ian is a keen fan of cycling and soccer.
Bowen Island, BC
Steve Mitchell has 35 years experience as a communications professional with major Canadian companies and is an independent communications consultant. He is currently Senior Strategic Communications Advisor to Kinross Gold Corporation, the world’s fifth largest gold producer.
Advisors to the Board
Partner in Pacific Surgical Holdings Ltd., Patrick serves as president of its Keir Surgical division. Keir Surgical is a Canadian distributor of surgical products, with a speciality in surgical instruments. Patrick has B.Sc. in Genetics from the University of Alberta and an MBA granted jointly from Queen’s University and Cornell University. He is involved in provincial and federal politics as a volunteer at the riding level and serves as an alumni volunteer for his university fraternity. Patrick is active in sports and enjoys spending his spare time along with his wife Sandra and two boys at their cottage on the BC Sunshine Coast.
Big Pond, NS
Gordon is a co-owner and director of Copol International Ltd, an extruder of polypropylene film, in North Sydney, NS. Gordon has been removed from the daily activities of the company for 12 years and spends his time travelling and volunteering with local organizations. He lives in Nova Scotia in the summer and Florida in the winter.
Jean-François Granger graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and then obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Université de Montéal’s HEC. He has over 20 years of experience in the medical/surgical industry and currently holds the position of General Manager at Galen Medical Ltd.
Jean-Francois lives in Montréal and has a daughter. He enjoys skiing, fishing and golfing.
Geneviève has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Manchester. Currently a Business Analyst at Héma-Quebec, Genevieve has over 10 years experience in research and consultancy, mostly in the healthcare sector. She has collaborated on numerous articles, presentations and workshops about doctor-patient communication, patient literacy and countering ageism.