Laurene is a career CRM marketer and customer experience specialist, with 30 years expertise in leveraging customer data assets and market insights to optimize customer engagement, deliver product and market growth and maximize shareholder value.
Laurene has held executive roles with some of Canada’s leading advertising agencies, where she developed industry-leading programs to acquire and retain customers, built CRM methodologies and defined optimal customer/channel engagement strategies for her clients. More recently, she was a member of the executive team at Canada Post Corporation, where she defined the strategic direction and led the implementation of an organization-wide customer-centric transformation for the Direct Marketing Line of Business resulting in successive years of growth for this multi-billion dollar business unit. During this period, Laurene was awarded the Direct Marketer of the Year Award by the Direct Marketing Association in recognition of her efforts to improve the marketing industry’s experience with Canada Post.
Laurene is currently Principal CX Consultant leading a variety of customer experience engagements for globally recognized brands in healthcare, insurance, retail and manufacturing industries.
Laurene joined the Lung Health Foundation board of directors in 2015 and currently chairs both the Marketing and Strategic Directions Committees.
Partner, Mercantile Capital Inc., Principal, Top Shelf Solutions
John acquired a wealth of experience as a business advisor. He was a founding partner of a Mississauga, Ontario-based consulting firm that offered a full range of business advisory services to local, mid-market, private and public companies. John led the firm’s practice in the area of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions.
John left the firm in 2012 when it merged with one of Canada’s largest accounting and consulting firms.
During the course of his career, John has been seconded to fill executive roles for clients on both an interim and transition basis. Through this activity, John has gained an abundance of operating, transaction and restructuring experience across a variety of industries including natural resources, real estate development and manufacturing. Most recently, John has been active in the real estate development sector.
John graduated from the University of Western Ontario and in addition to his business advisory practice and his involvement with the Lung Health Foundation serves as a volunteer board member for other not-for-profit organizations.
Michael is a Chartered Accountant, retired from public practise. He has also been involved in the private sector in numerous business ventures and continues to be active today. He has served the Lung Health Foundation in numerous capacities, including board chair, since the early 1080’s.
He has been active in his local community of Cornwall, serving on many volunteer boards and causes. He led his local hospital board, as chair, through the province wide restructuring and was elected as the first board chair of the new consolidated hospital system for the area.
Dr. Dawn Bowdish
Dr. Dawn Bowdish is a Professor at McMaster University and a Canada Research Chair in Aging & Immunity. Dr. Bowdish investigates the changes in the aging immune system that make older adults vulnerable to pneumonia and how the microbes that naturally live on us keep dangerous pathogens at bay. Her research team aims to discover novel treatments to protect older adults from infection by improving their immune systems and harnessing the power of the microbes that live on and in us (“the microbiome”).
Donna has spent much of her career within the education sector occupying numerous positions. From 1988-2003 she was the Trustee with the Etobicoke School Board and the Toronto District School Board. She has been a Member of the Metropolitan Toronto School Board, President of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, President of the Canadian School Boards Association and Chair of the Toronto District School Board.
Donna has also been ingrained in provincial politics. From 2003 2014 Donna served as an elected Provincial Member of the Legislature Etobicoke Centre. She was appointed Parliamentary Assistant (PA) to the Energy Minister in 2003, and then became the Minister of Energy in 2005. She was reassigned as Minister of Transportation in 2006.
After the 2007 election, Cansfield became Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources, where she served until 18 January 2010, following which she was appointed as PA to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
In 2011, she was appointed as PA to the Minister of Economic Development and Innovation and in 2012 as PA to the Minister of Finance. In February 2013 as part of the Wynne government, she was appointed as chief government whip.
Within the health space, Donna has spent time as Palliative Care Volunteer Support, and currently serves on various Boards of charitable health non-profits.
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Prior to entering the design industry, Leonora’s career was focussed in the Training & Development field. She has built relationships with organizations to assist them in identifying skill and performance gaps and to provide them with an innovative solution to learning and development opportunities.
Leonora’s role in the non-for-profit sector included the development and implementation of leadership programs for youth and teaching in-school programs to help students learn
new life skills.
Leonora continues to be very active as a volunteer within her community that has been inspired by her children’s activities along with lung health by managing teams and committees and organizing several fundraising events for charitable causes.
Scott is a passionate team member whose dynamic professional career includes record-setting Sales & Marketing roles with prominent Sports & Entertainment enterprises, creating communications and breakthrough promotions for private companies and charitable organizations, and significant not-for-profit elected and volunteer governance experience.
Since 2015, Scott has actively advocated for lung health with the Lung Health Foundation as a Provincial Marketing Council member. Prior to that, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board representing Brampton East. Scott currently volunteers on the Board of Directors of Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board’s ‘St. Andre Bessette Trust Fund’ which provides financial support to student families in need.
Scott and his wife, Cindy Taylor, reside in St. Marys where they operate an award-winning guest house and successful micro-bakery.
Kelly Muñoz, RRT, CRE
Growing up with severe asthma Kelly knows first hand the fear that comes during a lung (asthma) attack that this breath may be your last. This led him to his career choice and ultimately a life-long passion for lung health…helping people breathe. Kelly is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator. He has a career that includes both clinical and leadership roles spanning over 30 years across acute and community care, the past 25 years with ProResp.
Kelly is an experienced healthcare leader with expertise in relationship management, consensus building, strategic planning and quality improvement. He is an elected Council member of the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario and serves as a member of its Quality Assurance Committee, Registration Committee, and Inquiries, Complaints, & Reports Committee. He began volunteering with the Lung Health Foundation in 1992 (Ontario Lung Association), has actively raised funds through community and provincial events, served on its provincial Board of Directors from 2003-2014, and accepted his second nomination to the board in June 2021.
During his downtime, Kelly enjoys running and is a self-described baseball fanatic. He also moonlights as a public address announcer for local junior men’s baseball and senior men’s hockey teams.
J. Talbot Babineau, CFA
President and CEO
Talbot founded IBV Capital and is responsible for portfolio management and setting the firm’s strategic vision. Talbot has over a decade of value investing experience. In 2010, he was engaged by two highly successful Canadians to form and manage their Family Office. The Family Office experienced tremendous success under his management and, in 2014, Talbot founded IBV Capital and launched IBV Capital Global Value Fund.
Prior to forming the Family Office and founding IBV Capital, Talbot held various positions at institutional real estate firms where he was responsible for investment activities and strategic planning.
Talbot is a CFA Charterholder and earned an Honours Economics and Financial Management degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Christina McMillan Boyles
School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at Laurentian University
Christina is a Registered Nurse and an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at Laurentian University. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Health in the School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University. Over the course of her career, she has developed and refined her research and scholarly focus at both the graduate and doctoral levels in the area of health service utilization, health policy, health equity, and COPD.
Christina is a long-standing member of the Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) and has served in many capacities across many committees. She is a member of the Lung Health Foundation Board. She is also a member of the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS), Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP), the Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR), the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO).
She has also contributed to the Registered Nurses Association (RNAO) Best Practice Guideline Project for COPD.
Her professional, research and scholarly interests include health leadership, health service administration and quality improvement, nursing leadership, health services and policy research, health equity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, qualitative research methods, and nursing education.
Prior to his retirement in 2014, Dan was an associate partner in the Investment Consulting practice at Aon Hewitt and supported clients in the greater Toronto area as well as in Eastern Ontario. After nearly 40 years in pension finance, investments and consulting, Dan proudly bears the scars from stagflation, currency crises, meltdowns, reckless conservatism and irrational exuberance. His clients included pension funds, endowments, insurers and special purpose funds in the corporate, university, municipal government and not-for-profit sectors.
Before joining Aon Hewitt in 2005, Dan had co-founded the independent pension advisory firm ARDAN Fund Oversight and has held executive positions with TD Asset Management and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. He has also lectured on investment theory and practice at Ryerson University.
Dan was previously a member of the Pension Investment Association of Canada. He is also a former Chair of the Association of Canadian Pension Management and its Ontario Regional Council. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in International Economics from the University of Windsor.
Now that he has retired, Dan aims to balance family activities with volunteering and checking off items on his bucket list. He is married to Pat, with whom he has three adult children and looks forward to spoiling a growing brood of grandchildren. Dan and Pat are avid wilderness paddlers and also have trekked extensively across northern Spain, Italy, the U.K., Galapagos Islands, Peru, Patagonia, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Ontario’s Algonquin Park and Bruce Trail.