Jessica Buckley was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of the Lung Health Foundation in September 2022. Her entrepreneurial spirit and people-first leadership approach supports the Lung Health Foundation team in their drive to innovate and effect positive change for those living with lung disease. Jessica is focused on building lasting relationships across Canada with like-minded organizations, governments, healthcare professionals, researchers, and patients in order to fulfil our mission of improving the lung health of all Canadians.
Jessica is the former Senior Vice President of Standardbred & Thoroughbred Racing at Woodbine Entertainment Group. With a lifelong passion for racing, Jessica is a recognized leader in the North American horse racing industry. She was previously President of Woodbine Mohawk Park and Vice President of Government & Community Relations at Woodbine, where she interacted with all three levels of government to further the mission and mandates related to the success and growth of the racing industry across Canada. Jessica was also part of the team responsible for the master planning of 680 acres of entertainment at Woodbine Entertainment in Toronto.
For more than 100 years, the Lung Health Foundation has been focused on closing the gaps in the prevention, diagnosis, and care of lung disease across Canada. Jessica is passionate about furthering the Lung Health Foundation’s vision of a world where everyone can breathe easier. One in five Canadians is affected by lung disease, and in the recent wake of serious infectious respiratory illness, she is focused on leading the Lung Health Foundation team in their efforts to influence health policy, advocate for those living with lung disease, increase awareness of lung disease, and raise much needed funds to support patient programs and supports.
Jessica and her family live in Newmarket, Ontario. She and her husband are the proud parents to two boys.
A seasoned marketing and public affairs professional with over 20 years of leadership experience working in government and the not-for-profit sector, Peter is responsible for the overall fundraising, communications, policy, and government relations activities of the Lung Health Foundation.
In his time with the organization, Peter has held a series of progressive roles covering all aspects of its work, enabling him to make a broad and lasting impact. Highlights include: the launch of the annual Breathe! research gala; the Breathing as One Research Campaign; a private-public partnership on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); and the introduction of the Breathing Policy Forum, which brings together thought leaders from across Canada to develop actionable solutions to some of today’s most pressing healthcare issues.
Peter is the past-Chair of Better Care Faster, a private-public healthcare coalition that focused on innovation and improving patient care; a past member of BioCanRx’s Cancer Stakeholder Alliance, and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement – Institute of Health Economics’ Expert Advisory Committee on COPD; and a current member of the National Steering Group for Asthma Zero, and a national stakeholder coalition aimed at driving greater access to advanced molecular testing.
Most recently, Peter successfully led the organizational rebrand and the development of the Lung Health Foundation’s next 5-year strategic plan – Lung Health Starts Now!
Suresh’s experience prior to joining the Lung Health Foundation includes a diverse number of fields. He spent a number of years working in the engineering field and then in Sales and Marketing with Esso Corporation in the Caribbean followed by years in retail with Budget Car and Truck Rentals and Holt Renfrew. He joined Epstein Enterprises as an accountant in 2001 and then moved to the Lung Health Foundation in 2008 as Manager of Finance and Accounting. In 2013 he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer, a position he currently holds.
Jess joined the Lung Health Foundation in 2020 as the Vice President of Programs and Services.
The Programs, Services and Research team at the Lung Health Foundation has a critical role in demonstrating results on the goals and outcomes of its 5 year strategic plan and renewed vision. Jess leads the team in an integrated model to drive the successful delivery of evidence-based education, programs, tools and resources to patients, caregivers and healthcare providers. As well, she has accountability for leading the research portfolio, and the development, implementation and evaluation of all LHF’s work and to drive strategic priorities and outcomes for greater success.
Jess brings with her extensive expertise in addressing the needs of policy makers, stakeholder organizations, providers and patients with a focus on meaningful engagement, practical application of evidence and research methods to program implementation, quality improvement, knowledge translation, and evaluation. In her more than 15 years leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector, Jess has excelled at fostering partnerships and designing and executing large-scale evidence informed projects at the local, regional, provincial and national levels to address gaps in care.
Her strength is in applying strategic thinking to an organizations goals by bridging diverse input from across academic, not-for-profit, government, practice environments and the lived experience of patients, families and caregivers to improve quality of care and drive health system transformation.